Manheim Township Names 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

On June 6, 2018, the Manheim Township Alumni Association presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to R. Gene Eichelberger, class of 1958, Heather Lafferty, class of 1993, and P. Edward Lovelidge, class of 1978.  The award winners addressed the 2018 graduating class during commencement rehearsal.   Gene Eichelberger was unable to attend the event due to illness, so his sister, Alta Scheurich accepted the award on his behalf.  Ed Lovelidge shared with the students a few tips for their future.  He stated that family and friends should come first in their life and that service brings happiness. He accepted the award in honor of the entire class of 1978.  Heather Lafferty shared a message for the students via a video about her experience at MTHS, her work with Habitat for Humaity, and her passion for working in the nonprofit sector.  Heather's parents, Jim and Alice Lafferty accepted the award on her behalf. Following the presentation, a reception was held to honor the selected alumni.  If you would like to make a contribution in honor of the Distinguished Alumni, please forward it to MTAA, 450A Candlewyck Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Pictured left to right are (standing) Dr. Robin Felty, MTSD Superintendent; Jenny Germann, MTEF Executive Director; Kate Norton, MTEF Board;
Edward Lovelidge '58; Jim Lafferty; Sandra Orndorff, MTEF Board; (seated) Alta Scheurich '62; and Alice Lafferty.

Gene Eichelberger '58 was nominated to receive the Manheim Township Distinguished Alumni Award by his sister, Alta Eichelberger Scheurich '62.  She did not realize all the things he had accomplished in his career until she read about him in a book published in 2010!  Gene is a retired Audio Engineer and Recording Technician who worked with many great artists from the 1970's through the 1990's.  In 2011, he was inducted into the Nashville Engineering Hall of Fame for improving the quality of music recording through a lifetime of engineering and technical excellence.  He is featured in a chapter of the book How Does It Sound Now by Gary Gottieb, Legendary Engineers and Vintage Gear which contains interviews of the most influential audio engineers of all time and how they utilized and sometimes created equipment to capture some of the most well-known and high-quality songs ever recorded.

Gene began his career at Baldwin Sound in Mechanicsburg, PA in 1959.  In 1969, he moved to Nashville where he recorded songs by Joan Baez, Neil Young, Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seger, Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead and many others.  Later, he worked with artists Jewel and Amy Grant.

Gene was very sick during his senior year in high school.  While home in bed, he got the National Radio Institute course on audio and spent time taking apart amplifiers and learning how to fix them.  Gene started his career repairing radio equipment and a few years later earned his first-class FCC license.  He worked in radio and did some recording for 10 years, but decided he wanted to be in the recording industry, so he pursued his recording career and joined Baldwin Sound full time. 

At that time in recording history, technology was changing.  There were times when Gene had to build equipment for the job, move equipment around, and make technical adjustments to get the correct sound. They recorded albums in basement studios, home studios, and during live performances.  Gene worked freelance as a recording engineer.  He had to know the value of his work and know how to negotiate with the producers.  He is being honored for his ingenuity and for how his work has influenced an industry while capturing the sound of many famous artists recording them for future generations to experience.

Heather Lafferty '93 is the Executive Director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.  She has been working for Habitat for Humanity in a variety of roles for 19 years and is being recognized for her many accomplishments, leadership, and community service.  She began her career with Habitat for Humanity International and later moved to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver as director of development.  Heather has overseen major growth in the organization.  Since she began serving at Metro Denver, with the help of 15,000 volunteers, they have quadrupled the number of families served annually, have expanded their retail operations from two to five stores and increased their income by 146%.  Their current strategic plan includes creating and preserving affordable housing, advocacy, research, and community mobilization.

Heather also serves the community as a mayoral appointee and Vice Chair on the Mayor's Housing Advisory Council.  She serves on several other nonprofit boards and in 2013, was awarded the Livingston Fellowship by the Bonfils Stanton Foundation in Colorado.  She is also the Vice Chair of Habitat for Humanity International's U.S. council and served as the Chairwoman of the Council's Advocacy Committee.  In addition to her career and community service, Heather is the mother of 2 young boys (7 and 3) and is married to her college sweetheart. 

Her work with nonprofits began with an unexpected college internship, while working on her bachelor’s degree in journalism and business at The George Washington University.  She later earned her MBA at the University of Colorado Denver.  During her years at Manheim Township High School, she was a part of the efforts to start a women's soccer team and a women's volleyball team.  This experience made her realize that change is possible when people work as a team.

Ed Lovelidge '78 led a successful multifaceted practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) within a global, highly matrixed and complex organization. Ed began his career with PwC in 1982 and during his eight-year tenure as Managing Partner for the Greater Philadelphia Market, Ed directed the strategy and operations of the firm’s offices in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, which includes over 1,900 employees and 137 partners. Under Ed’s leadership the practice grew 226%, admitted 75 partners, 26 with diverse backgrounds, was named a “Top Workplace” for eight consecutive years by The Philadelphia Inquirer and was recognized by clients as the #1 brand in the region.

He received a B.S. in Accounting from Elizabethtown College and a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ed has actively engaged in many civic activities with significant leadership roles on Boards including Elizabethtown College, Committee of Seventy, The Kimmel Center, City Year, PA CEOs against Cancer, Drexel University Center for Corporate Governance, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, CEO Council for Growth, the United Way and the Barnes Foundation. He currently leads the Presidential Search Committee on behalf of the Board of Trustees for Elizabethtown College. Each organization demonstrates a commitment to education in their respective missions. 

He and his wife, Deb Naughton Lovelidge‘78, reside outside Philadelphia and in Ocean City, NJ.  They have two daughters who have spoken publicly as to how much they admire their father's work ethic, integrity, and service to the community.

Ed was recognized as the 2016 “Idealist of the Year” by City Year for outstanding leadership, commitment to excellence and dedication to improving the lives of students in Philadelphia. He was also awarded the 2017 “Doing the Most Good Community Leadership Award” by the Salvation Army given to the distinguished individual whose direction and compassion reflect the Salvation Army’s mission. Supporting the mission of PwC, Ed is a recognized advocate that companies and their people need to value education, and support education financially and with service to schools in the area. 

Ed began his education at Schaeffer Elementary and went on to graduate from Manheim Township High School in 1978.  While in high school, he excelled in mathematics and lettered in baseball all 4 years.  He is being recognized for his professional accomplishments, community service, and commitment to education.