Distinguished Alumni Awards

CampbellAllison A. Campbell ’85

Director of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Allison is Director of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. Her work in biomedical research led to the development of a coating that helps artificial joints adhere to bone and other discoveries in biomaterials. She was elected as a Fellow to the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the well-known journal Science.

While at Gettysburg College, Allison was a chemistry major, lettered in softball, and was a member of the Sceptical Chymists. She earned her doctorate in physical chemistry from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1990. She received Gettysburg College’s Young Alumni Achievement-Career Award in 2000. An accomplished equestrian, backpacker, mountaineer, and community activist, Allison and her partner Julie Elmenhurst make their home in Kennewick, Washington.


 

ChagaresMichael A. Chagares ’84

Federal Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia

Michael majored in political science at Gettysburg College and earned his juris doctor degree from Seton Hall University Law School. He began his distinguished law career as a clerk for Judge Morton Greenberg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, a seat that he holds himself today. He has been an appellate litigator in private practice and worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, serving as, among other positions, Chief of the Civil Division. Also an accomplished law professor, he was recently named Adjunct Professor of the Year at Seton Hall. He has authored many scholarly legal publications and held numerous leadership positions in professional associations.

President of his senior class and a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Michael continues to support his College and classmates by leading reunion committees, recommending Gettysburg to prospective students, and as a Key Alumni Resource Effort (K.A.R.E) volunteer. He and his wife Margaret live in Wyckoff, New Jersey, with their four children.


 

OakJeffrey C. Oak ’81

Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Development
Bon Secours Health System, Inc.

Jeffrey has devoted his career to establishing the highest standards of ethics and transforming organizations through sustainable culture change. He is the chief corporate responsibility officer for Bon Secours, a nonprofit health system, and is credited with creating a culture of integrity, a Code of Conduct, and administrative infrastructure to reduce and address conflict of interest, fraud, and other misconduct. Prior to joining Bon Secours, Jeffrey was a principal advisor to the Undersecretary for Health at the Veterans Health Administration, senior vice president for the national Council of Ethical Organizations, and vice president for ethics and corporate integrity for Arden Hill.

At Gettysburg, Jeffrey served as chair of the Student Conduct Review Board and cochair of the Middle Atlantic Colleges Values Symposium. He earned his master of divinity, master of philosophy, and doctor of philosophy degrees from Yale University. Oak and his wife Carol live in Maryland. They have two children.


 

WedaaHenry W. Wedaa ’49

Environmental and Energy Engineer

Hank is founder and president of Valley Environmental Associates, which specializes in aviation-related environmental impact and air quality issues. A bombardier and aerial gunner who completed thirty missions over northern Europe during World War II, Hank completed his Air Force career as a captain and enrolled at Gettysburg College. He completed majors in physics and chemistry and was awarded membership in the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society, and then studied physics in graduate school at the University of Arizona. He worked in the aeronautics defense industry and, in addition to Valley Environmental Associates, he founded California School Book Fairs, a firm later acquired by Scholastic, Inc.

Hank served on the city council of Yorba Linda (Cal.) thirty years, including five as mayor, and was recognized by the city as a dedicated and tenacious public servant. His particular concern over southern California’s air quality led to his involvement in regional and national governing and advisory boards, as well as memberships in scientific and technical organizations. He was cofounder and president of the California Hydrogen Business Council and was named Director Emeritus in 2012. Hank lives in Anaheim, California and has four children.