Gannon University Recognizes 2014 Distinguished Alumni
Posted: October 9, 2014
Gannon University will recognize its 2014 Distinguished Alumni
during a ceremony on Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Yehl Alumni Room of
the Waldron Campus Center. Five honorees will be recognized for
succeeding in their respective fields and making significant
contributions to their community and/or church.
Michael J. Ambrosino, Class of 1966, Greenwich, Conn., resident.
Ambrosino has over 40 years of combined industry experience in the
oil and refined products sector. He is currently the president and
founder of Brooklyn Oil Associates, Inc., an oil cash brokerage
firm dealing with refined products. Ambrosino earned his Bachelor
of Science in finance in 1966 before earning his Master of Business
Administration in accounting from Long Island University, Brooklyn
campus, in 1975.
Candace D. Battles, Class of 1993, Erie, Pa., resident. Battles,
retired from 33 years working with child welfare services, received
her Bachelor of Arts in social work in 1993 before earning her
Master of Science in social administration from Case Western
University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in 1997.
Battles is active within her community, serving on multiple boards,
including the Housing and Neighborhood Development Services (HANDS)
Board of Directors. She was a finalist for the Women's Roundtable
"Woman of the Year" Award in 2004, received the YMCA's Black
Achiever's Award in 2002, and has been recognized for her service
by the Northwest Pennsylvania Division of the National Association
of Social Workers.
Debbie Burbules, Class of 1978, 2001, Erie, Pa., resident.
Burbules is the president of UPMC Hamot Women's Hospital and also
serves as the vice president of ambulatory and women's services at
UPMC Hamot. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from
Villa Maria College in 1978 before earning her Master of Public
Administration from Gannon in 2001. With over 30 years in the
health care sector, Burbules was recognized by the Mercy Center in
2008 as one of 12 women in the Erie region who was "Making History"
and also received the Girl Scouts of Northwest Pennsylvania's 2010
Women of Distinction Award.
Elaine A. Martyn, Class of 1998, San Francisco, Ca., resident.
Martyn is the vice president of development for Global Fund for
Women, a United States-based organization that strives to advance
women's rights around the world by providing support grants to
other women-led organizations. She received her Bachelor of Arts in
English literature and communications from Gannon in 1998 before
earning her Master of Arts in Victorian literature from the
University of Leeds in England. Prior to joining Global Fund for
Women, Martyn lead the development team at Refugees International,
securing over $12 million for the world's more than 55 million
Richard E. Beattie, Class of 1992, Catonsville, Md., resident.
Beattie is founder and president of Mechanical Engineering &
Construction Corporation (MEC2). After earning his Bachelor of
Science in mechanical engineering from Gannon in 1992, Beattie
served in the Marine Corps and is a decorated combat veteran,
completing his service at the rank of sergeant. Through his firm
and the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), Beattie recruits, employs
and teaches job readiness skills to urban fathers to overcome
barriers entering the job market. Because of this program's
success, Beattie was invited to discuss the program with President
Obama in 2013.