FM to honor alumni at dinner Nov. 15

JOHNSTOWN – On Nov. 15, the Foundation of Fulton-Montgomery Community College will host its seventh annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner honoring graduates Tom DiMezza, Traci DiMezza and Trudy J. Venette.

Tom DiMezza earned an associate degree in accounting from FM in 1975 and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Russell Sage Colleges.

In 1980, Tom DiMezza joined the Amsterdam Police Department where he retired as a Detective Lieutenant in 2009. Currently, he operates his own private investigation company.

Tom DiMezza also is the supervisor for the town of Amsterdam.

After graduating from FM in 1989, Traci DiMezza attended Siena College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree She went on to Quinnipiac University Law School, a news release said, earning a Juris Doctorate.

In fall 2012, after 17 years of practice in her field, DiMezza became the first woman to be elected as Gloversville City Court Judge. Her term runs from January 2013 through January 2023.

Traci DiMezza also is a member of numerous local organizations, including Soroptomist International of Fulton County, where she serves as chairwoman to the Youth and Scholarship Committee.

Trudy J. Venette graduated FM in 1987, with honors, with an associate degree in liberal arts. She continued her studies at Russell Sage, the release said, earning a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration, again with honors, and was awarded the Richard Mattox Award for Outstanding Public Administration Student.?She also earned a master’s degree in public administration with high honors, graduating cum laude.

Venette began as a nursing assistant, the release said, working her way up to administrator and chief executive officer in long-term care corporations. She has nursing home administrator licenses in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Florida, Hawaii and Texas.

The evening will include special recognition of FM’s Scholarship Program donors and student recipients. The keynote speaker for the event will be pediatrician and philanthropist Dr. Govind Rao, the release said.

The cost to attend this event is $50 per person. To make a reservation, or for more information, call FM’s Foundation Office at 736-3622, Ext. 8020.