Alumni Spotlight

You will find thousands of alumni working in every field imaginable, enhancing their world around them every day. Take a look at what some CW alumni are working on now and some of their thoughts.

The MOMentum that took 42 years to generate

Marie Russo Student Speaker Adult College

Being a mom is supposed to be all sunshine, rainbows, and gifts, but it certainly wasn’t the case for Marie Russo over four decades ago, “I was forced to leave high school due to my pregnancy. I was given up on, thrown away, told I had ruined my life and would never amount to anything.”

Despite having everything against her, Marie kept working in several jobs while keeping the promised she had made to her mom, to complete a college degree. Marie worked as a massage therapist, esthetician, and even as a desairologist in a funeral home. Her true passion was definitely helping others and serving her community, “I believe we all have very individual unique gifts in life and my gift has always been to extend my hand to one in need and help bridge the gap from despair to hope. After exploring my options for college, I decided upon The College of Westchester. I now have been given the opportunity to be in the field that I have dreamed of entering over the years: The field of Health Care Education where I can grow and touch the lives of many in a positive way,” says Marie.

It’s never too late to aspire to earn a college degree, and Marie and her entire family celebrated this amazing and unique moment during CW’s commencement ceremony. As a student speaker, Marie concluded, “Now in a few short moments I will walk across this stage and with pride and dignity accept this degree and fulfill a promise I made to my mother 42 long years ago. It’s never too late to give up on a dream. If you believe it, you can achieve it.”

Alumnus Anthony Mormile Speaks to Students

Anthony Mormile, Conversation Series SeminarsAs part of the Conversations Series Seminars, CW alumnus Anthony Mormile, Regional VP at Tompkins Mahopac Bank, spoke to students about banking, business ventures for the entrepreneur, as well as business management and administration in today’s job requirements.

With over two decades of experience in the banking industry, Anthony has been working with Tompkins Mahopac Bank as Regional VP since 2012. He is involved with the Westchester Business Council, the Westchester County Association and The Westchester Food Bank. Anthony graduated from The College of Westchester (formerly WBI) with and AAS Degree in Management and Marketing. He received this BS degree from Concordia College and has extensive training in Commercial Lending through RMA (Risk Management Association).


Alumni Summer Party

Alumni Summer PartyIt was a Bowling Night! The CW Alumni Association sponsored the annual Alumni Summer Party at Bowlmor Lanes in White Plains. It was the perfect atmosphere to catch up with graduates, faculty, and staff. All guests enjoyed a festive reunion with delicious food, music, and of course the best CW bowling teams.

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A Retail Experience

A Retail ExperienceWith over 20 years of experience in the retail industry, Jose Cortez has worked for important companies in the sector including Limited Brands. Last month Jose joined JCrew’s Managing Global Sales Audit Operations. Graduated from CW (then WBI) in 1993, Cortez came back to speak to CW students about his experience in the business world. A member of the College Advisory Council at CW, Cortez shared with the Management Applications and Theory class, anecdotes that illustrated how competitive the retail industry is, the role of a manager, the importance of networking, and some challenges he still faces, “Get rid of hobbies that drain you and don’t help your career… and find the balance between work and family. I was a workaholic for many years, but I finally found the perfect balance,” said Cortez.

Alumni Return to CW

Alumni Return to CW The Alumni Association sponsored its annual Alumni Homecoming Dinner. Graduates, faculty, staff, and current students enjoyed the return of our alumni in the Student Center with music, refreshments, dinner, and interesting conversations of how CW has changed their lives. Also, congratulations to the three happy winners of the raffle.


Giving Leadership a Helping Hand

Giving Leadership a Helping HandHoward Millman’s Business Applications & Leadership class received a visit from Wade Young, a CW alumnus and founder of Right Choices, Inc. Wade received his Associate degree in Business Administration in 2002 and he currently leads Right Choices, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring students between the ages of 7 and 13. Wade spoke about leadership and the importance to help troubled kids become enriched and empowered, "I've been working with a lot of schools and lots of kids and I look forward to keep working with many more," said Wade.

Right Choices, Inc. was founded on the belief that “straight talk” delivering the crucial message of love and the importance of instilling strong family values are the keys to helping our youth make right life choices. Right Choices is based in Stamford, CT.

Alum Giovanny Ramirez Speaks to Class

Alum Giovanny Ramirez Speaks to ClassProf. Michael Flanagan’s Evening Writing for the Business Professions class was visited by an Alumni Ambassador recently. Giovanny Ramirez earned his BBA at CW in 2012 and currently serves as a consultant at the Reskunks Works Hedge Fund in Westport, CT. He spoke with students about the bridge between their studies and their careers, particularly about ways to create operational documents that bolster our career status.

CW Graduate Jarryed Scott Returns to CW

CW Graduate Jarryed Scott Returns to CWCW graduate Jarryed Scott returned to CW as an Alumni Ambassador recently and spoke with Prof. James McGee’s Marketing class. “Get the highest education you possibly can and network as much as you can,” said Jarryed. “You have to stand out from the rest so if everybody is getting a BA you have to go for the Master’s,” Jarryed added.

Currently serving as an Analyst Aide at Con Edison in New York City, Jarryed earned his BBA from CW in 2011 and an M.B.A. in Project Management from Walden University last August. Jarryed is currently pursuing his second master’s degree in Energy Management from New York Institute of Technology.

Alum Speaks Out to Service Industry Class

Alum Speaks Out to Service Industry ClassCarolyn Ashford, who earned a business degree in 2012, met with James McGee’s Service Industry class as an Alumni Ambassador recently. Currently supporting Marketing Managers at PepsiCo, Carolyn described their corporate culture as emphasizing leadership, responsibility, ethics, integrity, and diversity. Now studying in the BBA program, Carolyn extolled her education at CW as cultivating important professional qualities of self-motivation, consistency, self-discipline, courage, flexibility, and creativity.

Business Grad Returns to CW

Business Grad Returns to CWEdward Eways, who earned his degree in Business Administration in 2012, returned to CW as an Alumni Ambassador to speak with evening BBA students about completing their internships. Ed, who currently serves in the Trump Corporation and as an award-winning community organizer in Port Chester, NY, spoke about the invaluable support and guidance he found as a CW student, the way a CW education provides a bridge to professional advancement, and the necessity to clearly envision success and be persistent in the job search process.

Medical Alum Speaks to Class

Medical Alum Speaks to ClassMedical Office Systems Management graduate Sheena Hutchinson returned to CW as an Alumni Ambassador recently. Speaking to Rosetta DiRentiis’ Administrative Medical Practices class, Sheena described how her studies at CW helped prepare her for her current position managing a medical office, including the skills and professional standards required to succeed. After her talk, the students engaged in a vigorous question and answer session with Sheena about her position and her career.

Students Get Real-Life Talk from Alum

Students Get Real-Life Talk from AlumServing as an Alumni Ambassador, CW graduate Esperanza Cruz visited Noel D’Allacco’s Business Ettiquette class recently. Having earned her Associate degree in Business Administration in 1998 and her BBA last April, Espy spoke with the students about how they will soon experience a significant transition – either into the BBA program or the workforce – and the importance of taking responsibility for their current educational experiences. The students explored their strengths and weaknesses in time management, writing papers, and self-motivation and Espy emphasized the significance of preparing to meet the challenges of the next stage in their lives, both academically and professionally.

Business Alum Gives Workforce Knowledge to Evening BBA Students

Business Alum Gives Workforce Knowledge to Evening BBA StudentsNancy Mendes, who earned her degree in Business Administration in 2001 and received the 2012 Alumni Achievement Award at Commencement, returned to CW as an Alumni Ambassador recently. Currently serving as the Regional Account Manager for Enterprise Learning Solutions, Nancy spoke to a cohort of Evening BBA students preparing to begin their internships about the importance of an educated workforce and her own personal transition from the classroom to corporate America.

Alum Shares her Success Story to BBA Class

Alum Shares her Success Story to BBA ClassGraduate Alicia Thigpen-Matthews recently returned to CW as an Alumni Ambassador. A 2007 graduate with an Associate in Business Administration, Alicia spoke to BBA students in Prof. James Magee’s Technical Writing class about how her studies at CW led to her founding and running GDI Enterprises.


Students Get Real-Life Talk from CW Digital Media Alum

Students Get Real-Life Talk from CW Digital Media AlumGraduate Daniel Sanchez Cardenas, who earned his Associate in Digital Media in 2010, returned to CW as an Alumni Ambassador recently. Daniel spoke with Prof. Michael Grassia’s evening Studio Art class, discussing how his studies at CW prepared him for his current position as Art Director at Universal Views and Creative Director at Inlanet. The students engaged Daniel afterwards in a lively question and answer session.

CW BBA Alum Speaks to Evening Students

CW BBA Alum Speaks to Evening StudentsGraduate Michael Adebiyi returned to CW as an Alumni Ambassador recently, visiting John Strange's Evening Accounting course. Last spring Michael had attended an Entry-level Management Career Fair sponsored by Career Services which led to his current employment with the Hertz Corporation. Having earned his Associate in Accounting in 2010 and his BBA in December of 2011, Michael engaged the current students in a conversation about being assertive in the job search process and the qualities required to succeed in a managerial position.