Homecoming 2015: Alumni Award Winners

by Tom McNamara | Sep 28, 2015

DeSales Homecoming 2015 Award Winners

DeSales Homecoming 2015 Award Winners 

From left:  Achille “Ash” Scache  ’07, Gabriella “Gabe” Labella ’77, Robyn Oplinger ’13, Patrick Targét Jr. ’10,   Thomas M. Bozzuto, D.O. ’75

 On Saturday, September 26, 2015, at DeSales University’s Homecoming five alumni received awards for accomplishments in their professional lives as well as service to their community. 

Thomas M. Bozzuto, D.O. ’75 was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award for inspiring many people, especially those within the DeSales community.

Bozzuto graduated from DeSales with a B.S. in biology and went on to graduate with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 1980 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is currently the medical director of Phoebe Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center in Albany, Ga. The Center is in the top 10% of wound care centers in the US. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and sub-speciality certified in Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and became certified in wound care by the American Professional Wound Care Association. In 1989, Bozzuto developed the Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville.

Bozzuto is a founding fellow of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and is its immediate past-president. He is also past-president of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. He has authored many papers on both emergency medicine and hyperbaric medicine and has also lectured extensively in hyperbaric medicine and wound care both in the United States and overseas.

In addition to being a SCUBA diver, he is a private pilot and an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner, while in the USAF he had the honor of being one of the youngest medical officers to fly on SAM23000 - called Air Force One.

Gabriella “Gabe” Labella ’77 and Robyn Oplinger ’13 received the Alumni Service Award for their contributions to the community and preserving the principles of St. Francis de Sales

Gabe graduated from DeSales University with a degree in Spanish. Robyn graduated from DeSales with a degree in liberal studies. The two DeSales alumnae work together at the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN) where they advocate for residents with disabilities.

DRN works to empower disabled citizens with opportunities and choices that ensure they are valued members of their communities who receive the same rights as other citizens – free of abuse, neglect, and discriminations. Robyn started working for DRN in 2006 and was inspired by her son, Dan, who has Down syndrome. Gabe previously worked as a lawyer for immigrants and refugees but decided to switch her career path because she wanted to make a difference in the lives of children.

Gabe and Robyn work hand in hand to make the lives of these children easier and fair. Robyn will pitch a case to Gabe that she believes is very good and Gabe will play devil’s advocate and point out the flaws so that Robyn can make sure the case is foolproof. They work very hard and diligently to work with the families and litigate on their behalf while also running training courses and special education workshops to teach parents, teachers, health care professionals and case managers how to effectively work with children with disabilities.

Gabe and Robyn strive every day to better the lives of many children and they get fulfillment out of speaking up and defending those who cannot do those for themselves.

Achille “Ash” Scache  ’07 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.

Ash graduated from DeSales in 2007 with a degree in English and a minor in political science.  During his years at DeSales he was active in student government and social justice and was a member of the Chorale, Schola Cantorum, and Liturgical Choir.  After graduating from DeSales he went on to receive his law degree from Widner University School of Law.

Currently Ash is an attorney with the suburban Wilmington firm of Giordano, DelCollo, Werb & Gagne.  His practice focuses on all aspects of Delaware family law.  He is a member of the Melson-Arsht American Inn of Court and the Delaware State Bar Association, where he served as the Chair of the Family Law Section in 2014-15. In 2014, he was appointed to the Differentiation subcommittee of the Delaware Family Court Enhancement Project, an initiative to improve the way the Family Court of the State of Delaware responds to domestic violence in child custody cases.  Ash has presented continuing legal education on family law topics and client advocacy and regularly volunteers his time with Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, the Delaware Domestic Violence Assistance Program, the Delaware High School Mock Trial program, as well as engagements at both Widner University School of Law and here at DeSales University.

Ash and his wife, Dr. Laura Owens reside in Wilmington, Del., and enjoy time with their dog, Swiper, as well as racing sailboats and playing golf.

Patrick Targét Jr. ’10 received the Young Alumni Service Award for going above and beyond to serve the community. 

A native New Yorker with roots in the Caribbean, Patrick’s work is driven by his passion for social entrepreneurship, civic engagement and social justice causes, particularly as they relate to mental health and equal access to mental health services, both locally and abroad.

Soon after obtaining his B.A. in psychology with minors in philosophy and French from DeSales University, Patrick joined The Mayor’s Office under the Bloomberg administration, where he managed corporate, nonprofit and interagency relationships, and coordinated signature, city-wide initiatives, including the rapid response relief efforts that deployed 2,100 volunteers in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Before his transition into the government sector, Patrick worked extensively building volunteer capacity and sustainable programs with some of New York City’s top nonprofits. Currently, Patrick works at CBS EcoMedia, where he is tasked with managing the activation, implementation and evaluation of the company’s diverse portfolio of environmental, health and education programs nationwide.   

In his spare time, Patrick volunteers as a suicide prevention counselor to the City’s largest suicide prevention network, and is a Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Advocate at emergency rooms in seven hospitals in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. In 2011, he took on a leadership role at AfC, an arts nonprofit in East Harlem, N.Y., dedicated to the advancement of progressive social change, where he is currently a Member of the Board of Directors.  

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