Dionnes to Receive President’s Medal

Jacquelyn ’89 and John ’86 Dionne will be presented with the President’s Medal at the PBC’s Twelfth Annual Award Dinner, scheduled for Oct. 3 at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.

At its Twelfth Annual Award Dinner, the University’s President’s Business Council (PBC) will present Jacquelyn ’89 and John ’86 Dionne with the President’s Medal. This year’s dinner will be held at The Pierre Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Jacquelyn Rasieleski Dionne ’89 is a native of Scranton and a current member of the University's Board of Trustees. She is a 1986 graduate of Community Medical Center School of Nursing and received a bachelor's degree in health administration from the University.Jackie's career as a critical care nurse spanned 15 years including service to Mount Auburn Hospital, a Harvard University affiliate, and with the New Hampshire Heart Institute in Manchester. Currently she is a vice president for the National Charity League.

John D. Dionne ’86, a founding co-vice chair of the PBC, is a senior managing director of the Blackstone Group and global head of Private Equity Business Development and a member of its investment committees. He originally joined Blackstone in 2004 as the founder and chief investment officer of the Blackstone Distressed Securities Fund, the firm's initial entry into the single-manager hedge fund practice with peak assets under management of $2 billion. His career includes extensive experience in alternative investments, particularly with financially troubled companies. John is a former chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and has served on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards. He received bachelor’s degrees in accounting, economics and finance from Scranton and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1991. John is a native of New Hampshire.

Together the Dionnes are actively involved with Turnaround for Children, Inc., which focuses on the transformation of high-poverty, low-performing public schools in the greater New York region. Their commitment to the University, to the Pride, Passion, Promise Capital Campaign and to the University leadership was commemorated with the naming of the John & Jacquelyn Dionne Campus Green in 2008. They live in Westport, Conn,, with their three children.

The fundraising goal for this year’s dinner is $1.25 million, which coincides with the University’s 125th Anniversary Year which will kick off in August. The dinner chair is Jim Slattery ’86, chief operating officer of North America for Melrose PLC. All proceeds from the Annual Award Dinner support the University’s Presidential Scholarship Endowment Fund. In presenting the President’s Medal, the University and the PBC recognize honorees’ excellence in their fields and extraordinary compassion for others.

For more information on the PBC and ways to participate in this year’s dinner, please contact Timothy J. Pryle ’89, executive director, at (570) 941-5837 orpbc@scranton.edu, and visit our website at www.scranton.edu/pbc.

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