Distinguished Alumni Awards

The prestigious “Distinguished Alumni” award is presented to selected alumni (graduates/attendees) whose professional, personal and/or civic accomplishments and service to the community have earned them unquestionable recognition.

The award recognizes alumni for professional achievements (demonstrated accomplishment(s) in any field of professional endeavor) and personal achievements (demonstrated accomplishment in any field of community service or any area where active participation demonstrates that the nominee is a shining example for others).

This year’s awards will be presented at our Commencement ceremonies on May 10, 2018. The recipients are:

Colleen M. Lyons

Colleen M. Lyons, MBA, CPHIMS, PMP was named Chief Information Officer at Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, and Lenox Health Greenwich Village, all New York City-based members of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, in 2015.

Lyons received her A.A. in Computer Science from Brookdale in 1980, a B.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA in 1982 and her M.B.A. from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ in 1989. She also holds several advanced certifications, including Certified Project Manager (PMP) and Certified Healthcare Information & Management System Professional (CPHIMS).

Doris B. Hudak

As a non-traditional student and mother, Doris Hudak came to Brookdale later in life. She has been a champion for Brookdale Community College ever since she earned her Associate in Applied Science degree in Human Services in 1983.

Upon graduation Doris went to work in Brookdale’s Career Services department as a Cooperative Education Coordinator. Soon after she became active in the Brookdale Alumni Association and held various roles on their Board of Trustees for more than two decades, including President. In 2009, she was awarded the Barringer Award in recognition of her tireless service to the Alumni Association, and was awarded  the distinction of Trustee Emeritus in 2015 in recognition of her countless contributions of time, talent and resources to advance the Alumni Association’s mission.


Past Recipients

Edward Buenga
Ron Carter ‘71
Jessie Ricks ‘92

Madine R. DeSantis ‘92
Wesley Mayo Sr. ‘75

Dorothy James ‘ 74
Marry Curry ’99
Joseph Ferraina ‘ 71

Dr. Mary Jane Celli ’78
Barbara A. Ruane ’93, ’94

Janet Bowne-English ’94
Daryl Morrison ’88

Dr. Brenda Gierhart ‘ 73
John A. Forsman ’72

Joan Brearley ‘ 88, ’90, ’91
Matthew Hill ‘ 94
Edward G. Elgart ’72, ’76

Jacqueline Biddle, R.N. Esq. ’91
Sean Patrick Murphy, Esq. ’77
Cynthia S. Cacelon, R.N., Ph.D., CRRN-A ’77

Gwendolyn L. Evans, R.N.C. ’71
Janice Davis Miller, Esq.
Marvin Wilson ’98

Nashon Hornsby, Esq. ‘ 91
Lester Long ’91

Patricia O’Neill ’80
Dan Yurowski ’84

Dennis Walling ’74

Jacquie Dalton-Fiorito ’98
Winifred Wilkens ’81

Michael Ausiello ’92
Susan Ralph ‘98

Professor Linda Wang ‘87
Andrew Araneo ‘00

Teresa Kondrup-Coyle
Katelyn Admunsen

Emily Chapman
Selma Morris

Deborah Josko
Brian Hanlon