Maria Baron Cannon, vice president of channel marketing for TE Connectivity and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Foundation Board member, was named honorary alumna during BU’s alumni awards dinner on Saturday, April 23. Four graduates also were recognized for their contributions to the university and their professions, including Crystal Skotedis, CPA and director with Boyer & Ritter CPAs and Consultants, who received the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award.
Cannon, San Jose, Calif., is the daughter of two BU graduates, the late Charles Baron ’52 and Margaret Suchy Baron ’49. In accepting the award, Cannon, who describes herself as a “Husky by choice,” said her parents met after graduating from Bloomsburg and instilled in her a passion for the university. After her father’s death, the family established a scholarship in his name.
In addition to the Foundation Board, Cannon serves on the College of Business Advisory Board. She has participated regularly in career programs for students offered as part of the Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD). Prior to joining TE, she was at the helm of Cisco’s Worldwide Distribution Operations Organization, serving in various vice presidential roles. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, she holds a degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
Crystal Skotedis, Harrisburg, graduated from BU in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting. An active volunteer and strong supporter of BU’s College of Business, she has worked with faculty and the Office of Alumni and Professional Engagement staff to establish career opportunities for students interested in the fraud examination field. She returns to campus regularly to speak to students about career topics and has presented sessions at the annual ZIPD Business Conference.
Other honorees are:
- Distinguished Service: Joseph Hilgar ’75, Barton, strategic sourcing manager for Covanta Energy Inc., where he oversees sourcing strategy for 42 operating plants in the U.S. and Canada. Formerly global strategic sourcing manager for Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Hilgar has served in various leadership roles with the BU Alumni Association, BU Foundation, College of Business Advisory Board, men’s swimming program and his fraternity, Phi Sigma Xi.
- Maroon and Gold Excellence Award: Rachel Vasquez Troychock ’03/’04M, Bloomsburg, manager of learning innovation and talent development with the National Kitchen and Bath Association. A regular presenter at career programs for students, she serves as a volunteer with the BU Alumni Association’s Carver Hall Chapter. Troychock led the Children’s Flood Relief Donation Center for Columbia County following the 2011 flood.
- Maroon and Gold Excellence Award: Zachary Pearce ’11, Matamoras, an adjunct professor at Misericordia University and member engagement specialist for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. A previous member of the Delaware Valley School Board, Pearce was recognized among the Pocono Record’s “Top 40 under 40.” He was president of the Husky Ambassadors while he was a BU student and recently served on the alumni planning committee for the group’s 30-year reunion.
Also recognized for their volunteer work as alumni career connectors were Angela Hummel ’92, Northumberland, vice president of human resources, Evangelical Community Hospital; Erica Smith ’98, Harrisburg, group talent acquisition manager, Enterprise Holdings; and Craig Shuey ’94, Middletown, chief operating officer, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
The annual awards program is coordinated by the BU Alumni Association, which was incorporated in 1933 and today links 67,000 alumni with the university