Friday, May 6, 2016 - 2:12pm

Jessica Goodell, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and author of Shade It Black, will deliver the 2016 commencement address at Jamestown Community College's Cattaraugus County Campus on May 20 and at the Jamestown Campus on May 21.

The Cattaraugus County Campus ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Olean YMCA/JCC Physical Education Center on Wayne St. in Olean. The commencement program in Jamestown begins at 10 a.m. in the Physical Education Complex.

Ms. Goodell earned a degree in social sciences 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 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.

Her book, Shade It Black, is a memoir chronicling 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.

Ms. Goodell will be joined by Douglas Warn ’79 and Faith Baldwin Strong Donald ’75 in receiving the JCC Distinguished Alumnus Award during the Jamestown Campus ceremony. Chris Holland ’91 will receive the honor during the Cattaraugus County Campus commencement.

Since 1980, the JCC Alumni Association has presented accomplished alumni with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the association’s highest honor. 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.

An author, speaker, and longtime clinician, Warn is the director of clinical training, supervision, and development at Project Renewal in New York City, a social service agency that serves homeless, addicted, mentally ill adults.

Community service has long been a focus of Warn’s personal and professional life. His volunteer time is spent serving meals at the Church of Holy Apostles, which is home to the city’s largest soup kitchen.

Warn earned a degree in psychology at JCC, a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Allegany College, a master’s degree at Syracuse University, and a master’s degree at New York University.

Dr. Donald has spent her career as a healthcare provider and advocate. She was instrumental in establishing a community health center in Mississaugua, Ontario, Canada and guided the creation of, a website designed to provide evidence-based health information to the public. Her research helped introduce and integrate the role of “nurse practitioner” to Canadian health care agencies.

A graduate of JCC’s nursing program, Dr. Donald earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at D’Youville College, a primary health care nurse practitioner certificate at Ryerson University, and a Ph.D. in nursing at McMaster University.

Dr. Holland has spent his professional life working with youth. A “big brother” for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters programs, he has mentored youth in various capacities in six states, most recently as a tutor and counselor for Upward Bound programs.

Now the vice president of student services at Florida State College, Dr. Holland earned a degree in liberal arts and sciences at JCC. He also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the State University of New York at Fredonia; a master’s degree at SUNY Albany; and a doctorate at the University of Alabama.

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