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CEHS Hall of Fame: 2017 Inductees

Diane Kendall

Diane Kendall

Diane L. Kendall, PhD, CCC-SLP is professor and chair of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington and a research scientist at the VA Medical Center Puget Sound in Seattle. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington, Kendall was an associate professor in the Department of Communications and Disorders at the University of Florida.

Both in practice and in scholarship, Kendall has made invaluable contributions to her profession, specifically in the area of adult language disorders. Her clinical experience includes fellowships at Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale, Calif., and the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., along with work at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and the VA Brain Rehabilitation & Research Center of Excellence in Gainesville, Fla.

In 2013, Kendall received a Fulbright Scholar Award and was in residence at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. She was also named a 2006 Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has 57 scholarly publications and has been awarded more than $1.7 million in grant funding for her work.

Kendall holds her BS in speech pathology and audiology from WVU, her MA in communication disorders from California State University and her PhD in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mary Marockie
Distinguished Alumni

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Mary Marockie, EdD is a former curriculum and research director and interim director for Regional Educational Service Agency VI in Wheeling, W.Va. She was also the founder of Ohio County’s award-winning beginning teacher program, which was recognized as the best of its kind in the nation by the National School Personnel Educators Administration. Marockie became the impetus for the statewide program.

Marockie has taught courses at WVU and Ohio University, served as a consultant and designer for numerous educational programs and school systems, and written grants that amounted to millions of dollars in funding for education. Among many board memberships, Marockie was elected to the board of the International Reading Association (now the International Literacy Association), an organization with more than 100,000 members at that time. She also served on the National Commission on Teacher Induction and as president of the Board of Trustees for West Virginia Northern Community College. She has shared her expertise as an educator with presentations in numerous states, including multiple keynote speeches at professional staff development events for teachers and principals. Currently, Marockie serves as a co-editor and co-writer of the West Virginia Reading Association’s publication, “WVRA Interchange.” She continues to be very active and has served as Vice President for the past five years in the Wheeling New Comers consisting of over 100 women from across the nation.

Along with her sister, Dr. Evelyn Di Tosto, she established the Di Tosto and Marockie Outstanding Supervising Teacher Award in 2016 to recognize educators who support and mentor preservice teachers at CEHS. Marockie is a past recipient of the College’s Jasper N. Deahl Award, which recognizes alumni who demonstrate professional leadership, community engagement, and loyalty to West Virginia and/or WVU.

Marockie holds her BS in elementary education and psychology from the University of Charleston, her MA in elementary education and psychology, and her EdD in curriculum and instruction with a major in reading and psychology, both from WVU. She also completed additional graduate coursework at Ohio University and the University of Michigan.

Michael A. Oliverio, Sr.

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Michael A. Oliverio, counselor, statesman, educator and civic leader, is being inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame. Before his passing in 2014, Oliverio spent his life as a leading advocate for people with disabilities and for service to others.

Among many professional achievements, Oliverio served as the national president of both the National Rehabilitation Association International Advocacy Group for Persons with Disabilities and national president of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association. He also served as a consultant to President Jimmy Carter on reorganization plans for the U.S. Department of Education and briefed President Gerald Ford on elements for better efficiencies in health agencies. Oliverio received many awards and honors within the local, national and global arenas, but his pride came from his personal philosophy and mission to “respect the dignity of each person and all cultures.”

Oliverio was actively involved at CEHS, having taught courses in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology for 22 years. The College’s Michael A. Oliverio Scholarship, which provides funding to rehabilitation counseling graduates, was established to honor his commitment to the College’s counseling program.

Oliverio earned his BS in physical science and mathematics from Fairmont State University and his MA in guidance and counseling from WVU. He completed additional post-graduate coursework at the University of Virginia, College of St. Thomas, Minnesota, and George Washington University.