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40th Annual Employee Recognition Day

A Celebration Honoring Employee Service  |  Thursday, June 6th  |  OnCenter

Each year, Upstate hosts a celebration to honor those employees who have reached a 5-year milestone in their years of service to this organization. Please join us as we gather to honor your years of dedication and service to patient care, education, and research.

Luncheon and Presentation  |  Photo Booth    | Door Prizes

The event recognizes employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55 years of service. Eligible employees will receive an invitation sent through interoffice mail. All employees being recognized who are scheduled to work, and who attend the ceremony/luncheon, will not be required to charge their accruals to attend this event.

Thursday, June 6, 2024
 The program begins promptly at 11am. Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at OnCenter 800 South State Street, Syracuse, NY


Upstate University Hospital: Shuttles will run continuously to and from University Hospital traffic circle starting 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The last shuttle will leave the OnCenter at 1:45.

Upstate Community Hospital: Shuttles will leave the Community Campus when full at 10:30 a.m. boarding at the front main entrance. Return shuttles from the OnCenter will be at 1:45. 


Free parking is available in the OnCenter open lot. Let the attendant know you're an Upstate honoree.


Gwynne Conway, Chair, 2024 Employee Recognition Day Committee

Opening Remarks:
Mantosh Dewan, MD, President, Upstate Medical University

Program Announcers:
Dr. Robert Corona, Chief Executive Officer and
Dr. Lawrence Chin, Dean, Norton College of Medicine


Closing Remarks:
Gwynne Conway, Chair

Recognition Date Information

The recognition dates have been verified for the employees listed and adjusted for any breaks in service in payroll of one (1) month or more. Times spent on approved leaves of absence are not considered breaks in service. In addition, time spent in "student" titles (Student Assistant, Project Aide, Graduate Assistant, etc.) or titles of "Fellow" or those with "Casual" or "Adjunct" designation are not considered applicable towards Upstate Medical University service recognition.

The Upstate Medical University recognition date is a local date element reflecting combined years of service at Upstate only and has no bearing on official seniority or anniversary dates such as vacation, anniversary, state seniority, etc. If you have any questions or any changes in regards to an employee’s recognition date, please contact Megan Chase at [email protected].

Attendance at an employee recognition luncheon is optional. Day shift staff who are working on that day should report their normal meal period. If it occurs outside of an employee's schedule or on a pass day, attendance at the event will not be considered time worked/paid time.

In Memoriam

Andrew Butchko - Nursing-11E-Pediatrics

George Campbell - Environmental Svcs-Hospital

Melissa Castrello - IMT-Rev Cycle & Training

Ralph Cavallo Cg - Materials Management

Mark Chilton - Medicine

Kim Clark Inclusive - Health Services

Cynthia Clarke - Financial Services-Patient

Vincent Coon Radiology - Interventional 

April Fairbrother Patient Access - Pre Services

Sonny Fantacone IMT - Educational Communications 

Deritha Fiorelli - CHP - Dean's Office


Josephine Fowler Cleveland - Medical Staff Service

Theresa Gagnon - Risk Management

Debora Gazzara-Ralph - Nursing-Stroke Program 

Pamela Gladle - Patient Access Services

Brent Graves - Nursing-Ctr Child Surg - OR

Sally Gray Nursing-5E-Pre/Post

Jorge Grimes - College Of Nursing

Lorraine Henning - Nursing-Ed-Adult

Sean Huckins - Neurosurgery

Danielle Jones - Nursing-8E-Surgical ICU

Eugene Kaplan - Psychiatry

Judith Kelsey - Clinical Pathology Admin

Frank Kline - Radiology-Maintenance

Cora Mallette - CG-5E-Transitional Care Unit

Lisa McIntosh - Patient Access-Pre Services

John Meehan - Clin Campus-Ophthalmology

Lookman Mogaji - Environmental Services

David Murray - Phys Plant-Plumbing Shop

Kathleen Nolan - Nursing-O.R.

Rosemary Roach - Nursing-Ophthalmology Amb.Care

Daniel Simmons - Environmental Health & Safety

Betty Thurston - Nursing-8A Med

Special Thanks

A special thank you to the following sponsors for their generous contributions:

  • Advocates of Upstate Medical University
  • MedBest Medical Management, Inc.
  • Office of the President
  • CSEA