CCP presents Distinguished Leadership Awards

Six com­munity lead­ers are honored dur­ing a ce­re­mony at the Com­munity Col­lege of Phil­adelphia North­east Re­gion­al Cen­ter.

The Com­munity Col­lege of Phil­adelphia re­cently presen­ted Dis­tin­guished Lead­er­ship Awards to six com­munity lead­ers.

Steph­en M. Curtis, CCP’s long­time pres­id­ent, hos­ted the April 30 ce­re­mony, which took place at the col­lege’s North­east Re­gion­al Cen­ter at 12901 Town­send Road.

Honored were Nancy Moroz­in (busi­ness), John F. Swoy­er III (edu­ca­tion), Ed Neilson (pub­lic of­fi­cial), the Rev. James A. Cal­la­han (faith-based), Jack Mc­Carthy (com­munity ser­vice) and Maura Lav­elle (youth).

Here is some back­ground on the award win­ners:

• Moroz­in owns and op­er­ates The Din­ing Car, a res­taur­ant at 8826 Frank­ford Ave. in Holmes­burg that has served more than 15 mil­lion meals and em­ployed more than 25,000 people. The 260-seat diner and bakery is open 24 hours a day, sev­en days a week, ex­cept Christ­mas. She joined the fam­ily busi­ness, formerly the Tor­res­dale Diner, in 1980. She has ment­ored oth­ers open­ing their first diners. She holds fun­draisers for po­lice of­ficers, spon­sors a po­lice of­ficer of the month club and provides baked goods for hol­i­day parties for of­ficers. The diner is a meet­ing space for the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce, North­east Vic­tim Ser­vice and the North­east Phil­adelphia Hall of Fame. In co­oper­a­tion with Naz­areth Hos­pit­al, Moroz­in de­veloped the “Heart­fare” sec­tion of the diner’s menu for health-con­scious cus­tom­ers and those with di­et­ary re­stric­tions. She sup­ports the Feast of Justice food bank and Aid For Friends. The night be­fore the ce­re­mony, she helped chair­wo­man Rose McMe­nam­in pro­duce a suc­cess­ful Hail to the Chefs event, which raised money for col­lege schol­ar­ships for loc­al young people.

• Swoy­er is CEO of MaST Com­munity Charter School. He star­ted at the school in 2004 as the net­work sup­port/net­work ad­min­is­trat­or and was later pro­moted to dir­ect­or of tech­no­logy, as­sist­ing in de­vel­op­ing the in­fra­struc­ture of a new build­ing. He was named chief in­form­a­tion of­ficer/chief op­er­at­ing of­ficer in 2010 and el­ev­ated to his cur­rent po­s­i­tion a year later. He works closely with par­ents and the high school stu­dent coun­cil. He has a de­gree in man­age­ment of in­form­a­tion sys­tems from Phil­adelphia Uni­versity and a mas­ter of busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from Holy Fam­ily. MaST has a wait­ing list of more than 5,600 kids. It fea­tures a Wii fit­ness cen­ter and a spec­tac­u­lar lib­rary/me­dia cen­ter.

• Neilson, a Demo­crat, rep­res­ents the 169th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict. He won a spe­cial elec­tion in April 2012. His pri­or­it­ies in­clude job cre­ation, pro­tect­ing the eld­erly, im­prov­ing pub­lic safety and edu­ca­tion and ad­dress­ing the prob­lem of ab­sent­ee land­lords. He formerly served as dir­ect­or of gov­ern­ment af­fairs and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment for a law firm and as deputy sec­ret­ary for the state De­part­ment of Labor and In­dustry. Neilson has coached loc­al youth sports teams and served as a Boy Scouts lead­er. He is a gradu­ate of Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School and St. Joseph’s Uni­versity and a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tion­al Broth­er­hood of Elec­tric­al Work­ers Loc­al 98.

• Cal­la­han, a priest for 40 years, has been pas­tor of Christ the King Par­ish in Mor­rell Park for the last 13 years. He spent 10 years as pas­tor at Trans­fig­ur­a­tion of Our Lord Par­ish in West Phil­adelphia. Cal­la­han serves on the ad­vis­ory board for Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School pres­id­ent Mike McArdle, who at­ten­ded the ce­re­mony. Cal­la­han is the past chair­man of the Spring­field Min­is­teri­um and Priests in Urb­an Min­istry and past mem­ber of the Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia’s In­ter­pa­ro­chi­al Com­mis­sion. He is a big fan of the Phil­adelphia and Notre Dame sports teams. He at­ten­ded St. Helena Gram­mar School and Car­din­al Dougherty High School, where he was an All-Cath­ol­ic base­ball play­er and a re­serve on a Cath­ol­ic League cham­pi­on­ship bas­ket­ball team. His uncle, the late May­or James Tate, foun­ded CCP in 1965.

• Mc­Carthy is a cer­ti­fied arch­iv­ist and long­time archiv­al/his­tor­ic­al con­sult­ant. He is pro­ject dir­ect­or of the North­east Phil­adelphia Hall of Fame and co-founder of the North­east Phil­adelphia His­tory Net­work, which re­ceived the Pre­ser­va­tion Al­li­ance of Great­er Phil­adelphia’s Com­munity Ac­tion Award in 2009. He is a mem­ber of the North­east Phil­adelphia Co­ali­tion for Arts and Cul­ture. Mc­Carthy is work­ing on pro­jects with the His­tor­ic­al So­ci­ety of Pennsylvania and the Phil­adelphia Or­ches­tra. He writes art­icles for the on­line magazine Hid­den City Phil­adelphia. He’s writ­ten art­icles for the North­east Times and is a former mem­ber of the His­tor­ic­al So­ci­ety of Frank­ford. He has an as­so­ci­ate’s de­gree in mu­sic from CCP and bach­el­or’s and mas­ter’s de­grees from West Chester.

• Lav­elle is a seni­or at Naz­areth Academy High School. Sis­ter Mary Joan, the prin­cip­al, at­ten­ded the ce­re­mony. Lav­elle has been a vo­lun­teer at a re­tire­ment home and a hos­pit­al. Over the last three sum­mers, she has par­ti­cip­ated in ser­vice trips to im­prove the com­munit­ies of Mor­gan­town, W.Va., and Worcester, Mass. She spent a month in Ecuador help­ing con­struct a com­munity cen­ter and build­ing a play­ground for dis­abled chil­dren. She has a 4.1 grade point av­er­age out of 5.0. Her fa­vor­ite classes are ad­vanced-place­ment bio­logy and cal­cu­lus. Lav­elle has been the cap­tain of the track and field team for two years, com­pet­ing in the 200 and 400 meters and the 4x100-meter re­lay. She will at­tend Vil­lan­ova Uni­versity and ma­jor in bio­logy, with plans to en­roll in med­ic­al school to be­come a forensic patho­lo­gist.

Al Tauben­ber­ger, pres­id­ent of the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce, said the win­ners and those who re­ceived awards in the past are a good re­flec­tion of the North­east.

“It shows the strength of North­east Phil­adelphia and the ded­ic­a­tion of its people to a bet­ter com­munity,” Tauben­ber­ger said. ••

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