Manheim Township Names 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

On June 5, 2019, the Manheim Township Alumni Association presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Michael Hagy, PhD class of 1967, Brooke Shaden, class of 2005, and Janet Zimmer, class of 1967.  

The award winners addressed the 2019 graduating class during commencement rehearsal.  Michael Hagy spoke about types of motivation and said he recognized that the current generation is pro-socially motivated in that they care about the environment and the community.  He also shared a bit of a history lesson with the class and quoted Winston Churchill by stating, "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."  Brooke Shaden was unable to attend due to a previous commitment but she sent a video to share with the class.  In the video, she encouraged the class to pursue their passions, follow their curiosity and share their greatest self with others.  Brooke's mother, Diane Mastromattaeo, accepted the award on her behalf.  Janet Zimmer shared that she felt very prepared for college and her career after graduating from Manheim Township.  She encouraged the graduates to follow their dreams, to dream big, to believe in themselves and expect to succeed at their endeavors.  Janet also said that sometimes your passion can be found through volunteer jobs and community service.   

Following the presentation, a reception was held to honor the selected alumni.  The Alumni Association would like to thank Calvary Church for hosting this event and the following companies for sponsoring this year's award presentation - Bath Fitter, Kitchen Saver, and Homespire Windows LLC.  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 are James Mastromatteo and Diane Mastromattaeo (parents of Brook Shaden),
Janet Zimmer, and Dr. Michael Hagy

Dr. Michael Hagy PhD, ’67 was the salutatorian of his graduating class and an Eagle Scout.  During high school, he was a member of the Glee Club and the Candlelight Singers.  Following graduation from Manheim Township High School, Michael attended the US Naval Academy where he received a BS in Naval Engineering in 1971.  In 1983, he went on to graduate with distinction from the US Naval War College and later earned his master’s degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1984. 

During his time in the Navy, Hagy trained as a pilot, served as a flight instructor, earned his Surface Warfare designation, served as the navigator of an aircraft carrier, was recognized as the Pacific Fleet Shiphandler of the Year, conducted flight operations in the Arabian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq war, and served as the Executive Officer of the Naval Air Engineering Center in Lakehust, New Jersey.  He defended the Lakehurst facility before the President’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission and was successful in getting Lakehurst removed from the list of facilities slated for closure.

Following his military service, Michael co-founded Pinnacle Performance Group, an executive coaching firm which works with CEO’s to attain balance in their professional and personal lives.  He provides leadership development, executive coaching, and related team skills to individual leaders as well as to their organizations.

In May 2018, he received his Doctor of Business Administration from Temple University.  In addition to his career Managing Principal of the Pinnacle Performance Group, Dr. Hagy currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Rowan University’s Rorher College of Business, Temple University’s Fox School of Business and at Jefferson University.  Dr. Hagy has been active with a number of professional organizations and has received numerous awards including a Mayoral Citation from the City of Philadelphia and the President’s Call to Service Award which is awarded for a lifetime of volunteerism.  Dr. Hagy resides in Philadelphia, PA.

Brooke Mastromatteo Shaden '05 resides in Sedona, Arizona and is a Fine Art Photographer, Author, and Motivational Speaker.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University earning two degrees in under 4 years.  She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Film and a Bachelors of Arts in English with a minor in Creative Writing.  She is self-taught in photography and public speaking. 

Brooke has received numerous awards and accolades.  Her work has been seen in exhibits all over the world.  Throughout the month of June 2019 her exhibit “Promoting Passion” will be seen in cities from London to Los Angeles and Seattle to Toronto.  She has been featured in a vast number of publications including magazine features, magazine covers, and book covers, and has published several books to share her approach to photography and the creative process with others.  Brooke also had the honor of being a keynote speaker at Adobe’s Photoshop World conference. 

Her work as a photographer has earned international respect, and has granted her the opportunity, while furthering her own art, to share her skill and passion with others.  She teaches self-expression through photography to shelters in the United States for abused and trafficked youth and holds workshops to survivors of human trafficking in India.  In 2013, Brooke started The Light Space a photography school for survivors of human trafficking and abuse in Kolkata, India, Thailand, and Greece to give underprivileged youth an opportunity to learn a skill and earn a living wage.

In her spare time, Brooke volunteers and teaches photography to empower youth, is working on a novel, and enjoys hiking.  She has been married to her best friend from high school for over 10 years.

Janet Zimmer '67 was valedictorian of the MTHS Class of 1967.  She was a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Scholar, and editor of the Hi-Lite.  She graduated manga cum laude from Duke University in 1971 and went on to receive her J.D. from Georgetown University in 1975. 

Janet began her legal career at the US Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C. where she was the Branch Chief of over-the-counter market regulation.  Janet quickly became a top attorney in the field of international banking and financial regulation.  In 1979, she received the Outstanding Young Women of America Award and in 1984 was named to Who’s Who of American Women.  Zimmer went on to become a partner at the financial services law firm of Seward & Kissel.  From 1995-2005, she was Managing Director and Deputy Regional General Counsel for UBS Investment Bank, the Swiss global financial services company, where she served first as Head of the Securities & Capital Markets legal services group and subsequently as Head of Corporate Legal Services.

During her career, Janet participated as a volunteer with numerous organizations including serving as a docent and interpretive guide at the Bronx Zoo for 7 years, a first responder for the marine mammal rescue unit of the Mystic Connecticut Aquarium and a first responder for the Connecticut State Animal Response Team.  She also served on the Board of Directors for St. Luke Lifeworks in Stamford, CT.  She currently is a Transport Volunteer to rescue and transport injured wild birds for treatment at the Avian Conservation Center outside Charleston SC.

Now retired from law, Janet has combined her love for animals and photography to start a small business specializing in custom pet portraits.  She has studied photography for years and wanted to combine her skill with her passion for pet welfare and wildlife conservation.  In her photography business, legal career, and community service, she provides an example of excellence and accomplishment. She and her husband currently reside in Charleston, South Carolina where they work together on the business while supporting numerous charitable organizations.