The Olean City School District (OCSD) Foundation announced the induction of two graduates to the district’s Academic Wall of Fame. Lisa Napolione and Paul Preston make up the 2013 class of inductees, and will be honored at the 130th Annual Olean High School Alumni Banquet at Premier Banquet Center on Saturday, June 15.
Ms. Napolione, a 1983 Olean High graduate and class valedictorian, is a successful research and development executive who has worked with some of our nation’s most valued products and corporations. She began her career as a scientist and engineer at Procter & Gamble, and progressed through a series of positions of increasing responsibility, up until being named research and development global general manager for the corporation. She then transitioned to senior vice president and global head of research and development at Novartis, a world leader in the research and development of products to protect and improve health and well-being. Ms. Napolione is a team leader with United Way and committee member with the Every Child Succeeds Program, and works with several organizations to increase students’ interest and exposure to math, science and engineering. She graduated from Clarkson University as a biochemical engineer, served two terms on Clarkson’s Board of Trustees, and was honored with the university’s Most Prestigious Alumni Award in 2012.
Mr. Preston, a 1978 graduate of Olean High, is a non-profit executive who has spent the duration of his career assisting those in need. During his tenure at DePaul, Inc. — which provides assisted living services for seniors; residential, rehabilitation and treatment services to individuals with developmental disabilities; and addiction prevention and support services — the company grew from a small mental health clinic serving the needs of children and adults in Rochester, New York to a multi-faceted agency providing care to more than 5,000 people annually in 19 counties in both New York and North Carolina. Mr. Preston began his tenure there as a live-in counselor in 1984, and his hard work and dedication later earned him a position as executive director and vice president. Mr. Preston received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Masters in Counseling from St. Bonaventure University, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Association of Long-Term Care Facilities.
The Olean City School District Foundation is a not-for-profit organization committed to enhancing the overall educational experience for students in the district. The foundation encourages extra effort and creativity to enhance all aspects of the district, including academic programs, athletics and the arts.
The foundation is currently accepting nominations for future inductees to the Olean City School District Academic Wall of Fame. To download a nomination form, click on the Academic Wall of Fame link at the top of the page.