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CCRI to honor esteemed alumni on March 26

Feb. 26, 2015

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Community College of Rhode Island will honor 26 alumni who have distinguished themselves as community leaders during “Celebrating Alumni for 50 Years” on March 26 at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston.

Cocktail hour, featuring hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the awards program and dinner starting at 6:30. Livingston Taylor will provide entertainment and WPRI news anchor Mike Montecalvo will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Three special divisional awards will be presented that night. The award for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will go to Lin Tucci ’71, an actress in the Netflix hit show “Orange Is the New Black.” Tucci, who lives in New York City, graduated with a Liberal Arts degree concentrating in drama.

Sandra J. Pattie ’76, president and CEO of BankNewport, will receive the divisional award for Business, Science and Technology. Pattie, a resident of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, graduated with a degree in General Business.

The divisional award for Health and Rehabilitative Sciences will go to Antonia “Toni” McGuire ’75, a graduate of the Nursing program who is president and CEO of the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. McGuire is a Westborough, Massachusetts resident.

The college also will recognize 23 other alumni awardees. They are:

  • Jocelyn Bluto ’94 of Warwick, a graduate of the Chemical Technology program working as a technical staff assistant in CCRI’s Chemistry Department.
  • Virginia Cairrao ’83 of Bristol, a graduate of the Dental Assisting program working for Philip D. Barr, D.D.S.
  • Joseph C. Cardin ’76 of Lincoln, a Liberal Arts graduate who is superintendent of the Rhode Island Training School.
  • Robert J. Cimino Jr. ’87 of Indianapolis, Indiana, a graduate of the Medical Laboratory Technician program who is a senior technical representative-Midwest region and international sales manager-South America for Helena Laboratories.
  • Randy L. Cloutier ’96 of North Providence, a graduate of the Music program with a concentration in Jazz Studies who is a professional drummer/percussionist and instructor.
  • Richard Cournoyer ’96 of Whittier, California, an Engineering graduate who is retired from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he worked on the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Robotic Lander project.
  • Doris M. De Los Santos ’02 of Providence, a General Studies graduate who is director of development and partnerships for the Providence Public Schools.
  • John W. Fuzek ’86 of Harmony, a graduate of the Art Department who is a professional musician and freelance graphic designer.
  • Normand E. Gamache Jr. ’78 of Warwick, a graduate of the Business Department who is director of public safety at the Rhode Island School of Design.
  • Michael Hayden ’77 of Cranston, a graduate of the Nursing program is a doctor of osteopathy who owns and operates a private practice in Cranston, Rhode Island.
  • Dr. Julie A. Landrio ’87 of Winchester, Virginia, a graduate of the Radiography program who is board certified as a doctor of internal medicine and has been in private practice since 1998.
  • James Lee ’75 of West Kingston, a Liberal Arts graduate who recently retired from his role as chief of the Civil Division in the Rhode Island Office of Attorney General.
  • Alicia Marques-Jordan ’97 of Warwick, a General Studies graduate who is a teacher at Anna M. McCabe and Raymond C. LaPerche elementary schools in Smithfield.
  • Elaine Manteiga ’81 of Cumberland, a graduate of the Human Services Department who is a special education teacher at North Cumberland Middle School.
  • Marc C. Masone ’00, formerly of South Kingstown, a graduate of the Art Department. He receives this award posthumously.
  • Melissa Nassaney ’98 of West Kingston, a graduate of the Physical Therapist Assistant program who works in adult rehabilitative services at Rhode Island Hospital.
  • Carol Patnaude ’78 of West Warwick, a graduate of the Human Services Department who is an associate professor and chairwoman of that department at CCRI.
  • Vi Pham Williams ’03 of Newport, a General Studies graduate who works as the HCIS coordinator at Meditech in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
  • Lynn Ruggieri ’81 of Barrington, a graduate of the Retail Management program who is an associate professor of accounting at Roger Williams University.
  • Kathleen Santilli ’74 of Coventry, a graduate of the Nursing program who is a case manager for AIG Medical Management Services.
  • Peter J. Santini ’66 of West Warwick, a graduate of the Liberal Arts program who is an educator retired from West Warwick schools and an adjunct instructor at the University of Rhode Island.
  • Sylvia Ann Soares ’93 of Providence, a graduate of the Theatre program who is a writer, poet, director, producer and performer.
  • Carl Tetzner ’66 of Narragansett, a Liberal Arts graduate who owns Phil’s Main Street Grille in Wakefield and Homestar Mortgage.

Tickets cost $75 per person or $750 to reserve a table for 10. For more information or to register online, visit or call 401-333-7132.

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