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Congratulations to the 2019 Distinguished Alumni
Wall of Honor Inductees

The Northampton Area Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation is proud to announce the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor inductees.  Each of these seven Northampton Area High School graduates has achieved success in his or her chosen career or profession while also having a positive impact on others through community service and/or volunteerism.

Dr. Rodger Berg (Class of 1964)          

  • professor of science/chemistry at DeSales University, Muhlenberg College, Lehigh University; member/leader professional chemistry organizations instructor/volunteer for various public school programs community leader/volunteer, Northampton borough church leader/volunteer 


Mr. Bruce Lack  (Class of 1969)

  • president/owner of L&M Fabrication and Machine, Inc., Bath; L.V.E, Inc., Bath; Phase III Environmental, LLC, Palmerton; Woodstone Golf Club, Inc., Danielsville; other businesses; community volunteer/sponsor of several community, non-profit organizations        


Dr. Stephen Ressler  (Class of 1975)

  • 34-year career as commissioned officer in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, attaining rank of Brigadier General; professor/administrator, West Point Military Academy; adjunct professor at Lehigh University; member/leader professional engineering organizations; volunteer instructor/speaker  at local high schools


Mr. Charles Hangen  (Class of 1990)

  • banking/finance executive vice president, COO of ESSA Bank & Trust, Stroudsburg; advisory board member of “Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Bridge”, Monroe County; volunteer coach, Bushkill Township Athletic Association, Nazareth Basketball Youth Association


Ms. Tina Pagotto   (Class of 1993)

  • CEO of Bethesda Project, a non-profit organization that provides individuals experiencing homelessness emergency shelter, housing, and supportive services, Philadelphia; instructor, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice; member/leader of community boards/advisory councils/organizations


Mr. Travis Mohr  (Class of 1999)

  • civil engineer/construction project manager, Kiewit Construction Company; president, American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Institute; member of 1996, 2000, 2004 United States Paralympic swim team; medaled at 2000, 2004 Paralympics games; community volunteer; mentor; motivational speaker


Mr. Dale Newhart  (Class of 1943) - Honored posthumously

  • During his career, Mr. Newhart served as supervisor of Pennsylvania State System of Mental Health; superintendent of Allentown State Hospital; VP for Administration at The Lutheran Home, Topton; leader/member of various professional, community, and church boards/commissions/associations/ authorities    





The Wall of Honor is located in Northampton Area High School’s main lobby.  A plaque for each inductee recognizes personal and professional post-high school graduation achievements and features a current photo, as well as the inductee’s senior photo.  The Distinguished Alumni inductees honored on the wall serve as an inspiration to all students and as a reminder to our entire community of Northampton Area School District’s proud education tradition and commitment to serve others.


Each inductee was publicly honored at the Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Award Celebration on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Woodstone Country Club and Lodge, Danielsville, Pennsylvania.  


Family, friends, colleagues, community members, faculty, and students joined the Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation in making the Celebration Dinner and Recognition Program a memorable event for the Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor inductees.  The Celebration also served as a Foundation fundraiser to help make monetary grants available to all Northampton Area School District faculty and administrators to develop and provide innovative programs that positively impact District students.

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