Frank Kuan, executive director of the Center for Community Partnerships, received the inaugural Al Award from the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce Central Business Bureau (CBB) on June 3.
The award is named after Middletown Deputy Fire Marshal Al Santostefano, who has been a member of the CBB for 25 years, and is given to a member of the CBB who provides service above and beyond what is required or expected. The CBB presents this award to one of its members each year.
Kuan is a graduate of California State University at Fresno and began his career in Middlesex County as a counselor at Middlesex Community College from 1992-98. After this time, he continued his work at Wesleyan University as the first full-time director of community services and later as the director of community relations.
The Center for Community Partnerships is seen as a portal for individuals interested in developing community-university initiatives and includes the Green Street Arts Center, the Office of Community Service and Volunteerism, the Office of Community Relations and the Service-Learning Center.
Kuan has been active on the Chamber’s Central Business Bureau for over 12 years, and prior to his involvement, volunteered with the Main Street Middletown, Inc., which was a precursor to the Downtown Business District organization.
He volunteers as a board member for the Friends of Long Hill Estate, Middlesex United Way, and the North End Action Team. He also is a member of Middletown’s Youth Services Bureau and the Middletown Commission on the Arts.