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Hall of Fame 2022

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The Board of Directors of the Gateway Community College Foundation are pleased to announce that this year’s Hall of Fame will be in person at Gateway Community College’s downtown New Haven campus in the Curran Community Center on Thursday, November 3, 2022. This year’s Gateway Community College Foundation Hall of Fame is special, since it marks the 25th anniversary of this remarkable event, the biggest source of academic and technology scholarship dollars raised each year.  

 “Bridge to Equity,” its theme resonates in our community and beyond. Gateway’s students continue to be impacted by world events and need your help to continue on their educational journey at Gateway Community College. 



2022 hall of fame honorees

Gateway Lion Award for Outstanding Activism on behalf of students

Mary Ellen Cody

Mary Ellen Cody was appointed as the Chief Development Officer of Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center in April 2022. She previously…

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Corporate Honoree

Community Honoree

Washington Trust

Founded in 1800, Washington Trust, the oldest community bank in the nation, is one of the Northeast’s premier financial services…

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Shelley Quiala

Shelley Quiala  joined the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in August 2020 as Executive Director.  During her tenure, Arts &…

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Alumni Honoree

Rick Callahan

Rick Callahan is an entrepreneur dedicated to growth and success. He started his first business at the age of 22…

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Hall of Fame Co-Chairs: LaKisha Jordan and Hiram Brett

Foundation contact: Genavave DeSisto at

gdesisto@gwcc.commnet.edu or (203) 285-2617

Hall of Fame Video Sponsor

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Hall of Fame 2022 Sponsors

Hall of Fame

Ruby H. Melton & Gail McAvay

The J.W. Curran Foundation

Student Success Stories

LindyLee Gold/ The Amour Propre Fund

Chief Executive Officer

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The Eder Family Foundation

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Hometown Hero Honorees


Mary Ellen


Thomas Cody



Helene & Jeffrey Augustine 

Thomas & Colleen Beirne 

Hiram & Patricia Brett 

Dr. William 'Terry' Brown

Daniel Caron 

Elsie Chapman 

Community Foundation for Greater New Haven 

Kevin Doyle & Pearl Granat

Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce 

LaKisha Jordan 

Mimi Lines

Marcum LLP

Mark & Erika Lynch

Roz & Jerry Meyer

Linda Randell

Regional Water Authority 

Gladys Soto

The Suzio York Hill Companies 

Wells Fargo

Yale University

Equity in Education

Beers, Hamerman, Cohen & Burger, P.C.

Housatonic Community College Foundation

New Haven Bank

Honoree Congratulations Message

Thomas S. Griggs Jr. & Ed Bottomley

Dr. Wilson Luna

New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Present and former GCC colleagues of Mary Ellen Cody 

Science Park Development Corporation 

Gladys Soto