Frank Frederickson of Barnstable and Matthew Donlan of Falmouth, were honored as distinguished alumni of Cape Cod Community College for their many contributions to the College and their greater communities. The 2019 Alumni of the Year awards were presented during the College’s Commencement ceremony on May 23, 2019.
Frank G. Frederickson is the chief of the Yarmouth Police Department. He graduated from Cape Cod Community College in 1979, and earned a bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University, and a master’s degree at Anna Maria College.
Frank is, remarkably, in his 40th year in policing in Yarmouth. He has worked at all ranks in the police department, beginning as a summer officer. He is in his ninth year as Chief of the department. Frank is a three-time recipient of the Department’s “Officer of the Year” award.
These are some of the factual milestones of Frank’s successful career, in which he has earned many awards and commendations. A recent award is, perhaps, most noteworthy because it shines light on the character of Chief Frederickson. The Cape and Islands chapter of the American Red Cross surprised him with a special award last month at the annual heroes breakfast. The award was in recognition of his tremendous leadership and compassion in the aftermath of a tragedy that effected all of us on Cape Cod.
One year ago, Sean Gannon, a Yarmouth Police officer was killed tragically in the line of duty. Chief Frederickson supported the Gannon family, the Yarmouth Police family, and the greater Cape community through this tragedy. It was a role he never wanted but, as a recognized leader, with the training and experience to guide him, he carried – and continues to carry – the community through a truly difficult time.
He never forgets this College. Frank is a frequent and consistent speaker in our criminal justice classes. He is also a member of the College’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
Matthew Donlan is the new Chief Executive Officer at Addiction Treatment Center of New England. Until recently he was director of community affairs at the River Oaks Treatment Center/American Addiction Centers in Tampa, Florida. Matt explains, “Our mission is to transform lives and give hope to the hundreds of people battling drug and/or alcohol addiction.”
Matt is a person in long-term recovery from addiction. He credits Cape Cod Community College as an essential step in his mid-life career change. He enrolled at the College and adjusted his work schedule, as a recovery counselor at Gosnold, to meet his academic goals. He is grateful for encouragement from faculty that led to his graduating with honors in 2015. He received multiple scholarships to complete a bachelor’s degree in mental health studies at UMass-Amherst in 2016.
Matt took advantage of an offer to relocate to Florida and join American Addiction Centers in opening an addiction treatment facility in Tampa. Matt’s hard work resulted in a promotion and an offer from his company to assist with paying for an advanced degree, if he chose to pursue it. He immediately enrolled in Florida Institute of Technology’s MBA in Healthcare Management program.
In May 2018, Matt was presented with Florida Institute of Technology’s Outstanding Graduate Business Student of the Year and Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society’s Scholar Award. Last year he was accepted into Arizona State University’s Doctor of Behavioral Health program.
Matt’s life story is one of working hard to maintain his own recovery, while making a significant difference in the lives of others struggling with addiction and mental health issues.