Ted Mullen is an Army Veteran, who began teaching in 1957, in a variety of public and private schools, and at the college level. In addition to teaching, Ted has worked on school and community plays and musicals for over 50 years, helped design, develop, and initiate the Phelps Recycling Center, served on the Cornell College Board of Trustees, and beginning in 2012, was an instructor and volunteer at Tyburn Academy.
Ted continues to serve, helping to raise his great granddaughter with his granddaughter, after the death of his daughter. He is always giving of his time, and continues to teach and volunteer at Tyburn Academy
John and Tina Socci lost their daughter, Katie, in 2011, when she was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, and are now raising Katie's daughter, Sydney. Only two years after her death, Katie's brother Chris died from a heroin overdose. It was his first time using heroin.
In the intervening years, John and Tina have created the Katie M. Socci Memorial Scholarship for nursing students at Cayuga Community College, the Katie M. Socci Memorial Fund, which raises money through the Socci Stilletto Stampede and other events for victims of domestic violence and organizations who support them. They are also founding board members of HEAL, the Heroin Epidemic Action League, whose mission is to prevent substance abuse and initiate and implement needed resources to assist those affected by the disease of addiction.
Thank you to John and Tina, and to Ted, for joining us on May 3. A good time was had by all. We’ll see you next year when we celebrate the 2019 Community Champions!