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Complete list of Making A Difference Award Winners

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The Winners

Alumni Awards | Community Friends Awards | Faculty/Staff/Retirees Awards | Special Awards

Winner Class City Title/ Business or Job
Elaine Barker 1988 Haverhill Owner, Paper Potpourri
Honorary Member, Women of NECC Board
Ralph Carrero 1979 Windham, NH Superintendent, Lawrence Family Development Charter School
Timothy Coco 1990 Haverhill Owner, COCO+CO.
Member, NECC Occupational Advisory Board
Frank G. Cousins, Jr. Newburyport Essex County Sheriff
NECC Commencement Speaker 2011
Henry DiBurro* 1963 Former Member, NECC Board of Trustees
Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald 1970 Boston Nurse Practitioner, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
President, Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Inc.
Zoila Gomez, Esq. 1997 Lawrence Attorney
NECC Adjunct Faculty
Lucy Milton 1972 Seabrook, NH Clinical Nurse Specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Paula Moore 1999 Salisbury Owner, Travel Anywhere
Former Member, Women of NECC Board
Former Member, NECC Foundation, Inc.
Nathan Proulx 2003 Dorchester Physical Education Teacher, Orchard Gardens Pilot School, Roxbury
Philip Starks 1991 North Andover Associate Professor of Biology, Tufts University
NECC Commencement Speaker 2007
Member, NECC Alumni Advisory Board
Steven Sweeney 1974 Stamford,CT President/CEO, Chartwells
NECC Commencement Speaker 2003
Francisco Urena 2008 Boston Commissioner, Veteran’s Services, Boston

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Community Friends
Winner City Title/Business or Job
George Behrakis Lowell Chairman, Gainesborough Investments
Francis Bevilacqua* Massachusetts State Representative (1959-81)
Joseph Bevilacqua Haverhill President and CEO, Merrimack Valley
Chamber of Commerce
Former Member, NECC Board of Trustees
John Chemaly Chelmsford President, Trinity E.M.S., Inc., Lowell
John Costello Mansfield Former Executive Director, Massachusetts Board of the Regional Community Colleges
Andre Dubus, III Newbury Novelist and short story writer
Louis Fossarelli Salisbury Realtor, Ben Consoli Realtors
Former Member, NECC Board of Trustees
James Jajuga Methuen President/CEO
Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Joseph Kalil Methuen Owner, Kalil Dental Associates, Methuen
Member, NECC Dental Assisting Program Advisory Board
Carolyn Morton, Esq. Ogunquit, ME Former Member, NECC Board of Trustees
Leslie Murray Salisbury Former Principal, Amesbury High School
Educational Consultant
Member, NECC Occupational Advisory Board
Ann Ormond Newburyport President, Greater Newburyport
Chamber of Commerce & Industry
James “Jake” Rurak* Massachusetts State Senator (1959-81)
David Witham Boston Owner, Bar Harbor Inn
Suzanne Wright, Esq. Beverly Ibrahim El-Hefni Technical Training Foundation
Richard Yee North Andover Owner, China Blossom Restaurant

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Faculty,Staff & Retirees (may also be an alumni)
Winner City Title/Business or Job.
Elizabeth Arnold* Professor Emerita of English
Faculty Advisor, NECC Observer
Donna Bertolino Lawrence Director, Academic Placement & Testing
Class of 1983
Clifton A. Clarke, III* Former Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds
Pamela Donahue Methuen Professor, Business
Faculty Advisor, Beta Omicron
Class of 1969
Paul Bevilacqua Newburyport Vice President and Dean Emeritus of Academic Affairs
Cynthia Crivaro Bradford Professor, Behavioral Sciences
Edward DeSchuytner Windham, NH Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences
Sandra DeVellis Haverhill Professor Emerita of Behavioral Sciences
Member, NECC Early Childhood Advisory Committee
Mary DiGiovanni North Reading Professor Emerita of Human Services
Elaine Glennon Peabody Professor Emerita of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Cluster
Angela Guarino* Assistant Dean Emerita of the Academic Support Center
Alan Hislop Plaistow, NH Professor, English as a Second Language and Foreign Languages
Francis Leary Middleton Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
President, NECC Retirees Association
Former Member, NECC Foundation, Inc.
Elaine Mawhinney Newburyport Professor Emerita of Dance and English
Founder, NECC StillPoint Dancers
Patricia McDermott Newburyport Assistant Dean Emerita of Developmental Education
Gerard Morin Belmont Professor Emeritus, History, Government, and Philosophy
Dr. Katharine Rodger Las Cruces, NM Dean Emerita of the Lawrence Campus
Dr. Donald Ruhl Rye, NH Dean Emeritus of the College
Paula Strangie* Professor Emerita of Behavioral Sciences
Retired Director, Student Advising Center
Jane Thiefels Haverhill Professor Emerita, English as a Second Language
Registered Nurse
Class of 2008
President John Dimitry’s Leadership Team:
Joseph Brown Newburyport Dean Emeritus of Administration
Dr. John Dimitry West Newbury President Emeritus
Dr. Norman J. Landry Haverhill Dean Emeritus of Student Services
Dr. Robert MacDonald Andover Dean Emeritus of Academic Affairs
Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
John Peroni Newburyport Dean Emeritus of Continuing Education
Mary Wilson, Esq. Amesbury Dean Emerita of Development
Professor, Psychology

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SPECIAL Making a Difference Awards
Presidents Emeritus Awards Trustees Awards Volunteer Boards Awards
Dr. Harold Bentley*, ’61-‘75 Marjorie Goudreault* NECC Foundation, Inc. Board
Dr. John R. Dimitry, West Newbury, ’75-‘96 Byron Matthews,
Alumni Advisory Board
Dr. David Hartleb, Cincinnati, OH, ’96-‘11 Joseph Edwards, Esq., ’64
Women of NECC Board

Local Legislative Delegation Award

For 50 years, the college’s local legislative delegation has played a vital and significant role in shaping the course of Northern Essex – from enacting legislation which helped establish the college, to voicing support for new construction and providing additional resources to promote education and training opportunities – the members of the local legislative delegation have always been strong advocates for the college and the residents of the Merrimack Valley.


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