Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

04/19/2010 -- CCAC Educational Foundation announces 2010 “Legends”

Press Release

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Educational Foundation will honor nine outstanding individuals and community organizations at the 2010 “Legends in Leadership” awards Friday, April 23. Members of the press are cordially invited.

The gala event opens with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. in the East Club Lounge at Heinz Field. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

The awards enable the CCAC community to recognize those who have made it possible to provide quality, accessible education to nearly 65,000 students annually. Since 1998, the “Legends” event has honored current and former students, members of the faculty, staff and administration and friends of the college. Ralph J. Papa, chairman of Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, is the honorary chair of this year’s event.

2010 honorees include:

John G. Dziak, Outstanding Faculty/Staff/Administrator
As a CCAC faculty member for the last 38 years; president of CCAC’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Local 2067, CCAC’s organized faculty union; and member of the CCAC Educational Foundation Board of Directors, John Dziak exemplifies genuine service and commitment to the college both in and out of the classroom.

Be a 6th Grade Mentor, Outstanding Community Program
An initiative of United Way of Allegheny County, in partnership with the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh Public Schools and under the leadership of the Pittsburgh Youth Futures Commission (formerly the Youth Crime Prevention Council), the Be a 6th Grade Mentor recruitment campaign has elevated the visibility of mentoring in the region.

Northside Leadership Conference, Outstanding Community Program
The Northside Leadership Conference (NSLC) is a coalition of Northside community-based organizations committed to addressing mutual concerns through a united approach in order to promote and enhance the vitality, quality of life and image of Pittsburgh’s Northside. NSLC serves 20 percent of the city and operates seven business lines, making NSLC the largest and most comprehensive community development corporation in Pittsburgh.

Saleem Ghubril, Outstanding Contributor to Educational Advocacy
Saleem Ghubril has been a powerful advocate for young adults, education and the greater community. As executive director of the Pittsburgh Promise, a visionary scholarship program designed to help students graduating from the Pittsburgh Public Schools pursue postsecondary education, Mr. Ghubril is leading an innovative educational effort that is transforming the lives of students and families in the region while enhancing the growth, stability and economic development of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Charlene Petrelli, Outstanding Alumna
Charlene G. Petrelli is vice president and chief human resources officer of EQT Corporation. Her current responsibilities include developing and executing the human capital and talent management strategies for EQT’s 1,800 employees and directing more than $3 million in annual giving through the EQT Foundation. She is a 1985 graduate of CCAC–South campus with an associate’s degree in Business/Public Administration.

Tom and Bonnie VanKirk, Special Recognition for Lifetime Achievement
Thomas and Bonnie VanKirk have made a tremendous impact on the Pittsburgh region through their many professional and charitable contributions to our community. Bonnie VanKirk’s career was in the publishing business, where she retired from Time Warner as a regional advertising manager for Time Inc, the magazine division. Upon retiring, she became an active community volunteer serving on various boards and committees in the region.

Thomas L. VanKirk is the chairman and immediate past CEO of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, one of the largest law firms in the United States, with more than 500 attorneys and professionals in offices nationwide. In addition to his role as chairman, VanKirk is a practicing litigator and corporate advisor. In addition to his extensive professional obligations, Mr. VanKirk is also involved with a variety of civic and charitable causes.

Milton and Nancy Duckrey Washington, Outstanding Community Leaders
Milton and Nancy Washington have served the greater Pittsburgh community for more than 35 years through their tireless work and seemingly endless philanthropic endeavors. As faculty emerita of the University of Pittsburgh, Nancy Washington is a dedicated advocate of higher education. Her work at the university has extended far beyond the classroom—she has authored and presented various articles and papers on the topics of student achievement and health beliefs among girls, women and African Americans.

As the president of Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corporation (AHRCO) for more than three decades, Milton Washington has led the planning, rehabilitation, construction and management of dozens of successful and affordable communities. In this role, he has directed the administrative operations, property management, acquisition and maintenance programs and non-profit sponsor development. In addition to his role at AHRCO, Mr. Washington founded and is the president of Beacon Construction Company, Inc., an organization that provides construction services for a variety of municipal, institutional, commercial and industrial companies.

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About CCAC
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.