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Niagara Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Tim Widjaja received Leadership Niagara’s Chairman’s Award for Excellence at special reception attended by the board of directors, alumni and friends Tuesday at Four Points by Sheraton in Niagara Falls.

Widjaja is principal and founder of Kingdom Hearts Group and a leadership expert who joined the organization as a lead consultant in 2010. He developed and facilitates the organization’s graduate-level curriculum on leadership concepts, principles, change and transformation, creativity and innovation, as well as the coaching and mentoring program, which is now in its third year.

He has worked with multi-national and Fortune 100 companies as well as the World Bank, UNICEF, the Gates Foundation and Ford Motor Co.

“Excellence is not just a word, but a core value of Leadership Niagara and a word that carries much weight,” said Frank P. Mergl, chairman of Leadership Niagara’s board of directors. “ ... we are honoring Tim Widjaja as an individual who demands excellence and has guided us to provide the level of excellence we always knew we could.”

“We are grateful beyond words to Tim Widjaja for his contributions to Leadership Niagara,” said Molly Anderson, executive director of Leadership Niagara. “He has empowered each of us to make a lasting impact in all that we do.”

Leadership Niagara is a community leadership development organization that provides graduate-level programming, coaching and mentoring, regional and binational collaboration and leadership development.


Nicole Terrana and Erin DeMarco have been awarded the 2013 Ruth and William O. Sass, M.D., Scholarships. Named in honor of Dr. and Mrs. William O. Sass, the scholarship is awarded annually to a qualified applicant pursuing a course of study for a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Terrana is a 2013 graduate of Niagara Falls High School and is now entering the four-year nursing program at Niagara University. She was a member of the National Honor Society for four years and on the Academic Honor Roll from 2008 to 2013.

DeMarco is a graduate of Niagara Falls High School and holds an associate’s degree in nursing from Niagara County Community College. She is now enrolled in the bachelor of science in nursing program at Daemen College.

The Sass scholarships have supported health care professionals in the community where Dr. and Mrs. Sass lived and worked for more than 25 years.

They are funded from interest income assigned to an endowment fund in the couple’s name at the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Foundation. Criteria for the scholarships include academic achievement, community involvement and commitment, nursing career goals, personal and professional references.


Jack Kopczynski, chairman of the board of Ascension Industries, and his wife, Carol, have been named the co-chairs of the 23rd annual Niagara County Community College Foundation Scholarship Gala, which will be held Oct. 19 at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. Kopczynski, of North Tonawanda, has been a member of the NCCC Foundation board of directors since 1995.

The gala event, which raises money for student scholarships, will begin with a recognition ceremony for Distinguished Student Scholarship winners and the 2013 Distinguished Alumni honorees, Dr. Paul Churder, Class of 1975 and Peter Robinson, Class of 1991. Featured at the event will be a six-course gourmet meal prepared and served by culinary institute students. In addition, there will be a basket and silent auction and several raffles.

The NCCC Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to deserving students since its inception in 1987.


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