Jefferson Awards for Public Service

Nominations are typically due in October each year.

Nominations for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service are faculty, staff, and students solicited from the Pace University community. Finalists are selected based on their personal, sustained commitment to service, and for the model of spirit and service they provide the university community. Applicants or nominees that best represent a dedication to service and to community from Pace win each year, one of which is selected by the national program to represent Pace at the national Jefferson Awards for Public Service ceremony in Washington D.C. each summer.

The most up to date information on deadlines, applying for, or nominating someone for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service can be found here.

For more information about the Jefferson Awards for Public Service visit Questions about nominating an individual (or applying for the award yourself) for the Jefferson Awards should be directed to Heather Novak, Associate Director on our Pleasantville Campus at, or Daniel Botting, Associate Director on our New York City campus at

2015-2016 Pace Bronze Medal Award winners include:

Hasin Ahmed   Ms. “Nelli” Pamela Marianelli Villarta Agbulos is a Political Science and Women and Gender Studies double major on the New York City campus.  Inspired to work in the nonprofit field of ending sexual violence, Nelli conducts extensive research and service work on issues of domestic violence, NYC’s sexual health education, and sexual assault.  Her commitment is demonstrated through her ongoing involvement as a Volunteer Hotline Advocate for The Domestic Violence Project, her two years with Generation Citizen (GC), which provided her with the opportunity to be a Democracy Coach and guide high school seniors in creating a curriculum on sexual assault awareness, and her work on getting others involved with the GC Club on the Pace NYC Campus. Ms. Agbulos also co-created and writes for the Anti-Trafficking Independence Project, a blog dedicated to promoting awareness on human trafficking. Additionally, she serves as a Peer Advocate Against Sexual Assault and is the creator and co-founder of #PaceUEndRape, a student-led organization committed to sustained activism on ending sexual assaultand  continued work with Pace’s Sexual Assault Task Force to improve campus policy.  Further, Nelli serves as a teaching assistant for Travel and Tourism, a civic engagement course.  Says Nelli, “These elements of self-advocacy and perseverance are some of my personal service values that I share with others because I believe anyone can lead change.”

Lisa Moscoroloto   Ms. Caitlin Boley is a Political Science and Religious Studies double major on the New York City campus.  Caitlin is passionate about equality and social justice, and has a particular interest in racial justice, disarmament, and international peace. In her work with the Center for Community Action and Research, she supervised more than 10 community service events, as well as planned and supervised numerous opportunities for her fellow students to get involved in service and civic engagement. She also worked with Memphis Work Camp, an annual service project sponsored by several Memphis area churches that bring teenagers, college students, and adults together to repair, scrape, and paint homes for people in need. Further, Caitlin has been an active member of Model United Nations and the Student Peace Alliance, played a leadership role in working to  establish an alternative student newspaper on campus focusing on activism, and completed a Wilson Center-funded internship with PAX. She is currently president of the Pace Political Science Society. Through all of her activities, Caitlin has demonstrated her passion for community engagement and for inspiring and involving her fellow students in service and activism.
Daniel Borakove   Dr. Melissa Cardon is a professor of Management and Management Science on the Pleasantville campus. Dr. Melissa Cardon is an extremely active member of her department, school, university, academic profession, and community, and serves on and leads a number of committees at all of these levels.  She has particularly dedicated her time, efforts, and talents to raising awareness and funds to fight cancer. She dedicates countless hours to activities related to cancer prevention, survivor and caregiver support, and research. She has been the Faculty Advisor to Colleges Against Cancer since 2009.  Under her mentorship, Relay for Life has raised more than $300,000 in the past six years at Pace and has an average of 60 teams and 525 individuals participate each year.  In her local community, she is an active member of the White Plains Relay for Life committee, High School PTA, and Boy Scout troop, and is a Board Member for the McNichols Family Foundation.  “I am very devoted to student development, both through formal and informal means.”
David Cassuto   Ms. Rosanna Corvino is a staff member in Web Services for Information Technology in Briarcliff.  Ms. Rosanna Corvino’s passion for understanding the structures that perpetuate poverty led her to pursue undergraduate economics regression analysis on the inequities in the Connecticut public school district, grades K-12, as well as intern with Project Rescue and Assist New Americans. Post-graduation from Fairfield University, she had a short stint teaching in Chicago through Teach for America.  After moving back to Connecticut, Rosanna developed relationships with several non-profits in her neighboring area, and fosters these relationships to this day. She has served food atand organized coat and Thanksgiving drives for Bridgeport Rescue Mission, organized a group to clean and reorganize their donation center, and is in the midst of organizing a “Stuff a Truck” drive for them.. In addition, she  has organized several Habitat for Humanity fundraisers and group builds and has helped maintain the gardens in conjunction with Urban Roots, a community-led, local, urban garden.  Further, she has organized groups to participate in a myriad of races such as the Lindsay Bonistall 5K for safe living for college studentsand MACS Angels foundation for ALS outreach. “I am always seeking out new opportunities to impact my community, and am fortunate to have passionate family and friends that always sign up for whatever activity I may throw their way.”
George Feis   Ms. Melanie Greene is a student in Information Technology on the New York City campus and is impacting individuals with disabilities to advocate for themselves through innovative technology. With her work with AHRC in New York City,she has been helping to apply the best fitness, health, medication, nutrition and weight management tools  to the health care of the group. She has been engaged in mentoring people with disabilities to be comfortable and independent in the management of their personal situations and to be comfortable with the tools. For a high school aged group, she has been mentoring teenagers with developmental and intellectual disabilities in applying iPad devices and Smart tablet tools in movie- narrative, personalized presentations of stories.  For a senior group, Melanie has been mentoring those with disabilities in applying iPadtablet tools in multimedia presentations, incorporating soundtracks  for visual storytelling. Her mentoring has been prompting  them to be proactive in proudly representing both their situations and themselves through their own vocalizations.  In addition, she has been an active volunteer for Angel’s Circle, Island Shores Nursing Home, March of Dimes, TCS NYC Marathon and LiveONNY.  “I am confident that my work at Pace University will lead me to a lifetime of opportunities in the field of technology where I can make a difference in someone’s life and live my dream of giving back to my community and eventually the global community.”
George Feis   Mr. Giovanni Lemus is an Acting  major on the New York City Campus and has worked continuously on multiple initiatives to raise awareness on community issues including sexual assault, immigration, race and identity, and stigmas against mental health services.  He founded a non-profit organization called The Dare Tactic, which develops arts education programs designed to cultivate creativity and theatrical expression by partnering with high school student and children's hospitals. In addition to developing these programs, and using theatre as his medium, he works to produce a season of productions designed to establish open dialogue regarding the social issues discussed in each production. The process involves Giovanni choosing a social issue and creating programming to  determine the best way to raise awareness about each issue , either through a talk back post show with a panel of experts who can discuss current trends in research and solutions, or providing information on services and other nonprofits that exist and specialize  in combating  whichever social issue each production focuses on. In addition, Giovanni has participated in disaster relief after Hurricane Sandy, volunteered in local food pantries, worked to clean up state parks and beaches, and is a Resident Assistant, where he works to create programming focused on helping individuals discover their passion and civility. “It is my belief that in order for change to made, people must take it upon themselves to assure its progress. Every individual has their strengths and platforms for creating change.”
Sara Digiovanna   Ms. Debra Sassano is a staff member in the CHP Dean’s Office in Pleasantville. Whether it be rocking an infant to sleep in a hospital children’s ward, or – with her son - collecting toys  during the holidays for hospitalized children and delivering them to the Child Life Department staff to make sure that every child has a gift, or organizing a breakfast for sophomore nursing students wearing their scrubs for the first time, Ms. Debra Sassano is always ready to serve her community in all possible venues.   She helped with volunteer relief when Hurricane Sandy struck, collected personal items like soap, shampoo, Purell, and more for the Haiti earthquake victims, sends collected toiletries to the homeless women’s shelter, and volunteers regularly with Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. “I live my life each and every day to make my mother proud.  She passed away in 1994 after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.  The way that I do that is by trying my BEST to treat every person that I come in contact with kindness because she raised me to be a loving and caring person.”
Harriet Feldman   Dr. Christelle Scharff is a faculty member in Computer Science on the New York City campus and has taught numerous courses at Pace University, including software engineering, quality assurance & reliability, databases, programming, and mobile application development. In several of these courses, students from Pace collaborate with students abroad (Cambodia, India, Thailand, Senegal, and Tanzania) on software development projects with social impact. In 2008, she founded a project called Mobile Senegal, whose mission is to “build capacity in mobile app development and organize activities for the wider tech community.” In the past 6 years, the organization has trained more than 450 developers in mobile app development in Senegal and is listed as an African Tech Hub by the World Bank.
Jered Harvey   Ms. Carolyn Phillips is a Political Science major on the New York City campus.  She has a strong passion for the Olympics and is currently interning with the Special Olympics, where she has been a volunteer since her junior year.  She recently volunteered at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles and has signed up to volunteer at the Olympics in Rio. Aside from her passion for the Olympics, Carolyn is also very passionate about volunteering and has done so since her first year of high school. She has focused on serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, supporting cancer research and cancer patients, animals, and countries in need such as Uganda and Darfur. Carolyn also uses her skills as a photographer in her volunteer work as she helps photograph events for charities and foundations. Carolyn has proven to be a leader in all that she does. “Because of my love of volunteering, I am minoring in Nonprofit Studies at Pace, and I will work for a nonprofit after college. I love helping people; it fuels me and is my passion."
Ann Marie Pavia   Prof. Ashley Marinaccio is a faculty member in the Pace School of Performing Arts on the New York City campus and is a theatre artist who creates work that challenges the status quo.  She is a founder and the Artistic Director of Girl Be Heard, a United Nations recognized nonprofit theatre company that presents work written and performed by young women on pressing socio-political issues. Girl Be Heard has served over 170 tri-state area girls through their award winning theatre company and is in 11 schools across the five boroughs of NYC.  Ashley is particularly interested in theatre as a tool for cultural preservation and healing in communities affected by trauma, war and displacement, and has done theatre work in areas of the world including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Taiwan and Bosnia/Herzegovina.  As a faculty member, she co-created the civic engagement course "The Drama of Social Change" and taught "International Performance Ensemble" through which she has helped her students find their own artistic and intellectual voices and present their work both in New York City and abroad in Thailand. Ashley is committed to activism because as Alice Walker says, "Activism is the price we pay for living on this planet".
Dr. Jim Stenerson   Dr. James “Jim” Stenerson is Executive Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology and a faculty member in Women and Gender Studies in PLV.  Since coming out as a gay person back in the 1970’s, Dr. Jim Stenerson has committed to advancing LGBT rights and social issues. Most recently, he worked with Westchester Pride Works to bring 500 youth and allies to our campus for a conference in the spring of 2014 & 2015. He has also been volunteering with Pride Works since 2007, having been introduced to them through his work with the Westchester County New York LGBT Advisory Board to the County Executive, where he served as Chair from 2009-13.  In addition, he created and taught the first Queer Cultures course  on the Pleasantville campus in 2008, a Civic Engagement course. Further, he is a Board of Trustee Member of The Charter School of Educational Excellence, Yonkers NY, and was formerly on the Board of Directors for S.A.G.E. Inc., (Service and Advocacy for Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Elders) in New York City. Lastly, he also serves as on the LGBT Advisory Board to the Westchester County Executive.  “Despite the advances that have been made on behalf of the LGBT community, there are still some human equality issues to fight for, especially when it comes to our transgendered family. I will continue to educate the Pace community when called upon and will lead seminars and offer courses on the history and current plight of the LGBT population. I will also continue to serve the local government so that we can educate government officials and fight for the rights of the transgender people.”  
Christina Rufo   Ms.  Raevin Adria Walters is an International Management major on the Pleasantville campus and has a strong interest in leadership and service.  As a member of the Setter’s Leadership and Service House, she assisted kids with special needs at Pleasantville Elementary School.  Raevin has participated annually in Make a Difference Day, Relay for Life, and Paint a School Day. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Pace 4 Kids Dance marathon and raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Special Olympics, ARC, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.   Additionaly, she has contributed over 300  hours to Princeton Plainsboro Medical Hospital as a volunteer and continuously participates in community service events throughout her  time at Pace.  "I care about how students are impacted at the university and strive to influence them to serve the community."

Past Jefferson Awards Winners include:

Year 2014-2015

BRONZE Medals: Brando Brandini (student, PNY), Kylah Bruno (student, PLV), Diane Cypkin (faculty PLV), Dr. Brian Evans (faculty PNY), Remy Gallo (student, PNY), Jason Gonzalez (student, PNY and national conference attendee), Michelle D. Land (faculty, PLV), Diana Mendez (student, PNY), Kim Novak (student, PNY), Robert D. Rahni (staff, University Wide), Alexander Saitta (student, PLV) 

Year 2013-2014

NATIONAL CHAMPION WINNER: Lisa Bardill Moscariloto BRONZE Medals:  Hasin I. Ahmed (student, PNY), Lisa Bardill Moscariloto (Staff, PLV), Daniel Borakove (student, PLV), David Cassuto (faculty, PLV), George L. De Feis (faculty, PNY), Sara Digiovanna (student, PLV), Dr. Harriet R. Feldman (faculty), Jered Harvey (student, PLV), Ann Marie Pavia (student, PNY), Christina Rufo (student, PLV),  Dr. Dorothee Von Heune Greenberg (faculty, PLV).

Year 2012-2013

BRONZE Medals: Tracy Basile (faculty, PLV), Zach Dayton (staff, PLV), Joan Katen (faculty, PLV), Shyam Nooredeen (student, PNY), Mark Stephens (staff, PLV), Alireza Vaziri (student, PNY), Dana Weingartner (student, PLV)

Year 2011-2012

BRONZE Medals: Alyssa Feldman (student-NY), Alisha Hayes (student-PLV), Richard Kline (faculty-NY), Ellen Mandel (faculty-PLV), Surendra Kaushik (faculty-NY), Diana Martinez (staff-NY)

Year 2010-2011

National GOLD Medal: John Cronin (Staff)

BRONZE Medals: Michael Boyle (student), Donald Doernberg (faculty), Naphtalie Librun (student), Yvonne Rafferty (faculty), and Hannah Tall (student).

Year 2009-2010

BRONZE Medals: Vincent Birkenmeyer (student), Matt Ganis (faculty), James Lawler (faculty),
Isabell McHugh (staff ), Tom Nardi (faculty), Breanna Romaine Guiliano (student),
Mary Stambaugh (staff), Miki Tamura (student), Christopher Uhlick (student), and Christopher Walther (staff)

Year 2008-2009

BRONZE Medals: Atalya Kozak (student), Sue Maxam (staff), Kaya Castronova (student), Karla Jay (faculty), Christian Cano (student), Jean Coppola (faculty) Anne DeFalco (staff) and the University's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (students)