Congratulations to Scott Johnson, who recently received his JCC diploma after 44 years! Scott, who's now a member of the class of 2015, was one credit hour short of earning his JCC degree when he transferred to Fredonia in 1972. A graduate of JHS, Scott enrolled at JCC in 1969 and competed on the men's basketball team. He's a longtime supporter of JCC Athletics and several area non-profit organizations. Congratulations again, Scott!
Photo: Pictured are, from left, Keith Martin, the Athletics Director at JCC; Scott Johnson, '15; Dr. Cory Duckworth, JCC's president; and Kristen Johnson Lombardi, the college's Director of Alumni Relations.
Alumna Jessica Dennis has been named the office manager at Owl Homes of Fredonia. She brings with her 15 years of office, organizational, and customer service experience. In her new role, she's responsible for the organization and coordination of all office operations and procedures, administrative activities, maintenance of office systems and scheduling of staff. Owl Homes of Fredonia is one of the area’s largest sources of manufactured and modular homes and has performed installations across all eight counties of Western New York. Congratulations, Jessica!
The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association for the Cattaraugus County Campus has announced the appointment of new officers to its board of directors for the 2016-17 year.
The officers assumed their new roles March 1 and will serve a one-year term.
Tammy Skroback, ’84, was named chairman. Skroback is a 31-year employee of Jamestown Community College, where she now works as the student services assistant in the Career & Counseling Center at the college’s Cattaraugus County Campus. Skroback earned a degree in liberal arts from JCC and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications from SUNY Empire State College in 1999.
Skroback is a member of Just for Kicks line dancing team, which has performed at benefits, fairs, and Christmas parades throughout the area. She has also volunteered at Creekside Dog Grooming and Cat Nap and is a past volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 631 in Portville.
Lori Jordan, ’03, ’10, is the board’s vice-chairman. Jordan is has worked at JCC since 2003 and now works at the college’s Cattaraugus County Campus as an assistant in its Business Office. She earned degrees in business administration and individual studies from JCC in 2003 and 2010, respectively. In 2014, she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and human resources management from SUNY Empire State College.
She is a member of the JCC Scholarship Classic Golf Tournament board of directors and is a past board member for the Portville Youth Football League and the Olean Area Youth Hockey. She is a past volunteer for the Portville Youth Baseball League, the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hunt Stout No. 1670 American Legion Post.
Kerry Grisewood, RN, ’90, ‘07, is the board’s secretary. Grisewood has worked as a registered nurse at Olean General Hospital since 2007 and has owned and managed Riverhurst Park RV Campground in Olean since 2006. She earned her nursing degree from JCC.
Grisewood has served as a social member of the Westons Mills Fire Department since 2010 and as a volunteer for the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. She has long been active in the Boy Scouts of America and has served as a cub master, den leader, and accountant for the troop in Portville. She is a Eucharistic minister for the St. Mary of Angels Roman Catholic Church in Olean. Before Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church closed, she was a lector and Sunday school teacher there.
“This is an exciting time for the JCC Alumni Association,” said Kristen Johnson Lombardi, the director of alumni relations at JCC. “The unique talents and perspectives of these civic-minded individuals will lead the organization through what promises to be another great year.”
The officers are supported by directors Dan Barr, ’02; Chriss Bouch, ’91; Christie Brook, ’06; Anne Carlson, ’96; Ashley Carlson, ’10; Tracie Clayson, ’94; Lisa Folts, ’09; Kathleen Loncosky, ’05; Marjorie McIntosh, ’98; Celine Penman, ’94; Larry Penman, ’04; and Larry Selph, ’98.
For more information about the JCC Alumni Association and its board of directors, click here.
Denise Jones, '85, the CEO of The Resource Center, was recently named one of Western New York's most influential people by Buffalo Business First, which recently released its "2016 Power 250" listing of the 250 most powerful people in the region. Jones was listed at No. 98.
In an article that appeared on The Resource Center's website, Jones said being included on the list was an honor.
“It’s an honor to be selected as one of the most influential people in Western New York,” she said. “Far above the personal accolades, being included on Business First’s Power 250 list represents validation of The Resource Center’s importance in the region. As Chautauqua County’s second-largest employer, we have more than 1,600 people on our payroll. We’re a major manufacturing force that anticipates performing $36 million in subcontracting work for local industry and the federal government during 2016. And The Resource Center is a critical safety-net health care provider, serving more than 10,000 people.”
Jones began working for The Resource Center in 1990 as the agency's first internal auditor. In 1997 she was named finance director. By 2004, she had become the organization's Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Executive Director for Administrative Services. Later, in 2008 was named its Associate Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, and was named CEO in 2015. A certified public accountant, she has been directly involved in the growth of The Resource Center from an operating budget of $17 million to more than $100 million today, along with the expansive development of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A Jamestown native, Jones is an alumna of Jamestown High School. She earned a degree in business administration at JCC and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting from SUNY Binghamton and a master's degree in strategic leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College. While there, she received the program's Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for earning the highest grade-point average among her peers.
She has long been involved in the community as a board member for the Girl Scouts of America and the treasurer and a board member at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. A member of Bemus Point United Methodist Church, Jones lives in Jamestown with her husband, Steve, and their children Christopher and Dana.
Tyler Silagyi, '14, has returned to JCC as the residence director for the college's Hillside Suites North. Silagyi, who came to JCC as a USA Scholar, earned a degree in business administration from JCC. While a student here, Silyagi distinguished himself by earning admission to the college's Alpha Kappa Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs, in 2013. In 2014, he was the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence and served as a resident assistant during his two-year tenure at JCC. He went on to Fredonia where he earned a degree in business administration and management.
Like father, like son! Matt Cummings, '10, was recently featured in The Post-Journal as he follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Now the head coach for the JCC Jayhawks baseball team, Cummings is building on the legacy left by his father, Mike Cummings, the longtime Mayville baseball and football coach, and his grandfather, Bob Brown, the legendary Pine Valley coach. He's also the nephew of Randolph football coach Brent Brown. The senior Mr. Cummings is at his son's side as the assistant coach for the baseball team.
"Growing up in a coaching family, it's literally what I've known my entire life," Cummings told The Post-Journal. "I've been around that for as long as I can remember. It's always been coaching and being around athletics in some way."
Cummings earned a degree in individual studies from JCC. During his time at JCC, he joined the Jayhawks in the spring of 2007. In his second season as a Jayhawk, the team set the school record for wins in a season. He went on to Fredonia, where he earned a degree in sports management.
To read the article, click here.
Zach Harrington, '14, was recently profiled by Fredonia as a Transfer Tuesday success story. Harrington earned a degree in criminal justice and social science from JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus and went on to Fredonia to pursue a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
Harrington, who played men's basketball while at JCC, has carried his involvement over into his life as a student at Fredonia. His "transfer tip" to others considering transferring to a four-year institution is to "get involved in as many activities, clubs, and intramurals as possible" — and he's following his own advice. He's involved in the Alternative Break program, volunteers for St. Jude's, and plays sand volleyball, flag football, basketball, broomball, and soccer at the intramural level. An employee of the Fredonia fitness center, he's also performing an internship with the Village of Fredonia Police Department.
At left is Harrington, middle, with two friends at Fredonia.
Mark Kovel, '71, has released his first book, Freefare: Welcome to the Age of Entitlement.
Released on Jan. 12, 2016, the book examines the presidencies of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Barack H . Obama and the progressive reforms initiated by each. But the book is a call to action, too, and Kovel writes that "even with all that's been accomplished, there's still a final step we must take to ensure that we achieve enlightenment: We must institute freefare, which would eliminate hunger, suffering, and racial disparities." The idea of freefare, he writes, is the "next logical step toward a totally class neutral society."
Kovel earned a degree in history and political science while at JCC. A part-time job int he mailroom at Jamestown Mutual Insurance piqued his interest in business and he took some business courses, too. When Jamestown Mutual Insurance was acquired by another company, his part-time job led to a 41-year career in the insurance industry. He completed coursework at the University at Buffalo and holds certificates in general insurance and risk management. He is also designated as a chartered property and casualty underwriter and is licensed in New York as a life insurance and as a property and casualty insurance broker.
As planning for the 88th annual Academy Awards got underway, Dustan Whitcomb, '15, was doing some planning of his own — as one of four executive producers of the ninth annual TFA Night at the Oscars at SUNY Buffalo State.
Whitcomb is part of the TV and film criticism class at SUNY Buffalo State that is given the task of producing the live event each February. Work began as soon as classes resumed in January 2016. Along with showing the famed Academy Awards ceremony on a huge screen, the event includes live music and refreshments. During the event, guests can vote for short student-produced films nominated for the TFA Pioneer Awards in the categories of best actor, best actress, best screenplay, best director, and best picture. The TFA Pioneer Awards are announced during Academy Awards commercial breaks.
In an interview with The Salamanca Press, Whitcomb said his interest in media began in eighth grade while watching the high school’s media class produce the live morning announcements. Click here to read the full interview.
A 2013 graduate of Salamanca Jr./Sr. High School, Whitcomb earned a degree in communications from JCC in 2015. He is now a junior at SUNY Buffalo State, pursuing a degree in media arts. While at JCC, he worked at The Weeks Gallery, helping prepare the gallery for new featured artists and their collections. As a JCC student, he also spent time at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts and its WRFA-LP radio station.
Whitcomb plans to keep working in the Western New York area after graduation and told The Salamanca Press that he wants to bring the Hollywood culture to Western New York.
“It’s not hard to find people who love movies here,” Whitcomb said. “I like the idea of trying to keep all the stuff I work on in this area. I want to make things that are unique to Western New York — not necessarily about Western New York, but unique to it. It’s all treasured by a lot of people. I think it deserves a seat at that (Hollywood) table. I am so gracious to this area. Not only for my childhood, but for the foundation this area gave me. I’d never think of this area as something I’m stepping away from. I’m truly grateful for this area, the Salamanca school system, JCC, everything like that.”
In October 2015, Lori Brockelbank, '94, rode in the STIHL Tour des Trees -- a roughly 575-mile ride that went from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- for the third year in a row. The Tour benefits the The TREE Fund, which works to sustain the world’s urban forests by providing funding for scientific research, education programs, and scholarships related to arboriculture and urban forestry. Lori was one of six riders from New York in the ride, which included 85 total riders. Along the way, 12 trees were planted, three of which were memorial trees.
"I want to thank each and every one of my supporters for my third year riding for the Stihl Tour des Trees," Lori said in a blog about her experience. "The 2015 Tour was amazing and filled with many new experiences."
Lori plans on riding in the 2016 Tour, which will be a 7-day, 560-mile tour of the Piedmont region of North Carolina and will dip down to Camden, SC.
To read more about Lori, check out this profile written by alumnus Dave Emke, '01.