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Honorees

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Inductee Class of 2016

Inductee Class of 2015

Inductee Class of 2014

Inductee Class of 2013

Inductee Class of 2012

Inductee Class of 2011

Inductee Class of 2010

Inductee Class of 2009

Inductee Class of 2008

Inductee Class of 2007


Class of 2016

Richard Franzen, Class of 1987
Inducted 2016

Richard FranzenRichard Franzen inspires family, friends, and colleagues with his devotion to making a positive change in the world. During high school, Franzen was a member of the soccer, basketball and wrestling teams. He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University. Franzen serves as an agent of change for those facing the harsh realities that plague Africa and strives to make a difference in the lives of as many people as possible. He and his wife, Michelle, founded Impact Africa in 2003. The organization has launched three Impact Kids preschools and community care centers and four baby rescue centers. Impact Kids Preschool began in 2010 and has expanded to educate more than 200 students daily at the three centers. Impact Baby Rescue centers are registered places of safety and provide care for any who come for help. Under Franzen’s leadership, the organization also works with squatter camps to provide after-school care, medical clinics, feeding centers, HIV/AIDS education, job skills, English language lessons, parenting skills, crisis relief and more. The organization also hosts a year-long missionary experience internship program and hosts hundreds of short-term missionaries every year. Franzen has been recognized by the government of South Africa for the work he has done there. He currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa, with his wife and their three children.


Class of 2015

Austin Fisher, Class of 1979
Inducted 2015

Austin FisherAustin Fisher, Class of 1979, inspires positive change both locally and abroad with his professional achievements and civic involvement. During high school, Fisher participated in the Foreign Exchange and Mountaineering clubs. He also enjoyed riding horses, skiing, water skiing, and playing tennis. Following graduation, Fisher went on to earn a bachelor's degree in geography/urban planning from the State University at Binghamton and a master's degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Hunter College. He currently serves as vice-president of Schenectady-based Fountains Spatial, a leading geographic information system consulting firm. Originally co-founded by Fisher in 1992 as Applied GIS, Inc., the company was acquired in 2005 by a British corporation. Fisher is also Director of Operations and Business Development for Waypoint Technology Group. He previously held positions as Manager of Computer Mapping for the New York City Planning Department and Director of Data Products for MapInfo Corporation. He is a nationally certified Geographic Information System Professional (GISP), and shares his knowledge with others by serving on advisory boards and conference committees involving New York State GIS initiatives. He served as an adjunct professor at Union College and SUNY Albany. In addition, Fisher has been actively involved in his community. He is a member of the Board of Directors and chair of the Schenectady Greenmarket, a weekly market in downtown Schenectady. He is past-president of the Jay Street Business Association in Schenectady and former member of the New York Folklore Society Board of Directors. He served as a volunteer firefighter with the Plotterkill Fire Department for 12 years. Fisher served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa where he worked to improve the quantity and quality of water supplies and teach more efficient ways to use scarce fuel supplies. He produced "The Giving Map," a free online service identifying sites within the Capital District to which charitable donations may be made. He has received various awards for his involvement in the Northeast Thunder Volleyball Club, in which he volunteers as a certified coach and co-director. He served as a coach/assistant coach for his children's soccer, baseball, softball and volleyball teams while they were growing up. Austin and his wife, Kathy, currently reside in Schenectady. They have two children, Claire and Colin, who are Schalmont graduates.


Class of 2014

Dr. Martha (Cincotta) Asselin, class of 1980
Inducted 2014

Martha AsselinMartha (Cincotta) Asselin, Ph.D. Class of 1980, inspires family, friends and colleagues with her devotion to the field of higher education and involvement in the community. During high school, Asselin participated in color guard/marching band, choir, basketball, summer theatre and student council. After graduation, she earned a bachelor's degree in both psychology and sociology from the State University of New York at Oswego. She also earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in educational administration and policy studies from the State University of New York at Albany. She recently took the reins of acting president at Schenectady County Community College where she has served in various capacities for nearly 25 years. She previously served as the college's vice-president of student affairs, overseeing a host of offices while specializing in the areas of grant writing, leadership, training and development. In that role, she was co-chair of the college's Campus Safety Council and served on the Faculty-Student Association and other committees. She has also served as advisor to the Student Government Association and Christian Fellowship Club. Prior to joining SCCC, Asselin worked in residential life at the University of Delaware and the State University of New York at Cobleskill. In addition to her role as a campus leader, Asselin is deeply involved in her community in many ways. She currently serves on the board of trustees for Notre-Dame Bishop Gibbons School and March for Babies of Schenectady County, and serves as co-president of the State University of New York Campus Safety Council. She previously served on the advisory board for the Institute of Community College Development and the board of directors for the American Heart Association, Community Human Services, Girls Inc. of Schenectady and the YMCA Schenectady Downtown Branch. She has been recognized for her exemplary work through receipt of various awards, including the Chamber of Schenectady County's Good News Award and the YMCA's Woman of Achievement Award for her creation of and work on the Schenectady Smart Scholars Early College High School program. She currently resides in Glenville, N.Y., with her husband, Edward. They have two sons, Ryan and Daniel.


CLASS of 2013

Frank A. Mauro, class of 1980
Inducted 2013

Frank A. MauroFrank A. Mauro, Class of 1980, inspired family, friends and colleagues with his commitment to his career and by volunteering in his community. During high school, Mauro participated in football, wrestling, tennis and ski club. He was a member of student council and class treasurer. After earning a bachelor's degree in Marketing Management from Siena College, Mauro went on to gain extensive experience in the hospitality industry in Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Kentucky, where he was involved in everything from event planning and promotion to convention coordination and site selection. He served in various management positions, including regional director of sales for Servico Management Company where he had oversight on sales activities for seven hotels. He was Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Meristar Hotels and Resorts, Inc.; Vice President of Operations at Webb Hospitalilty Group, and Director of Sales and Marketing for a Radisson Plaza Hotel. He also produced and catered a variety of special events, including weddings and corporate activities as President and Chief Executive Officer of Event Productions by Frank Mauro. Mauro held a special place in his heart for those who were developmentally disabled, serving as a mentor for trainees from the University of Kentucky and the mentally and physically disabled with the State of Kentucky. He also served on the board for a variety of charitable organizations, including Lexington, Kentucky's Cultural Council and Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Lexington Kentucky Corporation, Better Business Bureau, Mary Copeland Home for Homeless Children and Humanitarian Center for Culture and Diversity. Mauro was director for an American Cancer Society "Tommy Bell Memorial Golf Tournament," and chairman of a "March of Dimes Walk America." He was a George W. Hearn Award recipient, which is given annually to the individual with the highest level of commitment to the United Way of the Blue Grass of Lexington, Kentucky. After he passed away, the State of Kentucky's Solutions Program for developmentally disabled adults initiated the Frank A. Mauro Memorial Award for the company that did the most for its clients. He is proudly remembered by his father, Louis Mauro, who nominated him for the award, as well as his sister, Teri, and his son, Louis. 


Bruce R. Tulloch, Class of 1964

Inducted 2013

Bruce R. TullochBruce R. Tulloch, Class of 1964, inspires family, friends and colleagues with devotion to the field of science and education. During high school, Tulloch played the French horn in the band, and the trumpet in the marching band. He was a member of the Area-All-State Choir, student council and National Honor Society. After graduation, he earned a bachelor's degree in science education at Cornell University, and went on to earn two master's degrees—one in advanced classroom teaching from the University at Albany and another teaching degree with a major in biology at Union College. He later went on to earn a doctor of education degree from the University at Albany. He currently serves as Associate Dean of Education in the School of Education at Union Graduate College. He also serves the college as a clinical assistant professor. Prior to that he served as a high school science teacher and supervisor in various districts for many years, including Schalmont. He has also served on the staff of the New York State Education Department where he has had a substantial impact on the direction of science education in the state. Tulloch created the biology and chemistry mentor networks, which provided professional development to biology and chemistry teachers during the transition to Math, Science & Technology standards. He also created the New York State Science Education Consortium while president of the Science Teachers Association of New York State in an effort to facilitate communication between science education organization and the State Education Department. He formed a Policy Advisory Committee that met with SED on a regular basis to help the state transform into standards-based education. Tulloch has also served as a consultant to various schools and educational institutions, and published more than 130 works, including journal articles; curriculum, instructional and assessment materials; books; newsletter articles; papers/workshops and e-zine articles. He has received many awards, including a presidential award from the National Science Education Leadership Association, a state service award from the Science Teachers Association of New York State, Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award from the New York State Science Education Leadership Association and an Appreciation Award from the Nassau County Science Supervisors Association. In 2010, he was elected a Fellow of the Science Teachers Association of New York State, the organization's most prestigious award. He has served in various leadership positions, including president of the New York State Science Education Leadership Association and the Science Teachers Association of New York State, where he also served as Eastern section director. He has served as facilitator of the New York State Science Education Consortium; and Region B Director of the National Science Education Leadership Association. Tulloch currently resides in Albany, N.Y., with his wife Melanie Jane. They have one daughter, Katrina.


CLASS of 2012

Dr. Frank A. Gesek, class of 1974
Inducted 2012

Frank A. Gesek,Frank A. Gesek, Ph.D., R.Ph., class of 1974, inspires family, friends and colleagues with his commitment to his career and family, and by volunteering in his church and community. During high school, Gesek cultivated his love of music and performance as a member of orchestra, stage band and choir. He participated in area-all state and played in local rock and country bands, using the money he earned from performances to help pay for college, paving his way to a field in health care and education. Gesek went on to earn two bachelor's degrees—one in biology from Union College and another in pharmacology from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology/physiology from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia, specializing in medicine/nephrology. Nephrology is a branch of medical science that deals with the kidney. He currently serves as chief of pharmacy at the White River Junction Veterans Administration in Vermont. He previously oversaw pharmacy operations for a chain of drug stores. He began his career on the faculty at Dartmouth Medical School where he established a research program examining adrenergic receptor regulation of mineral transport by the kidney. Gesek has received the National Kidney Foundation's Joseph Shankman Award, the American Cancer Society's New Investigator Award and the American Society of Nephrology's Career Enhancement Award, as well as a number of research grants over the years. He has chaired national meetings, served on various committees and spoke at numerous medical and scientific conferences. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journals, primarily in the field of nephrology. Gesek continues his love of music today. He currently plays guitar with a local rock/country band as well as during Sunday mass each week. He also performs with teenagers from his church at youth group masses and other events, such as caroling at local retirement homes. For nearly 20 years, Gesek has been co-directing a church folk group with his wife. He also plays the bass and drums. He serves on various church committees to assist with food banks and community dinners. Gesek is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, earning the distinction of Fourth Degree exemplification and Knight elect, as well as serving in various leadership roles, at fundraising events and community activities. He currently resides in Lebanon, NH, with his wife, Jacqueline, to whom he has been married for more than 30 years. They have three children, Alan, Jennie and Maria.

Dr. Thomas W. Kernozek, class of 1982
Inducted 2012

Thomas W. KernozekThomas W. Kernozek, Ph.D., FACSM, class of 1982, inspires family, friends and colleagues with his devotion to biomechanics and education. During high school, Kernozek participated in soccer, basketball and track and field. His athleticism was a stepping stone to a successful career in academics and college teaching. After high school, Kernozek earned a bachelor's degree in education and graduated cum laude from the State University of New York College at Cortland. He earned a master's degree in kinesiology from Illinois State University, and completed both a doctorate of philosophy degree and a post-doctoral fellowship in kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. He also completed a sabbatical at the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation in Vail, Colorado. Kernozek currently serves as a tenured professor at the University at Wisconsin-La Crosse in the Department of Health Professions, where he teaches biomechanics, research methodology and statistics in the physical therapy doctoral program. He also serves as director of the La Crosse Institute for Movement Science, where he has developed a successful research career and active research lab. The institute brings together scientists and clinicians of various disciplines in the quest for new knowledge related to human movement, the identification of factors related to injury, the foundations of therapeutic exercise and injury prevention. Kernozek's area of expertise is in the field of biomechanics and research methods. Biomechanics is the science that examines forces acting upon and within a biological structure and the effects produced by such forces. He is recognized nationally and internationally as a scholar and speaker on biomechanics, movement science and sports medicine. He has been recognized in "Who's Who in Medicine and Science" and has been named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Kernozek's research has been published in more than 60 physical therapy and sports medicine journals, and he has presented his findings at various international and national conferences and research institutions. He is also a scientific reviewer for various medical journals. He serves in various capacities at local school districts by lending his expertise to judge science fairs and further students' understanding of biomechanics through presentations and demonstrations. Kernozek currently resides in La Crosse, Wis., with his wife, Ilene. They have two children, Erik and Nicole.


CLASS OF 2011

James J. Ryan, PhD, MD, Class of 1974
Inducted 2011 (Deceased 2006)

James J. RyanJames J. Ryan, PhD, MD, class of 1974, was a beloved doctor who was involved in cutting-edge research in the field of human genetics as related to seeking cures for cancer. During high school, he played football, ran track and was inducted into the National Honor Society. He was also the 1974 Schalmont High School Salutatorian. He earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, his PhD from Yale University and his MD from New York University Medical School. After college he practiced at the Emergency Physicians Medical Group in Ann Arbor, Michigan for four years. He moved to the Capital District Oncology practice in Amsterdam, NY, and finished his career at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon, Michigan. He was a published researcher in the field of human genetics and cancer research, and has several patents pending for therapeutic cancer treatments. As part of his medical practice, he served as a physician liaison to the Visiting Nursing Association and Hospice, working closely to ensure cancer patients received much-needed home care. He received the National Science Foundation Research Award (1979-1983) and was named the American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Fellow in 1990. He was named chairman of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. He was a member of the American Society of Internal Medicine and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He was also involved in a number of hospital committees, such as the Transfusion Committee, the Infectious Disease Committee and the Tumor Board. After being diagnosed with stage four colon cancer, he fought his disease for another five years while continuing to care for his family—his wife, Jane, and his two children, Trevor and Kerry. He lost his battle with cancer in 2006.

Edward Troiano, Class of 1980
Inducted 2011

Edward TroianoEdward Troiano, class of 1980, inspires family, friends and colleagues with his devotion to the research and engineering field, and to volunteering in his community and around the country. During high school, he participated in soccer and football. He also began volunteering at his church and at the local soup kitchen at a young age. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo and a master's degree from RPI. He has worked as a mechanical engineer for the U.S. Army, Benét Laboratories, since 1984. He holds three patents and one provisional patent—the most distinguished being the U.S. patent for "Multiple Autofrettage" in 2010. Over the past 25 years, he authored and co-authored more than 100 published articles, many of which are in national and international scientific journals. He was the two-time recipient (awarded in 2000 and 2004) of the U.S. Army Research and Development Achievement Award recognizing outstanding scientific and engineering achievement and technical leadership. He remains an active volunteer through Volunteers in Mission, a Christian-service organization serving those in need locally and across the country. He helped residents rebuild their lives on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and volunteered to work in the disaster relief efforts in Cedar Rapids, Iowa after the flood of 2008. He actively volunteers on projects coordinated between the North Country Ministry and Skye Farms, which provides free labor and materials to disadvantaged families. He has volunteered as a ski patroller at Gore Mountain for the past 22 years, and he recently volunteered at Maple Ski Ridge to provide sled training for new patrollers. He assists a local firehouse with fundraising events throughout the year, and previously served as a volunteer firefighter for eight years. He currently resides in Rotterdam with his wife, Lynn. He has two step-children, Kevin and Rene.


CLASS OF 2010

Cheryl Ann Isles, Ph.D., Class of 1970
Inducted 2010 (Deceased 2009)

Cheryl Ann IslesCheryl Ann Isles inspired family, friends and colleagues with her devotion to education and teaching. She was a smart girl with a rebellious side; the type to wear jeans to school instead of skirts long before that became the norm. In 10th grade, she was inspired, entranced and captivated by her biology class and the teacher, Mrs. Jeanette Miller. After high school, she earned a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, and a doctorate in cell biology from SUNY Albany. She also co-authored several articles published in scientific journals while working as a research assistant. In 1986 she embarked on her own teaching career at Cohoes High School, where she developed an honors biology program and a science research program. She also shared her love of nature with students by building a fish pond and a butterfly and bird sanctuary. Like her former teacher, "Doc" Isles became an inspiration for her students, and over the years, was selected six times by those chosen for the CASDA Scholars' Recognition Program as the teacher who most influenced them. After her passing, a former colleague wrote to her family and said, "Dr. Isles was a teacher who cared and who gave her charges more than knowledge. She taught them to overflow with passion for inquiry, to be confident in their choices, to be honest and true in their research, and to be good human beings." She is also remembered as someone who encouraged students to respect each other, to work hard, and to realize that there is so much more to life beyond high school. She is proudly remembered by her family and by her husband, Peter J. Braun.

Angelo Santabarbara, PE, LEED® AP, Class of 1990
Inducted 2010

Angelo SantabarbaraAngelo Santabarbara, Class of 1990 inspires family, friends and colleagues with his devotion to helping students and enriching his community. His parents were Italian immigrants who taught him that if he worked hard, success would follow. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves and earned a bachelor's degree from SUNY Albany. He is now a professional engineer (PE), LEED® accredited professional, and president of the Capital District's New York State Society of Professional Engineers. He served as chairman of the Rotterdam Industrial Development Agency and is a Schenectady County legislator. As an alumnus, he is a frequent speaker and mentor for high school students, colleges, and institutions through various volunteer programs. His memberships include: the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, Schenectady Military Affairs Council, Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors, Order of the Sons of Italy in America, Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, and American Italian Heritage Association. He is a recipient of the Capital District Business Review's 40 Under Forty Award, Autism Society of America's Distinguished Leadership Award, and Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce's Good News Award. He created the Santabarbara Scholarship Award for graduating seniors pursuing a degree in engineering and founded the Santabarbara Cheese Company, which donates all profits to children's charities. Angelo still lives in Rotterdam with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children.


CLASS OF 2009

Gail DeAngelo, class of 1988
Inducted 2009

Gail DeAngeloGail DeAngelo, class of 1988, inspires family, friends and colleagues with her devotion to achieving academic, professional and personal success no matter what challenges life offers. As a fourth-grader at Jefferson Elementary School, she developed a neurological disorder that left her paralyzed from the chest down and with limited use of her left arm. What might have caused some to give up instead became a challenge she could rise above, through hard work and tenacity. She went on to become the valedictorian of the Schalmont High School Class of 1988. During high school, she was inducted into the National Honor Society and served as business editor and later co-editor in chief of the yearbook. In 1992, she graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Albany, where she earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and business management. After college, she worked for GE for 15 years, filling roles such as financial analyst, account analyst, project leader, team leader, certified quality Black Belt leader, and fulfillment manager. She also served as a GE disaster recovery representative and was a member of the GE TIP/Mod United Way Cabinet and GE Recognition Team. She is now a senior manager for Business Process Improvement at HD Supply. DeAngelo has earned numerous awards over the years, including 11 managerial awards from GE, the SUNY Albany Women's Club Award, a N.Y.S. Regents Scholarship, a Sons of Italy Scholarship, and a National Elks Award. She has also achieved Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt certification.

Michael James Mugits, class of 1971
Inducted 2009

Michael James MugitsMichael James Mugits, class of 1971, inspires family, friends and colleagues with his devotion to nurturing the dreams and sustaining the hopes of students. As one of seven children, he faced many challenges early in life. During high school, he made connections with teachers and staff members who supported him and cultivated his self-confidence. He also played on the varsity soccer, basketball, and baseball teams, and wrote for the school yearbook. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Maine at Machias and a master's degree from Plymouth State College. After receiving his bachelor's degree, Mugits became the youngest principal in Maine at the age of 24. He then went on to become an elementary principal in Massachusetts, an elementary and junior high principal in Texas, an adjunct instructor at West Texas A&M University, and a high school principal in Wyoming. While in Texas, he led the transformation of a low performing, impoverished, inner-city school into a school of achievement and hope, and received the O'Brien Foundation Award for Excellence in Leadership. He is presently an elementary school principal in Schuylerville, N.Y., and expects to complete his coursework for a doctorate from Sage Graduate School in August 2009. Over the years, he has served as an educational consultant in the United States, Jamaica and Nicaragua; authored numerous articles and delivered many presentations on school improvement; and coached youth soccer. He has also served on the boards of several organizations, including the YMCA, Rotary, and Kids, Inc. In 1999, he was recognized as the CASDA Principal of the Year. He currently resides in Gansevoort, N.Y., with his wife, Brenda. They have two children, Justin and Misha.

David Van Patten, class of 1972
Inducted 2009

David Van PattenDavid Van Patten, class of 1972, inspires family, friends and colleagues with his devotion to helping those in need. During high school, he was captain of the varsity football team; a member of the varsity basketball, track and tennis teams; and a member of National Honor Society and Student Council. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a master's degree from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. After college, he spent five years with the U.S. Coast Guard, where he made the first seizure of a Soviet fishing vessel off the coast of New England and, at that time, the largest drug seizure in the history of New York City. In 1991, Van Patten founded Dare Mighty Things, an organization that creates restorative programs for prisoners, designs mentoring initiatives for at-risk youth, and builds the capacity of not-for-profit organizations. His company has received national accolades, including the 2008 Outstanding Contractor Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its name was inspired by a quote from U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt that begins, "Far better is it to dare mighty things." Van Patten has authored numerous articles and delivered many presentations - most recently for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives - on mentoring high risk populations, prisoner rehabilitation, new venture creation, and building faith-based organizations. He also founded Long Island Youth Guidance and the National Mentoring Institute, and was a founding member of the Federal Mentoring Council Working Group. He is now a member of the board of directors of a homeless shelter and the vice chair of MENTOR's Research and Public Policy Council. He currently resides in Portsmouth, N.H., with his wife, Dana. They have five children, Jessica, Seth, Chelsi, Julee, Jody.


CLASS OF 2008

Margaret (Ryan) Anderton, Class of 1978
Inducted 2008

Margaret AndertonMargaret (Ryan) Anderton, class of 1978, inspires family, friends and colleagues with her devotion to serving the poor and promoting social justice. During high school, she was a member of the Foreign Exchange Club, Campus Life Club, National Honor Society, and varsity soccer, basketball, and track teams. She earned a bachelor's degree from SUNY Albany and became certified to teach high school social studies. After college, she worked for the Capital District YMCA and later the American Red Cross. In 1997, she became the executive director of Bethesda House and helped transform it from a downtown drop-in center for the poor to a multi-faceted social service agency serving hundreds of disadvantaged citizens in the Schenectady area daily. She was a founding member of the Community Crisis Network of Schenectady and served as chair of the Housing and Support Services Network of Schenectady (1998-2006) and president of the Social Service Agency Chief Executives of Schenectady (2003-2004). She continues to work at Bethesda House and to serve on a variety of boards, including the Schenectady County Mental Health Advisory Board, SC Department of Social Services Commissioner's Advisory Board, and SC Community College Human Services Advisory Board. She has earned numerous awards, including the Schenectady Bar Association Liberty Bell Award, the SC Human Rights Commission Human Rights Award, and the PBA Community Service Award. She currently resides in Schenectady with her husband, Jack. They have two children, Katie and Jack.

Thomas P. Eichler, Class of 1962
Inducted 2008

Thomas P. EichlerThomas P. Eichler, class of 1962, inspires family, friends and colleagues with his devotion to public service and improving public policies. During high school, he participated in Debate Club and the school newspaper. He also played in the band and on the soccer team. He earned a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and two master's degrees from SUNY Albany. He worked in the New York State Governor's Office for four years before joining the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. He later became the director of environmental control for the State of Delaware, a regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, secretary of the DE Department of Health and Social Services, and secretary of the DE Department of Services for Children, Youth and Families. In 2001, he became the executive director of Stand Up for What's Right and Just, an organization advocating for reform of the DE criminal justice system. He is now chief of staff for Nemours Health and Prevention Services. He also is a founding board member of the Central DE Habitat for Humanity, Christ the Teacher Elementary School, and DE Children's Campaign. He has earned numerous awards, including the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-DE Excellence in Advocacy Award, DE governor's Order of the First State Award, EPA Special Achievement Award, American Society for Public Administration and National Academy of Public Administration National Public Service Award, and National Governors Association Distinguished Service Award. He currently resides in Bear, DE, with his wife, Susan. They have three sons, Matthew, Mark and Michael.

Dr. Valerie Gaus, Class of 1982
Inducted 2008

 Valerie GausDr. Valerie Gaus, class of 1982, inspires family, friends and colleagues with her devotion to helping those with developmental disabilities. During high school, she participated in color guard, choir and track, and painted the music-inspired wall mural in the high school lobby with three friends. She earned a bachelor's degree from Hofstra University and master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from SUNY Stony Brook. After working as a therapist for several years, she became a residential psychology supervisor for the YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities (1992-2003), a senior supervising psychologist for YAI/NIPD Premier HealthCare (1994-2006), and opened a private practice for adults with developmental disorders, mental retardation, anxiety disorders, and depression (1994-present). In 2006, she became a staff psychologist at the Vincent Smith School for students with learning disabilities. She is an advisory board member for the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, a steering committee member and curriculum author for the Downstate Centers for Excellence in Dual Diagnosis, an adjunct grant reviewer for the Organization for Autism Research, and a founding board member of the New York Metro Chapter of the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed. She shares her knowledge with others as an adjunct professor, guest speaker and author of various publications, including the recently released book Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome. She lives in Cold Spring Hills, NY, with her husband, Lider Raynor, and their two sons, Sean and Gabriel.


CLASS OF 2007

Alfred T. DeCarlo, Class of 1961
Inducted 2007 (Deceased)

Alfred T. DeCarloAlfred T. DeCarlo inspired family, friends and colleagues with his dedication to community safety and drug prevention. During high school, he was a gifted athlete who played on the varsity football, basketball and baseball teams. He earned an A.A.S. degree in business administration before serving two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. In 1967, he joined the Rotterdam Police Department as a patrolman. He spent the next 30 years rising through the ranks as an investigator in the Detective Division, a sergeant in charge of the Youth Services Unit, the deputy chief of police, and finally the chief of police (1987-1996). He volun­teered his time as a member of the New York State D.A.R.E. Advisory Board, member and president (1993-1994) of the Northeast Chiefs of Police, member and president (1994) of the N.Y.S. Association of Chiefs of Police, and member of the N.Y.S. Juvenile Officers Association. He earned numerous awards and commen­dations over the years, including a N.Y.S. D.A.R.E. award for dedication and service and the Distinguished Service Award from U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and N.Y.S. Governor Mario Cuomo. He is proudly remembered by his wife, Linda, and their three sons, Eric, David, and Phillip.

 

Leonard Parker, Class of 1971
Inducted 2007

Len ParkerLen Parker inspires family, friends and colleagues with his dedication to engineering innovations and community service. During high school, he participated in band, football and basketball (1971 Most Valuable Player). He earned a bachelor's degree in imaging science and a master's degree in printing technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology. As an electro-optical laser engineer, he spent several years working on early network and laser printing innovations at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and now holds several joint patents in relation to his work. Since then, he has served Xerox as vice president and general manager of the Office Solutions and Software Business Group, chief technology officer of the Global Services Group, and chief technology officer of the Production Systems Group. He is currently vice president and chief engineer of the Xerox Engineering and Enterprise Center in Rochester, and serves on the Xerox Credit Union board of directors. In addition, he has coached Little League soccer, been a Cub Scouts den leader, served on the board of a YMCA, taught mountaineering, held several leadership positions in his church, and gone to Haiti to help refurbish a hospital. He currently resides in Rochester with his wife, Sandra, and their son, Dylan.

 

Christine Patneaude-Krahulik, Class of 1983
Inducted 2007

Christine Patneaude-KrahulikChristine Patneaude-Krahulik inspires family, friends and colleagues with her dedication to the rights, health and success of those in her community. During high school, she learned the value of mentoring from her teachers and coaches. She earned a bachelor's degree from Siena College and a law degree from Albany Law School. Over the years, she rose from a legal assistant to an associate attorney, and now serves as the principal court attorney to an Orange County Family Court judge. She was instrumental in implementing the county's Family Treatment Court, and continues to chair its steering committee. She also has served as treasurer of the Women's Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties, as a board member and Quality Sub-committee chair at St. Anthony Community Hospital, on the Leadership Orange Board of Directors, on the Orange County Drug Court Steering Committee, on the Warwick Town Beach Visioning Committee, and on the Sharing Success Team, which promotes permanency for children in foster care. She is an active volunteer and contributor to community organizations like United Way, Safe Homes of Orange County, Warwick Little League, and Warwick Soccer. In 2006, she was honored as a Woman of Achievement by the Sarah Wells Girl Scout Council and the YWCA of Orange County. She currently resides in Warwick with her husband, Bob, and their children, Thomas and Katie.

Michael R. Piotrowski, Class of 1970
Inducted 2007 (deceased)

Michael R. Piotrowski Michael R. Piotrowski inspired family, friends and colleagues with his dedication to using natural means to clean up the environment. At Schalmont, he was an honors student with a particular interest in the sciences. He later received a bachelor's degree in ecology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in biogeochemistry from the Boston University Marine Program. In addition to starting a family, he spent the next 30 years of his life conducting research projects; acting as a scientific consultant; teaching government regulators, pri­vate industry professionals, other environmental consultants, and college students; and founding a company that helped find solutions for treating contaminated soil and water. He eventually became an internationally recognized, award-winning expert in the application of innovative remedial technologies to treat hazardous and toxic materials in soils and waters. His accolades include earning Vice President Al Gore's Golden Hammer Award for significantly reducing government costs in cleaning up a former military site on American Samoa. Though passionate about his work, he also took time to be involved in his children's school and extracurricular activities, to play basketball, and to root on his favorite sports team, the New York Giants. He is proudly remembered by his wife, Rita Linda, and their children, Melina and Orion.

Michael F. Saccocio, Class of 1979
Inducted 2007

Michael F. SaccocioMichael F. Saccocio inspires family, friends and colleagues with his dedication to supporting those in need. At Schalmont, he learned the importance of teamwork and how to be successful as a group. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Union College and a master's degree in public policy from Regent University. His athletic skills led him to spend three seasons playing professional baseball with the Montreal Expos. Over the next 10 years, he worked as a legislative assistant to an assemblyman; the director of Urban Youth Ministry, Development, and Operations at the City Mission of Schenectady; and the deputy mayor of Schenectady (1992-1994). Since 1996, he has served as executive director of the City Mission. In that capacity, he created new programs (e.g. Innovative Learning Center, transitional housing), built collaborative partnerships, strengthened the Mission's presence in the community, and helped bring about new facilities (e.g. Family Life Center). He has earned numerous awards from Schenectady organizations, including the GE Elfuns Accolade Award, Sons of Italy Person of the Year Award, P.B.A. Community Service Award, and Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce Non-profit Organization Executive of the Year Award. He currently resides in Scotia with his wife, Carol, and their children, Michael and Daniel.

 

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