The Russell Sage College Alumnae Association is proud to announce the 2020 recipient of the Doris L. Crockett Medal and three recipients of the Women of Influence award.

Judith Bopp CampisiJudith Bopp Campisi is 2020 Doris L. Crockett Medalist

Judith Bopp Campisi of Stamford, Connecticut, is the 2020 recipient of the Doris L. Crockett Medal. The Crockett Medal is the Russell Sage College Alumnae Association’s highest honor and recognizes alumnae for commitment to the college in conjunction with professional achievement and community service.

Campisi is being honored for her 40-year career in nonprofits that promote health and well-being, as well as for her service on The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees.

She is currently senior director of development at Feeding Westchester food bank. Prior to joining Feeding Westchester in 2018, she held leadership roles in development and operations during a 35-year career with the American Heart Association. In 2012, the Heart Association bestowed its national Rome Betts Award of Excellence on her, in recognition of her high performance and service to the organization. Campisi also served as president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Connecticut from 2004 through 2006.

A member of The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees since 2011, Campisi was a member of the executive committee and chair of the Institutional Advancement committee during the college’s $62 million Centennial Campaign in 2016.

Campisi earned a degree in Health Education at Russell Sage College in 1980.

Three Recognized for Professional Achievement and Service

Melanie Puorto Conte, Nancy “Liz” Daly and Mary Beth Sayre were recognized as the Alumnae Association’s 2020 Women of Influence for their superior work in their professions and communities.

Melanie Puorto ConteMelanie Puorto Conte, of Schenectady, New York, is being honored for her advocacy work on behalf of victims of human trafficking. She is a member of the Safe Harbour Human Trafficking Task Force for Schenectady County, which works to end youth homelessness and exploitation, and is active with HEAL Trafficking, a group of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting its survivors. As a consultant, Conte provides guidance to Ellis Hospital on human trafficking identification and treatment policies.

She is an adjunct professor in Sage’s Forensic Mental Health graduate program; a former adjunct in Sage’s Creative Arts in Therapy program; and retired as the director of suicide prevention for the New York State Office of Mental Health. Conte is a member of Russell Sage College’s Class of 1975.

Nancy "Liz" DalyNancy “Liz” Daly, of Madison, Connecticut, is being honored for her career advancing cancer research and treatment. Daly is the chief executive officer of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She also served as director of government relations at the American Society for Radiation Oncology; director of the chemical-modifier program at the Harvard Joint Center for Radiation Therapy; director of operations in the Radiation Oncology department at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center; and as a clinical oncology nurse at Johns Hopkins Oncology Center.

Daly earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Russell Sage College and is a member of the Class of 1980.

Mary Beth SayreMary Beth Sayre, of Rochester, New York, is being honored for her work building community online, in person and among Russell Sage College alumnae. Sayre is cofounder of the Way to Go Girl community on Facebook, “a place for women to connect, to grow, to learn, to inspire and to make a difference,” with more than 1,600 members. She is an accomplished runner, serving as a mentor and coach to beginning runners. As a former member of the Russell Sage College Alumnae Association board and Reunion co-chair for her class, she has played a leadership role in activities that keep Russell Sage College alumnae connected.

Sayre is a data governance architect at MVP Health Care. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Russell Sage College and is a member of the Class of 1980.

The Russell Sage College Alumnae Association will bestow the Crockett Medal on Campisi and Woman of Influence awards on Conte, Daly and Sayre at a future alumnae association event.

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