Following a year of intensive training, research and professional development workshops, eight college employees have graduated from the Leadership Brookdale program.
During a recognition ceremony in the Student Life Center on May 4, program coordinator Joan Scocco joined Brookdale president Maureen Murphy, associate vice president of human resources Patricia Sensi and a wide range of past and present Brookdalians to acknowledge the hard work put in by this year’s cohort and the personal and professional strides each member had made.
This year’s graduates, belonging to the Alpha-Beta Cohort, were:
Pamela Anania, nursing laboratory assistant; Christine Busacca-Tuzzio, manager of social media, advertising, and production; Jill Donovan, assistant director of Career and Leadership Development; Katherine Edward, director of educational services outcome assessment; Cynthia Gruskos, senior assistant to the president and board of trustees; Tim Macaluso, environmental sciences instructional assistant; Lauren Watson, video production specialist; and Katherine Wiegers, health sciences senior office assistant.
Each graduate received an official certificate of completion, joining a long line of employees to complete Leadership Brookdale since the program’s inception in 1996.
“It was a great experience,” said Busacca-Tuzzio. “The program is about more than just leadership at Brookdale. It was about leadership outside of the college as well, and developing skills that employees can put to use in their own lives and for the betterment of their communities.”
Also on hand were many of the guest presenters who worked with the Alpha-Beta cohort members on a monthly basis throughout the 2016-17 school year.
Presenters included Business and Social Sciences Institute dean Patricia Gallo; former OIT executive director Camille Shelley; Career and Leadership Development director Sarah McElroy; K-12 partnerships dean Franklyn Rother; vice president for learning Matthew Reed; health sciences institute administrator Susan Scarangella; retired vice president of development, community and government relations Webster Trammell; and members of the president’s cabinet and the Monmouth County community.
The ceremony also featured a special recognition of Murphy, who will be leaving Brookdale for a new position at the end of the year. Scocco presented Murphy with a certificate of appreciation for her “guidance, wisdom, support and lasting contribution” to the Leadership Brookdale program.
Leadership Brookdale is now accepting applications for the Alpha-Gama cohort, which will run through the 2017-18 school year. The program is open to all employees with two or more years of service at Brookdale. For more information email email@example.com or call ext. 2349