Distinguished Alumni Honored During Reunion Weekend

Posted: October 20, 2012

Six alumni were honored by their alma mater when Gannon University hosted its annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner on Friday, Oct. 19.

The dinner, held in the Yehl Ballroom, was part of the University’s annual Alumni Homecoming Reunion Weekend. Nearly 500 alumni and their families were on campus for the celebration.

The 2012 honorees were:

  • From the College of Engineering and Business – Anne (Dewey) McCallion ’74, chief financial officer and treasurer of PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust, Moorpark, Calif. McCallion graduated from Gannon summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration. She earned a master of business administration degree from Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio.
  • From the College of Engineering and Business – Tim McCallion ’75 ’81M, president of Verizon Communications, Pacific Region, Thousand Oaks, Calif. McCallion is a Cathedral Prep graduate and earned both a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master of business administration degree from Gannon.
  • From the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences – Thomas L. Curcio Jr. ’67, president and CEO, Board of Child Care of the United Methodist Church, Baltimore, Md. Curcio graduated from Gannon with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from Long Island University and a master of social work degree from the School of Social Work at Hunter College.
  • From the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences – Anthony D’Alessandro MD ’76, professor of surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; director of Adult and Pediatric Liver Transplantation, Madison, Wisc. D’Alessandro graduated magna cum laude from Gannon with a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned a doctor of medicine degree (MD) from Hahnemann University, now Drexel University College of Medicine.
  • Young Alumni Award – Jeremy Ballaro ’02, senior associate, strategy and planning, Fisher-Price Brands, East Aurora, N.Y. Ballaro graduated from Gannon with a bachelor’s degree in finance and earned a master’s degree in economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • Monsignor Wilfrid J. Nash Principles of Christian Conduct Award – Rev. Leo Gallina ’66, retired pastor, Diocese of Erie. Rev. Gallina was ordained in 1965 at St. Peter Cathedral in Erie. He attended Gannon, Christ the King Seminary in Allegany, N.Y., and Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Rev. Gallina is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University.