Albright College Alumni Association announces six awards for 2022

Six Albright College alumni will receive awards at an on-campus alumni weekend ceremony April 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the McMillan Student Center. The 2022 winners are: Geneva Johnson ’51 (Brookfield, Wis.), Kathryn Crossley ’11 (Collegeville, Pa.), Bryan Wilson ’11, MD, FAEMS (Bethlehem, Pa.), Dwight Davis ’97, M. Div. (Washington, DC) Victoria Lins ’86 (Mount Kisco, NY) and Bishop Samuel Zeiser ’73, Ph.D. (Allentown, Pennsylvania).

Jacob Albright Prize: Geneva Johnson ’51

The Jacob Albright Award is the highest honor given to an Albright graduate. It is presented to alumni who have used their liberal arts education to its greatest potential, thereby making outstanding contributions to the Albright community, their profession, and society.

Born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, Geneva Johnson boasts an impressive resume that includes being recruited as the first female senior vice president of United Way America, serving as president and CEO of Family Service America, and serving as the first Director of Mount Mary College Women’s Leadership Institute. Johnson has served on a number of university, hospital, foundation and bank boards, almost always reaching executive leadership levels. She currently serves on the board of The Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School, Froedtert Hospital, Leader to Leader Institute, and Volunteers of America. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Albright, a master’s degree in applied social administration from Case Western Reserve University, and an executive certificate in management from Harvard University School of Business.

Mary Fry Good ’49 Service to Alma Mater Award: Kathryn Crossley ’11

This award is given to Albright alumni for outstanding service to their alma mater.

Outgoing chairman of the alumni board, Crossley joined the alumni board just two years after graduating and quickly became an active member of the board’s alumni advisory council and a member of the youth executive committee. old. She volunteered for college fairs and move-in day activities, and helped alumni rediscover themselves through reunion activities. She helped raise funds for the college’s Advancing Lives Scholarship Initiative, as well as the Alumni Association Board of Trustees Scholarship. With an undergraduate degree in communications from Albright and a master’s degree in communications from Villanova University, Crossley is currently a digital marketing strategist at Vanguard.

Young Graduate Achievement Award: Bryan Wilson ’11, MD, FAEMS

The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes Albright College graduates, age 35 or younger at the time of nomination, who demonstrate outstanding professional or volunteer achievement.

Wilson is an emergency physician who serves as medical director of the City of Bethlehem EMS office and director of the new EMS fellowship at St. Luke’s University Health Network. He works constantly to bring the hospital to his patients in the field and to train other doctors to do the same. A member of several prominent medical committees, Wilson holds certifications in Paramedic, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Medicine, EMT – Prehospital Physician, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Pediatric Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and in prehospital resuscitation in traumatology. He has been widely recognized for his professional acumen and volunteerism and his work has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Emergency Medicine and Advances in Medical Education and Practice.

Distinguished Alumni Awards: Reverend Dwight Davis ’97, M.Div., Victoria Lins ’86, Bishop Samuel Zeiser ’73, Ph.D.

This award recognizes outstanding service and achievement in at least one of the following: community, state, nation, church, profession, university, and/or service organizations.

Since earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, History, and Education from Albright and a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Education from Princeton Theological Seminary, Dwight Davis is committed to educating others. His excellence as a teacher and principal in Washington, D.C. earned him an invitation to discuss the state of education with President Obama in 2014. Dwight’s passion for teaching, learning, and developing staff led to her selection as a Mary Jane Patterson Fellow, an aspiring principal’ leadership development program that honors the memory of the first African-American principal to serve DC’s first public school. Prior to becoming a Patterson Fellow, Davis was selected as a CityBridge Education Innovation Fellow – a distinguished honor that took him across the country, from Washington, D.C. to California, as he learned to personalize educational experiences and elevate levels of success. Currently, he is one of the main partners of the CityBridge Action Fund.

Victoria Lins has an impressive resume as an award-winning marketer with over 25 years of experience in the media, technology and telecommunications industries – where she has paved the way for the next generation of forward-thinking women in this industry. which was once a male-dominated profession. From introducing strategic marketing initiatives and building partnerships that accelerated revenue growth with Adlink, to launching the Comcast Spotlight brand, to pioneering video-on-demand advertising solutions and developing ‘a consumer brand for industry-wide interactive television – Lins has navigated its way through a constant – an ever-changing field, always on the lookout for the next big idea – using its in-depth understanding of the transformational impact of technology on media, advertising and consumer engagement. Today, she brings her expertise in building and distinguishing streaming TV brands as President and CEO of the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing – the industry’s leading organization focused on building the model commercialization of pay television and the improvement of consumer experiences in media landscapes. Lins holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Albright College and a master’s degree in communications management from the University of Southern California.

Originally from Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, Bishop Samuel Zeiser is a very successful leader in the church community who just never misses an opportunity to give back to his alma mater. Zeiser graduated from Albright College in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Affairs followed by a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, then a Doctor of Philosophy in Religious and Theological Studies from Drew University. After graduating from seminary, Samuel served five congregations. By the time he retired, he was responsible for overseeing 300 congregations in northeastern Pennsylvania. In late 2020, Samuel retired as a bishop, serving 14 counties in northeastern Pennsylvania – comprising 250 congregations, over 300 ordained leaders, and approximately 125,000 baptized members.

Named one of the best national colleges by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, Albright College (founded in 1856) is home to a diverse community of learners who cultivate integrity, curiosity, connection and resilience. Through learning experiences that engage a student’s creative and innovative abilities across all disciplines, both inside and outside the classroom, an education at Albright College ensures that each student learns to engage with the world, to understand the world, and is prepared to make an impact in a rapidly changing world. Located in Reading, Pennsylvania, Albright serves undergraduates, adult learners, and graduate students.

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