1999 Distinguished Alumni - Ralph Homan
Ralph Homan is a 1977 graduate with an associate in science degree in business administration. He is a 22-year employee of Woodstown National Bank and Trust Company. Starting as a consumer loan officer at the bank, Mr. Homan has held a series of positions of increasing responsibility. He became president and chief executive officer in 1997.
Active with the Rotary Club of Woodstown, Mr. Homan has been a Rotarian since 1981 and served as president in 1991-92. Currently, he is president of the Rotary Foundation.
Mr. Homan is a board member of the South Jersey Bankers Association and the Salem County United Way. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Federal Relations Committee, District 3. He also holds several leadership posts in the Sharptown United Methodist Church..
Mr. Homan and his wife, Victoria, live in Woodstown with their three children—Bryan, Melissa and Aaron. Mr. Homan and Aaron sing in the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale.
1999 Distinguished Alumni - H. Joan Pennington, Esq.
H. Joan Pennington, Esq., earned an associate of arts degree with highest honors in liberal arts in 1975. She did not allow her loss of vision to prevent her from furthering her education. Ms. Pennington went on to earn a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and her juris doctor degree from Rutgers-Camden. While attending college, she raised six children—David, Denise, Dale, Darlene, Donna and Diane—as a single parent.
As a former victim of domestic violence, Ms. Pennington practices law exclusively for the benefit of abused women and other women. In 1992, she founded the National Center for Protective Parents in Trenton. Five years later, she founded the Women’s Law Project (WLP), a nonprofit organization that operates under the aegis of the National Center for Protective Parents. The WLP provides sliding scale or pro bono matrimonial legal services. Recently the project received a grant of $236,998 from the U. S. Department of Justice to hire two additional attorneys.
Ms. Pennington was presented with a New Jersey Senate resolution in 1996 for meritorious service, leadership and commitment in the field of domestic violence law. She received the 1995 Mary Philbrook Award (named after the first woman attorney in New Jersey) from the Women’s Law Caucus, Rutgers School of Law. The Trenton resident was the first attorney to be certified in the State of New Jersey as a domestic violence specialist. She received the Domestic Violence Advocate Award from the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women, and the YWCA of Trenton named her a “Woman of Inspiration.”
1999 Distinguished Alumni - Thomas S. Shaw
Thomas S. Shaw is a 1967 Salem graduate, earning a diploma in drafting and design. Later, he earned an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering from Delaware Technical and Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical drafting and design technology from Wilmington College. A Vietnam War veteran, he served in the U.S. Army from 1967 until 1970.
Mr. Shaw is president and chief operating officer for Conectiv. He joined Delmarva Power in 1971 as an engineering assistant at the Edgemoor Power Plant. He has remained with the company while advancing through several management positions. He was president of Delmarva Capital Investments, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Delmarva Power from 1991 until 1996. He assumed his current responsibilities when Delmarva merged with Atlantic Energy to form Conectiv in 1998.
Mr. Shaw serves as treasurer for the Board of Trustees of Wilmington College and is a board member of the Community Services Building Corporation in Wilmington. He is a former board member of the United Way of Delaware and currently serves on the finance committee. He also serves as Conectiv’s representative on the Stockton Alliance, a partnership of industry and environmental organizations in New Jersey.
He and his wife, Sandra, live in Greenville, Delaware. They have two grown children—Scott and Cara.
1999 Distinguished Alumni - Paul J. Stankard
World–renowned glass artist Paul J. Stankard is a 1963 graduate, earning a diploma in scientific glassblowing.
While working as a scientific glassblower, Mr. Stankard
eventually turned his full attention to glass art. Today, he is known internationally for his delicate, nature-themed paperweights and botanical glass sculptures. He is cofounder of the Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Village and has taught throughout the United States and abroad.
Mr. Stankard’s works are featured in 35 public collections in museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Smithsonian Institute; the Corning Museum of Glass; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Palais du Louvre; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Gallery of Salem Community College’s new Glass Center is named in his honor.
He and his wife, Patricia, live and work in Mantua, New Jersey. They have five grown children—Christine, Pauline, Katherine, Joseph and Philip.