Induction ceremony - September 24, 2010 @ 6:15 PM
Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Bonafede
Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Bonafede graduated from Gates Chili High School in 1984 as class salutatorian. He is a speechwriter for Headquarters, U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon, Washington, DC, writing speeches, congressional testimony, publications, and correspondence for the Air Force (AF) Secretary, Under Secretary, and Chief of Staff. Colonel Bonafede earned his commission in 1988 from the AF Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 365, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating with degrees in both Aeronautical Engineering and Humanities (with a focus on English literature). He improved reliability and maintainability of B-1B bombers as a Strategic Air Command aeronautical engineer during his first tour of duty. He also wrote two 80-page award submissions for the 96th Bombardment Wing that won Best in 15th Air Force for 1989 and Best in Strategic Air Command for 1990. Colonel Bonafede also taught English at the US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, following his graduate studies. He served as assistant director of the Academy’s speech and debate club, mentoring them to their standing as the 9th-highest ranking team in the nation. In 1997, he was promoted to the academic rank of Assistant Professor of English. He then served as a technical intelligence analyst at the National Air Intelligence Center in Dayton, Ohio, where he co-directed a foreign materiel exploitation program and evaluated threats posed by MiGs and other foreign aircraft. Next, Colonel Bonafede served as a division chief in the Squadron Officer College’s Directorate of Education and Curriculum, where he updated Air University’s military education for the post-9/11 era. Colonel Bonafede also held positions at the AF Research Laboratory, AF Materiel Command, and National Defense University. He is married to Irja Bonafede and has two sons, Leo and Dean. His advice to students of GC is to make the most of the opportunities at Gates Chili because these experiences will lead directly to your success. He also encourages students to serve others because “in the long run, what they do for other people will mean more to themselves, to those they serve, and indeed to our society.”
MR. PHIL CAMMILLERI
Mr. Phil Cammilleri is a 1978 graduate of Gates Chili High School. He is the owner and operator of Rick’s Prime Rib House on Buffalo Road, since May 2006. Mr. Cammilleri works with his wife Stacy, who is also a Gates Chili graduate. Being an owner of a family business in your own home town is like a dream come for Mr. Cammilleri. Prior to owning Rick’s Prime Rib, Mr. Cammilleri obtained his Associates Degree from Genesee Community College in Business Management. He then worked for Marriott Management for twenty years, where he gained a great deal of experience that he later applied toward his job at Unity Health Systems in catering and the cafeteria (five years). He used his knowledge from Unity to help him in his later occupation with Finger Lakes Regional Health for the next five years and returned to Rochester where he worked for The Health Association for another five years. His responsibilities were mainly targeted at Main Quest Treatment Center, which is an 84 bed inpatient and 350 person outpatient treatment center. Mr. Cammilleri truly enjoyed working with patients with addictive habits and notes how a major part of recovery is eating habits. He then worked at various hospitals and nursing homes as a field specialist for Marriot Management Services for the last three years before purchasing Rick’s Prime Rib. Mr. Cammilleri also worked on the Gates Soccer Board as head coach for two years, where he trained and supplied teams with qualified coaches. He also was a referee for Modified and Junior Varsity Games in Monroe County and has coached for Gates Soccer for over twenty years. He also works directly with Gates Lions Club and Gates Public Library, supplies food for Hope Hall lunches, and has held numerous events for Gates Chili Central Schools such as retirement parties and sports banquets. Mr. Phil Cammilleri has two children, Gino and Bianca, who are also students at Gates Chili High School. He believes that students at Gates Chili should be thankful for and always remember their roots. As an alumnus of Gates Chili, he believes students should be thankful for having their start at GC because it helps make them who they are and they need to always remember the great traditions GC has to offer.
MR. PETER FEOLA
Mr. Peter Feola is a 1988 graduate of Gates Chili High School. He owns Blue Line Sportswear and officiates hockey games at various levels ranging from high school, college, professional, and international. He has achieved some very honorable accomplishments in the sport of ice hockey, as both a player and an ice official. Due to these great achievements, Mr. Feola has been able to travel worldwide and participate in one of his greatest life’s passion: hockey. Most recently, he achieved his highest pinnacle when he was selected to represent USA Hockey in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. He was the only American amateur official who was selected working with the six other NHL officials from the US. During the Olympics, he worked one quarter of the final game between Sweden and Slovakia and was also assigned as the back-up linesman for the Gold Medal game between the US and Canada. In previous years, Mr. Feola played hockey for the Rochester Jr. Amerks and attended MCC. In 1989, he was voted team captain and helped the team earn a spot in the Jr. B National Tournament. He also played for a Junior A team in Buffalo called the Niagara Scenics while attending Erie Community College. In 1991, he began his college career at Division III Elmira College where he was a four year varsity player on a team that went to the NCAA tournament all four years. He was a member of the 100 point club and left the school in the top thirty all-time scorers. In 1994, he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Mr. Feola played professional hockey in the Colonial Hockey League where he was a member of the Utica Blizzards and the Muskegon Fury. In 1996, Mr. Feola began officiating games at various high school and was accepted into the USA Hockey Referee Development. He was also accepted into the ECAC and SUNYAC conferences where he officiated college hockey games. In 1999, he was invited to work in the American Hockey League as a linesman and in 2002, he was selected by USA Hockey to work Olympic exhibition games in Utah. He also officiated the World Championships in the Czech Republic in 2004 and the semi-final game between Canada and Russia in Austria in 2005. Mr. Feola continued to work the World Championships in Russia and Canada in 2007-08 and continued to work at NCAA games. He is married to Maeve and has three children, Nolan, Mia, and Jack. Mr. Feola states that he would not trade his days at Gates Chili for anything. He advises students to give their very best effort to everything they do and in return, they will then earn people’s respect.
Joanne (Brugnoni) Cavallaro
Joanne Cavallaro is a 1977 graduate of Gates Chili High School. She is the office manager of two medical practices; Cenegenics Medical Institute and D.O. Concierge Medicine, P.L.L.C. in Pittsford, NY. She handles the marketing and advertising for the medical practices, as well as counsels patients on nutrition and provides manuals and technical information in following a low-glycemic diet. She also does consulting work that includes writing and graphics for her own business, Cavallaro Connections. While in high school, Ms. Cavallaro enrolled in Commercial Art at WeMoCo and received her NYS Certificate for Commercial Art. She then went on to attend Mohawk Community College for Graphic Careers and later completed a year at Nazareth College. She became a graphic artist for a local printing company in Rochester and then became the Art Director for Monroe Litho. She continued on her own by opening a Desktop Publishing Company called Typo-Graphics. This was the first agency in Rochester to purchase personal Macintosh Computers to run image setters manufactured by Linotype. When Typo-Graphics closed in 1997, Ms. Cavallaro took a job with a The DeWolff Partnership Architects and then became the Director of Publications for Monroe County. She received many awards from The International Association of Printing House for all of her work. Then, in 2003, Ms. Cavallaro also designed and built a small coffee shop called TiAmo Café and Bakery in Honeoye Falls, NY, which she and her husband operated until 2008. She also has participated in many local stage productions, including lead roles in The Penfield Community Players and Rochester Club Restaurant. Ms. Cavallaro also volunteers for Meals on Wheels and Drop Everything and Read Elementary Programs. She is married to Dr. Charles Cavallaro (Gates Chili Graduate 1978 and Gates Chili Hall of Fame Inductee 2010) and has four children. Ms. Cavallaro attributes Gates Chili with the ability to open up her mind to all the possibilities that are available to us. She encourages students to take advantage of everything that Gates Chili has to offer and to immerse themselves in the arts, sciences, and technology. She states, “Life is not a spectator sport, but it certainly is a spectator sport! We all can excel at it!!”
William “Billy” Finnerty is a graduate of Gates Chili Class of 1982. He is a police officer in the tactical unit with the Rochester Police Department. Mr. Finnerty has obtained numerous awards as a police officer including 2008 Officer of the Month, the 2009 Rotary Henry Jensen Memorial and Excellent Police Service Awards. Mr. Finnerty helped develop a plan for the indoor and outdoor drug market in Southwest Rochester (February 2008, December 2007, October 2001). He also created a “Snack Shop” at his unit beginning in April 2008 with 100% of the proceeds going to charity. To date, he has raised over $3,000 for an orphan school building project in Katali, Kenya, through IGM (Independent Gospel Missions) selling these snacks. Mr. Finnerty received his AAS Degree at AirForce Community College in Aircraft Maintenance and his BS Degree at Baptist Bible College in Missions. He is also a Missions Pastor at Open Door Baptist Church. He is been able to successfully and uniquely blend both careers; police officer and pastor. Having a passion for providing vehicles for men in the Philippines, India, and Africa, Mr. Finnerty has raised more funds for several bicycles and motorcycles since 2006. He personally purchased a motorcycle on a trip to India for a local pastor in Vyauada, India. He has also raised funds for an additional ten motorcycles through the Open Door Baptist Church. He traveled to Kenya in January 2010 to help local pastors and missionaries there. Mr. Finnerty has continued to raise funds for Orphan Children and provide school uniforms, shoes, books and has raised $9000 this year, with the generous help of the people at Open Door Baptist Church. He also travels to small churches inside and outside of the US to assess financial and material matters of people in need. He is married to Diane “Contant” Finnerty, Gates Chili Class of 1981 and has two sons, Greg and Trevor (GC graduates) and one daughter, Meghan, who also attends Gates Chili. Mr. Finnerty states that his years at Gates Chili helped to set the groundwork for achieving many of his goals within the past 28 years. He chose to reside in Chili, became a Pastor in Chili, and continues to attribute Gates Chili with his many accomplishments.
LOUIS GRAMMATICO (Lou Gramm)
Louis Grammatico, also known as Lou Gramm, is a 1968 graduate of Gates Chili High School. Lou Gramm and his brothers, Ben and Richard, and friends, Don Mancuso and Andy Knoll, formed the current lineup of the Lou Gramm Band (LGB). The band plays Gramm’s work with Foreigner, his solo material, their own personal favorites, and Christian rock. On June 2, 2009, they released an all-Christian rock album and also continue to tour. Mr. Gramm is an alumnus of Monroe Community College where he received his Associates Degree. He began his musical career in his mid-teens, playing in local Rochester bands, including St. James Infirmary, The Infirmary, and PHFFT, Poor Heart, and Black Sheep, which was the first American band to sign with the Chrysalis label releasing their first single, “Stick Around” in 1973. Black Sheep then signed with Capitol Records and became the opening act for KISS. Mr. Gramm then joined the band Trigger with Mick Jones and later it was renamed Foreigner. He was the lead vocalist on many of Foreigner’s hit songs, including “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Urgent,” “Double Vision,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Head Games,” “Break It Up,” “Dirty White Boy,” and “Say You Will.” He co-wrote most of the songs for the band, which achieved two of its biggest hits with the ballads, “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” which spent ten weeks as #2 on the 1981-1982 American Hot 100, and “I Want to Know What Love Is,” which was a #1 hit internationally in 1985. In 1987, Lou Gramm released his first solo album, Ready or Not, which contained a top five hit single, “Midnight Blue.” Foreigner continued to release songs like “Say You Will” in 1987 and “I Don’t Want to Live Without You” in 1988. Gramm continued to work on and off with Foreigner until 2002, when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor called craniopharyngioma. The tumor was benign but the resulting surgery damaged his pituitary gland and affected his stamina and voice. Gradually, Mr. Gramm’s health and energy have rebounded and the Lou Gramm band has been touring the US, Canada, and Mexico steadily since January 2004. Mr. Gramm believes he is at the point in his life where he can really enjoy the result of his many years of hard work. He states that Gates Chili was and is a quality high school. He feels fortunate to have attended a school of Gates Chili’s caliber. His advice to the students of Gates Chili is to “…always keep your dreams in focus; it starts with a good education.”
DR. CHUCK CAVALLARO
Dr. Chuck Cavallaro is a 1978 graduate of Gates Chili High School. He is attending physician in the Emergency Department for Via Health at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, NY, as well as for Nicolas Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, NY. Dr. Cavallaro is also the President/Owner of D.O. Concierge Medicine (his own private practice) and a Physician Affiliate with Cenegenics Medical Institute (Wellness/Anti-Aging Institute). After graduation from Gates Chili, Dr. Cavallaro graduated from Niagara University with his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 1982. He continued on with his education at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine receiving his doctorate in 1988. Dr. Cavallaro completed his Rotating Internship at Metropolitan Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, from 1988-1989, and his Residency in Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY, from 1989-1991. Dr. Cavallaro received special training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support, and is an instructor in both these areas. He also has training in Armed Forces Combat Casualty Care, acts as Medical Director for Mercy Flight Central, Medical Director for Mt. Morris Town Ambulance, Adjunct Professor in the Physical Assistant Program at RIT, Life Member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the US, serves on the Advisory Board for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and serves on the Regional Council for Monroe/Livingston Regional Emergency Medical Service. Dr. Cavallaro’s military experience includes the US Navy Reserves where he was Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Corps. He received Honorable Discharge and various awards such as the National Defense Medal. Dr. Cavallaro was most recently honored by the Italian American Law Enforcement Organization (ITALEO) for providing “life saving actions” regarding Officer Anthony DiPonzio. Dr. Cavallaro comments on his years at Gates Chili by saying, “The older I get, the more I realize what a positive impact the teachers at Gates Chili made in my life.”
Dr. Judy Nguyen
Dr Judy Nguyen graduated from Gates Chili High School in 1985. She is an anesthesiologist with Fair Oaks Anesthesia Associates in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Nguyen provides MAC anesthesia for EGD and colonoscopy patients at the Gastroenterology Center in Virginia, Reston, and carries out self-performance and CRNA supervision of anesthesia for ambulatory and in-patient cases at Fair Oaks Hospital. Many of her patient cases include pediatrics, orthopedics, bariatric, and urology. She received her professional medical license in 1998 from the Diplomat of American Board of Anesthesiology. She also received her current ACLS and PALS certification from the Medical Board of Licensure in Virginia, Maryland, and California. Dr. Nguyen graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1989 from Cornell University. She continued her education at Harvard Medical School where she received her Doctorate of Medicine in 1993. Her Medicine Internship was completed at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore in 1994 and her Anesthesiology Residency was completed at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1997. Dr. Nguyen continued gaining experience as an associate with Anesthesia Associates at St. Agnes Hospital in Maryland (1998-2000) and Northern Virginia Anesthesia Associates in Virginia (2000-2001). She also became partner in the Comprehensive Pain and Anesthesia Services in Tacoma Park, MD (2001-2006). Dr. Nguyen’s accomplishments since graduating from Gates Chili in 1985 are numerous. She received the Jane Brody Scholarship and was a Merrill Presidential Scholar (Cornell) and received the Virginia Linnane Scholarship (Harvard) for academic excellence, as well as achieving Dean’s list all semesters while in college. Dr. Nguyen was a counselor, resident advisor, teaching assistant, pre-medical advisor, and exceptional student throughout her educational career. Currently, Dr. Nguyen volunteers for medical missions with Operation Smile. She has completed 8 missions around the world including Vietnam, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, and Honduras. She provides anesthesia pro bono for surgical repair of kids born with cleft lips and palates. She spends 8-14 days in the operating room each day for one week and has helped more than 120 children around the world to smile! Dr. Nyugen believes she had a great educational experience at Gates Chili because the school offered so many courses that prepared her to do well for college and life. She believes GC is a true example of a public education experience. Her advice to the students of GC is, “It is what you put in your studies that will carry you far. Try your best and be your own strongest competitor.”