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Alumni earn top honors for 2019

A number of Albright School alumni have been acknowledged during an annual awards dinner on Alumni Weekend, April 13. Those honored in 2019 embrace:

Younger Alumni Achievement Award
Caroline Vazzana ’14
Mary Fry Good ’49 Service to Alma Mater Award
Patricia Fitzgerald ’93
Distinguished Alumni Awards
Todd Bonsall, D.C. ’88
Brian Nester, D.O. ’84
Andrea Verdone Gorsenger ’99
Jacob Albright Award
Gene W. and Vivien L. (Griesemer) Aulenbach ’64

The Young Alumni Achievement Award is introduced to an alumna or alumnus who has graduated inside the previous 15 years. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in no less than one of many following areas: career, profession, or dedicated volunteer service to Albright, church or group.

Graduating solely five years ago, Caroline Vazzana ’14, is a freelance stylist, media marketing consultant and writer of the ebook “Making It in Manhattan: The Beginner’s Guide to Surviving & Thriving in the World of Fashion.” Caroline’s ebook and her web site are retailers to share her journey, profession advice stories, and distinctive sense of favor.

Caroline earned her first break into the New York trend business by way of Albright internships with Anna Sui and Marie Claire magazine. She landed her first business job with Teen Vogue simply after graduation and her later work at InStyle sparked her concept for her editorial website, and ultimately her e-book. This past fall, Caroline returned to share her story with present Albright enterprise and style who plan to comply with in her footsteps.

Patricia FitzgeraldThe Mary Fry Good ’49 Service to Alma Mater Award is introduced to an Albright alumna or alumnus for excellent service to the school.

Although she lives in New Jersey where she has had an award-winning profession as an English instructor, coach and highschool administrator, Patricia Fitzgerald ’93 has remained just as involved together with her alma mater as an alumna, as she was as a scholar. As a scholar, Patricia was concerned in Greek life, athletics, educational clubs and was a Huge Sister for the Massive Brothers Massive Sisters program. After graduating, she has represented Albright at school festivals, organized class reunions, attended move-in days and even judged homecoming floats.

So in recognition of her work and management as a member of the Alumni Affiliation Board, for her ever-presence at Albright Homecoming, and her Lion spirit, Albright recognizes Patricia Fitzgerald, because the second annual Mary Fry Good award winner.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is introduced for excellent service and accomplishment in a minimum of one of the following areas: group, state, nation, church, career, educational and/or service organizations.

Todd BonsallOne of many hallmarks of a liberal arts schooling lies in the adaptability of its graduates to continue learning over a lifetime and reinvent themselves in immeasurable ways. Incomes two bachelor’s degrees and a Physician of Chiropractic diploma, Todd Bonsall, D.C. ’88 practiced chiropractic drugs for a dozen years before deciding to step into the sector of schooling. And whereas educating highschool science at Lenape Regional Excessive Faculty through the day, Todd sat on the other aspect of the desk at night time, finishing a grasp’s diploma in instructional leadership.

After promoting his follow, Bonsall continued on an upward development over the subsequent 15 years, via the roles of principal, director of career and technical schooling and assistant superintendent. In July, he will climb once more, as superintendent for the Hunterdon County Vocational Faculty District.

Bonsall has been honored by Expertise USA and lots of others for his passionate efforts to develop top quality profession and technical education schemes.

Brian NesterAs president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Well being Network, Brian Nester, D.O. ’84 oversees the built-in healthcare delivery community of eight hospital campuses and one Youngsters’s Hospital, 18,000 staff and an employed physician group with more than 1,200 suppliers.

Nester’s flagship facility, Lehigh Valley Hospital, is persistently named one of the top 100 hospitals out of greater than 6,200 hospitals in the nation and, introduced in August, earned a top 5 state ranking for the second straight yr.

Before joining Lehigh Valley Well being Network, Nester was a member of the school at Albert Einstein Medical Middle in Philadelphia. A daily guest lecturer at the Graduate Faculty of Enterprise and Mailman Faculty of Public Health for the last fifteen years, Nester helps others understand essential issues related to healthcare reform, population health administration, technique and business improvement.

He was conferred the standing of Certified Physician Government by the American School of Doctor Executives in 2005, and in 2016 acquired an honorary degree from the Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Drugs, the place he earned his Master of Science and Doctor of Osteopathy levels after graduating from Albright. He later went on to earn a grasp of enterprise administration degree from Columbia, and he continues to build his information base — earning a Certificate of Professional Improvement in Finance from The Wharton Faculty in Philadelphia, just this yr.

Andrea Verdone GorsegnerAlthough she started her career as a images editor for In Fashion, Fortunate and Ladies’s Health magazines, the life of Andrea Verdone Gorsegner ’99 took a drastic turn in 2012, when her daughter Natalie, now nine, was recognized with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Twenty-eight heart-wrenching months later, Natalie was declared cancer-free.

Verdone Gorsegner used her images expertise to doc her daughter’s cancer journey on her Facebook page, “Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer.” Pictures capturing Natalie’s older sister, Hannah — smiling with delight after having shaved her head for a fundraiser for the fifth yr in a row — contrasted with pictures of Natalie crying while receiving troublesome remedies.

In 2013, while within the thick of remedy and within the means of promoting her family house because of one fewer paycheck, Verdone Gorsegner launched a childhood cancer research fundraiser referred to as the “Will You Send Us a Dollar” marketing campaign. In five brief months, the marketing campaign more than doubled its $50,000 aim, funding multiple research grants for acute myeloid leukemia. Since then, Verdone Gorsegner has continued to be an advocate and fundraiser for pediatric most cancers research and a tireless supporter of victims and their households. Thus far, her rising group of loyal volunteers have given over one million dollars for analysis.

Verdone Gorsegner’s work has acquired quite a few awards and she or he has appeared on the At present Show as well as being featured in publications similar to Mother and father journal, The New York Day by day Information, and Lady’s Day. She and Hannah have been featured in Individuals journal, and dealing with singer/songwriter Taylor Tote, her daughters wrote a music titled “Fighter,” for which Verdone Gorsegner shot a music video. Obtainable on iTunes, 100% of the award-winning track’s income go in the direction of childhood most cancers analysis.

Gene and Vivien Aulenbach

Gene W. and Vivien L. (Griesemer) Aulenbach ’64 at Homecoming 2018

The Jacob Albright Award is introduced to alumni who have used their liberal arts schooling to its biggest potential, thereby making excellent contributions to the Albright School group, their professions and society. This is the very best honor bestowed upon a graduate.

This yr, Albright honors the Rev. Dr. Gene W. and Vivien L. (Griesemer) Aulenbach, each members of Albright’s class of 1964.

After meeting as college students, Gene Aulenbach — a member of Alpha Pi Omega and a monitor athlete and Vivien Griesemer — a Phi Delta Sigma and Phi Mu sorority sister, tennis player and member of the 13th Road Gang, wasted no time getting married in July of 1964, shortly after walking down a unique isle, for their graduation ceremony.

After receiving his Albright bachelor’s diploma in philosophy, Gene went on to earn a bachelor’s of divinity at Lancaster Theological Seminary, a master’s of theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a physician of ministry at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Vivien, sharing her husband’s appetite for schooling, completed a grasp’s diploma in library science at Drexel University after earning her bachelor’s diploma in historical past at Albright.

In returning, the pair have remained loyal and enthusiastic alumni, volunteering a powerful period of time in help of countless alumni occasions and packages.

Five years in the past, Gene and Vivien led their class to boost over one million dollars in celebration of their 50th reunion, and they’re presently working on the class of 64’s 55th reunion, for this fall. Having long ago named Albright of their will, Gene and Vivien are members of Albright’s 1856 Society.

Gene is a retired senior pastor and pastor emeritus of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Boyertown. When not holding palms together with his loving wife on Albright’s campus, Gene continues to serve since retiring in 2000. After spending a number of years aiding Lancaster Theological Seminary with capital campaigns, Gene served on St. Paul’s U.C.C.’s lengthy range planning staff, as chairman for the Pennsylvania Southeast Convention of the U.C.C.’s monetary marketing campaign, and as director at both Phoebe Berks and the Boyertown Area Group Foundation.

A retired librarian, Vivien labored for a number of years at Thomas Ford Elementary Faculty. In 2002, she was named the Pennsylvania Affiliation Berks County Chapter Faculty Retirees Volunteer of the Yr. Two years later, she authored “The Importance of Reading” for Mother and father’ Supply — a household useful resource guide in Berks and Lancaster counties. She has been lively with the American Association of College Ladies, Reading Public Museum, Berks Historical past Middle, Western Berks Ambulance Affiliation and the Rainbow Women of Reading.

Similarly, Gene has served the Youngsters’s House of Studying, West Reading-Wyomissing Rotary, the Torch Club of Reading, and the Pension Board of the United Church of Christ, just to call a couple of.

In fact, Gene and Vivien have additionally been actively engaged locally together, serving on several committees and boards through the years, whereas elevating two sons and six grandchildren.