2013 Alumni Award Recipients
Award Recipients (first row l-r): Jayne (Keirn) Donahue '75 (Alumni Achievement Award); Frank Pote '73 (Alumni Service Award); Edward Richards '73 (Humanitarian Award); Brent Lightner '00 (Young Alumni Achievement Award)
Award Presenters (second row l-r): Jim Lakso (Prof. of Accounting, Business & Econ., Emeritus); Tom Kepple (Retired Juniata College President); Linda Carpenter (Exec. Director of Constituent Relations); Debra Kirchhof-Glazier (Prof. of Biology)
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The Harold B. Brumbaugh '33 Alumni Service Award
Frank L. Pote III, a member of the class of 1973, has provided selfless and unwavering service and support to his alma mater with contagious energy and loyalty. He has served as a member of Alumni Council, filling the roles of member-at-large, vice president, president and past president, and twice chairing the Awards & Nominations Committee. Frank later returned to Alumni Council, serving on the Board of Trustees as Alumni Trustee. He has been a steady presence at on-campus and regional events, has served as a mentor at Juniata Career Day, been an active member of the Juniata Career Team, given guest lectures on campus, and served on the Career Task Force. Frank has served as a Juniata Admission Ambassador, frequently referring prospective students to Juniata and supporting the GOLD Card Alumni Scholarship program. He has served as a Class Fund Agent and member of the Uncommon Outcomes Campaign committee, giving generously of himself. He has also served his class as a Reunion Committee Chair. Frank recently served as the alumni representative on the Presidential Search Committee that appointed James A. Troha as Juniata’s 12th President.
The Alumni Achievement Award
Jayne K. Donahue, a member of the class of 1975, has distinguished herself in her profession. After graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Juniata, she began her career with the United States Treasury Department in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Jayne became Senior Audit Manager for the Bank of New England Corporation in 1978, and later Audit Director for Bank of Boston Corporation in 1991. She became Senior Vice President and Auditor at Citizens Financial Group of Providence, Rhode Island, in 1994. Jayne began her employment with State Street Corporation in 1996 first as Deputy General Auditor, later as Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, and now as Executive Vice President and General Auditor, leading a team of more than 175 professionals. She is also a Certified Bank Auditor and Certified Risk Professional. She maintains professional affiliations with the National Braille Press, where she has served on the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Co-Chair of an Annual Gala. Jayne serves on the Advisory Board to the Masters of Business Ethics and Compliance Program for the New England College of Business and Finance. She is also a member of the Boston Club, a community of women executives and professional leaders. She has spoken at prestigious conferences, including, but not limited to, the Institute of Internal Auditors International Conference, the Egon Zehnder Governance and Enterprise Risk Management Executive Roundtable, the MIS Training Institute, and the Boston Business Journal’s “Advancing Women Conference.”
The Young Alumni Achievement Award
Brent A. Lightner, a member of the class of 2000, has distinguished himself in his profession after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology in the Medical Sciences. In 1996, as a freshman, he founded Taoti Creative, which has grown into a web development and marketing firm based in Washington, D.C. specializing in website design, Drupal development, corporate identity, database and application development, mobile applications, online marketing and social media. Under Brent’s leadership, Taoti serves more than 400 clients worldwide, including National Institutes of Health, The World Bank, National Kidney Registry, Sister Cities International, and the American Foreign Service Association. He has worked as a Sales Engineer for Yellowbrix, Inc., a provider of artificial intelligence technology and content aggregation. He was also a founding member and served as Chief Technology Officer for HillReview, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based legislative aggregation service. His innovative entrepreneurial style has been recognized internationally by periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal and Der Spiegel. Brent has risen to the top of the web marketing world at a young age.
The William E. Swigart, Jr. '37 Alumni Humanitarian Award
Edward J. Richards, a member of the class of 1973, has provided selfless service to his profession. After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Juniata, he earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Marywood University in 1977 and a New York State Social Work Licensure. Edward began his career in 1977 as a Social Worker in the Neurosurgery and Plastic Surgery Units of Bellevue Medical Center of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. He later transitioned to the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Northport, New York, where he is now a Vietnam Veterans Specialist, Visually Impaired Service Team Coordinator, and Blind Rehabilitation Specialist. He devoted his clinical work to enhancing the quality of life for veterans through athletic participation. Edward was invited by the U.S. Association of Blind Veterans to assist blinded veterans as they competed in the State Games of the Americas in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as the Disabled Sports USA and Wounded Warriors programs at the Adaptive Water Sports Festival in Rockaway Queens, New York, during the summers of 2008, 2009 and 2010. He then received a special invitation from the United States Olympic Committee to attend the Developing Amazing Leaders Conference at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Edward pioneered the first Paralympic Adaptive Sports Clinic at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2011, with events including adaptive archery, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair soccer, goalball, tandem cycling, and sit cycling. In that first clinic, he facilitated the participation of 28 veterans whose service periods extended from World War II through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan where they had sustained injuries ranging from visual impairment and amputation to post traumatic stress disorder. He fostered intergovernmental collaboration and coordination with national organizations such as the United States Olympic Committee, the Guidedog Foundation, Disabled Sports USA, the Wounded Warriors Program, several Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, and the Disabled American Veterans Organization, with whom he authored a successful grant proposal in 2011. Edward also received the Federal Employee of the Year Award from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in 2011. He has continued to organize and facilitate Paralympic Adaptive Sports Clinics at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center through the present day.