2002 Alumni Award Recipients


Alumni Award For Outstanding Professional Achievement

William F. Lenahan '72

The Alumni Award for outstanding Professional Achievement is presented to William F. Lenahan ‘72. Bill is the second of six children of Jane Lenahan, the former Placement Director of King’s College. Siblings Patrick, Dennis, James and Maggie also call King’s their alma mater. Bill graduated with a B.S. in Data Processing, and he has pursued graduate studies in Business Administration at Pace University, Financial Management at Harvard and International Financial Planning at IBM’s school in Belgium. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of KMC Telecom, a leading nationwide provider of integrated and next generation telecommunication infrastructure and services.

Bill began his career at IBM in a variety of sales, marketing and executive assignments. He sat on the IBM Product Review Board, helping determine key product launches. After 12 years, he moved to United Telecom, a forerunner of Sprint, where he started Amerisource, a new business that resold PBX’s, PCs and systems integration products.

In 1986 he was named President and CEO of Bell Atlantic’s Compushop division. From 1987 through 1993 he was Vice President and then President and CEO of three Sears Divisions, which under his direction grew from $75 million to over $1.2 billion in six years. He received the IBM Eagle Award for excellence in marketing and distribution.

In 1994 Bill was President and CEO of BellSouth Wireless Date, now Cingular Wireless. Through his vision and execution, BellSouth earned recognition as the nationwide leader in wireless data. His team combined the power of handheld computers with wireless technology to deliver product and services for interactive messaging, email on the belt and access to the Internet. He was instrumental in developing, funding and designing the popular RIM Blackberry and Palm.net services. All you portfolio managers or those in investments now know who to thank (or curse) for your ever-present link to your office and the wire services!

Bill is a member of the boards of Broadbeam Corporation and the WolfeTech Corporation, and a member of the World President’s Organization. He is active with Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity and the Young President’s Organization. Past honors include recognition by Jr. Achievement, New Community Foundation and Who’s Who in North America. He is also an avid golfer, playing in Pro-Ams with some of the best names in golf.

Bill resides in Colts Neck, NJ, and recently celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary with his wife, Catherine. They have two sons, Scott and Brian


The King's College Alumni Award for Service to Society

Melissa Anne Heinlein '97

Missy graduated in 1997 with a major in English and a minor in marketing. Even during her college years, service to others was a way of life for Missy. She served as a peer tutor in the Academic Skills Office and the College Writing Fellows Program and tutored children at the McGlynn Learning Center. She wrote for numerous college publications and in 1994 became a coeditor of the Scop, publishing a special Jubilee edition in 1996. In her senior year she completed an internship with United Way of Wyoming Valley graduating with a certificate in Management for Nonprofit Organizations.

Missy’s career demonstrates her continued interest in nonprofit work. While she has been employed by such diverse businesses as The Vanguard Group, ProClinical Pharmaceutical Services, and CoreTech Consulting, two years ago Missy accepted employment as an Educational Manager for Junior Achievement of the Delaware Valley. “Much of my life during King’s . . . has been focused on serving others,” she wrote to the King’s College Alumni office, “Now, I get to make a full-time job out of it.” Currently, Missy continues full-time service work as the Assistant Director of Volunteer Resources at Abington Memorial Hospital.

Missy has given tirelessly to numerous volunteer programs, serving on the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation Committee and acting as program chair. She taught first grade religion classes and writes for her parish newsletter.

Perhaps most notable is her commitment to the Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy Program. Hope Springs provides therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults with disabilities. One facet of Missy’s service includes being a hands-on volunteer, assisting disabled riders with grooming and tacking up their horses, and acting as a side aide for riders during lessons. Missy also serves as the Volunteer Director for the program. She writes and designs a volunteer newsletter and maintains the volunteer database. Missy actively recruits volunteers and created and implemented a volunteer training program. She coordinated Hope Springs’ annual horse show, and acted as the show secretary for the first major fundraising event in December of 2000.


The Robert J. Ell Alumni Award For Outstanding Service to Alma Mater

Joseph C. Giunta '70

The Robert J. Ell Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to Alma Mater was established to honor the dedication and commitment of King's first Alumni Director. Bob Ell served forty-two years with warmth, integrity, professionalism and a wonderful sense of humor.

This year's recipient, Joseph C. Giunta, graduated from King's College in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Joe is currently an Associate of First Financial Corporation in Wilkes-Barre. He is a Registered Representative of Park Avenue Securities, LLC and a Representative of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. As an insurance representative Joe is a five year member of the Million Dollar Round Table and a Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow and a member of Guardian’s Leader’s Club.

Joe is a member of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, serving two years on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Human Resource Committee and on the Work Force Advisory Board. He also volunteers with the American Heart Association.

When it comes to King’s, Joe’s blood runs red and gold! He is a long time volunteer at the Alumni Phonathon, serving as Class Chair and Section Chair, sometimes simultaneously. When Joe assumed duties of Class Chair, the Class of 1970 became the highest contributing class, last year raising $28,470. Joe chaired the 25th Annual Alumni Phonathon and raising a record $392, 218! He has since served as an ad hoc member of the Phonathon Chairperson’s advisory group.

Knowing a winner, when they see one, the Advancement Office borrowed Joe to serve on the Community Campaign Cabinet for the past several years. He trains their members, giving them the benefit of his sales expertise. This year he became a member of the Century Club Executive Committee.

Joe isn’t all work and no play. He and his wife, Marty, attend almost all of the local alumni mixers, making sure to wear their King’s apparel. They are regular golfers in the Paul Farber Memorial Golf Tournament. Joe and Marty live in Dallas and have a son, Joseph.


The Leo Award

Dr. Benjamin E. Rusilloski, III '90

The Leo Award is named for the King’s College mascot. It is awarded to a graduate of the last 15 years and suggests the energy, pride, and sense of purpose, which the recipient personifies. This year’s awardee is Dr. Benjamin E. Rusiloski, III ’90.

Ben graduated summa cum laude from King’s in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He received his doctorate in physical chemistry from Duke University in 1994. Following in the footsteps of his dad, a1965 alumnus of King’s, Ben became a teacher, an exemplary teacher.

He accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Delaware Valley College and was promoted in 2000 to his current position of Associate Professor and Department Chairperson. He is an active member of the faculty and campus community. He is the recipient of several research and equipment grants and from 1997-99 served as the project director for a two-week residential environmental science camp for thirty low-income middle school students from the Philadelphia School District.

Ben’s current community service includes the Warminster 4-H Club, Bucks County Science Fair Judge, Special Assistant to the Co-Director of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Science Olympiad, Special Assistant to the Co-Director of the Delaware Valley Honors Network Seminar, Pennwood Educational Technology Fair, the Herbert Bassow Memorial Lecture Series, the Inter-Club Council Bowl-A-Thon for the New Britain Food Bank, United Way Day of Caring and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Aldie Counseling Center, a Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation center.

Ben’s excellence in teaching is reflected in the awards he has received so early in his career; the Harleysville National Bank And Trust Company Great Professorship Award, Delaware Valley College Distinguished faculty Member Award, Student Government Faculty Service Award, William Allison Award for Outstanding Service to the Student Body, Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and mentoring, and Holder of the Sarah and David Levin Chair. He is also listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

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