Jill Phillips Ortega   Sylvia Price   Pasquale Rafanelli   Ami Richter   Mr. Darrell Roberts   Matt Smith  
                         
  Class of 1997
The University of Toledo
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  Class of 1989
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science, Manufacturing Engineering
  Class of 2006
Long Island University/LIU Post
M.S. Accountancy, B.S. Accountancy
  Class of 2001
University of Waterloo
BA, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  Class of 1974
Miami Dade College
Associate of Science, Electronics Technology
  Class of 1999
Johnson & Wales University
Bachelor of Science, Marketing
 
                         
  Nominated by
Dr. Nagi Naganathan, Interim President
The University of Toledo
  Nominated by
Dr. Zorica Pantic, President
Wentworth Institute of Technology
  Nominated by
Jason Cascone, Director of
Employer Relations
Long Island University/LIU Post
  Nominated by
Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice Chancellor
University of Waterloo
  Nominated by
Dr. Eduardo Padron, President
Miami Dade College
  Nominated by
Chancellor John Bowen
Johnson & Wales University
 
                         
  Jill Phillips Ortega has been an employee of General Motors since she began working at the Toledo Powertrain facility as a co-op. She was hired full-time upon her graduation in 1997. Between 2005 and 2007, she served as the quality manager for the Allison 1000 heavy duty transmission and also launch quality manager for the 2-mode Hybrid transmission in Baltimore, Maryland. Jill has worked with GM’s sister sites around the world and since January 2013 worked first as the Quality Director and then in February 2013 moved onto the General Assembly Manager for Equinox. As the GA Manager she is leading a new vehicle launch at the Spring Hill, TN assembly plant.

 

  Sylvia Price, who received a BS in Manufacturing Engineering in 1989 from Wentworth, is director of presales solutions at Pitney Bowes Software, Inc. She is responsible for all presales services across North America and Latin America. She is also on Wentworth’s Board of Trustees. She attributes her success as a young woman in the male-dominant field of Manufacturing to the confidence she gained from her co-op experience at Wentworth, and believes “there is no substitute for learning by doing.” Her three co-ops taught to her to embrace new challenges and learn and grow from every experience, values she says have been invaluable throughout her professional life.

 

  Pasquale Rafanelli, a Valuation Manager at Grassi CPAs in Jericho, NY. Since earning his master’s degree in accountancy, with a concentration in information systems, in 2006, he’s earned his Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential and is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). In addition, he is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in N.Y. Mr. Rafanelli’s accounting career began with internships at Rose and Associates and Barry Goldberg and Associates. His academic and experiential education was accented with an active and intentional exploration of his interests and career possibilities that led him to this occupational choice outside of the traditional CPA track.

 

  Ami Richter is the Founder and Creative Director for Lug®-- a travel and active living accessory company.

Ami’s inspiration to tackle the travel accessories market began during a co-operative work term with the University of Waterloo. Ami continues to support the co-op program by hiring students to help drive her business forward. Ami’s entrepreneurial spirit helped grow her business from a handful of bags to an impressive line of smart travel solutions. In addition to supporting the University through engagement activities, Ami contributes to charities such as the Children’s Aid Society, Jays Care, SickKids, Andy Roddick and Whole Kids Foundation.
  Darrell Roberts has always had a passion for the Aviation community, since joining the Federal Aviation Administration in 1973. He participated in the MDC/FAA CO-OP Education Program. His 40 year tenure with the FAA has led him to his current position, as the South Florida Technical Operations Manager, with executive oversight over the National Airspace System.

Darrell is an avid supporter of educational programs and serves on MDC’s schools of Engineering, Aviation and the Upward Bound advisory boards. He also serves on Broward College’s Engineering board and aviation boards at Florida Memorial University, George T. Baker and Experience Aviation.

 

  Matt started his career in business with a paper route at age 14, then launched a local auto-detailing business a year later. Today, Matt is Dean of Retul University, the international leader in bike-fitting technology and educational programs. Combining two of his lifelong loves, cycling and education, he manages a 12-person faculty on almost every continent and develops programs that will train more than 1,000 bike-fit professionals this year. Matt is also co-founder of the Center for Work Ethic Development, which started with the challenging title, “Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work”. The organization offers training and certificate programs for teens and young adults built on the values of a strong work ethic.