2002 Viterbo University Outstanding Alumni Awards

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Professional Development
Balderamos  
Dolores Balderamos Garcia '79 

Community Service
Jones 
Valerie Jackson Jones '76

Having taken her cue from many of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration she met while she was a student at Viterbo University, Anna Dolores Balderamos Garcia is a strong and compassionate presence for the people in her native country of Belize, Central America.

She cites Celestine Cepress, FSPA, Viterbo professor emerita, and Thea Bowman, FSPA, as early role models. In fact, she attributes much of her success to the modeling and examples set by the “many strong women of Viterbo” who showed her and others like her what is possible.

After serving as an attorney in Belize for a number of years and later being named Minister of Human Development, Women, and Civil Society in Belizean government, Garcia, herself, has become a role model to many young women. She also serves as a member of the Belizean Senate and is responsible for many of the new laws in Belize which provide women of her society with some very basic rights that had been lacking prior to her 1998 appointment.  According to Balderamos Garcia, “There are many marginalized people in my country. We have to provide a safety net and help the people find ways to be self-sufficient. One of my goals is to have non-government organizations link to social service agencies.”  Her role in the Belize government is commensurate with the cabinet-level position of the U.S. Health, Education, and Welfare Committee. 

For her many outstanding accomplishments and her inspiration and positive role modeling for many young women, Anna Dolores Balderamos Garcia is the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Development.



 

Valerie Jackson Jones has devoted her life to making the world a better place to live. Whether it’s better living conditions, improved health care, or better air quality that’s needed, she has gotten involved.  Jackson Jones, who has her undergraduate degree in social work from Viterbo University and a master’s degree in public administration from Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, La., has spent most of her life working in the non-profit sector. 

As a housing assistant in the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority from 1984-89, she assisted low and moderate-income individuals and families with acquiring safe, sanitary housing in the Mississippi Delta Region. From 1989-94, she conducted research at Southern University’s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, where she wrote proposals and conducted town-hall meetings and focus groups in order to clean up the quality of air for Louisiana residents. She also co-authored a study that helped garner $2.5 million from the McKnight Foundation for environmental improvements along the Mississippi.  Health care became her focus when she served as executive director for the Louisiana Primary Care Association in Baton Rouge from 1994-98. She helped establish federally qualified health centers in Louisiana to meet the needs of the underserved and working poor. In 1995, she was named Honorary State Representative and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Presently, she serves as the executive director of the Community Association for the Welfare of School Children, which provides academic assistance to unserved and underserved children in East Baton Rouge Parish. Jackson Jones has also held a number of leadership and membership positions in many agencies including Louisiana’s Commission on HIV and AIDS and the American Society of Public Administration’s Section on Environmental and Natural Resources.

For demonstrating outstanding service to the community, Valerie Jackson Jones is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award for Community Service.

Young Alumni
Kreuger  
Scott Krueger '95 

Service to the University
Amel  
Terry Amel '76

Scott Krueger faced a number of professional challenges in his first job after graduating from Viterbo University with a degree in community medical dietetics. He immediately assumed a director’s position for a program aimed at pregnant women, children, and infants—all within a different cultural setting.  

Krueger, who has served as the nutrition services/WIC director for the Menominee Tribal Clinic in Keshena since July 1995, not only rose to the challenge, he thrived. In this position, he networked with community agencies in the Shawano area to implement the Assessment Protocol for Excellence health plan; he consults with the tribe’s Head Start and other federally-funded food and nutrition programs; supervises, trains, and mentors nutrition and WIC staff; and develops and evaluates work plans for the nutrition department.  He recently received regional recognition for his work in diabetes prevention when he was asked to present, at a health care conference, the creative nutrition education programs he developed for Native Americans. 

Krueger has also served as scholarship chair of the state dietetic association and has worked with the state WIC council to revise the state’s program. But, Krueger has also made it his goal to make social responsibility part of his life, a commitment that also shows his dedication to the Viterbo mission. The event with which he’s most associated is the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. For the past five years, he has served as the captain of the Menominee team, which has consistently raised the most money of any group in the state, including those in larger metropolitan areas.  

For exhibiting outstanding accomplishments since graduating from Viterbo in the past 10 years, Scott Krueger is this year’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient.

Terry Amel has been a visible and committed presence on the Viterbo University campus for more than 25 years. Amel, who has a bachelor’s degree in art from the College of St. Catherine, received her bachelor’s degree in art education at Viterbo University in 1976. From that time on, she dedicated much of her time in service to Viterbo.  In the 1980s, she played a major role in the reorganization of the Viterbo Alumni Board and served as its first president from 1986-87 and chaired a number of its committees. Currently, she is an Alumni Emeritus Board member.

An active ambassador of the university, Amel has worked tirelessly to promote the university and inspire student support of their alma mater, such as initiating the senior ice cream social. She was an avid member of the Service Committee, which initiated and developed the Alumni Update newsletter. She has continued to contribute articles through the years.  Amel, a member of the Alumni Emeritus Board since 1992, is also known to lend a hand during the annual Alumni Phonathon and during capital campaign drives. Her goal is to see Viterbo University continue fulfilling and living its mission for many years to come and she believes in helping in any way she can.  Her care and compassion for Viterbo has, over the years, translated into financial support, volunteerism, enthusiasm, and simply being present at any of a number of Viterbo-related events.

For her many years of dedication, enthusiasm, and support of Viterbo University, Terry Amel is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award for Service to the University.