2019 PRESIDENT’S MEDAL RECIPIENTS
JoAnne M. Kuehner H'01 and Carl J. Kuehner '62, H'11
JoAnne M. Kuehner H’01 is a native of Dunmore and an honorary doctorate degree recipient in the University’s Class of 2001. In 1990 she founded Hope for Haiti and has devoted the past 30 years of her “time, treasure and talent to helping the poorest of the poor.” Hope for Haiti is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through education, nutrition and healthcare. She recently published “Oh, for the Love of Haiti!”, a memoir in which she shares personal experiences with the people and communities that benefit from Hope for Haiti’s long-term partnerships.
In 2011, JoAnne stepped down from her formal CEO role at Hope for Haiti but remains an active member of the organization’s board of directors. She is a former Gulfshore Life Woman of the Year honoree and is a current member of the Board of Visitors of the Panuska College for Professional Studies (PCPS).
Carl J. Kuehner ’62, H’11 is a native of North Scranton and the President of Real Estate Technology Corporation, a diversified real estate and investment firm based in Florida. Under his direction, Real Estate Technology Corp. has developed, among its many projects, low-income farm worker housing at sites in Collier County, Fla., where he has served in a variety of positions with Immokalee Non-Profit Housing, Inc. In recognition of his long-term dedication to Immokalee Non-Profit Housing, a community center was dedicated in his name in 2008. In 2010, Carl was honored with the Greater Naples Leadership Service Award. Over the years, he has served on several corporate and non-profit boards, including Gertrude Hawk Chocolates and The University of Scranton Board of Trustees, where he served as Chairman from 2007 to 2009.
Carl received his bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering at the University while also participating in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), where he was honored with the Reserved Officers’ Association Award Medal. In 2011, the University awarded him an honorary doctorate degree. He also holds a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Together, the Kuehners have been active, long-term participants and philanthropists in their communities beyond their commitment to Hope for Haiti. They established the Scranton chapter of the Order of Malta and have spent 20 years serving as a Knight and a Dame in this lay Catholic order, whose ministry is to care for the poor and the sick of the world. They were lay chairs for the Wayne-Pike region for the Diocese of Scranton 2018 Annual Appeal. Their commitment to the University, to the Pride, Passion, Promise Capital Campaign and to University leadership was commemorated with the naming of Kuehner Hall in the Loyola Science Center in 2012. The Kuehners, who reside in Lake Ariel and Naples, Fla., have four children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.