CCM Alumni Awards 2013
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.
With more than twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Anthony Leggio, Jr. ‘77
, Regional Sales Vice President and Corporate Director, is responsible for leading a team of sales, engineering and consulting professionals in addressing the global communications networking needs of AT&T’s largest multi-national customers in the Northeast.
Anthony began his career with AT&T in April, 2002 as a Sales Center Vice President for the financial segment in the New York City market. Three years later, he was promoted and assumed his current responsibilities. During his tenure at AT&T, his expertise in sales leadership, network operations, business strategy, equity and debt funding, and start-up business development has led to the company’s growth and development. In recognition of his contributions and status as one of the company’s top 1% of Directors, he was selected to join the Officer Candidate Program.
Prior to joining AT&T, Anthony was President of Field and Sales Operations for Focal Communications where he identified, recruited and trained a nationwide sales organization and customer care team that grew revenues from $0 to $400 million in less than four years.
Still earlier in his career, Anthony was with the Global Accounts Division of Sprint Business, rising to the position of Sales Vice President for the eastern region national accounts at Sprint PCS.
After graduating from CCM with an AAS in Computer Information Systems, Anthony earned a BS degree from New Jersey’s Rowan University and an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He is a Board Member of the Liberty USO and the Villanova School of Business CIO Council. He is also active in supporting the American Cancer Society in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area.
Anthony, his wife Theresa, and their two daughters live in Lumberton Township, New Jersey.
ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDErin Fowler ‘97
, RN, MS, works in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Predecessor Organizations for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In her role as Senior Policy Advisor, she is responsible for the development and enhancement of activities to improve public health preparedness and emergency response. This includes bioterrorism preparedness, medical countermeasure distribution, all-hazard preparedness and response, medical surge capacity, and emergency policy and procedures.
Erin monitors healthcare policy trends and conditions regarding public health and medical preparedness, and recommends and executes policy and program changes necessary to keep pace with international, national, State, regional, and local developments. She also develops strategies for identifying and resolving complex preparedness and response issues by recommending courses of action and facilitating communications to move policy positions forward.
In recognition of her leadership and talent, in 2012, Erin was selected to serve for six months as the chief of staff to the Interim Deputy Assistant Secretary during a transition in leadership.
Erin first joined the Office of the Secretary in June 2002 as a Presidential Management Fellow performing a number of planning, preparedness and response activities. Part of her duties through the 11 years with the organization included leading a staff of 35 employees and administering a $5.6 million annual operating budget. Earlier in her career, she worked as a Critical Care Registered Nurse in several hospitals and medical centers.
Erin, who was on the waiting list for admission to CCM, found out just a day before classes started that a place had opened up. She didn’t think she was ready, but moved forward anyway – and was glad she did. “I found the nursing program incredibly rewarding and challenging. The instructors were attentive and patient, and my fellow students were helpful, supportive and engaging. I’ll always remember the lessons I was taught about respect and compassion for patients and for people in general, and it’s is because of the people at CCM I learned those lessons,” she commented.
After completing her CCM AAS degree in Nursing, Erin attended the College of St. Elizabeth, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She earned a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Policy from University of Maryland
ALUMNI HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Scott Kansky ‘97
is currently employed by Atlantic Ambulance Corporation (AAC) as a Flight Paramedic. In this role, he provides emergency care and transportation to the critically sick and injured in a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) setting. He is experienced in the startup and development of all AAC HEMS bases. Earlier in his career, from 1992 – 2006, Scott served as a Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic with the AAC.
Scott retired as a Lieutenant from the Denville Township Police Department in July 2011, with 21 years of service. During his career with the Police Department, he supervised the Patrol and Administrative Divisions. Among his many accomplishments, he is credited for expanding the Administrative Division, coordinating the transition of the division within the department, and managing its budget.
Scott also was responsible for overseeing the police computer network, and for procuring departmental equipment through the approved quote/bid process. Scott served as the Deputy Coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management for the Township and as the Department Open Public Records Act Officer.
His role as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman providing emergency and routine healthcare for the US Marine Corp helped to lay the foundation for his career.
Scott is also a 30-year volunteer with Morris Minute Men Emergency Medical Services, currently serving as the nonprofit’s President. In recognition of his service to the community, he was recognized with the Knights of Columbus Emergency Services Award for 2008/2009.
After receiving his Associate of Science Degree from CCM, Scott went on to earn a BS degree in criminal justice from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Scott spoke highly of his employer and CCM. “I was fortunate enough to work for the Denville Township Police, an employer that recognized the importance of higher education. Thanks to a tuition reimbursement program and the requirement of a bachelor’s degree for advancement to lieutenant, pursuing a college degree became part of my career plan. CCM was the first step on this path. My experiences and the knowledge I gained at CCM, particularly within the Criminal Justice Department, prepared me for Rutgers, and proved to be invaluable to my professional development.”
ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD
The Linne Family has made its commitment to CCM a family affair. Christopher Linne ‘84, his wife Jan, and daughter Jennifer ‘02 established the Linne Family Scholarship through the CCM Foundation. The Linne Family Scholarship supports a full-time out-of-county/state student majoring in Business Administration or Criminal Justice who demonstrates need and is planning to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program upon graduation.
Chris and his family choose to give back to CCM because of the solid education they received. Chris attended CCM as a part-time student, earned an AS in Criminal Justice, and then went on to earn his B.A. in Sociology/Criminal Justice and a Masters in Leadership and Public Administration at Centenary College. He is currently enrolled in the Medical Humanities Doctoral Program at Drew University.
Chris is a retired police officer who now teaches Criminal Justice at Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey. He began his law enforcement career in 1977 as a municipal police officer and detective with the Washington Township Police Department. In 1985, he moved to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, from which he retired in 2002 as Captain of Investigations.
In 2002, Chris was appointed by Bishop Rodimer and Bishop Serratelli to the Diocese of Paterson’s Diocesan Review Board, where he was responsible for reviewing allegations against religious and lay persons within the Diocese. In addition to teaching at Centenary, he also serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Evaluation and Counseling, a nonprofit mental health agency.
Jan worked at home to raise their daughter Jennifer. Once Jennifer entered school Jan took a position in retail at Reynolds Brothers and later worked in human resources at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.
Jennifer Linne graduated from CCM with an ASdegree in Business Administration. She was a recipient of three scholarships and honored as a “Star” at the CCM Foundation’s “Reaching for the Stars” Scholarship Gala in 2002. Jennifer earned both a BS in Business Administration with high honors and an MS in Management/Human Resources Management from the College of St. Elizabeth.
She joined the CCM Alumni Board in 2010, volunteering for many events including commencement, the Foundation Scholarship Gala, and the Morristown Festival on the Green. She also served on the Alumni Scholarship Committee.
Jennifer worked as an administrative assistant for the Alumnae/I Association of the College of St. Elizabeth. Earlier in her career she worked in Human Resources for Safilo USA and Drew University. She was also an adjunct instructor at Centenary College. Her volunteer endeavors include the Alumnae/I Association of the College of St. Elizabeth and the Society for Human Resource Management, Morris County Chapter.
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)