College For Every Student, a nonprofit based in Essex, has added five new members to its team of professionals. CFES currently works with 200 schools across 24 states to help its 20,000 students move toward college success. The new hires extend the CFES team to 28 employees. The new members are Aubrey Bresett, communications director, who will be developing and implementing a multi-platform communications plan to promote CFES on a local and national scale; Sarah Dalton, program director, who will be working with the nine America East universities and their partnering schools to integrate the three core practices of CFES: Leadership through Service, Mentoring and Pathways to College; Bob Harsh, program director; Emily Lewis, director of persistence, who will be directing the program that helps CFES scholars succeed in college; and Carmela Santos, intern, who will be working with CFES Scholars in New York City.
Plattsburgh Lions Club members receiving awards in recognition of their 2011-12 service were: John Andrews, Lion of the Year; Bob Wyand, Robert J. Uplinger award; and Lynn Gilbert, President’s Knight of the Blind award. Club Officers elected for 2012-13 are: Clark Foster, president; John Homburger, secretary; Al Mihalek, treasurer; Bob Wyand, first vice president ; Susan Gordon, second vice president; John Schmitt, third vice president; Tom Ryder, lion tamer; and Jim Williams, tail twister. Directors are: John Andrews, Bonnie Pellerin, Lynn Gilbert, Tom Wyand, Ishmael Colon, Dennis Bardelcik, Jonathan Nizel and Ron Nye. The membership chairperson and immediate past president is Tammy Tyler.
Brandi L. Taylor of Plattsburgh was recognized with a poetry honorable mention of the 2012 North Country Writers Contest by the Jefferson Community College English Department at a public reception and Coffee House reading.