DeNardis receives 2011 Jefferson Award for volunteer service

Peter DeNardis, lecturer in information sciences and technology (IST) at Penn State Beaver, is a recipient of the 2011 Jefferson Award. He was honored for his dedication and service as a volunteer for the International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF).

The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. The Jefferson Awards are presented on national and local levels, but today the primary purpose of the award is to serve as a call to action for volunteers in local communities.

The Jefferson Awards has more than 150 media partners in more than 90 communities across the country. A panel of local judges selects the winners, who are considered "unsung heroes" -- ordinary individuals who perform extraordinary deeds. DeNardis’ Jefferson Award is presented by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.

In 2003, DeNardis was diagnosed with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia (WM), a rare, incurable lymphoma. Despite chemotherapy treatment and life-threatening relapses, he has continued to work full time while volunteering for the IWMF. He serves up to 40 hours per month in a variety of volunteer roles for IWMF and has been a foundation board member since 2007. He serves as the discussion list manager and moderates online postings from more than 1,500 list members. In addition, he contributes to the list discussion by providing emotional support and research information to patients, caregivers, physicians, and other healthcare workers.

DeNardis assisted in redesigning the IWMF website and is expanding an online database he has helped to develop which captures medical data from more than 3,000 WM patients around the world.

A husband and father of three children, DeNardis has taught full-time and part-time at Beaver campus since 2000 and is the information manager at the University of Pittsburgh. DeNardis holds a master’s degree in business administration in business and information systems from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Robert Morris University.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015