Top Student Leaders Honored

By | December 22, 2016
Student Leader of the Year 2016

Student Leader of the Year 2016 Jordan Quinones
and Dr. Greg Nayor

Daemen College recognized outstanding student leaders in clubs, organizations and departments at the college’s annual Student Leadership Awards Luncheon hosted May 5 by the Office of Student Affairs.

“The college experience goes beyond the classroom experience,” said Dr. Greg Nayor, vice president for student affairs. “Everything a student does outside the classroom provides context for what is being learned in the classroom. This event is an opportunity to celebrate that work and recognize its value to the campus community.”

This year’s celebration marked the presentation of Daemen’s first Student Leader of the Year award to Jordan Quinones of Lockport, a graphic design and illustration major. The newly established award recognizes a student who has exhibited extraordinary efforts and achievement in student life at the college.

The Student Leadership Awards Luncheon also honored Daemen students who have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders and named to the 2016 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Academic Advisement/Peer Mentor Program

  • Mackenzie Pye of Brockport

Academic Service Learning

  • Kiarra Reid of Bronx


  • Patricia Bell of Jamestown
  • Dominique Boscarino of Rochester
  • Justin Richmond of East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Alumni Relations/Student Alumni Ambassadors

  • Ellen Banks of Bronx
  • Aaron Cole of Spencerport
  • Zachary Kinnaird of Amherst
  • Jessica Maulucci of Tonawanda
  • Holli Nesbitt of Rochester
  • Christopher Ponichtera of Depew
  • Kelsey Reeder of Livonia
  • Amanda Smith of Amherst
  • Kelsey Zahno of Wilson

Art Club

  • Ryan Koch of Orchard Park

Arthur O. Eve HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program)

  • Jossette Allwood of Rochester
  • Somara Colon of Bronx

Athletic Training Student Association

  • Rachel Reichart of Marilla


  • Matthew Cordovani of Tonawanda
  • Zachary Kinnaird of Amherst
  • Rachel Pawlak of North Tonawanda
  • Morgan Urbanek of Webster

Career Services

  • Kayla Guillermo of Amherst

Conferences and Special Events

  • Daniel Gertis of Tonawanda
  • Gina Natoli of Shortsville
  • Summer Phillipson of Arcade
  • Thomas Wilkie of Buffalo

Creative Minds

  • Sydney Mangin of Tonawanda

Global Programs

  • Matthew Daddario of Amherst
  • Emily Kraft of Williamsville

Health and Insurance Services

  • Tora Chase of Eldred, Pa.

Honors Program

  • Hannah Gullo of West Seneca

Housing and Residence Life

  • Patrick Carbary of Canandaigua
  • Rebecca DeWitt of Cortland
  • Maria McGrath of Penfield
  • Mark Poblocki of Akron
  • Justin Richmond of East Stroudsburg, Pa.
  • Helmi Seoud of Rochester
  • Anthony Tojek of Lackawanna

Insight (college newspaper)

  • Summer Phillipson of Arcade
  • Jeremia Squires of Buffalo

Lambda Chi Lota

  • Zahira Bartholomew of Brooklyn
  • Rainelle Henry of Akron, Ohio

LEADS (Leadership and Empowerment for the Active Development of Students)

  • Rebecca Dewitt of Cortland
  • Lumeshwa Kumar of Bronx
  • Mark Poblocki of Akron
  • Aman Shamaa of Williamsville
  • Jeremia Squires of Buffalo
  • Johanes Tacastacas of Amherst

Multicultural Association

  • Christina Auguste of Brooklyn

Omega Epsilon Zeta

  • Justin Richmond of East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Social Work Alliance

  • Jade McKnight of Theresa

Student Activities

  • Ellen Banks of Bronx
  • Mark Poblocki of Akron
  • Christopher Ponichtera of Depew
  • Jordan Quinones of Lockport
  • Justin Richmond of East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Student Affairs

  • Taylor McCants of Brooklyn
  • Brittney McMichael of Astoria

Student Physical Therapy Association

  • Bethany Hudson of Liverpool
  • Christopher Ponichtera of Depew
  • Samuel Rugg of Amherst

Vision for Success

  • Joyce Perez of New York

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Sydney Mangin of Tonawanda

Students named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges are selected based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued success.

Daemen students selected for this distinction are : Ellen Banks of Bronx; Julianna Brnik of Cheektowaga; Shi Chow of Los Angeles, Calif.; Brittany Denton of Schaghticoke; Mackenzie Donahue of Lockport; Amber Drzymala of West Seneca; Daniel Gertis of Tonawanda; Paige Gilbert of Hicksville; Kathryn Haessner of Moravia; Ramel Haines of Buffalo; Rebecca Haley of East Amherst; Nina Jobert of Norfolk, Mass.; Maryan Jumale of Buffalo; Lumeshwar Kumar of Bronx; Sarah Lang of Ontario;  Meghan Lipinoga of North Tonawanda; Gregory Lowe of East Aurora; Anna Lyons of Webster; Maria McGrath of Penfield; Morgan Montgomery of Marcellus; Stephanie Parwulski of Clarence Center; Rachel Pawlak of North Tonawanda; Mark Poblocki of Akron; Christopher Ponichtera of Depew; Jordan Quinones of Lockport; Kelsey Reeder of Livonia; Richard Reid of Lockport; Breanna Reilly of Clarence Center; Hannah Rice of East Aurora; Justin Richmond of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; Sarah Rohe of Freedom; Ann Marie Rose of Williamsville; Samuel Rugg of Amherst; Thanaporn Sae Tang of Rochester; Hayle Scanlan of Greenwood, Ind.; Aman Shamaa of Williamsville; Morgan Villnave of Brasher Falls; and Emily Yeager of Endwell.

Graduating senior leaders in Daemen’s undergraduate programs will be honored commencement weekend at the college’s annual Excellence Awards Ceremony scheduled for May 20.