CCM Alumni Awards 2014
The County College of Morris Foundation, along with the CCM Alumni Association, inaugurated its annual Alumni Awards in 2003. Since then, more than 65 outstanding graduates have been added to the Alumni Hall of Fame. Tonight, we celebrate five more awardees for their achievements.
The Alumni Award Recognition Program acknowledges those who meet specific criteria, including personal achievement, dedication to serving the public good, service to a segment of the college, and finally, for exceptional overall achievement in their professions, the Alumnus/a of the Year Award.
The Alumni Association Hall of Fame salutes this tenth class of distinguished inductees. Their achievements, service and dedication to their professional lives and to the community make all of us at the County College of Morris proud.
Alumni Achievement Award
Specific, outstanding achievements and/or accomplishments in their profession. Have received honors from associations or employers, or whose work has proven beneficial to a pronounced segment of society.
Alumni Service Award
Recognition of outstanding service to County College of Morris Alumni Association or some other segment of the College.
Alumni Humanitarian Award
Dedication to humanitarianism and serving the public good. Unique contribution to society or the community. Lengthy volunteer service to community.
Alumnus/a of the Year Award
Highest honor given by the Alumni Association that recognizes the exceptional achievements of graduates of the College. Nominees must have shown outstanding performance in their professions, should be recognized as leaders, and should have made outstanding contributions to the community, state, or nation.
Our 2013 Alumni Stars
The County College of Morris Foundation held the 2013 Scholarship Gala at the Hyatt-Morristown on April 26, 2013. During the evening’s program, four distinguished alumni were inducted into this year’s Alumni Association Hall of Fame for their outstanding professional achievements, humanitarianism or service. Their names will be permanently etched on the corian plates on the Alumni Award Wall prominently displayed in the CCM Student Center.
Ann F. Grossi ’71
has held a variety of titles during her career: councilwoman, Morris County freeholder, lawyer, and most recently, Morris County Clerk. She manages 38 employees within five departments. Ann oversees the following services: property records, elections, identification documents (such as passports), notary documents, as well as various certifications, registrations and other legal documents. The County Clerk is authorized to perform weddings and compiles a public manual of information on the county and its municipalities.
As a Freeholder for the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2011 – 2013, Ann chaired the budget committee in 2012 and was one of the driving forces behind the county’s innovative Flood Mitigation Program.
Ann served as a Councilmember for the Township of Parsippany from 2006 – 2010 and held the roles of President and Vice-President during her tenure.
She earned an A.A. in Liberal Arts from CCM, then her B.A. and M.A. from William Paterson College, followed by a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law.
Prior to being elected as County Clerk, Ann was in private practice (Law Firm of Ann F. Grossi) focusing on labor & employment law, private & public sector investigations of unlawful employment practices; discriminatory practices, arbitration, grievances, workman’s compensation, governmental affairs, consulting, internal EEOC/NJLAD investigations, municipal & library law, administration, real estate, and general practice.
Earlier in her career, Ann served as Associate Executive Director/In-House Counsel for the Newark Teachers Union and Regulatory Officer/Staff Attorney, Bureau of Securities for the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs. She served as Law Clerk for DeMaria, Ellis, Hunt, Salsberg & Friedman. With the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, Division on Civil Rights, Ann held a variety of positions from Senior Investigator to Chief of Enforcement.
In addition, Ann has participated as a board member or liaison for over twenty departments, committees and boards. In 2011, she was not only named Parsippany Woman of the Year, but also received the Outstanding Italian American award from the Morris County Prosecutor’s office.
Ann and her husband, Nick, reside in Parsippany and have one daughter.
ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDDavid Murray’s ‘78
rich baritone voice, dramatic presence, and versatility as a performer has brought him acclaim from critics and audiences throughout the world. David began his professional operatic career back in 1986 singing the role of Fiorello in Rossini’s Il Barbieri di Sivilia with Boston Lyric Opera. He later went on to sing the title role of Figaro (in the same opera) more than 25 times in the US, Canada and Europe. Other notable and often performed roles include Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Eisenstein in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.
Equally at home on the concert stage, David has performed with the Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart and John Williams conducting, The Handel & Haydn Society, The Tokyo Philharmonic, The Telemann Orchestra of Japan, The New Japan Philharmonic, The Boston Academy of Music (Opera Boston), Theatre Lyrique d’Europe, Chorus proMusica, Boston Lyric Opera, Back Bay Chorale, as well as leading roles with Lake George Opera, Central City Opera, Eugene Opera, and Connecticut Concert Opera. Recent engagements include Soloist in Bach’s B minor Mass with the Annapolis Chorale, and Michele in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, Gianni in Gianni Schicchi and Don Alfonzo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with the Baltimore Concert Opera. On March 16, 2014 David sang the role of Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra at MIT.
David has recorded for the Koch, New Albion, Titanic and CRI record labels.
In addition to being a professional opera/concert singer and voice teacher, for the past 17 years David has been the Publishing Manager and Editor for Subito Music Corporation. As a music editor and graphic designer, he won numerous Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence from the Music Publisher’s Association (MPA), and advises composers and publishers on editorial practice and style. Prior to his role with MPA, he worked as a freelance editor and music engraver for Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, and ECS Publishing.
David earned his A.A. in Humanities/Music from CCM in 1978. He credits CCM Professor Marielaine Mammon, who was his first voice teacher, as the reason he was originally bitten by the opera bug. He continued his education at the New England Conservatory of Music where he earned a B.M. in 1981 and an M.M. in opera performance in 1987. He hopes he also inspires some of his students to go on to careers in opera.
ALUMNI HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Michael O’Donnell ’77
, has served as an educator and health care administrator for more than 30 years. Currently, he is Divisional Dean for Health Sciences and Dean of Campus Affairs for Gateway Technical College in Southeastern Wisconsin, one of the sixteen-member Wisconsin Technical College System institutions. The college offers more than a dozen associate degrees and technical diplomas in various health care disciplines.
After earning his A.A. in Business Administration at CCM magna cum laude, Michael received a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Health, both from the University of South Carolina. He was awarded a two-year US Public Health Service traineeship to complete his studies.
After completing Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, RI, LTjg Michael joined the staff of the Navy Surgeon General at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, DC. He was assigned to the Naval Hospital in Cherry Point NC. In 1984, he transferred to the Naval Reserve and accepted an assistant professorship in the Health Care Management program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Three years later, he was appointed Director of the University of Florida Health Science Center-Jacksonville and Executive Director of Jacksonville Health Education Programs, Inc. Over the next five years, Michael supported the development of programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and health-related professions, and the growth of the Borland Health Sciences Library.
In 1990, Michael was deployed as a reserve naval officer to support Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Prior to his honorable discharge, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. Michael continued his reserve service until 2001 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Commander (O5).
Upon returning to civilian life, Michael accepted a project director position with the Heart & Lung Institute at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville and earned an additional Master’s Degree from the University of Florida. During this time, he met his future wife, a nursing home administrator. In the years to follow, Michael earned a graduate certificate in gerontological studies and served a term on the Florida Bar’s Commission on the Elderly.
Michael eventually accepted a position in Wisconsin, his wife’s home state. For the following twelve years, he served as the Director of Continuing and Professional Education at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Michael enrolled in nursing school in his mid-forties and became a registered nurse in 2007 with a specialty in emergency nursing. He is currently a member of the Wisconsin League for Nursing.
In 2008, Michael was appointed Dean of Health Occupations at Gateway Technical College. He was promoted to his current positions in 2009. Michael serves on many boards and advisory committees and is currently the president of the Elkhorn (WI) Chamber of Commerce.
Michael maintains an active lifestyle, He and his wife, Susan, have traveled to Europe, Canada, South America and Hawaii, and he has competed in over 100 5K and 10K runs and completed five marathons, including Boston.
CCM has meant a lot to Michael, who was introduced to CCM through an instructor, Dr. John Gorman. Just about all of Michael’s siblings graduated or earned credits from County. He remembers the wonderful instructional staff, most notably Maggie Shoenfelt, Frank Doto, Hank Ryan, and Susan McFadden.
Earning an Associate’s Degree from CCM set Michael on a path of lifelong learning and a career in academe. He is grateful for the start he got at CCM and is pleased to be back in the community college environment. In his current role as a community college dean, he can relate to prospective students and their parents the value proposition of a two-year degree. It gives him a great sense of pride to see students achieve their goals and work in the community as nurses, EMTs and radiographers. He is very grateful to be in a role that adds value to our economy and keeps our health professions replenished with capable and bright young people.
ALUMNI SERVICE AWARDJessica Leone ’02
earned an A.S. in Business Administration. While a student at CCM, Jessica was the recipient of an Alumni Scholarship, worked as a student aide in the Alumni Office, was a member of the Ambassador Club, and volunteered for the Alumni Phonathon. She credits CCM as a great first stepping stone in her path to pursue a good education. She gained a lot of experience at CCM, which has helped her greatly in her career and life. Jessica continued her education at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she earned a B.S. in Finance in 2004.
Jessica was hired by Wachovia Bank/First Union National Bank as a Teller in 2001, where she had a variety of responsibilities, including handling customer transactions, processing new accounts, participating in team meetings, and building weekly teller schedules. She also served as the Captain for various fundraisers. In 2005, she accepted the position of bookkeeper for Superior Press Parts, handling various accounts receivable and accounts payable functions. Since 2006, Jessica has been employed by Travelport in the position of Billing Analyst, where she manages a portfolio of 2500 U.S. and international accounts comprised of small travel agencies and large corporate accounts.
Soon after graduating from County College of Morris, Jessica became a member of the CCM Alumni Board, where she has met many wonderful people while helping out the college and the community. Throughout her tenure on the Board, Jessica has been a dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer assisting with such activities as the Alumni Association diploma frame sale at commencement, the CCM Foundation Gala and Auction, raffle sales, and CCM’s 40th Anniversary activities. She has also served on the Alumni Scholarship Committee, and can be depended on to participate in many Alumni Association events including bus trips, dinners, fund raisers, and Alumni Nights at Performing Arts productions.
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT ANNUALLY FOR ALUMNI AWARDS:
Alumni, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations of CCM graduates for these prestigious honors to be recognized by the County College of Morris Alumni Association, in conjunction with the CCM Foundation. Fill out the form below and mail to the CCM Alumni Office. Nominations may be received no later than December 31 each year. The awards will be presented at the Foundation Scholarship Gala/Alumni Awards.
Alumni Awards Nomination Form
Name of Nominee _______________________________________________________
(may be yourself)
City ______________________________________ State __________ Zip__________
Year Graduated ___________________________ Home Phone __________________
Business Phone ______________________ Email address _______________________
Please indicate which award nominated for:
Alumnus/a of the Year Award
Alumni Achievement Award
Alumni Service Award
Alumni Humanitarian Award
Nominated Because _____________________________________________________
(attach additional sheet with lengthy explanation and information on nominee)