December 3, 2012

Newsmakers: Nov. 27, 2012


---- — Amy Spiegel, an 18-year resident of Plattsburgh and a mother of two, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross North Country Chapter for a three-year term in April. Spiegel attended college at SUNY Plattsburgh where she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Later, she received her master’s in school psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh. She worked as a school psychologist at Saranac Central School District for eight years before becoming a stay-at-home mother.  While at SCSD, one of Spiegel’s primary jobs was case management and program coordination for autistic children there. Spiegel works part time at Adirondack Helping Hands as a psychologist doing early intervention and preschool psychological evaluations.  Recently, she worked in the court system as a special-education consultant for children in foster care. She is also on the  Board of Directors for Adirondack Charter School. She and her husband, Matt, own two restaurants in downtown Plattsburgh: the Naked Turtle and Olive Ridley’s.

Steven G. Frederick has been promoted to vice president  at Clinton Community College from his previous job as associate vice president. Frederick joined Clinton in 2002 as dean of development and alumni affairs. In that role, Frederick oversaw the CCC Foundation and fundraising as well as the CCC Alumni Association. As vice president for institutional advancement, Frederick continues to oversee those departments as well as public relations, marketing and government relations. The Foundation’s latest project has Frederick traveling all over the North Country and beyond. The Clearly Clinton capital campaign, which officially launched in January, is a five-year, $7.5 million fundraising effort to help build a 21st Century Learning Commons on campus. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $15 million dollars. The State University of New York will match the $7.5 million raised by the campaign. In its first year, Frederick and his team have raised more than $1 million dollars for the campaign, setting the pace for a successful start to year two. Highlights from the first year include two record donations totaling a half-million dollars.

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.