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Pittsburgh, Aug. 11, 2010 – Deritch “Dee” Markus was honored by Talk Magazine this year as one of Pittsburgh’s Minority Achievement award winners for her contributions to La Roche College and her local community. Dee, a resident of Butler, Pa., is a 2007 graduate of La Roche, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She now works as a career counselor at the college. Prior to her education and role at La Roche, Dee served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years.

She was nominated by a representative of La Roche’s Public Relations Department for the Talk Magazine award because of her active role in young people’s lives and her dedication to work, family and community. Dee is a certified counselor in the areas of substance abuse, family and career. She is a certified paralegal and court reporter. And, as if that weren’t enough, Dee is an active community volunteer.

She participates in a regular Bible study for women at the Butler Prison; she teaches basic computer skills to senior citizens at the Saxonburg, Pa., Library; she prepares meals for the infirm in her local community; and she is active at her church, Holy Sepulcher Parish, in Butler, where she lectors and serves as a children’s leader, among other things. In addition, Dee spends time relaxing with her husband, Joe, and son Leighton, and she keeps up-to-date with her older son, Joseph, who lives nearby. It’s a busy schedule that Dee thrives on, she said.

“My belief is that a sharer gives, then the receiver shares,” said Dee, a native of New Orleans, La. “This attitude can become contagious.”

That’s part of Dee’s personal philosophy, which she expanded upon this way: “Allow no one to tell you that you can’t do something. Nothing is impossible – everything is possible! Stay focused and reach your goals.”

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