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CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Thursday, September 30, 2004

Richard M. Amadon of Wynantskill and Montina Leonard of Troy are the newest members of the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees.

Amadon, an assistant on special projects/economic development in State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno's office, joins the 10-member board as one of the four trustees appointed by Gov. George E. Pataki. Leonard joins the board as its student trustee, having been elected by the college's student body in the spring.

In addition to the four board members appointed by the governor and the student trustee, the board has five members appointed by the Rensselaer County Legislature. The student trustee serves a one-year term that coincides with the academic year; all other board members serve seven-year terms.

Richard M. Amadon
Prior to his position with the Senate, Amadon had a 35-year career with Verizon and its predecessors, NYNEX and New York Telephone. Most recently, he served as director of community affairs/economic development for Verizon Capital Region, and as Regional Director of Community Affairs for Verizon New York.

Amadon is active in several community organizations: he serves as chairman of the Rensselaer County Gateway Development Corporation Board of Directors; vice chairman of the Capital District YMCA Board of Directors; and a member of the Capital Communications Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee. He also is a member of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

He has received several awards for his civic involvement, including the Junior Achievement Spirit of Achievement Award, Visiting Nurses Foundation Charity Care Award, the Albany YMCA President's Award, and was a Proctor's Theatre honoree.

Amadon also served as the Poestenkill town supervisor for 12 years, and as a Rensselaer County legislator for eight years.

Montina Leonard
Leonard is a Business Administration student who is scheduled to graduate in May 2005. After graduation, she plans on continuing her education at a four-year college or university in the Atlanta area.

She was an integral founding member of the Hudson Valley student club SMART (Single Mothers Are Really Trying), which has evolved to become PART (Parents Are Really Trying) this year. Leonard has three children and one grandchild.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.