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Rear Admiral George Aitcheson rose through the ranks from Air Cadet to Flag Rank in the United States Navy, a feat not many have achieved in the history of the armed services.

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1952 with a BA in economics, he completed flight training and received his Navy wings and a commission as an ensign. This began a 30-year distinguished career which included 6,000 hours of flight time in 153 combat missions in Vietnam.

While serving in the Navy, Aitcheson earned an MA in international relations from George Washington University and graduated from both the Naval War College and the Army War College. He progressed through the ranks and assumed command of the carrier USS Coral Sea in 1977 and eventually, the command of Carrier Group Seven.

Following his retirement from the Navy, Aitcheson worked as a consultant to aerospace companies in southern California.



Maureen McEvoy Black is a professor in the Division of Growth and Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine in Baltimore.

As a child psychologist, she has earned a national and international reputation for the way she has used her intellect, academic prowess, energy and passion to achieve substantial advances benefiting children in high-risk situations.

In addition to her scholarly achievements, Dr. Black has been active in the policy arena as she has strived to improve policies and programs affecting children.She has addressed the most critical problems of families: abuse, poor nutrition, obesity and teen pregnancy. She has mentored countless undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty and physicians.

Dr. Black earned a BA in mathematics and computer science from Penn State University; a Master of Arts in occupational therapy and psychology from the University of Southern California; and a Ph. D. in developmental psychology from Emory University.



Brian Kamoie is the Senior Director for Preparedness Policy on the White House National Security Staff, a new position established by President Barack Obama.

He leads the development of national policy related to all-
hazards preparedness, individual and community resilience, domestic critical infrastructure protection, preparedness grants
and national security professional development.

He has become recognized as an adroit policy maker, comfortable in dealing with people with wide-ranging perspectives across the federal bureaucracy, academia and the international community.

Kamoie received his bachelor’s degree in policy studies and political science from Dickinson College and his law degree in public health from George Washington University, where he served as managing editor of The George Washington Law Review. He displayed energetic and creative thinking, inspirational leadership talent and the ability to engage other people while attending the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative class at Harvard University.



Robert G. Sharrar, MD, is the executive director of safety, epidemiology and risk management for United Biosource Corporation. He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in public health and pharmacovigilance and has always been committed to protecting and improving the health of the community.

He spent 17 years as an epidemiologist for the Philadelphia Depart-ment of Health during which time he dramatically reduced vaccine-preventable diseases among the city’s school children. During the same number of years in the pharmaceutical industry, he monitored the safety profile of products as a Merck employee. Because of his calm and effective manner in the most demanding situations, Dr. Sharrar was held in high esteem by colleagues and subordinates alike.

He earned a BA in chemistry at Franklin and Marshall College and completed the requirements to become a medical doctor at the University of Pennsylvania. Later, he earned a Master of Science in epidemiology from the same institution.



William G. Sharrar, MD, is the chief of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, NJ. This former Peace Corps physician, who served in Somalia, was also chief resident at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In addition to caring for children, Dr. Sharrar has taught countless classes of medical students and addressed physicians throughout the United States regarding topics he is passionate about: family-centered care, behavioral pediatrics and child abuse.

As a result, he has received numerous prestigious teaching awards and was named the “Top Doc” in the state of New Jersey. His direct hands-on work with children and his administrative efforts to enable the work of others have contributed health resources to a community of children in desperate need.

Dr. Sharrar earned a BA in biology from Franklin and Marshall College and an MD from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.



After earning a BS in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Joseph M. Sheetz joined his brothers, Bob and Steve, in establishing the Sheetz convenience stores.

His expertise was used to locate and develop more than 200 stores throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states. He also provided strategic direction for the company. In addition to his outstanding site selection skills, Sheetz possessed a keen sense of what the public wanted in terms of space, appearance, convenience and general appeal.

Sheetz also found time to be actively-involved in the community. For more than 15 years, he was a little league baseball
manager in the Altoona Area Baseball Association. He helped the league develop its current extensive facilities on Pleasant Valley Boulevard near Ninth and Tenth streets.

After his untimely death in 2006, his family created a lasting memorial to him by donating more than $500,000 to build the Sheetz Athletic Training Center at Mansion Park.


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