Distinguished Alumni Award

Since 2014, Wyomissing Area Education Foundation (WAEF) has recognized an alumnus or alumna of the Wyomissing Area School District who has made great achievements and has loyally served the community. The district includes West Reading High School and Wyomissing High School, currently named Wyomissing Area High School.

 

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients:

  • 2020-2021 - Sharon Luyben

  • 2019-2020 - Helene Zintak

  • 2018-2019 – David M. Kozloff

  • 2017-2018 – Barbara Homsher

  • 2016-2017 – John Rothenberger

  • 2015-2016 – Carolyn Holleran

  • 2014-2015 – Edward Kuhn

Sharon Luyben Distinguished Alumni

Sharon Luyben

Zintak Distinguished Alumni

Helene Zintak

2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Sharon (Love) Luyben was born and raised in West Reading, moved to Wyomissing during high school, and has lived in Wyomissing Hills for 30 years. Sharon attended junior high and high school with all Wyomissing students from grade 7 through her graduation in 1977. Wyomissing music teachers Dorothy Dowling, Robert Keller, William Deacon and C.Russell Cattell gave her the musical foundation for her future musical endeavors. Sharon is also very proud of her father and role model, C.Wilbur Love, who served 25 years on the WASD school board.

After graduating from Lebanon Valley College in 1981, Sharon began her music teaching career in the Oxford Area School District, In 1986,Sharon returned to teach music in Wyomissing - from kindergarten to high school. Sharon became the Music Department Chair in 1990, and along with Asst. Superintendent, Dr. Elaine Balkiewicz, started the string program. As the choral program continued to grow, Sharon started new WAHS choral ensembles –Camerata, Freshman Select Ensemble -and had many students selected for County, District, Regional, All-State,All-Eastern and National Chorus. She was the Musical Director for numerous plays at Wyomissing, working with many talented young actors and actresses who have gone on to have successful careers in that field. Along with giving many local performances throughout the years, the choral students traveled to and performed in Manhattan,Disney World, FL, Disneyland, CA, Sea World, Universal Studios,Williamsburg, VA, and on the Royal Caribbean and Norwegian CruiseLines. Her husband, Bill Luyben (who passed away in 2020), was always by her side as a chaperone on all of their trips.

Sharon retired in 2019 after 33 years of teaching music in the WASD. She serves as the Minister of Music at Bausman Memorial United Church ofChrist in Wyomissing, where she directs several choirs and plays the organ and piano. She is a member of PMEA, PSEA (retirees), and ACDA and also continues to perform with various local choral ensembles. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Reading ChoralSociety. She has been, and always will remain - a proud Spartan!

Sharon has three children, Nathaniel, Trevor, and Elizabeth, who were involved in various music, clubs, and athletic activities while students at Wyomissing. She enjoys her time in Fenwick Island, DE and on Assateague Island, MD., and loves to 

2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Bunny (Stauffer) Zintak grew up in Wyomissing and attended Wyomissing Elementary School before moving to West Reading in 4th grade.  She returned to Wyomissing & Wyomissing High School in 9th grade and graduated in 1966.  Her graduating class was the very first class to graduate from the new Wyomissing High School Building.  

Following graduation, Bunny attended Monticello College in Illinois and transferred to George Washington University her sophomore year. She married Ben Zintak in 1969 and moved back to Wyomissing where all three of their children (Jason, Jennifer and Amy) were raised and attended Wyomissing Schools until their senior high school years. While raising children, Bunny was an active member of the Junior League of Reading as well as volunteering for other organizations.


In 1975, while she was raising her 3 young children, Bunny returned to school at Hahnemann University Medical School to pursue a career as a Physician’s Assistant. Graduating in 1978, her clinical career as a PA began with Family Practice before transitioning to Medical Oncology. Her first full time position was with Fox Chase Cancer Center. While at Fox Chase, she was exposed to the various aspects of clinical research and began what turned out to be the focus of her professional career. Following approximately 15 years in the clinical setting, she transitioned to industry as the Director of Clinical Research for products under development at Arrow International, now Teleflex. Shortly after Teleflex acquired Arrow International, she became the Vice President for Clinical & Regulatory Affairs for Ventracor, International, an Australian based medical device company. Now, semi-retired, she continues as an Independent Consultant for medical device clinical and regulatory affairs.


Semi-retirement has allowed her to re-focus much of her time and effort toward giving back to her community. She joined the WAEF Board of Directors in 2010, and over the next 9 years served as Secretary, Vice President and Chair of the Grants & Scholarship committee. Her efforts, along with all the other dedicated board members, helped to expand the scope and influence of this organization to what it is today. In addition to her contributions to WAEF, Bunny is also a member of the Reading Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and began serving on the Board of Directors of the Reading Public Museum in January 2020.
Even though she is proud of her professional accomplishments in clinical medicine and industry, Bunny considers her crowning achievement raising of her three children and guiding them to be the wonderful adults they are today. Her son, Jason, now resides with his family in San Francisco, CA. Her daughter, Jennifer Weil, and her family live in Westport, CT. Her youngest daughter, Amy Combs, and her family are Wyomissing residents and Amy is currently a WAEF Board member. With each of her children having three children of their own, the remainder of her time is spent keeping up with her 9 grandchildren.


The COVID-19 school closure prevented us from gathering to honor Bunny at the annual Distinguished Alumni Award ceremony when she would have been acknowledged by WAEF for her contributions to WAEF and the Wyomissing Area School District.  We hope to honor Bunny in person during the 2020-2021 school year!

 

Selection Criteria

Qualified award candidates will meet the following criteria:

  • A graduate of the Wyomissing Area School District (or West Reading High School, prior to the merger of the West Reading and Wyomissing school systems)

  • A person generally recognized as someone with strong moral and ethical character.

  • Someone who has demonstrated one or more of the following:

  • Outstanding professional success

  • A record of involvement and support of activities within the WASD schools

  • A commitment to education, students and/or youth

  • A history of generously donating his/her time, talents or treasures to social programs, not-for-profit organizations and/or community activities.

  • A history of involvement with not-for-profit organizations.

Barbara Homsher
Barbara Homsher

2017-18 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient

Rothenberger family
Rothenberger family

John Rothenberger, 2016-17 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient with his family

Ed Kuhn & Carolyn Holleran
Ed Kuhn & Carolyn Holleran

2014-15 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and 2015-16 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient

Barbara Homsher
Barbara Homsher

2017-18 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient

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WAEF Distinguished Alumni Nomination Form

 

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