Barry Chow is proud to proclaim, “My Boss is a Patriot.”
Chow is employed at Genesee Community College, where he is the director of Video/Tele-Communications in the Information Technology and Distance Learning department. He also is part of the Navy Reserve’s Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 214 at the Navy Operational Support Center in Buffalo.
His involvement with the Navy Reserve sometimes takes him away from his duties at Genesee Community College.
Enter Gina Regensburger.
Regensburger, the college’s director of human resources, went to bat for Chow and for the Department of Defense by researching State University of New York regulations regarding leave for National Guard and Reserve operations. She discovered that SUNY guidelines permit employees involved in the military to take up to 20 calendar days per year without affecting his or her accrued vacation or personal days.
“We need to support them and do whatever we can do (for our armed forces),” said Regensburger, who came to Genesee a year ago. She previously worked for Charter One Bank in Albany.
For her efforts, Chow nominated Regensburger for a “Patriotic Employer” award. The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve reciprocated by presenting a certificate to her on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at a luncheon at the College.
Those in attendance included Genesee President Stuart Steiner; Commander Tom Hurley, Executive Officer of the Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 214; Chow, who just returned from National Guard maneuvers August 11-19th; Ms. Regensburger; and her immediate supervisor, Dr. Larene Hoelcle, Vice President for Human Resources and Planning and Affirmative Action Officer.
The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve awards the framed “Patriotic Employer” certificate and Patriot lapel pin on behalf of the Department of Defense.
“Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of our National Guard and Reserve units,” Commander Hurley said. “This award program recognizes deserving employers such as Gina and Genesee Community College whose support and goodwill are important to retaining highly skilled and qualified members of the Guard and Reserve.”
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Editor’s Note: Various photographs from the Patriot Award luncheon are available by contacting Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications of Genesee Community College at 585-343-0055 x 6616.
The image posted at the following Internet location features Barry Chow director of Video/Tele-Communications at Genesee Community College and also a member of the Navy Reserve’s Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 214 at the Navy Operational Support Center in Buffalo, Gina Regensburger, Director of Genesee’s Human Resources department, and Commanding Officer Tom Hurley, Executive Officer of the Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 214.