Homecoming 2013: Alumni Award Winners

by Katherine Bortz '15 | Sep 29, 2013

Matt McMahon McMahon Chris MorganelliMorganelli
Tim Reilly Reilly Jennifer WallWall

During the 2013 DeSales University homecoming weekend, four alumni received awards for their service to the community and success in their professional life after graduation.

Matt McMahon ’08 received the Young Alumni Service Award for going above and beyond to serve the community. While attending DeSales, McMahon participated in many activities with the Center for Service and Social Justice, where he discovered his love and future career in promoting social justice. In 2012, he moved to Bangkok and began work with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and currently holds the position of Southeast Asia Regional Gender Focal Person. In his work, McMahon makes sure that women, children and marginalized groups are able to persevere through natural disasters without discrimination and to promote gender-related peace.

Chris Morganelli ’11 was awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award for striving for excellence in his field of work while still preserving a strong relationship with the university, family and community. After graduation, Morganelli founded CMorganelli Designs, LLC, where he is currently holds the position of CEO. After three years, the business has worked with clients such as the Lehigh Valley Bar Association, Arts Academy Charter School and St. Luke’s Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Alongside this project, Morganelli co-founded Snyder Morganelli IT, LLC, where his focus is spent creating the best technological solutions for clients.

Tim Reilly ‘79 was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award for inspiring many people, especially those within the DeSales community. After graduating in only three and a half years, he made a name for himself in the insurance business. The Tim Reilly/Nationwide Insurance Agency has graced the Northeast Philadelphia area for 33 years. On top of this, Reilly continues to make his presence known throughout the DeSales community by regularly attending alumni networking events, supporting the basketball team and is a former member of the DeSales Presidents Council and a current member of the DeSales Heritage Society.

Jennifer Wall ’99 received the Alumni Service Award for her contributions to the community and preserving the principles of St. Francis DeSales. She has worked as a physician assistant, specializing in the burn and plastic reconstructive fields for 13 years. In addition to this, Wall is the founder and President of Africa Burn Relief, where she works with local healthcare providers to assist in the progression of burn treatments in Nkhoma, Malawi. In the past, she has worked with burn victims at Lehigh Valley Hospital (Allentown), The Arizona Burn Center and at the 2013 Boston Marathon. She currently works at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

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