The 32nd Annual Raker Memorial Awards
(L-R: Senator Patrick Browne; Lorillie Soleta, Raker Spirit Award Winner; Richard Schall.)
Unseasonably cold weather didn’t prevent a large turnout of donors, associates, family, and friends from attending the 32nd Annual Raker Memorial Awards on Friday, November 10, at Grace Lutheran Church in Allentown. Raker Memorial Award recipients were R. Richard Schall and Senator Patrick Browne. Lorillie Soleta was the Raker Spirit Award recipient.
Senator Patrick M. Browne
Senator Browne is majority chairman of the state Senate Appropriations Committee serving his third term as senator for Pennsylvania’s 16th district. Senator Browne has authored numerous state laws covering a range of issues including child protection, education, job creation, and government reformation. A native and resident of Allentown, the senator crafted the one-of-a-kind, 130-acre Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) to help revitalize downtown Allentown allowing tax revenues, except for property taxes, from the NIZ to be reinvested in the zone. Senator Browne has been a strong advocate and ambassador for Good Shepherd and people with disabilities. The senator authored a law to hire citizens with disabilities and provided major support for the creation of Good Shepherd’s new campus.
R. Richard Schall, Ph.D
One of Good Shepherd’s most beloved associates, Rick Schall began working at Good Shepherd in 1993 as director of psychology. He transitioned to part-time work in 2016. With exceptional skill, wisdom, sensitivity, and wit, Rick has guided and helped countless patients and residents bringing to his work recognition of the “special role of rehabilitation as a loving act of restoration of both mind and body.” Rick’s considerable contributions as a volunteer leader in the community includes work with the American Heart Association, MS Society and Parkinson’s Disease Association. He has also served as a board member of the Lehigh Valley Brain Tumor Foundation. Rick’s generous nature extends to being a donor to and advocate for Good Shepherd’s We Care employee campaign.
Lorillie Soleta, MSN Ed., FNP-BC, RN, CRRN
The Raker Spirit Award is given to an associate who embodies the spirit of Good Shepherd’s founders, the Raker family, in his or her daily activities.
In her 12-year career with Good Shepherd leading to her current position as nurse manager for the rehabilitation hospital, Lorillie has served as a nurse and clinical educator with a passion for continuing education for herself and Good Shepherd’s nurses. Lorillie is a native of the Phillipines who came to the United States with a dream to work as a nurse. Lorillie was nominated by her peers for the award in recognition of her dedication to her patients and staff, going above and beyond to deliver compassionate care and be a role model as a mentor and advocate. Lorillie’s leadership to the nursing department includes serving on numerous committees and leading inpatient spinal cord injury and amputee programs. This year, Lorillie was part of a small team of medical missionaries from Good Shepherd who went to Ghana to help an underserved population with their rehabilitation needs.