Michael D. Zemany, director and assistant professor, Health Care Administration and echnology programs, Champlain College, Burlington, Vt., who resides in Saranac Lake, has became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for health-care leaders.
Nicholas Sherman participated in the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony in December, receiving one of the most recognized symbols of the veterinary profession and marking a milestone in the journey toward the development of clinical confidence and competence. Sherman is a member of the veterinary college’s Class of 2014 and is the son of Gregory and Deborah Sherman of Plattsburgh.
Northeastern Zone New York State Retired Teachers Association elected the following officers for 2013: president, Kevin Mulligan; executive vice president, Bonnie Gregware; secretary, Lois Wilson; treasurer, Diane Bonenfant; vice presidents for legislation,Robert LaFontaine and Gary Germain; vice president for membership, Sandy Lashua; and vice president for friendly service, Judy Corigliano.
Morgan Mae Wright, international horsemanship instructor and trainer, was named Champlain Valley Morgan Horse Association’s Horseperson of the Year for 2012. Wright is an international horsemanship instructor with clientele in Portugal, Spain and Italy and on her family’s farm in Saranac. She is the fourth generation Wright to work the farm. Wright specializes in dressage, making advances in the new western field. She is training her own Morgan gelding with her eye set on Morgan World Dressage competition. Wright and her horses dedicate dozens of hours yearly to community service, to include Fletcher Allen and St. Jude Children’s hospitals. She is also a project leader and horse rider safety evaluater for Cornell Cooperative Extension programs. Morgan is developing programs with accredited organizations and medical professionals with horsemanship programs for youth with social disorders.
West Chazy native Jay Rigsbee, son of the late John W. and Jane A. Rigsbee of West Chazy, has been appointed clinical assistant professor of physical therapy at Clarkson University. A retired U.S. Navy Mustang and Medical Service Corps officer, Rigsbee is a doctor of physical therapy and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is a licensed physical therapist in South Carolina and in New York state. He received his bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and his doctor of physical therapy degree from Boston University.
Rigsbee served as a Navy diver prior to pursuing his degree in physical therapy. Once he was licensed as a physical therapist, he received a commission in the Medical Service Corps and continued his career in the Navy as a physical therapist practicing in a variety of health-care settings around the world. Before going to Clarkson, Rigsbee was a senior physical therapist at CVPH Medical Center Rehabilitation at PARC in Plattsburgh. He was previously program director of the Tri-Service Physical Therapy Specialty Program at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, taught in the Army-Baylor Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy and was the Navy liaison for Army Navy Rehabilitation Integration during the consolidation of physical therapy departments between Bethesda National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.