2023 Alumni of the Year

Learning that leads to lives of purpose

Dock Mennonite Academy is pleased to announce our awards for Outstanding Achievement, Distinguished Service, and Young Alum of the Year for 2023. These graduates embody the significance of learning that leads to lives of purpose.

Click HERE to view the Alumni of the Year presentations from the Fall Concert.  Full recording of the Fall Concert and awards presentations can be found HERE.


The Award for Outstanding Achievement

Deborah Wolff Busch, Ph.D.

Class of 1988

Deborah Wolff Busch is an Associate Professor and an actively practicing Board-Certified Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP-PC) and Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Dr. Busch is currently completing her Ph.D in Nursing Science. She is the Track Coordinator of the Doctoral of Nursing Practice (DNP) PNP Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland, where she continues to teach PNP and DNP doctoral-level courses and is a doctoral adviser for ten students yearly. Deborah is a national leader and clinical researcher in breastfeeding/lactation and pediatric primary care. Her innovative Tri-Core Breastfeeding Model© was adopted by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as a standard of practice. Deborah volunteered in the Peace Corps in Nepal (1996-1997), as well as for several medical mission trips to Haiti (2016-2019).Most recently, Dr. Busch was nominated for the prestigious Isabella Hampton Robb Faculty Fellowship in Summer 2023.

Geoffrey Lovelace, Ph.D.

Class of 1998

Geoffrey Lovelace earned a B.S. in Physics at the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in Physics at California Institute of Technology. He currently serves as a Professor of Physics at California State University, Fullerton. Geoffrey's research focuses on using supercomputers to calculate the gravitational waves emitted when black holes collide. He especially enjoys teaching gravitation and introductory astronomy, and he advises undergraduate and master’s student researchers. He is a member of Cal State Fullerton’s Nicholas and Lee Begovich Center for Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy, the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes Collaboration, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and the Cosmic Explorer Project. Geoffrey lives in Fullerton with his wife, Elizabeth, and his son William.

The Award for Distinguished Service

Abigail Moyer

Class of 1998

Abigail Moyer serves in Washington D.C. as a Senior Protection Associate at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. She also has served as a managing attorney for the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition in Washington D.C., and as a staff attorney with the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center in York, PA,and with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) in Harlingen, TX. She works to protect the rights of vulnerable people who have faced forced migration, including refugees, asylum seekers, and victims of human trafficking, as well as people who are detained and at risk of deportation. Prior to her work as an attorney, she served with Mennonite Central Committee in Henan, China, and with Mennonite Voluntary Service in Kansas City, Kansas. She now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband and son.

Mark Boorse

Class of 1980

Mark Boorse Mark serves as the Director of Program Development at Access Services, Inc. headquartered in Montgomery County, PA. Access Services provides behavioral health, child and family support, and intellectual disabilities and autism programs. Mark has organized international trips to develop programs with ministry partners to care for those with special needs in impoverished parts of the world. He has also led outdoor adventure trips for at risk youth. He has a gift of working with others while demonstrating a Christ-like spirit and sense of humor. Mark supported the mental health of Dock students following a traumatic event. He is also involved in caring for the needs of homeless individuals and families in Montgomery County.

Young Alum of the Year Awards

Chelsea Wimmer, DMA

Class of 2009



Since graduating from Dock, Chelsea Wimmer has built on her musical foundation established at Dock to receive her Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in viola performance from Stony Brook University. Based in NYC, she frequently performs in solo, chamber, and orchestral venues across the country including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She is published in the Journal of the American Viola Society, receiving an Honorable Mention for her publication "Heinrich Biber, Harmonia Artificiosa-Ariosa, Partia VII: An Edition for Modern Violas with Critical Commentary”. Chelsea currently works as a freelance musician in the pit of numerous Broadway shows and as the Assistant to the Director of the Music Performance Program at Columbia University.

Jack Perkins

Class of 2012

Jack Perkins has dedicated his life to pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. He has always had a love for animals, science, and problem solving. His curiosity of how these passions intersect led him to attend Pennsylvania State University, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences with highest honors in 2016. He graduated at the top of his class and was accepted into veterinary school a year early, receiving his veterinary degree and Penn Business Certificate in 2019 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.Dr. Perkins returned to practice in our surrounding communities as an associate and relief veterinarian. Outside of the clinic walls, he also spent time providing lectures to and mentoring students attending veterinary school in the United States and the Caribbean. He and his wife, Dr. Danielle Esplin, recently started a full-service veterinary hospital. He is excited to continue to positively impact the lives of his community members and their beloved pets at Central Bucks Veterinary Hospital.

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