March 8, 2014

Newsmakers: March 8, 2014


---- — Behavioral Health Services North recently inducted four new board members. They are Matt NolanAlexa King, Kirsten Pope and Joseph Wawrzynski. Nolan, who previously worked with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Wyeth Pharmaceutical,  is chief operating officer of Elizabethtown Community Hospital and lives in Peru. King, who received her MBA from Penn State, works for Cornell Cooperative Extension as a team coordinator for 4-H Youth Development and Nutrition, specifically the Eat Smart New York program. Pope, who also serves on the board of The Strand, is director of internal audit/corporate compliance office at CVPH Medical Center. Wawrzynski is administrative director of laboratory services at CVPH and held a similar position at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia; he is experienced with LEAN and Six Sigma strategies and will guide the BHSN Board as it focuses on a new strategic plan. Alan Booth has left the BHSN Board of Directors after serving two rounds on the board, the latest from 2006 to 2013. Booth served as the treasurer, as well as on other committees, including long-range planning and finance. 

Staff from Adirondack Community Action were recognized for Outstanding Performance by a Contractor at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Empower NY annual meeting. Attending the meeting and receiving the plaque were Energy Technician Robert Rowe, Energy Technician Jack Kimball, Energy Auditor Robert Smith, Program Assistant Cindy Wenzel and Weatherization and Energy Services Director Barbara Allen.

Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services recently honored a SUNY Plattsburgh lecturer with the 2013 Recent Alumni Hall of Fame Award. Andrea Simms is a 2008 graduate of Kent State’s master’s in special education program and a current Ph.D. candidate at the university. She has worked in the field of education for 13 years, spending much of that time in the Bahamas as a generalist teacher, an intervention specialist and a professional development consultant. Simms is now a lecturer in SUNY Plattsburgh’s teacher education program. As a teaching consultant, Simms facilitated numerous face-to-face and online training sessions for teachers and administrators throughout the Bahamas. She addressed the implementation of academic interventions for struggling students and positive behavior interventions and supports for students who exhibited challenging behaviors. Simms also worked with the language arts curriculum team from the Ministry of Education in the Bahamas to revamp the curriculum for students with disabilities. She was named the country’s ninth National Teacher of the Year in April 2010.

Amanda Zullo, chemistry teacher at Saranac Lake High School, has been awarded the American Chemistry Society Hach Grant, providing $1,500 to fund a project called “Nailing It: Enhancing Macroscopic, Particulate and Symbolic Understanding in Chemistry.” With the grant money, she purchased laptops for her chemistry classroom, enabling students to study chemistry concepts using animation that shows different perspectives. This is the second Hach Grant Zullo has received.

Stephens Mundy, president and chief executive officer of CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, has been named secretary for the Healthcare Association of New York State Board of Trustees.

The Northeast Central Labor Council contributed $750 to food pantries in Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties, collected from dues of member affiliates. The New York State AFL-CIO is a federation of 3,000 affiliated public-sector, private-sector and building-trades unions, representing 2.5 million members, retirees and their families, promoting union-made products and local jobs for local people.

Addie Desmarais, a registered nurse on the medical floor at Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Meghan E. Handler Excellence in Nursing Award for exceptional patient care. The Handler Award is given annually to an AMC nurse with fewer than three years experience and is named in memory of Meghan Handler, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Handler, who died in 1998. Recipients are chosen on their commitment to improve and expand their knowledge of patient care, technical skills, compassion, rapport with patient’s families and colleagues and efficiency.