Meet the individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to Adelphi University and our larger community.

Awards by Year

Anita D’Amico, PhD ’84 and Joseph Stambouly, MD
President’s Award for Distinguished Service

Adelphi University will honor Dr. Anita D’Amico ’84 and her husband, Dr. Joseph Stambouly, with the President’s Award for Distinguished Service. This award is presented to individuals in recognition of their exceptional individual expertise and service, which brings honor to Adelphi University.

Dr. D’Amico is the Vice President of Market Development for the Synopsys Software Integrity Group and former CEO of the recently acquired Code Dx, Inc., a Long Island-based cybersecurity company.. Over her 35-year career, she has conducted research on the intersection of the human experience with technology, and designed technologies to improve human performance in fields as diverse as the merchant marine, manned space travel, intelligence analysis, and, for the past 20 years, cybersecurity.  She is the recipient of numerous government research contracts to study and develop technologies to improve cybersecurity decision processes. As the CEO of Code Dx, Inc. she has added cybersecurity internships and jobs to the Long Island community. She serves the Adelphi community through her service on the Derner Advisory Council and professional engagement with the Willumstad School of Business and the Computer Science program.

Dr. Joseph Stambouly is the Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at NYU Langone Hospital – Long Island (formerly NYU Winthrop Hospital), which is a long-time strategic partner of Adelphi University. NYU Winthrop Hospital had the first hospitalized COVID-19 case on Long Island. As the pandemic continued, Dr. Stambouly converted his Pediatric Intensive Care Unit into an adult COVID-19 treatment unit, where he and his colleagues worked tirelessly to save lives and comfort the dying. The recognition of Dr. Stambouly allows Adelphi to publicly acknowledge the tremendous work that healthcare providers, and Dr. Stambouly in particular, have performed for the Long Island community throughout the pandemic.

The professional success and service to the community demonstrated by Drs. D’Amico and Stambouly, in two vital areas, cybersecurity and healthcare, are worthy of recognition.

Dr. D’Amico, through her participation in the Derner Advisory Council, and Dr. Stambouly, through his ongoing support of Adelphi’s athletic program, continue to partner with the University to carry out its mission to foster the academic success of current and future students.  We are honored this evening to announce the establishment of The Anita D’Amico Endowment Fund for Cybersecurity and Psychology Research.

David Machlis, PhD
President’s Humanitarian Award

During Professor David Machlis’s 54-year tenure at Adelphi, he has served as chairman of the economics department, director of the University’s Urban Center and associate dean of academic affairs. In the 2017-2018 academic year, he received Adelphi’s Teaching Excellence Award.

As Vice Chairman of International March of the Living and Founding Director of March of Remembrance and Hope, Dr. Machlis has created and designed innovative programs to bring diverse communities of people to Poland to study the Holocaust. Amongst the education missions that he organized are: Deans of Schools of Education and Law Schools, Commissioners and Heads of State Boards of Education, World War II Camp Liberators, Oprah Winfrey and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. Dr. Machlis’ most recent programming, held on Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 7, 2021, brought together an international audience of medical professionals to reflect on how the lessons of the Holocaust can inform the medical community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He was the associate creator of a United Nations exhibit entitled “When You Listen to a Witness You Become a Witness.” His work is based upon the belief that the Holocaust is a Universal issue and that we must learn from the past so that a more just and tolerant society evolves for the betterment of all humankind.

Professor Machlis has generously established a diversity equity and inclusion fund that will work on combating hatred, intolerance, antisemitism and systemic racism.

Watch David Machlis receive the 2021 President’s Humanitarian Award

Michael BBA ’89 and Christine Tiedemann
Presidents Award for Distinguished Service

Paula Malone, PhD
Presidents Award for Philanthropic Leadership

Adelphi 7 Sisters
President’s Award for Philanthropic Leadership

Nicholas Papain ’74
President’s Award for Distinguished Service

Shorelight Education
Outstanding Strategic Partner

Adelphi University Women’s Giving Circle
Outstanding Philanthropic Partner

Marc S. Strachan ’81
Outstanding Alumnus

Marian Conway, Ph.D. and New York Community Bank Foundation
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

Vincent C. Tizzio ’89
Outstanding Alumnus

John F. Collins and Winthrop-University Hospital
Outstanding Strategic Partner

Phyllis & Frank Angello ’77
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

Carmine J. Pizzo
Outstanding Long Island Executive

Esther Siegel ’69, M.S. ’72, EdD
Outstanding Alumna

Loretta V. Cangialosi ’80
Outstanding Alumna

Bernard E. Clair ’73
Outstanding Alumnus

Jeffrey R. Greene
Outstanding Executive

LeeAnn Black ’83
Outstanding Alumna

Mark W. Harris
Outstanding Executive

Eileen C. McDonnell, MBA ’88
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

Tina and Jeffrey Bolton ’61
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

Leon Pollack ’63
Lifetime Service to Adelphi

Patrick Smalley ’86
Outstanding Alumnus

Thomas D. Croci
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

Maria A. Grasso, MBA ’89
Outstanding Executive

John J. Phelan Jr. ’70, ’87 (Hon.)
Lifetime Service to Adelphi

Paul J. Salerno ’76
Outstanding Alumnus

Marjorie Weinberg-Berman, MS ’61
Lifetime Service to Adelphi

Anthony J. Bonomo, JD
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

Robert A. Isaksen
Outstanding Long Island Executive

Christopher D. Saridakis ’90
Outstanding Alumnus

Horace G. McDonell Jr. ’02 (Hon.)
Lifetime Service to Adelphi

Doreen Downs Miller, MBA ’86
Outstanding Alumna

JoAnn O’Hagen, MS ’82
Outstanding Long Island Executive

S. Al Creft
Outstanding Long Island Executive

Thomas J. Donohue, MBA ’65, ’98 (Hon.)
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

Noreen Harrington ’81
Outstanding Alumna

Frank J. Bivona ’77
Outstanding Alumnus

Dorothy Herman
Outstanding Long Island Executive

Adele Klapper ’92, MA ’99
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

Carol A. Ammon, MBA ’79, ’10 (Hon.)
Outstanding Alumna

Robert B. Catell ’99 (Hon.)
Outstanding Long Island Executive

Vernon W. Hill
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

Russell Albanese
Outstanding Long Island Executive

Sharon G. Grosser ’83
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

Jean Marie Salvatico ’97
Outstanding Alumna

Kirk Kordeleski
Outstanding Long Island Executive

Jerry Landsberg
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

The Honorable May W. Newburger ’64
Outstanding Alumna

John R. Bransfield Jr., MS ’79
Outstanding Alumnus

Raymond A. Jansen
Outstanding Long Island Executive

The Honorable Claire Shulman ’46, ’90 (Hon.)
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

John P. Finnerty, MS ’77
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

Carol Finnerty, MA ’76
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

Vincent A. Fusco
Outstanding Long Island Executive

Suzy Sonenberg, MSW ’76, ’09 (Hon.)
Outstanding Alumna

John J. Gutleber ’68, MBA ’70
Outstanding Alumnus

Douglas W. Kurz
Outstanding Long Island Executive

Dr. Carol Lindemann, PhD ’70
Outstanding Service to Adelphi University

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