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Clarkson University Bestows Top Award for Young Alumni

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Hannah J. Bell of Glen Allen, Va.; Juan Martinez of Brookline, Mass., press secretary to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; Jill L. Thiemann of Toms River, N.J., associate for the law offices of O’Malley, Surman & Michelini; and Monica J. Young of La Fayette, N.Y., director for the NSF IMPPACT Project at Syracuse University, have all received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University.woodstock2010

Given each year during Reunion Weekend, the Woodstock Award honors young alumni who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and service to Clarkson and the Alumni Association and who have used their Clarkson experience to make a notable contribution to their careers.

Hannah J. Bell

Hannah Bell received her bachelor of science in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson in 1995. Upon graduation, she accepted a project engineer position with Malcolm Pirnie, in Newport News, Va., where she worked on water and wastewater treatment design projects across the U.S. and internationally.

Bell went on to work with Sear Brown Group in Rochester, N.Y., as a project engineer, and then at Malcolm Pirnie’s Rochester office.

Bell most recently worked for InfraMap Corporation in Richmond, Va., where she obtained a position as the southeast regional director in 2004. She was responsible for the management of several contracts within the southeast with the Department of Transportation in South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia in addition to private, municipal and industrial clients.

Bell is a licensed professional engineer in New York, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Maryland.

She has remained an active admission volunteer since graduation. While in Rochester, Bell was involved with the Rochester Alumni Chapter and was also a member of the Clarkson University Alumni Executive Council. She received of the Stub Baker Chapter Service citation in 2003.

Bell and her husband, Mike, reside in Glen Allen, Va., where they are raising four boys, ages 8, 7, 4 and 1 years old.

Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez received his bachelor of science degree in accounting from Clarkson in 1995.

Martinez advises the governor on long-term and day-to-day communications and media relations strategies, as well as crisis communications. He designed and executed the communications strategy for Massachusetts Works, the Governor’s $4 billion job creation initiative. He organized the crisis communications strategies and protocols across the administration during two major flooding emergencies and a water main break that impacted the drinking water for over two million residents.

Prior to becoming press secretary, Martinez had served in the administration since 2007 as director of communications for the Governor’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the largest secretariat in Massachusetts with a $13 billion budget.

Prior to serving in Governor Patrick’s administration, Martinez was executive director of the Massachusetts Voter Education Network ("MassVOTE"), a non-partisan organization with 300 non-profit partners that steadily increased voter turnout in the state’s seven largest cities.

In 2001, Martinez founded Darkhorse Media Inc., a communications firm that integrated marketing strategies into the philanthropic programs of non-profit clients. Prior to starting Darkhorse, Martinez worked for six years at WSKG Public Broadcasting in Binghamton, N.Y.

A former member of the Clarkson Alumni Council, he was born and raised in New York City and has lived in the Boston area since 2000.

Jill L. Thiemann

Jill Thiemann received her bachelor of science degree in economics from Clarkson in 1990. In 1994, she received a doctor of law degree cum laude from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pa.

Thiemann’s expertise is in matrimonial and family law, wills, residential real estate closings and refinances, general litigation, collections, residential and commercial landlord/tenant litigation, condominium law, plaintiff’s personal injury, municipal court defense, and worker’s compensation.

She is licensed to practice law and admitted in the jurisdictions of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, United States District Court -- District of New Jersey, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Ocean County Bar Association (where she serves on the Family Law Committee, the Scholarship Committee, and the Women’s Committee), and the Jersey Shore Collaborative Law Group. Prior to joining O’Malley, Surman & Michelini, she worked as an associate for the law office of Lisa E. Halpern. Prior to that, she was a rotational law clerk for the Superior Court of New Jersey in Ocean County, N.J.

Thiemann is president of the Clarkson Alumni Association and served as vice president from 2008 to 2010. She was co-planning chair of the Class of 1990 reunion in July. She also served as a member-at-large of the alumni admission committee for the Clarkson University Alumni Council which she co-chaired from 2006-2008.

Thiemann has also volunteered as an admissions representative for Clarkson University since 2003. In 2005, she was honored with the Charles S. Ehrlich Award for her dedication and outstanding effort in assisting in the recruitment of students.

Monica J. Young

Young received her bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson in 2000. In 2004, she received a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University, followed by a master of science degree in science teaching, 7-12 physics, in 2000. She is now working on her Ph.D. in science education.

As project director of IMPPACT, Young guides the efforts of seven graduate researchers located at Syracuse University, the University of Iowa and North Carolina State University, managing the daily operations of the project at all three sites. She coordinates annual summer meetings for all researchers as well as winter training meetings for graduate researchers. She also prepares all reports, presentations and posters for the annual NSF funding meeting as well as other conferences.

Young has taught at the college level at Le Moyne College and Syracuse University. Her K-12 teaching experience includes teaching for the Syracuse City School District.

Prior to teaching, she worked for the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, as an Air Vehicles Control Science Division research student, focusing on flow control techniques for on-going experimental research. She also was an assistant engineer at C&S Engineers in Syracuse, N.Y., and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was advanced SEAL delivery system mechanical engineer, revising and reviewing planned maintenance, technical manuals and drawings for propulsion, maneuvering and environmental control systems.

She is the author of several publications, numerous conference papers and posters and has been invited to lecture and hold workshops at professional meetings and universities.

Young is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Among others, she received the 2009 Syracuse University Research and Creative Grant Award and the 2009 3rd Conference on Understanding Interventions Travel Award. She was an associate for the 2008-2010 Syracuse Women in Science & Engineering-Future Professoriate Program and the 2008 nominee for the Syracuse University Women of Distinction Award. Since 2007, she is on the board of directors of the Technology Alliance of Central New York and a Syracuse University Teaching Fellow.

She has been co-chair of the Student Services Committee of the Clarkson Alumni Council since 2000.

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