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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:
  • 2018-2019 – David M. Kozloff
  • 2017-2018 – Barbara Homsher
  • 2016-2017 – John Rothenberger
  • 2015-2016 – Carolyn Holleran
  • 2014-2015 – Edward Kuhn

2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Nominee

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.

Bunny will be joined by family and friends on May 4, 2020 when she will be acknowledged by WAEF for her contributions to WAEF and the Wyomissing Area School District.

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.
If you require additional information. Email: mmurrill@wyoarea.org Phone: 610-374-0739 ext. 1171  

WAEF Distinguished Alumni Nomination Form