Salem College Alumna Ronda Zelezny-Green has been named a 2015 recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) Award. Joining former award recipients like Bill Clinton, Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, and Wayne Newton, Zelezny-Green was chosen by The United States Junior Chamber for exemplifying the highest attributes of the nation’s emerging generation.
“Every year, the United States Junior Chamber recognizes the accomplishments of ten individuals who are truly outstanding, and 2015 is no different. Through an intense judging process, these ten individuals… are truly accomplished in their fields, in giving back to their communities, and in promoting that ‘service to humanity is the best work of life,’” says Jennifer Ray, President of the US Jaycees.
Zelezny-Green is a 2005 graduate of Salem College, where she earned degrees in Spanish and Philosophy. In 2011, she received an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Human Geography (Gender, Learning and Mobiles) at Royal Holloway University in London.
Zelezny-Green has held multiple English language teaching positions and served as Coordinator of Multicultural Services and Youth Leadership Programs at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Following a move into mobile technology research, Zelezny-Green joined Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), where she currently holds the position of Senior Digital Learning & Content Development Manager – Public Policy.
TOYA Award recipients were honored at a gala in Nashville, TN, on March 28, 2015.