Gannon University To Honor Five Distinguished Alumni
Posted: September 29, 2016
Gannon University will honor five individuals for their
accomplishments and service to others during Homecoming Reunion
Weekend. The annual presentation of Distinguished Alumni Awards
honors alumni of Gannon University and Villa Maria College and is
being held Friday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. in Gannon's Yehl Alumni Room
in its Waldron Campus Center.
Representing the College of Business and Engineering is Almitra
"Almi" (Clemente) Clerkin, Executive Director of the Erie
Playhouse. Clerkin graduated cum laude from Gannon in 1985 with a
Bachelor of Science degree in business management. She is currently
the executive director of the Erie Playhouse and also serves
various civic organizations such as Erie Arts & Culture. She is
a Hamot Health Foundation corporator and a member of the board of
directors of St. Mary's Home of Erie.
From the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences is
Elisabeth "Betsy" (Roeback) Monsalve. She earned her nursing degree
from Villa Maria College in 1970 and her Masters of Science degree
in nursing from Wayne State University. She became one of the first
certified nurse practitioners in the country.
She currently serves as a director at McManis & Monsalve
Associates of Erie. Her volunteer service includes the Erie Rotary
Club and the Our West Bayfront neighborhood planning and
Representing the College of Humanities Education and Social
Sciences is John "Jay" Alberstadt, Jr. Alberstadt graduated magna
cum laude in 1976 with a degree in sociology. He earned his law
degree from the Dickinson School of Law and has practiced in Erie
for the past 30 years. Alberstadt is a partner at MacDonald Illig
Jones and Britton LLP where his practice concentrates on real
estate, commercial and economic development.
Alberstadt serves on the boards of Northwestern Legal Services,
the Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services, Housing
and Neighborhood Development Services, ExpERIEnce Children's Museum
and the County Bar Association.
Adam J. Susmarski, D.O. is the recipient of the Young Alumni
Award. He graduated summa cum laude from Gannon in 2005 with a
degree in sport and exercise science. He went on to Michigan State
University where he earned his medical degree. He is currently the
chief resident in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Susmarski also serves in
the U.S. Navy Medical Corps and has been deployed to Afghanistan,
Kuwait, Africa and Europe.
The recipient of this year's Monsignor Wilfrid Nash Christian
Conduct award is Sister Mary Miller, OSB. Miller earned her
undergraduate degree in elementary education from Villa Maria
College in 1967. She is currently the director of Emmaus
Ministries, a position she has held for the past 36 years. Her
ministry includes 300 volunteers dedicated to feeding the needy of
the Erie region and providing 45,000 meals and distributing over
15,000 bags of groceries each year.