Alumnus honored with national Patriot Award

Dr. Mark Moore (’07 MSCR, ’00 MBA, ’00 PharmD) was recently honored by the U.S. Department of Defense with the Patriot Award for his support of Kathleen “KT” Staffaroni, who is a member of the Air National Guard branch of the Air Force and director of student affairs for the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

Staffaroni nominated Moore for the award as an employer who supports his employees in their pursuit to protect their country while also serving students in civilian employment. Moore is the associate dean of CPHS Admissions & Student Affairs and assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice.

“The women and men who serve our country in the uniformed services, and their families, sacrifice greatly to keep our nation free,” said Moore. “We need to support them as often as possible with our words and, more importantly, our actions. The sacrifices we may make in our civilian work lives without the temporary presence of our military members, or their family members, may be better labeled as an inconvenience; however, it does not measure on the same scale of sacrifice that these women and men, and their families, endure through their service.

“Our entire team is supportive of KT and her dream to serve. I am humbled to have the opportunity to have worked with people such as KT Staffaroni, Shari McGuire, Kim Dunn, Preston Dodson, Bill Pickard and others who have made the choice to serve our nation.”

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve website notes that the Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.

Staffaroni said, “Here at Campbell University, our mission is to live purposeful lives of meaningful service. Since I was a kid, I have designed my life to live purposefully, and serve others in every capacity that I could. My supervisor, Dr. Mark Moore, has encouraged and supported me in my pursuit to serve our students here at Campbell University in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and also serve my country in the Air National Guard. 

“In addition, we have had multiple military spouses on our team in the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs and during the past 20 years, Dr. Moore has gone above and beyond to support their families as well. He is proud and boastful of our students who are veterans or actively serving while in school.

“This country is fortunate to have such patriotic employers such as Dr. Moore to support the readiness of our service men and women.”