Award Recipient History

2021 Award Recipients

  • Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Beverly A. Cigler, Distinquished Professor of Public Policy and Administration, School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Chapter Leadership: Dr. Victor S. DeSantis, Executive Director of Community Engagement, Government and Economic Development, Millersville University
  • Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner: Kate Ellison, Manager, Government Advocacy and Communications, UPMC and MPPM program at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh; and Alex Swan, Economic Development Analyst, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and MPA student at the School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Outstanding Student: Dakotah Kinnan, MPA program, School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg; Eric Raabe, MPA program, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh; Alaina Sforza, MPA program, Department of Public Policy and Administration, West Chester University; Saahir Shafi, Doctoral candidate, School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Student Paper: Zoe Burch, Yingzi Liu and Brett Stewart, MPA program, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh; and Donald Dyer, Christina Emond, Michael Hackenburg and Andrew Zeller, MPA program, School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg

2020 Award Recipients

  • Lifetime Achievement:  Marita Kelley, Regional Director, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and Past President, Keystone State Chapter
  • Chapter Leadership:  Tyler Sova, U.S. General Services Administration and Keystone State Chapter Board of Directors 
  • Innovative Public Service Partnership:Congress of Neighboring Communities (Connect)  and the City of Harrisburg & Penn State Harrisburg
  • Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner:  Jennifer Bert, University of Pittsburgh and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Office
  • Outstanding Student:  Huiting Qi, Penn State Harrisburg PhD program; Emma Yourd, University of Pittsburgh MPA program; and John Tintera, Millersville University BA program
  • Outstanding Student Paper:  Huiting Qi, Penn State Harrisburg

2019 Award Recipients

  • Lifetime Achievement:  David Margolis, Retired, Commonwealth of PA Agency Fiscal Officer
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  • Public Servant Leadership:  Dr. Michele Tantardini, Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs
  • Excellence in Local Government:  Luke Reven, East Brandywine Township, Chester County
  • Outstanding Young Professional:  Nathan Reese, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Outstanding Student:  Eunsil Yoo, Penn State Harrisburg PhD program
  • Student Paper:  Dylan Lucas Yingling, Penn State Harrisburg MPA program and Sahir Shafi, Penn State Harrisburg PhD program

2018 Award Recipients

  • Lifetime Achievement:  Dan Jurman, CEO Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County
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  • Excellence in Public Service:  Jeffery L Osgood, Jr., Senior Vice Provost, West Chester University 
  • Public Servant Leadership:  David Margolis, PA Department of Transportation
  • Excellence in Local Government:  Lisa Schaefer, County Commissioners Association of PA
  • Outstanding Young Professional:  Matt Holliday, Prothonotary of Chester County
  • Outstanding Student: Yoon Ah Shin, University of Pittsburgh
  • Student Paper:  Michele Curtis, Penn State Harrisburg, Catherine Dertouzos, West Chester University and Christina Dertouzos, West Chester University
  • Innovative Partnership Award:  Dr. Michele Tantardini and student research team, Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs

2017 Award Recipients

  • Lifetime Achievement:  Dan Jurman, CEO Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County
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  • Excellence in Public Service:  The Honorable Eugene DePasquale, Auditor General  
  • Public Servant Leadership:  Dr. Bing Ran, Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs
  • Excellence in Local Government:  Rick Loughery, Chester County Recorder of Deeds
  • Outstanding Young Professional:  Nolan Ritchie, Senate of Pennsylvania
  • Outstanding Student: Laura Bleiler, West Chester University
  • Student Paper:  Juan Bermudez Blanco, Penn State Harrisburg and Tyler Sova, West Chester University

2016 Award Recipients

  • Lifetime Achievement:  Dr. Terry Madonna, Franklin and Marshall College
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  • Excellence in Public Service:  Secretary Sharron Minnich, Governor’s Office of Administration
  • Excellence in Local Government:  Edward Knittel, PA State Association of Boroughs
  • Young Professional In Public Administration:  Terrell Martin, PA Department of Transportation
  • Outstanding Student:  Abigail Lombard, Allegheny College
  • Student Paper:  William Simonson, West Chester University, and Brandin McDonough, Penn State Harrisburg

2015 Award Recipients

  • Lifetime Achievement: Gene Barr, PA Chamber of Business and Industry
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  • Excellence in Public Service: Rick Schuettler, PA Municipal League
  • Excellence in Local Government: Jeffrey Stonehill, Borough of Chambersburg
  • Young Professional in Public Administration: Jennifer Horn, McCormick Taylor
  • Outstanding Student in Public Administration: Kathryn Barone, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Outstanding Student in Public Administration: Mike Kirby, Shippensburg University

2014 Award Recipients

  • Lifetime Achievement: Elam Herr, PA State Association of Township Supervisors
  • Excellence in Public Service: Clint Eisenhower, PA Department of Human Services
  • Young Professional in Public Administration: Jamie Legenos, PA Department of Transportation
  • Outstanding Student in Public Administration: Gregory Wilson, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Student Paper: Jonathan Ravin Hicks, Penn State Harrisburg and Brandon Danz, Shippensburg University

2013 Award Recipients

  • Lifetime Achievement: Nancy Dering Mock, Nancy Dering, Inc.
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  • Excellence in Public Service: Honorable Barry Schoch, P.E., PA Department of Transportation
  • Outstanding Student: Phil Wolgemuth, Shippensburg University

2012 Award Recipients

  • Lifetime Achievement: Christ Zervanos, Retired, Director of the  Bureau of Labor Relations, Pennsylvania Office of Administration
  • Public Servant Leadership:  David Margolis, Director of the Bureau of Fiscal Management, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation