The Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association hosted its annual Alumni Gala on Saturday, April 7, 2018, 5 p.m., in Heritage Hall at the Living Learning Center, Pitt-Johnstown campus.
THANK YOU to all alumni and friends who attended or supported our recent Alumni Gala, which honored five of our most distinguished alumni.
A special thanks to our two Gold Sponsors, Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity and UPMC, and to our Patron Sponsors, Conemaugh Health System, Excelsior Wines, and Seton Hill University.
The Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association, comprised of an all-volunteer board of alumni, serves the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and its alumni network of more than 22,000 graduates through alumni membership programs, fundraising and networking events, and student scholarships.
Honors alumni with significant accomplishment in their careers and a commitment to Pitt-Johnstown
Rob DeMichiei ’87, Business Economics
Robert A. DeMichiei is a certified public accountant and serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of UPMC. Before joining UPMC, a $17 billion health care provider and finance system with more than 30 academic, community and specialty hospitals, international and commercial operations, and an insurance division with over 3.2 million members, Mr. DeMichiei held various executive and management roles with the General Electric Company (GE) and Price Waterhouse in Pittsburgh.
Rob currently serves as the Finance Committee Chairman of the United Way of Allegheny County. He also serves on the Board of Directors of UPMC Hamot, UPMC Passavant and UPMC Susquehanna Hospitals, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Board of Directors and the Seton Hill University Board of Trustees. Rob, a Kappa Delta Rho, and his wife, Amy (a Pitt-Johnstown graduate and Alpha Sigma Alpha), have four children and reside in Hampton Township, PA.
Remembers alumni who are no longer with us but demonstrated the qualities of Pitt-Johnstown through their life
Samuel Hicks ’99, Biology
Special Agent Samuel S. Hicks grew up in Scottdale, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. While a student at Pitt-Johnstown, Samuel was an active participant in the campus community as president of the Acacia Fraternity, women’s soccer coach, and ice hockey player. After graduating in 1999, Samuel pursued a career in law enforcement, first as a police officer in Maryland.
Samuel joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2007. In August 2008, he was one of 11 agents chosen from across the country to attend a special training in Amman, Jordan. Tragically, on November 19, 2008, Special Agent Samuel S. Hicks was shot and killed in the line of duty while executing a federal search warrant at a home in Indiana Township near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was only 33 years old and left behind family, friends and colleagues. To honor Samuel, the FBI named their Baltimore field office “The Sam Hicks Building.”
In 2009, the Samuel S. Hicks Memorial Fund was established to support youth programs such as scouts and local soccer clinics, as well as families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty. The Fund also supports outstanding Pitt-Johnstown students majoring in the Justice Administration and Criminology program.