MICHAEL AMBROSINO ’62

LASALLIAN MEDAL RECIPIENT

Michael Ambrosino ‘62 was born and raised in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, the youngest of two sons raised by the most loving and caring parents a child could ask for. His father owned and worked at the neighborhood butcher store while his mother tended to the majority of domestic chores in addition to working numerous sundry jobs to make ends meet. For the most part, Mr. Ambrosino was a product of the Catholic education system, having graduated from Saint Anthony of Padua elementary school in 1958, La Salle Academy in 1962, Gannon University in 1966 (B.S. in Finance, minor in Philosophy) and Long Island University, Brooklyn campus in 1975 (MBA in accounting, night school.)

Mr. Ambrosino has worked in the oil industry for over 40 years, holding jobs in operations, marketing, supply distribution, trading and brokering. Originally the operations manager of Warren Equities, a privately owned retail oil company headquartered in New York City that marketed heating oil and gasoline from Florida through Maine, he joined PVM Oil Associates, Inc. as a refined products broker later on in his career. Here, Mr. Ambrosino learned the domestic and foreign sides of the oil business while establishing many valuable contacts throughout the industry.

Ten years later, Mr. Ambrosino and his wife, Lynn, founded Brooklyn Oil Associates, Inc., an oil cash brokerage firm dealing with refined products. In operation for over 25 years, it is one of the more prominent firms in the industry working with major oil companies, end users and trading companies along the entire East Coast. Fulfilling a promise he made to himself early in his career, Mr. Ambrosino retired at the age of 70, handing the company over to a dedicated employee who had served it admirably for over two decades.

Mr. Ambrosino has had many titles within his professional and personal life, but he is proudest of his role as husband, father, grandfather and veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war in 1968. An active parishioner of Saint Michael the Archangel in Greenwich, Connecticut, Mr. Ambrosino is a former member of the parish council for many years, former president of the mens’ club and former member of the finance committee.

He served on the board of directors and volunteered for the following organizations: New Covenant Center (providing meals for the hungry), Call-A-Ride (providing free transportation for seniors to hospitals and nursing homes) and the Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich (serving the community in various functions.) In his younger days, Mr. Ambrosino coached youth baseball, soccer and ice hockey in the Greenwich community. Besides volunteering, his interests include long distance running (he completed seven New York City marathons!) and playing golf and tennis. His passion for sports, however, lies in watching the New York Rangers.

Over the decades, the Ambrosino Philanthropy Foundation was established to assist many charities to aid the disadvantaged. In addition, in memory of his parents, Margaret and Philip Ambrosino, The Ambrosino Family Scholarship serves to financially assist students at La Salle Academy.

Mr. Ambrosino is receiving a Lasallian Medal for his steadfast dedication and commitment to our mission and the young men entrusted to our care. Mr. Ambrosino has been a generous benefactor to La Salle for nearly 30 years, contributing to the school’s Capital Campaign in the early 2000s, and sponsoring students for nearly two decades. Mr. Ambrosino attributes much of his success to the education he received at La Salle Academy.

Mr. and Mrs. Ambrosino will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year! They are blessed to have two sons, Michael and Philip, a daughter-in-law, Karin, and a grandson, Caleb.

Stephon Barnes ’97

Stephon W. Barnes has over 25 years of operational experience at various financial firms of which over 20 are in the hedge fund space in various asset classes and fund structures. Stephon is the newly hired Chief Operating Officer of CFI Partners LLC, an investment manager which manages over $2 billion dollars, where he is responsible for all non-investment aspects of the business. Stephon was most recently the Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Operations and Technology at Cyrus Capital Partners LP, a hedge fund with over $4 billion in assets under management. He played a key role in the growth of the company from $900 million to its current status. In his current and past role, he is responsible for all day to day operations, portfolio finance, technology, human resources, administration, and client services of the firm as well as the firm’s strategic operational initiatives. Before Cyrus, Stephon was a Vice-President at Brencourt Advisors LLC where he was Global Head of Operations as well. Prior to joining Brencourt Advisors LLC, Stephon held positions at Morgan Stanley, Natwest and BPB associates.

Stephon serves as the board chairman of Team First Inc. and is also on the board of La Salle Academy. Stephon is a former sponsor and student of the Student Sponsorship program. He is also the author of After the Storm: Hurricane Sandy. A native of Far Rockaway, Queens, he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Temple University’s Fox Business School where he double majored in Finance and Economics. Stephon resides in New Jersey with his wife and three children.

Stephen Kerrigan, Faculty ‘69-’12

Born in The Bronx, Stephen Kerrigan is the eldest of eight children raised in an Irish Catholic family, all products of Catholic education. An alumnus of Rice High School, an Irish Christian Brothers institution, Mr. Kerrigan attributes his interest and love for education to the Brothers, an association he joined for three years.

After graduating from Rice, Mr. Kerrigan went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Iona College and he began his career at La Salle Academy in 1969. Later, Mr. Kerrigan completed graduate coursework at Lehman College, St. John’s University, and finally, Queens College, where he earned his master’s degree. Proving his love of education, he continued taking classes which led him to nearly completing a second master’s.

During his time at La Salle from 1969-2012, Mr. Kerrigan taught all levels of Spanish and served as the Department Chair for ten years. Mr. Kerrigan also moderated the Spanish Club, Asian Club, Travel Club, Student Council and the National Honor Society. He has said that the presence of his wonderful friends and colleagues – Bernie Zablocki, Rocco Vaccarelli, Nancy Rodriguez, Margaret DeRosa, Tom Schaller, and so many more – enhanced his experience at La Salle. He is grateful for their affection and concern.

He is also grateful to all of his former students and proud of them for their accomplishments. He is glad to have played a role in providing many of La Salle Academy’s young men the direction to grow into their full potential and intellectual promise through further academic advancement.

Mr. Kerrigan will be receiving the Educator of the Year Award in recognition of his 43 years of service to La Salle. He is one of the most celebrated educators among La Salle’s alumni community. After retiring nearly eight years ago, Mr. Kerrigan looks back at his 43 years at La Salle as a fulfilling experience, instilling Christian values and the Spanish language and culture into so many students.