Daemen College Names Six Distinguished Alumni for 2012

Daemen College Names Six Distinguished Alumni for 2012


November 7, 2012



Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations





Contact: Lauren Jaeger

                Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations




Daemen College has named six Distinguished Alumni for 2012. They are Luis A. Santiago '79, Distinguished Alumnus; Pamela Barwell Schenkel '83 and Valerie A. Kern DiPasquale '89, Dedication to the College; Barbara A. Morris, M.D. '72 Advancement in Career; Paula Y. Kregg '70 Service to the Community; Anthony J. M. Jones Esq. '01 Graduate of the Last Decade.


The awards were presented at the Daemen College Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner, Friday, November 2, 2012, Charles J. Wick Center Social Room, on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, Amherst.


Pamela Barwell Schenkel '83 and Valerie A. Kern DiPasquale '89


            While attending Daemen Pamela was a business major as well as a charter member of Lambda Chi Iota Sorority. Pamela continued a strong attachment to the College after graduation, which can be seen in leadership of and participation in a wide range of activities and events, well beyond her continued involvement with Lambda Chi Iota.


Pam was a member of the Alumni Board for several years while serving in several leadership roles. She remained involved with various alumni events, including the Easter Bunny Brunch, Fashion Show, Greek reunions, and donating to the Annual Fund. While still staying involved with her sorority sisters, over the years Pamela also organized Daemen’s Easter Bunny Brunch every year, and volunteered at the Daemen Golf Tournament as well as the Buffalo Chapter Fundraiser Fashion Show.


As an active member of the Alumni board from 1992 to 1999, seven straight years, Pamela has held the positions of recording secretary, president, and president-elect. She planned a Greek reunion for the 1989-1990 years and was a committee chair for the 2009 Greek reunion, enabling many younger members of Daemen’s Greek-lettered organizations to keep in touch with older alumni. And Pamela continues to work the Alumni Relations office today.


Her involvement has also included her family – husband Steven (Daemen Class of ’86), and children Joe and Stephanie. She met her husband while at Daemen, and her daughter hopes to attend Daemen in the fall of 2013.


The dedication to the College shown by Valerie (Kern) Dipasquale '89 was very evident soon after her graduation. Along with her close friend Pamela (Barwell) Schenkel ’83, Valerie, also a business major, chose to participate in a range of alumni projects and events.


Valerie served on the Alumni Board from 1994 until 1999. As a Board member, she was heavily involved in many events. These included the Fashion Show, Easter Bunny Brunch, Buffalo Bandits Night (‘94), Annual Fund Phon-a-thon, Children’s Holiday Party, Toy Theatre 25th Anniversary Performance for Children (’97), the Spring Fever Workshops series (throughout the mid 1990s), and several developmental workshops.


As a member of the Alumni Board, Valerie held the position of treasurer (1994-1995) and was a member-at-large from 1996-1999. Valerie was instrumental in launching the Easter Bunny Brunch, which she and Pamela (Barwell) Schenkel have continued through 2012.


Valerie has also assisted with College events well after her tenure on the Alumni Board. A mother of three sons, Nicholas, Noah, and Evan, Valerie has always maintained a connection with her Alma Mater.


Barbara A. Morris, M.D. '72


Barbara Morris, M.D., FAAP is Chief Medical Officer of Community Care Physicians, PC., as well as a practicing pediatrician for CCP.  Dr. Morris divides her time between her executive management role and her clinical practice.  Community Care Physicians (CCP) is a multi-specialty medical group headquartered in Latham, New York.  Community Care consists of 200 providers, 37 practices, and 16 specialties across four counties of the Capital Region.


After graduating from Rosary Hill College with a B.S. in Pre-med, Dr. Morris completed her medical degree, internship and residency training at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York.  After residency, she completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at the Childrens' Hospital of Pittsburgh. Following the fellowship she began her career by becoming the first director of the pediatric inpatient services at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.  After seven years as director in Hartford, Dr. Morris became the director and the section chief of the pediatric intensive care unit of critical care medicine at Childrens' Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, a position she held until 1992.


When she became the mother of twin daughters by adoption, Dr. Morris relocated to the Albany, New York region to join a Community Care Physicians pediatric practice.  In addition, she served concurrently as director of pediatrics at Saratoga Hospital, on the Hospital's Board, and as chair of the Quality Assurance Committee. It was through her early clinical career that Dr. Morris evolved into executive leadership roles. To advance this goal, she pursued management education programs through the American College of Physician Executives.


Dr. Morris has been a pioneer and innovator.  Throughout her career she developed new and innovative clinical programs, supervised the education of young physicians, mentored medical students, and managed several pediatric departments. 


As a dedicated pediatrician, her initiatives improved access for parents and children to pediatric care.  As an executive, Dr. Morris is at the forefront for innovation and utilization of electronic medical records which guarantee physician access to patient data, allowing for timely and accurate care and treatment.

Dr. Morris’ pediatric accomplishments include developing the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course in Kansas City; improving patient access by designing and implementing a program to increase evening and weekend appointments, as well as introducing a triage program.


Her accomplishments also include introducing an organized program for prenatal consultations, enabling families to visit with providers and practices; implementing physician call-in hours to improve patient access; and serving as school physician for children who lack a primary care doctor. As a school physician, Dr. Morris also initiated providing consultancy services to the superintendent, board of education, and nurses regarding health care issues and policy development.


Among her executive management accomplishments are enhancing patient care through the use of technology, by developing and implementing an electronic medical records system for use by all CCP practices.


Dr. Morris also broke new ground as the first physician in the country pioneering an iPhone application allowing physicians to access patient electronic health records immediately from any location. Dr. Morris is an active member of the Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) and National Health Information Network (NHIN), and is nationally known as an expert in the evolving electronic information age. 


Paula Y. Kregg '70


            Motivated by a strong affinity for the creative arts, Paula Y. Kregg ’70 has contributed to the local landscape of cultural enrichment in many capacities. Having graduated from Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, she went on to earn degrees from both Villa Maria College '67 (A.A.) and Daemen College '70 (B.F.A). During her early years at Villa, she began her foray into teaching. She was an instructor of Creative Dramatics for the Fioretti Players, which sparked a passion for helming a plethora of projects in the creative arts. She taught drama at the Nottingham Academy of the Sacred Heart ('71), was Stage Manager for the African American Cultural Center ('72) and perhaps most importantly was one of the original incorporators of the Theatre Of Youth Company, Inc. ('72-'75).


During her career with "TOY Company", she was instrumental in bringing children's theater to Buffalo in a unique and unprecedented way. It was with "TOY" that Paula began to hone the multifaceted portion of her career, by holding positions of Actress, Director, Narrator and General Manager at various times throughout her tenure. While still employed with "TOY", she also taught a semester of drama classes at Niagara County Community College ('74). No stranger to pushing herself, Paula also ventured into theater management. She was the General Manager of The Oscar Micheaux Theatre ('79-'80). While serving as the General Manager of Shea's Buffalo Performing Arts Center ('75-'77), she was also a member of the Friends of the Buffalo Theatre, an organization which revitalized and restored the landmark theater, as it was on the verge of demolition. Armed with a wealth of experience in the artistic arena, she has acted in, and/or directed 36 plays throughout her career, while simultaneously guiding, encouraging and inspiring local youth to fearlessly pursue artistic endeavors.  


Yearning to have a greater impact on the community (particularly the underprivileged), Paula began a long career in both law enforcement and healthcare. As a Drug Counselor (SAC/CASAC) at Erie County Medical Center ('82-'11), she worked tirelessly to detox and rehabilitate substance abusers. She counseled and linked patients to programs which helped them to re-establish their lives. In an effort to help reduce crime in local housing communities, she began working with the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority ('85-'06). She worked her way up through the ranks from NYS Peace Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Acting Captain and ultimately Director of Public Safety, until the closing of the Department. Maintaining duel employment over a period of 21 years, Paula has more than proven her dedication to the betterment of the quality of life for the disadvantaged and beyond.


Anthony J. M. Jones Esq. '01


Growing up in Buffalo, attorney Anthony J.M. Jones ’01 learned to balance his multiple ambitions and endeavors in a way that bemused those around him. As an All-New York State athlete in high school, he earned a basketball scholarship to Daemen College in 1997 – Tony's leadership helped the men's basketball team to its first National Tournament bid in 2000. Earning four varsity letters, as a student Jones also found time to start his first business, an entertainment management company to support his passion for music, deejaying, and helping music artists. In addition to his regular studies as a business major and scholarship athlete, Jones taught himself the basics of the music industry.  


Upon being admitted to the University at Buffalo School of Law, Jones co-founded the Sports & Entertainment Law Society and participated with the Black Entertainment Lawyers Association. He also expanded his management company and formed an independent record label, Nickel City Records. He  eventually procured a worldwide distribution deal with Sony Red for the label, and in addition to executive producing the label's album, co-wrote some of the albums hit songs that received national and international airplay.


In 2002, Jones was elected as the 35th Regional Chair of the Northeast Region of NBLSA, the largest student run organization in the United States. He was also awarded Best Written Brief for the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition. As Chair, he set the organization's theme of "Empowering Legal Pioneers Through Awareness, Activism and Achievement." As a member of the national executive board, Jones served as NBLSA's International Committee Chair, and represented the organization as a diplomat on an international level establishing ties with law schools in other countries


Jones successfully transitioned his music business background into the launch of his own boutique entertainment firm, The Jones Firm, with offices in New York City, Honolulu, HI and Buffalo, NY. The Jones Firm's clients have worked with a host of notable stars, including Beyonce, Jay Z, Notorious BIG, Jennifer Lopez, Diddy, Jamie Foxx, Keyshia Cole, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, and many more. Jones appeared at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in support of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The Jones Firm represented the event's producers, hosted by Whoopie Goldberg.


Also among his long list of accomplishments, Jones has launched a sports management firm, Entegrity Sports, with its organizational goals built around bringing creative vision and brand building to empower athletes. Jones also continues to use his athletic abilities and experience as a college basketball player to mentor youth as a coach. He coaches with former NY Knicks star Allan Houston in the Father Knows Best basketball camp, where students learn not only the fundamentals of the game, but also how to be better fathers, sons and men. He also sits on the board of the Afro American Newspapers, a company his great-great Grandfather started as one of the first black newspapers in the country. In his spare time, he still likes to play sports, DJ, and produce music. Jones also proudly made his directorial debut by premiering his first short film.


Luis A. Santiago '79


Luis A. Santiago ‘79 is the owner and agent of Lou Santiago/ State Farm Insurance, a business he has owned for more than 23 years. In addition to his 1979 BA in Humanities, Lou earned a Masters of Business Administration 2012 from the University at Buffalo through their Executive MBA program. In 2000, Lou requested to State Farm a relocation from North Tonawanda to Niagara Street, in order to better serve the West Side’s Hispanic and Latino community. Having dedicated his career to enhancing his community, it is a move that suited Lou well. 


As a professional of Hispanic descent, Lou is a positive role model for his peers throughout Western New York; he recently completed the Executive MBA program at UB at the age of 54.


Lou believes that serving the community is key to leading a fulfilling life, a belief that he has been practicing for nearly 25 years. Since his move to Buffalo in 2000, Lou has been heavily involved with the Hispanic community, along with several additional organizations that work to help individuals better their lives. Working with Hispanics United of Buffalo and many business owners on the city’s Lower West Side, Lou’s work has a significant impact on many people.


Lou has always been looking for ways to better his community – a commitment he began in 1989 when he became part of the startup committee that became Project Pride of North Tonawanda, Inc. and worked with the North Tonawanda Downtown Merchants Association to bring more exposure to businesses located in that city. Project Pride helped improve the local business climate, clean up downtown North Tonawanda, as well as improve beautification by

planting flowers and restructuring lighting. His work with Project Pride instilled a philanthropic spirit in his young children, at the time as young as age 3.


Lou served as a board member for the Chamber Of Commerce of the Tonawanda’s from 1992-1998. Additionally, he served as president of the Latino Business Owners Association from 1997-1998, as well as additional offices from 2000-2007, to better the lives of small business owners of Latino descent.


In 2002, Lou was appointed to serve on Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement Advisory Board, where he has been a supportive member for the past 10 years. In 2012, he served as Convocation speaker. Most recently, he has worked with a small team charged with establishing the organizational structure for one of NYS- Department of Health’s Health Homes, a new health care model that will serve the Medicaid population in Erie County.  


In addition to his work in the community through involvement as treasurer of the Cultures of Giving Legacy Initiative, he serves on the boards of directors of Hispanics United of Buffalo, as well as Secretary of LARAMA, both a part of the ACACIA Network headquartered in the Bronx. 






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