John Muscarella, right, president of the Alumni Association prepares to present the awards to this year’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recipients. They are, from left, Marie R. McDonald, Katherine C. Heatley, Richard Dietz and William Craig. The fifth recipient, Lt. Sean Palmer Jehu, is stationed in the UK and was not able to attend.
Five receive Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
Five Shippensburg University alumni received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award May 10 during the Spring undergraduate commencement ceremony.
The recipients are William Craig, Class of 2000, Richard Dietz, Class of 1999; Katherine Heatley, Class of 2007; Lt. Sean Palmer Jehu, Class of 1996; and Marie R. McDonald, Class of 1997.
Craig, of Harrisburg, is founder and CEO of WebpageFX, an award-winning full-service Internet marketing, web design and web development agency. He initially began his Internet career on a free- lance basis while a student at the university. After graduating from with a degree in finance 2000, he earned an information technology master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
While working as a defense contractor with the Pennsylvania National Guard, he continued to pursue his dream of starting his own business, culminating with the incorporation of WebpageFX in 2006, to meet what he predicted would be a massive growth in Internet marketing. He started working full-time at the company in 2004. The firm has since expanded to more than 60 employees, including a number of Shippensburg University alumni, and con- tinues to add jobs each year.
His efforts have been recognized in many areas including being named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2010 Harrisburg Chamber Business Awards. He is a board member and active participant in Harrisburg Area Community Colleges’ Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and is also involved in various programs such as the Ben Franklin Technology Partner program. He is also an active member in Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Dietz, of Winston-Salem, N.C., is a partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. He earned his degree in finance and was president of the University Honors program. He earned his law degree in 2002 from Wake Forest University School of Law where he was number one in his class.
He subsequently served as law clerk for judges in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. From 2004 to 2006, he was a research scholar in comparative law at Kyushu University in Japan. From 2006 to 2008, he was an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. He joined his current firm as an associate in 2008 and was appointed in 2013 as a partner.
His practice is focused on appellate and constitutional litigation, and he has represented clients in dozens of cases in state and federal appellate courts across the country including the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 2012 and 2013, he was recognized as a North Carolina “Rising Star” in the area of Appellate Law by North Carolina SuperLawyers magazine. He is a gubernatorial appointee to the North Carolina Courts Commission and is a member of the Ethics & Grievance Committee for the 21st Judicial District Bar.
Heatley is a Federal Police Officer with the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C. Heatley earned her degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. While at Shippensburg, she was a standout softball player and earned the NCAA Athlete Scholar Award twice.
After graduating, she joined the police service where her main duties include protecting the chief justice and the associate justices of the Supreme Court. Her protection duties have included her accompanying justices on international trips as well as coordinating security details for those and other trips. While in uniform, her duties include patrolling the Court grounds and screening of visitors to the court building. She also is assigned to the Police Operations Center.
She has multiple professional certifications and has participated in numerous training programs in such areas as active threat response and dignitary protection. She has also received multiple awards for her service, including the Exceptional Leadership Award.
She is pursuing a degree in nursing and is an assistant softball coach for Wilson High School in Washington. In addition, she has served with the Combined Federal Campaign fund-raising program.
Jehu is stationed in Falmouth, United Kingdom, where he serves as a military search and rescue pilot. He earned his degree in business administration in human resource management. A member of the university’s ROTC program, he earned his U.S. Army commission and began serving as a helicopter medical evacuation pilot for more than nine years. He transferred in 2005 to the U.S. Coast Guard to serve as a search and rescue pilot.
In 2011, while serving with the Coast Guard in Puerto Rico, he was selected to serve on an exchange tour to fly search and rescue with the British Royal Navy. Since then, he has participated in more than 30 search and rescues resulting in the saving of dozens of lives.
During his career, he has served in various roles in addition to his flight duties, including as an instructor pilot and flight examiner, communications division head, engineering officer, maintenance test pilot, flight platoon leader, and flight scheduler. He has flown throughout the world in areas including South Korea, Thailand, Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas.
He has completed numerous training programs, including the Advanced Helicopter Rescues Swimmer School. He has earned numerous awards and honors including the Army Meritorious Service Medal and the Coast Guard Accommodation Medal.
McDonald, of Breinigsville, is senior director with Quintiles Consulting, the largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services in the world. As a student, she was a four-year letter winner on the basketball team, playing on the NCAA Division II national runner- up team before she earned her degree in marketing. She has a master’s degree in career and technical education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2001.
She began her career as a specialty territory sales representative for Eli Lilly & Company before she joined Clarkston Consulting where she worked for 10 years and rose to a client service provider. She joined Quintiles in 2011.
She has led consulting projects both domestically and abroad, has published numerous articles, and given presentations at profes- sional conferences.
She serves on the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Greater Philadelphia chapter’s board of directors as the chapter’s president-elect. She also serves on Quintiles’s WIN (Women Inspired Network) Leadership Team, received HBA’s 2013 ACE Award created to recognize corporations’ efforts to strengthen the Advancement, Commitment and Engagement (ACE) of women’s careers in the healthcare industry.
She also was selected from 18,000 women in the company to receive the 2014 HBA Rising Star award. She also earned multiple awards while she worked for Clarkston Consulting.