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2017 RCC Foundation Leadership Awards Luncheon

2017 RCC Foundation Leadership Awards Luncheon

2017 Foundation Luncheon invite - Friday, March 31, noon-2 pm at Hilton Pearl River


Reservations: please contact the Foundation at 845-574-4576



Michael J. Gill

Michael J. Gill, EdD, '92, Principal, North Rockland High School, previously served as principal of West Haverstraw Elementary School, assistant principal at Farley Middle School and Special Education coordinator at North Rockland.

A graduate of RCC’s Honors Program, Dr. Gill lauded the faculty support he received, especially from his mentor, Professor Samuel Draper. Now, Dr. Gill collaborates with RCC, offering college courses in North Rockland through RCC’s High School Program.

Dr. Gill also serves as an adjunct at Manhattanville College and The College of Mount St. Vincent. He earned an AA in Liberal Arts from RCC; a BA in Law & Society at SUNY Binghamton; an MS in Special Education at City College, CUNY; and a Doctor of Education at Fordham University.


Kevin Barrett

Kevin Barrett, PhD, Assistant Professor/Chair, Criminal Justice, who served in the Englewood Police Department for 32 years, brings his own and others’ experience as law enforcement professionals to the classroom.

Outstanding among his campus activities is Dr. Barrett’s co-chairing of the Middle States Re-Accreditation Self Study in advance of the Middle States team’s visit in March 2017.

Dr. Barrett holds a BA in Political Science from Montclair State College, and an MA, a Master of Philosophy and a PhD in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. He is a certified instructor at the New Jersey Police Training Commission.


Debra Tietze

Debra Courtney Tietze, Professor of Education, has been an educator for more than 40 years, including the past three decades at RCC. She began her career in a small farming community in Illinois. While on a child-rearing leave, she took courses at RCC toward state certification as an Art teacher and was recruited to teach Early Childhood Development.

Tietze is now completing her last year as full professor and former chair of Teacher Education. One of her career highlights was leading the effort to procure a million-dollar grant to construct the Theresa Morahan Simmons Center for Children and Families, which houses the current Campus Fun & Learn Child Development Center.

Tietze earned a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching in 2000. She holds a BS in Sociology and Teacher Education from Illinois State University and an MS Ed in Early Childhood Development from SUNY New Paltz.


Helen Hayes Hospital logo

One of the nation’s leading specialty physical rehabilitation hospitals, Helen Hayes Hospital has helped hundreds of thousands of patients rebuild their lives following catastrophic accidents, traumatic injuries and disabling illnesses and surgeries through intensive rehabilitation.

A key component in these recoveries is the hospital’s dedicated Nursing Department, a cohesive team that includes registered nurses, nurse practitioners and licensed practical nurses, many of whom hold specialty certifications, such as in rehabilitation nursing and wound care.

The HHH Nursing Department has forged strong bonds with RCC’s Nursing program. Several members of the hospital’s administrative nursing staff teach at RCC, and the hospital offers clinical placements to RCC Nursing students, furthering their professional education.


Susan Gordon
Edmund Gordon

The Family of Drs. Susan and Edmund W. Gordon and the CEJJES Institute

The enormous accomplishments of the late Dr. Susan Gordon and her husband Dr. Edmund W. Gordon are legendary, in fields across education, healthcare, social and
community action. Many who share their social justice
goals find the path illuminated by their example. Their children continue a tradition of service, each choosing a career to make a difference and improve life for others. Together, Dr. Edmund T. Gordon, Christopher W. Gordon, Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, and Johanna Susan Gordon, founded the CEJJES Institute to honor their parents and to continue their work. CEJJES is dedicated to promoting social justice, particularly the health, education, and environmental/ material wellbeing of marginalized communities. The family's many contributions increase in value through expanding circles of influence and
succeeding generations enlightened, informed
and inspired.