Hall of Fame
Induction & Reception
Students First for over 20 years
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 @ 5:30pm
Community Leader Honoree: Ruby H. Melton
With a background in maritime and international law at New York firm Nourse & Bowles, Ruby H. Melton moved on to establish herself in a key position at the Switzerland-based commodities-merchant company Lord Dreyfus Group. By the time she left the company in 2008, she was overseeing all legal and compliance functions for the company's worldwide energy activities.
She now serves on the Advisory Council of Women's Health Research at Yale, the National Council for the American Theatre, the Boards of the Long Wharf Theatre and the Shubert Theatre-New Haven, Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame and Shepherd's, Inc. as well as having served on the Board of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas for nine years.
Community Leader Honoree:
Elsie B. Chapman
Following a 30-year career at IBM, Elsie Blackshear Chapman has established herself as a celebrated pillar of the New Haven community. She serves as the president of the New Haven Free Public Library Foundation, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and as a board member of the New Haven Preservation Trust.
She also serves on the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of New Haven's Department of Arts, Culture, and Tourism, and is a member of the New Haven Chapter of The Links, Incorporated -- an international corporation of nearly 15,000 professional women of color.
Gateway-Trained Technologists & Therapists
This year's recognition will target the 218 successful Gateway Community College alumni that are currently employed at Yale New Haven Hospital's (YNHH) Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and Department of Radiation Oncology.
Gateway College serves as the main source of technical staff for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at YNHH, and many of the current team started working with the hospital as students.
Cheryl Granucci, the department's director of Diagnostic Radiology and a Gateway graduate, was herself honored as a distinguished alumni at the 2012 Gateway Community College Foundation Hall of Fame Event. The college's academic curricula and what the students experience at the clinical site aligns closely with YNHH's requirements.
Jeffrey A. Klaus
A New Haven native, Klaus has been active in the community in improving urban public school education. He was appointed by Governor Rell to serve on the Educational Cost Sharing Commission, and serves as a founding board member of Amistad Academy.
As a former Board of Directors member for the Foundation who currently serves on Gateway's President's Executive Council, Klaus is a long-time friend and committed supporter of the college. In recognition of his outstanding support of education and the college, Klaus was presented with the college's annual President's Award at their 24th Commencement Ceremony in 2017.
In addition to his contributions to education, Klaus also serves on numerous boards and organizations, including the State of Connecticut's Transportation Strategy Board and as chair of the Community Action Agency of Greater New Haven Board. As the regional president of Webster Bank in Connecticut for more than 30 years, he leads the business organization team for Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, as well as helping to manage Webster's public affairs, sponsorships, and community investment activities.