Judi Cestaro '92
Judi Cestaro took her first course at Farmingdale State College in spring 1979. A Farmingdale High School drop out with a GED, she attended as a non-matriculated student. She didn’t return to FSC until the fall of 1988, after marriage and family. She continued as a non-matric student until the chair of Liberal Arts, Paul Lovizio, told her that she needed to apply because she was going to be Valedictorian. Judi was the 1992 Valedictorian and won her first Alumni Award for Outstanding Student.
After earning a Master’s of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Hofstra in 1997, Judi returned to FSC. She taught Introduction to Psychology and was hired in Admissions. She was later an EOP counselor and project manager for the first EOP summer program in 1998. She became Assistant Director of Admissions in 1999, and was promoted to Associate Director of Community Relations in 2001. During this time, she worked diligently to strengthen the College’s ties to both the high school guidance community and the community at large.
Judi began visiting high schools across Long Island, inviting them to campus for counselor breakfasts and related events, familiarizing them with Farmingdale and the changes being made here. She became known as “Judi Farmingdale,” a title she still proudly holds. In 2008, Judi was promoted to director of what is now known as Transfer Services. The department was initially created to facilitate the transfer process, and has expanded under her leadership. In 2015, Judi was honored at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner with a Centurion Award for her many contributions to Farmingdale. Currently she serves as an alumni board member.
In 2001, Judi convinced then-president Jonathan Gibralter to have a Farmingdale team participate in the Chase Corporate Challenge. She coordinated many events, including track workouts, pre-race pasta dinners and even a name-the-team contest. “Farmingdale Flyers” won the event, and she continues to lead the Marcum Workplace Challenge every July. This year Judi is serving on the Centennial Commencement’s 5K committee, and is looking forward to hosting a successful run/walk event on Sunday, April 14.Judi and her husband, Randy, live in Bayport. They have two children and two granddaughters.