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His success at Pace followed a storied career at WCC where Gene was a student-athlete at Westchester Community College from 1961-1963. During his time in Valhalla, Gene earned his BBA in Accounting. He was a member of both the Men's Basketball and Golf teams both years. The 61-62 and 62-63 basketball teams advanced to the NJCAA Regional Tournament. His golf team finished 2nd in the NJCAA Northeast Championship which was held in West Virginia. Gene was inducted into the WCC Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Kenza Gumbs ’02 recently published a book telling the true story of a tragic accident in her life that she wrote “to encourage and remind readers that everything happens in our lives at designated times and better yet, for appointed purposes, established before the foundation of this world.” Kenza e-mailed the Alumni Office the following:
“On March 15th 20 I was on my way to celebrate a good friend of mines ordination and while on my way I ended up getting stuck on some train tracks here in Ga and got hit by a freight train with 38 locomotives. I was then propelled into a 9 month recovery journey that entailed learning how to take care of myself again.
My faith in King Jesus was the source of strength that helped me tremendously, as well as the love and support of my family and friends I received.”
The book may be purchased at Amazon; Books a Millions; Barnes and Noble and Author Press. The cost of book is $18.
The Viking Voice - October 2018
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces the appointment of Alexander Santini as chief commercial officer
With over 30 years of varied health care experience, Mr. Santini has demonstrated the ability to build, lead and motivate cross functional teams responsible for driving successful product launches and customer service improvements, while building strategic partnerships with key decision makers. Mr. Santini joined Lexicon in April 2015 and was previously responsible for developing the market access and channel management strategy for telotristat ethyl. Prior to joining Lexicon, Mr. Santini served as executive member and vice president of market access for the Bayer U.S. Pharmaceutical organization where he had executive responsibility for market access, pricing, trade and channel management, and payer account management for the entire Bayer U.S. drug portfolio. Prior to Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Santini held executive leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Berlex Laboratories. Prior to embarking on his career in the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Santini served as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he completed the Radiologic Technology Program at the U.S. Air Force School of Health Care Science and an AAS degree in Business Marketing from Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York. During his tour of duty Alex was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Secretary of Defense for exemplary outstanding performance of duties in support of the 1980 XIII Olympic Winter Games, Lake Placid, New York.
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Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the appointment of Kathleen McShane as the head of the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO). McShane will serve as the Assistant Administrator for OWBO. In this capacity, she will oversee the agency’s efforts to promote the growth of women-owned businesses. The SBA offers advocacy and programs that provide business training and counseling, access to credit and capital, and multiple business and networking opportunities.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Kathy to the SBA’s team of talented leaders who are committed to the development of small businesses across the nation,” McMahon said. “Her business acumen, accomplishments, and private sector experience are a great fit for the SBA’s programs and resources that help to create more opportunities for women-owned small businesses to succeed, create jobs and drive economic growth. Her background as a small business owner and business leader will be a tremendous asset for women entrepreneurs and the small business community.”
As office head, McShane will manage a nationwide network of Women’s Business Centers that provide training, counseling and mentoring to hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs in every state and two U.S. territories. Her office will also work with representatives in every SBA district office to oversee operations of the Women’s Business Centers and to coordinate services for women entrepreneurs
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Julia has been named by the Union of Reformed Judaism as one of 16 candidates nation wide for the 2018 JewV’Nation Fellowship’s Jews of Color cohort.From March – November 2018, the fellows will participate in cutting-edge seminars focusing on identity enrichment, professional and leadership development, Jewish learning, movement-building, mentorship, risk-taking, and project work. Julia teaches Hebrew and Torah to children at Temple Beth Am of Northern Westchester, in Yorktown Heights, NY, and social justice at the Center for Social Responsibility at the JCC of Manhattan. She interned at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and Ma’yan, and participated in JustCity Leadership Institute at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Julia is an outspoken and proud teen mother, who is committed to creating a better world for her daughter, her students, and other young Jews of Color.
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I am proud to let you know that after almost 20 years at the University of Pennsylvania where I was a Research Assistant Professor, I have now joined Johns Hopkins University Medical School as a Sr. Research Assistant and we have published a new article relevant to the study of obstructive sleep apnea.
I was a co-author on the new article (attached) where I have contributed from my background in MRI approaches to study obstructive sleep apnea, the focus of my work since obtaining a PhD in biomedical engineering from Rutgers Medical School in 1994. "The objective of this study was to determine whether upper airway patency can be improved using chemogenetic approach by deploying designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drug (DREADD) in the hypoglossal motorneurons."
The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Tricia C. Charlton, RN, ADN, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Tricia C. Charlton is a registered nurse currently on staff at Centers Health Care in the Bronx, New York.
Now in her third year of nursing, she is a specialist geriatrics nurse. Tricia C. Charlton obtained her Associate's Degree in Nursing from Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York in 2015, having previously been a Certified Nursing Assistant. Since graduating, Tricia has completed a number of advanced training courses while working as a nurse. Tricia is renowned for her dedication and enthusiasm, and was awarded the Mary A. Christesen award while at Westchester Community College. She is a specialist in medication administration, and says that her success is attributed to her good listening skills and her passion for nursing. When not working, Tricia enjoys biking and being surrounded by nature. Learn more about Tricia C. Charlton here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4136520/info/ and read her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
The Viking Voice -May 2017
SUNY Oneonta meteorology major Matt Beitscher attended the 97th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting in Seattle from Jan. 22-26, 2017. More than 4,400 scientists, educators, students and other professionals from across the weather, water and climate community came together to share, learn and collaborate. At the conference, Beitscher was recognized for being selected to receive one of 22 highly competitive scholarships awarded by the AMS in 2016 to outstanding undergraduate students across the country. Beitscher received the $2,500 Guillermo Salazar Rodriguez Undergraduate Scholarship. "I've been to a local and a regional conference in the past, but this was my first time attending a national meeting," Beitscher said, "The entire experience was surreal. I got to shake hands with the heads of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, something I had never envisioned for myself. I also got the opportunity to network with professionals and fellow students. All in all, it was an invaluable week of my college career that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world."
Beitscher is a senior meteorology major from White Plains, NY, who transferred to SUNY Oneonta from Westchester Community College. After graduation in December 2017, he hopes to pursue a career at a private company forecasting risk management, or forecasting for the Federal Aviation Administration or National Weather Service.
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Ms. Andrea Brown has been appointed to serve as a Trustee of the Yonkers Board of Education. She took the oath of office at the Board’s May 10, 2016 Annual Meeting. Ms. Brown is the Chair of the Board’s Diversity Action Committee. Ms. Brown, now retired, currently serves as the President of the NAACP Yonkers branch, serves on the Mayor’s African American Advisory Board, acts as 1st Vice President of the Empire State Federation of Women’s Clubs in addition to other community and not-for-profit organizations.
Ilene became Head Nursery School teacher at Genesis Agudas Achim, teaching two-year-olds who are now young adults actively engaged in our community. In recent years, she has worked as an au pair community counselor and as an office manager. Within Shaarei Tikvah, Ileen served as School Board Co-Chair from 2008 to 2014, devoting countless hours and extensive organizational skills to bring about the most efficient operation possible. She brought the PJ Library program to Shaarei Tikvah while organizing and leading family workshops around the stories. Currently, Ileen lives in Yonkers and has three daughters--Danielle, Nola, and Hali--who are graduates of Yonkers public schools, of our Religious School, and carry on the family tradition by volunteering in the school. Ileen also completed her Associates degree at Westchester Community College in 2011.
It is clear that Shaarei Tikvah has found a most deserving and accomplished honoree for recognition this year. Congratulations to Ileen on receiving the Gates of Hope Award and thank you for your years of contributions to the community.
Christopher Salguero, 23, a former New York State Park police officer was sworn in as a Rye police officer on Monday. Rye Police Commissioner Michael C. Corcoran, Jr. said Salguero took his oath during a ceremony at City Hall with his family in attendance. Salguero has an associate’s degree from Westchester Community College and a Bachelors Degree from the State University of New York at Albany. Salguero will be assigned to the Rye Police Department’s field training program for the next six weeks to familiarize him with the community and departmental procedures under the guidance of experienced officers. While announcing the appointment, Corcoran said, “This is a great day for the City of Rye and the Rye Police Department. This was a very fortunate hire. Normally, it can take almost a year to hire and train a police officer before they are patrol ready. Police Officer Salguero is already experienced, well- trained and a consummate professional." Corcoran added: "I am confident that his skill set will serve the department and community very well."
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Managing Director of Operations James Hricay has announced the appointment of Patricia (Pat) Maranan as the Finance Supervisor for the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS), effective May 17, 2016. A Town of Greenwich employee since 2001, Ms. Maranan currently serves as the Internal Auditor for the Town, working in the Comptroller’s Office. Mr. Hricay said, “Ms. Maranan’s fifteen years with the Town in positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of accounting, payroll, finance, auditing and risk management provide solid experience for the position of Finance Supervisor. Her knowledge of the Town’s systems and processes will ensure a smooth transition. We look forward to welcoming Ms. Maranan to the GPS team!” Patricia Maranan has been an Internal Auditor for the Town of Greenwich since 2012, auditing financial records and recommending improvements for greater financial control and operating efficiency. She began working for the Town in 2001 as a Payroll Processor. After four years, in 2005, she moved to the position of Financial Analyst, assisting in the development of the annual operating and capital budgets and preparing financial reports and analyses. Prior to working for the Town of Greenwich, Ms. Maranan worked as a Junior Accountant for Velocity Express inWhite Plains, NY. Ms. Maranan received an associate of science degree in accounting from Westchester Community College in 2003, and a bachelor of science degree from Manhattanville College in business administration and organizational management in 2005.
ERA Insite Realty principal broker Louis Budetti recently announced that Nicholas Chiappetta has joined his White Plains office. He is a licensed real estate salespersons who moved to the company from other local brokerages. Chiappetta, a North Salem resident and Westchester native, started his real estate career with Urban Realty in New York City and Home Sweet Home in Mamaroneck. Prior to that, he attended Westchester Community College for business management and worked in the world of retail. His strong interpersonal skills and intuitive nature led him to pursue a career in real estate, and he is currently specializing in rental assistance. When not working with tenants and landlords, Nick enjoys fishing or watching his beloved Mets. “Nick brings unique skills, backgrounds and perspectives to our real estate practice. As a company, we are continually seeking out professionals who will broaden the spectrum of clients we reach and the services we provide, while always offering an exceptional consumer experience. We are excited to have him on board,” Budetti said.
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WCC Professor and Curriculum Chair of Accounting, Carolyn Christesen, found out that four of her 2015 graduates have been selected to participate in the Ernst & Young Emerging Leaders Program. This very selective program is designed for those individuals who are strong candidates for future internship positions. Participants should plan to pursue 150 credit hours or a masters degree. Students are selected based on their academic achievements, leadership and extracurricular activities, communication skills, and interest in a career with a professional services firm. “We are very proud of these four young men, three of whom served as officers of the Accounting Club and two of whom participated in the Workplace Culture Coaching Program," said Christesen.
The Pulitzer Center and its Campus Consortium partners are proud to announce the 31 students selected to receive international reporting fellowships in 2016. The recipients will report on a range of complex issues from around the world—from global health and perceptions of identity to environmental degradation and innovation—and will be mentored by Pulitzer Center-supported journalists and staff throughout their projects. The reporting fellowships are awarded to students who attend colleges and universities that are part of the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium educational initiative.
In Western European cities such as Prague, Amsterdam, and Dresden, one of the challenges Syrian refugees face is xenophobic sentiment. A graduate of Westchester Community College, Brian Ponte traveled to Dresden, Germany, where an organization called Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) originates to report on the effects of its demonstrations on refugees and German citizens.
Harrison High School alumni Austin Pollack was voted All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association, 2nd team, following a record-setting year (and career) at Westchester Community College. Pollack, who played baseball for, and graduated from Harrison High School in 2013, finished WCC in May gaining an Associates Degree in Business. This past season, Pollack was the starting center fielder, and batted .460 (seventh in the U.S.) with an on-base percentage of .571 (second in the U.S.), for WCC -- which won its region for the third time in the past four years.
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Lon Safko has just published his seventh books, MASSACRE!: The Secret of the Lost Dutchman. This is the first book in a new and exciting Western series based on the true story behind the legendary goldmine. The secret of the Lost Dutchman goldmine has been legendary for as long as anyone can remember—this is the true story of that legend. Lon’s other literary endeavors have shown corporations how to train managers to think creatively, detailed the secrets of launching a successful on-line business, offered advice to new homeowners on reducing building costs, and related amazing stories about the serendipity of life. His latest book with John Wiley & Sons "The Social Media Bible," unlocks the mysteries of the hottest new Internet wave, Social Media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for business.
Lora Lyons has been named assistant vice president of Absence Management and Short Term Disability for the Standard Insurance Company. Lyons earned her associate degree in nursing from Westchester Community College, and is a certified quality auditor by the American Society for Quality. "Lora is a dynamic and strategic leader with an extensive background in employee benefits, including life, disability and leave services,” said David Payne, vice president of Life and Disability Services at The Standard. "We are confident that her exceptional combination of vision and passion will continue to advance us and make us even stronger.” Lyons has more than a decade of experience in employee benefits and disability claims. Most recently, she served as a principal at Hills Group Consulting, where she provided professional employee benefit services. Lyons has also held leadership positions at Symetra Financial, Zurich American Insurance and American General Life. Lora Lyons has been named assistant vice president of Absence Management and Short Term Disability for the Standard Insurance Company. Lyons’ responsibilities at The Standard include oversight of Absence Management and Short Term Disability claim operations. In addition to managing the intake and contact center operations, Lyons will oversee claim operations in Portland, Oregon, and in White Plains, New York.
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Neish Dawkins announced the publication of his first book of poems: "Poems That
Shed Light." The book is a series of experiences gathered from various
events. Written in English but is sprinkled with a little Patois, French,
Spanish and Hebrew. These Poems will serve as a source of encouragement and
inspiration to you in those necessary moments of challenge. After graduating WCC, Neish transferred to
New York University where he is currently completing his studies in Electrical
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Hill International, the global leader in managing construction risk, announced today that Dominick Fickeria has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Deputy Northeast Regional Manager with Hill's Project Management Group. Fickeria has more than 35 years of experience in construction management on building and infrastructure projects throughout the New York City metropolitan region. Before joining Hill, he was Director of the Construction Management Department for the New York City office of URS Corporation where he was responsible for over 80 local projects and a staff of nearly 400 construction professionals. Fickeria is also an adjunct faculty member at New York University Polytechnic, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in construction management. He earned his A.A.S. in civil technology from Westchester Community College and his B.C.E. and M.C.E. in civil engineering from Manhattan College.
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She functioned as the liaison with regulatory agencies FDA, OSHA, EPA, vendors and health officials and taught Statistical Process Control. She also holds a patent that entailed chemical, microbiological and fermentation specialization.
Barbara earned a Bachelor's of Science in biology with a second major in chemistry from Mercy College; Associate's in Applied Science Degrees in nursing from Dutchess Community College and medical laboratory technology from Westchester Community College; and Certified Clinical Research Coordinator certification from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.
"You don't have any limitations to what you can and cannot do when working in real estate, and there are many opportunities and different aspects to it," said Lindsey. "You can work around your life and vice versa."
Lindsey comes to Rand Realty with many years of customer service experience and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Westchester Community College, which she received in May 2011.
"I hope to bring sales, clients, and a stellar reputation to the company, and I will work the best that I can," said Lindsey. "My personal mission is to be much more than just your agent, but someone who you know who truly cares and will always put your needs first. I promise to have customer loyalty and a good relationship with those customers. I want to grow my office to be one of the best."2012
Samara Matityahu, a senior psychology major with a minor in studio art, represented the Fall 2014 graduating class of Binghamton University at. A native of New Rochelle, N.Y., Matityahu transferred to Binghamton from Westchester Community College. She has studied abroad in Israel and has been an active member of Hillel-Jewish Student Union and Chabad on campus, a student ambassador for Undergraduate Admissions and heavily involved with her residential communities Dickinson and Newing.
Speaking at Commencement feels like a dream, Matityahu said. "It means being recognized as a leader among my peers, representing an accomplished class of graduates and being one of them, and it means being recognized for who I am and how I want to represent myself as a college graduate from Binghamton University," she said. "It's a dream that I hope I can inspire others still in school to want to achieve."
Matityahus plans following graduation are not set in stone, but she hopes to be living in New York City, working toward an art therapy internship, and to be in graduate school for social work and art therapy.