College of Science and Health Professions
Dr. Denise L. Ohler
Dr. Roy Shinn
Presented in recognition of extraordinary achievements in a profession, career or avocation, or for direct service to the local, national or international community, this year’s honorees are:
Manager of Operations at the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner
Mandy Tinkey graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry-Forensic Science in 2002, as one of the program’s very first graduates. A truly exceptional student, Tinkey helped to finalize the content of the BS in Chemistry-Forensic Science program at EU and was awarded an internship with the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office in Pittsburgh, where upon graduation she took a full-time position. She earned her master’s degree in forensic science from National University in 2006, and joined Duquesne University as adjunct faculty in the school’s forensic science and law master’s program while maintaining her position as laboratory manager at the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office. In June 2014, Tinkey was promoted to Manager of Operations at the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner. She is a member of the EU Forensic Advisory Board, an organization of professional forensic scientists that work with the university to continuously improve the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry-Forensic Science program, and served on the “Women in Science” panel during the inauguration celebrations for former President Julie E. Wollman in 2012.
Regional President of Pennsylvania Electric Company
Scott R. Wyman began his career in 1992 as an Engineer B in distribution engineering at Ohio Edison and has served in a variety of operational and managerial positions since. From 1994-98, Wyman held various engineering positions in distribution engineering, system operations and substation maintenance at Penn Power. In 1998, he was promoted to manager of meter services at Penn Power, and in 1999, he was named operations manager of the Cranberry area. November 2002 Wyman was named director of operations support at Penelec in November 2002, based in Erie. In 2007, he was named director of regional asset management and was promoted to director of operations service for Penelec in March 2008. He was further promoted to regional president of Penelec in October 2012.
Wyman earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Geneva College in Beaver Falls and a Master of Business Administration from Gannon University in Erie. He currently chairs the local March of Dimes in Erie, and is a board member of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way of Erie County. An avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Wyman enjoys reading and golfing. He and his wife, Marilyn, have been married for 22 years, and have two sons, Ben, a junior at Geneva College, and Sam, a freshman at Liberty University. The family, along with Molly, their Maltese/terrier, take every opportunity to get together and spend some quality time at their second home in Florida.
Executive Director of Oil and Gas Operations Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Kelly Burch is a licensed professional geologist who began his career with Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection Oil and Gas Program in 1986. In addition to his oil and gas experience, Burch has served as chief of the Office of the Great Lakes and, more recently, as regional director for the DEP’s Northwest Regional Office for the past 12 years. In 2014, Burch was appointed to serve as DEP’s executive director for Oil and Gas Operations. In his new capacity, he coordinates the activities of the regions and multiple district offices to ensure the consistent application and enforcement of program policies; permitting activities; inspections and compliance; and evaluates overall program effectiveness.