Manheim Township Names 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

The Manheim Township Alumni Association is proud to announce the names of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award winners.  Since 1997, Manheim Township has bestowed the Distinguished Alumni Award on graduates who have achieved noteworthy and outstanding accomplishments in their chosen fields, have served their communities, and act as role models for students in the Manheim Township School District. 

The following alumni were selected for the 2016 award:  Edward J. Garboczi, class of 1976; Leslie Gilbert Gillin, class of 1987; Mark D. Smith, class of 1976. The winners were presented with their awards on June 7, 2016. Members of the Manheim Township Educational Foundation presented the awards along with the Executive Director, Jenny Germann.   Prior to the presentation, they each had the opportunity to share some stories and advice with the MTHS Class of 2016 graduating seniors during commencement rehearsal. If you would like to make a donation in honor of one of the candidates, please forward it to MTAA, 450A Candlewyck Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.  

Pictured in Photo:  Dr. Edward J. Garoczi, '76, Leslie Gilbert Gillin '87, Mark D. Smith '76

Edward J. Garboczi graduated from Manheim Township in 1976.  He lettered in soccer during all four years at MTHS, played the saxophone in the band, and during his senior year, was on the staff of the Soliloquy literary magazine.  Garboczi is a Fellow in the Applied Chemicals and Materials Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Boulder, Colorado.  He also served as a Fellow in the Materials and Structural Systems Division of NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Prior to joining NIST, he worked from 1985-1988 as a Physicist at Armstrong World Industries in Lancaster, PA.

Dr. Garboczi received his Bachelors of Science in Physics in 1980 from Michigan State University.  He went on to receive his Masters of Science degree in 1983 and completed his Ph.D. in 1985.  He has over 140 professional publications in technical journals.

Dr. Garboczi works on particle shape characterization for a wide range of particles, including gravel and sand used in asphaltic and portland cement concrete, portland cement particles, chemical explosives, industrial synthetic particles, metal powders for 3D printing, and lunar soil and planetary soil simulants. He uses these 3-D mathematical characterizations in a variety of computational materials science models of the microstructure and properties of random composite materials ranging from concrete to carbon nanotube nanocomposites. His prizes include: Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and recipient of the Robert E. Philleo award, Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and recipient of the Della Roy Lecture and Edward C. Henry awards, and recipient of a Silver Medal from the Department of Commerce for co-creation of the Virtual Cement and Concrete Testing Laboratory.

Dr. Garboczi is married to Alice nee Laudermilch, MT class of 1978.  They have four children and one grandson.  They currently reside in Arvada, CO.  He enjoys walking, reading, collecting books, and playing with his grandson.

Leslie Gilbert Gillin, MTHS Class of 1987, is the Chief Marketing Officer for Citi’s Global Consumer Bank, accountable to ensure the bank delivers targeted, impactful and distinguished messaging that will move Global Consumer Marketing from “sell” to “buy”.  She is responsible for accelerating global digital acquisitions and onboarding capabilities, Citi's Consumer social and content strategy, Citi's Global Consumer Brand and Product positioning and the management of the Citi-Publicis One Team Global Agency Team worldwide.  She also runs the Global Consumer Marketing ExCo which drives the forward agenda of over 900 marketing professionals in 24 markets worldwide.

Prior to this role, Leslie was the Head of Cards Sales and Marketing for Citi Cards.  Before joining Citi in 2011, Leslie held senior marketing, product and business development roles at Bank of America and MBNA America for more than 21 years across the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Leslie is currently a member of Board of Trustees for the Rosemont School of the Holy Child and a Founding Ambassador of Diamonds Unleashed, a Global Women's Empowerment Initiative.  She also served as a board member of the Please Touch Museum, the Directors House UK, the UK Mastercard Advisory Board and was on the Digital Marketing Council for the Fox School of Business, Temple University.  She was recognized in 2010 as one of the Top 50 Women to Watch by Delaware Magazine.

Leslie graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in International Relations and Spanish and also studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain.  She was captain of Delaware’s Women’s Tennis Team including East Coast Doubles Champion.  While at MTHS, Leslie played tennis and softball and was a member of the Student Council.  She currently resides in St. David’s, Pennsylvania with her husband and three children.

Mark Smith, class of 1976, serves as the Director of Programs at the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation in Alexandria, VA.  In this position, he manages and oversees multiple foundation programs that provide emergency financial assistance to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, provide veterans and active duty service members of modest means with down payment assistance to purchase their first home, and financial support to the caregivers of wounded warriors with childcare and educational assistance grants.  They also work closely with the Veterans Administration and Disabled American Veterans to combat veteran homelessness. 

After graduating from Washington & Lee University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history, Smith began his career as an Army officer leading forward-deployed tank units in the U.S. and Germany.  He earned his Master’s Degree in strategic studies and economics from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and went on to serve as an assistant professor of International Relations and National Security Studies at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.  Smith subsequently served as special assistant to the former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, retired 4 star General John R. Galvin.  

In 1997, Smith and his family returned to New York where he served as senior vice president and chief operations officer of Prudential Investment Management Services.  In 2000, he left Prudential and was hired by the Chairman & CEO of the Pacific Stock and Options Exchange in San Francisco where he led the project to launch the first fully electronic national stock exchange in the U.S.  After 9/11, 2001, Smith shifted his focus back to public service and accepted a position as director of Strategic Business Development at Outward Bound, USA.  Smith later joined the professional consulting arm of Outward Bound where he coached Fortune 500 and nonprofit leadership teams before joining the Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington D.C. in 2006, where he served as Director of National Security Programs and worked closely with many philanthropic leaders as well as government officials on a myriad of national security issues.  Prior to joining the PenFed Foundation, Smith served as Executive Director of Blue Star Families, the largest non-profit chapter based military family support organization in the United States. He sits on several non-profit boards, including board chair of the Washington based non-profit organization, Taxpayers for Common Sense.

Born and raised in Lancaster County, he attended Manheim Township from Kindergarten through 12th grade.  He won 4 varsity letters in Basketball and Baseball, was a member of the National Honor Society and served as President of Key Club.  At graduation, Smith received the American Legion Award.  An avid sailor, skier, and horseman, he has one son and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.