Wesley College recognized distinguished alumni during the All Alumni Reunion, Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Ceremony and Reception on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Maple Dale Country Club.
Wesley selected one winner for each of the following three award categories: Alumni Service Award, Alumni Public Service Award, and Alumni Professional Achievement Award.
Amy Kellen received the Alumni Service Award. The Alumni Service Award is awarded for extended, extraordinary service to Wesley College.
Kellen graduated from Wesley in 2008 with a bachelor in liberal studies and again in 2017 with her master of education. Since she began her career at the College in 2008 as an Enrollment Counselor, she has been helping prospective students and families, has been an advisor to student organizations and is an adjunct instructor. Amy has volunteered her time for numerous alumni events over the years, including helping to coordinate and staff the kids’ activities at Homecoming, lining up student volunteers and assisting with the Alumni Association’s annual holiday “Brunch with Santa.”
Stephanie Payne Preece received the Alumni Public Service Award. The Public Service Award honors alumni who have fulfilled the obligations of their education through creative leadership in service that has benefited society and reflected credit on Wesley College.
Preece graduated magna cum laude from Wesley in 2005 with a bachelor of science in accounting with minors in business administration and international business. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and currently serves as the chief administrative officer at Del-One Federal Credit Union. Outside of her career, she has served the community extensively as a co-founder of Gals That Give, a non-profit that benefits charities in Kent County and has helped raise more than $200,000 since its inception in 2013. Stephanie is also involved with the American Heart Association and Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, currently serving as vice chairman of economic development. In 2016 she was recognized by Delaware Business Times as one of the “Top 40 under 40″ in Delaware.
Joseph R. Slights III received the Alumni Professional Achievement Award. The Professional Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievement in any professional field. The award honors alumni whose achievements in their vocational fields have brought distinction to themselves, credit to Wesley College, and a real benefit to their communities.
Slights graduated from Wesley in 1983 with a degree in social science. His roots with the College are deep, as his father was Wesley’s dean of admissions and also dean of students during most of his upbringing and young adulthood. In 2016 he was nominated by former Governor Jack Markell and confirmed by the state Senate as a Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Prior to that he served a twelve-year term as a Delaware Superior Court judge and then was a partner for Morris James LLP, specializing in commercial and corporate litigation. He also chaired the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution practice group.
*Photo from left to right: Vice President of Alumni Association, Courtney Stewart ’04, M ’06, Preece, and Kellen.
More photos from the 2017 All Alumni Reunion, Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Ceremony and Reception are available on Flickr.