Delaware County Community College President Dr. L. Joy Gates Black and the college’s 2017 Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni Award recipient, Cheryl Colleluori, each received a Woman of Achievement Award from the Delaware County Women’s Commission in celebration of Women’s History Month.
“These honorees are role models for women in Delaware County, and their lives demonstrate the power of voice, of taking action, and of believing that meaningful and lasting change is possible,” said Colleen Morrone, vice chair of Delaware County Council, which partners with the DCWC to recognize women who have profoundly influenced the county through their talents and energy.
Dr. Gates Black is the first female and first African-American to lead the college. She became president in July 2017. As president, she oversees a higher education institution that serves more than 23,000 credit and non-credit students with education and training programs taught online and at eight locations in Delaware and Chester counties.
Colleluori is president of the HEADstrong Foundation, which seeks to improve lives affected by cancer, in memory of its founder, the late Nicholas Colleluori, Cheryl’s son. Since 2007, the foundation has raised more than $11 million to support cancer patients and their families. It operates “Nick’s House,” which runs two houses that provide complimentary lodging to out-of-town patients and their families undergoing cancer treatments in the Greater Philadelphia area.
The third honoree was Mares Stellfox, a champion auto-racer. The DCWC also paid tribute to the late Linda Houldin, former executive director of the Delaware County Historical Society and a co-founder of the Delaware County Veterans Memorial. John Houldin, her husband, accepted the Woman of Achievement Award on her behalf.