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January 2, 2013

Newsmakers: Dec. 27, 2012


The Board of Trustees of North Country School and Camp Treetops has announced the unanimous election of Dennis Aftergut as new board chair. He replaces J. Matthew Davidson, who is stepping down as chair after 12 years but will continue his service on the board. Davidson requested the change to accommodate the growing demands of leading Xten Industries LLC, where he is chairman and CEO. In another change, David Damico has assumed the position of director of admissions for North Country School, replacing Christine LeFevre of Wilmington, who retired earlier this fall after 17 years directing admissions. Damico brings 20 years of leadership in independent schools to his new post. Most recently he served as the Upper School director of admissions at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School, a secondary boarding school in Kingston, Pa. Before that, Damico spent 15 years at the American School in Switzerland, where he served as dean of students, associate director of admissions and director of the Summer French Language Program.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County has honored two professors from SUNY Plattsburgh. Dr. Jonathan Slater and Colleen Lemza, from the Department of Journalism and Public Relations, were saluted at the agency’s annual Local Foods Dinner in November. Slater and Lemza were honored for providing public-relations students with service-learning opportunities that help the extension and give students valuable work experience.

Essex County Public Health Preventive Services nurse Gina Brandolino has received the New York State Public Health Works Honor Roll recognition. Brandolino, who serves as the Essex County Public Health HIV educator, has, during the past two years, added new community groups for presentations, HIV testing sites and locations where free condoms and education materials can be obtained in the community. Brandolino has expanded the school outreach program by five new schools, bringing the number served to 13 schools and more than 2,000 students. Classroom presentations cover topics of a comprehensive sex-education program including sexual health, relationships and decision making. She provides a secure atmosphere for discussion where students are actively engaged in her presentations, according to a news release. Supporting her collaborations, the Ryan White Foundation has provided additional funding for testing supplies and educational materials.

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