Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

DAA2020 MayersLester E. Mayers ’17

Writer/Traveling Poet and Poetry Instructor

A.A. Liberal Arts & Sciences: Theatre Arts, FLCC; B.A. SUNY New Paltz, Magna Cum Laude; M.F.A. Naropa University Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
In recognition of Lester E. Mayers’s perseverance, community contributions, and accomplishments as a poet, performer, and writing instructor

Dr. Preston E. Pierce ’79

Museum Educator, Ontario County Historical Society; County Historian, Ontario County Dept. of Records and Archives; Adjunct Lecturer in History, Finger Lakes Community College

B.A. Westminster College; B.S. Excelsior College; M.A.T. University of Vermont; M.S.Ed., C.A.S. SUNY College at Brockport; CRT Finger Lakes Community College; Ed.D. University of Rochester; M.L.S. SUNY College at Geneseo; M.S. Boise State University; Graduate CRT East Tennessee State University
In recognition of Dr. Preston E. Pierce’s contributions to our community for nearly 50 years as an educator and historian, and to our nation as a United States Army Officer

Nancy Langer ’77, Trustee Emeritus

First Graduate to serve on the College’s Board of Trustees, Retired Teacher

A.A. Humanities, FLCC; B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, SUNY Empire State College; M.S. Education, The College at Brockport, SUNY
In recognition of Nancy Langer’s numerous contributions to the development of Finger Lakes Community College, her ability to lead and inspire others, and her passion for education

Katy Berke-Henthorne ’91

Founder and President, The Crew Company

A.A. Liberal Arts & Sciences: Broadcast Communication, FLCC; B.S. Mass Communication, Emerson College
In recognition of Katy Berke-Henthorne’s volunteer service and achievements as a producer and owner of a highly trusted consulting/booking agency in the entertainment industry

Dr. Rodney C. Haring ’95

Research faculty member at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research, Department of Cancer Prevention and Control, and adjunct faculty member at the University of Arizona, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Native American Research and Training Center

A.S., Science, FLCC; B.A., Stony Brook University; M.S.W., Ph.D. University at Buffalo
In recognition of Dr. Rodney C. Haring’s contributions to Native American health research, social work, and his positive impact as a mentor

Dr. Gail O. Mellow

Dr. Gail O. Mellow ’74

President of LaGuardia Community College

A.A. Jamestown Community College; B.A. SUNY Albany; M.A., Ph.D. The George Washington University
In recognition of Dr. Gail O. Mellow's contributions to the development and future of the American community college

Jack Moran

John (Jack) W. Moran, Jr. ’79

President/Owner Roseland Bowl Inc.

A.A.S. Business Administration
In recognition of Jack Moran's contributions to CCFL/FLCC, our community, and the sport of bowling


Tor N. Constantino ’89

Director of Global Public Relations and External Affairs, IMS Health

A.A. Communications; B.S. Journalism, Syracuse University; M.B.A. Rochester Institute of Technology
In recognition of Tor Constantino's achievements in journalism, corporate communications, and public relations


Mary M. Wilsey ’70

Professor of Business and Coordinator of Administrative Professional Program, Finger Lakes Community College

A.A.S. Executive Secretarial Science; B.S. Nazareth College; M.S. Nazareth College
In recognition of Mary Wilsey's contributions to Finger Lakes Community College from 1974-2015

John E. Derby '82

John E. Derby ’82

Director of Advertising, Shoppers Club, and Shoppers Club for Business, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

A.A.S. Accounting
In recognition of John Derby's achievements in leadership, team-building, and organizational acumen over 35 years of dedicated service

Kathleen M. Saxby '78

Kathleen M. Saxby ’78

Chief Visionary Officer, Style Integrity

A.A.S. Retail Business Management; A.A.S. Men's Design & Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology
In recognition of her pursuit of superior product design and workmanship and innovation in seizing niche career opportunities in the fashion apparel industry. Kathleen's leadership, integrity and commitment to collaboration among industry sectors impassions her role as mentor to students in meeting ever-changing skill needs

Brett W. Utter '97

Brett W. Utter ’97

Director of the Culinary Innovation Center, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

A.A. Liberal Arts and Humanities; B.A. Business Administration, Empire State College
In recognition of Brett Utter advancing his career through diverse leadership opportunities, persevering in the face of challenges, and investing his energy and resources to make a difference in the community

Tracey J. Fuller '93

Tracey J. Fuller ’93

Heiser Brand President and Canandaigua Branch General Manager

A.A. Liberal Arts and Science; B.A. English, Nazareth College
In recognition of building her career through embracing change and accepting leadership opportunities and for her personal investment of time, energy and resources benefitting multiple organizations in the local community

Michael J. Miller '89

Michael J. Miller ’89

Chief Marketing Officer, RENESYS Corporation

A.A.S. Accounting, B.S. St. John Fisher, Master’s certificate George Washington University
In recognition of seizing unexpected career opportunities in the sphere of global security, a commitment to his leadership in the business sector and ongoing service to and support of the College from his time as a student through the present

Brian M. Kolb '71

Brian M. Kolb ’71

New York State Assembly Minority Leader and Assemblyman

In recognition of an outstanding career of dedicated public service, private sector leadership, support for community organizations and commitment to education

Mark T. Watkins, Sr. '75

Mark T. Watkins, Sr. ’75

Senior Vice President of Technology and Forestry, MeadWestvaco, Richmond, Va.

A.S. Science; B.S. Paper Science and Engineering SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse University
In recognition of learning an industry from the ground up and promotions based on broad-based knowledge and experience in engineering, manufacturing operations, forestry, R & D, sustainability and human resources, resulting in Mark Watkins' promotion to the senior management team at MeadWestvaco

John E. Hume, Jr. '77

John E. Hume, Jr. ’77

Retired teacher and Illustrator of "My Florida Alphabet" in 2004 which was adopted statewide by the Florida public schools to teach the alphabet and illustrated children's book, "Annie and Andy – A Tale of Two Lighthouses"

A.A. Liberal Arts and Science; B.S. Education, Buffalo State Teacher's College; M.S. Education, NOVA University; M.S. Educational Leadership, NOVA University
In recognition of his willingness to pursue multiple degrees, talent and success as an artist/illustrator, and dedication to public service that led John Hume to become an effective teacher and a role model for students who dream of being recognized for their artwork

Dana C. Hansen Chavis '89

Dana C. Hansen Chavis ’89

Assistant Federal Community Defender for Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, Inc.

B.S. Political Science SUNY Brockport; Juris Doctor Albany Law School of Union University
In recognition of personal caring, a sense of responsibility, and dedication to public service that led Dana Chavis to a successful legal career committed to providing quality legal representation and resulting in justice

James C. Diermeier '77

James C. Diermeier ’77

Associate Director of Outdoor Gardens, New York Botanical Garden

A.A.S. Natural Resource Conservation
In recognition of an outstanding career in horticulture and commitment to the green industry

Sandra Smithoover Maine '76

Sandra Smithoover Maine ’76

Founder and Owner, SunFeather Natural Soap Company

A.A.S. Criminal Justice
B.S. SUNY Potsdam
In recognition of leadership in directing a world-renowned company producing quality handmade products and for commitment to supporting humanitarian and environmental efforts worldwide

Richard J. Plympton '84, '85

Richard J. Plympton ’84, ’85

CEO and Vice President, Optimax Systems, Inc.

A.S. Business Administration
A.S. Computer Science
A.S. Engineering Science
B.S. and M.B.A. University of Rochester
In recognition of the leadership and innovative initiatives that have changed the optics industry services and expectations; and for his unwavering promotion of lifelong learning and having fun

William F. Simmons '80

William "Willie" F. Simmons ’80

Senior Vice President, Finance - Excellus Health Plan

A.A.S. Accounting
B.S. St. John Fisher
M.B.A. University of Rochester - Simon School In recognition of his business achievement in the corporate world and commitment to the community

David L. Jewett '89

David L. Jewett ’89

Professional Athlete; Two-time Timbersport World Champion

A.A.S. Horticulture
B.S. Colorado State
In recognition of his success as a professional athlete in a sport that demands strength, ability, and heart and for his courage in times of overwhelming challenge

Dr. Suzanne Bamonto Graney ‘91

Dr. Suzanne Bamonto Graney ’91

Assistant Professor School Psychology Program, RIT

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences
B.A. SUNY at Geneseo
Ph.D. University of Oregon
Distinguished Alumni Award 2006
In recognition of educational research, collaboration, and advocacy leading to changing attitudes and approaches to educating children, particularly those who experience difficulties in acquiring literacy

Laura M. Gross ‘84

Laura M. Gross ’84

Executive Director/CEO Canandaigua YMCA

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences
B.S. Nazareth College
In recognition of non-profit leadership encouraging health, fitness and well-being to individuals and families in Canandaigua

Jeffery R. Kehrer ‘83

Jeffery R. Kehrer ’83

US Department of Homeland Security/US Secret Service

A.A.S. criminal justice; B.S. John Jay College of Criminal Justice
In recognition of his Washington, D.C. based law enforcement career serving U.S. Presidents and Vice-presidents in several capacities

Donald P. Rivers, Esq. ‘73

Donald P. Rivers, Esq. ’73

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences; B.A. SUNY Buffalo;
Juris Doctor University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
In recognition of personal dedication to public service, a commitment to creating cultural opportunity, and a successful legal career

Kevin D. Flynn ‘79

Kevin D. Flynn ’79

Partner, Martino Flynn

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences;
B.S. Cornell University;
M.P.S. Cornell University
In recognition of the quest to meet the challenge to climb the world’s highest mountain peaks, entrepreneurial business achievement, and commitment to volunteerism

Jean S. Cass

Jean S. Cass ’81

Co-Founder/Director, House of John

A.A.S. Nursing
In recognition of volunteer efforts and dedication to establish and set up the House of John, a home for the dying and their families

Laurie VerSchneider Broccolo

Laurie VerSchneider Broccolo ’78

Owner, Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care, Inc.

A.A.S. Ornamental Horticulture
In recognition of outstanding achievement and dedication to environmentally sound principles of horticulture

Dr. Sadredin (Dean) Moosavi

Dr. Sadredin (Dean) Moosavi ’89

Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University Mankato

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences; B.S. SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry; M.S. and Ph.D. University of New Hampshire
In recognition of research in global change and dedication to assisting students academically and in extracurricular leadership activities

Annie L. Moore-Cox

Annie L. Moore-Cox ’85

Nurse Educator

A.A.S. Nursing; B.A. University of Albany ; M.S. Russell Sage College
In recognition of research and pioneer efforts in Web-based learning in nursing education

Yvonne Lowrey Jolly

Yvonne Lowrey Jolly ’86

Adult Nurse Practitioner, Canandaigua Medical Group

A.A.S Nursing; B.S. Nazareth College ; M.S. Syracuse University School of Nursing
In recognition of the spirit to overcome academic challenges in pursuit of several advanced nursing degrees and professional opportunities

Philip C. Povero

Philip C. Povero ’72, ’74

Ontario County Sheriff

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences; A.A.S. Criminal Justice; B.S. Rochester Institute of Technology
In recognition of outstanding career in law enforcement and dedication to community organizations supporting youth and promoting public safety issues

Rudy W. Musclow

Rudy W. Musclow ’78

Chief of Law Enforcement - Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

A.A.S. Natural Resources Conservation, B.S. Utah State University
In recognition of a career in the wildlife resources field, which is by nature one of service, and in tribute of professional and personal ethics

William P. Santelli

William P. Santelli ’73

Self-employed Artist and Owner - Bill Santelli Studio

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences; B.S. SUNY at New Paltz
In recognition of the artistic talent, business acumen, and resolve to craft his passion into a livelihood as a professional artist working with acrylics on canvas

Richard D. Thomas

Richard D. Thomas ’81

Environmental Conservation Officer, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

A.A.S. Natural Resources Conservation
In recognition of outstanding career in environmental law enforcement, commitment to promoting the importance of environmental protection, and dedication to public health and safety

Susan C. Treadwell

Susan C. Treadwell ’74

Director of Quality Assurance/Health Services - Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy, Inc.

A.A.S. Nursing; B.S.N. Alfred University
In recognition of service to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families

Lori Franklin Nellist

Lori Franklin Nellist ’82

Co-Founder and Co-Director, New Frontiers

A.A.S. Natural Resources Conservation
In recognition of the effort and dedication to establish New Frontiers, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that offers interactive, challenging adventure activities designed to help people develop purpose-driven lives

Dr. Richard J. Rivers

Dr. Richard J. Rivers ’75

Chief of Anesthesiology, Lattimore Surgical Center

Associate Professor, University of Rochester
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences; B.S. Clarkson University ; M.D. Medical College of Ohio ; Ph.D. University of Virginia Health Sciences Center
In recognition of outstanding educational achievement and dedication to the field of medicine

Richard A. Williams

Richard A. Williams ’80

Environmental Program Manager, Xerox Corporation

A.A.S. Natural Resources Conservation; B.S. SUNY Empire State College; M.S. R.I.T.
In recognition of accomplishments in the environmental management field and for a career commitment to water quality issues.

Linda S. Ochs

Linda S. Ochs ’94

Founding Director, Finger Lakes Citizens for the Environment

A.A.S. Natural Resources Conservation; B.S. Empire State College
In recognition of commitment and dedication to promoting the importance of environmental protection

Anthony Faiola

Dr. Anthony Faiola ’72

Executive Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences; B.F.A. SUNY at New Paltz; M.A. SUNY at Albany; M.A. Ohio State University; M.F.A. Ohio State University; Ph.D. Purdue University
In recognition of career achievement in visual communication design, graphic technology, and the cognitive sciences

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