Hilton Head PSD Commissioner Patti Soltys is among four individuals inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, N.Y. The induction took place at the college’s 32nd Annual Salute to Excellence dinner Dec. 6 at the Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester. The inductees were honored for their leadership, professional achievement, support of MCC, and giving back to their respective communities. Their stories reinforced how their respective MCC experiences opened doors to careers in business, nonprofit, human services, and community engagement, the college said in a statement.
Soltys, of Port Royal, has served as a Commissioner of PSD Voting District 3 since 2016 and currently serves as Commission Secretary. She also is an entrepreneur. With a goal of helping students similarly situated to her status as an MCC student succeed, she stays connected to Rochester and gives back by supporting MCC students through scholarships. Before graduating from MCC, Soltys was hired to join Eastman Kodak Company’s human resources team. She was later promoted to various management roles in operations and real estate and to a key position in Washington, D.C., all while representing Kodak on the New York State Board of Regents and serving as chair of the New York State Future Business Leaders of America. After more than two decades with Kodak, she left the company in 1995 and established a management consulting business, PARS Consulting, Inc., in 2000.
“I am eternally grateful to MCC for giving me the start I otherwise would not have had,” said Soltys, who graduated from MCC in 1972. “I love my continuing association with the college and work with our selected scholars. I am honored to be part of this legacy.” After graduating from MCC, Soltys earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Rochester and an MBA through the university’s Simon Business School. She served on several boards in Rochester, including the Ibero-American Action League and what was then called Alternatives for Battered Women.
The other 2023 inductees are Angelica Perez-Delgado ’97 (Irondequoit, N.Y.), Joseph M. Rizzo ’79 (Rochester, N.Y.), and Alyssa S. Whitfield ’90 (Rochester and California).
The MCC Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to honor the outstanding achievements of MCC graduates. To learn more about the MCC Hall of Fame, visit: https://www.monroecc.edu/depts/foundation/alumni/alumni-hall-of-fame/