Jamestown Community College has announced that eight alumni of its nursing program have been selected as recipients of the 2016 Alumni Nurse of Distinction Award.
The award honors those who have typified the JCC tradition of excellence and brought credit to the college through professional achievement and by exemplifying the qualities of an ideal nurse. Recipients are nominated by their co-workers and may have graduated from either the Jamestown or Cattaraugus County campuses.
“For 53 years, the nursing program at JCC has consistently produced some of the best nursing professionals in Western New York,” said Becky Tyler, MS, BSN, RN, the Director of Nursing at JCC. “Some of our graduates go on to earn higher degrees. Our graduates work close to home in a variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, doctor’s offices, clinics, and home care agencies. No matter their path, our nursing graduates bring credit to this institution with their professionalism and devotion to excellence in patient care throughout Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.”
This year’s recipients of the Alumni Nurse of Distinction Award were:
Receiving a surprise recognition as an Alumni Nurse of Distinction was Ms. Tyler, a member of the JCC nursing faculty since August 2011 and a 1980 alumna of the college’s Jamestown Campus. Ms. Tyler holds a master’s degree in nursing, a post-master’s certificate in nursing education, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from American Sentinel University.
Since its inception in 2002, the Alumni Nurse of Distinction Award has been presented to 149 outstanding nursing alumni. For a complete list of award recipients and more information, click here .
PHOTO: From left in the back row are JCC president Dr. Cory Duckworth; Becky Tyler, '80, an honoree and the JCC director of nursing; honoree Jody Shely, '97; honoree Charlotte Behen, '10; honoree Michelle Orcutt, '03; and JCC vice president of academic affairs Dr. Marilyn Zagora. From left in the front row are honoree Melanie Luther-Shay, '77, '80; honoree April Pettit, '10; honoree Deb McMillen, '95; and honoree Dawn Pickett, '07.
The JCC Alumni Association was pleased to honor Katherine Hallett, '17, with the Best of Show Award at the JCC Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition  during the opening reception at the Weeks Gallery  on Thursday, April 21. Katherine's work, pictured here, is exceptional and we were grateful for the opportunity to meet this bright young lady. We know she'll make an amazing alumna and we can't wait to see the heights she'll reach. Her beautiful work, and that of other exhibition finalists, will be on display at the gallery through May 12. Congratulations, Katherine!
At right is Leasen Robinson, '00, the chairman of the JCC Alumni Association board of directors, giving the association's Best of Show Award to Katherine.
Bryan Hodgson, '07, was recently named one of 30 assistant coaches named to the nationwide 2016 Under Armour 30 Under 30 Team, presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches  (NABC). The announcement was made during the annual NABC Convention in Houston, which was held in conjunction with the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four. The 30 Under 30 Team recognizes the brightest assistant coaches nationwide who are under the age of 30.
Hodgson has just completed his first year as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at the University at Buffalo, where he serves as the lead recruiter for head coach Nate Oats. The Bulls won the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, and Hodgson was responsible for the addition of standout junior college transfers Blake Hamilton, Willie Conner, and David Kadiri this past year.
He arrived at UB after spending the last two years at Midland College, where he helped lead the team to a six-win turnaround during the 2014-15 season. While there, he assisted in managing all aspects of the recruitment for Midland and conducted individual skill development workouts and in-season team practice sessions. In addition to Midland College, Hodgson has coached at JCC from 2010 to 2013 and at SUNY Fredonia. He formed the I-90 Elite, an AAU team featuring kids from Western New York and Erie, Pennsylvania.
A Jamestown native and a graduate of Jamestown High School, Hodgson earned a degree in social sciences from JCC.
After 39 years of dedication to serving youth throughout the region, Lea Anne Cali, '74, retired from New Directions Youth and Family Services  on April 1, 2016 as the organization's Health Services Director.
During her tenure as Health Services Director, Cali supervised nursing and medical services for staff and children at the organization's many campuses. She led a team that helps youth and families in crisis by providing preventive and community-based programs, residential campuses, educational services, group homes, traditional and therapeutic foster care, adoption and post-adoption services. She spent her first two decades working as the organization's nurse on staff for its residential program, then for the foster care program in group homes.
In a recent article announcing her retirement, Cali told The Post-Journal, "I started [at New Directions] part-time a couple of nights a week, in 1977, while I was still working at other places. In 1978, I went to full time, so I've worked at New Directions pretty much for most of my career. I knew pretty quickly that I had found what I wanted to be doing. I have absolutely loved it here."
Cali and her husband, Doug, have two grown children, Mark and Beth, and six grandchildren. To read more about Cali, read the article from The Post-Journal here .
Trevor Mullard, '15, never dreamed of being a nurse when he grew up. Yet that's exactly what he has become — and through it, he has found his calling.
A 2002 graduate of Jamestown High School, Mullard spent one semester at JCC before joining the United States Marine Corps. In addition to basic training and combat training, Mullard attended school and was trained as an aviation support equipment electrician during his five years of military service. Not long after he left the military, he enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nurse program at Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES  and took a position as an LPN at Heritage Village in Gerry. After a few years of working at Heritage, Mullard decided to continue his nursing education and was accepted into JCC's nursing program . He graduated in 2015 with his nursing degree and now works at WCA Hospital  in Jamestown.
In an interview with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation , through which he received a scholarship, Mullard said, "As a smaller community college, the faculty and staff at JCC really were able to work with us one on one and I got a lot of great feedback and experiences while I was there. It's a great program. Nursing is the most rewarding field (a student) can go into and they will never be out of a job. Nurses are in such high demand right now, it's hard to fill positions. There will always be people who are sick and they need to be cared for by somebody.
"I love what I do," he said. "You are right in the middle of someone else's life, helping them and every day you are making a difference."
The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 school year. To qualify, students must have graduated from a Chautauqua County high school. Scholarships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of subjects and vocations at two-year or four-year colleges or universities. For more information, or to apply, visit them online .
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.