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07-30-2015

Five Honored with Clarkson University's Most Prestigious Alumni Award

Dianna M. Jones-Herrmann of Burlingame and Olympic Valley, Calif., Michael A. Bielawa of Pottersville, N.J., Anthony B. Bouchard of Wilmette, Ill., Jill L. Thiemann of Toms River, N.J., and Steven C. Hearl of Greenlawn, N.Y., have all been honored with the Golden Knight Award by their alma mater, Clarkson University.

Golden Knight 2015Presented each year during the Alumni Reunion, Clarkson’s most prestigious alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through Alumni Associated activities or have demonstrated outstanding career achievement, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson.

Dianna M. Jones-Herrmann

Dianna M. Jones-Herrmann, global professional development manager for McKinsey's Recovery & Transformations Services Practice, received her dual bachelor of science degrees in civil & environmental engineering, and technical communications from Clarkson University 1985. She began her career with New England Telephone in Boston as a construction project manager, and then joined NYNEX Properties as a lease negotiations manager.

After completing her MBA at the Harvard Business School, Jones-Herrmann joined McKinsey & Co., a global consulting firm, in the San Francisco office. In her 26-year affiliation with this leading firm, Jones-Herrmann has played roles ranging from a client facing consultant to a leader in the area of people development for the past 16 years. She is now the global professional development manager for McKinsey’s Recovery & Transformations Services Practice, where she leads all people-related issues for consultants in more than 16 countries. She has enjoyed the privilege of coaching and guiding the careers of more than 500 successful McKinsey consultants.

Jones-Herrmann has been an active supporter of Clarkson since her departure. She has hosted several University presidents, leaders, trustees, alumni and students at her home, including the founding members of the Renoun Ski Co. Jones-Herrmann has served as a Clarkson trustee for the past seven years, serving on the audit, internal affairs and facilities committees, and more recently chairing the compensation committee. She has been a member of the Clarkson Roundtable for many years, and is also a member of the Annie Clarkson Society. She is frequently called upon to provide career coaching to Clarkson students.

She lives in both Burlingame and Olympic Valley, Calif.

Michael A. Bielawa

Michael A. Bielawa, vice president / New York office health and safety manager at Lend Lease, has been honored with the Golden Knight Award by his alma mater, Clarkson University.

After graduation, Bielawa began his career with Lehrer McGovern Construction in New York City as an assistant superintendent working on the Ellis Island Restoration Project. He continued his career working on a variety of projects, including MetroTech Brooklyn projects, New York City School Construction Authority renovations, and the construction of luxury, high-rise apartments and condominiums in Manhattan. He is now the vice president and New York office health and safety manager for Lend Lease.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Bielawa found himself at a project site in Manhattan when word of the first plane striking the World Trade Center was heard. After he learned that four alumni had died in the attacks, he helped arrange for WTC steel to be sent to the University to create a memorial on campus for the fallen alumni.

Bielawa headed his senior class project, a restored Victorian fountain which had stood near the original Clarkson Homestead and now resides in front of Clarkson's Holcroft House.

He resides in Pottersville, N.J., with his wife, Anne (Gilsenan) ’85, and their three children.

Anthony B. Bouchard

Anthony "Tony" Bouchard, AECOM executive vice president for the Americas Water business, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Clarkson University in 1985. He went on to earn a master of science in environmental engineering from Loyola Marymount University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Bouchard started his career with AECOM as a design engineer for water and wastewater facilities. With more than 30 years of experience in the consulting engineering industry, he has been involved in and led various projects for some of the largest wastewater treatment plant projects in the United States and overseas.

For the last 21 years, Bouchard has served at various levels of management at AECOM, including department manager, business unit manager, global director of practices, regional business line manager and executive vice president for several regions. He is now the executive vice president responsible for AECOM’s water business in the Americas.

Bouchard serves on the board of directors for World Business Chicago, which leads Chicago’s business retention, attraction and expansion efforts and raises the city’s position as a premier global business destination and is chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He also serves on the board of advisors for Aerix Industries, a manufacturer of cellular concrete products based in Golden, Colo.

Bouchard has supported Clarkson as a member of the Civil and Engineering Department Advisory Council and as an original member of the School of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Council, serving in this role for the last 10 years. In 2005, he was the recipient of Clarkson’s Woodstock Award.

He lives in Wilmette, Ill., with his wife, Terri, and their family.

Jill L. Thiemann

Jill L. Thiemann, an attorney with O'Malley, Surman & Michelini, arrived at Clarkson University as a member of The Clarkson School in 1986-1987, and received her bachelor of science degree in economics in 1990.

Thiemann received her juris doctorate from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pa., in 1994. She is licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 2004.

She began her legal career as a civil and criminal law clerk for three judges in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Ocean County. Since 1995, she has been practicing law in New Jersey, specializing in family law, condominium law, landlord-tenant disputes and other civil litigation matters. She is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, the Ocean County Bar Association and is a master in the Ocean-Monmouth Family Law Inns of Court. From 2012 to 2014, Thiemann served as the chairperson of the Ocean County Bar Association Family Law Committee and is a longtime member of its scholarship committee. In 2013, she was involved, pro bono, in a matter which resulted in new, published law in New Jersey that expanded restraining order protections to include an unborn fetus upon birth.

Thiemann first began recruiting for Clarkson in 1989 when she convinced her younger brother, Chad, to attend The Clarkson School. She has served as an alumni admission volunteer attending college fairs and other admissions events in New Jersey on behalf of Clarkson. Thiemann was a longtime member of the Clarkson Alumni Council and served as president of the Clarkson Alumni Association from 2010 to 2012. She is also a member of the Annie Clarkson Society. In 2005, Thiemann received the Charles S. Ehrlich ’56 Alumni Admission Service Award and the Woodstock Award in 2010.

She resides in her hometown of Toms River, N.J.

Steven C. Hearl

Steven C. Hearl, vice president and department manager for wastewater collection and conveyance systems at H2M architects + engineers, received a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Clarkson in 1980 and a master of science in civil engineering in 1984.

Hearl spent the first two years of his career with the City of San Diego Water Utilities Department Wastewater Section before returning to Clarkson for his master’s degree. He has been at H2M architects + engineers in Melville, N.Y., for more than 31 years and is now a vice president and department manager for wastewater collection and conveyance systems.

Hearl is a licensed professional engineer in New York and New Jersey, a certified construction contract administrator and a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design accredited professional.
 
In addition to serving his profession as a member of the board of the Long Island chapter of the New York Water Environment Association and the Construction Specification Institute, Hearl has also served Clarkson in a variety of roles. He received the Alumni Admissions Recognition Award in 2000 for assisting in the recruitment of students, served as class reunion giving and activity chair, received the Gordon C. Stub Baker ’27 Chapter Service Citation in 2001, served as president of the Long Island chapter of the Alumni Association and has attended the Clarkson University Career Fair as a recruiter for his employer.

Hearl is a member of the Clarkson Roundtable and created a scholarship endowment in the name of his father, Charles W. Hearl '51, for engineering students from Long Island. He is on the board of Leadership Huntington, an usher at his church, and the co-chair of the Environmental Committee for the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce.

He lives in Greenlawn, N.Y.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: From left to right, Clarkson University President Tony Collins; Michael Bielawa, vice president / New York office health and safety manager at Lend Lease; Dianna M. Jones-Herrmann, global professional development manager for McKinsey's Recovery & Transformations Services Practice; Steven C. Hearl, vice president and department manager for wastewater collection and conveyance systems at H2M architects + engineers; Jill L. Thiemann, an attorney with O'Malley, Surman & Michelini; Anthony Bouchard, AECOM executive vice president for the Americas Water business; and Clarkson University Alumni Association President Kevin Cunningham.

[A photograph for media use is http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/gk-2015.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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