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College’s Regional Centers Recognize 18 Community and Business Leaders

The College's Regional Centers presented Distinguished Leadership Awards to high school, business and community leaders during a series of neighborhood breakfasts on April 29, 30 and May 1. This was the 15th year the Regional Centers presented the awards to honorees who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to their community.

The Northeast Regional Center held its award ceremony on April 29. The winners were:

Business – Kent C. Lufkin, President and CEO, 3rd Fed Bank
Education – Rob Caroselli, Principal, Fox Chase Academics Plus School
Public Official – The Honorable Bobby Henon, Councilman 6th District, City of Philadelphia
Faith-Based – Rev. Scott C. Dorsey, Pastor, Mount Zion Baptist Church of Holmesburg
Community Service – Seth Kaplan, Chief of Staff, Office of State Rep. Kevin Boyle
Youth – Laura Naylor, Senior, Archbishop Ryan High School

Seated, left to right: Bobby Henon, Kent C. Lufkin, and Laura Naylor. Standing, left to right: Interim President Judith Gay, Ph.D.; Rob Caroselli, Seth Kaplan and Rev. Scott C. Dorsey.


The Northwest Regional Center held its award ceremony on April 30. The winners were:

Business – Pamela Rich-Wheeler, Co-founder and Executive Director, The Business Center for Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise
Education – Michael Cruz, Program Manager, Operations and Grant Development Office of Early Childhood Education, Head Start Program, School District of Philadelphia
Public Official – The Honorable Cindy Bass, Councilwoman, 8th District, City of Philadelphia
Faith-Based – Clement M. Lupton, III, Pastor Beloved, St. John Evangelistic Church
Community Service – Alex Peay, President and Founder, Rising Sons
Youth – Shemaiah Clarke, Senior, Mastery Charter School – Pickett Campus

Seated, left to right: Michael Cruz, Shemaiah Clarke and the Honorable Cindy Bass. Standing, left to right: Chad Dion Lassiter, Community College of Philadelphia trustee, Pamela Rich-Wheeler, Alexander Peay and Rev. Clement M. Lupton, III.


The West Regional Center held its breakfast May 1. The winners were:

Business – Patricia Fennell-Peaks, Senior Analyst, PECO
Education – Ana E. Núñez, M.D., Associate Dean of Urban Health Equity, Education and Research, Director of the Center of Excellence and Women’s Health Education Program, and professor of Medicine at Drexel University
Public Official – The Honorable Robert A. Brady, U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District
Faith-Based – W. Lonni Herndon, Senior Pastor, The Church of Christian Compassion
Community Service – George Stevens, President, Lancaster Avenue 21st Century Business Association
Youth – Isaiah Gordon Senior, Mastery Charter School – Thomas Campus

Seated, left to right: Patricia A. Fennell-Peaks; Terry O’Donnell, collecting the award for Pastor Herndon; and Tom Johnson, collecting the award for Congressman Robert A. Brady. Standing, left to right: the Honorable James R. Roebuck, Jr., College trustee; George Stevens; Ana E. Núñez; Isaiah Gordon and Interim President Judith Gay, Ph.D.