DuBOIS – Three winners have been selected to receive this year’s Penn State DuBois Alumni Society Awards during a virtual ceremony scheduled for November 1st.
The Penn State DuBois Alumni Society annually recognizes individuals for their professional success and support for the campus. Michael Yamrick Jr., ’07, ’10, receives the Dave Shaffer Outstanding Young Alumni Award; Jana Sharlow, ’97, ’00, receives the Outstanding Alumni Award; and Paul Winkler, ’78, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Yamrick earned an associate degree in wildlife technology and a bachelor’s degree in geosciences from Penn State DuBois, and earned a bachelor’s degree in geosciences with a minor in natural resources from Penn State in 2010. He is currently a project geologist for Triad Engineering in Mechanicsburg and is a licensed professional geologist.
Yamrick lives in York with his wife, Cassie, and their two children, Kinley and Beckett. He is a member of the York County Alumni Chapter. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and fly fishing.
Sharlow graduated from Penn State DuBois with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2000. In 2003 she completed an MBA with a focus on strategy from the University of Pittsburgh. During her school days she worked for Eat’n Park Restaurants and worked her way through the ranks from Assistant Manager to Field Director of Leadership Development. Sharlow is currently the Director of Learning at Eat’n Park Hospitality Group (EPHG), Inc. in Pittsburgh, where her career spanned 41 years.
Sharlow has served on the board of directors of the Mont Valley Initiative, Pittsburgh Technical College, Goodwill, and the Penn DuBois Alumni Society. A passionate “Penn Stater”, she worked for DuBois for “For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students”. In 2004 she received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the Penn State DuBois Alumni Society. She has never missed an EPHG Volunteers for Day of Smiles or an opportunity to participate in the fundraiser at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
In her spare time, Sharlow enjoys traveling abroad, hiking, crocheting and glazing. She encourages her entrepreneurial and creative spirit with 6RobinsonRun, the craft business that she runs with her three siblings.
Winkler studied health administration at Penn State University, graduated in 1978 and continued his studies at the University of Pittsburgh and later as an intern at the John J. Kane Hospital. After seven years with the Kane Regional Centers, he joined Presbyterian SeniorCare in 1987. Today he is President and CEO of the Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, a continuum of senior living and care communities and services. After Winkler served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the network, overseeing the range of services and facilities, Winkler was elected President and CEO in March 1999.
Winkler also has a BS in Health Planning and Administration and a BA in General Arts and Sciences. He earned a Masters of Public Health in Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He regularly teaches long-term care courses at local universities, has lectured at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, where he taught a course in Healthcare Leadership and coached the national LeadingAge Leadership Academy.
In 2013, Winkler received the UPMC Senior Services Grand Champion Award in recognition of his 32 years of service for seniors. He was also a member of the Penn State DuBois “For the Future” campaign committee and supports the campus as a donor.
Winkler and his wife Connie live in Oakmont. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.