Third Age 2007 Award Winners
The following were honored at the Third Age Achievement Awards dinner held at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center on November 19, 2007.
Arts and Culture
Herbert Shultz has been called the archetype of the “model citizen.” He freely gives of his time, energy, expertise and resources to so many causes in the Capital Region, that it would be too numerous to list them all. And according to his nominator, Michael Keegan, he does so in a quiet, modest fashion, asking nothing in return but the knowledge that what he does truly makes a difference in the community he cares so much about.
The 60-year mark didn’t slow Herb down a bit. Instead, he took on arguably the biggest volunteer challenge of his career; co-chairing the capital campaign for Proctor’s Theater. The fruits of his work are apparent; the theater complex is rising once again as the jewel of Schenectady ‘s revitalized downtown and continues to become the symbol of a new life for the old industrial city.
“The arts are a good barometer of a community’s overall health and quality of life,” said Herb. “A vibrant arts component means the community as a whole is a great place to live and work.”
Formerly the President and COO of Fenimore Asset Management, Herb currently stays active as a director of the organization. It’s hard to believe he has the time to be involved with multiple area not-for-profit organizations, but currently he is President of the Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation and a Director of the Sponsor-A-Scholar program. He is also a member of the Distribution Committee for the Schenectady Foundation.
Herb has been married to his wife, Cynthia, for 37 years and has two sons and two grandchildren.
From directorial positions on various boards, to volunteering for community-based agencies, to holding positions in town government, Margaret (Mardy) Moore has truly done it all. Her accomplishments are broad and varied, and have touched the lives of nearly every age group within the Capital Region community.
Mardy began her career in public service as a high school student who was active in student government. From there, she went on to become to first woman Supervisor for the Town of Niskayuna , a position she held for four terms. She served five years on the Niskayuna Board of Zoning Appeals, served on the NYS Committee to review Handicapped Accessibility for Election Districts, chaired the Survey Committee to review Effect of Guidance Counselors for NYS, and Co-chaired the Niskayuna Citizens for School Concerns. Through it all, Mardy remains employed by GE at Knolls Atomic Power Lab, where she is Assistant Supervisor of the Nuclear Engineering Course.
In addition to the responsibilities mentioned above, Mardy is also the current Board Chairman for the Volunteer Physicians Project, a free health clinic located in Schenectady that provides services to those lacking proper medical care and coverage. She has served on the Executive Committee of St. Claire’s Hospital, where she remains a board member, and chairs the Quality Improvement Committee. She also remains the Director of Community Relations at Empire State Aerosciences Museum , and a board member of the Zonta Club of Schenectady , Schenectady Symphony Orchestra Association, and is Secretary for the Challenger Learning Center to name just a few.
Mardy’s honors range from the YWCA Woman of Achievement, to the St. Clare’s Spirit of Healing Award. She was also awarded Catholic Charities Senior of the Year and Niskayuna Republican of the Year…. and these are only a few of her many accolades.
Mardy is the mother of six children, has eleven grandchildren, and remembers her late husband, Charles, fondly.
Roana Roy spent twenty-three years directing the Arts Center for the Capital Region where she provided the organization with strategic planning, fundraising, and innovative marketing initiatives. It was an organization that began as a local arts council located in a 6,000 square foot brownstone on Troy ‘s Washington Park with an $80,000 budget. In the succeeding years, with Raona at the helm, the organization grew into an institution serving an 11-county region with an annual budget in excess of $1.1 million dollars. It was here that she developed the leadership skills that are now being applied in new ways as Director of Institutional Advancement at Tech Valley High School .
Tech Valley High School is a unique, regional public high school that opened in 2007, and offers students project-based learning and 21 st century skills. Here, Raona is responsible for providing leadership in communications, public affairs, marketing, and student recruitment. She plays a visible role in building and stewarding relationships with the school’s external stakeholders, helping forge partnerships that greatly impact the students’ education. It is an effort that has captured the imagination of business leaders, higher education, and labor leaders across the entire capital region and beyond.
Raona has served on the board of WMHT-Educational Telecommunications for several terms totaling nearly 12 years, holding several offices. She also currently serves on the board of the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood. She has been previously honored by The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, a Governor’s Arts Award recipient, The Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce as a Woman of Excellence by the Capital District Business Review, and in 2006, was honored with the “Ebbie” from the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce for her many contributions to the community.
Raona celebrated her 25 th wedding anniversary with husband, John, in June of this year and has three sons and one grandson.
Nancy Roth began working in Counsel’s Office of Mental Hygiene in 1973 and stayed through the transition in 1980 when it became the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD). The agency provides social and healthcare services to approximately 140,000 persons with developmental disabilities. Nancy worked full-time at OMRDD until the mid 1990s when she officially retired from State service. Unlike your typical retirement, however, Nancy ‘s was completely selfless.
At the time, the organization was facing lay-offs and one position in OMRDD Counsel’s Office was slated to be eliminated. No other attorney in Counsel’s office was near retirement age, and many were supporting families with young children. By retiring, Nancy allowed Counsel’s Office to keep everyone else employed, thus saving a colleague the hardship of losing his or her job. Since Nancy did not really want to stop working for OMRDD, she decided to simply keeping doing her job without pay. Nancy stayed on as a volunteer, continuing to do her job with the same passion and excitement that she had all along.
Nancy ‘s peers considered her to be an integral behind the scenes professional that they could not do without. Her areas of expertise are State contracts and certificates of incorporation. In this capacity, she contributes to OMRDD’s mission by drafting contracts with private agencies that serve persons with developmental disabilities, by assisting new agencies with their incorporation papers and by assisting existing agencies that need to change their incorporation papers. The work is essential to the continued success of New York ‘s large system of services for persons with disabilities. But what makes it most special, is that it’s done with great pride and spirit, and without compensation.
Nancy has three children and three granddaughters and was married to Rabbi Alvin Roth of Congregation Beth Emeth before his passing in 1996.
Dr. William and Adriene Rockwood
Health and Human Services
Five years ago, Dr. Wiliam (Bill) and Adrienne Rockwood realized that an entire generation of older adults was being forgotten when it came to substance abuse and addictions treatment. True pioneers of the geriatric addictions field, they developed Senior Hope, a compassionate chemical dependency care option for seniors and their families. Bill works as President and CEO, while Adrienne acts as clinician, programmer and director of public relations.
Bill’s career spanned 40 years with The Sage Colleges, serving as professor and chair of the biology department and as the founder and director of the Sage Project in Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Upon his retirement, Adrienne joined him in creating an out-patient clinic to serve a 50+ population. With a background in education, she was a natural at combining traditional counseling with career counseling and through her various vocations, it became increasingly apparent to her that older adults were “falling through the cracks” regarding substance abuse.
Together, their efforts continue to educate and reunite families. They have successfully brought countless clients to sobriety through intervention, counseling and the continued belief that their efforts help people adopt a healthy, productive lifestyle. It is a topic they will continue to endorse and promote through professional presentations throughout the State, as well as on the national level.
Bill is the recipient of the NYS Alcohol and Drug Educator Marty Mann Award from the National Council of Alcoholism and Other Addictions, as well as the Founders Day Award from NYU for academic Excellence. Adrienne joined him in accepting the Circle of Humanity Award in 2006, an award given to individuals who devote themselves to making positive differences in their community and beyond.
Bill and Adrienne have been married 54 years, have five children, 16 grandchildren, and expect their first great-grandchild in May.
Hon. Howard Levine
Judge Howard Levine has been involved in the legal field since 1956. As a lawyer in private practice, Assistant District Attorney, law professor, and as a judge, he has continuously and tirelessly contributed to the development of the law.
While on the Appellate Division, Judge Levine served for five years on the Pattern Jury Instructions Committee of the Association of New York to Supreme Court Justices. The committee’s published work product became the definitive text and commentary on the jury charges in Tort and Commercial Litigation. As a Life Member of the American Law Institute, he helped form contract law as we know it today. And as Senior Counsel at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, Judge Levine concentrates his practice on arbitration, mediation, and appellate and commercial litigation, all while mentoring young associates.
Judge Levine is an advocate of the poor and of children’s rights. He founded the New York State Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Section and has served on the State Commission of Child Welfare. He was also pivotal in raising funds for the Justice for All Campaign, which helps the poor by pledging financial support to the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.
In 2000, Judge Levine was the recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Federal and Commercial Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association. Then, in 2003, he received the New York State Bar Association’s Annual Gold Medal Award for “Distinguished Service in the Law,” the highest honor the association bestows on its members of the legal profession. He was also named to the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution National Panel of Neutrals. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and an elected, sustaining member of the American Law Institute.
Sue Zick has set the example for Capital Region volunteers since 1982. Among her many projects, her largest undertaking is with Equinox’s Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. This project consists of serving free dinners to 8,000 residents in need of a warm holiday meal. Sue first became involved with the dinner 18 years ago when she offered to answer the Dinner Hotline and found herself becoming immersed in the loneliness and neediness of the callers. It wasn’t long before she was ready to take on a more major role in the execution of the event, and has since acted as both co- chair and chair of the entire event.
The impact on the community goes well beyond those served. Equally impacted by Sue’s efforts are the 3,000 volunteers needed to prepare and distribute meals. Many of them have made this part of their Thanksgiving tradition, coming back year after year to chop onions, scrub pots, peel potatoes or make deliveries. Sue makes sure that each volunteer at the church has a positive and uplifting experience by welcoming everyone, making sure they have a job, and working alongside them throughout the entire effort. And most importantly, she has helped ensure that the spirit of volunteerism is passed on to the next generation by involving school children in the volunteer process.
Sue volunteers at Equinox in other capacities as well. She has donated her professional design services to the furnishing and decorating of the Equinox House for Youth, the Domestic Violence Shelter, Transitional Living Program apartments, and Community Service Center , ensuring that they are safe and welcoming for clients. For many years at holiday time, Sue adopted each and every youth in the Transitional Living Program, delivering individually wrapped gifts as well as a fresh tree with lights and decorations as her way of ensuring the youths had a special way to celebrate.
When she is not volunteering, Sue and her husband, Bob, enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren.