Asian Children Services
Herkimer County Community College, New York
Rose Marie Battisti has dedicated her life to working in a career that has embodied the community college spirit of excellence and service. Since 1983, when she began working at the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, she realized that she could make a difference, and that she did. By 1991 she had served 375 Amerasians who came directly to the US after only a brief processing period. She leveraged vocational and cultural orientation training, English as a Second Language classes and group housing. In 1997 she formed Asian Children Services to carry out humanitarian projects in Vietnam. She is a representative of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation and regularly commutes from her home in Little Falls, NY to Hanoi, and she serves on the boards of several service organizations. Battisti is the mother of eight children, four biological and four adopted, and a proud grandmother of two. She is an alumna of Herkimer County Community College, NY.