District Honors 12 distinguished Alumni
A cancer research scientist, the team physician for the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres, and an Emmy award-winning producer for Saturday Night Live were among twelve distinguished alumni inducted into the Williamsville Wall of Fame October 27. An awards breakfast was held at the Park Country Club and afterwards, the honorees returned to their respective alma maters to address students during special school assemblies.
Watch the Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony and hear from the honorees by clicking HERE.
Superintendent Dr. Scott G. Martzloff served as master of ceremonies for the breakfast event, which is sponsored by the Williamsville Education Foundation. "The incredible achievements of this year's Wall of Fame honoress serve as a powerful reminder of the importance of public education," Dr. Martzloff said. "These twelve individuals have made significan and meaningful contributions to our society and are role models for the young people of today who are sitting in the same classrooms where they once sat."
The Williamsville Wall of Fame Class of 2017 are:
From Williamsville SOUTH High School:
Bridget E. Niland, Class of 1990, Athletics Director/Associate Professor of Business, Daemen College
Mark P. Pitirri, Class of 1985, Detective, Amherst Police Department
Lindsay Anne Shookus, Class of 1998, two-time Emmy award-winning producer for Saturday Night Live, New York, NY
Ronald S. Shubert, Class of 1970, Partner at Phillips Lytle LLP
From Williamsville EAST High School:
Capt. Thomas F. Hurley, II, Class of 1982,U.S. Naval Officer, retired; Library Media Specialist at Williamsville East HS
Kyle J. MacBeth, Ph.D., Class of 1988, Research and Development Scientist/Director; Myeloid Cancer Transitional Development at Celgene Biopharmaceutical Corporation, San Francisco, CA
Peter J. Olsen, Class of 1990, Senior Vice President, M&T Bank
Steven J. Weiss, Class of 1983, Partner, Cannon Heyman & Weiss LLP
From Williamsville NORTH High School:
Marc Fineberg, M.D., Class of 1985, Chief of Sports Medicine and Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at SUNY Buffalo; Team Physician for the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, and University at Buffalo Athletics
Sean P. Galliher, Class of 1977, Associate General Counsel for Skechers USA, Inc., Manhattan Beach, CA
Hiroshi Mashimo, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1978, Physician Scientist; Principal Investigator and Faculty Member, Harvard Medical School, Boston VA Healthcare System, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Director of Gastrointestinal Stem Cell Research and Director of Gastrointestinal Motility and Advanced Procedures; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Richard A. Scherer, Class of 1974, Journeyman Refrigeration Mechanic, Winter Garden, FL
This year marks the tenth biennial Wall of Fame induction, which currently boasts 106 members from the district’s three high schools as well as the original Williamsville High School dating back to the early 20th century. The Williamsville Education Foundation, Inc. is an independent 501c3 organization. All proceeds from the Wall of Fame celebration support the Foundation’s teacher mini-grant program, which funds innovative, student-focused projects across the district each year.
RELATED LINK: Wall of Fame Induction Video