DeSales Announces Employees of the Year
Valeria Billowitch, of Allentown, Pa., and Tom McNamara, of North Wales, Pa., have been named Employees of the Year at DeSales University. They will be honored during the annual Service Excellence Dinner at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in the commons area of the McShea Student Center at DeSales.
The Employee of the Year Award is given annually to a professional and a support staff member in recognition of outstanding service. Recipients are distinguished for their commitment to the University's mission; witness to the values for which the University stands, and service marked by such characteristics as effort, skill positive attitude, and creativity in the work place.
Valeria Billowitch, a resident of Whitehall, Pa., joined the DeSales staff in 1995, as a secretary in the development office. In 1997, she assumed secretarial duties in the treasurer's office, before being named secretary in the Counseling Center, in 1999. Prior to DeSales, she worked as an investor services representative for PP&L in Allentown, both as a full- and part-time employee, for 26 years.
"Although we are always extremely busy, we still manage to have a good time because it is a wonderful environment in which to work," says Billowitch. "Also, my experience has shown me that your title does not necessarily reflect what you do."
Billowitch is a member of the DeSales BBQ Committee and a volunteer at the annual DeSales Golf Tournament. In addition, she is a first grade CCD teacher and a summer pre-school CCD teacher at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Whitehall. Her interests include volleyball, baking, gardening, singing and dancing.
She is the wife of Tom Billowitch, a graduate of DeSales University's ACCESS program. They are the parents of a 16 year-old daughter, Crista, who attends Whitehall High School.
Tom McNamara joined the staff at DeSales in 1995, as the coordinator of public relations. In 1997, he was named director of publications and he is responsible for the University's print publications, including DeSales University Magazine and the undergraduate recruitment materials. Prior to DeSales, McNamara was a senior editor at Dental Learning Systems, Inc., which publishes The Compendium, a continuing education dental journal.
"I am grateful for this award because it is the ultimate recognition of the work I do," says McNamara who graduated from DeSales in 1992, with a degree in English. "It shows an appreciation for my day-to-day job."
McNamara is an avid mystery reader and enjoys playing the piano.
Recently, McNamara received a Merit Award in the nineteenth annual Admissions Marketing Report publications competition.
A native of Northeast Philadelphia, McNamara currently resides in North Wales, Pa., with his wife, Mary, who also graduated from DeSales in 1989, with a degree in nursing. They have three children: Kevin, age 7; Caitlin, age 3, and Meghan, age 1.
Press Release: DeSales Announces Employees of the Year | Posted on: 4/8/2004
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu