Distinguished Alumni of FM

July 5, 2012 — Amy Radik

Pierre Alric ’66-67, Mary Jane Balzano Paris ’67, Michael J. Campos ’66, Michael Decker ’81, Donna Gatto Fraley ’67, Angelo Graziane ’75, Joseph Iannotti ’86, John E. Jablonski ’81, James R. Landrio ’80, John A. Monteiro ’77, Michael J. Pepe ‘78, Rebecca Preston ’98, Dr. Donald F. Staffo ’66, Faith Takes ’77, Stephen M. Tomlinson ’89, Lisa Queeney-Vadney ’78… what do these people have in common? They are business owners, educators, upper level management, award recipients; they are leaders. And they have all been named Distinguished Alumni of Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Since 2007, they are one of only 16 who have earned this prestigious title. How did they earn this title? Here are just a few of their stories:

Angelo Graziane graduated from Schenectady’s Linton High and went on to earn an A.A.S. Business Administration Degree from FM in 1975 and a B.S. in Business Management and Economics from SUNY Empire State College. He served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam Veteran. Angelo’s 40+ years work career was with the Golub Corporation (Price Chopper) where he started as a night crew employee, unloading boxes and stocking shelves, and retiring as a Regional Vice President. Angelo currently serves on two boards of directors. He and his wife of 43 years, Jackie, reside in Fonda. Angelo’s favorite quote is this: “There’s never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over.”

Jim Landrio earned an A.A.S. Business Administration Degree from FM in 1980 and an Innkeeper’s Degree from Holiday Inn University. His career at the Johnstown Holiday Inn began in 1973 where he now serves as General Manager; and, since 1989, has been named Executive Vice President of Crest Enterprises, Inc. His board of directors’ service to the community is numerous. For the past ten years, Jim has served on FM’s Board of Trustees as both Vice Chairman and Chairman. He has received past recognitions including Fulton County Chamber’s Presidents’ Award and New York Community College Trustees Leadership Award. Jim and his wife, Kelly, reside in Gloversville. Jim’s first job? Washing dishes at the Holiday Inn.

Faith Ann Takes, President, CEO, and owner of Mildred Elley School and the Empire Education Corporation, graduated from FM in 1977. She truly believes in her company’s mission – providing quality skill education for unemployed and underemployed people. In 1985, Faith took an unaccredited secretarial school, Mildred Elley, and moved it through ten years of curriculum development, faculty improvement, and student census building, ultimately having the New York State Board of Regents grant the authority to offer associates degrees. During that time, the school became co-educational and enrollment grew from 37 to over 500 students. Today, Empire Education Corporation has a total of over 1500 students in three schools in New York and Massachusetts.

With over 20,000 alums, we are positive there are hundreds of FM graduates with similar successful stories to share!

If you are a successful FM graduate or know of someone worthy of this distinct honor, why not take a moment to nominate them? The form, which can be found on our website at www.fmcc.edu (or a hard copy may be sent to you by contacting the FM Foundation at (518) 736-FMCC (3622) ext. 8020), and is very simple to complete. Help us find this year’s Distinguished Alumni of FM!

Amy Radik is Coordinator of Public Relations & Marketing at FM.

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