Skip to content

Ninety-Nine Employees, Including Longest Serving Faculty Member, Recognized for Service

October 22, 2021

St. John Fisher College faculty and staff were recently recognized for milestone years of service during the annual Service Awards Ceremony.

Dr. Don Muench and Dr. Gerry Rooney

Among those honored was Dr. Don Muench, the College’s longest serving faculty member and loyal alumnus as a graduate of the Pioneer Class of 1955. Celebrating 55 years of service to Fisher, Muench returned to campus in 1966, when the College had just over 1,120 students enrolled. He has known all seven presidents, has seen decades of growth and change, and most recently served as mace bearer during the College’s Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020.

Dr. Charles Natoli from the Philosophy Department arrived 10 years later, and has been here for 45 years. The same year he arrived, the chemistry building received an addition and the College enrollment had increased to just over 1,800 students.

In all, the 99 faculty and staff were recognized during the ceremony have given more than 1,365 years of service to the College. President Rooney was among those celebrating 25 years of service. In remarks during the ceremony, he recognized each of the milestone employees for their important service to the College.

“Your dedication to the College has manifested itself in many ways. It has allowed Fisher to grow into the outstanding institution it is today. The work that each of you do renews our purpose and broadens our impact, and ensures that Fisher remains true to its mission and history, while remaining student-focused and open to change to best serve those we have the privilege of serving,” he said. “The students appreciate you, and they see you as role models who they remember long past their graduation from Fisher and into their personal and professional lives.”

Full List of Honorees:

55 Years of Service: Don Muench

45 Years of Service: Charles Natoli

40 Years of Service: Elizabeth Leboffe

35 Years of Service: Tom Douglas, Gary Maggs, Farrokh Mamaghani

30 Years of Service: Marilyn Dollinger, Hemant Sashittal, Lynn Seavy, and Paul Vosburgh

25 Years of Service: Monica Litzenberger, Dawn Rager, Gerry Rooney

20 Years of Service: Kathleen Broikou, Paul Goverts IV, Yvrose Jacques, Erica Johnson, Elizabeth Lachance, Jill Rathbun, Cynthia Reinecke, Britta Stackwick, and Carolyn Vacca

15 Years of Service: Jody Benedict, Douglas Bicket, Christine Birnie, Bruce Blaine, Timothy Brown, Keith Colf, Emily Dane-Staples, Lafayette Eaton, Cecil Felton, Marie Fico, Alice Fraser, Ryan Gantner, Robert Grimm, William Harrison, Melissa Jadlos, Sharon Keppler, Irene Kimaru, MaryBeth Kula, Shelley Ouellette, Amy Parkhill, Kristin Picardo, Kathleen Ross, Jennifer Rossi, Yantee Slobert, Maya Temperley

10 Years of Service: Gail Begley, Christine Boev, Christopher Bowman, Brittany Broderick, Denise Curlee, Alexander DeLucenay, Lynn Donahue, Lynda Fuess, Anne Geraci, Kelly Gionta, Geoffrey Grambo, Benjamin Hockenberry, David Kunsch, Sebastien Lazardeux, Linda Michele, Lynda Page, C. Michael Robinson, Katie Sabourin, Anne Schweighardt, Raymond Sneed, Natasha Vujanovic, Patricia Wollan

5 Years of Service: Kevin Brown, Benjamin Campbell, David Dobbins, Crystal Dobri, Myya Dyes, Stephen England, Jaime Fordham, Susan Frederick, Kelly Greapentrog, Michael Grosodonia, Christopher Keyes, Isar Kiani, Rebecca Kieffer, Melody Kuzniar-Giglio, Matthew Lake, Jeremy Luke, Wayne Machamer, Stacia Maiorani, Kathleen Maurer, Kristen Millerd, Hannah Olearnick, Maria Stella Plutino, Kevin Railey, Robert Ruehl, Maria Carolina Saffie Robertson, Jonathan Schott, Alison Simpson, Jane Snyder, Kenneth Widanka, Donna Wolf