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2012 Inductees - David Weiss, Steven Hunt, Alan Berkowsky, Larry Scott, Joan Littman Landry, Fred Cohen, Susan Katz Holland, 

Gary Morganstern, Robert Wigand, Allan FLeishman, Arthur Kempner, Ronald Steiger, Mark Meyerowitz, Matt Kuschner

 

 

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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Jan 18, 2013  NEWSDAY NEWSPAPER 

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JFK Hall of Fame Inductees

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

Married: Debra

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

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

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.

TERRENCE CLARK

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.

         

 

 

Steven Baronoff

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.

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION                                                                                                            March 7, 2015

 

 

 

Joseph Alagna

Class of 1982

After graduating Kennedy, Joseph Alagna attended the University of Miami and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from C.W. Post College of LIU. His career in the Securities Industry spans almost thirty years. Joe has distinguished himself as a successful business executive, entrepreneur, philanthropist and community volunteer.

-Founding Member, Chairman, CEO of Joseph Gunnar & Co.

-Founding Member, Co-Manager, Buttonwood Venture Capital Funds

-Franchisee/Owner, Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Restaurant

-Kennedy Football Alumni Booster

Joe’s pursuit of excellence on the football field and in the business world have taken him from the hallways at Kennedy to the center of Wall Street. His ability to lead, his keen financial sense, perseverance and strong work ethic are the basis of his success, and he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION                                                                                MAY 6, 2017

John F. Kennedy High School

HALL OF FAME

Dr. Craig Greben

Class of 1982

A 1986 graduate of Emory University, Craig Greben continued his education at New York Medical College. As an interventional radiologist, Craig has distinguished himself as a leader in his field, promoting advancements in interventional oncology that offers new treatment options for cancer patients.

  • -       System Chief, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Northwell Health
  • -       Associate Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
  • -       National and International Research Presentations
    • Craig has participated in research presentations on medical device inventions and advancements in interventional oncology that allows patients to utilize treatments that incorporate state of the art devices and equipment. Craig’s commitment to improving the lives of his patients through advancements in cancer treatment and his dedication to the healthcare profession is noteworthy indeed; his actions embody the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

    HALL OF FAME INDUCTION                                                                            MAY 6, 2017

    John F. Kennedy High School

    HALL OF FAME

    Thomas Buda

    Class of 1978

    A 1982 graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Thomas Buda has served his community, the City of New York and his country through his various roles in law enforcement and the military. His expertise in national security matters has enhanced his career in the New York City Police Department and the United States Navy Reserve, as he has led many missions and assignments pertaining to anti-terrorism.

    • -       NYPD Detective Second Grade (Retired)
    • -       NYPD/FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force
    • -       US Navy Reserve Chief Petty Officer (Retired)
    • -       Law Enforcement Liaison Officer at the United States Mission to the United Nations

      Thomas’ commitment to serving others and his dedication to providing for the personal welfare of the citizens of New York City and beyond is exemplary. He is truly one of New York’s “Finest” and he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

      HALL OF FAME INDUCTION                                                                              MAY 6, 2017

      John F. Kennedy High School

      HALL OF FAME

      Dr. Howard A. Riina

      Class of 1982

      A 1986 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Howard Riina  went on to continue his education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. As a neurologist, Howard has distinguished himself as a physician, medical school professor and hospital administrator.

      -Vice Chairman of Neurosurgery at NYU Langone Medical Center

      - Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology and Radiology at

      New York University School of Medicine

      -Noted medical author/ lecturer

      Howard is a cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgeon and leading expert in the treatment of aneurysms and vascular malformations of the brain and spine. He is one of the few internationally recognized neurosurgeons who perform both open-cerebrovascular neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology. Howard’s commitment to the field of medicine, his ability to lead and his strong work ethic are the basis of his success, and he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

      Hall of Fame Induction                                                                                               May 6, 2017 John F. Kennedy High School

      HALL OF FAME

      Dr. Jonathan A. Haas

      Class of 1984

      A 1988 graduate of Cornell University, Jonathan Haas went on to study at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, before pursuing a medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. As a renowned Radiation Oncologist, Jonathan has distinguished himself as a professional consistently recognized by Newsday and Castle Connolly as both a Long Island and Metro area “Top Doctor”.

      -Chief, Division of Radiation Oncology, Winthrop University Hospital

      • -        Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
      • -        Board of Directors, Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education

      -Medical Advisory Board, Fans for a Cure

      As Chief, Division of Radiation Oncology at Winthrop University Hospital, Jonathan has been in the forefront on research and advanced practices in the treatment of cancer, particularly the use of “CyberKnife Radiosurgery” for early stage breast cancer and prostate cancer. Jonathan’s commitment to the medical field and his dedication to health education embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

      HALL OF FAME INDUCTION                                                                             MAY 6, 2017

      John F. Kennedy High School

      HALL OF FAME

      Lyle Cogen

      Class of 1976

      A graduate of Long Island University- CW Post College, Lyle Cogen is an award-winning arts/educator, singer-songwriter, recording artist, theater performer and anti-bullying advocate. Lyle’s critically-acclaimed musical play about bullying, “Sticks and Stones”, launched her into the front lines of national efforts to curtail bullying and cyber-bullying.

      • -       President, Pint Size Productions
      • -       Commissioned playwright and performing artist in “Sticks and Stones”
      • -       Four-time winner of Parent’s Choice Award

      -Teaching artist affiliated with Tilles Center for Performing Arts

      -Publisher, songwriter and executive producer at MalZac Music

      -Cultural Partner with Suffolk BOCES

      Lyle’s personal commitment to helping others and her dedication to providing to the welfare of others who are victims of bullying and cyber-bullying is exemplary. Lyle’s continued effort to be the voice and advocate for the often forgotten and neglected embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

      HALL OF FAME INDUCTION                                                                                May 6, 2017

      John F. Kennedy High School

      HALL OF FAME

      Dr. Mark R. Proctor

      Class of 1982

      A 1986 graduate of Dartmouth College, Mark Proctor went on to continue his education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. As a pediatric neurologist, Mark has distinguished himself as a leading physician internationally, performing minimally invasive endoscopic corrections of craniofacial disorders.

      • -        Neurosurgeon -in- Chief, Boston Children’s Hospital
      • -        Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
      • -        President, New England Neurosurgery Society
      • -        Past Chairman, Thinkfirst National Injury Prevention Foundation
      • -        Noted medical author/ lecturer

      Mark’s specialties include brain injury, brain and spinal trauma, concussions, craniofacial anomalies and disorders and head and spine injury. Mark’s commitment to improving healthcare and the lives of his patients have built his reputation as an advocate, expert, leader and educator; his actions embody the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

      HALL OF FAME INDUCTION                                                                              MAY 6, 2017

      John F. Kennedy High School

      HALL OF FAME

      Dr. Merrick Wetzler

      Class of 1978

      A 1982 graduate of Yale University, Merrick Wetzler continued his studies at Temple University School of Medicine. He is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, who has distinguished himself as an athlete, surgeon, team physician, medical chairman and distinguished presenter.

      • -       President, Advocare South Jersey Orthopedic Associates
      • -       Medical Chairman, Maccabiah USA
      • -       Team Doctor, International Maccabiah Games
      • -       Team Doctor, European Maccabiah Games
      • -       Team Doctor, Pan American Maccabiah Games
      • -       Associate Editor, Journal of Arthroscopy
      • -       Chief Medical Officer, Chinese Arena Football League

      Merrick’s pursuit of excellence and love of sports have taken him from the athletic arena of Kennedy to working with top athletes from around our country to around the world. Merrick has demonstrated that persistence, perseverance and a strong work ethic are the basis of success, and he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

      HALL OF FAME INDUCTION                                                                                May 6, 2017

      John F. Kennedy High School

      HALL OF FAME

      Michael Greenberg

      Class of 2003

      A 2007 graduate of the Cornell University, Michael Greenberg continued his education at Hofstra University School of Law. An avid sports fan, a scholar athlete and the Research Editor of Hofstra Law Review, Michael went on to become the youngest Director of Football Administration in the National Football League.

      • -       Director of Football Administration, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      • -       Football Administrative Intern, New York Jets
      • -       Law Clerk, NFL Management Council
      • -       Newsday Nassau County Scholar Athlete

      Mike’s pursuit of excellence as three sport athlete and as a student leader has taken him from the hallways and athletic arena of Kennedy to the front office in the National Football League. Mike has demonstrated that persistence, perseverance and a strong work ethic are the basis of success and he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

      HALL OF FAME INDUCTION                                                                              MAY 6, 2017

      John F. Kennedy High School

      HALL OF FAME

      Richie Jackson

      Class of 1983

      A 1987 graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Richie Jackson is well recognized in the entertainment industry as a talent manager, television, movie and Broadway producer. Through his generosity, Richie has endowed the “Richie Jackson Artist Fellowship at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts”.

        • -       Executive Producer, Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” (Television)
        • -       Co-Executive Producer, “Short Bus” (Film)
        • -       Producer, “A Catered Affair” (Broadway)

        A tireless advocate for the LGBTQ community, Richie has been honored for his efforts in providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ youths. An ardent supporter of the LIVE OUT LOUD Homecoming Project, Richie’s endeavors embody the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

        HALL OF FAME INDUCTION                                                                             MAY 6, 2017

        John F. Kennedy High School

        HALL OF FAME

        STEVEN LUTVAK

        Class of 1976

        A 1980 graduate of Binghamton University, Steven Lutvak continued his education at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. A highly successful Broadway show writer, producer and musical consultant, Steven’s credits are both extensive and varied.

        - Composer/Co-Lyricist, “A Gentleman Guide to Love and Murder”

        -Recipient of Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Awards for Best Musical

        -Composer/Lyricist, “Mad Hot Ballroom”

        - Two Solo Albums: The Time It Takes, Ahead of My Heart

        -Faculty, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theater Writing

        A multi-talented creative artist, a recognized leader in the Broadway community and a mentor to aspiring composers and musicians, Steven Lutvak has gone from the Choral room at Kennedy to the big stage in the Big Apple; his work and passion embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

        HALL OF FAME INDUCTION                                                                              MAY 6, 2017 John F. Kennedy High School

        HALL OF FAME

        Wayne Levinson

        Class of 2006

        A 2010 graduate of the University of Indiana’s Kelley School of Business, Wayne Levinson earned a dual degree in Accounting and Supply Chain Management with a minor in Public Policy. With his business and logistics background, Wayne founded his own company, Bulk FR8, specializing in the transportation of bulk liquids and chemicals.

        -Owner/ President, Bulk FR8

        -Seattle Business and Humanitarian of the Year (2015)

        -Pugent Sound Business Journal, Top 25 LBGT Owned Business

        -Pugent Sound Journal, Top 40 Under 40

        -Vice-President, Pacific Northwest Chemical Association

        -Volunteer, Northwest Art Alliance

        Wayne is widely regarded as a steward of the industry and of LGBT rights. As a business owner, dynamic leader in his field and for his relentless efforts and contributions to the LGBT equality efforts, Wayne has clearly demonstrated that he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

        HALL OF FAME INDUCTION                                                                             MAY 6, 2017

        COUGAR NATION WALL OF HONOR INDUCTEE

        Greg Maushart

        Greg Maushart was a member of the “original” faculty at Kennedy High School, serving as a member of the physical education staff from 1966-1992. He began his career in Bellmore-Merrick in 1960, being first assigned to Grand Avenue Junior High School, coaching numerous sports, including football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse and track.

        When Kennedy High School opened its doors, Coach Maushart was assigned to the staff and became Kennedy’s first football coach, a position he held for over twenty years. He led the Cougar Football Squad to their first (and only) undefeated football season in 1973, earning him “Coach of the Year” honors. Additionally, Coach Maushart coached the Varsity Lacrosse and Track teams.

        Coach Greg Maushart’s influence on the students at Kennedy High School went far beyond the gymnasium and beyond the school day. As a teacher, coach and role model, Greg Maushart is recognized for his commitment to the students and student-athletes of Kennedy and is deserving of his placement on the Cougar Nation Wall of Honor.

        COUGAR NATION WALL OF HONOR

        SHULA HIRSCH

        Shula Hirsch began her teaching career at Kennedy High School in 1966 as an original member of the English Department, teaching grade level courses, Public Speaking and Jewish Literature. In her twenty years at JFK, Shula demonstrated a deep commitment to the students and families of South Bellmore and Merrick.

        As a founding member and long- time advisor to the JFK Speech and Debate team, Shula spent long hours well beyond the school day working with students to improve their skills in the art in debate, carefully preparing them for competitions on the local, county and state level. Under Shula’s tutorage, the JFK Speech and Debate team performed at a high level, winning numerous competitions and tournaments. Shula’s influence on the students in her classroom and on her Speech and Debate team was far reaching; so many of them have and still keep in touch with her.

        An accomplished writer, Shula is a published author of “An American Housewife in Israel” and co-author of “Off the Mat”. She has appeared on radio and television shows throughout the United States and has authored numerous magazine articles. Shula also taught on-line Public Speaking classes to soldiers who were stationed abroad.

        Shula Hirsch is thanked for her commitment to the students at Kennedy. As a teacher, advisor, mentor and role model, she is well-deserving of her placement on the Kennedy Cougar Nation Wall of Honor.

          

         

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