Northampton Press

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Inductees announced for 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

Northampton Area Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation has announced this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award Wall of Honor inductees. Each of the seven Northampton Area High School graduates has achieved success in his or her chosen career or profession, while also having a positive impact on others through community service and/or volunteerism.

• Dr. Rodger Berg — Class of 1964; professor of science/chemistry at DeSales University, Muhlenberg College and Lehigh University; member/leader of professional chemistry organizations; community/church leader/volunteer

• Mr. Bruce Lack — Class of 1969; president/owner of L&M Fabrication and Machine Inc., Phase III Environmental LLC, L.V.E. Inc. and Woodstone Country Club Inc.; community volunteer/sponsor of nonprofit organizations

• Dr. Stephen Ressler — Class of 1975; retired brigadier general of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; professor/administrator at West Point Military Academy and Lehigh University; member/leader of professional engineering organizations; instructor/speaker at local high schools

• Mr. Charles Hangen — Class of 1990; executive vice president and COO of ESSA Bank & Trust, Stroudsburg; leader/member of community youth organization; volunteer coach for youth athletic organizations

• Ms. Tina Pagotto — Class of 1993; CEO of Bethesda Project, Philadelphia; instructor at University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice; member/leader of community boards/advisory councils/organizations

• Mr. Travis Mohr — Class of 1999; civil engineer/project manager at Kiewit Construction Company; member/leader of professional engineering organizations; U.S. Paralympic team member in 1996 and 2000 and medal winner in 2000 and 2004; community volunteer/mentor/motivational speaker

• Mr. Dale Newhart, honored posthumously — Class of 1943; supervisor of Pennsylvania State System of Mental Health; superintendent of Allentown State Hospital; vice president of administration for the Lutheran Home, Topton; community/church volunteer/leader/member

The Distinguished Alumni Award Wall of Honor is located in Northampton Area High School’s main lobby. A plaque for each inductee, recognizing his or her personal and professional post-high school graduation achievements, featuring a current photo and the inductee’s senior photo, will be added to the other plaques already on the wall. The Distinguished Alumni inductees honored on the wall serve as an inspiration to all students and as a reminder to the entire community of Northampton Area School District’s proud education tradition and commitment to serve others.

The public is invited to attend the Distinguished Alumni Award celebration April 26 at Woodstone Country Club and Lodge, Danielsville. Family, friends, colleagues, community members and NASD faculty, administrators and students will join the Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation that evening in making the celebration dinner and recognition program a memorable event when these seven alumni will be honored and officially inducted into the wall of honor.

Tickets, as well as additional information about the celebration, opportunities to provide sponsorships and to donate items/services for the evening’s auction, are now available at or by calling 610-767-7824.