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AHS Alumni Awards Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Recipients

Titles and professional affiliations are as stated at the time of the award.

2021

J. Robert Rossman, M.S. ’75, Ph.D. ‘81
Dean, College of Applied Science and Technology, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL

2020

The awards ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2019

John M. Consalvi, CCC-SLP, M.A. '91
CEO and Founder, SPEDhunters LLC, Winnetka, Illinois

2018

Tara K. Scanlan, B.S. '69, M.S '71, Ph.D '75
Professor Emerita and Research Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles

2017

Mannie L. Jackson, B.S. '60
Chairman and Managing Partner, Boxcar Holdings LLC, Las Vegas, NV

2016

Suzanne Beauvoir Jackson, B.S. '97
Chief Executive Officer, John Randolph Medical Center, Hopewell, VA

2015

Tom Scotty, B.S. '86, M.S. '88
Chief Operating Officer, RedShelf, Chicago, IL

2014

John Greenleaf, B.S. '55
Scientific Consultant, Palo Alto, CA

2013

Richard Schroth, M.S. '74
Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Insights, Ltd., Rockville, MD

2012

Bryce G. Rutter, M.F.A. '81, Ph.D. '87
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Metaphase Design Group, Inc., St. Louis, MO

2011

Richard A. Anderson, B.S. '69
President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem, PA

Susan E. Gwyn, M.A. '74
President, SunDance Rehabilitation Corporation, Boston, M.A.

Frank D. Lupton, Jr., M.S. '58, Ph.D. '72
Founder, Wilderness Education Association, and Professor Emeritus, Western Illinois University, Lake City, MN

Karl M. Newell, M.S. '70, Ph.D. '73
Department Head and Professor, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

2010

Frank J. Hayden, M.S. ’58, Ph.D. ’62
Professor Emeritus and Special Olympics Visionary, McMaster University, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Laura Kann, B.S. ’82, M.S. ’83
Chief, Surveillance and Evaluation Research Branch, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Hitoshi Nishino, Ph.D. '97
President, Tokai University Fukuoka Junior College, Munakata, Fukuoka, Japan

Donald J. Schum, B.S. '82
Vice President of Audiology and Professional Relations, Oticon, Inc., Somerset, NJ

2009

Deborah G. Blue, A.M. '74, Ph.D. '78
Vice Chancellor, Contra Costa Community College District, Martinez, CA

Mary Ann Carmack, B.S. '73, M.S. '78
Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto, CA

James R. Gillespie, B.S. '67, M.S. '68
President and Chief Executive Officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, Parsippany, NJ

John R. Seffrin, M.S. '67
Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA

2008

Joseph J. Bannon, M.S. '58, Ph.D. '71
President, Sagamore Publishing, Champaign, IL

Alina de la Paz, B.S. '82, M.S. '83
Executive Director and Founder, Center for Bilingual Speech and Language Disorders, Inc., Miami, FL

Tim D. Romani, B.S. '84
President and Chief Executive Officer, ICON Venture Group, Greenwood Village, CO

Harold P. Wimmer, B.S. '77, M.S. '78
President and Chief Executive Officer, American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, Chicago, IL

2007

C. Alvin Bowman, Ph.D. '79
President, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Ann E. Cody, M.S. '92
Director of Partnerships and Public Policy, BlazeSports America, Washington, D.C.

Rainer Martens, Ph.D. '68
Founder and President, Human Kinetics, Inc., Champaign, IL

Douglas A. Michels, B.S. '78
President and Chief Executive Officer, Orasure Technologies, Inc., Bethlehem, PA

Harold Scharper Achievement Award Recipients

2021

Anjali Forber-Pratt, B.S. ’06, M.A. ’07, Ph.D. ‘12
Director, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, Washington, DC

2020

The awards ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2019

Dr. Patricia Barett Malik, M.S. '82; Ph.D. '88
Director (retired), Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services, Champaign, Illinois

2018

Kevin A. Fritz, B.S. '10
Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago, Illinois

2017

Jean Driscoll, B.A. '91, M.S. '93
Senior Director of Development, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Champaign, IL

2016

Brad Hedrick, Ph.D. '84
Director Emeritus, Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

2015

Kareem Dale, B.S. '95, M.B.A. '99, J.D. '99
Director and Senior Counsel, Discover Financial Services, Deerfield, IL

2014

Mark Goldhaber, J.D. '77
Founder and Principal, Goldhaber Policy Services, LLC, Raleigh, NC

2013

Parviz Parhami, B.S. '74; M.S. '76; Ph.D. '79
Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Scientific Applications and Research Associates, Cypress, CA

2012

The Harold Scharper Achievement Award and Harold Scharper Humanitarian Award merged into one award.

Tiana Tozer, M.A. '93
Professional Speaker and Humanitarian Aid Worker, Portland, OR

2011

  • Harold Scharper Achievement Award
  • Yusef A. Dale, B.S. ‘93, J.D. ‘96
  • Federal Prosecutor, US Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL
  • Harold Scharper Humanitarian Award
  • James W. Gallo, B.S. ‘84
  • Managing Partner, Gallo Associates, LLC, Schaumburg, IL

2010

  • Harold Scharper Achievement Award
  • Carl Suter, A.B. ‘77
  • Chief Executive Officer, Retired, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bethesda, MD
  • Harold Scharper Humanitarian Award
  • Thomas R. Brown, B.M.E. ‘71, M.S. ‘72
  • Director, National Veterans Wheelchair Games, San Antonio, TX

2009

  • Harold Scharper Achievement Award
  • Dr. James A. Kutsch, Jr., Ph.D. ‘76
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, The Seeing Eye, Inc., Morristown, NJ
  • Harold Scharper Humanitarian Award
  • Martin I. Morse, B.S. ‘84, M.S. ‘87
  • Olympic and Paralympic Coach, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

2008

  • Harold Scharper Achievement Award
  • Steven M. Herbst, B.S. ‘88
  • Business Analyst Manager, Allstate Insurance, Northbrook, IL
  • Harold Scharper Humanitarian Award
  • Richard W. Kommers, A.B. ‘69, J.D. ‘73
  • Retired Advisor to the Counsel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, MD

2007

The Harold Scarper Awards become part of the Distinguished Alumni Awards program in the College of Applied Health Sciences.

  • Harold Scharper Achievement Award
  • Gerald W. Kortness, B.A. ‘65
  • President, G. W. Kortness and Associates, Inc., Spooner, WI
  • Harold Scharper Humanitarian Award
  • Clifford D. Crase, Jr. (deceased)
  • Editor/Publisher Paraplegia News; Senior Editor Sports ‘N Spokes, Phoenix, AZ

See the DRES Harold Scharper Award Recipients from 1950-2006 here.

Young Alumni Award Recipients

2021

Jennifer L. Jacobs, B.S. ‘09
Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

 

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