Three alumni of Jamestown Community College will be named recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award during the college’s commencement exercises on May 21.

The ceremony, which will be held in the Physical Education Complex at JCC’s Jamestown Campus, will recognize Faith Donald, Ph.D.; Jessica Goodell, who will deliver the commencement keynote address; and Douglas Warn, M.S.W.; as well as December 2015 and May 2016 graduates.

Presented by the JCC Alumni Association, the award honors those who have typified the college’s tradition of excellence and brought credit to the college through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service. Of approximately 21,000 alumni, only 93 have been named Distinguished Alumni. 

“It is our pleasure and privilege to honor these alumni,” said Kristen Johnson Lombardi, the director of alumni relations at JCC. “They began their academic careers at JCC and have gone on to achieve great things. They are wonderful role models and shining examples of the heights our students can reach.”


Jessica Goodell, '07

Jessica Goodell, '07, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus AwardA veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Goodell is the author of “Shade It Black,” a memoir that chronicles her service as a member of the Marine Corps’ first officially declared Mortuary Affairs Unit at Camp Al-Taqaddum in Iraq. At the time of her service, Ms. Goodell was one of two women on the platoon and earned the rank of Lance Corporal.

In 2007, Goodell earned a degree in social science from JCC in just two semesters, graduating at the top of her class and earning the college’s top social sciences award. She went on to earn a degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2010 and is now in the final year of a doctorate program in counseling psychology at the University at Buffalo. She hopes to work with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders and other combat-related mental illnesses.


Faith Donald, '75, Ph.D.

Faith Donald, '75, Ph.D., will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.A healthcare provider and advocate, Dr. Donald’s groundbreaking research was and continues to be instrumental in integrating the nurse practitioner role into the Canadian healthcare system, where it remains relatively new. Her work has resulted in greatly expanded access to healthcare across Canada. She is currently working with the Pan American Health Organization to implement the nurse practitioner role in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Dr. Donald is an associate professor in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University in Toronto. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing from JCC in 1975 and went on to earn both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from D’Youville College in Buffalo. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 2007.






Douglas Warn, '79, M.S.W.

Douglas Warn, '79, M.S.W., will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.An author, speaker, and longtime clinician, Warn has spent his career serving those who are homeless, mentally ill, cognitively impaired, or suffering from addiction. Since 2002, he has worked with Project Renewal in New York City, a social service agency serving these groups, where he is now the Director of Clinical Training, Supervision, and Development there. He maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist and is an adjunct lecturer in the School of Social Work at Columbia University. His volunteer time is spent serving meals at the Church of the Holy Apostles, New York City’s largest soup kitchen. 

Warn earned a degree in psychology from JCC in 1979 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in the field from Allegany College in 1981. He earned a master’s degree in education from Syracuse University in 1986 and a second master’s degree in social work from New York University in 1995.


For additional information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award, including a full list of past recipients, click here.

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