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‘20 in their 20s’ recipients
March 24, 2011Tweet
Nearly half of this year’s “20 in their 20s” honorees have Binghamton University connections – three are current students and five others are alumni. The program, sponsored annually by the Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition (STOC), acknowledges the contributions made by the region’s future leaders. This year’s recipients include:
Graduate student – Binghamton University
Ankesh Arora earned his bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from Binghamton University in 2009 and will earn his master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering in May. A leader for Catalysts for Intellectual Capital 2020 (CIC2020) and part of its CIC Leadership Institute, he is called “a creative and visionary leader who is confident and capable, with a keen sense of optimism for the future.” He has volunteered for the WHO organization, a collaborating center for substance abuse and research, served as a peer advisor, interned in cardiac bioelectricity and is currently a healthcare management engineer intern for United Health Services Hospitals. His nominators write that Ankesh does not do anything in a mediocre manner and is “always willing to go the extra yard for our students, his family and our physical and academic community.”
Student – Binghamton University
Chief Executive Officer – Adventurcise
Michele Gordon, an entrepreneur and student at Binghamton University, will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and law in May. An avid believer in health and wellness, she has become a personal trainer and also incorporates the message of wellness into her academic activities, developing a youth fitness program that she hopes to sustain in the Greater Binghamton community following graduation. On campus, she plays a critical role as president of the Eating Awareness Student Subcommittee which educates students about health eating and exercise habits. Her nominators write that she is “very energetic, reliable, responsible and proactive.” They also note that she has the best combinations of characteristics for success – “knowledge, writing and oral communication skills, perseverance, ambition, and eagerness to share her enthusiasm for health and wellness.”
Kristie Shirreffs (BS 2009, MBA 2010, PhD expected 2014)
Graduate Student – Binghamton University
Kristie Shirreffs, who already holds a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering and an MBA with a concentration in leadership from Binghamton University, is currently a PhD candidate in organizational behavior and leadership there. Active as a peer advisor and research assistant, as well as an elected officer of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, she transformed the BU Science Program, an outreach program with local elementary schools, from one involving a dozen students to one involving close to 70 students. She has also been active in the Society of Women Engineers and an officer of the Binghamton Bioengineers. Her nominators write that she is very conscientious, “always willing to go the extra yard for our students,” and one of only two students admitted this year to the highly selective doctoral program in the School of Management.
Mark Colleyacme (MBA 2007)
Business operations manager – Lockheed Martin Corporation
With a bachelor’s degree in finance from Pennylvania State University and an MBA from Binghamton University, Mark Colleyacme now leads a department of 10 financial analysts with responsibility for business segments with $200 million in revenue. A graduate of the Lockheed Martin Financial Leadership Development Program, he is Lockheed Marting Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt Certified. He recruits at Penn State for his company, volunteers for the annual Tioga County Relay for Life and the Habitat for Humanity Build It Bowl. His nominators have witnessed “his energy, creativity, dedication, drive and leadership” and his ability to demonstrate “Full Spectrum Leadership” in understanding the business, communicating a vision and building strong, ethical teams that deliver results. “Mark is driven and very goal oriented. His strong work ethic and ability to make quick sound decisions serve him extremely well …”
Angela Fagerstrom (2010)
City Clerk – City of Binghamton
Angela Fagerstrom, a transplant from Alaska, received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and Law from Binghamton University in 2010, balancing the demands of her academic life while excelling in her position with the City of Binghamton. Her nominators write that her “enthusiasm for school and work has had a positive effect on the working dynamics of her office.” They add that Angela, a member of the Broome County Municipal Clerks Association, Broome County Water Rescue and Dive Team (and has assisted with six rescues) and the Binghamton Madrigal Choir, has consistently “demonstrated an ability to focus on what is critical and to develop a plan to achieve results. Through her leadership, the office has saved thousands of dollars by internally publishing the city code.” She will attend law school when her city clerk appointment ends Dec. 31.
Catherine Maestri (2004)
Electrical Engineer – Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Sensors
Catherine Maestri graduated from Binghamton University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and has put her knowledge and skills to use as an electrical engineer for Lockheed Martin, winning awards for building effective relationships and modeling personal excellence, integrity and accountability there. She is currently pursuing an MBA degree through the University of Massachusetts while working full time. Known as a team player who is knowledgeable, professional and a leader, she volunteers for the American Red Cross, helping the elderly with shopping chores, and leads her department in supporting the needy during the holidays. Her nominators write that she “is always willing to take on new assignments with enthusiasm and strives to complete them all to the best of her ability. She has proven to be flexible and multitasks well.”
Teresa Wage-Harrington (2006)
Housing Specialist – Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP)
A 2006 graduate of Binghamton University with a bachelor’s degree in human development, Teresa Wage-Harrington is working to make Binghamton a better place to live. A single mother who has grown personally and professionally in her career, she has mentored Johnson City Middle School students, has volunteered annually for STAP’s Doggone Fun on the Run, and serves on the board of the Grace Adventure United Methodist Church, also working as a children’s advocate for them. Now a STAP employee, she has received its Shining Star award and provides confidential housing placement and referral services to clients. Her nominators write that she “has helped to shape and improve a program that was not performing optimally and brought it to a new level,” and she impresses them with her diligence and attention to detail.
Matthew Zeitz (2004)
Staff Accountant – United Methodist Homes
Matthew Zeitz earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Binghamton University in 2004 and worked as a financial analyst for the Binghamton Local Development Corporation (BLDC) and as a business advisor for the New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) before assuming his current position with United Methodist Homes. His work with the BLDC contributed to the creation of more than 50 jobs for the region. A member of Sothern Tier Young Professionals and its executive committee, he has volunteered for the Spiedie Fest, area food banks, Toys for Tots, and the Alzheimer’s Association among others. His nominators note that he has a love for this area and a strong commitment to improving our community and “he intentionally chose to remain here in the Broome County area. We are benefitting from his decision.”