NTID Alumni Association board chair honored
July 22, 2013
by Greg Livadas
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Angie (Donnell) Officer ’88 (graphic design) has always kept busy in her personal and professional lives.
She worked as an art director and handled public relations before joining Sprint Corp. in 1992 as an account manager for relay services in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Virginia. Today, she’s a senior implementation program manager for Sprint Relay, overseeing relay service in 32 states, as well as serving as chairperson of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Alumni Association Board of Directors.
She was named RIT’s volunteer of the year and will receive the award during Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend Oct. 10-13, which is also when NTID will celebrate its 45th anniversary.
“It is an honor to be considered a person who has meaningfully contributed to the RIT/NTID community,” she says. “Throughout my service to the NTID Alumni Association Board of Directors and during my two years as chair, I had the joy of teaming up with many volunteers who invested their time and energy to support projects of the RIT/NTID students and alumni. I could not have done it without the collaborative efforts of everyone on the team.”
She says the best part of being NTID Alumni Association chair is working with the dynamic board members, staff, alumni and students to ensure the best quality education and career opportunities for RIT/NTID students.
“I remember Angie as a student,” says NTID President Gerry Buckley. “Even then, she showed strong leadership skills and had great enthusiasm for RIT and NTID. Those leadership skills and her enthusiasm have strengthened over the years—she still carries her RIT ID with her. We’re grateful for her work for us around the country and we’re always happy to see her back here on campus.”
It’s hard for Officer to pick a favorite memory from her time as a student, but a life-changing moment occurred when she met fellow student David Officer ’87 (applied computer technology), whom she’d later marry. They just celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary. She also keeps in touch with close girlfriends she met at RIT/NTID in 1983. “We just celebrated 30 years of friendship,” she says.
A native of Geneva, Ill., Officer now lives in Great Falls, Va., with David and their daughter, Lexi. She enjoys spending her free time volunteering.
“I am the person I am today because of my experiences at RIT/NTID. My volunteering for RIT/NTID is my way to show appreciation and to give back to the community.”