Kaitlyn McKenna
Class of 2009
C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University
BA, Political Science, BA, Philosophy

 

Parker H. "Pete" Petit
Class of 1962 (BS) &
1964 (MS)
Georgia Institute of
Technology
BS, Mechanical Engineering

 

Pete R. Pizarro
Miami Dade College

 

Bonnie Richards, Esq., CPA
Class of 1992
Drexel University
BS, LeBow, Accounting

 

Bryan Rishforth
Class of 1992
Drexel University
BS, Electrical Engineering

 

Milton J. Robinson
International Co-op
Advocate
Special Consultant to the President
Kettering University

 
                         
 

Nominated by
Dr. Paul Forestell
Provost of C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University

Since graduating in 2009, C.W. Post Valedictorian Kaitlyn McKenna has established herself as a new face for child and family advocacy on Long Island. She serves as executive research editor of “Family Court Review” (Volume 50) and is the author of a new publication “A Global Perspective of Children’s Rights: Advocating for U.S. Citizen Minors After Parental Deportation Through Federal Sub Agency Creation.” A student at Hofstra University School of Law, Ms. McKenna won the 2011 Student Essay Competition award from the National Association of Counsel for Children.

She began her rise in public service with cooperative education experiences in the office of U.S. District Court Judge Arthur D. Spatt and in the City of Glen Cove Mayor’s Office. She is currently a legal intern at Suffolk County Attorney’s Office, Family Court Bureau.

 

Nominated by
Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson
President of Georgia Institute of Technology

In 1970, Mr. Petit founded Healthdyne, an internationally based healthcare company that manufactured high technology healthcare devices, provided healthcare information systems and technology, and provided healthcare services and disease management. Under Mr. Petit’s leadership, Healthdyne’s annual revenue grew to more than $1 billion. In order to increase shareholder value, in 1995 Healthdyne split into several publicly traded companies through public offerings and spinouts to shareholders. Later, Healthdyne Maternity Management merged with Tokos Medical to form Matria Healthcare, Healthdyne Technologies merged with Respironics, and Healthcare.com (which was formerly Healthdyne Information Enterprises) merged with XCare.net Corporation to form Quovadx. Matria Healthcare sold to Inverness Medical Innovations in May of 2008. Mr. Petit, in June 2008, established The Petit Group, an investment management organization currently focused on investments in small and mid-cap public companies and certain private companies. In February 2009, Mr. Petit became the Chairman and CEO of MiMedx Group, an integrated developer, manufacturer and marketer of patent protected regenerative biomaterials.

 

Dr. Eduardo Padron
President of Miami Dade College

Pete R. Pizarro currently serves as Chairman and CEO of The eLandia Group. He overseas eLandia’s two core business units located throughout 15 countries in the Latin America and the South Pacific regions. eLandia Group and its subsidiaries located across the Latin American region are positioned as Cisco Systems largest channel partner and as the region’s leading IT networking and systems integration organization. Mr. Pizarro leads the company and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations, identifies key growth and business development opportunities and drives financial and operational performance amongst the company’s business units.

 

Nominated by
Mr. John A. Fry
President of Drexel University

Ms. Richards is Senior Vice President of Investments at UBS Private Wealth Management, a division of UBS Financial Services. Along with her investment management team, she specializes in working with ultra high net worth individuals for their wealth management needs. From 2006 to 2008, Ms. Richards worked for Lehman Brothers in New York City. She also worked for Eizen Fineburg & McCarthy in Philadelphia as a Tax Attorney beginning in 2004. Previously, Ms. Richards had her own law firm, Horvitz and Richards, that was located in Philadelphia. In addition to her Drexel degree, Ms. Richards holds a JD from Temple and an LLM from NYU School of Law.

 

Nominated by
Mr. John A. Fry
President of Drexel University

Mr. Rishforth is the Founder, CEO and Managing Partner of R&R Global Partners, an international private equity and advisory firm. He has served as President, CEO and Board Member for numerous small to large-cap companies, including Cerberus Capital Management, the top ten Wall Street hedge fund. Mr. Rishforth previously led a highly exceptional career spanning 15 years at GE and GE Capital. He served as the Chief Risk Officer of GE’s Aviation group, Senior Auditor of GE’s Financial Services group and as General Manager of the GE Water Service division. Mr. Rishforth held three co-op jobs including GE Aerospace (Lockheed-Martin), Mobil (Exxon-Mobil), and DuPont. He has served on the boards of Air Canada-Jazz, Sylvania Lighting, and Drexel University College of Medicine.

 

Nominated by
Dr. Robert McMahan Jr.
President of Kettering University

Milton J. Robinson is a devoted advocate to international co-op. From 1990 to 2011, he served as a consultant to three Presidents of GMI/Kettering University. His leadership helped develop a workforce to address technology issues in Jamaica, Trinidad and the Bahamas. He established co-op engineering positions with more than a dozen companies in those countries and created numerous scholarship opportunities. He helped Kettering train math and science teachers in the Bahamas, and he established the SECME Inc. pre-college engineering program. He is being honored in appreciation for his insightful vision and his many years of dedicated service to co-op and higher education.