Donna and Vincent Rienzi Awarded The Pinnacle

Madison, N.J. (June 14, 2005) – Vincent and Donna Rienzi of Montville Township, NJ, have been inducted into The Pinnacle, the highest award Fairleigh Dickinson University can bestow on its alumni. They were honored in a ceremony held on June 10, 2005, at FDU’s College of Florham Campus, Madison, New Jersey.

Pinnacle recipients are chosen on the basis of success or distinction in their chosen fields, significant contributions to society and humanity through public or humanitarian service, and outstanding service to the university or reflection of the unique character of FDU in their lives.

In 1993, Vince and Donna founded Banyan School, a non-profit elementary and middle school for children with learning disabilities. When the school opened in September of 1993, there were only eight students, including their sons Christopher and David, whose academic progress had been impacted by their learning difficulties. During the first several years, the school’s enrollment grew consistently, it received accreditation from the New Jersey Department of Education and it continued to expand its program. In September of 2000, Banyan School relocated to a larger facility, which allowed it to help more students. Today, the school has an enrollment of more than 70 students and employs 22 education professionals.

As a result of her involvement in an administrative capacity at Banyan School from 1993-1998, Donna decided to become a special education teacher. She had already obtained her associates degree from FDU in 1979, so she went back to school in the fall of 1998. She subsequently graduated magna cum laude from William Paterson University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Education and Teacher of the Handicapped Certification. While at FDU, she was a member of the Phi Zeta Honor Society. In addition, she was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education in 2000 and she is a member of the Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education. Donna has spent the last four years as a Teacher at New Beginnings, a private school for children with autism and multiple handicaps.

Since graduating magna cum laude from FDU’s Rutherford campus in 1978, Vince has spent his entire career within the healthcare industry. He began at Roche Laboratories with an internship position in their marketing research department while he was a senior at FDU. Afterwards, he spent two years with E.R. Squibb & Sons in Sales, and he returned to marketing research at Parke Davis in 1980. He began his career in advertising in 1981 at Carrifeello•Diehl & Associates; left to become an Account Supervisor at Sudler & Hennessey in 1983; then he became Vice President at Salthouse Torre Ferrante in 1984.

Currently, Vince is President of Rienzi & Rienzi Communications Inc., an advertising agency and specialty marketing company that he started in 1985. The firm currently employs 25 professionals responsible for developing advertising, promotional and educational material and programs targeting physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare professionals, as well as patients.

Photo: Vincent Rienzi (at left), Donna Rienzi (center), are congratulated by FDU President Dr. J. Michael Adams.

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