Bradley J. Fluke   Jessica Foust   Fred Gaudelli   David Geltzer   Colt Gill   Vaughn Hardin  
                         
  Class of 1984
Rochester Institute of Technology
BS Electrical Engineering
  Class of 2007
Johnson & Wales University BS Culinary Nutrition
  Class of 1982
Long Island University/LIU Post
BA Communications
  Class of 1977
Drexel University
BS Accounting
  Class of 1986
Lane Community College Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT) Education
  Class of 1990
Johnson & Wales University BS Food Service Management
 
                         
  Nominated by
William Destler, President Rochester Institute of Technology
  Nominated by
Chancellor John Bowen Johnson & Wales University
  Nominated by
Paul Forestell, Ph.D., Provost LIU Post
  Nominated by
President John Fry Drexel University
  Nominated by
Andrea Newton, Executive Dean, Academic Affairs Lane Community College
  Nominated by
Chancellor John Bowen Johnson & Wales University
 
                         
  Brad Fluke ’84 credits the co-op program as the key step in his career. He began his engineering career at Analog Devices, held various marketing and management positions at Crystal Semiconductor/Cirrus Logic, and was one of the first employees of Silicon Labs. In 2007, he realized his heart was in entrepreneurship and left to co-found Javelin Semiconductor. However, there is so much more to this successful business owner; Brad uses his over 25 years of experience to give back by mentoring RIT students. He also serves on a board that assists homeless teens, and is active in the Austin community.

 

  Jessica Foust B.S., ‘07 is the corporate chef at McDonald’s USA, LLC, a role that has her leading culinary development for their Menu Innovation Team and providing nutrition subject matter expertise to the McDonald’s U.S. food and nutrition strategy. As a registered dietitian, Jessica contributed her nutrition guidance to many of America’s most popular eateries. She helped with the nutrition evolution of Olive Garden’s core menu, supported the development of Domino’s school pizza line and contributes regularly to McDonald’s innovation activities including the development of Blueberry Banana Oatmeal.

 

  Fred Gaudelli has been described as a superstar in the world of sports television. He has been producer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football since 2005 and has produced four Super Bowls. The 10-time Emmy winner also produced the short track speed skating and closing ceremony at the Vancouver Olympics, and in 2011, all three legs of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. Among his many innovations is 1st & Ten technology, the electronically produced yellow line that appears across the field at the first down marker. Mr. Gaudelli’s broadcasting career began with an internship at WCWP, the campus radio station at LIU Post.

 

  Mr. Geltzer’s co-op education played a major role in both his college and professional careers. He established himself as an entrepreneur during one co-op assignment by creating & managing Dave’s Water Ice, a vending truck/cart business that had eight locations with ten student employees. In addition, Mr. Geltzer had two co-op positions as a junior accountant and one as a senior accountant at medium sized CPA firms. His senior year co-op firm hired him full-time after graduation. Later, he entered the retail fashion industry and opened his first clothing store, Metro. He went on to become Senior Vice President with Macy’s New York. He helped establish the Charter Club Brand and Aéropostale specialty store chains and became President of the clothing stores Aéropostale and Chelsea Campbell. Mr. Geltzer has referred many students to attend Drexel University over the years so they could benefit, as he did, from a rewarding cooperative education experience.

 

  As superintendent of Bethel School District in Eugene, Oregon, Colt Gill is focused on making a difference in kids’ lives. He discovered a passion for education when he enrolled in a cooperative work experience course at Lane Community College. Colt transferred to the University of Oregon earning a bachelor’s degree in Education and a graduate degree in Education Policy Management. An educator for 22 years, Colt is also President of United Way of Lane County, President of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, and he serves as a leader for numerous other state and local organizations.

 

  Vaughn Hardin B.S., ’90 is president of Hardin & Associates Inc., an organization that specializes in providing a unique variety of Personal Assistance Services. Catering to the distinctive and unique needs of their clients, Vaughn and his associates do it all. They plan and facilitate events for private, corporate and nonprofit clients. They lead the design and construction of wine cellars. They catalog and appraise such client assets as fine wine, antiques, fine art and jewelry. And they work with major auction houses to buy or sell jewelry items as requested.