The winners of Westinghouse Electric Company’s 2012 Community Service Award (CSA) have been selected. This award is presented annually to employees from around the world who demonstrate their commitment to others through outstanding volunteer service. Congratulations to the following employees:
Dave Crone – Columbia, USA
Dave is the Columbia Squadron Commander for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) in South Carolina. As commander, he coordinates his squadron’s events, meetings and annual calendar and also trains his cadets and promotes their advancement. Dave is responsible for corresponding and working with other squadrons, rescue squads and law enforcement groups across South Carolina on joint endeavors, and provides the CAP leadership, aerospace education and emergency response training. Volunteering about 15 hours per week, Dave has also served in multiple pilot roles including mission pilot and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) orientation pilot, and has also acted as aerial photographer, mission observer and scanner, ground team member and team lead.
Brittany Hall – Cranberry Township, USA
Brittany has worked as a certified Zumba fitness instructor in Beaver County since 2008. Brittany donates part of her class fees directly to her alma mater’s (Center Area High School) community fitness center building fund. Brittany has organized fundraisers for many national and local organizations with all proceeds being donated to organizations like the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Beaver County K-9 Association. At Christmas, Brittany offers free Zumba classes in exchange for a toy donation to Toys for Tots. She also leads free classes at the Beaver County Women’s Shelter where the classes are used as a therapeutic resource for physically and/or emotionally abused women and has donated her class proceeds to numerous private individual fundraisers such as the Hero Program and Crusaders in America.
Debbie Kelly – Cranberry Township, USA
For more than 15 years Debbie has been a tireless champion of her hometown, Irwin, Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the Irwin Business and Professional Association, the Irwin Project, and the Irwin Council. Debbie helps keep downtown Irwin alive and vital by working as chairperson of the annual ethnic food festival and Christmas cookie tour. Debbie also volunteers at most of the Irwin events. In addition, she’s a member of the Irwin Project’s Streetscapes, Trails and ‘Relight the Lamp’ committees. Debbie currently serves as Irwin Council vice president. Debbie was past president of the White Oak Chamber of Commerce where she helped establish the White Oak Farmers’ Market, May Mart and Light Up Night.
Dave Scatena – Cranberry Township, USA
Dave is being recognized for his volunteerism with the Boy Scouts of America. As a volunteer Boy Scout leader for 32 years, including 27 years as Scoutmaster of Troop 854 of Oakmont, Dave’s participation includes leadership at weekly troop meetings, monthly camping trips, fundraising and community service projects. Each year, Dave devotes a week of his valued vacation to take his troop to summer camp at Heritage Reservation. More than 8,000 Scouts travel to Heritage Reservation every summer to participate in a week-long experience of outdoor living, while learning Scoutcraft and leadership skills that will last a lifetime. While serving as Scoutmaster, Dave has helped 25 young men achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
Lori Schmidt – Cranberry Township, USA
Lori is being recognized for her work with Zachary’s Mission, an initiative committed to supporting families of critically ill children with their immediate needs. Lori provides “Zack Packs” to families at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, The Children’s Home, The Children’s Institute, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Western Pennsylvania Hospital. A “Zack Pack” is a backpack filled with toiletry items, notebooks, gas cards, cafeteria vouchers, as well as helpful services like home-cooked meals and assistance with bills. Lori also participates with the Steel Valley Authority (SVA), a multi-municipality governmental authority addressing layoff aversion throughout Pennsylvania. Lori chairs the SVA board meetings once every two months and is also an ad hoc committee member for the personnel, technical review, program and financial committees.
A donation of $500 will be made in honor of each CSA winner to the charity of their choice. In addition, each CSA winner will receive a desktop award. Please join us in congratulating our winners.