Continued bios of the 6 distinguished alumini honored on September 20th, 2014.
Eli Shumar Jr. - Class of 1965
Eli Shumar Jr. graduated in 1965, at the time, Redstone High School but later known as Brownville Area School District. After graduation he desired to join the military but due to a fractured leg he was rated 4-F and was unable to serve. Eli attended the Technical Training School of Uniontown and majored in Welding and graduated in 1966. He then went on to attend an Electronic School in Washington D.C.
After that, he was employed at Hydraulic Jack Repair, being accepted into their apprenticeship program. Eli continued his studies there in machining, electrical, tool and die making and hydraulics. He left Hydraulic Jack Repair and went on his own in 1974 to start Shumar Welding and Machine Services, Inc.
Being in business, now over 40 years, Shumars have become a leader in the arenas of energy and defense. Shumar employs an average of 80 full-time employees who manufacture many types of equipment for the long wall mining industry and also support our homeland security, Naval and overseas troops with various military equipment. Shumar maintains a large customer base over the years, i.e. US Steel, Bethlehem Steel, Consol Coal, ArgonST/Boeing and many others.
Eli supports the local community, businesses, schools and Boy Scouts. He is in good standing with the Fay Penn Economic Development Council, as many of his employees also have seats on numerous advisory boards for businesses and schools, supporting the local community with employment opportunities and education. Eli was voted by Fay Penn as “Man of the Year” a number of years ago, along with countless other acknowledgements over his years in business.
In 2014, Shumar was honored by Boeing, Inc. for supplying the 100th Winching System for the AN/SLQ-25A Surface Ship Torpedo Defense System for the US Navy. Also, Shumar was awarded in June - Business of the Year – Fayette County CTI – 2013-2014 for our support with the technical school.
Eli is married to the former Betty Hlatky. He is also championed by his children, Richard and Tina and step children, Andy, Christina and Jolene. Eli also enjoys his many grandchildren and step grandchildren.
Geraldine M. Jones was named acting university president of California University of Pennsylvania on May 16, 2012. Following a recommendation from the California University Council of Trustees, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors named her interim university president on March 20, 2013.
Following graduation from Brownsville High School in 1968, President Jones attended and graduated from California State College in 1972 with a bachelor of education degree and earned her master’s degree in education at California in 1980.
She began her career in education as a second-grade teacher in the Albert Gallatin School District, in Uniontown, Pa.
She returned to California in 1974, serving as program director for Upward Bound for 20 years and as chair of the Department of Academic Development Services for 11 years. She was associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services for two years before serving as the college dean from 2000-2008.
In July 2008, she was named provost/vice president for academic affairs, a position which she held until being appointed as acting university president.
President Jones has received numerous honors, including the Cal U Alumni Association's John R. Gregg Award for Loyalty and Service, and Cal U’s Black Alumni Association's Outstanding Service Award. In 2010 Jones was one of 50 ‘Women of Excellence’ honored by the New Pittsburgh Courier, and in 2013, she was honored as an ‘Urban Hero of Western Pennsylvania,’ and also as one of the ‘Most Powerful and Influential Women’ at the 2013 Pittsburgh Diversity and Leadership Summit.
President Jones is a lifelong member of Mt. Zion AME Church of Brownsville, Pa., where she has been the church pianist since age 14. She has been married to Jeffrey B. Jones for 40 years; they have two adult daughters and a granddaughter.
Dr. Chavone Momon-Nelson - Class of 1996
Dr. Chavone Momon-Nelson is a 1996 graduate of Brownsville Area High School. While in high school, she was actively involved in numerous organizations, received numerous awards and graduated with honors. She participated in CalU’s Upward Bound Program which requires participants to attend 5 weeks of intense instruction on campus for 3 summers. Chavone developed her academic skills, learning about what is expected of a college student and developed a plan to reach her goals.
Chavone attended Prairie View A&M University in Texas and earned a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology in 2000 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She was admitted to medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She enrolled in a dual degree program with Saint Joseph’s University and completed a Masters of Business Administration in Health and Medical Services prior to finishing her Doctor of Osteopathy in 2005.
Dr. Momon-Nelson completed a rotating internship at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and then completed an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Cooper University Hospital. Throughout medical school and residency, she was active with her professional medical organizations and received numerous scholarships and teaching awards.
She is currently a member of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association and Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.
Dr. Momon-Nelson worked as a private physician at Penn Medicine in Woodbury Heights, NJ and an attending physician at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia for a number of years. Last month, she began a new chapter in her life as the owner of her own practice, Carlisle OB/GYN, and is associated with Carlisle Regional Medical Center.
Chavone and her husband Christopher, a Financial Analyst with JP Morgan, and children, Camryn, age 8 and Cade, age 4 are in transition, moving from Lansdowne to Carlisle, PA.