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CCM Alumni Awards 2016
The County College of Morris Foundation, along with the CCM Alumni Association, inaugurated its annual Alumni Awards in 2003. Since then, more than 65 outstanding graduates have been added to the Alumni Hall of Fame. Tonight, we celebrate five more awardees for their achievements.

The Alumni Award Recognition Program acknowledges those who meet specific criteria, including personal achievement, dedication to serving the public good, service to a segment of the college, and finally, for exceptional overall achievement in their professions, the Alumnus/a of the Year Award.

The Alumni Association Hall of Fame salutes this tenth class of distinguished inductees. Their achievements, service and dedication to their professional lives and to the community make all of us at the County College of Morris proud.

Alumni Achievement Award
Specific, outstanding achievements and/or accomplishments in their profession. Have received honors from associations or employers, or whose work has proven beneficial to a pronounced segment of society.

Alumni Service Award
Recognition of outstanding service to County College of Morris Alumni Association or some other segment of the College.

Alumni Humanitarian Award
Dedication to humanitarianism and serving the public good. Unique contribution to society or the community. Lengthy volunteer service to community.

Alumnus/a of the Year Award
Highest honor given by the Alumni Association that recognizes the exceptional achievements of graduates of the College. Nominees must have shown outstanding performance in their professions, should be recognized as leaders, and should have made outstanding contributions to the community, state, or nation.

Our 2016 Alumni Stars

The County College of Morris Foundation held the 2016 Scholarship Gala at the Sheraton Parsippany on May 6, 2016. During the evening’s program, four distinguished alumni were inducted into this year’s Alumni Association Hall of Fame for their outstanding professional achievements, humanitarianism or service. Their names will be permanently etched on the corian plates on the Alumni Award Wall prominently displayed in the CCM Student Center.


Michael KlingerMichael Klinger ’03, who earned an AA degree in Humanities/Social Sciences at CCM, is an Associate in the Capital Markets Group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, one of the nation’s oldest law firms. Michael first joined the firm in the summer of 2012 as a Cadwalader Public Interest Fellow, and then returned to the firm in September 2014 following his graduation from Harvard Law School. Cadwalader’s clients include many of the world’s leading financial institutions, corporations, health care and charitable organizations, government agencies, and private individuals.
Michael practices in the area of asset securitization and finance, representing issuers and underwriters in securities and financing transactions. His primary responsibilities include drafting multi-party contracts governing the sales of commercial securities, negotiating asset disclosures between clients and origination counsel, and facilitating deal closures. In addition, Cadwalader has recognized Michael for excellence in his pro bono practice, which includes representing families of 9/11 First Responders, and his service on the Phoenix House New York Board of Directors.
Michael graduated from the Harvard Divinity School in 2011 with a Master of Divinity in Buddhist Studies, with a special concentration in Social Justice Advocacy. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 2006.
Being of service to others has long been a guiding principle for Michael, one that took him into maximum security prisons as an undergraduate volunteer teaching assistant, and led to a decade of volunteer work with Phoenix House, helping New York City’s underserved populations overcome substance and alcohol abuse. These experiences converged in 2006 when Michael was awarded a New York City Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, comprised of a nine-month, graduate-level study in leadership, public service and civic engagement, with a special focus on public policy.
The Coro Fellowship connected Michael to the Innocence Project, a national organization that exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing . At the conclusion of his Coro Fellowship, Michael joined the Innocence Project fulltime as the Innocence Project’s policy associate, where he supported the Policy Department’s efforts to reform the criminal justice system through impact litigation and legislative initiatives.
Michael’s experience with the Coro Fellowship and the Innocence Project led to a shift in his academic curiosity and vocational interests. That shift, followed by a chance meeting with a friend, ignited an interest in the Harvard Divinity School (HDS), where Michael furthered his commitment to service in the context of spiritual leadership, while preparing for a career in public interest law and positive social change.
At HDS, Michael started a student organization called the HDS Innocence Project Engagement Group committed to raising awareness about the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions, and engaging in local and national reform efforts to prevent such injustices from happening in the future.
From HDS, Michael united his commitment to service with his legal education at Harvard Law School. At Harvard Law School, Michael collaborated with the Criminal Justice Institute and The Harvard Prison Studies Project to organize events featuring exonerated individuals and their families. His clinical work included representing indigent clients in Boston as a public defender through the Criminal Justice Institute, and representing indigent clients on death row in Texas, where he worked for the Texas Defender Service through the Capital Punishment Clinic.
Michael’s commitment to service has been recognized with several awards. Harvard Law School honored Michael with the William J. Stuntz Memorial Award for Justice, Human Dignity and Compassion. The Stuntz award recognizes a graduating student who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the principles of justice, human dignity and compassion. He was also the recipient of the Jennifer Loren Herskowitz ’88 Cornell Tradition Point of Light Award that is conferred on an alumnus who has forwarded The Cornell Tradition message through extraordinary community service.
During his years at CCM Michael served as the Public Relations Officer for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and as a staff editor and contributing writer to both The Promethean and The Youngtown Edition. Michael also represented CCM as a Student Trustee on the United Way of Morris County’s Board of Trustees. In 2002, Michael was awarded a Governor’s Proclamation for academic excellence and community service. Michael also received the CCM Foundation Scholarship, and was awarded the George P. Snow Honors Scholarship in 2003.
Michael accepts today’s award as an expression of gratitude for all of his CCM professors and mentors, who he credits with transforming his life through their course instruction, academic counsel, and belief in his abilities to succeed. In particular, Michael wishes to thank Dr. Cliff L. Wood for his enduring guidance and support, Professor Laura Gabrielsen for teaching him how to think and read critically, and Dr. Edward J. Yaw for his decades-long commitment to ensuring CCM’s educational opportunities are second to none. Michael congratulates all of this year’s CCM Alumni Honorees, with special thanks to Matthew Roche for his years of friendship and encouragement, from CCM to Cornell and beyond. Michael extends his gratitude to his wife Valentina for all her patience and support during his years of graduate study, and his parents Arlen and Eleanor Klinger for, well, everything. In closing, Michael dedicates this award to the memory of Professor Andrew Downie, with whom Michael’s educational journey began, and will forever continue. 


Holly LusardiHolly Lusardi ’07, who earned an AAS degree in Computer Science at CCM, is currently employed by Universal Technical Resource Services, Inc. (UTRS) as a software engineer for the Department of Defense at Picatinny Arsenal.
In this role, Holly is responsible for designing, coding and testing software modifications for multiple applications using various software languages; the analysis and design of databases and user interfaces; data conversion and database administration; and defining and generating management reports. Holly’s colleagues rely on both her solid understanding of business requirements and her ability to translate them into technical designs, along with her experience in database design, implementation and management.
Prior to joining UTRS, Holly held various positions as a Programmer Analyst, MS Office Instructor, Business Analyst and Senior Systems Engineer.
Before attending CCM, Holly earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware and completed the EDS System Engineer Development Program. After graduating from CCM, she earned a Master of Science in Software Engineering and completed a graduate certificate in Systems Centric Software Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Over the years, Holly has demonstrated her commitment to giving back to CCM. In 2014, she was the keynote speaker at CCM’s 20th Annual Women Who Dare conference, where she addressed 200 high school females on job prospects in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. On other occasions, she has also spoken to students about career opportunities in the field of computer science. In addition, Holly has been a member of CCM’s Information Technologies Advisory Committee since 2012, and participated along with faculty and alumni on the C4 College Completion panel. 


Matthew RocheMatthew Roche ’03 is a Research Specialist in the Division of Schizophrenia Research at Rutgers University where his research interest lies in using the methods of experimental psychopathology and clinical cognitive neuroscience to understand the etiology and development of schizophrenia.
After graduating from CCM with an AA in Humanities/Social Sciences, Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development in 2005 from Cornell University. After his graduation from Cornell, he became a research assistant at Princeton, where he studied Asperger syndrome. The experience led to his acceptance into the doctoral program at Binghamton University, where he researched individuals at-risk for the development of schizophrenia. He graduated from Binghamton University with a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology in 2012.
He completed his pre-doctoral internship on the Division of Schizophrenia Research track in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As an NIH INSPIRE Fellow there, he held appointments in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Division of Schizophrenia Research. His post-doctoral fellowship was aimed at developing research scientists as effective teachers for minority-serving institutions.
He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Schizophrenia Research at Rutgers University, and is currently a Research Specialist in the Division there.
Matt has been published in many highly regarded scientific journals and has delivered more than 30 oral presentations and/or posters at national scientific meetings throughout the country.
While a student at CCM, Matt was a member of the CCM Ambassador Club and served as President and Co-President of Phi Theta Kappa.
Earning an Associate’s Degree from CCM set Michael on a path of lifelong learning and a career in academe. He is grateful for the start he got at CCM and is pleased to be back in the community college environment. In his current role as a community college dean, he can relate to prospective students and their parents the value proposition of a two-year degree. It gives him a great sense of pride to see students achieve their goals and work in the community as nurses, EMTs and radiographers. He is very grateful to be in a role that adds value to our economy and keeps our health professions replenished with capable and bright young people.


Maria DeAngelisMaria DeAngelis ’09 is a teacher of Special Education Mathematics at Bogota High School in New Jersey, where she teaches Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Prior to joining the Bogota School District, she taught mathematics at Cedar Grove High School and was a substitute teacher with Hanover Township School District.
She earned an AS degree in Mathematics at CCM and graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Special Education from Rutgers University.
While a student at CCM, Maria was a CCM Ambassador and served in a leadership capacity as Treasurer, Vice President and President. She was also a NJ Star Mentor/Ambassador and a CCM Alumni Scholarship recipient. Maria has served as an Alumni board member since 2011, and as a member of the Alumni Scholarship Committee. She has volunteered at graduation, the Festival on the Green, and the Foundation Gala. 


Alumni, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations of CCM graduates for these prestigious honors to be recognized by the County College of Morris Alumni Association, in conjunction with the CCM Foundation. Fill out the form below and mail to the CCM Alumni Office. Nominations may be received no later than December 31 each year. The awards will be presented at the Foundation Scholarship Gala/Alumni Awards.

Alumni Awards Nomination Form

Name of Nominee _______________________________________________________

(may be yourself)

Address _______________________________________________________________

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Year Graduated ___________________________ Home Phone __________________

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Please indicate which award nominated for:

Alumnus/a of the Year Award
Alumni Achievement Award
Alumni Service Award
Alumni Humanitarian Award

Nominated Because _____________________________________________________



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Contact Information
Barbara Capsouras, Alumni Director