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NIAGARA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
NCCC Foundation / Alumni Association

NCCC Distinguished Alumni

Current Recipient(s)

2017 Distinguished Alumna
Phyllis Floro • Class of 1988
Inducted October 21, 2017

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Ms. Phyllis Floro attended Niagara County Community College from 1986-1988 and received her Associates Degree in Business Communication. Phyllis then attended the University at Buffalo where she received her Bachelor’s in Communication and her Master’s in Higher Education Administration all while working full time as a Student Union Associate.

Phyllis was then promoted to the Assistant Director of New Student Programs at UB and in 2009 was appointed as the Associate Director of the Intercultural and Diversity Center. She currently serves as the Director of Student Engagement at the University. Over the past 18 years, Phyllis has dedicated herself to not only being a mentor to the students, but also being a voice for them.

In her current position, Phyllis oversees student leadership development, community engagement programming and Experiential Learning at UB. Under her direction, working closely with Academic Affairs, Experiential Learning has been elevated to meet the interest and needs of students with hands-on involvement. She serves in countless initiatives within the community that connects students with opportunities to foster an experiential and lifelong learning.

Phyllis has never forgotten her start at NCCC. She continuously and proudly tells staff, faculty, and students how she first attended NCCC and how it provided an excellent start to her education. She enjoys telling her story to students asking for direction on how she began at a community college and prospered as a professional. To this day, she boasts about the foundation that NCCC has provided her and its reputation as one of the finest community colleges in the SUNY system.

 

2017 Distinguished Alumna
Jennifer Pitarresi • Class of 1983
Inducted October 21, 2017

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Ms. Jennifer Pitarresi attended NCCC from 1981-1983 and received her Associate’s Degree in Communications. Jennifer was involved with campus activities including the campus radio station and Managing Editor of the campus newspaper. She was also a DJ at Buffalo's WYSL radio station.

After graduating from NCCC, Jennifer received her Bachelor’s from SUNY Brockport. Afterwards, she was an on air news personality at Rochester’s WDKX radio where she interviewed many famous stars such as Tina Turner, BB King, Will Smith, and more.

Jennifer then returned to Niagara Falls where she attended the University at Buffalo’s Law School. In 1993, she graduated magna cum laude and was sworn into the New York State and Washington D.C. Bars. Jennifer moved to D.C. to work at the law firm of Arent Fox. She worked on various litigation cases including the high profile class action case of weight discrimination brought by Delta flight attendants. 

Jennifer never forgot that Niagara County was her home returning to the area in 2004. She is currently the Director of Risk Management and Insurance Services for the County of Niagara. Jennifer is also a Board Member and volunteers for the Niagara SPCA, promoting fundraising for shelter animals and has adopted two rescues while fostering a third. 

In the late summer of 2013, Jennifer suffered a massive stroke. She endured a seven hour neurosurgery and remained in a coma for the next month. Within one year, Jennifer had fought her way back to complete health and had returned to work. She continues to be responsible for the administration of the County’s insurance plans, workers' compensation, and safety programs for 12 of its municipalities. Jennifer is proud of the success she achieved with a SUNY education and attributes her start to NCCC.

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