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MCC announces 2019 Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Retiree


Four outstanding Mott Community College alumni and an MCC retiree have been selected to receive the MCC 2019 Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Retiree Awards at a dinner Thursday, Oct. 10 in the MCC Event Center on the main campus in Flint. This event is open to the community. Tickets are available for $50 by calling 810-762-0425 or visit Seating is limited.

Each year, MCC recognizes individuals who have shown extraordinary service and exemplary leadership in a variety of areas. This year’s honorees include Alumni Mark Bauman, Melany Gavulic, the Honorable Elizabeth A. Kelly, and the Honorable Larry J. Stecco. Sharon Naughton will be honored as MCC’s Outstanding Retiree recipient this year.

Prior to the dinner, a 5:45 p.m. reception will feature a book signing of “Karma’s Street Justice,” a legal thriller written by the Honorable Ramona Roberts Gibson, who was an inaugural recipient of MCC’s Distinguished Alumni Awards. The dinner and the awards presentation begin at 6:30 pm. Proceeds from the program and the book sales will go to The Foundation for Mott Community College’s efforts in support of MCC students.

The Distinguished Alumni honorees are selected by a screening committee based upon their outstanding achievements as role models, visionary leaders and community servants. Outstanding retirees are selected by the MCC Executive Cabinet. In addition, the individuals honored as Distinguished Alumni will have their photographs displayed in the Alumni Hall of the Event Center where all previous honorees are featured.

2019 Distinguished Alumni
Mark Bauman
In April 2019, Mark Bauman made history running the Boston Marathon for his 50th consecutive year. An avid runner, he was encouraged to run his first Boston Marathon by his Coach Paul Griffin while attending Flint Junior College. The owner/operator of Bauman’s Running/Walking Shop and a staunch promoter of healthy living and fitness, he has organized numerous road races in the Flint area. From his early years selling running shoes and attire from his vehicle at races and on-site locations, he continues to provide the community with top notch service and assistance with running equipment as well as creating a social runners network. He has also donated portions of race proceeds to charities and schools as well as providing helpful discounts to local high school runners during their cross country and track and field seasons. He has sponsored running and track clubs and provided shirts for Flint Area high school track and field meets. Participating in local and regional events, as well as major races like the Boston Marathon, Mark Bauman has been part of the Flint area running story -- from the 70's jogging movement to current road race events like the Health Alliance Plan (HAP) Crim Festival of Races (he has run all of the Crim’s 10-mile races). He has run approximately 1,000 races over a period of 50-plus years – a streak widely considered to be one of the greatest achievements in Flint-area history.

Melany Gavulic
Melany Gavulic, RN, MBA, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Hurley Medical Center since April of 2012. Before this appointment, Ms. Gavulic served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer at Hurley as well as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Hurley Medical Center, where she was responsible for operations, nursing and all patient care services. Ms. Gavulic has a wealth of health care experience, serving in leadership roles within Hurley Medical Center over the last 21 years. As a results-oriented professional with a proven track record of collaborative working relationships with physicians, staff, colleagues, and external customers, she has been successful in developing and facilitating teams that have positively impacted quality outcomes, demonstrated performance improvement, enhanced delivery of services and created effective community partnerships.

Melany Gavulic received her BS Degree in Management Systems in 1991 from Kettering University (formerly GMI Engineering & Management Institute), an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Mott Community College in 1997 and an MBA from Baker College of Graduate Studies in 2005. She received her Registered Nursing License in 1997. She serves on the following Boards: Essential Hospitals Institute Board of Directors, Michigan Health & Hospital Association Board of Directors, Greater Flint Health Coalition Board of Directors, MSU-Flint Area Medical Education Board, Genesee Early College Advisory Board, Kettering Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Advisory Board, Greater Flint YMCA Foundation Board and the YMCA of Greater Flint Board of Directors.

The Honorable Elizabeth A. Kelly
In the midterm elections of November 2018, Elizabeth A. Kelly was elected to one of two open seats on the 7th Judicial Circuit Court of Genesee County, beginning a six-year term on Jan. 1, 2019, where she now serves as 7th Judicial Circuit Court Judge in Genesee County’s Criminal and Family Divisions. She attended Mott Community College and received an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science – Paralegal Technology, a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan-Flint and attended law school at Michigan State University. As a student at MCC, she interned at the 68th District Court, (now known as the 5th Division of the 67th District Court) and took a position as secretary at the Genesee County Bar Association. Judge Kelly has worked in the Genesee County legal community in every capacity – as a secretary, paralegal, law clerk, lawyer and now, judge. Among her many career achievements and one of her most memorable accomplishments came fresh out of law school, a case where she represented a mom in her first Baby Court case. Judge Kelly values the pivotal role she plays in people’s lives; having an impact on them and finding a way to help them improve the quality of their life is important to her. Arranging her docket so that she can be sure to give every case, and every person, the time they need, is vital. Giving defendants a chance to get involved in drug court, addiction treatment, guiding parents when they can’t deal with various issues, and helping to give them tools to make better decisions about major aspects of their children’s lives, are crucial elements of the judicial role that she takes very seriously. She believes that everyone, regardless of background, deserves respect and compassion.

The Honorable Larry Stecco
Judge Larry Stecco, now retired, was a very talented lawyer and excellent judge. He did an outstanding job as Judge of the 67th District Court for Mt. Morris. During his tenure, he helped establish and redefine the Sobriety Court. He embarked on his higher educational career at Flint Junior College (now Mott Community College), where he served as Student Government treasurer and photographer for the audiovisual department and school newspaper. Graduating from Detroit College of Law with his J.D. in 1967, Judge Stecco worked in the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office from 1968-71 as senior trial attorney and chief of the organized crime anti-racketeering division where he helped establish and conduct Michigan’s first Citizens Grand Jury. He was President of the Genesee County Bar Association, President of the Genesee County Trial Lawyers Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Flint YMCA and Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals. The consummate fundraiser and supporter of numerous political and judicial candidates over the years, he has also been deeply involved with many organizations, including the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and the UNCF. He has also served as a member of the Genesee County Consumer Protection Council, on the Board of Directors of Region V. Crime Commission, appointed special Prosecutor for the Peterson one-man grand jury, the UAW People’s Law School and as a labor organizer for the Genesee County Governmental Bar Association.

2019 Outstanding Retiree Award
Sharon Naughton
Shortly after retiring from MCC in 1998, the Sharon Naughton Poetry Award was established in recognition of Sharon Naughton’s great work as Coordinator of the Developmental English Program at MCC. She graduated from Mercy College of Detroit, summa cum laude in 1959 with a Bachelor’s degree in art and earned a Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. She returned to Mercy College where she taught English until 1965 when she was offered a teaching position at then Flint Junior College. She taught various English courses at Mott until retirement. She was especially drawn to the developmental writing courses, ultimately becoming Coordinator of the Developmental English Program, leading a team of dedicated teachers who developed courses and innovative teaching methods to help prepare students for college level writing courses. In addition, she mentored graduate student interns from Central Michigan University’s Community College Teaching Program. She was also Co-Chair of the Committee on Excellence in Teaching and Learning and was Editor of FOCUS, a newsletter featuring faculty articles on teaching and learning. She was awarded the Ballenger Chair of Learning in Developmental Education, and received two excellence in teaching awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development from the University of Texas at Austin. After retirement, she was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Church and served at St. Paul’s-Flint and St. Christopher’s-Grand Blanc. Service and support to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers ranks at the top of her various ministries. She was named an Advocate for the National Alzheimer’s Association and attended several national forums in Washington, DC where she successfully lobbied members of Congress to support funding for Alzheimer’s research and programs.

For more information about this program, contact The Foundation for Mott Community College at 810-762-0425.

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