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Where Your Past Presidents are Today

Eugene J. Monaco
CEANY President 1980-1981
Executive Director of the Professional Development Program
Rockefeller College

For the past 16 years I have served as a Public Service Professor and as Executive Director of the Professional Development Program (PDP) of Rockefeller College, one of the largest university-based continuing professional education programs in the nation. I have had over 30 years experience in the design and delivery of instructional activities using state of the art delivery modalities and in the development of curricula, training and research materials for continuing professional education in a college and university environment.

Before coming to the UAlbany in 1986, I served as the Dean of Continuing Education and the Executive Director of the Public and Community Service Project at Hudson Valley Community College. I also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the College of Saint Rose, and Schenectady County Community College.

I have authored numerous journal articles, papers, and scholarly abstracts regarding continuing professional education and workforce development as well as coauthored several publications on e-Learning applications for higher education and the public sector.

H. Griffin Walling, Ed.D.
CEANY President 1983-1984
Core Faculty, Postsecondary & Adult Education
Capella University, Minneapolis, MN

Following some 10 years of service as Dean of SUNY Plattsburgh's Center for Lifelong Learning, I decided that it was time for a change and took a position as Dean of the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Tampa in the early 90's. This turned out to be major change from a life as a married public university dean in a cold climate to one as a divorced, single parent, private university dean in a warm climate. Major accomplishments at Tampa included founding of the new School, starting an Evening College and new extension sites, developing new degrees for adult learners, teaching in an AACSB accredited MBA program, raising two kids, and marrying my soul mate Carol. Then, in the late 90's, I found myself back in New York as Associate Academic VP and Dean and of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Marist College. Major accomplishments at Marist included founding a new School, designing new extension campuses and degree programs, and designing (and teaching in) New York State's first accredited online MBA program. Following 5 good years at Marist, my hometown beckoned me and I took a position as Dean of the Division of Business and Professional Studies at NYU's School of Continuing Studies. Following a somewhat brief but very exciting tour of duty at NYU, during which a major restructuring occurred, I decided that I had perhaps completed my sentence as an academic administrator and decided to pursue a long time love of mineundefinedfull-time college teaching. So, I now find myself in the wonderful role of Professor of Education at Capella University's Graduate School of Education in Minneapolis. My current duties include teaching online PhD courses in Adult Education, designing graduate courses and programs, mentoring a handful of PhD candidate, and doing a bit of research and consulting. Since Capella is an online institution (with 38,000 remote learners), I am able to perform my current duties from the comfort of our home on the CT shoreline, our Florida condo, or on Paramour (our 42’ sailboat which is berthed in Mystic, CT).

Holly A. Christensen
CEANY President 1984-1985
Director of the Camden Center
College of Coastal Georgia, Kingsland, GA

Currently I am the Director of a branch of the College of Coastal Georgia in Kingsland, GA and so do a bit of everything. In addition, I am currently chairing the committee that is responsible for putting together the Quality Enhancement Plan for the College which is a requirement for our reaffirmation of our accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges & Universities with a visit scheduled for next October which is keeping me even busier than usual.

Ann M. Diehl
CEANY President 1992-1993 

Since retiring in 2007, I have sailed on the Queen Mary 2 (twice), climbed Machu Picchu and toured the Galapagos Islands, visited Oberammagau, Germany for the Passion Play and traveled to Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland. Next on my list is Israel in May. Volunteer activities at Georgian Court University, my church and my local hospital fill my days as does visiting my seven children and their families, including my sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Life is good!

Barbara Ritchin
CEANY President 1995-1996 

What have I done since I retired in February of 2004, as Executive Director of the Continuing Education Program at Queens College/CUNY? After over 40 years in education, sixteen years at Queens, I felt a need for a break and change. However, I found that sitting at home was not in my genes.

After a VERY short break, I opened my own consulting practice as an educational consultant. My first client was Goodwill Industries of New York, where I researched the feasibility of their opening a charter school. My results indicated that it would be too costly, and thus I was out of a job.

My next clients included Lehman College/CUNY, where I analyzed their continuing education staff roles; FIT, where I was the Acting Dean of Continuing and Professional Studies: and Kingsborough Community College/CUNY, where I reported to the President and worked as a consultant to different credit areas to construct new programs and courses of study.

After working as an educational consultant for over four years, I made the decision to close. I wanted more time “to have some fun”.

So – what did I do next? I began to volunteer my services to organizations I had an interest in. These include the New York City Ballet, where I am on the Information Committee; Ronald McDonald House, where once a month I help prepare dinner for
all the residents; my local public library, where I work in the used bookstore housed in the basement (we earned over $100,000 last year that we donated to the library); and, Big Apple Greeters, where I generally take up to four individuals from France
on tours of Manhattan.

In my spare time, I helped to renovate my niece’s home on Long Island and my nephew’s restaurant in Florida.

But life is not only work. Every week I attend, with my friends, the New York Philharmonic dress rehearsal and have a ladies’ day lunch. I have subscriptions to the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Metropolitan Opera, 92nd Street Y Lyrics and Lyricists, and City Center’s Encore. I also attend both Broadway and off-Broadway shows.

Finally, I travel. Since retiring, I have visited Australia and New Zealand; Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Russia; California, Florida, Maryland, and the Caribbean. Next year I will visit the Galapagos Island.

As you can see, retirement is not dull. Why don’t you join me?

Bill McClure
CEANY President 2002-2004
Director of Continuing & Professional Education
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA

I was the president for two years, 2002-2004, while the Director of Non-Credit Programs at Binghamton University.  In 2005, I accepted the Director of Continuing & Professional Education (C&PE) position at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  It has been a real positive challenge and opportunity.  We have a staff of 40 and present mostly credit courses/programs, online and face to face, graduate and undergraduate, and have seen huge growth in online.  In FY 2010, over 75,000 credit hours were presented through C&PE for a gross revenue of $35m.  We have a strong and dedicated team who work hard and really care. 
I am a member of the University Profession and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) board of directors and just became the president of the North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS).  I often present at conferences and enjoy meeting with friends and colleagues during these functions.  I believe that CEANY's efforts to engage former presidents is valuable and enhances the association.

Kathy Kraus
CEANY President 2004-2005
I was President of CEANY in 2004undefined2005, previously having served as President-Elect, Treasurer and in a variety of additional roles over more than twenty years of involvement. Today I am happy to continue that involvement as your Executive Director since July 2010. While I was President I was Dean of Continuing & Professional Education at SUNY New Paltz and I firmly believe that New Paltz benefitted from my participation with CEANY.

After my presidency I continued at SUNY New Paltz for two more years adding Graduate Admissions Advisement to our department and maintaining our traditional programming. Due to a medical condition with Marty, my husband of 40+ years, I retired in 2007, at a “very young age.” After retirement we took a couple of years off and traveled around our beautiful country in our motor home, staying as often as possible in national parks or with old friends (and even my brother!). It was a great time which we enjoyed thoroughly. During this time we also added four of the most fabulous grandchildren in the world to our family! We now divide our time between New York and Florida.

It has been exciting to come back to CEANY after a short hiatus and so wonderful to catch up with old friends and start making new ones. Our association has come so far over the years and each president added so much during his or her tenure. Starting as an informal group of continuing educators, CEANY has grown into a vibrant organization that is 600+ strong. As we move forward into a bright future it will be most advantageous to have the involvement of our Past-Presidents and their wealth of knowledge and entrepreneurism. I welcome the opportunity to work with all of them, our committed and talented Board of Directors and all of our members.

Tom Cracovia
CEANY President 2006-2008
Development Specialist
Queens College, NY 

While I was President of CEANY, I was the Executive Director of Continuing Education at Queens College/CUNY. In July of 2010, I assumed the position of Development Specialist at Queens College. As of February 8, 2011 I retired from Queens College and CUNY and am in the process of exploring new careers while enjoying more leisure time. Specifically, I am exploring overseas collaborations mostly in China.

CEANY has given me a valuable group of personal resources and as co-chair of The Retirement Committee, I hope to strengthen the organizations relationships with our past members and past Presidents. I am proud of the continued growth that CEANY is experiencing.

I live in Manhattan and have a house and property in Columbia County, NY.

Chuck Caples
CEANY President 2008-2010
Program Director
Monroe Community College

For the last eleven years Chuck Caples has been a program director in the Office of Workforce Development at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. He specializes in coordinating a variety of training programs for area companies as well non-credit certificate programs in information technology and Lean Six Sigma. He has over 25 years of experience with similar previous positions at SUNY College at Brockport and Bryant & Stratton College.

List of Past Presidents

Armond Festine* (72-73)

Robert E. Moseley* (73-74)

Lewis C. “Pete” Popham III* (74-75)

Dawn Richardson Cooper (75-76)

Richard J. Meagher (76-77)

Hilton Power* (77-78)

John Cotnam (78-79)

Robert Pasciullo* (79-80)

Eugene Monaco (80-81)

Michael A Falcone (81-82)

Ronald Koster (82-83)

H. Grffin Walling (83-84)

Holly Christensen (84-85)

Floyd “Bud” Amann (85-86)

Robert Stephen (86-88)

Linda Headley Walker (88-89)

Regina Peruggi (89-90)

Don Friday (90-91)

Al Hall* (91-92)

Ann M. Diehl (92-93)

John Mogulescu (93-94)

Kathy Habel (94-95)

Barbara Ritchin (95-96)

Gary Arnold (96-97)

Acte Maldonaldo (97-98)

Lou Buck (98-99)

Robert Barber (99-00)

Andrea Morville (00–02)

William McClure (02-04)

Kathleen Kraus (04-05)

Katee Tully (05-06)

Tom Cracovia (06-08)

Chuck Caples (08-10)

Ann Clarkson (10-12)

David Kohn (12-14)

Martha Hubbard (14-15)

Fern Chan (15-17)

Jill Pippin (17-present)

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