Alumni Spotlight - Class of 2000-2009

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Class of 2002

Amy Stillwaggon

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.

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Class of 2002

Carol Murray

“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 leave...like me, I’m still here!!”

Class of 2002

Mike LaPenna

I’ve spent the last decade plus exploring various areas of communications. Currently, I do mostly long-form editing for manuscripts, I recently worked with a client on Stageplay Which should be touring the southeast sometime soon. My website: FreelanceMikey.com

Class of 2005

Michael Martucci

Michael serves as the Treasurer of the SUNY Orange Foundation and has been on the Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2016. For the past two years, he has served as the chairman of the annual SUNY Orange Golfing for Scholarships event which raises money for athletic scholarships at the college. Michael attended SUNY Orange as a President’s Scholar and graduated with honors, with an Associates in Science in business administration. He obtained both his BS and MBA from Marist College and shortly thereafter found Quality Bus Service. As part of his philosophy of owning and operating a successful business, Michael felt compelled to become an active member of the school transportation industry, advocating for school transportation safety and innovation. He became a member of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) and the New York School Bus Contractors Association (NYSBCA) – the state’s two leading school transportation organizations. He was elected president of NYSBCA and served a two-year term concluding in 2017. In that role, he forged strong partnerships with New York’s school transportation unions. Michael worked alongside them in advocating for stronger school transportation laws to protect children, legislation to protect school transportation workers and smarter laws to help control the cost of school transportation to allow school districts to keep more money in the classroom. Michael sold his business in April 2018 to spend more time with his growing family and focus on giving back to his community. Michael lives in New Hampton with his wife Erin, and his children Michael Jr. and Elizabeth. Just recently, Michael and Erin’s created the Michael and Erin Martucci Family Foundation. Its mission is to inspire and empower members of the community to develop innovative ideas to address the many needs of children and adults in the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions. Michael is being honored as a 2019 Orange County Rising Star, hosted by Junior League of Orange County.

Class of 2002 & 2004

Niccole Card

"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!"

Class of 2003

Barbara Martinez

Barbara Martinez is the Executive Director of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce.  Previously, Barbara was with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce where she served as Director of Communications for over two years.  Barbara has called Orange County home for over 20 years and proudly serves her community.  From School Board to Not for Profit committees, she is deeply connected to Orange County and continuously highlights local businesses and organizations.  Barbara received her Associates Degree with High Honors from Orange County Community College and continued on to Marist College where she achieved Summa Cum Laude and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.  Barbara is a radio personality and a professional social media influence marketer.

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