2001 Alumni Award Recipients

Alumni Award For Outstanding Professional Achievement

Mark E. Brezinski, M.D. Ph.D.'82

Mark was born and raised in Nanticoke, the son of Edward and Mary Brezinski. He graduated from King’s with a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry in 1982. After completing his medical and doctoral studies at Thomas Jefferson University, Mark went on to pursue his postdoctoral training at Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently an Associate Professor in Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, MA.

In 1994 Mark entered the world of optical coherence tomography, OCT for short. OCT is a novel medical imaging technique. He became the first individual to use OCT to image coronary blood vessels. Since that time, he has become a recognized leader in the field with over 100 publications to his name. In 1998 he formed the corporation Lightlab Imaging to help bring OCT technology into the clinical setting.

Mark has received numerous patents and awards for his research, the most notable is the Early Career Award for Engineers and Scientists from President Clinton. He has served on numerous national health advisory committees including the Osteoarthritis Initiative, Women’s Health Initiative for the Department of Health and Human Services, Barrett’s Disease Advisory Board, Plaque Rupture Advisory Board and the Bioengineering Advisory Panel.

Mark is committed to encouraging and empowering those individuals interested in pursuing clinical research. He has served as a research advisor to graduate students at Harvard Medical School and MIT as well as advising interns and residents at Massachusetts General Hospital. In October 1999 Mark developed a program which allows King’s undergraduates to collaborate with researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in furthering the development of OCT. This program exposes King’s students to cutting-edge research, providing avenues for their professional recognition and advancement.

This year Mark has formed Forward Child, a non-profit organization designed to provide computers and internet access to low income single parent families. The goal of this organization is to ensure all children have access to the tools required for a successful learning environment.

Alumni Award For Service to Society

James C. Feeney '88

Following his graduation from King’s in 1988, with a major in English and Minor in Business Administration, Jim was employed as a bank examiner with FDIC. Owing to his competence and his high ethical standards, Jim was soon selected as an instructor at the FDIC Training Center in Arlington, VA.

More recently Jim has been a Vice President at Ridgewood Savings Bank of New Jersey where, among his numerous responsibilities, he has made great efforts at community outreach to enhance "Community Investment and Fair Housing Laws" in that area. Jim worked tirelessly for increased investment into affordable housing and apartments in Ridgewood and for maintaining equitable practices at the bank.

Throughout his career Jim has continued to give back to others, out of his deep faith commitment and strong values. He devotes time to many parish activities: choir member, outreach to prisons and nursing homes.

He’s worked as a counselor at a bereavement camp for children who’ve lost one or both parents; Jim has also counseled at a camp for children with cancer; he’s planned and worked on retreats at Christian Family Living, the Marianist Retreat Center in Cape May Point, NJ; has held several leadership positions in the Ridgewood Rotary; and volunteers as Webmaster for a catholic parish. Jim continues to represent King’s as an alumni volunteer at high school college fairs across northern New Jersey.

Robert J. Ell Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to Alma Mater

Kathleen Zabresky Daskalakes '82

Kathie graduated from King's College in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Kathie was a non-traditional student who attended our College while continuing to work full-time. While at King's, Kathie was a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for adult students in continuing higher education.

Kathie has been employed CTE for over twenty-five years in a variety of management positions. Currently, she is Facilities Access Billing Manager.

Kathie is also active in her community where she is a member of the Harvey's Lake Protective Association and the Harvey's Lake Women's Club. She is also active in several animal rights organizations.

Kathleen continues to serve King's College in a number of ways. She participates in the Alumni Phonathon and is a member of King's Century Club Executive Committee. She has served on the Father Farber Memorial Golf Tournament Committee since 1996.

Kathleen's involvement also extends to the Community Phase of the College Annual Fund. She has served as a Volunteer, a Captain and as a member of the Campaign Cabinet. It was recently announced that she will serve as Deputy Chair for the 2002 Community Phase and, therefore, as General Chair for the 2003 Annual Fund Campaign.

Kathie is married to Dennis Daskalakes and both she and her husband are very devoted to their granddaughter, Kayla.

The Leo Award

Charles W. Wasserott, IV '97

Charlie began his association with King’s in 1973. He left full-time classes after getting married in 1975, but for the next 20 years, he attended classes off and on while building his medical supply company, Patient Care Corporation, and raising a family. His affiliation with students throughout those years kept him involved in their lives and their needs.

While contributing to the alumni annual fund, both personally and through his business, he was still a resource for student projects. He provided boats to the Crew Club, stage props for the Theatre, raffle items to any club in need, discounts for the Physician Assistant student’s medical equipment, and purchased hundreds of poinsettias from the Class of 1998’s yearly Christmas sales.

For the past five years most of his attention was given to the Women’s Basketball Booster Club. Charlie committed his company to a two-year sponsorship of the club to start them off, yet remained for five years. He supported the team, their families and coaches throughout the years, providing personalized locker plates, stools with their names on, a dozen roses for each player before the first game, and socials at Rodano’s after the games. At the final banquet, he presents each senior with a personalized scrapbook as a remembrance of her years on the team.

Charlie volunteers at the Annual Alumni Flea Market, in charge of the book booth each year. He also volunteers at the Alumni Phonathon and will serve as Chairperson of the 2003 campaign. He has worked as a volunteer for numerous community groups, including American Heart Association, American Diabetes, Kiwanis, Common Cause, Back Mountain Little League and soccer coaches, and the YMCA. But his heart lies with the Boy Scouts of America whom he has served over 20 years as a Scoutmaster, on leadership committees and their board. In 1999 he received their Golden Beaver Award, the highest award for volunteer service.

Charlie is married to Louise, a 1975 graduate of King’s. During Charlie’s last semester at King’s he often remarked that King’s was either going to have to give him a diploma or a pension. The Center for Lifelong Learning knew the real reason he completed his degree was he wanted his diploma before his son received his. Charlie is the proud father of Charles, V (Class of 2000), Daniel and Abigail.

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