Victor E. Salerno Award for American Enterprise

The Victor E. Salerno Award recognizes Fisher graduates for their career achievements, their involvement in both the community and the College, and their potential for even greater success as their management careers mature.

2014 Recipient

Leah George ’13 (MBA)

George graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a B.S. in Communications in 2001 and spent 12 years working in print and broadcast media in a variety of roles including reporter, photographer, producer, and anchor. During that time, she received several awards and accolades for her work, including seven National Press Photographers Association Awards.

She left the news business in 2012 for the Greater Rochester Enterprise. That same year, she enrolled in the MBA program at Fisher, earning her degree in 2013. Her role at GRE has expanded since she completed graduate school, and now includes part-time on-the-ground regional outreach for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Economic Development Growth Extension Program.

She is currently an active member of the Upstate New York District Export Council, the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones, and the Small Business Association’s Buffalo District International Trade Task Force. Additionally, she is a member of the YWCA Rochester and Monroe County Board of Directors and also serves on the organization’s Racial Justice Committee.

2013 Recipients

Richard Anderson ’01

Richard Anderson is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, where he specializes in personal, education, retirement, and estate planning, as well as long-term care insurance and investment services. He earned his bachelor of science degree in business management from Fisher in 2001, and recently received his master of science degree in financial services from American College. He has been a member of the College’s adjunct faculty since 2004.

Anderson currently serves as a Board Member for the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation, and is slated to serve as the Board Chair for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. In addition, he is a Classroom Volunteer and Development Committee Member for Junior Achievement of Rochester, and a Board Member for Abre Puertas non-profit school in Coya, Peru.

Dina Natale ’00/’06 (MBA)

Dina Natale is Manager, Talent Acquisition at Unity Health System, where she manages the recruitment and on-boarding process for all of Unity Health, which includes St. Mary’s, Park Ridge, Behavioral Health, and all surrounding living centers and physician offices. In her career she has placed candidates in information technology, sales, engineering, administration, health care, and positions as high as CFO level. She has also worked extensively in government placements in the D.C. area for security cleared professionals.

In addition, Natale has been an active part of the Rochester community by volunteering her time on several local boards. She has served as the Vice President of Major Events for the Rochester Woman’s Network, Secretary on the Executive Committee for Fisher’s Alumni Board of Directors, and just recently joined the Aquinas Institute of Rochester’s Board of Trustees where she co-chairs the HR Committee.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award was created in 2012 to recognize recent St. John Fisher College graduates for success in their early careers in management. Honorees are chosen based on career achievements, involvement with both the community and St. John Fisher College and, exhibiting potential for even greater successes as their management career matures.

2012 Recipients

Danielle Bergman ’05/’07 (MS HRD)

Danielle graduated from St. John Fisher College in 2007 with a master's degree in Human Resource Development, and in 2005 with a bachelor's in Business Administration. Currently, she is the Deputy Network Human Resources Manager with the Department of Veterans Affairs in New York State. In this position, she is responsible for several key HR functions for a network of 5 upstate New York VA Medical Centers and 29 community based outpatient clinics. Her primary focus includes executive recruitment and advisement, strategic human capital planning, advisement of field HR personnel, and supervision of several key HR functions for the region.

Danielle also serves as a national mentor and trainer for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Before her current position, Danielle served as a Senior Human Resources Specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in New York State, a Human Resources Specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, and as a Technical Career Field Intern with the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office.

In her spare time, Bergman enjoys volunteer work in the Western New York community, reading, and spending time with her family.

Michele Nichols Gleber ’03

Michele Nichols Gleber graduated with her MBA from the School of Business in 2003. She is currently the President of PLS Launch Solutions, overseeing all aspects of a services company. PLS Launch Solutions was founded in 1986 and positions technology companies for growth. The Rochester-based company works with business to business customers in the United States and globally to create and execute marketing strategies and develop intellectual property. Michele has worked to build a team of specialists in intellectual property, marketing, and commercialization. In addition to setting internal strategy, Michele guides teams that work with CEOs of companies ranging from Emerging Growth to Fortune 50.

In 2011, PLS launched a national program to support technology companies who were repositioning their companies and changing their business models. Michele is currently exploring a European expansion of this program. An international speaker and writer within technology sectors, her monthly column is featured in the leading optics and photonics magazine.

Michele is the mother of three, Mack, Rebecca and Benjamin, and is active in the Rochester community. She is the Governance Chair on the St. John Fisher College Alumni Board, the Communications Chair for Women’s Executive Network, the New York Photonics Cluster, Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association Heart Walk, Victor Board of Education Capital Committee, and a FIRST Jr. coach.