Karen DiMarco is a 1980 graduate of Gates Chili High School. She is currently a Senior Account Manager for Fortune 100 Company: Motorola, Inc. While a student at Gates Chili, Karen received the Ethel Fuss Award twice for outstanding female athlete. She was a four-year starter for Varsity Soccer, Basketball, and Softball and a two-year starter for Varsity Volleyball. Ms. DiMarco was a member of the Section V Softball Champion in 1977 and 1978 with the highest Gates Chili Girls’ Career Batting Average. She also was a member of the Section V Soccer Champion in 1977. In 1979, Ms. DiMarco was chosen as the High School All American Student Athlete. She was selected twice for All County Softball, selected twice for All County Soccer, two-time Team MVP in Softball, and two-time Team MVP in Soccer. Ms. DiMarco graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1984 with a BS in Physical Education with coaching concentration and a minor in journalism. While in college, she was a four year starter on Division I team, made All Conference Selection in 1982 and 1983, and was All American Center Midfielder in 1983. In 1980, she was part of the National Champions ECAC which was the highest level of women’s soccer before NCAA involvement began. Ms. DiMarco also played at the Empire State Games in 1978 winning 6 gold medals and 4 silver medals where she was a starter on every team. After graduation, she coached JV Soccer at Greece Arcadia from 1984-1985, Varsity Soccer at Churchville Chili from 1986-1987, and Varsity Soccer at Spencerport from 1988-1989. Ms. DiMarco has volunteered a great deal for Penfield Recreational Soccer from 2004-2005 and Penfield Travel Soccer from 2006-2009. She also volunteers with hospice care at Shepherd Home in Penfield. She is also a David Sandler Training Sales Graduate, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and Ken Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer. Ms. DiMarco is the proud parent of one daughter, Carly, who is following in her mother’s footsteps as a soccer player in Penfield. She states, “My experience at Gates Chili was incredible. I learned how to become independent and responsible. I was in an environment which enabled me to thrive both academically and through athletics.”
DR. LAWRENCE J. EMRICH (deceased)
Dr. Lawrence Emrich graduated from Gates Chili in 1973. He then attended Niagara University where he received his BS degree in Mathematics in graduating Summa Cum Laude in May 1977. He also minored in Biology. He then received his MS degree in Statistical Science in September 1978 from SUNY Buffalo. He continued to receive his Ph.D. degree in Statistical Science from SUNY Buffalo in June 1983. Dr. Emrich worked as a Cancer Research Scientist (Biostatistician) in the Dept. of Biomathematics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, where he was head of the Statistical Consulting Laboratory and Statistical Computing Laboratory. He was a major contributor to the early research of a drug used to treat relapsing multiple sclerosis. As a result of his research, the drug AVONEX was developed and is the most widely prescribed drug for relapsing MS. Dr. Emrich was recognized posthumously at the Multiple Sclerosis Symposium in San Francisco, CA, in October 1994 for his wonderful contributions to MS research. Dr. Emrich authored and co-authored eighty-seven publications, and gave six invited presentations. Dr. Emrich’s accomplishments are impressive for a scientific career of 30-40 years, but his achievements took him less than 10 years. Dr. Emrich was married to his wife Olivia. He died on June 23, 1990, after a five-year battle with Hodgkin’s disease. In 1992, the Lawrence Emrich Scholarship was established at Niagara University in his memory.
Lynn Fulmore (formerly Lynn Nash Lindell) is a graduate of Gates Chili Class of 1990. She is the founder and Master Instructor of EPIC Trainings: Emergency Preparedness Instruction and Certifications. EPIC is a full service Health, Safety, and Wellness Training Center offering classes for adults, seniors, children, professionals and lay responders in CPR, First Aid, babysitter’s training, coach safety, Internet safety, OSHA training, and self-defense. Ms. Fulmore is a paramedic and Nationally Certified Master Instructor of CPR/First Aid, making it her life’s mission to teach as many people as possible the importance of life-saving skills. She graduated from St. John Fisher College with a BS in Business Management in 1994. She began her business in 2006 while home recovering from cancer. EPIC serves clients throughout Monroe and Genesee County, instructs fourteen school districts in Western New York (including GCSD through GC Continuing Education), and many industrial companies such as Delphi and GM. She has also created strong partnerships with companies such as Lifetime Assistance and BOCES. Ms. Fulmore conducts a variety of professional development seminars and her lists of accomplishments are many. She was declared a “2009 Business Woman to Watch” by the Democrat and Chronicle and HER magazine. In 2011, she made the Greater Rochester list of 40 under 40 African American Leaders and was elected to the Churchville Chili Board of Education as the first person of color. Ms. Fulmore lives in Chili with her husband and two children. She volunteers for Chili Parks and Recreation, Chili Emergency Preparedness, Ronald McDonald House, Flower City Downs Syndrome, and Gilda’s Club of Rochester. Ms. Fulmore states, “High School was certainly where my foundations began! I was encouraged and challenged to be my best, but most importantly prepared for the next step-college! Encourage current students to get involved in their own education. Know that your teachers, counselors, and administrators are some of your best resources- use them!”
Kevin Sura is a 1979 graduate of Gates Chili High School. Prior to and since his graduation from Gates Chili, he has devoted much of his time to public service and the Gates community. He also received his Associates Degree in Business Administration and became a Certified Telecommunications Project Manager. In March 1977, he joined Gates Volunteer Ambulance and worked his way through the ranks of dispatcher, medic, and driver. In 1979, he also joined the Gates Chili Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as Fire Chief. In 1986, he was employed by the Monroe County 911 Communications Center and instructed, over the telephone, a citizen in how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on her seven-year-old child who survived. Mr. Sura was the recipient of the FW Conway Award in 2005. This is the highest award given by the volunteer ambulance organization for outstanding service and dedication. He is still active in Gates Volunteer Ambulance by serving on the Board of Directors as the President of the organization. He is also a two time recipient of the Firefighter of the Year Award and in 1996, was also elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the YMCA. During his ten years on the board at the YMCA, he served as Chairman of the Board for six years and oversaw the building of the Gates Chili YMCA child care facility and then the Westside Family YMCA full service. Mr. Sura has also received numerous awards such as the Red Cross Life Saving Award. He believes that his years at Gates Chili definitely guided him down a path that has been beneficial to his career but also as a person. He also believes that the teachers and counselors at Gates Chili were always there to give advice and guidance. His advice to students is to, “Learn what they are teaching, teach what they have learned and apply themselves in a manner that everyone can be proud of.”
Scott Mahnke is a graduate of Gates Chili Class of 1985. Upon his graduation from high school, Scott went on to graduate from Monroe Community College in 1988 with and Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1989. As a reservist, he was activated for Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom I, and Iraqi Freedom II. In 1993, Scott graduated from the New York State Police Academy and has been a State Trooper since then. He has received numerous commendations and awards from both the Marine Corps and the New York State Police. Mr. Mahnke received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the National Defense Award. He has also been awarded two Air Medals, Combat Aircrew Wings, two –time National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and Iraqi Campaign Medal. He is currently serving as the Senior Most Staff Non-Commissioned Officer for the Reserve Component Military Police Detachment at Marine Corps Air Station Camp in Pendleton, CA. as Provost Sergeant. He is directly responsible for the training and mission ready capability of 30 Military Police Officers. In 2006, he was Awarded New York State Conspicuous Service Medal and in 2005, he received the Superintendent of State Police Certificate of Appreciation regarding Outstanding Example of Sacrifice. In 2003, he received the New York State Senate Certificate of Appreciation. He also served at Ground Zero in New York City for nine weeks after September 11, 2001, in support of War on Terrorism. From 2007 – present, he is one of eight members assigned to Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit as a Certified Commercial Vehicle Inspector. Mr. Mahnke is married to Alicia Baker (Gates Chili Class of 1990) and has four children ranging from ages four to eleven. He is a Senior High Youth Group Leader and Sunday school teacher for United Methodist Church of Livonia. He is also an assistant for the Livonia Lacrosse and Soccer Programs and has participated in the NYS Police Summer Camp Programs for underprivileged children. In regards to Gates Chili, Mr. Mahnke states that he, “...loved being in school. I wasn’t a ‘jock’ or a ‘brain’ or ‘geek,’ I was all of them. We all got along. It felt like family… the teachers at Gates were there to help me with more than just academics; they cared about what we were into and how we turned out. Everything that I have accomplished in my private and professional life is a direct result of the guidance and instruction of my parents and teachers from Gates Chili. What I learned from my teachers was priceless. Both current and future students need to know that life doesn’t stop after they graduate. It begins. When I think of the Gates Chili Hall of Fame, I don’t see me. I’m a husband, dad, police officer and a Marine, but mostly just a kid from Gates who was brought up the right way. I’m proud to have been a Spartan and I’m glad to have the opportunity to tell you that.”