Awards and Recognitions

The AIU is extremely proud of the accomplishments of its employees, programs and divisions.  Below are just a few of the recognitions and awards that our caring and compassionate staff have received in recent months.


Congratulations to the AIU’s Alternative Education Program!

Congratulations to all of the staff of the AIU’s Alternative Education Program (AEP) which has been recognized by Allegheny County Juvenile Probation for outstanding service to the Commonwealth’s juvenile justice system. The program operates classrooms in four locations, including the Shuman Center, and collaborates with Allegheny County in the Focus on Attendance Partnership. Congratulations, AEP!
(December 2016)

Sonya Chambers chosen as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2016 Women of Excellence

Congratulations to Head Start family advocate Sonya Chambers for being chosen as one the of New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2016 Women of Excellence. The award recognizes some of Pittsburgh’s most influential African-American women, many of whom are unsung heroes in their communities. Congratulations, Soyna!
(October 2016)
Jon Amelio AIU’s Jon Amelio Named as One of 2016 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Award Winners

Jon Amelio, has been selected by Smart Business Magazine as one of the 2016 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Award winners. Presented by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., the Smart 50 Awards recognize the top executives of the smartest 50 companies in the Pittsburgh region for their ability to effectively build and lead savvy organizations. While the award winners represent a diverse group of business and industries, the AIU is the only public education entity to have representation in the honoree lineup.
(October 2016)


AIU’s Latino Family Center Director Named to 2016 “40 Under 40” List

Rosamaria Cristello, director of the Latino Family Center, has been named as one of the “40 Under 40” award recipients by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP. Honorees are selected on the basis of their accomplishments and their overall impact on the Pittsburgh region.
(September 2016)

AIU Suicide Prevention

AIU Receives Recognition for Exemplifying Suicide Prevention Education Excellence

The AIU is pleased to announce its receipt of the 2016 Educator Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The award was received at the Annual “Out of the Darkness Walk” for Suicide Prevention on Saturday, August 27, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Western PA Chapter. The AIU, and members of its pupil personnel staff, Alicia Chico, Natalie Melnik and Jamie Moder, were honored for exemplifying suicide prevention education excellence and for their outstanding achievements and work. Representatives of Intermediate Unit 1, which serves Fayette, Green and Washington counties, were also honored.
(August 2016)
Mary Mayberry

2016 Annie Sullivan Award – Mary Mayberry

Mary Mayberry, a special education teacher in the AIU’s Special Education Department, is the recipient of the 2016 Annie Sullivan Award. A dedicated educator, Mrs. Mayberry began her career with the AIU in 2003 and currently serves
students at the Mon Valley School in a secondary autistic support classroom.  
(June 2016)
Pamela Harff

2016 Apple Award – Pamela Harff

Pamela Harff, a school counselor with the AIU’s Non-Public Schools Program, is the recipient of the 2016 Apple Award. A veteran school counselor with a wealth of experience, Ms. Harff has been with the AIU since 2009 and has served children in a variety of settings throughout Allegheny County.
(June 2016)
Julie Zimmerman

2016 Award of Excellence – Julie Zimmerman

Julie Zimmerman, a social studies teacher with the AIU’s Alternative Education Program, is the recipient of the 2016 Award of Excellence. Ms. Zimmerman began her career at the AIU in 2002 and has taught social studies at the Community School East and the Regional Alternative Support Program’s East Liberty locations.
(June 2016)

Nancy Hahne

2016 Helping Hands Award – Nancy Hahne

Nancy Hahne, a paraprofessional at Pathfinder School in Bethel Park, is the recipient of the 2016 Helping Hands Award.
Hired in 2000, Ms. Hahne serves children ages 6 to 21 years old as a building aide and assists the staff in meeting the personal, behavioral and educational needs of more than 35 students every day.
(June 2016)

Pam Burrett

2016 World of Gratitude Award – Pam Burrett

Pam Burrett, a teacher in the AIU’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, is the recipient of the 2016
World of Gratitude Award. Ms. Burrett began her career with the AIU in 1994 and has served high school English language
learners who hail from almost every continent on Earth.
(June 2016)


Linda Hippert Dr. Linda B. Hippert
Executive Director

Dr. Linda B. Hippert was selected as one of the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania 2016 Women of Distinction Award winners.  Every year this award is given to a female leader and role model whose ongoing commitment and dedication exemplifies the Girl Scouts’ mission – to build girls of courage, confidence and character.  
(April 2016)
Jon Amelio Jon Amelio
Chief Technology Officer

Jon Amelio was selected by the Pittsburgh Technology Council as a finalist for CIO of the Year in the Under 5,000 Employees category. Each finalist has been judged by a committee of members of the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group on the planning and deployment of strategy, future goals, management philosophy, corporate culture and service to the community.
(April 2016)
Eileen Cirelli Eileen Cirelli
Supervisor Speech/Language Support Services

Eileen Cirelli, supervisor of speech/language support services, received the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Appreciation of Service Award.  A board member of the association for three years, Eileen serves as vice president for public information and professional communication.
(March 2016)
Denise Morelli Dr. Denise Morelli
Director Non Public Schools Program

Dr. Denise Morelli, director of the AIU’s Non-Public Schools Program, received The Christopher Gardner Award for Excellence in the Field of Dyslexia.  The award salutes those who work to expand the awareness of dyslexia in the Pittsburgh region.
(March 2016)

Lori Zimmer


Lori Zimmer
Program Director Family and Community Education Services and Adult Education

Lori Zimmer, program director for family and community education services and adult education and workforce development, has been selected to receive one of the Women of Achievement Awards from the Cribs for Kids organization and District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr.   This award honors local women leaders who demonstrate excellence in their fields and significant contributions to the betterment of their communities.
(February 2016)


Rosamarie Cristello
Director Latino Family Center

Rosamaria Cristello, director of the Latino Family Center, has been named as the recipient of the Barbara McNees Spirit of ATHENA Award Scholarship.  Cristello will attend, tuition-free, the 2016-2017 session of the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women, a six-month, 100-hour academy and part of the executive education certificate program at CMU’s Tepper School of Business.
(August 2016)

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