Alumni Awards Program

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Jefferson College of Health Sciences and the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Alumni Association are proud to honor our graduates through the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Alumni Awards Program. This program, established in 2015, serves to recognize, honor, and celebrate the contributions made by Jefferson College alumni in their efforts to improve the health of communities they serve.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The most prestigious award given by the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award is given to a member of Jefferson College’s alumni body who has achieved national, regional, statewide, or local prominence either in their professional fields or through their involvement in civic, cultural, or charitable activities. An alumnus/ae may receive this award only once.

Recent Alumni Achievement Award

The Recent Alumni Achievement Award specifically honors Jefferson College of Health Sciences graduates who, at the early stages of their career, have distinguished themselves and demonstrate promise of even greater achievement. The award may be given annually to graduates of the last ten years who have attained notable achievements in their field or endeavor. An alumnus/ae may receive this award only once and remains eligible for the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Nominations for the 2017 Alumni Awards Program will open late 2016. Please check back for more information.

Alumni Award Recipients - 2016


Alumni Award Recipients - 2015

Chief David Hoback - Distinguished Alumni Award

David Hoback     David Hoback is the Chief of the Roanoke Fire-EMS Department. He has over 30 years of fire & EMS experience and began his career with the City of Roanoke in 1985. Chief Hoback started out as a volunteer in 1980 and was hired by the City of Roanoke as a paramedic in 1985 after graduating from Community Hospital of the Roanoke Valley College of Health Sciences. He was promoted to Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Management in 1989, and charged with developing and overseeing the city's new career EMS program. In 2002, he received his Executive Fire Officer Designation from the National Fire Academy and in 2007, received his Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from Hampton University.  
     Hoback oversaw the department's accreditation process in 2002, 2007, and 2012. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2002, took over as Acting Chief in 2005, and was promoted to Chief in 2007. Chief Hoback serves on numerous Fire & EMS committees and boards. He was appointed to the State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board by Gov. Bob McDonnell and serves as the Immediate Past President of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association. During his tenure as President of the VFCA, he helped coordinate a Chief Officer 101 program, worked to establish a mutual aid net, and served tirelessly alongside his peers to improve the Commonwealth’s Fire & EMS services. Hoback lives in Roanoke with his wife Marie and their two daughters—Samantha, who works as an editor at The Roanoker magazine, and Macie, a student at Roanoke College.

Mr. E.W. Tibbs, Jr. - Distinguished Alumni Award

EW Tibbs     E.W. Tibbs is President and Chief Executive Officer for Centra Health, Inc. Tibbs earned his Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing from Jefferson College of Health Sciences. He also received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Averett University in Danville, Virginia. Tibbs joined Centra in 2006 to become Vice President of Emergency, Surgical, and Professional Services. In 2008, he assumed the role of Senior Vice President for Operations and then, in 2011, also assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer for Centra Southside Community Hospital. On April 22, 2013, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for Centra Health. Tibbs is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
     Prior to joining Centra in 2006, Tibbs worked with Carilion Clinic for 17 years, holding numerous leadership roles including Hospital Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of key
service lines such as emergency, surgical, and trauma. Tibbs  is active in the community, serving on a number of not- for-profit boards. He and his wife Angie have been married for 23 years and they have two daughters.


Dr. Albert G. Pavalonis - Recent Alumni Achievement Award

Albert Pavalonis     Dr. Albert G. Pavalonis is a four-time Jefferson College of Health Sciences graduate with degrees in Emergency Sciences (A.S.), Nursing (A.S. and B.S.), and Biomedical Science (B.S.). During his tenure as student at Jefferson College, he worked as an adjunct faculty member for the paramedic program,  a flight paramedic/RN with PHI Air Medical, and served his community as a volunteer firefighter/paramedic.
    After graduation from Jefferson College, Dr. Pavalonis attended the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg where he graduated in 2012. During his tenure at VCOM, Dr. Pavalonis was named Student of the Year in 2011 for outstanding citizenship and dedication to osteopathic medicine. Dr. Pavalonis is currently a general surgical resident at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, New York. He was named Surgical Intern of the Year for St. Barnabas in 2013.

Mr. Cornelius Powell - Recent Alumni Achievement Award

Cornelius Powell     Cornelius Powell was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He entered military service in 2004, where he completed U.S. Army Infantry and Airborne training before attending Special Forces Assessment and Selection. Three years later, he earned the coveted Green Beret and was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. His deployments took him to both Iraq and south/southeast Asia, where he conducted counterterror, foreign internal defense, and civil affairs missions. Between tactical operations in Iraq, he dedicated his free time at one of the largest combat support hospitals in the theater. He continued his medical service in the Philippines, treating over 2,000 local nationals in addition to his teammates and host nation defense partners.
     In May 2010, Powell left active service in order to pursue an education and his wife, Elisabeth. Through academics and extracurricular activities, he dedicated himself to Jefferson College and its student body, serving as Chairperson of the Student Government Association and a tutor. After graduation from the Biomedical Sciences program, he served on the Alumni Board of Directors. Powell is currently a third year medical student at East Tennessee State University. He has served in the Office of Student Representatives, spent time as class president, and is the current president of the Developing Leadership in Future Physicians Interest Group. He is pursuing a career in emergency medicine, health policy and hospital administration.