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STOC Recognizes 20 in their Twenties
2/12/2008 (Source: Press & Sun Bulletin)

The Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition recognized 20 young professionals Monday for their accomplishments and contributions to the local community.

The Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition recognized 20 young professionals Monday for their accomplishments and contributions to the local community.

The effort was part of STOC's "20 in their Twenties" program, aimed at addressing brain drain in the region and increasing public awareness of outstanding young people in the area who want to stay, said Kim Cerretani, STOC's administrative manager.

STOC received nominations for 62 people who represented a variety of achievements, occupations and experiences, she said. The winners are:

* Anissa Ali, electrical engineer at Lockheed Martin Systems Integration -- Owego.

* Bethany Beecher, learning disabilities specialist at Binghamton University.

* Christopher Blake, program management planning and operations representative at Lockheed.

* Katy Bradley, first line software manager at Lockheed.

* Douglas Camin, director of technical services at CYBERCity Internet Business Center.

* Diana Chandler, account executive at Radigan Broadcasting Group.

* Erik Colon, academic adviser at BU.

* Marisa Colonna, staff accountant at Piaker & Lyons.

* Tina Fernandez, associate attorney at Hinman, Howard & Kattell.

* Bryant Henson, systems engineering functional manager at Lockheed.

* Jennifer Hunt, manager at IBM.

* Guru Madhavan, graduate research assistant at BU.

* Nathaalie Maxwell, Broome County's director of budget and research.

* Sean O'Hagen, graduate student in clinical psychology at BU.

* David Radigan, president and general manager of Radigan Broadcasting.

* Kevin Stein, disability income specialist at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

* Brandon Sunderlin, Marine Corps veteran, Wal-Mart associate and Broome Community College student.

* Lea Webb, community organizer of Citizen Action of New York.

* Carrie Wenban, a partner at Levene Gouldin & Thompson.

* Kimberly Wiggins, occupational therapist for the Binghamton School District.

"It meant a lot that they chose me based on the number of applications they received," said Wenban, who grew up in Horseheads and received her bachelor's degree from BU and juris doctor from Syracuse University College of Law.

Cerretani said award winners each received a $100 gift certificate to Traditions at the Glen, a $50 gift certificate for continuing education at BCC, an executive portfolio with calendar from MeadWestvaco and a one-year membership to Roberson Museum and Science Center, valued at about $50.

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