Cedar Crest College Selects Four Accomplished Alumnae for Awards
Allentown, Pa. (June 19, 2012)—Cedar Crest College bestowed 2012 Alumnae Awards on three outstanding alumnae during Reunion Weekend festivities June 1-3. The awards are given annually to alumnae who meet given criteria in one of five categories: service to the College, professional achievement, volunteer work, humanitarianism; or single exceptional achievement.
Juanelle “Wannie” Fulcoly Mochel ’72 of Doylestown, Pa., earned her B.A. in sociology and B.S. in secondary social studies at Cedar Crest College. After graduation, she taught social studies in the East Penn School District from 1972-76 and earned her special education teaching certificate. After putting her career on hold for a few years, she re-entered the teaching profession at Saint Margaret’s Nursery School in 1984, and also began working as an instructor as Swain Summer Camp.
In 1987, Mochel began a decade of work teaching special education at the Hillside School, during which time she also began a private tutoring business. In 1998, she left Hillside School to teach special education in Central Bucks School District.
“I was fortunate to find my passion in teaching learning disabled students. It was the thrill of working with young children that kept me enthused and devoted to my career,” she said. “Cedar Crest College did an excellent job preparing me for my life’s work.”
When she was diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer in 1999, Mochel was forced to endure three rounds of cancer, four major surgeries, and much more. Not only did she survive, but she and her sister, Gail, began an association with the American Cancer Society’s Bike-A-Thon that raised more than $110,000 through 2009. The sisters and their husbands participate regularly in the LiveStrong Challenge, a bicycling event in honor of the fortitude of one of Mochel’s role models—Lance Armstrong.
In addition to her teaching and philanthropic efforts, Mochel spent many years volunteering with the Learning Disabilities Association, Support Teens of East Penn, and at her church. She has earned the Cedar Crest College Alumnae Award for Humanitarianism.
Kathleen Horkay Baas ’75 of Danville, Pa., graduated from Cedar Crest with a B.S. degree in nursing. She began a career as a registered nurse after graduation, but the death of her husband in an industrial accident and subsequent birth of her daughter two months later compelled her to put career plans on hold.
Later, her second child, William, from her current marriage, was diagnosed with profound autism as a young boy. This led to years of meeting with specialists, late-night research, and battles with those who stood in the way of her child getting the care he needed.
Thankfully, all of these efforts led to some great strides for William, and moved Horkay Baas to help others. She began to get more actively involved in the local area autism support group, and to speak at autism conferences. She helped found CampEmerge—a camp for families touched by autism—in 1999, and she volunteers at the camp annually. These efforts led to her being named a “Shining Star” by Women’s Day magazine in 2004, and she also earned the American Association of University Women of Pennsylvania’s Susan K. Nestiel Humanitarian award in 2006.
Horkay Bass currently works as a nurse aide program instructor at Harrisburg Area Community College; as a part-time staff member at SUN Home Hospice Care Center; as a staff nurse at Keystone Rural Farm Worker Health; and as a part-time health occupations instructor and substitute school nurse for Central Columbia School District. She is a life member of the Cedar Crest College Alumnae Association, and she has earned the Alumnae Award for Volunteerism.
Linda Vola ’72 of Beech Island, S.C., earned her bachelor of arts degree in English and secondary education in 1972. After graduating from Cedar Crest, Vola worked for Bell Telephone and then AT&T for many years in various positions.
She said one of her crowning achievements while working for the company in training, billing and contract management, marketing and product naming for more than 30 years was devising a way to validate bills from outside vendors, an initiative that saved the company $50 million. She was also part of a small start-up group that created a billing system for global travelers that was printed in three languages and billed in five currencies. Later, she worked for five years as a marketing manager at Avaya and she currently works for her husband’s company, Charles Sharp Solutions, LLC.
While Vola has had a very successful professional career, it pales in some ways to what she has done with regard to community service and service to her family. She has worked tirelessly for foster children, and she took care of her parents and a sister when they were stricken with debilitating illnesses. Despite suffering from a debilitating illness of her own, she continues to work on behalf of animals as technical adviser and marketer for her local Friends of the Animal Shelter in Aiken, S.C. She also created a website for the local equine rescue group, and she currently cares for six dogs and four cats, most of which are rescue animals.
She has also served her local community on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, on the Environmental Committee, and on the Fire Department’s First Aid Squad Auxiliary. She served her beloved Cedar Crest College as class correspondent for more than three decades; she has mentored students during Career Day activities; and she has returned to campus on many occasions.
For her many efforts on behalf of her alma mater and as a distinguished alumna, Linda Vola has earned the Alumnae Award for her volunteer work.
Barry earns 2012 Constance Parkes Washburne Award
Nan Louise Barry ’72 of Kinnelon, N.J., earned the 2012 Constance Parkes Washburne Award, given to “an alumna who has been active in the Alumnae Association and loyal and devoted to the College and its administration.”
Barry, a former English and education major, passed on her love for reading to generations of young children as teacher in the Butler, N.J., public school system. She earned the 2002 Teacher of the Year award for Aaron Decker Elementary School through the Morris County (N.J.) teacher recognition program, and later retired after more than three decades as an educator.
Barry has also served Cedar Crest College in many ways. She has served as Alumnae Executive Board director and as class president since 2002. Other past and current positions include class reunion chair, class agent; Alumnae Scholarship vice-chair and chair; and Alumnae Council chair. She has served as an admissions volunteer and in many functions on the Faculty Award Committee, and as a life member of the Alumnae Association. She exemplifies how a Cedar Crest alumna can use her passion, talents, and leadership abilities throughout her life to impact so many.
This is the 12th year the Alumnae Association has given this award to an alumna in memory of an equally dedicated alumna, Constance Parkes Washburne ’48.