Impact Awards

As we celebrate 50 years of impact, it is important to recognize those members of the College community who have made an impact on alumni relations, education, and civic leadership. We want to take this opportunity to congratulate and honor those who have previously received one of the following College awards: Distinguished Alumnus, Lindback Teaching Excellence, Adjunct Teaching Excellence, and Civic Leadership. Additionally, we will honor two citizen with awards named after two influential women who unfortunately passed away last year: Riletta Cream and Leah Mauke. 

Camden County College
Presidential Impact Award

The Camden County College Presidential Impact Award is given to a Camden County resident who has made an impact on a national level.

About the Award

The Camden County College Presidential Impact Award is given to a Camden County resident who has made an impact on a national level. Those in consideration are evaluated based on commitment to the same values Camden County College upholds: academic excellence, accountability, goal attainment, integrity, respect for individuals, student-centered decision making, and student learning. The recipient displays four or more of these traits through his or her philanthropic or professional life. A Presidential Impact Award winner has previously been awarded the Camden County College Civic Leadership Award, Teaching Excellence Award, or the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Congressman Donald Norcross, winner of the Camden County College Civic Leadership Award (2009) and Distinguished Alumni Award (2015), and U.S. Congressman in the 1st Congressional District will receive the 2018 Presidential Impact Award. Congratulations Congressman Norcross.

About the Recipient

Donald Norcross is committed to improving the lives of working families by focusing on the issues that matter most to community college students: raising wages and strengthening our economy, ensuring affordable access to a high-quality education, and supporting the brave men and women that protect our nation and our neighborhoods. He knows firsthand what it’s like to be a single parent having to balance work, family life and a checkbook. Early in his career, he worked for minimum wage, and when construction work was slow or he was injured on the job, he was thankful for unemployment and disability insurance. These on-the-job experiences shape his work in Congress. Now, his top priority is raising the federal minimum wage with common-sense predictability over the next seven years to $15 an hour.

Congressman Norcross is the only electrician in Congress and worked for years installing and restoring power for New Jersey homes, businesses and industrial sites. He rose through the ranks and eventually became a business agent for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 351, as well as President of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO, where he advocated on behalf of thousands of hardworking men and women for nearly 20 years.

As a graduate of both Camden County College and a skilled apprenticeship program, the Congressman knows we need to advance job-training programs in our country. He also fully understands the value of a quality, affordable education and, as a member of the New Jersey Legislature, he played a key role in historic higher education reforms that established New Jersey as a research and medical education hub. Donald has developed a reputation as an effective, bipartisan reformer. Among his accomplishments, he led the charge to increase New Jersey’s minimum wage and championed a groundbreaking effort to improve our economy and bring new, family-sustaining jobs to the region.

As the only member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman Norcross is working to raise wages, protect the middle class, strengthen workplace protections and advance paid leave and equal pay. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee where he focuses on protecting our national security, supporting service members and veterans, and strengthening New Jersey’s Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

The Congressman was appointed by the members of his caucus to serve as Assistant Whip in the 115th Congress. He was also selected to be a member of the Steering & Policy Committee, the Communications Committee and, most recently, as a Co-Chair of the Rebuilding America Task Force. He is also a founding member of the bipartisan Building Trades Caucus and vice-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic.


Kris Kolluri

Riletta Cream Impact Award

The Riletta Cream Impact Award is given to an individual for their work in advancing the City of Camden in the areas of education and civic leadership.

About the Award

Riletta CreamRiletta Cream was the liaison to the College from the Freeholder Board from 1994 to 2011 and then continued to influence education in Camden County by donating more than $100,000 to the Camden County College Foundation to establish the Riletta L. Cream Scholarship Fund in 2012. Cream’s philosophy was “where there is education, there is power. From 1948 to 1972, Cream served as a teacher, a supervisor and an elementary school principal in the City of Camden. She then became the principal of her alma mater, Camden High School, a position that she held until 1987. After becoming a member of the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1994 and until her retirement from the Board last year, Cream served as the county education liaison. She oversaw the College, Camden County Technical Schools, the Office of the Camden County Superintendent of Schools, the Camden County Library System and the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission. In addition to attending most of the College’s graduation ceremonies during her years as a freeholder, Cream delivered the commencement keynote address in 2003. This year we have created another full scholarship in her honor as well as the Riletta Cream Impact Award for Civic Leadership.

About the Recipient

Kris Kolluri will receive the Riletta Cream Impact Award for his work in advancing the City of Camden in the areas of education and civic leadership. Kolluri served as CEO of the NJ Schools Development Authority, Commissioner of the NJ Department of Transportation, CEO of the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors, and is now CEO of the Coopers Ferry Partnership. He is an alumnus of Camden County College and has close family ties as his father, Professor Kolluri, founded the laser center on our campus. Congratulations Mr. Kolluri!

Maxine Colm

Otto & Leah Mauke Impact Award

The Otto & Leah Mauke award is given to an individual for their contribution to the CCC Foundation.

About the Award

Dr. Otto Mauke was the first president of Camden County College, hired by the Trustees in March 1967. He served Camden County College until his retirement 20 years later in June 1987. When he passed away his wife, Leah Mauke, established the Dr. Otto Mauke Memorial Scholarship at Camden County College and has contributed more than $200,000 in scholarship monies since its inception. This year we have created another full scholarship in her honor as well as the Otto and Leah Mauke Impact Award for Education.

About the Recipient

Dr. Maxine Colm will receive the Otto R. and Leah Mauke Impact Award for her role in the founding of the College and her work for the CCC Foundation. Dr. Colm was one of the original members of the Camden County College Board of Trustees when they were appointed in 1966. She was one of the individuals who selected the land where the Blackwood Campus is now housed and hired the College’s first president, Dr. Otto Mauke in March 1967.  At just 33-years-old, and the sole female appointee, Dr. Colm originally served as vice-chairman and then later appointed as chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1968-1973. Through her entire tenure from 1966 to 1975, she was the only woman who served on the Board of Trustees. Dr. Colm spent most of her career at University of Delaware. Always a trailblazer, she made headlines as the first female Vice President at University of Delaware, when she was promoted to Vice President of Employee Relations in 1989. Upon her retirement, she continued her service in higher education by returning to her roots – Camden County College – as a development consultant from 2011 through 2014. Congratulations Mrs. Colm!

Impact Honorees include:

Impact in Alumni Relations

  • Eugene Toni
  • J. Mark Powell
  • Trymaine Lee
  • Robert Emmons, Jr.
  • Julie Feinstein
  • Mitch Newcomer
  • Walter McDonald
  • Donald Norcross
  • Tim Lenahan
  • Patricia Fitzgerald

Impact in Civic Leadership

  • Donald Norcross
  • James Florio
  • Frank Messina
  • Linda Rohrer & the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation
  • Barbara & Jack Tarditi
  • Robert E. Curley, III

Impact in Education

  • Gene Alessandrini
  • Michael Allen
  • Fred Alward
  • Elisabeth Bass
  • Claire Berger
  • Linda Berger
  • Kimberly Berni
  • Olga Berry
  • Michael Billingsley
  • Virginia Bittner
  • Elaine Bobrove
  • Catherine Boos
  • Barbara Brooks
  • Dorothy Brown
  • Odom Burney
  • Richard Carney
  • Lawrence Chatman
  • Michael Colbert
  • Adrienne Coons
  • Cheryl Copeland Lockerby
  • Kristen Cristinziani
  • Barbara Daniels
  • Robert DelSordo
  • James DeShields
  • Carl Durkow
  • Pablo Echeverria
  • Randi Eisen
  • Jennifer Esworthy
  • Dianne Falvo
  • Lesley Fredericks
  • Ellen Freedman
  • Karin Gladney
  • Faustino Gonzalez
  • John Gordon
  • Allison Green
  • Sheila Griffith
  • Robert Hammond
  • Teresa Haney
  • Joseph Haro
  • Jennifer Hoheisel
  • Irving Horowitz
  • Martine Howard
  • Augusta Hughes
  • Dennis Hurley
  • Kelly Jackson
  • Betty Joynes
  • Ernest Kiesel
  • Maura Klepp
  • Raman Kolluri
  • William Lavell
  • Sondi Lee
  • Mary Linardis
  • Linda Lyman
  • Francine Mallon
  • Richard Mason
  • Michael Mathis
  • Louise McCarthy
  • Suzanne McKenna
  • Michael McNasby
  • Charles Miller
  • Carla Monticelli
  • Ryan Morrison
  • Anne Marie Murphy
  • Teresa Norman
  • Kevin Pelton
  • Katherine Perloff
  • Linda Pinto
  • Robert Porreca
  • Rupina Prabhakar
  • Bonita Primas
  • Eileen Radetich
  • Harry Rheam
  • Maryanne Rose
  • Judith Rowlands
  • William Scheufele
  • Fatemah Sedighi
  • Margaret Sell
  • Gail Shane
  • Barbara Jane Sparks
  • Anthony Spatola
  • Frederick Steinke
  • Bill Taylor
  • Sebastian Vasta
  • Russell Vitale
  • Jaime Vona
  • Gwendolyn Weiant
  • Curtis Whipple
  • William Wilhelm
  • Gretchen Wilhelm
  • Michael Willmann
  • Philip Winkie
  • Hoda Zaki