Congratulations to the 2017 Alumni Achievement Award recipient, Catherine Blades, CW Class of 2010
Catherine is 2010 graduate of the Medical Assistant Management program. While attending CW, she took pride in her course material and worked hard to achieve excellent grades. With hard work and determination Catherine was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. After graduating, Catherine started as a Medical Assistant and quickly decided that her skills were unlimited and there was more to the medical field she wanted to explore. Catherine began working for Yale New Haven Health Systems, Greenwich campus and held various positions as she moved up the ladder.
After careful consideration and researching better job opportunities, Catherine and family moved to Charlotte, NC. Because of her versatility, she decided to try something different yet still within the scope of with she holds her degree from CW. Catherine began working as a Reimbursement Counselor for Amersourcebergen, a Pharmaceutical company. She was able to utilize the skills and knowledge obtained from my pharmacology class at CW and apply it to my daily job duty.
Catherine now works for the Carolina HealthCare System as a Qualified Specialist for Corporate. Carolinas HealthCare System is a nonprofit hospital network which operates hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, urgent care centers, and medical practices in North and South Carolina.
As you can see, Catherine strives to be all that she can be and gives credit to CW, Dr. Shamva Wright and Ms. Estelle Coffino, because that is where her foundation started. Catherine looks forward to coming back to CW as much as possible.
Congratulations to the 2016 Alumni Achievement Award recipient, Louis Paul Procaccini Jr., CW Class of 2014
Louis Procaccini is President and CEO of Incision Network located in Stamford, CT. The company provides innovative consulting, creative marketing, and technical services to different businesses in our area. Louis Procaccini is passionate about helping his clients succeed by consulting and educating them as well as putting together solutions to their everyday business challenges.
Louis has over 15 years of direct experience in marketing, corporate web development and design, usability, computer repair, including building, networking, diagnostics, forensics, preventative maintenance, and technology consulting.
When Louis is involved in volunteer community work including Alpha Community Services YMCA and Urban Roots that builds community gardens, and housing projects through Habitat for Humanity. As a CW alumnus, Louis supports students at CW working as a tutor and recently assisted the CW’s Enactus team with two projects which earned the team “Rookies of the Year,” during the regional competitions in Washington D.C. Lou holds a BBA in Business Administration and Management and an AAS in Multimedia Development and Management, both from The College of Westchester. He graduated with Summa Cum Laude and Sigma Beta Delta honors, and was a participant in The Clemson University Institute for the Study of Capitalism.
Congratulations to the 2015 Alumni Achievement Award recipient, Nelcol Philip,
CW Class of 1996
Nelcol Philip is currently the Controller at Cresa New York, a Commercial Real Estate company, where her responsibilities include coordinating and managing all aspects of financial reporting, forecasting, and budgeting. Prior to joining Cresa, Nelcol relocated to Grenada in 2007, where she owned two businesses in the hospitality and entertainment industry, operated two annual summer camp programs, oversaw the budget for two major construction projects, worked with micro companies to rebrand their products and restructure their financial foot-print for more visibility in the market, and volunteered with the local schools (Dress for Success) program before returning to the U.S. in 2011. Nelcol’s professional portfolio span’s over fifteen years of experience within the accounting industry, working with major top 5 companies including Pepsi Bottling, General Electric and Fuji.
In addition, Nelcol is a qualified Project Manager Professional and holds an Associate degree from The College of Westchester, formally Westchester Business Institute, and her B.S. degree from Marymount College of Fordham University. She served as President of the National Association of Black Accountants, (NABA) Southern New England Westchester Chapter from 2006-2007, where she was able to increase professional membership by 35%, coordinate scholarship awards dinners for high school seniors and promote members fund-raising and volunteer events. Currently she serves as the student chapter liaison for the SNEW-NABA chapter.
Nelcol resides in Tuckahoe, New York and is a proud driven mother of one son Kayvon (presently a sophomore at Purchase College); she is goal oriented, supportive and enjoys working with diverse organizations. Her greatest satisfaction is assisting small businesses and start-ups to make feasible decisions about effectively allocating their financial and cash-flow resources. Her dedication is what sets her apart from others.
Congratulations to the 2014 Alumni Achievement Award recipient, Laurie Nicoletti-Alstad, CW Class of 2005
Laurie Nicoletti-Alstad graduated from The College of Westchester in 2005 with a degree in Business Administration, achieving a 3.91 GPA. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Mercy College, and an MBA from Iona College, where she graduated with honors.
In 2001 Laurie founded and managed Ravishing Affairs, an event management firm in Valhalla, NY where she expertly managed the life-cycle of public events. Laurie also worked as a Senior Administrator and Financial Analyst at MBIA Insurance in Armonk, and later became Program Leader at MasterCard Worldwide in Purchase. At MasterCard Laurie established herself as a highly regarded manager and cross functional team member in the Customer Risk Management division.
Over the last decade Laurie has also devoted her time volunteering and fund-raising for Making Headway, a foundation in Chappaqua, NY, dedicated to the care, comfort and cure of children with brain and spinal cord tumors. Additionally, Laurie has returned to speak to current CW students as an Alumni Ambassador and she is currently an Adjunct Instructor at The College of Westchester, teaching General Education and business courses at both the Associate and Bachelor degree level.
CW Presents Marissa Brett with Alumni Achievement Award for 2013
Marissa Brett is executive director of Economic Development at the Westchester County Association. Her specific role is to implement The Blueprint for Westchester, a multi-million dollar, multi-year initiative to revitalize Westchester’s economy. Her role is to craft and execute the strategy to promote Westchester’s multiple assets and to market the county’s available real estate to spur economic growth. “We want to ensure that Westchester is top of mind when businesses consider relocating or expanding here,” she explains. Since the Blueprint went into effect, one million square feet of available inventory in Westchester has been removed.
Brett has more than a dozen years of experience in economic development and commercial real estate marketing. Prior to her joining the WCA in July, 2011, she was vice president of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation where she evaluated economic development efforts throughout the country as a guide in determining the right course of action for the Hudson Valley. Prior to joining HVEDC in 2005, she marketed a commercial real estate portfolio of 1.4 million square feet in White Plains for Albert B. Ashforth, Inc.
Brett holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and her associate degree from The College of Westchester (formerly Westchester Business Institute). She also obtained her masters of corporate real estate from CoreNet Global, the leading global corporate real estate network. She serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Westchester and Putnam and the Workforce Investment Board for Westchester and Putnam, on the Advisory Board of Fordham’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies and also on the Board of Directors for the Putnam County Industrial Development Agency.
CW Presents Kevin Callanan with Alumni Achievement Award
Kevin graduated from CW with a 3.94 GPA, earning his Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Network Administration in 2005. Since graduation Kevin has quickly risen through the ranks of his field. Starting as a Technical Consultant and I.T. Support Manager, promotions quickly lead to positions as Network Administrator and Network Engineer, transitioning to his current position as Vice President for Information Technology. He manages over 100 physical and 200 virtual servers with a team of six. Kevin holds a number of industry certifications and will earn his bachelor's degree in Computer Information Science from Fordham University in 2012.
While at CW he was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and remains a loyal CW alumnus, serving on our professional Advisory Council, regularly interacting with faculty and staff, and speaking as an Alumni Ambassador to current students in networking classes. Additionally, Kevin volunteers his time to BOCES guiding students with interest in technology fields.
Kevin's personal philosophy is that every experience offers an opportunity to learn and deepen our understanding, while sharing one's knowledge and teaching others further broadens our wisdom and provides a prime path to success.
CW Presents First Annual Alumni Achievement Award
Ms. Jessica Perilla was the recipient of the first annual CW Alumni Achievement Award. Jessica graduated from the Multimedia Management and Development program in 2001 and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from The School of Visual Arts. After graduating SVA, Jessica left her full-time job to start her own company – Jessica Perilla Design – an award-winning venture which has grown to over 100 clients, some very well known, such as Real Simple Magazine, Aeropostale, and Wiley Publishing.
Jessica is a member of several professional design and entrepreneurial organizations, started the Mural Project through which artists donate their skills to create murals in hospitals, including Montefiore in the Bronx, and founded an online network dedicated to women entrepreneurs called “Web2Fem.” Jessica has remained a loyal CW alumnus, continuing to interact with faculty and attending events.