Harrisburg Academy is delighted to announce the 2022-23 Alumni Achievement Award winners and inductees into our Hall of Fame.
Professional Achievement Award:
Ayanna Alcendor, Esq. '04 is the co-founder of Great Lakes Legal Group. Prior to co-founding the firm, Attorney Ayanna Alcendor was a principal at Allied Legal Consulting. She has successfully defended clients facing charges from minor traffic violations to drunk driving, domestic violence, and major felonies and provided representation and counsel in a variety of family law matters.
Through her membership with the Oakland and Wayne County Criminal Bar Associations and Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, she has worked with an expansive network of attorneys to get the best results for her clients. Her practice spans Metro Detroit’s tri-counties and throughout southeast Michigan. Attorney Alcendor’s accomplishments do not stop there; she regularly advocates against the curtailment of the rights of Michigan’s most vulnerable adults. Her work with the Wayne and Oakland County Probate courts involves investigations as a Guardian Ad Litem. While zealous advocacy is the linchpin of her practice, Attorney Alcendor is also a SCAO-approved civil mediator.
Hailing from Harrisburg, PA, Attorney Alcendor relocated to Detroit in 2008 after earning her Bachelor’s degree from Denison University in Granville, OH. Attorney Alcendor obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2013. She was recognized as one of Michigan Chronicle’s 40 under 40 in 2017. She’s received the Martindale Hubbell® Silver Client Champion for excellence in client service and Michigan Super Lawyers awards from 2018 through 2023. She was sworn into practice before the United States Supreme Court in 2018. Attorney Alcendor was also appointed to serve on the Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Criminal Law Advisory Board in 2019 and 2022.
Academic Achievement Award
Dr. Robert Alexander, PhD '89
is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, VA where he has taught in the Master of Public Administration program and the Public Policy and Administration undergraduate major since 2012.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he coordinates the Environmental Studies minor for students from across campus interested in interdisciplinary environmental problem solving.
His research focuses on how local governments collaborate in community-based sustainability efforts such as multi-modal transportation, integrating housing affordability with energy efficiency, and engaging in land use planning for sustainable futures. Rob is also Co-Director of the Institute for Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue (ICAD) at JMU, a facilitation consulting firm and research center. In his role with ICAD, Rob works extensively as a facilitator and consultant with local governments and environmental and natural resource organizations in Virginia as they cross organizational boundaries to collaborate in addressing complex environmental and land use problems.
Rob received his PhD in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He earned both a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Science in Environmental Science at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University – Bloomington. He also holds a B.S. in Geology from Duke University.
Service to Humanity Award
Steven Muschlitz '82 graduated from Harrisburg Academy in 1982 before pursuing his B.A. in Business and Commerce from Penn State University. After moving to Florida and running a successful luxury car dealership, Country Club Autos, he formed the Wheels from the Heart charity organization in 2011.
Rising Star Award
After years of planning and applying with the State of Florida for an official 501(c)3 license, Wheels from the Heart was able to donate its first car in 2014. Since then, the organization has been able to provide 120 cars to working single mothers and their children. Steve has recently opened a second location in a neighboring county and continues to expand his community partnerships.
Steve is also the co-founder of the annual event "Cars and Conversation: UNITY in the CommUNITY" in Delray Beach. Along with Chris Ceasar, founder of Men Talk, Steve hosts the event to bring the community together, to discuss shared experiences, race relations, and finding common ground. This year's event included an appearance by a former NFL player and the 120th Wheels from the Heart donation to a single mother in the community.
Steve was awarded the Fuller Center's Men with Caring Hearts award in 2016.
Hannah Shea '14
, an accomplished mezzo-soprano, currently resides in Washington, D.C. where she is a Cafritz Young Artist at the Washington National Opera (WNO). She made her Kennedy Center debut as a featured soloist on the 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors broadcast to honor bass-baritone Justino Díaz.
This season she returns to WNO to sing the Dritte Magd in Strauss’ Elektra, after making her company debut as Mercédès in Carmen in the 2021-2022 season. Ms. Shea also joins Annapolis Opera to sing Marcellina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro this spring. Other recent highlights include appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah. This summer, she will be a Renée Fleming Artist at the Aspen Music Festival, singing Edith Thibault in Lopez’ Bel Canto and the alto solo in Bach’s Magnificat.
Ms. Shea was recently named a National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, after winning the Arizona District and Rocky Mountain Region. She was also the first prize winner of the 2022 Annapolis Opera Competition and has been a finalist in other prestigious competitions such as Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition.
Previously, Ms. Shea has performed La tasse Chinoise in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Nelda in Kamala Sankaram’s Taking Up Serpents, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Street Singer Soloist in Bernstein’s Mass, and Fidalma in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto.
Athletic Hall of Fame
Harrisburg Academy 1991 & 1993 Lacrosse Teams and Coaches
Although we received many worthy nominations, our Hall of Fame Committee selected the 1991 and 1993 Lacrosse Teams and Coaches for induction to the 2023 Athletic Hall of Fame because of their accomplished 13-1 and 12-1 records.
These seasons were built upon each other with many of the same players and shows the incredible talent both teams possessed, as well as the dedication and expertise of head coach George Gonzales and assistant coach Dave Heisey ’79.
We want to acknowledge these accomplishments in our proud history of establishing high school lacrosse in Central Pennsylvania.
Today, we celebrate the indelible mark these team members and coaches have made on Harrisburg Academy’s athletic program.