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2012 Inductees - David Weiss, Steven Hunt, Alan Berkowsky, Larry Scott, Joan Littman Landry, Fred Cohen, Susan Katz Holland,
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2015 Inductees - left to right, Judy Nicoll, Madeline Donahoe, David Tener 04, Fern Berman Karhu 71,
Harry Tosotos 82,Tony Giorgio 78, Steven Cavyero 76, Steve Chassman 88, Steven Barinoff 78Terrence Clark 78
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Colonel Steven D. Hunte, USA (Ret.) Class of 1973
A 1977 graduate of the University of Iowa, Steve Hunte is the most decorated wrestler in the history of Kennedy High School. A commissioned officer of the United States Army, Steve served his country with great distinction for over 32 years, before retiring at the rank of “Colonel” in 2011.
-Three time Nassau County Section Wrestling Champion
-Two time New York State Intercollegiate & Freestyle Wrestling Champion
- Member of three NCAA Championship Wrestling Teams
-Assistant Wrestling Coach at USMA at West Point
-All-Army Wrestling Team
-Chief of Physical Therapy at Numerous Command Posts
-Recipient of Army Commendation & Army Achievement Medals
Steve’s personal commitment to helping others and his dedication to providing to the welfare of military veterans embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.
Artie Kempner Class of 1977
A 1981 graduate of the University of Florida, Artie Kempner earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications, while being a member of the national powerhouse “Gators” football squad. He has distinguished himself as an athlete, sports broadcaster, television producer and tireless advocate for autism research.
-USA Network – Director of US Open Tennis
-FOX Sports Director for the NFL and NASCAR
- FOX Sports Director of NHL
-FOX Sports Director of Super Bowl XXXIX and XLII
-Eight Time Sports Emmy Winner
-Founder and Past President of Autism Society of Delaware
-Former Board Member of Autism Society of America
Artie’s pursuit of excellence has taken him from the hallways of Kennedy to the spotlights of primetime television to “behind the scenes” as a television producer. His continued support and advocacy for autism research on both a state and national level is well recognized, and he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.
Joan Littman Landry Class of 1984
A 1988 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Joan Littman Landry has distinguished herself as an army officer, as an engineer and as a pioneer for women seeking to go where others can only dream of.
-First female from JFK to attend and graduate from the USMA at West Point
-First Lieutenant, Operations Officer, Intelligence Analyst
-Contract Engineer for Abbott Laboratories
-Recipient of Numerous Army and Corporate Awards
-Completed Fifteen Full Marathons in Eleven States
Joan’s professional achievements and her personal commitment to assisting others by her service to our country and her continued efforts in opening doors to other females embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.
Steve Levy Class of 1983
A 1987 graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego, Steve Levy has distinguished himself as being one of the longest tenured ESPN SportsCenter anchors in the history of the network. A journalist, a broadcaster and play-by-play man, Steve’s career has taken him from college football to the National Hockey League:
-Nicknamed “Mr. Overtime” for broadcasting the three longest televised Stanley Cup playoff games in NHL history
- Member of the ESPN crew to travel to Kuwait with SportsCenter to “Salute the Troops”
- Winner of three Emmy awards for his role on SportsCenter
As one of the most recognized voices and sports personalities on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Steve has demonstrated that persistence, perseverance and effort are the cornerstones of success, and he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.
Dr. Gary Morganstern Class of 1973
A 1977 graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Gary Morganstern continued his education at Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois. As a Doctor of Dentistry in private practice in Merrick, Gary has distinguished himself as a professional, as a mentor to countless students and as the inaugural President of the John F. Kennedy High School Alumni Association.
-Private Practitioner (Doctor of Dentistry)
-President of John F. Kennedy High School Alumni Association
-Mentor - JFK Senior Experience Program
-Volunteer for Big Smiles Foundation
Gary’s dedication to volunteerism and to mentoring countless students from Kennedy High School will impact their lives forever. His selfless efforts on behalf of thousands of alumni and his generosity of time, talent and spirit embody the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.
Adam Schefter Class of 1985
A 1989 graduate of The University of Michigan, Adam went on to earn a master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A journalist, a sports reporter, radio personality and television sports analyst, Adam’s credits include:
- Sports Reporter for The Denver Post (Covered Denver Broncos for sixteen seasons and two Super Bowls)
-Sports Analyst for ESPN – “NFL INSIDER”
-Author of four books
-Sports Illustrated “Power 40” as one of the NFL’s most influential people
As one of the most recognized sports personalities on ESPN, Adam has demonstrated that hard work and perseverance are the trademarks of success as he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.
Larry Scott Class of 1982
A 1986 graduate of Harvard College, Larry Scott has distinguished himself as an accomplished business man and as an outstanding athlete. Larry has established a solid track record of innovation and growth, across a range of different sports, at both the college and professional levels.
-New York State Tennis Champion
-All-American Honors in Tennis at Harvard College
-Professional Tennis Player (ATP Circuit)
-Commissioner of NCAA PAC-12 Conference
-Recipient of Women’s Sports Foundation “Billie Jean King Contribution Award”
-Named to Time Magazine’s list of “Best Global Sports Executives”
Larry’s professional achievements and his personal commitment to assisting others by expanding opportunities of student-athletes and women are remarkable indeed and embody the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.
Ronald Steiger Class of 1972
Ron attended Nassau Community College, Farmingdale State College and Long Island University, CW Post Campus. He has been the driving force behind the creation and movement of the JFK Alumni Association.
-Regional Sales Director of Woodbury Financial Services for New York and all New England States
-Creator of the Bellmore JFK Alumni Association website and publisher of the Alumni Newsletter
-Trustee, JFK Alumni Association
-Civic Volunteer to Countless Charities and Organizations
Ron’s dedication to volunteerism, his selfless efforts on behalf of thousands of alumni and his generosity of time, talent and spirit embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy
Kenny Dichter – Class of 1986
A 1990 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Kenny Dichter has been an entrepreneur in sports marketing, retail and manufacturing. He is the founder of three companies:
· Alphabet City (a recording company)
· Tour GCX Inc. (golf access)
· Marquis Jet (travel access)
Kenny' s entrepreneurial success allowed him to create MarquisCare, which supports more than 50 different charities. A participant in JFK' s Senior Experience Program, Kenny is a favored guest speaker in Kennedy's classrooms.
Doug Ellin – Class of 1986
A 1990 graduate of Tulane University, Doug Ellin has become an acclaimed comic, actor, writer, producer and director. His credits include:
· Creator, Head Writer, and Producer of the hit television show, Entourage.
· Writer, Actor and Director of Life with Bonnie, Kissing a Fool, Phat Beach, The Pitch and The Waiter.
Doug is a creative artist, a philanthropist, and a recognized leader in the field of television.
Jonathan Fish – Class of 1980
A 1984 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania' s Wharton School of Business, Jonathan Fish then studied at Oxford University, earning a diploma in 1988.
· Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Advertising Council
· Five-time National Champion (Rowing)
· Seven-time Member, World Rowing Championship
· Gold Medalist-1986 Goodwill Games, Russia
· Olympian in Seoul, Korea 1988
· Silver Medalist-1991 Pan American Games, Cuba
Jon is a recognized business executive, adjunct professor, CPA, United States Olympian, member of Board of Directors of Row, New York, and former member of the United States Olympic Committee.
Lori E. Horowitz Moran –
Class of 1979 A graduate of Hofstra University and Hofstra University School of Law, Lori Horowitz Moran was admitted to the New York State Bar Association at the age of 22. In addition to participating as an attorney, she has held a variety of county positions:
· Chief Counsel, Nassau County Board of Supervisors
· Chief Prosecutor for Child Abuse, Nassau County
· Bureau Chief, Nassau County Department of Real Estate
· Chief of Operations for Nassau County Executive Thomas Gulotta
· Chief Operating Officer – Private Management Co.
Dr Matthew Kuschner – Class of 1977
A graduate of The State University of New York at Albany, Matthew Kuschner continued his studies at New York Chiropractic College. Formerly a private practitioner, Dr. Kuschner now serves as a medical investigator for a national insurance company.
· Chiropractor/Medical Investigator
· Fifteen-year Trustee, North Merrick Board of Education
· Six-year Trustee and/or Officer, Bellmore-Merrick CHSD Board of Education
· Member, Board of Directors of Bellmore-Merrick Community Wellness Center
· Commissioner: CYO and PAL Football
· Three-year Trustee, Congregation B' nai Israel
As a long time community advocate, Matthew Kuschner transformed his passion into action.
David Paul Weiss –
Class of 1968 A graduate of Buffalo University and Hofstra University School of Law, David Paul Weiss is a member of the first graduating class of John F. Kennedy High School. David is the backbone of countless organizations and community activities in Bellmore-Merrick, providing pro-bono legal services, as well as active support:
· Five-time President and 25-year Member of Bellmore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
· Board of Directors, Bellmore-Merrick Cultural Arts Foundation
· Founder, JFK Alumni Wrestling Club
· Officer, JFK Sports Booster Club
· Advisor, BMCHSD Scholarship Program
· Mentor, BMCHSD Senior Experience/Shadow Days
Mr. Weiss is a tireless community advocate, an ardent supporter of all activities at Kennedy High School, and a true role model.
Lawrence B. Steinberg, Class of 1975
Graduated Yale University in 1978; and then Harvard Law School in 1981. Member of Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly HillsAssociation and American Bar Association.
Volunteer Work as a Board Member, Office and Past President of PUBLIC COUNSEL, a Pro Bono, Volunteer Public Interest Law Office that Provide Legal Services for Indigent, Specializing in Consumer Fraud and Real Property Fraud Cases.
Volunteer Work as a Member of the Board of Directors of the INNER CITYLAW CENTER, an Organization Providing Legal Representation Designed to Assist the Homeless of Los Angeles’ “Skid Row” in Obtaining Housing Benefits, Food Stamps, and Other Social Services Assistance.
Married to Ellen Gingold (J.F.K ’75)
2 Children: Jennifer and Valerie
Eileen Korey, Class of 1973
Eileen graduated from Princeton University in 1977, moved to Cleveland to work in Radio, Newspaper and Television. As a Medical Reporter for NBC Station, she spearheaded several public health campaigns, exposed dangerous medical practices, and kept the public informed of new life-saving technologies. Her accomplishments were noted nationally through the NBC Affiliates Network. She used her public position for the benefit of several charities, and was honored by:
-March of Dimes, Arthritis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and LifeBanc Organ Donor Network
-The Recipient of six EMMY Awards, Recognizing Excellence in News and Public Service Reporting
- Two-Time winner of the UPI United Press International NewsLeader Award
- Built her own Video Production Company, Medical New Network, in 1992
-Her charity work and service to the Community, helping to form a Local Citizens Advocacy Group that monitor school spending and educational programming
Married to Robert Kaplan, Ph.D.
2 Children: Benjamin and Rachel
Mark Meyerowitz, Class of 1969
A Graduate of Farmingdale College and Hoftra University .
-Certified Public Accountant
-Past President of Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores
-Past President of the BellmoreLions
-Board Member of Bellmore Kiwanis
-Involved in Community Blood Drive
-Chairman Lions and Kiwanis Strawberry Festival
(Over the Years Having Helped Raise Over $500,000 for Local Charities)
Bellmore Family Street Festival Committee -Kiwanis Liason to Kennedy Key Club
Married to Karen Appel, 1973
3 Children: Andrew and twins Seth and Rachel
Arhur Pitts, Class of 1969
Attended Colgate University , then St. John’s University Law School (’81)
1986 Practicing Attorney, Associate Justice, Lindernhurst Village
’87 – ’92 Supervisor, Town of Babylon where he spearheaded a solid waste management program combining recycling and state-of-the-art resource recovery facility; created master plan for Town’s Department of Development; rewrote Town’s ethics code
1992 Elected to County Court Judge for Suffolk County
Married: Jane Broderick
Alix (Barbara) Korey, Class of 1969
Graduated Barnard College , Columbia University 1972. Appearing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, television and film, regional stock and industrial theater, as well as concert cabaret “gigs”. Making her mark as a performer in leading and featured roles in “Hello Dolly”, “Hello Kay”, “Pirates of Penzance”, “Show Boat”, “Forbidden Broadway”, “Jerry’s Girls”, and “Ain’t Broadway Grand”.
An elected official of Actors Equity, her greatest accomplishment was the creation of “Equity Fights AIDS” now called “Broadway Cares-Equity Fights AIDS”, this organization encompasses fund raising drives, galas, and concerts of the theatrical world for AIDS research.
1992 – Bistro Award cabaret performance of the year for “Songs You Might Have Missed”.
-Recorded album “Songs You Might Have Missed”
Married to Randy Hansen
Stan W. Ziegler, Class of 1968
A Graduate of Yale University
Ph.D. from Universityof Texas , in Austin , in Adolescent Psychology after being Eric Erikson’s Special Intern in San Francisco
-Hired immediately to start
California ’s largest new residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed teenagers
-Private Practice of Child Actors, former Child Stars and Celebrity’s Kids
-Media work as a Psychological consultant on T.V. movie projects, i.e. Donahue and Oprah
-President of Gay and Lesbian Adoloscent Social Services, providing residential care for severely emotionally disturbed teenagers
-Founded only licensed
California agency to provide residential care for teenagers with AIDS – now four homes.
Claude W. Bernard, Class of 1968
A Graduate of Harvard University, 1972, Claude was awarded the Sophia Freund Prize as the HIGHEST RANKING HARVARD SENIOR in 1972.
1972-1975 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship recipient
1976 Ph.D. in Theoretical Particle Physics, Harvard University
1976-1978 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University
1978-1983 Assistant Professor, UCLA
1980-1983 Sloan Foundation Fellowship
1983-1986 Associate Professor, UCLA
1985 Distinguished Teaching Award UCLA
1986-1990 Professor, UCLA
1988-1990 Deputy Director, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara
1990-present Professor,Washington University
1993-1996 Editorial Board, Physical Review D
Andrew Chasanoff , Class of 1971
A graduate of S.U.N.Y. at Cortland 1975 as a therapeutic recreation major
Director of Recreational Therapy at Children’s Specialized Hospital , Mountainside, New Jersey
Created Competitive Wheelchair Sports Program
1989 Head Coach for U.S. Jr. Wheelchair Team at World Disabilities Games in 1989
1990 Selected as one of ten Outstanding Young Citizens of New Jersey
On New Jersey ’s Governor’s Board of Advisors for the Handicapped
1991 Meet Director of the National Junior Wheelchair Championships
1992 Coached for the IX Paralympic Games, U.S. Wheelchair Team for 1992 games in Barcelona, Spain
3 sons: Michael, Mark and Thomas
Steve Sackrin, Class of 1972
Graduated Yale University ; obtained his M.D. at California at San Francisco , 1980. Steve made the decision to make meaningful contributions to society rather than settle into a comfortable private practice. He joined Highland Hospital , an inner city hospital in Oakland, California , where most are unable to afford proper health care, leading the fight to assure them health services. Steve was chosen “Physician of the Year” three years in a row. (Because of this, the rules were changed so no one could receive this honor consecutively.)
Steve refused to become a member of the A.M.A. preferring to join the Physicians for Social Responsibility. He is active in the Sierra Club, a practicing conservationist.
Married: Pennie, a nurse
Tod Michael Zipnick, Class of 1973
Graduated Adelphi University . Founder of ICOM Simulations Inc., a Chicago-based computer software company.
Considered a “visionary” in his field, he developed interactive computer games; his company was the first in the world to develop a process that used live actors for video games in “Sherlock Holmes, The Consulting Detective”
Tod gave to people. Example: helped a fellow Kennedy graduate start a computer firm in Manhattan ; gave another classmate a job in his company’s law firm; put the children of a financially distressed couple through college (M.I.T.) because he could not stand to see potential go to waste. While at Kennedy, he helped create the Bellmore-Merrick Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
The N.Y. Times: “a man of extraordinary warmth and generosity. His unique creativity and vision and boundless energy propelled him to great success and international acclaim in the computer software industry.”
Tod died July 5, 1991 from complications of Hodgkins disease, four months short of his 36th birthday.
George E. Manaskie, Class of 1973
Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis ,
1977. Selected by Admiral Hyman G. Rickover for the submarine nuclear propulsion program.
1978-1982 Served on the U.S.S. Tullibee
1982-1984 Headed Reactor Principles Division at Navy Nuclear Power School Orlando, Florida
1984-1987 Chief Engineer on U.S.S. Lafayette
1987-1989 Submarine assignment officer,Washington, D.C.
1991-1992 Naval War College . Selected President’s Honor Graduate for “outstanding academic, extracurricular and community achievements as well as poromotion of the Navy in the Public Interests.”
1992 Commanding Officer of U.S.S. Bergall Submarine
Married: Sue Fader (J.F.K. ’74)
2 children (son and daughter)
Madeline Donahoe’s career as an educator has been both diverse and enriching. She began her work as both a special education and mathematics teacher at Kennedy High School in 1988. Teaching primarily mathematics, Madeline quickly became regarded as an outstanding classroom teacher, influencing students across the spectrum, from those who struggled to those in advanced placement coursework. In 2002, Madeline was appointed chairperson of mathematics, a position she has held for the last twelve years. Her influence has been extensive, working with students, teachers and administrators to improve instruction and ensure that all students are given every opportunity to succeed.
An ardent supporter of the co-curricular program, Madeline was the advisor of the Kennedy yearbook, Forevergreen, from 1991-2002. Even after becoming a supervisor, she continued to volunteer her service as co-advisor of the Long Island Challenge (2006-2012) and continues to co-advise the annual Trivia Challenge event, which raises money for cerebral palsy.
The consummate professional and cheerleader for Kennedy students, Madeline is a member of the Senior Awards Committee, the Cougar Pride Selection Committee, the Site Based Team and assists with Class Night every year.
Her contributions to the students of Kennedy, as both a classroom teacher and as a chairperson of mathematics, has been well recognized. As a teacher, she was recipient of the “Teacher of the Year Award” (students) and BMUST Outstanding Professional Award (colleagues). Additionally, Madeline has been recognized by the Kennedy High School PTA twice, receiving both the PTA Lifetime Award and the PTA Distinguished Service Award
Madeline Donahoe is thanked for her commitment to the students and staff at Kennedy. As a teacher, supervisor, advisor and volunteer, she has been an incredible role model and deserves her placement on the Kennedy Cougar Nation Wall of Honor.
Judy Nicoll was a member of the “original” faculty at Kennedy High School, serving as a member of the Guidance staff from 1966-1994. She has been involved in the creation and establishment of so many traditions that are still active at both Kennedy High School and the Bellmore-Merrick community. In her twenty-seven year career at Kennedy, she has demonstrated her deep commitment to the students and families that she served.
Judy was a creator of the initial Bellmore-Merrick Cultural Arts Scholarship Program, which since the mid 1970’s has recognized the outstanding musical and artistic talents of our students district-wide. Additionally, Judy represented the BMCHSD on the initial BOCES Cultural Arts Committee. In 1992, Judy (along with Alan Fleischman) inaugurated the first JFK Hall of Fame, seeking to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of early Kennedy graduates. Her impact on these two programs serves as a basis to what continues to this day. Originally certified as a physical education and dance teacher, Judy served as the choreographer for many of the Kennedy musicals.
As an original member of the JFK Guidance staff, Judy ran the District College Fairs at Kennedy for twenty-four years and initiated the Junior College Planning Night for parents beginning in 1969.
Well recognized for her achievements in Kennedy High School, the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District and throughout the Long Island guidance community, Judy has been the recipient of the JFK Outstanding Professional Award (colleagues), the Bellmore-Merrick Board of Education-Community Service Award, the New York State Teachers Association Community Service Award, Nassau County Community Service Award, Town of Hempstead Community Service Award and the Bellmore-Merrick PTA Award.
Judy served on the Board of Directors of both the Long Island Personnel and Guidance Association and the New York State Personnel and Guidance Association.
As a counselor, club advisor, mentor and role model, Judy Nicoll is recognized for her commitment to the students of Kennedy and is deserving of her placement on the Kennedy Cougar Nation Wall of Honor.
Lt. Tony Giorgio
Class of 1978
A 1982 and 1985 graduate of C.W. Post College (B.F.A. /M.S. degrees), Lt. Tony Giorgio is the Commanding Officer of the N.Y.P.D. Ceremonial Unit. Under his leadership and direction, Lt. Giorgio is responsible for all of the police department’s special events, parades, promotion ceremonies, memorials and funerals.
-Graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy (Quantico, Virginia)
-Founder and Musical Director of NYPD Police Band
-President of N.Y.P.D. Running Club
-Licensed Funeral Director
- CEO Giorgio Associates, Inc.
-Accomplished Marathon/ Triathlon Runner
As one of the most recognized and respected officers of the New York City Police Department, Lt. Tony Giorgio has well served the City of New York and his colleagues in “Blue”. He is truly one of New York’s “Finest” and embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.
Class of 1978
A 1982 graduate of Cornell University, Terry Clark continued his education by earning a Master’s degree from New York University. Terry is a published author, nationwide speaker and one of the most respected educators in New York State. As the Superintendent of Schools for the Bethpage School District, he leads an award winning district with a student body of 3,000 and over 500 employees.
-Superintendent of Schools, Bethpage School District
-BOCES Educational Partner Award
-March of Dimes “Golden Apple Award”
-National Cable TV “Leaders in Learning Award”
- Nassau School Library System “Innovative Educator of the Year”
- First and Foremost- “A Teacher Terry Clark is a teacher, administrator, mentor and role model. As a twenty-nine year educator in Bethpage, he has proven to be a dynamic leader, and his success can be attributed to the rapport he has with students, teachers, parents, staff and administrators. As one whose commitment to education is seen in his every action and word, Terry Clark embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.
Steven H. Chassman
Class of 1988
A 1992 graduate of New York University, Steven Chassman continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a master’s degree in Social Work. He is the ultimate advocate to those individuals living with substance abuse issues, HIV/AIDS and mental health conditions.- Executive Director, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- NYS Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor
- HIV/AIDS Advocate
- Human Rights and Healthcare Advocate
Steve’s personal commitment to helping others and his dedication to providing to the welfare of those who strive to live with social, medical and substance abuse issues is exemplary. Steve’s continued effort to be the voice and advocate for the often forgotten and neglected embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.
Class of 1978
A 1981graduate of Brown University, Steven Baronoff continued his education by earning a Juris Doctor degree from Yale University Law School. A renowned leader in the banking/financial industry, Steven has distinguished himself as a major force in both corporate America and on Wall Street.
- Chairman of Global Mergers and Acquisitions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- Investment Banker/ Juris Doctor
Steven began his career at the prestigious law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, working in the field of investment banking. He eventually went to work for Merrill Lynch, where he now Chairs Global Mergers and Acquisitions. Steven has handled some of the biggest mergers in corporate America and was influential in helping to stabilize the American economy during the financial crisis in 2008. Steven is a recognized financial expert, a visiting lecturer and a philanthropist. His ability to lead, his keen financial sense and his strong work ethic are the basis of his success, and he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy
Stephen B. Cavayero
Class of 1976
A 1980 graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, Steve Cavayero went on to continue his education at UCLA (University of California Los Angeles). Steve has distinguished himself as an athlete, inventor, business executive and electronics distributor.
-Two-time NCAA Division III National Wrestling Champion
- Founder & President, Cavaco Sales, Inc.
- Founder & CEO, United Wireless Technologies, Inc.
- Founder & President, Lafayette Electronics, Inc.
Founder & President, iDVDBOX, Inc.
Steve’s pursuit of excellence on the wrestling mat and in the business world of electronics and technology, have taken him from the hallways of Kennedy to around the world. Steve has demonstrated that persistence, perseverance, innovation and a strong work ethic are the basis of success, and he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.
Dr. Harry J. Tsotsos
Class of 1982
A 1986 graduate of Stony Brook University, Harry Tsotsos then studied at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (’90) before completing his education at New York University Dental School (’93). As a Doctor of Dentistry, Harry has distinguished himself as a orthodontist, as a mentor to countless students and as a philanthropist.
- Practioner/ Owner of Wantagh Family Orthodontics
-Trustee of John F. Kennedy High School Alumni Association
-Mentor - JFK Senior Experience Program
-Participant in JFK Health Fairs
-Volunteer for Medical Missions
Harry’s commitment to volunteerism and to mentoring countless students from Kennedy High School will impact their lives forever. His selfless efforts on behalf of our alumni and his generosity of time, talent and spirit embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.
Dr. David Ryan Tener
Class of 2004
A 2008 graduate of New York University, David Tener continued his education at the Life University College of Chiropractic. As a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, David has distinguished himself as a professional, engaging in post-graduate training in clinical nutrition and Epidemiology. David continues to be regarded as one of Kennedy’s most celebrated student-athletes.
- Associate Doctor at The Goldberg Clinic for Chronic Disease Reversal
- JFK’s First All-County Athlete in Three Sports
- Two-time JFK “Athlete of the Year”
- Senior MVP in Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball
- “1000” Points – JFK Basketball
- News 12 Scholar-Athlete
As a student-athlete and as a professional, David has demonstrated that hard work and perseverance are the trademarks of success as he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.
Fern Berman Karhu
Class of 1971
Fern Berman Karhu attended Nassau Community College and San Diego State University. She is well recognized as one of Long Island’s top tier of women real estate leaders and business owners, founding a start-up company that now employs over 600 sales professionals and twelve offices in less than five years.
- Owner/Broker Realty Connect USA
- Senior Housing Advocate
- Radio Host (16 years) of “Seniors on the Move”
- Past President, Long Island Board of Realtors
-Long Island Business News “Top 50 Women in Business”
As a tireless advocate for senior housing, Fern has been a radio show host, noted lecturer and television analyst in this crucial area of real estate. Her advocacy and philanthropic endeavors embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.
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