SUNY ORANGE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2018 LEADERSHIP AWARDS

9/12/2018

Honorees Selected for Leadership in Business, Community Service and Education, as well as Alumni Success

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. –The SUNY Orange Foundation will recognize three distinguished Orange County leaders, a prominent alumnus and a well-known local business when it hosts its 12th Leadership Awards ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering on the College's Middletown campus.

This year’s recipients are Fusco Engineering and Land Surveying, P.E. (Leadership in Business), Lauren Rowley (Leadership in Community Service), SUNY Orange faculty members Cynthia MacMahon and Dr. Timothy MacMahon (Leadership in Education), and William Worden ’92 (Edward A. Diana Alumni Leadership Award).

The SUNY Orange Foundation was established as a non-profit corporation in 1987. The mission of the Foundation is to generate funds and build resources to enhance learning opportunities for students and the community. During the 2017-18 academic year, the Foundation awarded more than $350,000 in scholarships to help deserving SUNY Orange students.

Fusco Engineering and Land Surveying is a full-service engineering and land surveying firm offering services to municipalities, developers and private residents. The company was originally founded in 1986 as Fusco Unlimited. In 2000, Fusco Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C. was established with Alfred A. Fusco Jr., P.E., as president and Alfred A. Fusco III as general manager. The business has grown from three employees to 30 in the last 18 years and much of the firm’s success can be traced to the relationships the Fusco family has developed with both clients and employees.

Rowley is vice president of the Libertyville Capital Group, a private construction financing company serving professional builders in the Hudson Valley. She has been at Libertyville, and its predecessor Builder's Capital, for nearly 15 years. An active member of the Wallkill East Rotary Club, Rowley currently serves as public relations chair for the club, and is race director of the organization’s biggest fundraiser, a 5K Turkey Trot.

She also is treasurer of the Junior League of Orange County; sits on the Board of Directors for Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties and the Advisory Board of the Orange County Youth Bureau, and is a Leadership Orange graduate and a Leadership Orange Hall of Fame inductee. She has served on committees for many area nonprofits including the Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Club, the Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, The Classic 10K, Rotary District 7210, The Middletown Salvation Army, The Taste of Montgomery, and the Village of Montgomery St. Pat's Ramble.

Cynthia MacMahon has been a faculty member in the SUNY Orange Science, Engineering and Architecture Department for 13 years and this past summer was promoted to full professor. She has earned a reputation for her excellence in teaching chemistry and her affinity for making a difficult subject a fun and entertaining learning experience for students.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Drew University and a thesis master’s degree in computational organic chemistry from Purdue University. She taught in the Goshen and Wappingers school districts before arriving at SUNY Orange. MacMahon began her career in the private sector, working for such firms as BOC/Airco, Texaco and Millipore.

Timothy MacMahon just completed his 25th year as a science professor at SUNY Orange. Prior to joining the teaching ranks, he worked as an industrial analytical chemist at Spex Corporation in Metuchen, N.J., and IBM in East Fishkill, where he focused his work on polyimide photoresists and mass spectrometry.

He earned his bachelor’s degree, with high honors, from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Purdue University, where his area of research dealt with ion molecule reactions in an FTMS [Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometer] spectrometer.

Worden, a 1992 graduate of SUNY Orange, has served as police chief of the City of Port Jervis since 2007. He commands a department consisting of 37 sworn police officers and 17 full- and part-time civilian support staff. In total, he has spent 25 years with the PJPD, having served as a patrol officer, detective and sergeant. He has worked to build strong community partnerships by deploying intelligence-led policing to build trust, reduce fear and crime, and to improve the quality of life for his community.

He previously served as President of the Police Chief’s Association of Orange County (2015 and 2016), and currently holds the executive officer role of immediate past president. He is a member of the Orange County Police Advisory Board, Orange County District Attorney’s Community Advisory Board and Conviction Integrity Review Committee, Orange County Coalition to end Intimate Partner Violence, Operation PJ PRIDE community drug prevention coalition, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Mid-Hudson Association of Chiefs of Police and Chairperson of the City of Port Jervis National Night Out Against Crime Committee.

This year’s Leadership Awards sponsors to date are: The Rowley Family, Fusco Engineering and Land Surveyors, Orange Bank and Trust, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Orange Regional Medical Center, Orange and Rockland, Walden Savings Bank, Quality Bus Company, Don and Kathy Frommer, Hill n Dale Abstractors, Quest Financial Services and Standback General Contractors.

For more information, contact Dawn Ansbro, executive director of the Foundation, at (845) 341-4337 or via email at dawn.ansbro@sunyorange.edu.

About the SUNY Orange Foundation:
A consistent fundraising leader among community college foundations in New York State, and nationally, the Foundation focuses on helping SUNY Orange to remain affordable and accessible to all students, through its extensive scholarship program. In addition to scholarships, the Foundation collaborates with the college to provide grants to foster academic excellence and innovation through the support of programs and capital projects. Over the past decade, the Foundation played a crucial role in funding the construction of Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh Campus, as well as the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering, the Gilman Center, and the Morrison Lab School on the Middletown campus. To learn more about the Foundation or to make a donation in support of SUNY Orange, please call us at (845) 341-4337 or visit www.sunyofoundation.org.

Profiles of the 2018 Leadership Award Recipients

PHOTO: Al FuscoFusco Engineering and Land Surveying, P.E. (Leadership in Business)
Fusco Engineering and Land Surveying, P.E. is a full service engineering and land surveying firm offering its services to municipalities, developers and private residents. The company was originally founded in 1986 as Fusco Unlimited.

In 2000, Fusco Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C. was established with Alfred A. Fusco Jr., P.E. as President and Alfred A. Fusco III as General Manager. Alfred A. Fusco Jr., P.E. was born and raised in Middletown, attended public schools and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1972. He was Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Middletown from 1975 to 2000. He supported many community and civic organizations during this time.

Alfred A. Fusco III was also born and raised in Middletown, attended local public schools, John S. Burke Catholic High School and graduated from Clarkson University.

The business has grown from three employees to 30 in the last 18 years and the owners credit their success to their family and the relationships they developed with both clients and employees.

PHOTO: Lauren RowleyLauren Rowley (Leadership in Community)
Lauren Rowley is Vice President at Libertyville Capital Group, a private construction financing company serving professional builders in the Hudson Valley. She has been at Libertyville, and its predecessor, Builder's Capital for nearly 15 years. Her work at Libertyville includes managing the company's construction loan portfolio, as well as managing and overseeing numerous commercial and residential properties in the region.

An active member of Wallkill East Rotary Club, Lauren currently serves as its Public Relations Chair and race director of the club's biggest fundraiser, a 5K Turkey Trot. She also is the treasurer of the Junior League of Orange County, on the Board of Directors for Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, on the Advisory Board of the Orange County Youth Bureau, a Leadership Orange graduate, and a Leadership Orange Hall of Fame inductee.

Lauren is committed to her community and has served on committees for many area nonprofits, including the Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Club, the Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, The Classic 10K, Rotary District 7210, The Salvation Army, The Taste of Montgomery, and the Village of Montgomery St. Pat's Ramble.

Lauren received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Health & Recreation from East Stroudsburg University. While in college, Lauren worked for Builder's Capital, and decided to stay on with the company instead of teaching.

PHOTO: Cynthia MacMahonCynthia MacMahon (Leadership in Education)
Cynthia MacMahon holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Drew University and a Thesis M.S. in Computational Organic Chemistry from Purdue University. She began her professional career as an analytical chemist for BOC/Airco in New Jersey. After Purdue, she worked as a high-level research chemist at Texaco in Beacon, where she handled multi-million dollar projects.

Following her time at Texaco, she worked for a short time for Millipore, working with deadly phosgene gas. Seeking a career change, she returned to college to pursue a teaching certificate at SUNY New Paltz. She taught briefly in Goshen High School and then spent eight years in the Wappingers Central School District at Roy C. Ketcham and John Jay high schools.

She accepted an offer to teach at Orange County Community College in 2006 and quickly moved through the academic ranks. She has been at the college for 13 years and, this past summer, was promoted to Full Professor. Cynthia has earned a reputation for her excellence in teaching and her affinity for making a difficult subject like chemistry a fun and entertaining learning experience for her students. She is a very student centered teacher and over the years has helped many students by motivating them to achieve their full potential through hard work and perseverance.

PHOTO: Tim MacMahonDr. Timothy MacMahon (Leadership in Education)
Dr. Timothy MacMahon graduated with high honors from Rutgers University in the Spring of 1992. Following a brief stint as an industrial analytical chemist at Spex Corporation in Metuchen, N.J., he decided to continue his education and returned to school at Purdue University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry for his research dealing with ion molecule reactions in an FTMS [Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometer] spectrometer.

When MacMahon returned to the industry, he began working for IBM East Fishkill. His time at IBM was spent working on polyimide photoresists and mass spectrometry. After working at IBM for five years, he decided to change career tracks and applied for a job at SUNY Orange where he has been educating and inspiring students for the past 25 years.

 

 


PHOTO: William Worden

William Worden ‘’XX (Edward A. Diana Alumni Leadership)
William Worden is a graduate of the Port Jervis City School District and holds an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice/Police Science from SUNY Orange, a Bachelor in Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Mercy College, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Management and Operations and Human Resource Management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice – West Point Campus.

He is a certified New York State General Topics Police Instructor, an instructor for the Police Chief’s Association of Orange County Police Academy, and serves as an Assistant Professor for the Department of Criminal Justice at SUNY Orange.

William joined the City of Port Jervis Police Department in 1993. He has served in the ranks of Patrol Officer, Detective, and Sergeant and was sworn in as the City’s 14th Chief of Police in 2007. He commands a department consisting of 37 sworn police officers and 17 full and part time civilian support staff. He believes in building strong community partnerships and deploying intelligence-led policing to build trust, reduce fear and crime, and to improve the quality of life for his community.

The Chief has previously served as President of the Police Chief’s Association of Orange County for 2015 and 2016, where he currently serves as an Executive Officer in the capacity of Immediate Past President. He is a member of the Orange County Police Advisory Board, Orange County District Attorney’s Community Advisory Board and Conviction Integrity Review Committee, Orange County Coalition to end Intimate Partner Violence, Operation PJ PRIDE community drug prevention coalition, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Mid-Hudson Association of Chiefs of Police and Chairperson of the City of Port Jervis National Night Out Against Crime Committee.


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