Award winners (l. to r.) Lisa Tryson, Michael Fiaschetti, Jane Leipold
Award winners (l. to r.) Lisa Tryson, Michael Fiaschetti, Jane Leipold
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College names alumni award winners

The Penn State Harrisburg Alumni Society honored Lisa Tryson,’94 marketing; Jane Leipold, ’88 MBA; and Michael Fiaschetti, ’04 MBA, at its annual awards dinner, Oct. 22, 2011.

Tryson received the People to Watch Award, given to a person rising in their profession. She is director of corporate communications and public relations for Danfoss North America and Latin America. Danfoss, specializing in the research, development, and production of high efficiency electronic and mechanical components, refrigeration control systems, and air conditioning, heating, and power electronics, operates in more than 100 countries.

In 2000, Tryson joined Danfoss as marketing manager for the U.S. electronic controls division. She relocated for a two-year assignment to the Nordborg, Denmark headquarters in 2007 as director of global market communication for the company’s largest division. In 2009, Tryson was appointed to support the company’s public affairs initiatives by leading the North and Latin American region’s corporate communication and public relations efforts. Tryson holds an MBA from John Hopkins University.

Leipold and Fiaschetti received Alumni Achievement Awards. Leipold is senior vice president of global human resources for TE Connectivity, a multi-national company involved in the design and manufacture of products that connect and protect power and data flow. Leipold develops and implements human resources processes, policies, and programs and manages the company’s global security, compensation, benefits, employee relations, payroll, legal compliance, and human resource information systems functions. She has held human resources roles in training and development, organizational development, executive education, and leadership development.

Leipold has offered her business expertise through board memberships and as a guest lecturer to college students. She has spoken at Penn State Harrisburg, Elizabethtown College, and Cornell University, and presently serves on the Penn State Harrisburg Board of Advisers. Leipold holds a Penn State bachelor’s degree in quantitative business analysis.

With more than 25 years of executive experience, Fiaschetti is senior vice president of provider strategy, service, and informatics for Highmark, Inc., a company providing health care services to 4.8 million plan members in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and 32.6 million customers nationwide. He oversees more than 50,000 provider contracts and relationships in the region. Fiaschetti recently served as market president for Highmark Blue Shield in central and eastern Pennsylvania.

Active in the community, Fiaschetti serves on the board of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the Intercounty Health Plan Board. He is a certified public accountant with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Dayton.

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