Raker Memorial Awards Honors Five

April 22, 2013

Good Shepherd honored five at its annual Raker Memorial Awards on Thursday, April 18, at Grace Lutheran Church in Allentown, continuing a long tradition of recognizing donors who, through philanthropy and volunteerism, honor the legacy of Good Shepherd's founders, The Rev. John and Estella Raker, and their son, The Rev. Dr. Conrad Raker.

Bob and Sue Gadomski 

Bob and Sue Gadomski of Bethlehem have been longtime supporters of Good Shepherd and other organizations in the community. Bob, a retired executive vice president at Air Products, has served on Good Shepherd's board of trustees and its Development Advisory Board. He also has served as chairman of the Governance Committee. The Gadomskis were founding co-chairs of The Raker Vision in 2011, a donor initiative to fund innovative and priority projects at Good Shepherd. To date, more than $160,000 has been raised.

 

John McKiernan, Susan Hakkarainen, The Lutron Foundation

Two Lutron executives, John McKiernan and Susan Hakkarainen, have been instrumental in leading Lutron's philanthropic efforts on behalf of Good Shepherd. John,  who joined Lutron in 1973 and directs Lutron's overseas companies, has been a member of the Gala in the Garden Planning Committee, a major fund raiser for Good Shepherd's Pediatric Program.

Susan, the daughter of Joel and Ruth Spira, founders of Lutron, is this year's Gala in the Garden committee chairwoman. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University and her doctorate in applied plasma physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Susan began her career as a researcher, working on the Hubble Space Telescope and on fusion energy projects with the Naval Research Laboratory. She is founder of Ivalo Lighting, Inc.

 

Pictured (left to right) John McKiernan, Susan Hakkarainen, Susan Golden, Sue and Bob Gadomski.

 

The Lutron Foundation

The Lutron Foundation has supported the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Good Shepherd pediatrics, and the Assistive Technology Program, including the Environmental Control Experience Center. The center helps provide remote controll activation equipment to people with disabilities so they can live independently.

 

Susan Golden

Susan Golden of Coopersburg received the Raker Spirit Award, given to the Good Shepherd employee who embodies the Raker spirit of compassion and caring in work and through community involvement. Nominees are put forth by fellow employees and the winner is selected by a committee of past Raker Spirit Award recipients. Sue is director of rehabilitation at Good Shepherd and has worked for the organization for 12 years. She has been instrumental in developing many new programs at Good Shepherd and has been in the forefront of introducing innovative rehabilitation technologies including the Ekso exoskeleton and the Tibion Bionic Leg. Sue and her husband also support youth baseball programs, making sure that each participant has all the necessary equipment to play.