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Alumni of the Year

2014

David Brogan

Lacey Plichta

Marisol Conde-Hernandez

 


 

David Brogan '93

David Brogan

David Brogan is flanked by Barbara Bernard, vice chair of the Foundation (left),
and Middlesex County College President Joann La Perla-Morales.

David Brogan, a 1993 graduate of Middlesex County College and the first vice president of economic development and taxation for the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, was honored as Alumnus of the Year for Business/Professional/Community Achievements at the 44th annual Scholarship Gala held March 1 at the Imperia, Somerset. The Gala will be held Saturday, March 1 at the Imperia, 1714 Easton Ave, Somerset, NJ. The event begins at 6 p.m. The entertainment includes "The Best of Broadway" starring Barbra Russell and Ron Sharpe, stars of Broadway's "Les Misérables."

Mr. Brogan attended MCC from 1991 to 1993 before transferring to Rutgers University, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1985-1989.
The New Jersey Business and Industry Association represents more than 21,000 member companies, with over 1.5 million employees making it the largest employer-representative association in the nation. It provides information and services for its members, but it is also known as the premier lobbying association for business. "We take positions on bills and regulations that will have the greatest benefit for the largest number of our members," he said.

During his tenure, Mr. Brogan successfully advocated for $2.3 billion in tax cuts and incentives for business, as well as the largest overhaul of New Jersey's economic incentive programs in over two decades.

 

Lacey Plichta '06

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Lacey Plichta is flanked by Veronica Clinton, director of development and alumni relations (left),
and Middlesex County College President Joann La Perla-Morales.

Lacey Plichta, a 2006 graduate of MCC, was named the 2014 Alumna of the Year for Contributions to the College, its Alumni Association or its Foundation. The award was presented during Celebration Day, an annual event held each May that also honors College employees reaching milestone service anniversaries and three Outstanding Service to the College award winners.
Ms. Plichta was a member of the first class of New Jersey STARS, which is a scholarship program for high-achieving high school students who attend their community college.
She graduated with honors from MCC and Rutgers, where she went for her bachelor's and master's degrees. She is now teaching in the Princeton school system. She also owns her own business, Lacey's Gourmet Cupcakes.

She has been involved with the Alumni Association since graduation and is now treasurer. She was also an officer of the Middlesex chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.

"My experiences at Middlesex have been nothing but wonderful, I had excellent professors who inspired my creativity and 'outside the box' thinking."

 

Marisol Conde-Hernandez '08

Marisol Conde-Hernandez

From left: Ms. Rosa; Ms. Conde-Hernandez; Dorothy Bitetto, president of the MCC Alumni Association;
and Joann La Perla-Morales, president of Middlesex County College.

Marisol Conde-Hernandez a 2008 graduate of Middlesex County College, who was presented the Recent Alumna of the Year Award at the Alumni Association's annual dinner meeting on June 11. The award recognizes the accomplishments of someone who graduated within the past 10 years. "I have known Marisol for years," said Evelyn Rosa, the director of the MCC New Brunswick Center, who nominated her for the award. "She is a strong advocate for immigrant families and has mentored high school college-bound students." Ms. Conde-Hernandez graduated from Middlesex with highest honors and from Rutgers summa cum laude. She is now at Rutgers University School of Law and expects to graduate in 2017.