December 14, 2023

By Logan Sweet ’15

Three distinguished Sigmund Weis School of Business alumni were among the five university alumni recognized as part of the annual awards presented by Susquehanna University’s Alumni Association. The association bestows the honors to members of the alumni community who embody the university’s ideals of achievement, leadership and service.

“Our mission is to prepare graduates for lives of achievement, leadership and service. It would be tough to find three individuals who better exemplify these ideals.”

ALUMNA RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE TO SUSQUEHANNA

Jennifer Rojek ’98 Barton was awarded the Alumni Association’s Service to Susquehanna award, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates exceptional involvement in the Susquehanna community.

Upon graduating, Barton immediately became an active alumna, serving as a longtime member of the university’s alumni board from 1999 to 2012. Her service on the board included a term as president from 2007 to 2009. Barton currently serves as secretary for the university’s Philadelphia Alumni Chapter, a role she’s held since 2012.

She often returns to campus as a panelist during Break Through, the university’s annual student-alumni networking conference, and volunteers her time with résumé review, mock interviews, job shadowing and other career preparation services offered by the Career Development Center. Barton is a frequent participant in the university’s Signe S. Gates and Dawn G. Mueller Women’s Leadership Symposium and has hosted several female students during networking treks organized by the Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Barton is passionate about engaging with other alumni who work in business and technology and is eager to help expand the visibility of Susquehanna’s programs in those fields.

Outside of her time spent volunteering with the university, Barton is an associate director for Ernst & Young. She joined EY in 2022, after having served as vice president of clinical services products at Accolade Inc., a consulting company that specializes in healthcare process improvement, healthcare savings, employee engagement and personalized advocacy.

Barton received a degree in business administration with an emphasis in information systems from Susquehanna before going on to earn an MBA from the University of Scranton in 2001.

ALUMNUS CELEBRATED FOR ENTREPRENEURISM AND ACTIVISM

Fernando Ramirez ’82 was awarded the Alumni Association’s Achievement award, which recognizes an individual whose accomplishments are celebrated widely and regarded as major contributions to their profession or society.

Ramirez has an entrepreneurial spirit rooted in a desire to improve life on earth for all. He has founded several consulting firms with focus on energy and water, and wishes to advance the awareness and understanding of sustainability and climate change in the U.S. and abroad. Early in his career, Ramirez held several executive positions in the energy sector at Azavea, EnerNOC, Phoenix Energy Technologies, Silicon Energy and Energy Concepts.

In 2010, Ramirez became vice president of international business development for SCIenergy, Inc., which develops cloud-based energy management solutions for global clients. In his role, Ramirez oversaw the SCIenergy’s international business development and expansion throughout Europe and Asia.

Following his time with SCIenergy, Ramirez founded ClearPath Energy International, which continues to provide independent and objective energy consulting and advisory services to end-users and to private sector companies seeking to expand or enter international markets.

In 2020, Ramirez joined Netherlands based Hydraloop |as its managing director, leading the company’s North American expansion of innovative decentralized water recycling products.

Ramirez founded Bridges 2030 International in 2021. Bridges 2030 is a developing global nonprofit with a mission to support disadvantaged and forcibly displaced citizens. Additionally, Bridges 2030 aims to educate and empower university students — the next generation of changemakers — about global challenges and the ways in which they can make an impact. The organization’s current projects include the support of the crisis in Ukraine and assisting recently relocated Ukrainian citizens in Philadelphia.

Ramirez graduated from Susquehanna with a degree in business with a concentration in management.

ALUMNUS HONORED FOR SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY

William “Bill” Sordoni ’97 was awarded the Alumni Association’s Service award, which recognizes an individual who is unwavering in their dedication to making a difference through duration, scope and versatility of their community volunteerism.

Much of Sordoni’s community involvement has focused on the economic and business development of Northeastern Pennsylvania. From 2006 to 2020, he served as board member — including time as chairman — for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the board of the Greater Scranton Area Chamber of Commerce.

From 2012 to 2016, Sordoni served as board member for Penn’s Northeast, a non-profit economic development organization with a goal to attract quality employers to the region. Also in 2012, he joined the board of directors of The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development, a data analysis, research, and consulting organization that provides customized client solutions and strategies to facilitate decision making and planning that enhances the Wilkes-Barre area’s economy and quality of life.

In 2022, Sordoni joined the board of directors of the Commonwealth Foundation, which aims to transform free-market ideas into public policies so all Pennsylvanians can flourish.

An avid outdoorsman, Sordoni serves as chairmen of the board of directors for Hunters Sharing the Harvest, a statewide venison donation program that works to distribute nearly two million pounds of wild game to Pennsylvania residents experiencing food insecurity.

Sordoni is chair of the board of trustees for the Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School. He served on Susquehanna University’s Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2015. He served on Geisinger’s board of directors from 2013 to 2022 and was also a member of the board of directors of the United Way of Wyoming Valley from 2005 to 2020.

In addition to his community roles, Sordoni is chairman of a fourth-generation family business, Sordoni Construction, having formerly served as its chief executive officer from 2010 to 2023. Sordoni Construction, the largest construction firm in northeast Pennsylvania, provides construction management services for the healthcare, education, corporate and industrial sectors.

Sordoni graduated from Susquehanna with a degree in business administration in 1997.