The Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce traditionally presents beautification awards and installs new officers at its annual holiday party.

In recent years, the chamber has also honored a Citizen of the Year.

This year, the chamber has selected the late Dr. Karyl Mammano for that Citizen of the Year honor. It will be a posthumous award, as Karyl Mammano, Ph.D., died Sept. 26, 2013 after a short battle with cancer. She was 61.

Board member Greg Goater said the chamber received nine nomination letters for Mammano, who had resided in Irondequoit since about 1975.

She was a professor of accounting and finance and Director of Nonprofit Management for the Center of Community Engagement at St. John Fisher College.

She was also a dedicated community volunteer who most often worked quietly behind the scenes. Her efforts touched and made a difference at Irondequoit Ambulance, on the Irondequoit Public Library Board of Trustees, on the board of Stepping Stones Learning Center; Human Touch Initiative, a not-for-profit that supports cancer patients; and East House Corp., among others.

“When Karyl became a member of the Irondequoit Ambulance board, she immediately became our right-hand person dealing with any and all financial matters,” wrote Mary Ellen Jones, president, Irondequoit Ambulance, in her nomination letter.

“I am aware of all the other organizations that were also lucky enough to make use of Karyl’s expertise, and I can honestly say that I have never known a person to give so much of themselves to others,” Jones added. “No one deserves to be honored for these accomplishments more than Karyl.”

While serving on the library board, Dr. Mammano advocated for citizens with disabilities and rallied her fellow board members to participate in the United Way Day of Caring each May.

During her years on the library board, she served two terms as president, one as vice president, and was treasurer at the time of her death. She also served on contract negotiations, budget and vision committees. Mammano also served as a Town of Irondequoit audit committee member.

“Dr. Mammano has never been too busy to give her time and her extensive talents to organizations that she felt benefited the town,” the library board said in its letter of recommendation to the chamber.

Dr. Mammano also served on the finance committee for Stepping Stones and eventually became the board treasurer.

“Ms. Mammano continually used her many talents and seemingly boundless energy to make our agency and this community a better place for all,” wrote Mariellen Cupini, founder and CEO of Stepping Stones.

Daniel Holland, past president of Human Touch Initiative, which arranges for free or low-cost oncology massage for people with cancer, said Dr. Mammano was “unassuming but, to us, she was indispensable.” He added that she was “one of the most hardworking and reliable people I have ever known.”

“She just had an amazing ability to budget her time and make things happen,” Holland said.

Greg Soehner, president of East House, a community-based organization that provides rehabilitative services to people with mental health and substance use disorders, called Karyl “somewhat of a local expert on nonprofit management and finance issues.” He said she also offered advice and guidance to the corporation’s affirmative business, the Darn Good Cookie Company, which hires East House clients and provides work experience.

The chamber also received written tributes about Dr. Mammano from town officials and Debbie Evans of the Irondequoit Community Cupboard.

“I have known Karyl Mammano for several years and she is a wonderful woman who is very committed to her community,” Evans said. “We are lucky as residents of Irondequoit to have a woman with such character, generosity, knowledge and kindness.”

“Although Karyl’s knowledge has played an important part (in her service), it is as an individual that she really stands out,” wrote Town Councilman John Perticone. “Everywhere she goes, she makes an impact, both with her knowledge and her humility.”

Past and current Irondequoit Comptrollers, John Bovenzi and Annie Sealy, respectively, also lent their support to recognize Dr. Mammano.

“When the community has needed her, she has been there to help,” Bovenzi said. “She exemplifies the ideal of the good citizen.”

Family and friends of Dr. Mammano will accept the Citizen of the Year award on her behalf at the Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce’s annual Holiday Party and awards presentation begnning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Rochester Yacht Club, 5555 St. Paul Boulevard. Tickets are $40 per person. The community is welcome to attend. Reserve tickets by contacting the chamber’s administrative assistant, Joanne Harding, at (585) 234-1884 or 78 Russell Ave., Irondequoit 14622.