2016: A. Michele Blood ‘96
Blood is a 1996 Business Administration alumna, who works as an Industrial Tubing Sales Support Manager at Cambridge –Lee Industries, LLC. Michele started her career at CLI in August 1984, and has progressively grown her responsibilities in various job positions.
In addition to being customer focused in her professional role, Michele coordinates events, creates and publishes the CLI newsletter and celebrates the accomplishments of other CLI employees. Under her leadership, CLI’s United Way campaign has nearly tripled in 4 years. She has organized other events such as CLI’s Meals on Wheels involvement, student manufacturing tours, cultivating a garden at a city daycare center and staining benches for people with disabilities.
Michele is an ex-officio member of Penn State Berks Advisory Board and sits on the Board of Directors as President of the Penn State Berks Alumni Society.
Michele’s community involvement goes beyond the United Way and Penn State. She has held board seats with Berks TALKLINE and The Junior League of Reading, and has donated time volunteering for John Paul II Center for Special Learning and Opportunity House. She has received numerous awards for her non-profit and community work, including the Founder’s and Make a Difference Award from the Junior League, and the Alumni Associate of the Year in 1997 and Outstanding Recent Alumni from Penn State Berks in 2002.
2015: Todd Schorle '02
Todd is a 2002 graduate of Penn State Berks and the President and founder of TS Tech Enterprises, Inc. A Wyomissing-based IT firm that Todd started in 1996 as a junior in high school with fellow classmates. TS Tech Enterprises specializes in providing comprehensive technology solutions for small businesses and supplemental IT department services to business clients. TS was recognized by the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry as one of the area's 50 top-performing for-profit businesses in 2015.
Todd also volunteers with the Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, has provided mentorship to Berks IST and Business students, is a member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board at Penn State Berks and a member of the committee for the Student Enterprise Award, an award that provides funding to our students for innovative ideas that spark entrepreneurship on the Berks campus.
2014: KJ Weinstock '95
Weinstock is a 1995 Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional management alumna. She and her husband, Stephen '93, own Stock's on 2nd, Carley's Ristorante and Piano Bar, and Stock's Manor.
In 1998, they opened their first restaurant, Stock's on 2nd, a sophisticated, upscale yet casual American restaurant, located in the heart of restaurant row in Harrisburg. Then, in 2007, they opened Carley's Ristorante and Piano Bar, which serves rustic Italian specialties including homemade pastas. Carley's, named after their two children, Carter and Ashley, actually shares a kitchen with their first restaurant, Stock's on 2nd.
Over the last few years, the Weinstocks' time has been spent renovating a 1700's farmhouse to open their third business, Stock's Manor, an upscale catering venue located on 19 acres in Mechanicsburg where they will cater weddings, vow renewals, honeymoons, romantic getaways and more.
For more information on Stock's on 2nd (stocksonsecond.com), Carley's (carleysitorante.com), or Stock's Manor (stocksmanor.com), visit their websites.
2013: Paul L. Frankhouser '65
Frankhouser is a retired Executive Vice President of Arrow International Inc. He worked at Arrow International since the company was founded in 1975. He supervised worldwide sales and marketing for the corporation. He also played a major role in establishing collaboration between Arrow International and The Department of Surgery's Section of Artificial Organs at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in commercializing the LionHeart left ventricular assist system. The LionHeart is designed for use as a destination therapy device for patients with progressive, irreversible, end-stage congestive heart failure for which heart transplantation is not an option.
As an avid fan and supporter of Penn State, Frankhouser has played a leadership role at Penn State Berks as the first president and chartering member of the Penn State Berks Alumni Society, pas Alumni Council member, and past member of the Berks Advisory Board. He received the 2001 Alumni Fellow Award and numerous Tailgating Competition Awards for his Penn State tailgates outside Beaver Stadium on game days.
2012: Barrie Pease '76, '78
Pease graduated from Penn State Berks with an associate's degree in public administration in 1976 and a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice in 1978. He has dedicated his life to the Penn State motto of 'Making Life Better.' Pease was born in Reading and graduated from Reading High School. He served in the United States Army as a member of the military police and served in Vietnam. After his tour of duty, he began working for the Pennsylvania State Police where he worked as a detective, investigating burglaries, sexual assaults, and homicides. Later he was assigned to a white-collar crime unit specializing in political corruption and financial crimes. He retired from law enforcement in 1985 and began working with insurance fraud as the Director of the Special Investigations unit.
Following retirement Pease has continued to remain busy with teaching criminal justice at Reading Area Community College, conducting seminars for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Independent seminars for the International Association of Special Investigation Unit. Pease, a man of many talents also demonstrated his ability to fundraise for various non-profits. Serving as the co-chair of the Capital Campaign for the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Birdsboro, PA during their $10.5 campaign to build a new church and social hall, the Animal Rescue League of Berks County Campaign and was also a member of the Penn State Berks For the Future Campaign for students. Barrie has also served as Executive Director of the Animal Rescue League of Berks County.
From protecting and serving as a Pennsylvania State Trooper, to raising money for non-profit organizations to creating scholarships for students Pease has continuously worked to improve life for others.