2019 Distinguished Alumni Award

Gannon University proudly honored five remarkable individuals with the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. Distinguished Alumni recipients are selected by the National Alumni Board that represents more than 38,000 Gannon and Villa Maria College alumni across the globe. This year’s recipients include (L-R above):

  • Joseph Eugene Tarquinio ’68, ’70M, executive director of the Maria House Project
  • Kelly Miele ’10, ’14M, advanced placement teacher at Fairview High School
  • Gregory Czarnecki ’89, director of Applied Climate Science for the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Carl Carlotti, Esq. ’77, former president of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp.
  • Joseph Cooley ’64, retired vice president of Sales and Marketing at GST AutoLeather

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