Luncheon Recognizes Staff Members for Exceptional Service

Monique Thorne and jackie Liebergott

Carrie Fuller
August 27, 2010

Emerson staff members from departments all across the College gathered in the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym on August 24 to celebrate the hard work and dedication of their colleagues.

The theme of this year’s Staff Appreciation Luncheon was “Exploring Our Differences.” The day kicked off with a special Town Hall Meeting, featuring a lecture by Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and the first female African American President of Spelman College.


The luncheon featured food from many different cultures and the music of Zili Misik, an all-female group whose music evokes the sounds of Africa. Staff members who were recognized for more than 15 years of service were:

  • Sofia Belenky, Technology Support Specialist
  • Scott Bornstein, Deputy Director of Public Safety
  • Sandy Cohn Thau, Director of Clinical Education, Communcation Sciences and Disorders
  • Neil Davin, Manager of Technology Support Services
  • Antonietta Francis, Senior Administrative Associate in the Finance office
  • Hugh Gilbert, Manager of Telecommunications
  • David Griffin, Director of International Study & External Programs
  • Marc Hamilton, Property Manager
  • Peggy Ings, Associate Vice President of Government and Community Relations
  • Jim Lane, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Program
  • Bill Lynch, Senior Programmer
  • Richard Matthews, Payroll Coordinator
  • Betsy Micucci, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Director, Clinical Programs
  • Donna Ott, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Administrative Assistant
  • Anthony Presutti, Second Shift Crew Chief for Facilities Management

Individual Award Recipients

  • Sharon Duffy, Associate Dean of Students
  • Richard Petraglia, Associate Director of Facilities
  • Monique Thorne, Senior Administrative Associate

Team Award

The cross-departmental members of the H1N1 team were also honored:

  • Lawrence Albert, Human Resources, Associate Director
  • Marc Hamilton, Property Manager
  • Neal Lespasio, Director of Facilities Management
  • Ronald Ludman, Dean of Students
  • Andy Mahoney, Director of Business Services
  • George Noonan, Director of Public Safety
  • Jane Powers, Health Wellness Director