11 prominent young Penn Staters to be honored with Alumni Achievement Award

Award ceremony to be livestreamed at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 18
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Credit: Penn State Alumni Association

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Alumni Association will honor 11 prominent young alumni at the Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 18.

Alumni Achievement Award recipients are nominated by an academic college or campus and invited by the president of the University to return to Penn State to share their expertise with students and the University community. Honorees demonstrate to students that Penn State alumni succeed in exceptional fashion at an early age.

Tune into the livestream at 6:30 p.m. Friday to watch the evening’s festivities.

Many recipients will meet with students and guest lecture in classrooms to share insights on their successes in life and business. 

Following are the names, graduation year(s), and academic colleges of this year’s honorees:

  • Alison V. Beam, 2008, College of Health and Human Development — senior vice president and chief government affairs officer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Joshua Brady Branch, 2013, College of the Liberal Arts — policy specialist, Crime and Justice Institute
  • Noel Claudio, 2014, College of Information Sciences and Technology — strategy and operations analyst, Twitter
  • Sienna Helfrich, 2014, College of Agricultural Sciences; 2014, College of Engineering —  senior operations leader and integration leader, Dow
  • Therese Jones, 2009, College of the Liberal Arts; 2009 graduate degree, Eberly College of Science — senior director of policy, Satellite Industry Association
  • Olivier Noel, 2018 graduate degree and 2021 graduate degree, Penn State College of Medicine — chief executive officer, DNAsimple
  • Brandon Lyons, 2012, Smeal College of Business — assistant director, Americas Experience Management Center of Excellence of Ernst & Young
  • Melissa Pardi, 2013, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications; 2013, College of the Liberal Arts — senior director, social responsibility, National Football League 
  • Christina Parle, 2016 graduate degree, College of Education — co-founder, team lead, educator and consultant, Social Responsibility Speaks
  • Carl A. Sizer III, 2011, Penn State Behrend (Penn State Shenango) — chief financial officer, Primary Health Network
  • Stefen Wisniewski, 2010, College of Education (Schreyer Honors College), retired NFL player


For more information about the award recipients, visit the Penn State Alumni Association’s website.

*Honorees nominated by a unit other than their graduating college are denoted in parentheses.