Fisher Alums Honored with Community Awards

November 8, 2017

Several St. John Fisher College alumni and current students are among finalists and honorees for several community-based awards.

Two alumni— Donna Dedee ’85, ’05 (MBA) and Rafael Vidal ’94—saw their respective organizations honored with the 2017 Ethie Award. Sponsored by the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation, the Ethie Award was established in 2003 to celebrate and award local businesses and organizations that have made strong ethical guidelines for their clients, employees, and customers.

Under Dedee’s leadership, Holy Childhood was given the Ethie Award in the medium business category. Vidal, who is the co-founder and president of ProNexus, saw his company earn the Ethie in the small business category.

The Rochester Business Journal’s 2017 Forty Under 40 list included alumna Nadine General ’04 and current doctoral student Miriam Moore-Burt, who is a current candidate in the Executive Leadership program.

Alumna Sharon Napier ’81 is a finalist for the 2018 Athena Awards, sponsored by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Council. Dr. Seanelle Hawkins ’13 (Ed.D.) and current doctoral candidate Sharitta Gross-Smith are both finalists for the 2018 Athena Young Professionals Award. Athena Awards are given to women who have earned significant achievements in business, community service, and contribute to the professional advancement of women. Winners will be announced in January 2018.

Fisher alumnus and current Board of Trustee member Randy White ’75, president and chief executive officer of JN White, was named as a finalist for the Executive of the Year Award in the Rochester Business Journal and Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association’s 2017 Technology and Manufacturing Awards. JN White was also among the finalists for the Manufacturing Innovation-Large Companies category award.