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John H. DeWitt, Class of 1969
Honoree John DeWitt is, in many ways, a pioneer-he was among the first graduates of GCC in 1969, and while a student, he founded the Student Government Association and became its first president. In 1978, he returned to the campus to become the first graduate to serve on the Board of Trustees, and helped plot its growth for nine years. During his tenure, he was an integral member of the visionary team that founded the GCC Foundation, which invests in the region and its future workforce by using donations from various sources for student scholarships. Mr. DeWitt also served GCC as interim development director, and has provided invaluable assistance to GCC Alumni Director Jackie Christenson, by offering advice and assistance on various fundraising and alumni projects. John and his wife Caryn live in Williamsville. They have four children, two of whom attended GCC.
Cynthia M. Howe, Class of 1984
Cynthia Howe managed to make Dean's List during every semester at GCC while juggling the demands of raising two young children and working part-time. After graduating, Ms. Howe launched her career as an RN in the orthopedic unit at Park Ridge Hospital in Rochester, while earning her bachelor's degree and becoming a key member of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses. That affiliation would later propel her onto the organization's board of directors and into its presidency. It was during this time that Ms. Howe also earned her Master's Degree in Nursing. Her expertise in the field of orthopedic care has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where she is a leader in establishing Safe Patient Handling Practices for orthopedic patients at VA facilities. As the nurse manager of the highly respected orthopedic clinic at Dartmouth Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire, Ms. Howe is an acknowledged leader and innovator in the field of orthopedic medicine with several published papers to her credit. Cynthia and her husband Peter reside in Grantham, NH.
Daniel P. Ireland, Class of 1992
A long and varied career in medicine started for Daniel Ireland in 1990, when he began working as an orderly at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, while acquiring his associate's degree from GCC. His exceptional work propelled him to serve as a floor nurse on a medical/surgical unit. From there he went on to earn a BSN from SUNY Brockport in 1994 and his MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1997. Mr. Ireland continued his career at UMMC, becoming an IT clinical analyst, then an administrative analyst, and in 2004, he was named director of quality management. His work steering the department earned him a promotion to vice president of Clinical Support Services in 2005, and in 2010, he advanced to vice president of operations, where he has oversees the medical center's capital improvement projects, including diagnostic and housing renovations at the Jerome Center, as well as its surgical expansion. He also serves as the administrator of emergency preparedness activities and is UMMC's liaison to the Genesee County Health Department. Additionally, Mr. Ireland has overseen the physical therapy relocation project at GCC. He and his wife Amy and their three children make their home in Byron, NY.