Bingaman, Glick, Glick and Reyes to Be Inducted into GCC Foundation Hall of Fame

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
 

The Gateway Community College Foundation will host its 19th Annual Hall of Fame Induction & Reception on Thursday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Gateway Community College, in the Curran Family Community Center at 20 Church Street, New Haven.

Each year, the GCC Foundation honors outstanding members of the corporate community, community leaders, and Gateway alumni in recognition of their unique commitment, dedication, and support of the College's educational mission.

This year's honorees are Corporate Honoree: Larry L. Bingaman, President & CEO, South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, Community Honorees, Scott D. Jackson, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Labor;Stephen B. Glick, President and Founder, Chamber Insurance Trust and Sally Glick, Vice President, Chamber Insurance Trust and Alumna Honoree,  Elizabeth Reyes, Pre-K Teacher, Christopher Columbus Family Academy

The 2016 Hall of Fame Induction & Reception event Chair is Mimi Lines, Secretary, Gateway Foundation and law partner at Robinson + Cole LLP.

Since 1997, funds raised from the Foundation’s annual Hall of Fame Induction & Reception have served as Gateway’s largest source of scholarships that help deserving students train for and secure promising careers. Proceeds also fund training and professional development for faculty and staff, and help toward the purchase of updated technology and classroom materials. The GCC Foundation relies on the generous patronage of corporate and community leaders  and a cadre of enthusiastic and caring volunteers, to make the Hall of Fame Induction and Reception a successful event.

Gateway Community College President Dorsey L. Kendrick, Ph.D., and the Gateway Foundation Board of Directors are proud to honor the Glicks, Bingaman and Reyes as champions of education in Connecticut.

Larry L. Bingaman served president & CEO of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority since 2009. He is keenly focused on sustainable and conscious business practices that maintain and grow the region’s rich natural resources to create new opportunities.

In addition to his service on Regional Water Authority’s Board, Bingaman serves on Gateway President, Dorsey Kendrick’s President's Advisory Council. He chairs the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Board and is a former director of Griffin Hospital Services Corporation. Bingham holds a Bachelor's degree in  Business Administration and Labor Relations from California State University and an executive MBA from the University of New Haven. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Management from Walden University. He gained his utility experience during a 20-year career with Aquarion Water Company, one of the seven largest investor-owned water companies in the United States.

Scott D. Jackson was appointed to be the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Labor by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in February 2016. A graduate of Cornell University, Jackson was a member of U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s Hartford staff from 1993 to 2004, with a two-year gap in service, during which time he was project manager and technical director for the Connecticut Policy and Economic Council. In 2004, he was appointed to manage the Town of Hamden’s Office of Housing and Neighborhood Development. The following year, Jackson was selected as Hamden’s chief administrative officer. In 2009, he was elected Hamden’s mayor, serving until 2015, when he became Connecticut’s undersecretary of Intergovernmental Policy at the Office of Policy and Management.

In 2012, Jackson was appointed by Malloy to serve on – and eventually became chair of – the Governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission as a result of his prior service on statewide panels relating to storm response and proposed changes to the State technical high school system.  

Stephen B. Glick has more than 30 years’ experience in the insurance business. He began his career on Wall Street and then entered the insurance business with John Hancock of New York, acting as a general agent for the company. He then worked with Union Central Life Insurance Company in New York, where he started three offices throughout New York and Connecticut.

In 1984, he started his own fringe benefit firm, Coordinated Financial Resources, which continues to provide 1,000+ Connecticut businesses with insurance. Founded in 1992, Chamber Insurance Trust (CIT) is a family-run business that combines the power of thousands of chamber members across Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Stephen, who serves as CIT’s president and administrator, co-founded the company with his wife and business partner, Sally Glick, who serves as its vice-president.

Sally Glick has served as Vice-President of Operations and CFO of G.F.S., Inc. dba Coordinated Financial Resources, and since 1992, serves as an Administrator and Co-Founder of the Chamber Insurance Trust. 

She is also on the Board of Trustees of the Shubert Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. A well-known, passionate volunteer for numerous Community Outreach Programs, Glick has been recognized with the Business New Haven Small Persons of the Year award and Distinguished Advocate of the Arts by the State of Connecticut. She was Chairperson of the Insurance Committee for the Greater New Haven Health Care Council and served as the Council’s President from 2000-2002.  She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Woman’s Corporate Leadership of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and the South Central Visiting Nurses Association.  Most recently, Sally and Steve Glick were the recipients of the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Award and the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Leadership Alumni Award.

Elizabeth Reyes is a preschool teacher at Christopher Columbus Family Academy, a dual-language public school in New Haven’s Fair Haven neighborhood. Although her parents were born in Puerto Rico, she spent her early years in Bronx, N.Y. She came to New Haven 25 years ago.

Reyes spent long stretches caring for the elderly as a nurse assistant and studying theology. She was a frequent classroom visitor at her daughters’ schools, where teachers encouraged her to apply for a part-time teacher assistant’s position at the Hamilton Street School Head Start program, where she ultimately helped children needing extra assistance. After earning a certificate in Child Development from GCC, she returned to complete an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, where she also learned Spanish “all over again.” Reyes encourages her students’ bilingualism, understanding the advantages of speaking two languages in a competitive work environment.

Because of her “hard work and dedication to her students and warm teaching style,” Reyes was chosen to appear on the cover of the December/January 2011 Teaching Young Students magazine.

For more information about the Gateway Community College Foundation’s Hall of Fame event, including making your reservation to attend, placing an ad in the program book and sponsorship opportunities, visit the website at www.gatewayfdn.org, or contact Barbara Segaloff at Gatewayfdn2@gmail.com or (203) 285-2558.

All other inquiries may be directed to Susan Swirsky at sswirsky@gatewayct.edu or (203) 285-2617. To learn more about the Foundation and the honorees, visit www.gatewayfdn.org.