Eric Persons ’14 MPA/IR appointed as vice president for institutional advancement at Cazenovia College

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Eric Persons has been appointed as vice president for institutional advancement at Cazenovia College in central New York. In his new role, Persons will be responsible for leading Cazenovia College’s Fundraising Office, overseeing the college’s fundraising efforts. He will also supervise the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and participate in key college administrative events associated with external affairs. Previously, Persons worked at Syracuse University, where he began his career with the university as the director of community engagement and economic development, then as director of administration and engagement, and finally as associate vice president of government and community relations. More information about Persons and his new position can be found here.

Christian Lee ’08 MPA begins tenure as Coast Guard Fellow on U.S. Senate Committee

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U.S. Coast Guard Commander Christian Lee began his most recent assignment: as a Coast Guard Fellow on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Commander Lee’s selection as a U.S. Coast Guard Fellow comes after his recent graduation from the National War College in Washington, D.C., where he earned his M.S. degree in National Security Strategy. This is not Lee’s first assignment with the U.S. Coast Guard. In a previous position, Lee served as commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Richard Etheridge, a 154-foot cutter ship, and its crew of 24.

 

 

Thomas Caruso ’14 JD/MPA receives Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

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Thomas Caruso has been awarded the prestigious Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for receiving two honors. First, he was named the Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic Legal Assistance Attorney of the year for 2015. Second, he was selected as the Junior Officer of the Year in 2016 for his service with the Navy Regional Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia–where he serves as counsel in legal assistance for the trial department. In addition, Caruso is a first tour judge advocate and has held a number of positions in the command, including legal assistance attorney, defense attorney, staff judge advocate, and trial counsel. To top it off, he has volunteered countless hours toward several veterans’ law projects, including one he recently established in association with the ABA Pro Bono project “Lawyers for Warriors,” a program which recruits, trains and matches local attorneys with veterans in need of legal assistance.

Daniel Kelley ’08 EMPA is now executive director of Onondaga Community Living, Inc.

alum-news-button Daniel Kelley is now executive director of Onondaga Community Living, Inc., an innovator in individualized support services geared at supporting people with developmental disabilities. Kelley has been working in human services in a variety of settings since 1994. Previously, he was director of crisis and development services for Oswego County Opportunities, Inc., and before that he was director of licensed programs for Onindaga Case Management Service, Inc. for three years.

 

 

Martin Sweeney ’81 MPA, village historian of Homer, N.Y., featured in Cortland Standard article

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Since 2008, Martin Sweeney has been the historian for the town and village of Homer, New York. As a recent article in the Cortland Standard explains, Sweeney brings his lifelong passion for history to his role as village and town historian. His goal is to make history come alive for residents of the Central New York community. “We’re such a socially mobile society that people have no idea [about local history]; they can say, ‘Hey I’ve lived here and raised my kids for the past six years, I had no idea Homer had a connection to Abraham Lincoln. It is my job to tell them.” To achieve this, Sweeney draws from his long and dedicated career as an educator. During his tenure as a junior high school social studies teacher in the Homer School District, Sweeney would frequently get into character, dress in era-specific costume, and play music from certain time periods to illustrate to his students that history is never as far away as it may seem. He brings this same dedication for educating people to his role as village historian. Currently, Sweeney is engaged in a project aimed at establishing a monument in Homer’s town hall, which would commemorate three men who played an integral role in Lincoln’s life.

More information about Martin Sweeney and his career can be found in the aforementioned Cortland Standard article.

 

 

Corinne Ribble ’03 MPA is now executive director of NY Funders Alliance

alum-news-buttonCorinne Ribble is now executive director of NY Funders Alliance, an organization housed in the CNY Philanthropy Center in Syracuse, N.Y. The organizaiton maintains an alliance of grant makers and philanthropic advisors based in New York State. In her new role, Ribble is responsible for the overall administration and operation of the organization, in addition to attracting and retaining new members. Previously, she held leadership positions at the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, and Syracuse University. She was also a past president of the Literacy Funders Network, an affinity group of the Council on Foundations. In 2012, she founded Riverview Strategies, a nonprofit and philanthropic consulting firm.

 

Aaron Rogers ’16 MPA is now major gifts officer for Rainforest Trust

alum-news-button Aaron Rogers is now major gifts officer with Rainforest Trust. Based out of Warrenton, Virginia, Rainforest Trust is a nonprofit organization that purchases large swathes of threatened rain forests with the goal of protecting and preserving endangered plant and animal life–with the help of local partnerships and community engagement. Before his position at Rainforest Trust, Rogers served as a nonprofit consultant at the Dreams Over Drugs Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping young adults live a life free from drug-use and addiction.