November 1, 2013 — On Friday, November 15, the Foundation of FM will host its Seventh Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner honoring graduates Tom DiMezza ‘75, Hon. Traci DiMezza ‘89, and Trudy J. Venette ‘87.
Tom DiMezza is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County. Born and raised in Amsterdam, Tom graduated from Wilbur H. Lynch High School and earned an Associate’s degree in Accounting from FM in 1975 and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Russell Sage Colleges.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the Third Infantry Division, 2nd /39th Field Artillery Unit in Schweinfurt Germany. Upon returning, DiMezza joined the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Corrections Department, moved on to road patrol; and, in 1980, joined the Amsterdam Police Department where he retired as a Detective Lieutenant in 2009.
DiMezza continued serving his community in many capacities; he was the Finance Officer for the Town of Amsterdam for ten years; and, in 2000 was elected the Town Supervisor. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors and as Personnel Chairman. He served as bookkeeper of the Town of Glen and for the past 19 years, as the Clerk-Treasurer for the Village of Fultonville.
His memberships include the NYS Government Finance Officers Association, NYS Society of Municipal Finance Officers, NYS Municipal Clerk’s Association; Rotterdam Son’s of Italy, a 25-year member of the Elk’s Lodge 101 of Amsterdam, and Amsterdam Knights of Columbus Lodge 209. He has served on the Board of Education in both Amsterdam and the Fonda-Fultonville School Districts and currently serves on FM’s Land Acquisition Committee.
DiMezza is a Master Police Instructor and occasionally teaches at the Zone 5 Police Academy in Schenectady. Currently, he operates his own private investigation company, AAMS Investigations, which he named after his four children of whom Tom is so very proud: Amy DiMezza, Anthony DiMezza, Michael DiMezza, and Sarah Dennie. He is also the proud grandfather to three beautiful grandchildren: Gia, Enzo and Viviana. In July 2014, he and his wife, Kathleen, will celebrate their 34 year wedding anniversary.
After graduating from FM in 1989, Hon. Traci DiMezza attended Siena College, where she earned her B.A. She went on to Quinnipiac University Law School earning a Juris Doctorate. After being admitted to the bar in January 1996, she began work as a criminal appellate attorney with the Schenectady County Public Defender’s Office. In the fall of ’96, DiMezza opened her own practice which concentrated in real property law, appellate law, and civil litigation. She was later trained and qualified to serve as a Fulton County Law Guardian, representing children and youth in a variety of family court proceedings.
In the fall of 2012, after 17 years of practice in her field, DiMezza became the very first woman to be elected as Gloversville City Court Judge. Her term runs from January 2013 through January 2023.
DiMezza is a member of Soroptomist International of Fulton County and serves as Chairperson to the Youth and Scholarship Committee. She is a member of the Gloversville Woman’s Alumni Club, dedicated to offering scholarship funds to young women in our area. Prompted by her passion for protecting the youth of our community, DiMezza created, and continues to sponsor the Gloversville Middle School’s “S.U.B CLUB” (Stand Up to Bullying), a monthly recognition program dedicated to raising awareness about the effects of bullying, and awarding students for their positive attitudes. She serves on the Executive Board for the Miss Fulton County Scholarship Organization which has proudly awarded over a quarter million dollars in scholarship money to young women in Fulton County. She is a member of the Woman’s Rosary Society of the Church of the Holy Spirit and she volunteers regularly at Friday’s Table, a food pantry and soup kitchen; a member of the American Association of University Women; and a member of Friends of the Gloversville Library.
Married for 15 years to her husband, Joe, they have two daughters, Honor and Ella.
Trudy J. Venette graduated FM in 1987, with Honors, with an A.A. in Liberal Arts. She continued her studies at Russell Sage earning a B.S. in Healthcare Administration, again with Honors, and was awarded the Richard Mattox Award for Outstanding Public Administration Student, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration with High Honors, graduating Cum Laude. Venette began as a nursing assistant, working her way up to Administrator and CEO in Long Term Care Corporations. She has Nursing Home Administrator Licenses in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Florida, Hawaii, and Texas.
Her career has dealt heavily with turn-around/transition management of Long Term Care facilities. She has taken the responsibility to change, and further develop, a number of facilities for both short and long term assignments. While in these under-performing facilities she has met with incredible challenges involving anything from foreclosure, Union strikes, and clinical declines, to general mismanagement issues; all of the facilities have met with tremendous success, both financially and clinically, and have received recognition on Local, State, Federal and corporate levels.
Venette has been interviewed and quoted in numerous publications, including The San Antonio Business Journal, and was on the cover of NSIDE MD. A resident of Helotes, Texas, her hobbies include photography, travel, and flipping houses.
The evening will also include special recognition of FM’s Scholarship Program donors and student recipients. Keynote Speaker for the event will be Dr. Govind Rao, Pediatrician and Philanthropist.
The cost to attend this event is $50.00 per person. To make a reservation, or for further details, contact FM’s Foundation Office at 736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8020.