Alumni Spotlight

From education to art, Wilkes alumni are making fantastic things happen in their fields! Here's a look at the accomplishments of some of our outstanding alumni who continue Wilkes' tradition of excellence and exemplify the Colonel spirit.

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Tom McGuire '85
Tom McGuire ’85 was recently honored with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by CoSIDA, which is the professional association for intercollegiate athletic communications. In his nearly 30 year career in sports information, 19 of those years were spent at Bloomsburg University and 9 years at Wilkes University. In his most recent career change, he is now the director of media relations and content strategy with the office of marketing and communications at Bloomsburg. 
Deanna Drako '11, MBA '13
Deanna Drako '11, MBA '13 is one of Wilkes' biggest fans. She came to Wilkes in 2007 to pursue a degree in environmental engineering, and never left. Today, she is the assistant director of middle school centers for the SHINE Program, which is an after school program for Luzerne County elementary and middle school-aged children. Wilkes launched the SHINE program in 2014.
Mo O'Hara '90
Mo O’Hara ’90 is the author of the children’s book series, My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish, which is aimed at children ages 7-10. Mo's first book, in the 6 book series, made the New York Times Bestseller List and she credits her Wilkes education for some of her success.
Dr. Asif Ilyas '97
Dr. Asif Ilyas '97 is a physician and an orthopaedic surgeon, who operates at the Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital in the Greater Philadelphia Area. He was recently featured in The New York Times because of clinical expertise in wide-awake surgery. This relatively new type of surgery, where the patient is awake for the entire procedure, is becoming more popular due to financial reasons for the patient and for transparency reasons for the surgeon.
Charlotte Hacker '12
Charlotte Hacker '12 knew that she wanted to go to graduate school after Wilkes helped her to study abroad for several months in Africa. There, she got involved in researching elephant behavior. 
Jeanie Cronin Coomber ’90
Jeanie Cronin Coomber ’90 has more than 25 years of experience as executive and leadership coach. Her motivation for her business comes from her own life experiences and her great skills in developing relationships. 
Chuck Allabaugh '82
Chuck Allabaugh ’82 has worked for his current employer for more than 25 years, and he credits Wilkes for helping get him there. 
Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Ty Frederickson EdD '16
Dr. Ty Frederickson EdD '16 is a high school educator in Topeka, Kansas, where he aspires to have a lasting effect on his students. Before earning his doctoral education degree, he earned a bachelor of science in education and master of arts degree. Here, Ty discusses his thoughts in the educational field and the impact Wilkes will have on his future endeavors.  
Dr. Mark Stair ’70 Shares Passion for Veterinary Practice With Wilkes Student
Wilkes junior biology major Brianna Smith’s part-time position at the Trucksville Dog and Cat Hospital is more than a job. It’s an opportunity to be mentored by Dr. Mark Stair ’70 at his practice in Dallas, Pa., and to explore her passion for the veterinary field. Such opportunities with alumni are typical for Wilkes students
during college.
Alumni Board President Cynthia Charnetski ’97 Has Sights Set on Success
Cynthia Charnetski ’97 has a long history with Wilkes. She grew up on campus. Her father, Carl Charnetski ’70, has been a professor of psychology here for decades. Now an optometrist at Northeastern Eye Institute and the new president of the Alumni Association board of directors, Cindy discusses her goals for the association, and her ideas on engaging alumni.  
Dr. Eula Pines DNP ’13
Dr. Eula Pines is a 2013 graduate of the doctor of nursing program and has more than 20 years of experience in the nursing practice. 
Susan Maier Davis '85
Alumni/Student Mentoring Program Provides Opportunity for Susan Maier Davis ’85 to Impact Nursing Students
Ray Dombroski ’78
Ray Dombroski ’78 honors faculty and benefits students with gifts to Cohen Science Center.
Louise Hazeltine ’44
Louise Hazeltine ’44 honors faculty and benefits students with gifts to Cohen Science Center.
Patricia A. Patrician ’82
Patricia A. Patrician '82 gives back to Wilkes through a scholarship she created in honor of her parents: the Frank and Anna (Elchinski) Markiewicz Memorial Scholarship.
Corinna Sowers-Adler '99
Corinna Sowers-Adler '99 is an award-winning cabaret artist and graduate of the Wilkes theater department. In this Q&A, Corinna tells us about upcoming performances, what is was like to direct theater for the Wilkes Conservatory and where she finds inspiration.
Joe Weinkle '63
Joe Weinkle '63 is an independent insurance professional and Pittsburgh sports fan who serves as a mentor to a current business student. Joe tells us why he enjoys the Alumni Association's alumni/student mentoring initiative and shares a few very memorable stories about his antics as a boy of Butler Hall.
Ellen Stamer Hall '71
Ellen Stamer Hall '71, a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and longtime educator, shares her experiences with Wilkes both now and during her college years. Last year, Ellen helped to coordinate one of the most successful Homecoming reunion groups, bringing former residents of Doane and Weckesser Halls back to campus for the first time in 40 years.
Michael Liberski '04
Michael Liberski '04, a manufacturing engineering manager at InterMetro Industries, Inc., talks about his involvement as a member of the Colonels football team and tells us why it's important for alumni to support Wilkes.
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