Posted on Friday, September 17, 2021
As part of Westminster College’s 2021 Homecoming and Reunion Week, nine alumni will be honored at the annual Alumni Awards Reception and Dinner on Friday, Oct. 15.
Alumni Citation Awards will be presented to Michael Anthony ’77, Rebecca Bonner ’80, Karen Campman Emmett ’75, Douglas Hill ’76, Maj. Robert Lytle ’97 and Jon Seltenheim ’75. Mike Disotell ’11 and Kelly Lake ’11 will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, while Samuel Accordino '22 and Megan Parker '21 will receive Rising Titan Awards.
This year’s event will recognize 2020 and 2021 honorees. The 2020 event was postponed due to COVID-19.
The Westminster College Alumni Citations were created to recognize alumni who achieved significant accomplishments in their profession or made meaningful contributions to the community or Westminster. The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes alumni of 10 years or less who are making significant contributions as they build careers and serve their communities or Westminster. The Rising Titan Award honors an up-and-coming student who showcases the ability to be a leading alumnus.
Anthony, a 1977 graduate with a degree in business administration-management, has over 40 years in retail, product development and brand building and has led several retail organizations as chair of the board, president and CEO. He began his career with Gold Circle Stores, advancing to Lechter’s Inc., Brookstone Company and Things Remembered. He is an investor and member of the Board of Directors of 2nd Avenue Stores, a chain of thrift superstores in the Philadelphia area, and also serves on the board of Green Drop, which collects gently-used clothing and household goods and sells them to thrift stores. He continues to have strong ties with Westminster and serves on the College’s Board of Distinguished Visitors. He established the Michael F. Anthony ’77 Scholarship Fund at Westminster, which benefits students from Corry, Pa., and Erie County, and he helped create School of Business’ Entrepreneurial Conference Room at Westminster. He lives in Amherst, N.H.
Bonner, who earned a degree in political science in 1980, is a founding board member and executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Association for Recovery Addiction, the parent nonprofit for The Bridge Way School, Pennsylvania’s first recovery high school serving students who have struggled with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. She has worked with nonprofits for over 30 years in secondary and post-secondary education as well as small business development. She sits on the national board of the Association of Recovery Schools, the advisory board of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services for the City of Philadelphia, the board of Unity Recovery and the public policy committee of Faces and Voices of Recovery. She resides in Philadelphia.
Emmett, a 1975 graduate with a degree in music education and voice, retired after 31 years teaching music, including the last 23 in the West Middlesex Area School District. During her career she directed various vocal ensembles, musical and plays. She has sung professionally in the tri-state area, including the National Anthem for the Westminster Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers. She is past president of the Westminster College Alumni Association, former chairperson of the local alumni group and an active volunteer at Westminster. She lives in West Middlesex, Pa.
Hill, who earned a degree in political science in 1976, is the retired executive director of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP). During his nearly 36-year tenure the association grew steadily, increasing from a staff of six to about 90. A past president of the Westminster College Alumni Council, he remains active with a variety of community groups, volunteer activities and in local and regional leadership roles in his church. He maintains memberships in a number of professional, state and local board and civic groups. He resides in Harrisburg.
Lytle graduated in 1997 graduate with a degree in public relations. He is currently the interim commander and director of operations at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and is the operations, logistics and facilities manager for BAWA Acoustic NA. Between his sophomore and junior years at Westminster, Lytle enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and has gone on to serve nearly 27 years between active and reserve duty. He has supported several humanitarian and hurricane relief missions. He was deployed five times in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. He also has supported NATO operations and pioneered the way Air Force Reserve Command Logistics Readiness officers conduct their hands-on training. During his deployments he volunteered for the USO, the Bishkek Children’s Cancer Center and Bishkek Children’s Heart Center, where he sponsored two open-heart surgeries and raised funds for 10 more. He continues his volunteer efforts, raising over $25,000 for charities that help military members and veterans cope with the unseen scars of war. He resides in Streetsboro, Ohio.
Seltenheim, a 1975 graduate with a degree in business administration-management, is an executive coach and consultant who retired from United Concordia Dental as senior vice president of government and business strategy. A former member of Westminster’s Board of Trustees, Seltenheim has participated in the College’s Board of Distinguished Visitors since 2017. He sits on the Eastern University Board of Trustees and on the Dean’s Advisory Committee of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. He recently gave the welcome address to the inaugural cohort of Miami University of Ohio’s online MBA. He provided leadership for the National Association of Dental Plans as a member of the board from 2002-2006 and as chair from 2004-2006. He led the Healthcare Reform Task Force from 2008-2013 and facilitated the 2022-2027 strategic plan for the board of directors. He is an active member of the Camp Hill United Methodist Church, where he has led the Friday Morning Men’s Bible Study since 1998 and previously led the Unified Leadership Council. He resides in Lemoyne, Pa.
Disotell, a 2011 magna cum laude graduate with a degree in English, went on to The Ohio University School of Law, graduating with honors. Following law school he joined the multinational firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in the employment litigation group as part of a team that litigated high- profile class action cases across the country. He was honored with the firm’s Community Responsibility Award for his efforts in pro bono representations and community involvement. In May 2021 he joined the firm Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, where he continues to practice in the labor and employment field. A former member of the Westminster College Alumni Council and current member of the Pittsburgh Regional Alumni Committee, he has practiced a longstanding commitment to Westminster with consistent giving and support. Disotell resides in Wexford, Pa.
Lake, a 2011 summa cum laude Honors graduate with a degree in English, is an associate producer of animated films at Illumination Entertainment. Her credits include the “Despicable Me” films, “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Sing,” “The Grinch,” “Minions” and the upcoming “Minions: The Rise of Gru.” She is an active volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, a mentor with Women in Animation and works with the Los Angeles Unified School District on an artistic outreach program sponsored by Illumination. She is a member of ASIFA-Hollywood, the Visual Effects Society and the Santa Monica Symphony. Lake is a regional representative for Westminster College’s national alumni network, serving as a point of contact for the California area. Additionally, she volunteers for Westminster, assisting in classes as a guest speaker. She resides in Pasadena, Calif.
Accordino, a senior Honors student from Canfield, Ohio, majoring in neuroscience/pre-med, has served in various capacities on campus, including president of Interfraternity Council, vice president of Theta Chi, president of the Pre-Health Society, treasurer of Habitat for Humanity, treasurer for Psi Chi, vice president of recruitment for Titan Guides, and a member of the Neuroscience Club, Tri-Beta, the Sexuality and Gender Alliance and Lambda Sigma. He served as a peer success coach to first-year students and a peer tutor in chemistry, biology, psychology, neuroscience and Honors courses. A captain of the men’s soccer team, he was selected as an Academic All-District and Academic All-American honoree, as well as a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Champion in 2018 and PAC runner-up in 2020-2021. He plans to attend medical school next fall.
Parker, a 2021 nursing graduate from Mercer, Pa., is currently a maternity nurse at UPMC Northwest in Seneca and a registered nurse at George Junior Republic in Grove City, Pa. As a Westminster student, she was president of Student Government Association, associate trustee on Westminster’s Board of Trustees, student tutor, vice president of philanthropy for Sigma Kappa sorority, orientation student coordinator, member of Lambda Sigma honor society and volunteer at UPMC Horizon Hospital. She earned co-PAC Most Outstanding Performer at indoor track championships, taking first place in shot put and weight toss and was team leader on back-to-back PAC indoor track championships.
To attend the Alumni Awards Reception and Dinner, scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 15, please make a reservation online at www.westminster.edu/homecoming.
For more information about those being honored, please contact Kara Montgomery, director of alumni engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-946-7363.