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Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 4:33pm

The JCC Alumni Association on the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses will present the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award during commencement ceremonies in May. The award recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in service to their communities.

Cattaraugus County Campus
Dominic P. Rogers will be honored during the Cattaraugus County Campus commencement on May 20.

Rogers, the information technology director at Cutco Corporation, graduated from JCC in 1991 with an associate's degree in computer science. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Pittsburgh and is pursuing a master's degree at St. Bonaventure University.

Rogers, a 2010 Leadership Cattaraugus graduate, serves on the boards of directors of University Primary Care and the JCC Foundation. He has volunteered for the YMCA, Salvation Army, Challenger Learning Center, St. John's Roman Catholic Church, and the Olean Little League, girls' softball, and recreational basketball programs.

Jamestown Campus
Daniel A. Powers and Kevin A. Saff will receive the award during the Jamestown Campus commencement on May 21.

Powers, vice president of worldwide sales and business development for Amazon.com, graduated from JCC in 1984. He earned a bachelor's degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a master's degree in business administration at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Powers has focused his career on advanced technologies, business strategy, and information technology infrastructures. He is also a renowned presenter on cloud computing, security, service oriented architecture (SOA), open systems, Linux, and the open source movement.

Prior to joining Amazon's web services and cloud computing business last year, Powers led several strategic initiatives for IBM in security, cloud and grid computing, SOA, marketing, and mergers and acquisitions.

Powers is the founder of World Community Grid, which allows PC users to donate their spare CPU cycles to work on projects that benefit humanity. More than 500,000 volunteers have contributed enough computer power to make it the largest volunteer effort of its kind worldwide.

Saff, executive director of Jamestown Area Medical Associates, is a 1985 JCC alumnus. He earned a bachelor's degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a master's degree at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Prior to joining Jamestown Area Medical Associates in 2003, Saff served as president and chief executive officer of Hospice Chautauqua County, director of Loyalton of Lakewood, and in administrative capacities at The Resource Center, The Suites at Rouse, and Warner Home for the Aged. Saff also served as a captain in the U.S. Army.

Saff is a member of the Medical Group Management Association. He also served on the boards of directors of Hospice Chautauqua County, Falconer Public Library, and Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Western New York State as well as the Town of Ellicott Zoning Board of Appeals.

He has been recognized by Roberts Wesleyan College, Buffalo Business First, and the Chautauqua Leadership Network for leadership and achievements in the community and healthcare field.

 

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