Awards Ceremony Will Honor Accomplishments of Alumni and Friends
By SteveHarmic, Penn State DuBois
DUBOIS – Four people who are among the most accomplished of alumni and friends of Penn State DuBois will be honored for their achievements and support during the annual Penn State DuBois Alumni Society Awards Banquet.
This year’s honorees include Carrie Wood, recipient of the Dave Shaffer Outstanding Young Alumni Award; David Spigelmyer, recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award; Stephen Johnson, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Aaron Beatty, recipient of the Distinguished Ambassador Award.
Carrie Wood is the chief executive officer of Timberland Federal Credit Union in DuBois. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from Penn State in 2002. Previously, she earned a dual bachelor’s degree in business administration and Spanish from Juniata College in 1998.
Wood currently serves as chair of the development committee for the DuBois Educational Foundation (DEF), which provides financial support to Penn State DuBois. She is also a past president of the Penn State DuBois Alumni Society, and continues to be an active member of the society. Additionally, Wood is president of the Shortway Chapter of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association. She volunteers with the GFWC Curwensville Woman’s Club and the Curwensville United Methodist Church and serves on various professional committees.
Dave Spigelmyer currently serves as vice president of government relations for Chesapeake Energy in its Eastern Division operations. He is chairman of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and is a founding member in the development of that organization. Spigelmyer is responsible for Chesapeake Energy’s state government relations program in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia. He is a 1982 graduate of Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in public service.
Spigelmyer has built a 29-year career in the natural gas industry, building bridges between state and local government officials, communities and community leaders, philanthropic organizations and advocacy groups. He began his career working as a director in his hometown YMCA and then moved into the natural gas industry in 1983. He serves on the board of directors for the Moraine Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, is a former President of the board of directors for the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, and is a member of a variety of additional professional organizations.
Stephen Johnson is the vice president for Cornell University Government and Community Relations. He directs the university’s legislative efforts and coordinates its involvement with government-focused higher education associations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Penn State in 1967, and a master’s degree in public administration from Maxwell Graduate School of Syracuse University.
In his 41-year tenure at Cornell, Johnson has been closely associated with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Program, state relations, and federal advocacy. He serves on the board of the local economic development agency, Tompkins County Area Development, and Excell Partners, a regional economic development partnership focused on Upstate New York.
Aaron Beatty is the human resources director for Beatty Restaurant Enterprises, which operates McDonald’s of DuBois and Brockway, as well as human resources director for LiJo Incorporated. He also works as shop manager for Treasure Lake golf courses.
Beatty has served as chair of the Penn State DuBois Athletics Golf Benefit for the past two years. He has also volunteered with the planning of the Lion Wine and Cheese fundraiser for athletics. During his involvement, these two events have raised over $20,000 for campus athletics.
The Penn State DuBois Alumni Society Awards Banquet is slated for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the DuBois Country Club. Featuring dinner and the awards ceremony, the evening’s activities are open to the public at a cost of $25 per person.
To make reservations to attend, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 814-375-4775, or firstname.lastname@example.org.