Steve J. Yianoukos ’72 of Colton, NY, Mark R. Greene ’77 of Baldwinsville and Old Forge, NY, David F. Glenn ’82 of Charlotte, NC, Mary Kay Woods ’82 of South Burlington, VT., LaDawn H Berko-Boateng ’92 of the United Kingdom, Simoon L. Cannon ’97 of Fayetteville, GA., were all honored with the Golden Knight Award by their alma mater, Clarkson University.
Presented annually at the Alumni Meeting, Clarkson’s most prestigious alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either through service to Clarkson through alumni-related activities, or who have demonstrated an exceptional career, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson.
Steve J. Yianoukos
Steve J. Yianoukos earned his BS in Management from Clarkson in 1972 and was an active member of the Sigma Delta Fraternity.
Steve has been a dedicated employee of Clarkson’s Sports and Recreation Department for 35 years. During his tenure, the department experienced unprecedented growth. He oversaw the rise of women’s sports and was instrumental in the addition of college softball.
During his 15 years as manager, Steve oversaw the renovation of Walker Arena and Jack Phillips Stadium, the modernization of Hantz Field and the completion of Scott Field. He was instrumental in starting Cheel’s renovation project.
In 2019, Steve retired as Director of Athletics and Recreation from Clarkson University. The Steven J. Yianoukos ’72 Fitness Center in Cheel was named for his service to the university and Clarkson Athletics.
Steve is a loyal donor to the Clarkson Good Knights Guild and can be seen at many Clarkson and area youth sporting events. Steve is co-owner of James T. Lahey Inc., an insurance agency in Potsdam, New York.
Steve and his wife, Joyce, reside in Colton, New York.
Mark R. Greene
Mark Greene earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson in 1977, an MBA from the University of Connecticut, and an MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.
Recently retired, Mark was senior technical director at Ramboll and is currently a wastewater treatment consultant. He is a member of the advisory board of the NYS Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions.
He has been active with the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA). He was named to the NYWEA Hall of Fame and received several awards.
He has been involved with national water environment organizations including the Water Environment Federation, Water Research Foundation and Water Environment & Reuse Foundation.
Mark is a Legion, Loyal and Legacy Donor of Clarkson’s Good Knights Guild. He served many years in the Alumni Association and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He and his wife, Cindy Dowd Greene ’78, endowed a scholarship at Clarkson.
Mark and Cindy reside in Baldwinsville and Old Forge, New York. They have two children, Bryan ’04 and Beth ’07, who are also Clarkson graduates.
David F. Glenn
David F. Glenn received his BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson in 1982 and his MBA from Queens University at Charlotte in 1986. At Clarkson, Dave was a member of the varsity golf team and played four years of hockey Intramural.
He is the founder and CEO of Kaleida Systems Inc., a private company that develops, markets and supports eRSP, a cutting-edge software.
Dave is a loyal donor and leader of Clarkson’s Good Knights Guild. Dave’s gift of the “David F. Glenn ’82 Hydrotherapy Room” allows our student-athletes to have optimal recovery. Dave donates to many sports throughout the year, including men’s hockey, women’s hockey, golf and swimming.
He has resided in Charlotte, North Carolina since graduating from Clarkson and credits the Career Center with finding him the opportunity to successfully launch his career. Dave has two children – Gina, who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Kevin, who lives in New York. Both of her children were scholarship swimmers during their college careers.
Mary Kay Wood
Mary Kay Woods received her BS in accounting from Clarkson in 1982. She has been involved with Beta Alpha Psi, Clarkson Society of Accountants and Alpha Delta Kappa sorority.
She is a retirement tax partner at KPMG LLP. During her 30-year career, she has served a number of Fortune 200 companies and was the lead partner on several national initiatives. She is the author of numerous published articles.
Mary Kay has served on various boards, including Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, KPMG’s Network of Women, and the American Society of Women Accountants. She was inducted into the YWCA City of New York Academy of Women Leaders and served as a Clarkson Trustee and Advisor.
Mary Kay and her husband, Bob Wolcott ’82, reside in South Burlington, Vermont.
LaDawn (Holley) Berko-Boateng received her BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1992 from Clarkson, where she was the founder and president of the University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. LaDawn also obtained a certificate in supply chain management from Clarkson in 2008.
She is currently a Global Account Manager at Tech Data, a TD Synnex company, and a leading distributor and aggregator of IT solutions.
LaDawn served as a director of Clarkson from 2002 to 2007 and received the Woodstock Award from the Clarkson Alumni Association in 2002.
She is a strong supporter of STEM programs that bridge the technology gap in children’s education.
LaDawn resides in the UK.
Simon L. Cannon
Simoon (Hawthorne) Cannon earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson in 1997, an MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his Ph.D. from Georgia State University.
Simoon is an entrepreneur, chemical engineer, publisher and logistics expert. She has extensive experience with various Fortune 500 companies. She has reached the advisory and executive levels at Exxon Mobil Corporation and was a Managing Director at Delta Air Lines. Currently, she is a senior partner at Stillwater Associates, a transportation fuels consulting firm.
Simoon is the founder and CEO of Melanina Organics and the founder and president of the nonprofit Maxine Angella Campbell Foundation. She also develops science programs for K-12.
She is a Legion donor and loyal to Clarkson’s Good Knights Guild and trustee, serving as vice-chair of the Academic Mission Committee and member of the People’s Priorities Committee. She is also an advisor to Clarkson’s Institute for STEM Education and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Simoon and her husband, Timothy, reside in Fayetteville, Georgia, where her 14-year-old son, Yanni, plays soccer and saxophone, and her 12-year-old daughter, Chaya, author of the Mela Land Adventures children’s book series. , dance and play the flute.