Bethel Park High School reprised its annual Great Alumni Hall of Fame induction ceremony in late March by welcoming in five new members including a local philanthropist, a pair of successful executives, a decorated fire chief and a nationally renowned pediatrician.
Scott Beynon (’78) was a big hearted, exceptionally helpful, honest person that would do anything for the citizens of Bethel Park. Scott saw the best in people and created opportunities for many students who desired to enter the auto mechanic trades. A staple in the Bethel Park community, Scott embodied the values of this community and represented what makes living in Bethel Park so special. Scott’s legacy of integrity, hard work, and selflessness continues on at Beynon’s Service Center and through an annual scholarship given to a student pursuing the trades.
Jeffery Keisling (’75) has served as an executive for three Fortune 250 global biopharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer where he served as Senior Vice President of Business Technology and Chief Information Officer. He was responsible for the transformation of Pfizer’s IT Organization. Jeff has organized, chaired, and operated numerous campaigns raising millions of dollars for charity. As an advocate for STEM education for women and minorities, he provided students with opportunities for internships and created hiring programs that resulted in a 50% hiring of those candidates.
Daniel Moore (’67) has been a committed fire fighter all his life, starting in 1971 for the Bethel Park Volunteer Fire Company, and elevating to the rank of Fire Chief. He was an essential part of The Municipality of Bethel Park for 42 years, serving as the borough’s Master Mechanic. Daniel maintained and repaired fire trucks, salt trucks, police cars, and ambulances. He has received two Bethel Park Firefighter Medals of Honor for saving numerous lives including both firefighters and citizens. After moving to North Carolina, he received the 2017 and 2018 Calabash Fire Fighter of the Year Award.
Dr. Manika Turnbull (’95) served in several leadership roles in Human Resources for Health Care Service Corporations, including Divisional Senior Vice President of Compensation, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Workforce Experience, and Chief Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. A graduate of James Madison University, where she was captain of their NCAA Division I women’s basketball team. She received a master’s degree and Ph.D. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, became an adjunct professor, and earned the Distinguished Alumni Award of 2016. Dr. Turnbull also holds the distinction of being the first woman of color to be inducted into Bethel Park’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
Dr. Albert Wolf (’87) earned a BS at Harvard, as well as an MD from the University of Pittsburgh. He co-founded Kids Plus Pediatrics, a Pittsburgh-based practice nationally renowned for excellence in clinical care and innovation in patient engagement. He also co-founded the National Breastfeeding Center, helping pediatricians integrate breastfeeding services into their practices. He served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the International Lactation Consultant Association, and as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh.
The Bethel Park Great Alumni Hall of Fame was founded in 2013 to recognize and honor Bethel Park High School alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments either personally or professionally since graduation.
Honorees are selected because they either significantly improved the lives of others, contributed significant volunteer or community service, or achieved significant advancement in their professional field.
“We are always excited to welcome back our distinguished alumni and recognize them for all they have accomplished,” said Bethel Park High School principal, Joseph Villani. “This group of Alumni Hall of Fame inductees represent the best in character, charity and accomplishments in both their personal and professional lives; and they embody our recently adopted school motto of, ‘Built on tradition, focused on the future.’”
This year’s ceremony, which was held in the Large Group Instruction room, was moved from January to March coincide with the National Honor Society’s (NHS) induction ceremony, which was moved up from May. The honorees were each asked to offer a few words of advice to this year’s NHS class.
“We wanted to pair this program with the NHS induction ceremony because the qualifications for each so closely align,” said Villani. “It is an incredible opportunity for our current students to hear directly from those who preceded them as they reflect on what qualities it took for them to reach their goals. It is really special because the alumni have sat in the same seats and come from the same community.”
The inductees were each presented with a copy of the plaques now on display in the lobby, as well as a Great Alumni Hall of Fame medal and pin.