Alumni Spotlights - Class of 2000 - 2009

Amy Stillwaggon '02

Amy attended her first 2 semesters of college while still completing her senior year at NFA. Graduating NFA in 2000, Amy completed her Associates in Business Administration at SUNY Orange before transferring to SUNY New Paltz to complete her Bachelor of Arts. Throughout college, Amy was a Realtor. She learned during this time that she loved sales. After the market bubble burst, she joined her father and grandfather in their business, Newburgh Envelope, a full service commercial print supplier. As of 2015, Amy owns and operates Newburgh Envelope full time. In addition, Amy has been a Director Consultant with BNI Mid-Hudson Valley for 11 years, overseeing multiple chapters, facilitating trainings and teaching the art of networking regionally. In her spare time, Amy had the pleasure of opening a food pantry in Ulster County, currently sits on the Foundation Board of the ARC of Sullivan Orange, and can be found running 5Ks in the area. Plans for 2020 include utilizing the space at Newburgh Envelope to be even more of an asset to the business community, being a resource beyond just print, and providing access to the tools entrepreneurs need to launch their businesses.

Niccole Card '02 & '04

I graduated SUNY Orange in 2002 with my Associate in Arts and graduated again in 2004 with my AAS in Dental Hygiene. I then went on to attain my BS in Dental Hygiene and MS in Dental Hygiene. I came on as an adjunct in 2008 in the Dental Hygiene Department and then became full time in 2011. I have served in my dental hygiene professional association on the local and state levels since graduation as well. I love this college and all that it has to offer!

Michael Benzaia '08

My degree and the time spent at SUNY Orange set me up for more success than I even imagined possible. Since graduating from the Rad Tech program I have established myself in two of my passion careers- Medical & Television. The skillset the rad tech professors/clinical instructors taught me is what I used to obtain my graduate degree and what I currently utilize to navigate the entertainment world. I have been fortunate to have worked a fulfilling career in the Hudson Valley at medical facilities such as ORMC (Garnet), Middletown Medical, St Lukes Newburgh, & Hudson Valley Imaging. I applied the knowledge from these experiences to break into television working as an actor, medical consultant, and covid safety officer. I have appeared as an actor on How to get away with murder, General Hospital & Scandal. I have traveled around the world from New Zealand to Scandinavia. These experiences helped grow my empathy and understanding. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for that moment when I said to my parents, " Why don't I give SUNY Orange a try.  It’s close to home and affordable." The possibilities today are limitless because SUNY Orange gave me the tools that I needed to excel.

Carol Murray '02

“I started at Orange County Community College in 1992 after being laid off from a state position and having a 3 month old and 4 year old at home. I received a Word Processing certificate through the displaced worker state program. I returned years later and completed my Associates degree while working full-time. In 2004 I returned again but as a part-time employee in the Diagnostic Imaging Department and enjoyed working for Professor Misiak. I was fortunate to move into a full-time position In Diagnostic Imaging and then remained here working in Academic Affairs with VP Chew and VP Heppner for 5 years. In 2011 I moved to the President’s Office and worked alongside Dr. Richards. He was an amazing leader and mentor to me. Because of his encouragement I went on to obtain my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Human Services. I am now proud to work alongside Dr. Young in the President’s Office. Dr. Young is taking the College to a new level with her incredible energy and I am witness to the great work being done from my view in our office. This College is my home away from home and I have enjoyed many wonderful mentors and friends throughout the years. The faculty are excellent in their disciplines and we have a staff that really cares about our students. People who come to SUNY Orange find it hard to me, I’m still here!!”