2004 Alumni Award Recipients
Alumni Award For Outstanding Professional Achievement
A. Stesney, Esq. ’79
achievement also earned her the privilege and honor of being King’s
College’s second Fulbright Scholar. She studied European Economic
Community Law at the College of Europe in Belgium. Upon her return to
the States, Linda entered The Washington College of Law at American
University. She was the Notes and Comment Editor of the Law Review.
Linda was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1984.
her career at Shearman and Sterling in New York City as a corporate
associate dealing with securities offerings, bank financing and
bankruptcy. In 1990 she became the Assistant General Counsel at
Financial Guaranty Insurance Company. She remained with them for 2 years
and then branched out in a new direction when she became a private
practitioner while also joining Moody’s Investors Service. Linda
began her career at Moody’s as a Vice President and Senior Analyst of
Credit Card Securitization. Currently Linda is Managing Director of
Latin American Securitizations, Servicer Ratings and Frequent Issuer
Pricing. That means she manages analytic teams that rate domestic and
cross-border securitizations in Latin America and the United. States.
King’s is giving Linda a Triple A (AAA) rating for her professional
married Marun Jazbik in May 27, 1989 in the Chapel of Christ the King
here on the King’s College campus.
Fr. Charles Kociolek presided at their wedding.
They have two
children, Mark, age 9, &
Ana Beatrice, or Bia, age
8. Linda and her husband
are actively involved in raising their children.
In addition to volunteering at Mark and Bia’s school, much of
Linda’s time outside the office is spent taking Mark and Bia to
practice or lessons for swimming, sailing, baseball, tennis,
gymnastics and piano. Linda
and her family travel regularly to Brazil to spend time with Marun’s
mother and sisters. Linda
has become fluent in Portuguese.
In recent years she has taken a keen interest in cooking and
experiments with Brazilian and Polish recipes.
The King's College Alumni Award for Service to Society
The King’s College Alumni Award for Service to Society was established to recognize Alumni who have distinguished themselves through selfless and caring commitment to benefit others. The recipient of the 2004 award is Joseph “Boe” Barrett” ’67.
Boe’s grandparents’ homestead is the site of the present Corgan Library, where his Aunt Mary served as Librarian for many years. As a student he came to cherish both the college and the friends he made here. In his senior year Boe was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1967.
Boe worked briefly for IBM, then at Nestle Company. Three years after graduation, diabetes claimed his sight. Boe’s philosophy is “We can’t control what happens to us in life, but we can control how we react to it.” He was given a medical retirement, but trained for a position with the Social Security Administration. It was then that he met and married Tandy Chiles. They moved to Florida where Tandy’s father was a U.S. Senator and later Governor of Florida. Boe discovered he also had an interest in government. He left his position as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to become a Congressional aide for Rep. Bill Nelson. Last year he retired as Director of Governmental Affairs for the Orlando International Airport. He and Tandy have two children, also Joe and Tandy.
Boe could have received Social Security Disability benefits from the inception of his blindness, but he turned the trauma of the complications of diabetes into a compassionate ministry to others. He was Vice Chairman of Florida’s Diabetic Retinopathy Task Force, Chairman of the Special Ad Hoc Committee for the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness, and Board Member and past president of the Central Florida Center for Independent Living.
Boe continues to serve on the Division of Blind
Services Advisory Council, Human Services Council for Orange County, the
American Diabetes Association- Florida Affiliate and is chairman of the
Governmental Affairs Committee for the National American Diabetes
Association. He is also on the Board of Goodwill Industries of Central
Florida and the Children’s Safety Village. Boe used his governmental
experience to assist in passing important federal legislation. He was
also a member of the Jaycees and is actively involved in his parish.
The Robert J. Ell Alumni Award For Outstanding Service to Alma Mater
John “Jack” Wega
Jack is a believer in, and an advocate for, a King’s College education, personally writing many recommendations for prospective King’s students. He assumed a lead in the formation of a local Alumni Educators Admissions Network. Jack is a Century Club member and also plays in the Farber Memorial Golf Tournament.
One might think that Jack wouldn’t have time to volunteer elsewhere, but he is an active community volunteer, most notably as the Red Cross Regional Disaster Coordinator from 1981 to the present, the Dallas Fire Department since 1977, and the Dallas Ambulance Association since 1979, serving as chief from 1980-1988. He also served the Dallas Parents’ Soccer Association, the Dallas Band Parents, and professional educational organizations. In one of your nomination letters, you were called “the face of King’s.” Jack, you are the personification of King’s.
R. Leffler '75
Mark’s first job was selling business forms where in one year
he developed a new territory from “$0” to $175,000. If you know
Mark you know that he can sell anything, but he decided to sell salt
and chemicals, once again growing the territory from $225,000 to
$1,600,000. As the years went by Mark’s responsibilities at various
companies grew from National Sales Manager, to VP of Sales to
President of GFI Chemical. Along the way he developed and copyrighted
“Selling in Circles” a tool, or system of salesmanship. Mark sold
his company and is now Executive Vice President of Basic Chemical
Solutions. He is responsible for $150,000,000 in annual sales.
As you can see Mark’s expertise is in leadership and
motivational skills, which he readily shared with King’s when he was
asked to join the Business Advisory Committee in 1991. Each year he
shares his experience and gives advice to McGowan Business School
students in the classroom, and shares his knowledge and understanding
of the business world with the dean and faculty.
When the Business School decided to apply for the AACSB
accreditation they called upon a few dedicated members of the Advisory
Board to become a member of the Dean’s Cabinet for accreditation.
Mark became actively involved in the process and when the
accreditation committee visited campus, Mark was there to answer
questions and promote his alma mater. The committee noted in its
remarks that they were extremely impressed with the integrity and
passion that he demonstrated for King’s.
Mark’s family comes first. He and Noreen recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters, Gina and Carolyn. Mark once commented that it was clear to him that he has made time for little else than family or work – perhaps a little golf. Mark, we appreciate that the time you did have to commit to another purpose, you committed to King’s. King’s is richer for it and we are grateful.
The Leo Award
The Leo Award is
named for the King’s College mascot. It suggests the energy,
pride, and sense of purpose, which the recipient personifies. This
year’s awardee is Suzanne M. Carney ’96.
Suzanne is the
oldest daughter of seven children of
Nannette and John Carney ’64. No doubt her position at
home predestined her to be a leader and a take-charge person.
Having John as her dad predestined her to attend King’s. Suzy
graduated in 1996 with a B.S. in Marketing and a Minor in
English/Writing. She was hired immediately after graduation as an
Assistant Director for the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group. Her
impressive organizational skill and ceaseless energy led her to be
promoted to Executive Director in 1999, becoming the youngest
Executive director, at only 24 years old. Her position requires
her to interact with venture capitalists, angel investors,
lawyers, accountants, investment bankers and entrepreneurs – not
an easy lot to impress or satisfy.
Since her promotion she has grown the office to 5 full time
employees and 225% increase in budget. Her initiatives include
frequent and pervasive networking opportunities, quality
educational programs and most importantly full production of the
Mid-Atlantic Venture Conference which annually attracts over 1200
entrepreneurs and financiers to the Greater Philadelphia region.
The mission of the GPVG is to foster a world class private equity
and entrepreneurial environment in Philadelphia and under her
guidance they are well on their way.
Suzy was recently nominated to Philadelphia’s “40 Under 40”
which recognizes 40 people under the age of 40 who have made
significant contributions to the greater Philadelphia region through
their professional and community endeavors. She is a member of
Governor Ed Rendell’s Committee for Pennsylvania Innovation Index, a
Special Olympics Volunteer, Business Mentoring Youth Manager, a member
of the local chapter of the Variety Club Supporter and volunteers in
the King’s alumni admissions network.
Suzy credits Dr. Chris Alexander for pushing her beyond her
comfort zone and King’s in general for developing her technical,
verbal and written skills. She is proud of King’s. Her dad is proud
that Suzy supervises graduates of Notre Dame, Villanova and Drexel!
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