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 displaced people.

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.