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Two inducted into Distinguished Alumni Gallery

Friday, October 6, 2017
Hundreds of Cumberland County College success stories have been written over the past five decades as its students work to achieve their goals. On October 5, two outstanding Cumberland alums became the latest inductees to the Cumberland County College Distinguished Alumni Gallery.
2017 Distinguished Alumni Inductees


Lieutenant Colonel
Gwyn M. Parris-Atwell


Stephen P. Testa Sr.

Lieutenant Colonel Gwyn M. Parris-Atwell and Stephen P. Testa Sr. join 42 fellow honorees whose portraits are on permanent display in the college’s Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Parris-Atwell is a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force who has achieved Family Nurse Practitioner status, and induction into the Emergency Nurses Association Academy as a Fellow. Her extensive military nursing career began at the U.S. Army’s 348th General Hospital where she served for ten years. Upon transferring to the U.S. Air Force, Parris-Atwell served with the 514th Air Mobility Wing; and is currently attached to the 514th Aerospace Medicine Squadron located at McGuire Dix Lakehurst Military Base, NJ. Parris-Atwell served stateside during Operation Desert Shield and Storm. Following the September 11 terror attacks, she served at Hickman Air Field (Hawaii) supporting Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Her veteran status was attained by serving as the interim Craig Joint Theatre Hospital Chief Nurse, and Flight Commander of the Contingency Air Staging Facility in Bagram, Afghanistan. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in nursing.

Testa is a Certified Public Accountant, Registered Municipal Accountant and Public School Accountant, as well as Shareholder/Director of Romano, Hearing, Testa and Knorr CPAs, PA of Vineland. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Registered Municipal Accountants Association of New Jersey. His dedication to Cumberland County is demonstrated through volunteerism and involvement with numerous community organizations that include Steered Straight, Inc., Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce, Millville YMCA, Citizens United, Cumberland Players, Off Broad Street Players, and various youth sports leagues. Testa has been a speaker and presenter for the Community Capacity Building Series program which was previously held on Cumberland’s campus for local non-profit, faith-based and volunteer organizations.

“Our two newest inductees join an exceptional list of distinguished alumni. Their service and contribution to our community and to our country set them apart,” said Cumberland County College President, Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez. “Our students can look up to them as role models.”

Cumberland County College’s Distinguished Alumni Gallery was established in 1996 to recognize exemplary alumni who have excelled academically and professionally. Portraits of each inductee hold a prominent place on a wall near the lobby of the Guaracini Center.

Cumberland’s Alumni Office accepts nominations for the Distinguished Alumni honor throughout the year. The criteria to be a candidate for the recognition are: successful completion of at least 60 semester hours at Cumberland County College; demonstrable contribution to the community through professional achievements and/or community service; and the nominee may not be a member of the current selection committee.