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Alumna keynoted recent regional conference at CCRI

{May 26, 2011}

Patricia Martinez, a 1981 Community College of Rhode Island alumna and executive director of the Center for Family Support and Student Development in the Central Falls School Department, was the keynote speaker at the 37th annual conference of the New England Organization for Human Services in April at CCRI’s Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

“The foundation for my human services career was obtained here at CCRI,” Martinez, also the former director of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families, told the 90 attendees.

Martinez graduated from CCRI with an associate degree in Human Services. “I had only been in the United States for two-and-a-half years when I came to CCRI,” she said. “I received basic skills in communication, listening, flexibility and interviewing. I was taught to see faces, not data, and I was given opportunities to practice my skills in the community.”

In another highlight for CCRI, the new president of the Lincoln Human Services Club, John Dacier, received a special award from the organization for his academic and student services.

CCRI students planned and ran the conference under the direction of Human Services Professor John Worsley. Students who helped organize the conference were Dacier, Bonnie Argente, Darlene Cary, Pamela Corcoran, Hovsep Donoyan, Raymond Dumont, Kayla Jaron, Stephanie Niedzwiadek, Michael O’Reiley, Amanda Pandolfi, Sean Reifel, Erin Scott, Noel Sierra, Robert Silvia and Crystal Vazquez.

Seven “breakout” workshop sessions were held during the day, in addition to faculty, practitioner and student business meetings. Corcoran, who will transfer to Rhode Island College in the fall, was elected to the organization’s executive board as a four-year school student representative and Pandolfi was elected to be the two-year college representative. Worsley also serves on the executive board.

The Human Services Club received a note from the organization praising the group for an “excellent conference” that raised more than $2,500 for the regional organization.

Members of the Lincoln Human Services Club said they greatly appreciated the assistance they received for the conference from Jean Potvin, secretary to the Human Services Department; Robert Burrell of the Information Technology Department; the maintenance and cafeteria staffs; and counselor Monica Lee.

 


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