Three inducted into CEHS Hall of Fame

Three outstanding individuals were inducted in the CEHS Hall of Fame for 2017 at the College’s annual induction ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 26. The three inductees were Dr. Diane L. Kendall, Dr. Mary Marockie and Michael A. Oliverio, Sr.  

“This year’s inductees are exemplary representations of our College’s mission and values,” said CEHS Dean Gypsy Denzine. “Their commitment to fostering knowledge and prosperity in their communities embodies what we hope to instill in all of our graduates.” 

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. Both in practice and in scholarship, Kendall has made invaluable contributions to her profession, specifically in the area of adult language disorders. 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, EdD, is this year’s Distinguished Alumni, and is a former curriculum and research director and interim director for Regional Educational Service Agency VI in Wheeling. 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 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. Currently, Marockie serves as a co-editor and co-writer of the West Virginia Reading Association’s publication, “WVRA Interchange.”  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.  

Michael A. Oliverio, Sr., a 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 was actively involved at the College of Education and Human Services, having taught courses in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology for 22 years. Oliverio earned his BS in physical science and mathematics from Fairmont State University and his MA in guidance and counseling from WVU.  

This is the fourteenth class to be inducted into the CEHS Hall of Fame.The award recognizes those who have distinguished themselves in their field, exemplified outstanding leadership qualities, and possess strong community and West Virginia ties.  Special consideration is given to those who have demonstrated support of and/or service to the mission and values of the WVU College of Education and Human Services. Inductees are representative of the tremendous successes of many CEHS graduates and friends of the College. 

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