These awards are presented to alumni of whom the college is particularly proud, who have made outstanding accomplishments in their careers and lives, whether in social service, business, or community service, with service to the college one of the many factors considered. Alumni under consideration for this award must have graduated a minimum of ten years ago. Nominations come from faculty, staff, and alumni. Selection is made by the president of the college.
Jaclyn Ryan, Class of 1983
Jaclyn (Kopsack) Ryan graduated from Yale University School of Medicine’s Physician Associate Program in 1993. She is NCCPA Certified in Primary Care and Surgery. She also hold a B.S. from Johnson State College in Allied Health/Physical Therapy. At Yale, she was an honors recipient for her medical review paper Surgical Alternatives in the Treatment of Subacromial Impingement Syndrome. She was also the winner of the National Peter Nyquist Medical Writing Award in 1994 and presented her paper at the 1994 National Physician Assistant Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Since 1993, she has worked at the Orthopedic Group in New Haven, CT for Dr. John Irving, specializing in Minimally Invasive Total Joint Replacement and Adult Reconstructive Surgery. She is a clinical instructor and lecturer for the Yale Physician Associate Program.
In recent years, she has spent her free time off-shore sailing and racing and has participated in several Marion and Newport-to-Bermuda Yacht Races. Sailing on a yacht called Carina in the Centennial Newport-Bermuda Race, her team placed first in class and fourth in fleet out of 264 boats. She holds a U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain’s License. She lives in Danbury, CT. Her current project is restoring a 1986 tugboat named Damn Yankee. She was a member of JSC’s award-winning 1979 field hockey team, one of only three teams named to the JSC Athletics Hall of Fame.
David Silverman, Class of 1985
David Silverman is Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Lender for Union Bank of Morrisville, Vermont. Union Bank has been honored seven times in 10 years and “Most Small Business-Friendly Bank in Vermont” by the U.S. Small Business Administration. After graduating from JSC with a degree in business management, David served as an admissions counselor for the college and then began his banking career with Union Bank in 1986. He and other senior management and fellow JSC alums were recently profiled in Business People Vermont for their part in making the Union Bank system a friendly, fun, professional place to work and bank. “We are particularly proud of our accomplishments in helping small businesses,” he says. “Small businesses are the cornerstone of the local economy as they provide so many jobs for the community.”
With its roots in a rural area, dedicating resources to commercial lending is “enlightened self-interest, because if we help small businesses thrive, that is where employment opportunities are generated,” he says.
David is active in the community, and over the years has served on several local boards, including the Hardwick Electric Commission, Lamoille County Mental Health Services, Stowe Area Association, and the Morristown Development Review Board. David is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Lamoille County Health Services, a federally qualified health center serving the primary care, women’s care and behavior health needs of Lamoille County. Within the bank, David helped invigorate and formalize an internship program for students interested in pursuing a banking career. He has maintained his interest in JSC, and recently helped the college procure its new Carter Gym scoreboard. He lives in Morrisville, VT.
John Udell, Class of 1978
John Udell is president of Weichert Commercial Brokerage, Inc. and Weichert New Homes and Land Co., Inc., one of the largest real estate firms in the mid-Atlantic region and the largest independent real estate company in the United States. The combined companies’ average annual sales volume is in excess of one billion dollars.
In 1995, he merged Metland Properties Group, Inc. with Weichert New Homes and Land Co., Inc. and expanded the company to provide New Homes and Land Sales and Management into seven states. John has been in the real estate business since graduating from JSC. He was raised in a family active in real estate, land development, brokerage and building. He has won a number of business awards, including the 2004 Community Builders’ Association of New Jersey’s Founders award, and is active in many professional organizations in his field. He says the business plan format he learned at JSC has been helpful to him, and that he owes much of his success to his JSC education.
He came to JSC to ski, after trying a community college in New Jersey, and was challenged academically for the first time. He especially remembers the internship he and other students did with a local fence company, which restored the company to financial success. He lives in Chester, NJ. John was elected to the JSC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.
Elisabeth Von Trapp, Class of 1978
Elisabeth Von Trapp, JSC Class of 1978 and MAEDU 1983, is a well-known singer and performance artist. She has released five albums and has performed across the United States, Austria and Russia. Her music has been featured on National Public Radio, BBC-Radio, Japanese Public Radio, and CNN Spanish Radio, and she has appeared on CBS’s Eye On People, ABC’s Good Morning America. BBC-TV, and Austrian National Television. She has sung at the Kennedy Center, the National Cathedral, the White House and performing arts centers around the country (and remember that her first solo was on the Dibden stage.)
Among her recent albums is Poetic License, released in June 2004, which includes her renditions of Robert Frost poems. The album incorporates the sounds of jazz, contemporary and classical influences, as well as poems by Frost and Shakespeare, a Japanese haiku, and interpretations of popular songs. In her latest album, Love Never Ends/Sacred Sounds, Elisabeth has collected, arranged and recorded some of her favorite hymns, psalms and chants.
Recently, she has devoted a generous segment of her time to fundraising concerts for Habitat for Humanity, Katrina relief work and Lutheran Social Services. Elisabeth lives in Waitsfield. You can read more about Elisabeth in this online alumni profile.