The County College of Morris Foundation, along with the CCM Alumni Association, inaugurated its annual Alumni Awards in 2003. Since then, more than 89 outstanding graduates have been added to the Alumni Wall of Fame. Tonight, we celebrate four 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 Wall of Fame salutes this 15th class of distinguished inductees. Their achievements, service and dedication to their professional lives and to the community make all of us at 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.
Four distinguished alumni were honored at the 2018 Annual Foundation Gala held on May 4, 2018 at the Hanover Marriott, where the event has returned to for this year. The Foundation and Alumni Association recognized these CCM graduates for their outstanding personal achievements, community service, and commitment to the Foundation and Alumni Association. All inductees will have their names inscribed in perpetuity on the Alumni Wall of Fame, along with the other 89 awardees, prominently located in the Student Center entrance hallway. “This is an opportunity for us to acknowledge and recognize the success of our alumni and their contributions,” stated Katie Olsen, executive director of the foundation. “The alumni awards also show present and prospective students the many exemplary alumni who began their education here. CCM is a gateway for success, and we are proud of our alumni and the 2018 awardees.”
ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR
Gene Fitzpatrick ’92 is currently Senior Vice President of Multichannel Marketing at Grey Healthcare Group (ghg), part of one of the largest advertising agency networks in the world.
Fitzpatrick is quick to acknowledge that County College of Morris provided the foundation for his success. As a young adult, unsure of his direction, he benefitted from the college’s tightly knit community of faculty, staff and student organizations which he believes fosters a com-munity environment that promotes learning. Fitzpatrick credits the broadcasting knowledge he gained at CCM, where he served as Program Director of WCCM Radio, for providing a strong foundation and contributing to his start in advertising.
During his career, Fitzpatrick has steered marketing strategies for many major companies, including Novartis, Pfizer, Celgene, Merck, Lilly, GSK and more. In his first year at ghg in Summit, he increased the office’s digital revenue to reflect nearly 70 percent of their yearly business. In recognition of his potential, Fitzpatrick was selected for the company’s exclusive MAESTRO executive training program.
Prior to joining ghg, Fitzpatrick was Senior Vice President and Director of Digital Media for HealthEd and worked at several other marketing communications agencies.
Independently, he has been featured as a voice-over artist for AT&T, Pillsbury, Seton Hall University and others. He is proud of his role as the creator and producer of Hometown Tales, one of the first podcasts created. It was chosen by the BBC as one of the best independent podcasts. The podcast was formatted after he and his co-creator’s television program of the same name which aired on public access television for several years.
In his hometown of Denville, Fitzpatrick is a local leader and consummate volunteer. He served on Denville’s Town Council for eight years and was selected Council President during the township’s centennial year. Despite choosing to not seek a third term, Fitzpatrick remains active in Denville and community organiza-tions, serving as a board member on the Foundation of Denville, a nonprofit aimed at complementing education resources to Denville schools, and a trustee of the Downtown Denville’s Business Improvement District.
Following his graduation from CCM with an A.A. in Humanities/Social Science, Fitzpatrick earned a Bach-elor of Arts degree in Sociology from University of Maryland (UMD) College Park.
Fitzpatrick’s mother, Carol Fitzpatrick, is an 1986 CCM graduate.
ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dr. Vasiliki Tsigas-Fotinis ’82 is a creative learning consultant with a passion for building community. She specializes in designing relationships for learning and CommUNITY by providing creative, interactive and informative seminars, workshops, retreats, leadership training and community services. Dr. Tsigas-Fotinis integrates teaching, learning and research with cognitive, affective, sensorimotor, social and unified/CommUNITY learning domains.
Dr. Tsigas-Fotinis’ personal motto, “May our learning never end, and may our love for others weave community”, reflects her teaching philosophy, underlining beliefs, and the way she tries to live her life.
Dr. Tsigas-Fotinis has extensive experience as an educa-tor on the university, secondary and primary levels. For close to ten years, she was a faculty member as part-time lecturer at Caldwell University, teaching graduate level education courses. She also served as a faculty member as part-time lecturer at Kean University in Educational Leadership and as a guest instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Teachers College, Columbia University.
As the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Global Connections Foundation, Dr. Tsigas-Fotinis promotes educational diplomacy among high school and college students in support of the Global Connections Kenya Experience programs. She also serves as a Foundation Trustee for the Jessie Banks Foundation, Inc., that honors outstanding humanitarians in the field of Education and Nursing and gives scholarships to minority youth who are pursuing either of these fields.
Dr. Tsigas-Fotinis was the High School Curriculum Coordinator for the Department of Religious Educa-tion for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in Massachusetts and an Educational Consultant for a number of schools. She taught at primary schools in New Jersey and New York. Her educational pursuits have taken her to Albania and Kenya, where she served on teaching missions offering professional development for K-college level educators.
Dr. Tsigas-Fotinis holds a number of certifications and has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including a 2017 Proclamation NJ General Assem-bly Resolution for Outstanding Ethnic Leader Award for NJ. She is often invited to speak at conferences and faith-based gatherings and has many publications and presentations to her credit.
Dr. Tsigas-Fotinis earned an A.A. in Humanities/Social Science in 1982. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Teachers College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where she earned a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Master of Education degrees in Educational Administration and Developmental Psychology. Her first Master of Science in Education in Bilingual/Bicultural Education is from St. John’s University. Her Bachelor of Arts degree is from New York University, all thanks to County College of Morris whose mentors/teachers helped her.
Her daughter, Spyridoula, a 2017 CCM graduate, was chosen to speak at new CCM President, Dr. Anthony Iacono’s inauguration. Her son, Emmanuel, is a current student.
ALUMNI HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Dr. Zowie Barnes ’01 currently serves as the On-site Medical Director for the Baltimore County Detention Center through her affilia-tion with PrimeCare Medical. She also serves as the interim Medical Director at Planned Parenthood of Dela-ware. In these roles, she is responsible for overseeing the healthcare provided at these sites. Dr. Barnes also maintains affiliations with Wexford Health Sources and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington where she works as an independent contractor providing care.
Dr. Barnes spends much of her time working directly with inmates. She actively engages in helping to identify and facilitate the solving of operational and clinical issues for the site and leads the evaluation and moni-toring of the site’s chronic disease programs.
Dr. Barnes is certified as a Diplomat by the American Board of Family Practice and holds medical licensures in Maryland, District of Columbia, and Delaware. She has served on numerous boards. A number of organi-zations have invited her to present, and she has several publications to her name. Dr. Barnes holds member-ship in a number of professional organizations and has received numerous honors, including the Peter M. Hartmann and Margaret Blandin-Clark Behavioral Science Award of Excellence.
As a student at CCM, Dr. Barnes was awarded the Oliver Sheffield Minority Student Scholarship, and was invited to attend the CCM Foundation’s Scholarship Gala as a ‘rising star.” She graduated in 2001 with an A.S. in Chemistry. After graduation, she earned a B.S. degree with honors from Cook College, Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey. From there, she continued on to University of Connecticut Health Center School of Medicine, where she was awarded her Doctorate of Medicine. She completed her residency at University of Maryland School of Medicine.
ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD
Trish Colucci Barbosa ‘85 is the President and Principal Care Manager of Peace Aging Care Experts, LLC® (“PeACE”), a geriatric/life care management practice in Flanders, New Jersey.
Colucci Barbosa earned an A.A.S. in Nursing from CCM in 1985. Her admiration and appreciation for the Nursing Program led to her recent establishment of the PeACE Aging Care Experts, LLC Small Business Scholarship to ease other nursing students’ paths. She has been a valuable resource for the CCM Foundation with her financial assistance and promotion of her scholarship. Her favorite memory of CCM was the unique nursing “pinning ceremony” that was emotional and special for her and her parents.
The professional care managers at PeACE perform detailed medical and personal care assessments of elderly clients in crisis and create comprehensive plans of care. PeACE care managers also provide ongoing assistance and care management support to clients. The regis-tered nurses and licensed social workers are regularly managed, trained and mentored by Colucci Barbosa.
With a passion for the elderly, as well as those with mental illness or developmental disabilities, Colucci Barbosa founded PeACE more than 12 years ago. Since then, she and her dedicated staff have helped hundreds of individuals and families in understanding and successfully navigating challenges that come with the aging process.
Colucci Barbosa’s favorite aspect of being a care manager is working directly with elderly and disabled cli-ents. “Each person has an interesting story and unique needs. I love finding my place in their lives, identifying their needs and using my skills and compassion to cre-ate a care plan to make things better,” she commented.
Colucci Barbosa has been a registered nurse for over 30 years, and dedicated to geriatric care for more than 25 years. She holds several case management certifications and membership in a number of professional associations. From 2015 – 2017, she served as a Director on the National Board of Directors of the Aging Life Care Association.