Four individuals were honored at the event:
James Barba/Albany Medical Center:
Paula A. Stopera '77 joined Capital Communications Federal Credit Union in 1980 and was promoted through the organization to her current position of president and CEO. Paula also holds the position of Treasurer on the Capital Communications FCU Board of Directors. Capital Communications is the second largest credit union in the Capital Region and has been recognized as the number one credit union nationwide for member satisfaction (Radon Financial Group 2003, 2005 and 2008). Capital Communications has been the recipient of The Business Review's Great Places to Work award for several years and was acknowledged for being one of the Fastest Growing Companies in the Capital Region. Nationally, Paula received the Operations Professional of the Year award from the Credit Union Executive Society. On the New York State level, she was recently named 2008 Professional of the Year by The Credit Union Association of New York.
Michael J. Whalen '73 is a graduate of Hudson Valley's Radiology Technology program. Since his graduation Michael has held numerous positions across the region with hospitals, clinics, and health centers, and currently serves as director of administration for Prime Care Physicians. Michael credits his success to the fine education and career direction he received at Hudson Valley. He contributes back to the program in a number of ways, including serving on the department's Advisory Board, participating in the program's regular survey assessments, sitting on departmental chair search committees, standing in as a guest lecturer, and serving as a resource as needed for the department.
Charles Touhey and the Touhey Family Foundation is one of the region's leaders of industry, government and philanthropy. The Touhey family has generously donated to the college for a number of years. The partnership began when Charles approached the college back in 2000 with a plan to integrate previously incarcerated individuals into college programs to provide them with a positive direction for their future. What emerged from those early planning meetings was Project ReConnect, which has served 270 students over its eight years. Last year, Charles again approached the college, this time with an idea to continue to provide instruction on diversity issues to professionals in the field of early childhood education. The Diversity in Education – Community Outreach program now seeks to engage 50-60 educators in a program of study over the next five years. The program includes instructional content in culturally sensitive teaching and diversity in education for preschool and elementary school teachers, teacher assistants and Head Start personnel.
William C. Wolff '72 is executive director of the La Salle School and is the first lay administrator in a long line of Christian Brothers who have guided the school's operations since it opened 154 years ago. In the last decade, Bill has worked alongside staff to expand the agency's services and complete more than $13 million in facility improvements. Bill has volunteered in his hometown of Chatham and served on the boards for numerous community organizations. These include the Albany Police Athletic League, the Crellin-Morris Association, the Chatham Central School District Board of Education, and the Chatham Education Foundation. Bill is president of the New York State Coalition of 853 Schools and serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies. Bill is also a member of the National Public Policy Committee of the Alliance for Children and Families. In 2007, he was named a Distinguished Lasallian Educator for the United States Region of the Christian Brothers.
Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate's degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. 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 more than 65,000 alumni.