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Eleven Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming Oct. 5

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Posted: Friday Sep 28, 2012

September 28, 2012

Saint Vincent College will honor eleven graduates with the presentation of Alumni of Distinction or Recent Alumnus Achievement Awards at a reception and dinner on Friday, October 5 during the annual Alumni Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend on campus.

Those who will be honored with Alumni of Distinction Awards at the Fred M. Rogers Center’s main banquet room include Augustus A. Boova, P’42, C’47, of Phoenixville; James P. Carreras, Jr., C’62, of Midlothian, Virginia; Amanda Cecconi, C’87, of Franklin, Tennessee; Rev. Msgr. William G. Charnoki, PA, JCL, C’61, S’65, of Ligonier; Lee R. Demosky, C’92, of Greensburg; Very Rev. Earl J. Henry, O.S.B., P’55, C’60, S’64, of Saint Vincent Archabbey; John M. Lally, C.P.A., C’77, of Pittsburgh (15237); Atty. Daniel W. Piccuta II, C’77, of Kailua Kona, Hawaii; and John L. Tarka, C’67, of McDonald. Gabrielle K. Nastuck, C’01, of Latrobe and Shawn T. Beaman, M.D., C’98, of Gibsonia will receive Recent Alumnus Achievement Awards.

The awards are made by the Saint Vincent Alumni Association in recognition of meritorious service and commitment to Saint Vincent.


Shawn T. Beaman, M.D.

Shawn T. Beaman graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1998 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology with minors in biology and Spanish. At SVC he served as a prefect and a lifeguard and was involved in campus ministry, alpha lambda delta, psi chi and the ski club. Also, he was a psychology career night speaker, a pre-professional health speaker and is a member of the School of Social Sciences, Education, and Communication advisory council. Mr. Beaman earned an M.D. in the school of medicine and biomedical sciences at State University of New York and completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is currently a physician and associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Anesthesiology. He is a member of Saint Kilian Parish. Dr. Beaman and his wife, Antoinette, have two children, Clare and Andrew.

Augustus A. Boova

Augustus A. Boova graduated from Saint Vincent Prep School in 1942 and from Saint Vincent College in 1947 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. At SVC he was a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He has served on the Phoenixville Hospital Board of Directors, Schuylkill Twp. Board of Supervisors, Schuylkill Twp. Board member and with the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation. Mr. Boova is now retired. He enjoys golfing, swimming and traveling. He and his wife, Christine, have three children, Thomas, Robert and Patrick.

James P. Carreras, Jr.

James P. Carreras graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1962 with a bachelor of science degree in business. At SVC he was a member of the ski club, tennis team and the president of Business Forum. Mr. Carreras earned a master of business administration degree from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He was a member of St. Edward Epiphany School Board, St. Edward Parish Council and Finance Committee. Currently, he is a member of St. Edward the Confessor, Knights of Columbus, West End Catholic Men’s Association, The Commonwealth Club of Richmond, The Penn Club of New York, and an advisory board member of Paragon Bank. He serves on the board of Commonwealth Catholic Charities and the Epilepsy Golf Tournament Committee. He volunteers weekly at the Richmond Public School System. He worked at Investment Banking N.Y. and is currently the president of P&J Properties, Inc. Mr. Carreras and his wife, Margaret, have two children, Elizabeth and Scott, and four grandchildren.

Amanda Cecconi

Amanda Cecconi graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1987 with a bachelor of science degree in economics summa cum laude. She was an active writer for the Saint Vincent Review. She earned a master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Ms. Cecconi is founder and partner of a marketing consulting firm and works for the Punching Nun Group. She is currently member and chair of the McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government Advisory Board. She is a member of Grace Chapel in Franklin, Tennessee where she teaches a fifth grade Bible study class. She is a board member of Hop Clinic for Women in Nashville, Tennessee and a board member of the GEAR Foundation. In the past she has developed marketing plans and volunteered for Orphan Network and provided free marketing support to the Retail Orphan Initiative. She is married to Randy F. Thompson.

Rev. Msgr. William G. Charnoki, PA, JCL

Rev. Msgr. William G. Charnoki graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1961 with a bachelor of arts degree. At SVC he sang in the St. Gregory Choir, was a member of CCD and taught catechism. Also, Msgr. Charnoki was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Society and visited the County Home for the Aged. He is currently the Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Ligonier. He is a member of the Ligonier Ministerium, the Ligonier Association of Churches and various ecumenical services. He was the assistant chancellor of the Diocese of Greensburg and served as dean and vicar for religious. He was chairman of the priests personnel board, judicial vicar of the diocesan matrimonial tribunal and served as a diocesan consultor. He was named a domestic prelate with the title of monsignor in 1986. In 2005 he was named a prothonotary apostolic supernumerary.

Lee R. Demosky

Lee R. Demosky graduated from Saint Vincent College with a bachelor of science degree in political science and minors in public administration and history in 1992 with high honors. At SVC he was a member of the scholar program. He also received first place award for best orator in the SVC Mock Trial Competition. He serves on the board of directors of the Westmoreland Bar Association and is a member of the Westmoreland County Academy of Trial Lawyers. In 1994 he received his juris doctorate from Widener University School of Law. He and his wife, Lou Anne, have four children, Brianna, Appolonia, Lealaina and L. William.

Very Rev. Earl J. Henry, O.S.B.

The Very Rev. Earl J. Henry, O.S.B., graduated from Saint Vincent College with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1960 and from Saint Vincent Seminary with a master of divinity degree in 1964. A 1955 graduate of Saint Vincent Prep School, he entered Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1957 and was ordained a priest in 1964. He was the associate pastor at St. Gertrude Parish, Vandergrift. Then, he returned to SVC to hold the positions of director of food service, director of intramurals, dean of students and director of admission and financial aid. He studied at the International Benedictine College of Sant’Anselmo, Rome, Italy, and served as administrator of St. Nicholas Parish, Nicktown and rector of Penn State Catholic Center. For the past 15 years, Fr. Earl has served as the prior of Saint Vincent Archabbey and president of Wimmer Corporation.

John M. Lally, C.P.A.

John M. Lally graduated from Saint Vincent College with a bachelor of arts degree in accounting in 1977. While at SVC he was an active athlete, participating in intramural softball, bowling, wrestling, football, soccer and basketball. In 1978 he received his master of business degree from George Washington University with a concentration in finance and investments. Mr. Lally is currently a board director of the Allegheny Valley Bank of Pittsburgh, the board president of Kon-O-Kwee Spencer, and he also serves on the finance council for the YMCA of Pittsburgh. In the past he has served on the pastoral council, principal advisory board and school advisory board for the Saint Sebastian Parish. He and his wife, Kiera, have four children, Alecia, Shaun, Xenia and Kevin.

Gabrielle K. Nastuck

Gabrielle K. Nastuck graduated from Saint Vincent College in 2001 with a bachelor of arts degree in studio arts with a focus in graphic design as well as a minor in art history. After graduation she attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where she received her digital design diploma. Director of the Latrobe Art Center, she currently serves as the chair for Champion of the Arts for the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit. She is the creator of the Buddy Art Program and serves on the Latrobe Revitalization board of directors. In the past, she served as the chair of the first arts festival in Vandergrift.

Daniel W. Piccuta II

Daniel W. Piccuta, II graduated from Saint Vincent College with a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1977. At SVC he was a member of the tennis team. He was also awarded the Saint Vincent Award for Excellence in Major Field of Study. In 1980 he received his juris doctor from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. Mr. Piccuta recently retired from an impressive career as a U.S. State Department Foreign Policy Advisor where he worked alongside Henry Kissinger, Hillary Clinton, Tim Geithner and a host of other top-level officials in his post as second in command at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China. He has served as a board member for the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was also a member and guide for the Kona Historical Society in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. He and his wife, Christina, have one daughter, Erin.

John L. Tarka

John L. Tarka graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1967 with a bachelor of arts degree in English. While at SVC he was the president and committee chair of the Saint Vincent College Student Government Association. In 1968 he received his masters in teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently serves as a board member of the United Way of Allegheny County and a board member of the Obediah Cole Foundation for the prevention/cure of prostate cancer. Mr. Tarka also currently serves as the vice president of the Allegheny County Labor Council. He and his wife, Jean, have three children, John, Mary and Anna.

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Photos:
Shawn T. Beaman, M.D
Augustus A. Boova
James P. Carreras, Jr.
Amanda Cecconi
Rev. Msgr. William G. Charnoki
Lee R. Demosky
Very Rev. Earl J. Henry, O.S.B.
John M. Lally
Gabrielle K. Nastuck
Atty. Daniel W. Piccuta
John L. Tarka
 

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