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Who's FSU Awards


The Who's FSU Award recognizes a select group from among CLAS alumni who lead our disciplines and professions.

Award Winners


Mary ClapsaddleMary Clapsaddle, Geography and Sociology

Mary is a 1983 magna cum laude graduate of FSU with a B.A. in Geography and Sociology. She earned her Master of Regional Planning from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She began her career as Assistant to the County Manager of Chatham, North Carolina. She later served as Research Associate for the National Associationof Counties in Washington, DC.

Mary then began her career in Maryland, first with the Department of Legislative Services in the Maryland General Assembly, then as Director of Policy Development with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. In 2002, she was appointed Assistant State Superintendent for Business Services with the Maryland State Department of Education. She currently serves as Legislative Manager for the Maryland Department of Legislative Services in Annapolis.


Alison CombesAlison Combes, Music Management

Alison graduated cum laude from FSU in 1993, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Music Management and receiving Honors in General Education and Departmental Honors. She began her career with the Washington Chorus in Washington, DC as an administrative assistant, moving up the ranks to become Deputy Director in 2002.

In 2000, she participated on a Grammy award-winning album. She earned her Master of Arts in Arts Management in 2002 from American University. Since September 2006, she has served as Executive Director of the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, DC. She is a member of Chorus America, The Recording Academy, and Friends of Music at Frostburg.


Frank CoxFrank Cox, Chemistry

Frank has 21 years of pharmaceutical experience and joined Roche in 1995 as head of Quality Control at Roche's newest manufacturing facility located in Florence, South Carolina. During his time with Roche, he has held various positions and been responsible for Quality Control, Logistics, Engineering, Maintenance, Environmental, Health & Safety, and Purchasing. He holds a B.S. Degree in Chemistry from Frostburg State University, a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of South Carolina, and currently serves as President and General Manager of Roche Carolina Inc.


Greg GarciaGreg Garcia, Communication Studies

Greg Garcia earned a B.S. degree in Speech Communication and Theatre from FSU in 1992. While at FSU, he participated in the Warner Bros. Writing for Television courses, which ultimately opened the door for him as a writer in Hollywood. His career has included working for the series Family Matters and as a consulting producer on Family Guy. He was an executive producer on the long-running sitcom Yes, Dear. He is now writer and executive producer of the Emmy award winning My Name is Earl.


Shirley GiarrittaShirley Giarritta, Art Education

Shirley earned her Bachelor of Arts in art education from Frostburg State University in 1970. She received a Master of Arts in painting and sculpture from James Madison University.

Shirley began her career teaching art and supervising the arts program for Frederick County Public Schools in Winchester, VA. She then taught art at Allegany College of Maryland. From 1972 to 1977, she served as co-owner of The Art Shop in Winchester, VA and Cumberland, MD. She is currently the owner and manager of Connoisseur Interiors and Gallery in Cumberland.

Shirley has been instrumental to the growth of the arts community in Cumberland. She was a founding member of the Cumberland Theatre Board of Trustees and was honored with the renaming of their auditorium as "The Nick and Shirley Giarritta Playhouse." Shirley was appointed to serve on the Maryland State Arts Council for three terms and previously served as president. She was awarded the Maryland Medici Award for "Outstanding Individual Support of the Arts" by former Maryland
Governor Schaefer, Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Citizens for the Arts.

Her many community service activities include membership in the Downtown Cumberland Business Association, Allegany Art Alliance, and Allegany Arts Council. She has served on the Cumberland Cultural Foundation Board of Trustees and as Chair of the Artistic Committee.


Daniel HuntDaniel P. Hunt, M.D., Mathematics

Dan is 1977 summa cum laude graduate of Frostburg State College with a B.S. in Mathematics. He received his M.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and his postdoctoral training was in the area of internal medicine.

Dan is a clinician-educator, with expertise and considerable experience in the care of patients, but with emphasis on education. He began his career in Houston, Texas where he successfully practiced medicine at the Texas Medical Center for 11 years while also serving as a part-time clinical faculty member with the Baylor College of Medicine. He then joined the full-time faculty at Baylor where he was eventually promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

While at Baylor, he served in
consulting and attending physician positions at a number of hospitals in the Houston area. In 2005, he joined the faculty of Harvard University as Associate Professor of Medicine. He is also Director of Inpatient Clinician Educator Services in the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.


Krista McGowanKrista McGowan, Political Science

Krista is a 1982 summa cum laude graduate of FSU with a B.S. in political science. She earned her J.D. from Ohio State University in 1985. Krista is now an attorney with Miles and Stockbridge, one of the largest real estate and development firms in Frederick. She represents commercial and residential real estate developers, appearing before various city and county commissions on behalf of clients. Projects with which Krista is currently involved include Frederick Airport Park, Brunswick Crossing (a residential development and commercial office/research center) in the City of Brunswick, and the Villages of Urbana and Lake Linganore residential developments. planned giving program.


Kenneth OldhamKenneth Oldham, Music Administration

Ken graduated cum laude from FSU in 1998, receiving his B.S. in Music Administration with a minor in Business Administration. In less than ten years since his graduation from FSU, Ken has become President of the National Philharmonic at Strathmore where he is spearheading many initiatives including a fundraising campaign.

Despite his busy schedule, he is also committed to the education of young and future audiences and finds time to teach guitar. Kenneth is a charter member of the Steering Committee of Friends of Music at Frostburg and coordinated the 2007 Spring Gala. He was recently named to the FSU Foundation Board. He is also a member of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Planning Committee for the Executive's Ball in Support of the Arts and Humanities in Montgomery County.


Russell PerkinsRussell Perkins, Music

Dr. Perkins has been involved in the field of education for over 30 years, serving first as a music teacher in Baltimore City. For 12 years, he served as Band Director of the award winning City College High School band program. While directing bands at City College, he also served as the coordinator for the Bands Festivals in Baltimore City.

While teaching, Dr. Perkins earned his M.ED. and Ph.D. in Administration and Supervision. Soon after receiving those degrees, he moved into school administration, serving as Assistant Principal and then Principal in Baltimore City. As Principal, Russell took a special interest in the area of Special Education and designed a program, with the support of 100 Black Men of America, to help successfully move Special Needs students into inclusion programs. He retired from Baltimore City Schools in 2004 but returned to the City in 2006 and is now serving as a Restructuring Implementation Specialist.

Russell is still actively involved in music as a member of the Columbia concert and jazz bands, the Reisterstown Jazz Ensemble, and the Carroll Community College Jazz Band. He is also a Charter Member of FSU Friends of Music.


Barry PhillipsBarry Phillips, Chemistry

Barry is a 1969 FSU graduate with a B.S. degree in chemistry. Following his graduation from FSU, he earned a doctorate in organic chemistry from WVU. In 1977, Barry joined Bayer Corporation as a senior chemist in the Polyurethane Research Department.

Today, he is Head of Site Management Americas for Bayer Material Science, LLC in Pittsburgh, PA. He holds several patents and has authored numerous technical papers.


John PipinoJohn Pipino, History

John is a 1981 graduate of FSU with a B.S. in History. He began his career as communications director for a Silicon Valley startup. He now serves as Director of Technology Strategy for Doblin, Inc. in Chicago. Doblin is a management consulting firm with clients that have included Alama Rent-A-Car, Citigroup, and MasterCard.

John was featured in the cover story for the March 20, 2006 edition of Business Week magazine, being quoted on how to create an innovative culture as your company grows.


Richard WhelanRichard Whelan, Political Science

Rick graduated from FSU in 1979 with a B.S. in Political Science. After moving up the ranks of the company, he now serves as President of Marketing General, Inc., a diversified direct marketing solutions agency located in Alexandria, VA. As president, he oversees a company of 60 marketing specialists who together have the day-to-day responsibility for the strategic marketing and creative needs of 45 organizations in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining Marketing General 21 years ago, his experience included service with a general advertising agency and as an account executive for a full-service graphics art studio and production house. He has also worked closely with dozens of associations in the educational, public service, and health care fields. He is a frequent speaker and author on association membership and
marketing topics.


Tony ZookTony Zook, Biology

Tony is a 1982 graduate of FSU where he earned a B.A. in Biology. While at FSU, he was active on the varsity baseball team. He also holds an associate's degree in chemical engineering from Penn State University.

Tony began his career in the pharmaceutical industry at Berlex Laboratories, where he held various positions, including district sales manager; marketing director; vice president, national accounts; and then vice president, sales. He joined Astra USA in 1997 as vice president, marketing and sales, and became vice president, sales in 1998. He then became Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, AstraZeneca US, responsible for leading the company's marketing and sales organizations. He now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of AstraZeneca LP, directing the company's largest market, the United States.

Tony is a member of the Board for the Pennsylvania Division of the American Cancer Society and is Chairman of the Executive Council for the National Pharmaceutical Council.