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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
and given presentations at profes-
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.