2017 Alumni Award Recipients Announced

May 17th, 2017 Posted in Alumni News & Events

ACC/CCC Alumni Association Awards

Established in 1993, these awards are presented annually to alumni who have demonstrated outstanding contribution in one or more of the following areas:  vocational or artistic achievement; volunteer service; involvement in public service organizations or civic functions; or help offered to the College, its Foundation, or the Alumni Association. 

Recipients will be recognized during the 2017 Commencement Ceremony on May 21, 2017, followed by a reception in their honor.

2017 Recipients

Gerard Guiney ’82

Gerry Guiney exhibits many qualities which are symbolic of the mission of the ACC/CCC Alumni Association.  Over the years, Gerry has been an active member in the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He has been a respected local volunteer with CYO Basketball, the Auburn Boys and Girls Baseball League, and the Auburn Indians Football and Cheerleading.  Gerry has provided valuable service as an active member of the ACC/CCC Alumni Association for nearly 9 years, and currently serves as its President.

Gerry is an Army veteran and served in Vietnam.  He earned a Bachelor of Professional Science-Correction Administration degree from SUNY College of Technology at Utica/Rome and an Associate’s in Criminal Justice from Cayuga.  Gerry served as Deputy Superintendent of Security for the NYS Department of Correctional Services for 38 years, and was a hostage negotiator for the Crisis Intervention Unit for 29 years.  In addition, he was a Management Consultant and Trainer for the Department of Justice, National Academy of Corrections and National Institute of Corrections, along with other numerous law enforcement and correction organizations throughout the country for 32 years.

Gerry is married to the former Marilyn (DiRaddo) and they have two sons, G. Adam and John.

We would like to thank John Lamphere ’74 and Terry Wilbur ’08 for nominating Mr. Guiney.


Kathleen (DeJoy) Genkos ’87 & ’00

Kathleen Genkos relishes in supporting her local community by researching and writing about its rich history, as well as taking any opportunity to celebrate Auburn and Cayuga County.  In her free time, she is an author, historian, and genealogical researcher and shares that local history has always been her passion.  Along with her brother Scott DeJoy, she completed and published a local history book, “Hometown Heroes: The History of the Auburn Fire Department,” which has been very well received by the community.  She is a genealogy volunteer lookup resource for the Cayuga County NYGenWeb Project, as well as for Family Search Indexing.  Kathleen is a member of “CIAO!” a cultural Italian – American organization in Auburn, NY, and is an honorary lifetime member of 443rd, AAA Battalion Association, and volunteer historian for The Auburn Castle Facebook page.

Kathleen has worked for the New York State Office of Mental Health/Office of Information Technology for 30 years, and is currently a NYS Health Facilities Management, IT Site Manager.  She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) ISC2 Certification, a Certified HIPAA Professional and earned two degrees at Cayuga Community College; her first degree in Secretarial Science, and the second degree in Business Administration.

Kathleen is married to Mark Genkos and has two daughter’s Deanna Judson and Amy Judson ’14, who will be earning her second Cayuga degree this May, and step daughter Jenna. 

We would like to thank, Debbie Blake for bringing forward her sister Kathleen’s name forward for nomination.


Ryan D. Barker, DC, MSACN, MSHAPI, BA, AAS ’04

Dr. Ryan Barker sets an excellent example of what a degree from Cayuga can help you to attain.  Attending Cayuga under the encouragement of his mother, Ryan found CCC “mentally awakening.”  He earned his Associates in Math and Science, and then attended Oswego State.   Ryan developed a friendship with an Oswego Professor, who was also a chiropractor, and with it, a new found interest in his education and health.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Oswego State with a concentration in biology and a chemistry minor.   He went on to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic, a Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction, and a Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition with the New York Chiropractic College. He now looks to inspire and encourage bright young minds by teaching full time at SUNY Oswego, in addition to working full time at his own chiropractic practice.  Making further connection with the students at Oswego, Ryan also begun a property rental business for college students.  Dr. Barker hold a license with the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, is a licensed CPR & Emergency Cardiac Care Provider, and is certified in Whole Foods Nutrition.  He is affiliated with the New York Chiropractic College and SUNY Oswego Alumni Relations and participates with Cayuga’s Alumni Achiever’s Program.

His advice to someone starting out: “I would encourage them to follow their curiosity, passion and learn to believe in yourself.  In too many cases a lack of faith in one’s self is the only limiting factor in achieving what was never considered.”

We would like to thank Dr. Barker’s proud mother, Barbara Barker and friend, Terry Wilbur ’08, for bringing forward his nomination.

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