DeSales Names Employees of the Year

by Tom McNamara | Apr 03, 2013

DeSales University has named Joanne Kelly, biology laboratory manager in the DeSales University natural science division, and Pauline “Polly” Kemmerer, bookkeeper in the treasurer’s offce, Employees of the Year for 2013. 

Joanne Kelly Joanne Kelly

Kelly received the Professional Staff Employee of the Year award and Kemmerer received the Support Staff Employee of the Year award. Both were recognized for their years of service and contributions to the University’s success, during the Service Excellence Dinner to be held on the DeSales campus on Thursday, April 4.

The Employee of the Year awards are given annually to a professional and a support staff member in recognition of outstanding service. Recipients are distinguished for their commitment to the University's mission, witness to the values for which the University stands, and service marked by such characteristics as effort, skill, positive attitude and creativity in the work place.

Joanne Kelly received her undergraduate degree in medical technology from Gwynedd-Mercy College and spent 18 years as a medical technologist, working in hospital and clinical laboratory settings. She came to the DSU family in 1988. Kelly prepares laboratories, orders materials, and supervises approximately 12 students who help her prepare the experiments and keeping things orderly. “I love my job and my coworkers,” said Kelly. “But it’s the students who make the job interesting and fun.”

Kelly and her husband George, a deacon and the director of institutional research at DeSales, live in Bethlehem. The couple has five children, four boys and a girl, all of whom graduated from DeSales. In addition, there are four grandchildren, two boys and identical twin girls, who keep them entertained and busy in their spare time.

Kelly’s first love is her family, and she cherishes their special times together, especially at Thanksgiving and at the beach. An active member of the parish community of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, she serves in the prayer shawl and music ministries. Kelly also plays the piano at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Tuesdays at the chapel in Wills Hall on the University’s campus.

Polly Kemmerer Polly Kemmerer

Except for a brief period, Polly Kemmerer is a lifelong resident of Upper Saucon Township. After graduating from Lower Saucon High School in Hellertown, Kemmerer attended Allentown’s IBM/Comptometer School. She has worked for Hess Brothers, GAC Finance (Allentown), Coopersburg National Bank (Merchants Bank), and Coopersburg Telephone Company where she worked until the company was sold.

In 1986, Kemmerer began working in the treasurer’s office at DeSales and she still remembers the mainframe computer they used for bookkeeping. It was so large it took-up a quarter of the office.

Kemmerer and her husband and best friend, Eugene, have been married for 48 years. They have two grown children. Their daughter Lori Ann is a graduate of DeSales, and she and her husband John have three children. Their son Christopher and his wife, Charity, have two sons.

In addition to attending their grandchildren’s musical and sporting events, Kemmerer loves vacations. She especially enjoyed their time in Hawaii and hopes to return there someday to shop and visit casinos. “I feel so blessed to be a part of the DeSales University community,” she said. “And I am deeply grateful and honored by this award.”


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Tom McNamara
Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University
2255 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034

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Tom.McNamara@desales.edu