September 24, 2013

Newsmakers: Sept. 24, 2013


---- — WIRY Radio of Plattsburgh has been presented with the Clinton County Health Department Community Partnership Award for the generosity, valuable relationship and support of improving the public’s health by “getting the word out.”

Elizabethtown Community Hospital is the recipient of the 2013 IPRO Quality Award. The recognition, by the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization and Medicaid Review Agent for New York State, is given annually to recognize organizations that demonstrate a high level of commitment to improving the quality of care provided to New York’s Medicare beneficiaries and Medicaid recipients.

Margaret Dievendorf of Malone has been accepted into the Peace Corps and has departed for Guinea to begin training as an education volunteer. She will work with teachers there to improve participatory teaching methodologies, inclusion practices, classroom management, authentic assessments, parental involvement and gender equality in the classroom. She is the daughter of Jane and Chuck Dievendorf and a graduate of Franklin Academy High School in Malone. She attended Colgate University in Hamilton, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in astrogeophysics. After three months of living with a host family in Guinea, she will be assigned to a community to live and work for two years with the local people.

Thomas Mandeville of Champlain has been named to the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System as a representative for Clinton County. He received his bachelor’s degree cum laude in American history and political science from Eastern Michigan University and master’s degree with areas of concentration in American history, public law and American government from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. He has taught at Clinton Community College since 1990 and at SUNY Plattsburgh since 2000. He is historian for the Town of Champlain and an advocacy consultant and trainer with Rural Action Now in Saranac Lake and with Upper Hudson Primary Care Consortium.

John W. Sucharski III was installed as president of the Practicing Institute of Engineering, an organization of professional engineers and training providers. He is also president of the Suffolk County Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and works full time as a project manager for the Long Island Railroad. He graduated from AuSable Valley Central School in 1987 and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1991. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Kathleen, and daughter, Jessica.

Chris Morris of Saranac Lake has joined the Adirondack Community Trust, the community foundation of the Adirondacks, as communications manager. He will work to build awareness of the trust in the local, regional and national press and oversee news content on the organization’s website and social-media platforms. A native of Saranac Lake, Morris has been part of reporting for several area media groups.

Detective Sgt. Debra L. (Sweatt) Leitenberger, daughter of Betty A. (Blanchard) Sweatt of Willsboro and the late John E. Sweatt, Jr., has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant in New Jersey. In 1995, Leitenberger retired from the U.S. Army as a chief warrant officer 2 and joined the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office in Mount Holly, N.J., where she served in various positions, including polygraph examiner, sergeant in charge of the Fatal Accident Unit, Special Investigations Unit and an instructor at the Police Academy. Her promotion to lieutenant marked the first female to hold that position in the history of the organization. She was recently recognized for her outstanding leadership and accomplishments in law enforcement for “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” in a ceremony held at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Debra lives in New Jersey with her husband, Eugene, and their 3-year old son, Andrew.