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2015 Induction: Ten Alumni Earn Spot Williamsville Wall of Fame

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Ten distinguished alumni were inducted into the Williamsville Wall of Fame on November 13, 2015 during a special breakfast celebration sponsored by the Williamsville Education Foundation, Inc.  Pictured, from left, are Dr. Joseph Marine; Lenora Foote, Esq.; Brian Freyburger; Holly J. W. Huart, Esq.; Dr. Stephanie Browning McVicar; Andrew Shaevel; Kara Buscaglia, Esq., Elizabeth Allen; and LCDR David P. Kawesi-Mukooza. Absent is Reed Birney.

The Wall of Fame honors outstanding Williamsville graduates for their professional achievements, their contributions to society, and community service.  “These distinguished alumni are an inspiration to our current students and a great source of pride for the entire Williamsville community,” said Superintendent Scott G. Martzloff.

Following the breakfast, the newly inducted honorees will return to their respective alma maters to address students during special school assemblies.  Members of the Wall of Fame Class of 2015 are:

From Williamsville SOUTH High School:
  • Elizabeth Allen, Class of 2002 - Liz Allen currently serves as Special Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of Message Planning at the White House, executing communications strategy and public events for President Barack Obama. Prior to the White House, Ms. Allen was Director of Public Affairs for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State where she focused on the impact of people-to-people diplomacy and the importance of international education and exchange programs. Ms. Allen previously worked for five years in Vice President Joseph Biden’s press office, including as his Deputy Communications Director.
  • Kara A. Buscaglia, Esq., Class of 1995 - Kara Buscaglia is the first female town justice ever elected in Amherst, NY and the youngest person to ever hold the position in the town’s nearly 198-year history. A former Erie County assistant district attorney, Ms. Buscaglia was also a solo practitioner practicing both criminal defense and family law. She has worked with the Erie County Bar Association’s Assigned Counsel Program and the Volunteer Lawyers Project representing indigent litigants.
  • Holly J. W. Huart, Esq., Class of 1972 - Holly J.W. Huart has been an attorney for over 30 years, specializing in products liability and environmental litigation. As a litigator at major law firms in Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas, she worked on high-profile, high-stakes environmental cases and successfully obtained multi-million dollar settlements for her clients from asbestos manufacturers and some of the most powerful petro-chemical companies in the world. Ms. Huart is also a competitive ballroom dancer and a professional photographer.
  • Joseph E. Marine, M.D., Class of 1982 - Dr. Joseph E. Marine is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Vice Director of the Division of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He is also Chief of Cardiology for the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians.He previously served as Associate Director of Electrophysiology for Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Director of Electrophysiology for the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.His research interests include better understanding of mechanisms and treatment of atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation. He maintains a busy clinical practice, has published extensively, and presents on cardiovascular topics at many national medical conferences.
From Williamsville EAST High School:
  • Lenora Foote, Esq., Class of 1986 - Lenora Foote has been a support magistrate for the Erie County Family Court since 2006 and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Family Law at Hilbert College. Ms. Foote previously worked for the City of Buffalo in various capacities under the administrations of Mayor Anthony Masiello and Mayor Byron Brown. She is immediate past president of the SUNY Buffalo Law School Alumni Association and past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York. Currently, Ms. Foote serves on the Board of Trustees for the Burchfield Penny Art Center, Canisius College, and the the True Community Development Corporation.
  • Stephanie Browning McVicar, Au.D., Class of 1984 - Dr. Stephanie Browning McVicar is a pediatric audiologist and Director of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program for the State of Utah Department of Health. She also heads Utah’s Cytomegalovirus Public Health Initiative, the first of its kind in the nation. Dr. McVicar is Director and Audiology Core Faculty leader for the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) Infant and Pediatric Audiology Program, which encompasses Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota, providing critical health services to infants and children living in underserved rural and frontier communities.
  • Andrew J. Shaevel, Class of 1983 - Andrew J. Shaevel is chief executive officer of Bobalew Ventures located in Amherst. He also serves as managing partner for Mensch Capital Partners, LLC, an investment firm spearheading a major re-development plan for the former Westwood Country Club site in Amherst. An accomplished entrepreneur and corporate executive, Shaevel has founded and led almost a dozen multi-million dollar companies in his career. He is past president and a director of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, vice president and governor of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, and serves on the advisory boards of the Canisius College Richard J. Wehle School of Business and the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association.
From Williamsville NORTH High School:
  • Reed Birney, Class of 1972 - Reed Birney is a highly versatile actor with many movie, television, and stage roles to his credit. He currently is starring in the off-Broadway production of “The Humans” in New York. In 2014, Birney was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Charlotte in Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina, a role which also won him the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play. Birney plays Vice President Donald Blythe on the Netflix series, “House of Cards”, and played Tom Connolly on the popular NBC series, “The Blacklist”.  His movie credits include Changeling (2008); Morning Glory (2010); Twelve Thirty (2010); The Girl Most Likely (2012); Molly’s Theory of Relativity (2013); and Mad Women (2015).
  • Brian Freyburger, Class of 1989 - Brian Freyburger is a computer programmer and an entrepreneur. As a graduate student at Stanford University, Freyburger’s research focused on 3D imaging. He and his partners formed Align Technology and created the Invisalign system, an alternative to braces that uses transparent aligners to adjust teeth. Freyburger went on to work for several internet start-ups and earned an MBA from theUniversity of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He worked as the chief technology officer at financial firms in Chicago and New York where he developed and managed core technologies and platforms to support high frequency worldwide trading systems.  He is currently with New York-based Hudson River Trading (HRT).
  • USN Lieutenant Commander David P. Kawesi-Mukooza, Class of 1996 – During his service career, LCDR David P. Kawesi-Mukooza has executed eight combat deployments including in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also led the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Multiple Threat Alert Center from 2010 to 2013, and served as advisor to the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense General Staff for the 2014 national elections in Afghanistan. A highly decorated officer,  LCDR Kawesi-Mukooza is currently the Action Officer in the Civil-Military Educational Partnership Program at the Naval War College Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups.

Williamsville Wall of Fame Members
The Williamsville Wall of Fame was established in 2000 to honor district graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professions and in service to their communities.

Since the program was launched, 103 alumni have been inducted into the Williamsville Wall of Fame. The honorees have included entrepreneurs, musicians, authors, physicians, scientists, professors, entertainers, government officials, journalists, law enforcement and military officers, all of whom have achieved great success in their careers and serve as role models for today’s students.

The Williamsville Central School District dates back to 1893 and some members of the Wall of Fame are graduates of the original Williamsville High School. In 1950, the high school was moved to its current site on Main Street in the Village of Williamsville and is now home to South High School. As the population in the area grew, so too did the school district. In 1968, North High School opened its doors to students followed in 1975 by East High School. The Wall of Fame honors graduates from all three high schools, as well as those from the original high school. For more information about the Wall of Fame event or sponsorship options, please call (716)626-8008 [Call: (716)626-8008] .

Members of the Williamsville Wall of Fame are listed below, by year of Induction with their profession/title at the time they were inducted.

Williamsville South High School:
Neil Abercrombie (South HS, 1955) United States Congressman, Hawaii
William L. Christie (South HS, 1962)Conductor; Professor, Paris Conservatory
John C. Feuz (deceased, South HS, 1961)Businessman, Buffalo, NY
Robert Williams Leland, PhD.
(South HS, 1981)Department Manager, Sandia National Laboratories
Carol Wincenc
(South HS, 1967)Musician; Professor of Flute, Julliard School of Music, NY

Williamsville North High School:
Christopher Braun (North HS, 1984)General Manger, Braun Oldsmobile (Buffalo NY)
Marvin K. Malek, M.D. (North HS, 1969) Medical Director, South Troy (NY) Health Center
Joanne Schlosser (North HS, 1976) Author; President, Food Allergy Awareness Institute

Williamsville East High School:
JoAnn R. DiNoto (East HS, 1984)Lieutenant, Amherst (NY) Police Department
Seth Godin (East HS, 1978) President, Yoyodyne
David Young (East HS, 1987) Former Executive Director, Buffalo Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.

Williamsville South High School:
Edward Norman Hirsch (deceased; Williamsville HS, 1939) Linebacker for the original Buffalo Bills NFL Football Team
Linda Gail Kent (South HS, 1964)  Ballet Dancer/Teacher
Marc Lacey (South HS, 1983)Washington Correspondent for the New York Times
Ronald E. LaPorte, Ph.D.
(South HS, 1967)Professor, Pediatrics and Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh
Stephen R. Lewis, Jr., Ph.D.
(South HS, 1956)President, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota (retired)
Wendie Malick
(South HS, 1968) Movie and television Actress
Trey Measer
(South HS, 1968) President and Publisher, Bee Publications, Williamsville, NY
Joyce Carol Oates (South HS, 1956) Award-winning Author; Professor at Princeton University

Williamsville North High School:
David J. Altman, M.D., Ph.D.
(North HS, 1979)Vice President of Clinical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer, Cognigen Corp.

Williamsville East High School:
Douglas R. Bacon, M.D. (East HS, 1977)Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic
Christopher A. Warlick, Ph.D. (East HS, 1987) University of Minnesota Medical School

Williamsville South High School:
Bill Cole, MS, MA (South HS, 1972) Founder and CEO of Procoach Systems; author and motivational speaker
Robert S. Kinkel (South HS, 1975) Music director and founding member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Kevin Leman, PhD. (South HS, 1961) Internationally known psychologist, author, speaker, television personality
Jonathan Ralston (South HS 1977) Award winning journalist and political commentator
Faith Ryan Whittlesey
(South HS, 1956) Former United States Ambassador to Switzerland

Williamsville North High School:
David Kim
(North HS, 1981) Concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra
Kelvin H. Lee, PhD.
(North HS, 1987) Associate Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University
Richard Lewis (North HS, 1977) President and CEO, White Directory Publishers
Lynn M. Steinbrenner, M.D. (North HS, 1972) Chief of Oncology, Veteran’s Administration WNY Healthcare System
Paul A. Povlock (North HS, 1980) Commanding Officer, USS San Francisco, United States Navy

Williamsville East High School:
Leonard M. Castrianno (East HS, 1989; deceased-9/11/01)Junior stockbroker, Cantor Fitzgerald, World Trade Center, New York
Kathleen Kiesel Flemming (East HS, 1978) Banker and entrepreneur
Todd Marchant (East HS, 1991) Professional hockey player, NHL Columbus Blue Jackets
Craig Schorr (East HS, 1986) International strategy consultant & financial services manager; Naval Reserve Officer

Williamsville South High School:
Matthew R. Abbott (South HS, 1980) NASA Flight Director, Houston TX
Jamie Adair (Williamsville High School, 1934) United States Navy, Rear Admiral; WWII Veteran (Deceased)
James Dombrowski (South HS, 1981) Professional Athlete; NFL New Orleans Saints (Ret.)
Joan Pluzdrak Dorn, Ph.D. (South HS, 1972) Associate Professor, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine-School of Public Health and Health Professions at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo
Marla Eglowstein Rich, M.D. (South HS, 1975) High Risk Maternal Fetal Physician; Founder, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Service, St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, NY
John B. Sheffer, II (South HS, 1966) Founder and former Executive Director of the Institute for Local Governance and Regional Growth at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo
Wende Westinghouse Logan-Young, M.D. (South HS, 1953) Diagnostic Radiologist and founder of The Elizabeth Wende Breast Clinic, Rochester NY

Williamsville North High School:
Gregory R. D’Alba (North HS, 1976) Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, CNN Advertising & Sales
Wendy Domster (North HS, 1976) Santa Clara (CA) Fire Department, Firefighter
Patricia Flanagan, M.D.
(North HS, 1975) Pediatrician; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Brown Medical School, Providence RI
Thomas Mockaitis, Ph.D. (North HS, 1973) Professor of History and former Department Chair, DePaul University, Chicago IL

Williamsville East High School:
Vincent L. Cryns, M.D. (East HS, 1979) Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Northwestern University, Chicago IL
Erin M. Peradatto (East HS, 1977) New York State Supreme Court Justice, Buffalo NY
Janet Snyder (East HS, 1983) Radio Personality/ Morning Show Host, WKSE-FM, Buffalo NY
David Wright (East HS, 1982) ABC News Correspondent, London

Williamsville South High School:
David Handel (South HS, 1982)Director/ Bolivia National Symphony
Dr. Peter Lansbury, Jr. (South HS, 1976)  Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Jan Marshall (South HS, 1966) Genetic Scientist
Sandra Schorr, M.D. (South HS, 1966) Pediatrician; Hospitalist

Williamsville North High School:
Dr. Gary Malvern
(North HS, 1976) Professor of Music History/ Furman University (SC)  
Ronald Markezich (North HS, 1985)Vice President of Managed Solutions, Microsoft Corp.
Mitchel Spoth (North HS, 1982 - deceased), Firefighter

Williamsville East High School:
Samuel Savarino (East HS,1976) President and CEO, Savarino Companies
Cathleen Schmidt (East HS, 1977) President and CEO, Citizens Bank of New Hampshire
Dr. Paula Vertino (East HS, 1980) Co-Director, Cancer Genetics & Genome Instability Program, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University
Eric Jordan Young (East HS, 1989)  Entertainer  

Williamsville East High School:

Curan Bonham (Class of 1997), Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellow, Congressional Hunger Center/Bioversity International
Anthony J. Casuccio (Class of 1987), Music Producer; Founder and Principal Sound Engineer, Xtream Audio Mastering
Michael Rossetti (Class of 1977), Attorney and Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H. (Class of 1990), Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Director for Research at New York University School of Medicine, and Associate Investigator at the Geisinger Center for Health Research

Williamsville North High School:

Daniel Terry Mank (Class of 1981),Founder & President, ZITEC, Inc., a manufacturing company and defense contractor
Daniel Mittleman, Ph.D. (Class of 1976), Associate Professor in the College of Computing & Digital Media, DePaul University, Chicago
Deborah A. Roess, Ph.D. (Class of 1969), Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University
Eric L. Stewart (Class of 1983), Middle School Principal, Loudoun County Public Schools, VA

Williamsville South High School:

Mark Danni (Class of 1984), Artistic Director; Conductor; Broadway Musician
Christopher J. Lucas, Ph.D. (Class of 1958), Professor, College of Education & Health Professions, University of Arkansas
Sherry Margolis (Class of 1973),Television News Anchor, Detroit, MI
Dan H. Sanes, Ph.D. (Class of 1974), Professor & Neuroscientist, Center for Neural Science, New York University
Joshua Sanes, Ph.D. (Class of 1966), Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Paul J. Finnegan Family Director, Center for Brain Science, Harvard University

Williamsville South High School:

Domenic V. Cortese (Class of 1974), President, Cortese Brothers Construction, Buffalo NY
Jane V. Leland, Ph.D. (Class of 1976), Food Scientist, Kraft Foods

Williamsville East High School:

Daniel L. Foote (Class of 1982), Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Laura Painton Swiler, Ph.D. (Class of 1983), Engineer, Mathematician, Sandia National Laboratories

Williamsville North High School:
John C. Askey (Class of 1981), Chief of Police, Amherst, NY
Laura M. DeLuca (Class of 1976), Clarinetist, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Torey Hirsch (Class of 1975), President, Greater Buffalo Gymnastics


Williamsville South High School:

Anthony Bannon, Ph.D., Class of 1960,Executive Director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College
Howard B. Cohen, Class of 1975,Partner, Gross, Shuman, Brizdle & Gilfillan, PC, Buffalo, NY
Colleen DiPirro, Class of 1968, President and CEO of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce
Gina Bronkie Hammond, Class of 1966, Computer Science Engineer and retired Director/Program Manager of CSC, a global IT services company
Randolph A. “Murph” Piazza, Class of 1993,former Peace Corps volunteer whodied in 2010

Williamsville East High School:

Michael L. Joseph, Class of 1977,President, Clover Management and Clover Management Construction, Inc., Buffalo, NY
Gregg Lipsitz, Class of 1977, President, L&M Financial, Buffalo, NY
Sujata Yalamanchili, Class of 1985, Partner and Practice Area Leader, Real Estate & Finance Practice Group, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo, NY
Atif Zafar, M.D., Class of 1984, Hospitalist, Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN

Williamsville North High School:

Colonel Mary J. Bradley, Class of 1985, Judge Advocate General Corp, United States Army
JoAnn M. Kelsch, Class of 1980, Director, Clinical Services, Independent Health, Buffalo, NY
David T. Evans, Ph.D., Class of 1988,  AIDS researcher and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Wisconsin

Williamsville South High School

Elizabeth Allen, Class of 2002,  Deputy Communications Director and Deputy Assistant to President Barak Obama
Kara A. Buscaglia, Esq., Class of 1995, Town of Amherst Justice
Holly J. W. Huart, Esq., Class of 1972, Environmental Attorney and Professional Dancer
Joseph E. Marine, M.D., Class of 1982, Associate Professor of Medicine and Vice Director of the Division of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins University

Williamsville East High School

Lenora Foote, Esq., Class of 1986, Support Magistrate, Erie County Family Court
Stephanie Browning McVicar, Au.D., Class of 1984,  Pediatric Audiologist and Director of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program for the State of Utah Department of Health
Andrew J. Shaevel, Class of 1983, Chief Executive Officer of Bobalew Ventures

Williamsville North High School

Reed Birney, Class of 1972, Awarding-winning actor, movie, television, and stage
Brian Freyburger, Class of 1989, Computer programmer, Inventor, and Entrepreneur (Invisalign Systems)
USN Lieutenant Commander David P. Kawesi-Mukooza, Class of 1996

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