U-E recognized six outstanding alumni at its Having Made a Difference Dinner.
Richard (Dick) Testa - Class of 1961
Mr. Testa is a member of the U-E Board of Education and an active volunteer at all school buildings. He previously served as the head of Endicott Little League as well as Endicott Sertoma. He most recently took on the task of revitalizing his home town of Endicott through the civic organization Endicott Proud. Mr. Testa is the face of this grass-roots organization of people who want to see Endicott return to its full potential. He is tireless in his efforts to bring businesses, opportunities for leisure activities, and state and federal grant money to the area. His optimism and home town pride have galvanized over 100 members of Endicott Proud to move towards a brighter future.
Dr. William R. Blazey - Class of 1997
Dr. Blazey earned a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he currently serves as an Assistant Dean of Preclinical Education and Associate Professor of Family Medicine. He makes an annual trip to Haiti with medical students where they provide health care at an orphanage, run mobile clinics, and work with amputees to supply them with prosthetic limbs. He also volunteers locally by providing physicals to members of the NYS Guard 10th Brigade, 102nd Engineers and their families.
Della Davis Finney - Class of 1962
Mrs. Finney has dedicated her life to serving others. As a registered nurse who specialized in pediatric nursing, she’s made an impact the lives of countless children. As a pastor’s wife, she was an organist and Sunday school director for her church, where she also spent time assisting families with various needs. Mrs. Finney and her husband were also foster parents through the Children’s Home in Hillcrest. Due to her medical background, the couple gave a home to children with medical needs that other homes could not accommodate. Mrs. Finney has also served on the boards of the Children’s Home and CSA and has supported the Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn’s Red Stocking Appeal fundraiser.
Dr. Jennifer Musa - Class of 1986
Dr. Musa earned a Doctorate in Science and is a biology professor at SUNY Broome, where she teaches “Health for Haiti,” a class where students work under her supervision on a variety of projects in Haiti, such as installing a water purification system in Grande Saline. Dr. Musa has served on several SUNY Broome committees, is an active member of the Church of the Holy Family, and serves on the George F. Johnson Public Library board as well as the Endicott Proud civic organization.
Pamela Portland Riddleberger - Class of 1992
Ms. Riddleberger is the Assistant Superintendent for Innovation and Community Relations for the Union-Endicott Central School District. She has spent her entire career as a vital part of the school district, first as a teacher and later in several administrator positions. She became involved in a U-E Board Advisory for Positive Recognition, which transitioned into the Endicott Proud civic organization. Through her hard work and leadership, this group has grown to 100+ strong, with committees focusing their efforts on beautification, civic awareness, code enforcement, and other initiatives. Ms. Riddleberger was the driving force in writing various grant proposals to bring new opportunities to Endicott, her home town.
Joshua Riley - Class of 1999
Joshua Riley graduated from the College of William and Mary and Harvard Law School. Mr. Riley spent three years in Florida representing, among others, special needs children in a lawsuit to improve their access to health care. He served as a clerk to a federal judge in Los Angeles and then became General Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is currently a partner with Boies Schiller Flexner, LLP, in Washington, D.C.