2012 Distinguished Alumni Recipients
Alexa Barnoski Serfis earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from FM in 1986. She continued to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from SUNY Oneonta, and both a Masters and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Alexa has been a Chemistry Professor at Saint Louis University (SLU) for 18 years. She has an established research program in biophysical chemistry, and many of her students (both graduate and undergraduate) have been co-authors on peer-reviewed publications. Her leadership roles are many, serving as the Director of Pre-Professional Health Studies, Director of Advising for the Medical Campus, and as Associate Dean in the Graduate School. She is a consistent role model and mentor to young women as she takes minority high school girls under her wing to work in her research lab. She has also developed a chemistry program for Girl Scouts in the St. Louis area which involves forensic science activities for their “Interest Project.”
Steven Serge graduated from FM in 1993 with an A.A.S. degree in Business Administration/ Management. Prior to this, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from SUNY Cortland. He graduated from the Advanced Management Institute through the YMCA of the U.S.A. and also earned Senior Director Certification. Since 1995, Steve has served as the Chief Executive Officer for The Fulton County YMCA where he provides visionary leadership and outstanding management for the multifaceted agency, with an annual budget of $2.8 million and an endowment of $1.5 million. He was the recipient of the National YMCA’s Association of YMCA Professionals (AYP) educational scholarship which financed his A.A.S. degree from FM; he is the two time recipient of AYP’s National Award of Administrative Excellence; and, he earned Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellowship Award by the Glove Cities Rotary Club, the highest honor awarded. Steve serves as both a member and officer of the Johnstown Hospital Foundation Board and the Wells Nursing Home. He is past club president and current board member for Glove Cities Rotary Club, and belongs to both Pine Brook Golf Club and Royal Mountain Ski Center.
Albert Turo graduated from FM in 1972 with a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies (Math) Degree and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Math Education from SUNY Potsdam. His past careers included Math Teacher and Assistant Principal at St. Anne Institute in Albany; a sales rep at Sofco; Executive Director of Catholic Charities in Amsterdam; and currently, Vice President of Planning and Development at St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam where he is an enthusiastic partner and leader for initiatives that will improve the lives and the health of those who are less fortunate in our community. His community service is vast as he serves on boards for St. Mary’s Healthcare Foundation and Advisory Board, Albany Diocese Commission on Aging, Albany Diocese Peace and Justice Commission, Community Health Center of St. Mary’s Healthcare and Nathan Littauer Hospital, Advisory Board for Amsterdam Homeless Shelter, United Way of Greater Amsterdam, past president and current member of Amsterdam Rotary, and co-chair of Amsterdam Rotary’s Variety Show for 10 years, to name a few.
Keynote Speaker for the event was Jack Scott, President/General Manager of AM 1340 WENT Radio. Jack, a past Chair of the College’s Foundation Board, has served as a College Foundation board member since 2005. His keynote focused on the impact FM has made on our surrounding areas.
2011 Distinguished Alumni Recipients
On Wednesday, November 16, the Foundation of FM hosted its Fifth Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner honoring graduates Pierre Alric ’66, Angelo Graziane ‘75, and James Landrio ‘80.
Pierre Alric attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College from 1965-1966 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University at Albany. He is an executive business professional with over 40 years experience in diverse markets. He is the proprietor of Pickett Memorial Company in Gloversville and has developed a consulting alliance to promote enterprises in both public and private sectors. His past professional positions include Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NYS Higher Education Services Corporation; Director, Office of the Chairman, for National Education Loan Network; and Senior Legislative Staff in the NYS Assembly and Senate, to name a few. Pierre is current President of Association of Council Members and College Trustees of SUNY, serves on the Board of Trustees Executive Committee for LaSalle School in Albany, and is a member of Local Advisory Council for FMCC/HFM Board of Cooperative Educational Services.
Angelo Graziane graduated from Schenectady’s Linton High School 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 41-year 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 for the corporation. Angelo has participated in many community affiliations and currently serves on two boards of directors; he is president of the Foundation Board of St. Mary’s Hospital and belongs to the Pine Brook Golf Club Board. An avid golfer, Angelo is a long-term member of the Rolling Hills Country Club. He and his wife, Jackie, reside in Fonda.
James R. 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 includes Fulton County Economic Development Corporation, Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Nathan Littauer Hospital Foundation. For the past ten years, Jim has served on FM’s Board of Trustees as both Vice Chairman (2006-2008) and Chairman (2008-2010). He has received past recognitions including both the Tourism Partner Award and the Presidents’ Award from Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce as well as the New York Community College Trustees Leadership Award. Jim and his wife, Kelly, reside in Gloversville.
The evening also included special recognition of FM’s Scholarship Program donors, student recipients, and outgoing Foundation Board Member Andrew Heck.
Keynote Speaker for the event was Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline for Community Colleges for the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest public higher education system in the United States.
2010 Distinguished Alumni Recipients
The Foundation of FM hosted its Fourth Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner Friday, November 19 at Johnstown Holiday Inn.
Alumni and the community-at-large were asked to nominate graduates in the following categories: Excellence in The Professions, Excellence in Not-For-Profit Management, Excellence in Business, Emerging Professional, Excellence in Academics, and Lifetime Achievement.
The Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s awards. They are: Michael Decker ‘81, Joseph Iannotti ‘86, John A. Monteiro ‘77, and Rebecca Preston ‘98.
Michael Decker, FM Class of ‘81, was presented with the Excellence in Not-For-Profit Management. Decker was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer – Elect of Liberty headquartered in Amsterdam. Liberty, a private, not-for-profit organization is supported by 950 employees and provides residential, day, clinical, vocational, transportation, and family support services to individuals with disabilities and others in need in Montgomery County and the State of Delaware. With Decker’s assistance, the agency has been named one of only 200 in the world to be accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership. He is Board Treasurer/Secretary for ANCOR, the nation’s developmental disability provider association and a Board Member of New York State Industries for the Disabled, a statewide board supporting the employment of individuals with disabilities. Decker has served on the board of numerous local organizations including the Montgomery County Industrial Development Agency, Greater Amsterdam Board of Education, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and the YMCA.
Joseph Iannotti, FM Class of ‘86, was presented with the Excellence in the Professions Award. Iannotti, a Senior Engineer at G.E. Global Research Center, created his first patent while employed at Electro Metrics; the patent was for a chain mail grounding of test platform for EMI testing. Since then, Iannotti has devised a methodology for technical problem solving leading highly technical programs through to production supporting medical imaging, energy, and military systems. He is Six Sigma certified (an integrated, disciplined proven approach for improving business performance) with Level II certification in TRIZ (method of inventive problem solving). Iannotti is very active with Boy Scout Pack 67 in Glenville, NY where he has been treasurer and den leader for the past three years. He also provides expertise to FM’s curriculum development in support of the Electrical Technology Program and Demonstration Clean Room activities.
John A. Monteiro, FM Class of ‘77, was presented with the Excellence in the Professions Award. Monteiro serves as Deputy Commissioner for New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) where he is responsible for overseeing OPWDD’s workforce composed of over 23,000 employees located throughout New York State. He currently is redesigning New York State’s vision for the employment of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. Monteiro was involved with the relocation and redesign of the New York State Child Abuse and Maltreatment Register, a 24/7 call center where child abuse is reported by New Yorkers. He was recognized by former Governor Pataki for his work during the 911 tragedy in New York City and was appointed by Commissioner Ritter as Deputy Commissioner of the second largest New York State Governmental Agency (OPWDD). Currently, Monteiro is Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach at Voorheesville High School and Coach of the New Scotland Youth Soccer Club. He is a Board Member and Past President of Colonie Youth Center and Past Chair of New York State Personnel Council. He served on the Board of South Colonie Central School District for 15 years as both president and vice-president. Monteiro was also a member of FM’s nationally ranked soccer team of the 70’s led by Dr. Andrew DiNitto, former FM coach and retired professor.
Rebecca Preston, FM’s Class of ‘98, was presented with the Emerging Professional Award. Preston is Production Coordinator II for ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. Preston’s love of sports brought her to ESPN where she worked long, grueling hours on a per diem basis until she was hired for her current permanent position. In 2008, Preston received a CableFax Award for X Games 13, Best Surprise Ending, SKB Big Air and in 2005 won an Emmy for Winter X Games 9, Outstanding Live Sports Special. Preston currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Johnstown High School Museum and manages the museum’s Facebook page which she created. She has also volunteered with Mountain Valley Hospice and helped to organize fundraisers and special events such as Kids Cope Camp. ESPN and Disney teamed up to sponsor a “Volunt-ears” program which allows employees to give back to the community with such activities as knitting scarves for the Special Olympic participants, helping families in Bristol who are in need over the winter holidays, and partaking in the sneaker recycling programs; all of which Preston participates.
The evening also included special recognition of FM’s Scholarship Program donors, student recipients, and outgoing board members of the College’s Foundation Board.
Keynote Speaker for the event was retired WRGB-TV news anchor Jack Aernecke. In his reporting career, Aernecke witnessed the start of the nation’s first college-based business incubator at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and reported on several entrepreneurs who converted their research into businesses resulting in significant companies. These companies settled in Tech Valley and are now employing hundreds of area people in well paying jobs. Aernecke was one of the first area reporters to see the potential for high-tech as a new economic force for the region and consistently covered the development and growth of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany along with the investment of hundreds of millions of dollars by high tech companies. Since retirement, Aernecke has maintained his interest in the local high-tech community.