(click the year for full bios)
Hall of Fame Nomination form
Keith Barrack, Class of 1991:
Serves as Chief of Staff to the President of Montclair State University; Member of the 1989 SWMHS Odyssey of the Mind World Champions; Served as Assistant Council to 3 sitting Governors; Named as a Top 40 Lawyer in NJ under the age of 40 & a Rising Star in the Legal Profession; Married to Whitney Tennant
Mary Barna Bridgeman, Class of 2000:
Married to Patrick, mother of Grace & Ava; Graduated with high honors from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University; Licensed pharmacist & currently Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice & Administration Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University; Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist & Certified Geriatric Pharmacist; Published author of numerous peer-review articles & book chapters on drug therapy management, as well as co-author of a monthly over-the-counter medication case column in the journal, Pharmacy Times
Gerald T. Carney, Class of1968:
Broke the H.S. "National " Hurdle Relay Record, NY Relays Intermediate Champion, No. Eastern States High Hurdle Champion & State Low Hurdle Champion; Atlantic Coast Conference High Hurdle Champion while at the University of Maryland; As a Sayreville HS Coach-Girls set a NJ State Record in the Hurdle Relay, 2 Central Jersey State Championship Teams, County Record for consecutive victories-54in XC; Coached Elite State athletes in a variety of individual events-including "Hurdles, Jumps, Sprints, & Distance"; Coached 2 National Championship Relay Teams as a Division 3 Collegiate Head Coach
Kofi B. Genfi, Class of 2007:
Graduate of Rutgers University, School of Engineering; Brother of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated; Real Estate Investor; Writer/Co-Director of short film, The King Has Fallen; Motivational Speaker & Spoken Word Artist
Christian Rizzo, Class of 1991:
Devoted Father; Major in the Marine Corps(Retired); Harrier Attack Pilot; Special Operations-JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller); Patriot
Karen Sissick, Class of 1988:
My children, Andrea & Matthew, are my greatest achievement; Coaching my Cheerleading teams at the Nationals in 2012 & 2013; Passing the CPA Exam in 1993 & receiving my CPA license in 1995; Returning to SWMHS to speak to the Accounting Classes through the NJSCPA " Pay It Forward" Program to inspire students to pursue a career in accounting; Having a positive influence on the community through my involvement in various youth sports organizations
Robert Crowe, Class of 1982:
Served 28 Years in the US Navy; Achieved Rank of Captain, USN; Awarded Legion of Merit Medal; 29th Commanding Officer of Supervisor of Ship Building, Bath, Maine; Oversaw production & delivery of 16 Warships to the US Navy
Michael Janela, Class of 2003:
Nationally televised guest appearances on Today, Good Morning America, & Jeopardy; Digital videos & articles viewed & read over a million times; Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University's top-ranked Journalism School; Hired by NBC Sports for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy; Visited 31 countries & 44 states as of this induction
Christina Olender, Class of 1981:
CEO/Treasurer of the Parlin DuPont Employees Federal Credit Union; New Jersey Credit Union League-Board of Directors/Board Secretary; Sayreville Chamber of Commerce-Business Leader of the Year 2007; Founder-Santa Fe Neighborhood Civic Association, Burlington, NJ; Bachelor of Science Degree from Georgian Court College
Michael Thompson, Class of1986:
Father of two of the greatest kids in the world; Production Manager & Front of the House Mix Engineer for Heavy Metal Rock Band, DOWN; Band DOWN voted Number 1 on the 12 greatest heavy metal & hard rock supergroups of the modern era, January 2015; Former Skid Row Band Recording Engineer; Worked with many top artists in the music field while employed at The Hit Factory Recording Studios, New York
Hall of Fame Committee Special Award to John McCormack
Denise Colella, Class of 1991
Successful career in global online advertising; Fluency in written & spoken Japanese; Leading advocate & mentor for women in technology; International launch of 2-billion dollar companies; Raising a family while managing a successful career
Gregory Scott Davis, Class of 1987:
U.S. Public Health Service Officer; Graduate of Rutgers University-Biology & Pharmacy; Graduate of the U.S. Naval War College; Devoted husband & father; Dedicated youth leader in Frederick, Maryland
Mary Ann Gordon, Class of 1974:
Volunteer for the Sayreville Association for Brain Injured Children; Governor's Teacher Recognition Award; Magic 98.3 Teacher Who Makes Magic; Sayreville Special Education Teacher for 36 years; Annual Selection Committee for B.I.C. Charity Ball
Glenn Joseph Methner, Class of 1972:
35 year professional career with the Middlesex Co.Vo-Tech School District; Central Office Supervisor of Vo-Tech Programs at 5 High Schools; Building designer, curriculum developer & founding principal of Middlesex Co. Academy for Science, Math & Engineering Tech. High School; Served as District Assistant Superintendent for Personnel; Personally proud of my family; wife Karen(SWMHS'72) and 3 sons, Brian, Michael, & David
Robert J. Bruce Class of 1986
Being a father is the most meaningful personal achievement in my life. Served over 26 years in the U.S. Army. Worked over 20 years in law enforcement. Trained as U.S. Army Basic Combat Infantryman. Police officer/detective with Sayreville Police Department
Danielle Cutrona Class of 1993
Chief Counsel, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions. Chief Nominations Counsel, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Law Clerk, Hon. James Zazzali, Supreme Court of New Jersey. President, Federalist Society New Jersey Lawyers. Associate, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, LLP
Christen Marie Fornadel Class of 2000
Awarded an AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship. Doctoral dissertation on mosquito behavior completed in Zambia. Fullbright Scholar. Learned Russian. Visited 20 countries for work and pleasure
Courtney Lynch Class of 2005
Co-owner of the ViiBE Dance Center. Coordinator for Reach Out and ViiBE programs under Reach Out, Inc.. Coach & Choreographer of Newark Bears Inaugural Dance Team. Organized school-based antibullying programs through dance, music and physical fitness. Inspiring children, teen and adults internationally through art of dance
A Special Award for Community Service was also awarded to Edward Boyler.
Raymond E. Borup, Class of 1974:
National Sales & Marketing Mgr., US Rubber Corp.; full football scholarship to American International College; coach of youth athletic teams for past ten years.
Thomas “Red” Michaels, Class of 1959:
Retired educator/school administrator; earned sixteen varsity letters in high school; former head coach of University of Delaware freshman football team.
Stefano Tarantolo, M.D.,Class of 1976:
President, Nebraska Oncology Society; Director, Stem Cell Transplant Program, Methodist Hospital in Omaha, NE.
John J. Zebrowski, Jr., Class of 1981:
J.D. Degree, Seton Hall Law School; extensive involvement in various borough boards and activities; Sayreville police officer 24 years; named Borough of Sayreville Chief of Police, 2011.
Special Award presented to Carla Sutherland, recently retired Assistant Superintendent of Schools, for her years of dedication as a teacher and administrator
Dr. James E. Applegate - Class of 1960
Emeritus professor at Rutgers University; research in Avian Malaria; Advisory Committee of New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Dr. Ann Marie Szczepanik - Class of 1979
Research Scientist; Extensive work in Alzheimer's diseases; graduate of Rutgers University and Rutgers School of Law; active participant in golf and scuba diving; volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
Martin M. Rooney - Class of 1989
Internationally recognized fitness and martial arts expert; former martial arts trainer for New York Giants and Jets; chief operating officer for Parisi Speed School; frequent contributor to TV sports and fitness publications.
Dana VanPell-Pastirik - Class of 1996
Owner of A Step in Time dance studio, Parlin; Member New Jersey Tap Ensemble 1995-98; developing dance programs for autistic children.
Derek Wan - Class of 1998
Graduate of The College of New Jersey; varied internships throughout college; worked at Newsweek Productions in television documentaries; currently working Los Angeles in production of many current TV shows.
Dr. Toni Beninato - Class of 2000
Surgeon; Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York; UMDNJ graduate, 2008; former track star; marathon runner.
Reggie Carney - Class of 1968
Drafted by Kansas City Royals, 1968; USA Today National Coach of the Year 1987; Won First T of C Championship - Girls Basketball 1989; Eastman Kodak Tri-State Coach of the Year 1988; Hoffman Lay Guvs - ranked #1 in nation by USA Today, 1998.
Thomas Tighe - Class of 1969
Marriage to wife Diane and birth of two sons, Ryan and Dan; Elected President , Local Plumbers and Pipefitters, and Trustee of the Pension, Welfare & Surety Funds; Board of Trustees, Middlesex County College; Board of Trustees, Kiddy Keep Well Camp for under privileged children; High dive at Great Adventure (100 ft) and Around the World.
John O'Connor - Class of 1972
NROTC Scholarship recipient, University of Louisville, 1972; Commissioned Second Lieutenant, US Marine Corps, 1976; Appointed Special Agent, Naval Investigate Service, 1984; Selected Special Agent of the Year, NCIS Far East Field Office, Yokosuka, Japan, 1996; Assistant Special Agent in Charge, NCIS Far East Office, Yokosuka, Japan, 2005.
James Webber - Class of 1979
Graduated with honors, Kean University, 1983; Graduated Seton Hall Law School top third of class, 1987; Admitted to bar of NJ, Pennsylvania and DC, 1987; Appointed Chief Judge for Sayreville in 1995 and Old Bridge in 2000; Three wonderful children=Emma, Max and Sam.
Lisa Ferri - Class of 1990
First female control room writer in Good Morning America history; Nominated for two Writer's Guild awards for best news analysis; Diane Sawyer's lead political writer/producer for 2008 Election; Producer for White House coverage of Health Care Reform Debate; Mentor to NYC foster children.
Kerryann Silvestri - Class of 1990
Being the best mother I can be; Named Social Worker of Year by the VNA of Central Jersey, 2007; Raised over $100,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of son Anthony; Created Children's Day (2005) - annual one day bereavement camp for children; Chosen by peers to speak at University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Social Work commencement ceremony.
Brandon Hoyte - Class of 2001
All State Football - NJ defensive Player of the Year; GMC Scholar Athlete - High School Heisman Recipient; Full Scholarship, University of Notre Dame- Football Team Captain; NJ Sportswriters Association -College Football Player of the Year; Consensus Academic All American.
Hall of Fame Committee Special Award: Danny DiPoalo
Richard Kosmoski - Class of 1964
President of NJ Volunteer Fire Chiefs Association; Chief of President Park Independent Fire Company 1982; Commander of American Legion Lenape Post 211; Co-Chairman of Sayreville Veterans Alliance; U.S. Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War Era.
Gary DeLena - Class of 1970
Husband and father; Received standing ovation from President Carter at a post 9/11 show; Performed at Lincoln Center; Shared stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler; Entertained thousands of children.
Dr. Donna Sedlak Hummell - Class of 1972
M.D. Degree, John Hopkins, 1980; Appointed to faculty of the School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, 1986; Appointed Director of Pediatric Allergic and Immunology Section at Vanderbilt, 2008; Taught over 500 residents and 40 fellows in Allergy and Immunology; Successfully balanced family and professional career.
Dr. Michael Saltzman - Class of 1982
NJ State Champion Men's Gymnastics Team co-captain; NJ State Champion, Pommell Horse, Parallel Bars, Second Place All Around; Athletic scholarship - College of William and Mary; Chief Resident of Urology, New York School of Medicine; Diplomate, America Board of Urology.
William Telepan - Class of 1984
Husband and father - wife Beverly, daughter Leah Rose; Opened his own restaurant "Telepan" in 2005; Wrote a cookbook "Inspired by Ingredients"; Gave back to community by working with Wellness in Schools Foundation; Worled in France at a 3-star Michelin restaurant, "Alain Chapel".
George R. Elmasry, Esq., - Class of 1996
Achieved success despite disability; Admitted to the practice of law in New Jersey in 2006; Graduate of Rutgers University of Law-Newark 2004; Graduated Rutgers College with Highest Honors in 2000; Inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society.
Homer Dill - Class of 1944
Graduate of Panzer College (BS), Seton Hall University (MA) and served two years in the navy with P.T. squadron; First elementary physical education teacher in the Sayreville school system; Served entire 34 year professional career in Sayreville as teacher, coach, vice principal and principal of Sayreville High School; Organized and supervised the first Gymnastics and Wrestling clubs at Sayreville High School; Husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather forging lasting friendships with former students and athletes.
Eugene Harkins - Class of 1958
Graduate from Rutgers College (BA) and elected to Phi Beta Kappa; achieved fluency in Spanish, Portuguese and Russian; Editor of Rutgers law Review; Wrote novel "Where Witch Birds Fly", published December 2006; Admitted to practice law in New York and Florida.
Kenneth Kelly - Class of 1966
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, Vietnam 7th Air Force, Pacific Air Force; All American Post Commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States; Committee chairman/designer of Sayreville 9-11 Memorial; Co-chairman, Sayreville Veterans Memorial Projects; Knights of Columbus-State Council, and Policeman of the Year 2003.
Lori Albanese - Class of 1991
First lay judge of the Tribunal for the Diocese of Metuchen, 1996; appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Metuchen, 2001; Served on Sayreville Domestic Violence Response, 2001-2004.
Kevin Ciak - Class of 1993
President, Sayreville Board of Education; President, NJ School Boards Association; 2002-2003 Middlesex County School Board Member of the Year; American Legion Jersey Boys State - Delegate 1992 - Keynote Address 2007; NJSBA Master Board Member.
Hall of Fame Committee Special Award: Dr. Marie Parnell
Jeffrey Osowski - Class of 1965
Vice President, Learning and Teaching, Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ; Former NJ Director of Special Education; Former assistant commissioner, NJ State Dept. of Education; All State NJ Basketball 1965, All Ivy League Honorable Mention in Basketball, 1969.
Carmen F. Spezzi - Class of 1969
Local funeral director, owner of Spezzi and Maliszewski Funeral Services; 4th degree Knights of Columbus; Member Sayreville Lions, South Amboy Elks and professional funeral director associations; Volunteer for many youth, church and civic organizations; Named Business Man of the Year Sayreville Chamber of Commerce.
Patricia O'Connor Dreyfuss - Class of 1970
Obstetrician/Gynecologist for 25 years; Staff Physician at St. Clair's Hospital, Denville, NJ; Has safely delivered over 4000 babies; Leader among her peer groups.
Greg Evigan - Class of 1971
Actor and musician; Star of TV's "BJ and the Bear" and "My Two Dads"; wrote music recorded by London Philharmonic Orchestra; Broadway leading roles in "Grease" and "Jesus Christ Superstar".
Randy Corman - Class of 1954
Married Kathleen Glynn. Four children: William, Justin, Bridget, Maura. NJ State Senator - helped reduce sales tax to 6%. Helped amend State Constitution to subject elected officials to recall. Borough Council President, 1991. Helped stop construction of garbage incinerator in Sayreville.
Stanley Drwal - Class of 1972
Graduated U.S. Military Academy. West Point, NY, Class of 1976. Inducted International Order of Saint Barbara, Patron Saint of Artillerymen, 1984. Graduated U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI, 1989. Led 3500 US and British troops on NATO's first mission in a wartime environment. Elected Sayreville Boro Council and founded the Sayreville Conservation Corps 2004.
Reyne Quackenbush - Class of 1985
United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors. United States Diving: National Champion & World Cup Team. United States Diving Olympic Trials 1992 & 1996. NISC High School All American & NCAA All American.Florida International University. MBA 1993.
Raniero Renny Travisano - Class of 1954
Certified as a Teacher and Guidance Counselor. Elected to the office of Middlesex County Clerk. K of C, FIREMAN OF THE YEAR, 2004 Shield Award. Sayreville Borough Councilman, public safety chairman. Director of the successful BIC summer camp.
Victor J. Wolski - Class of 1980
Judge, U.S. Court of Federal Claims. General Counsel and Chief Tax Advisor, Joint Economic CTE., U.S. Congress. Speechwriter to the Secretary of Agriculture, Reagan Admin.. President, Federalist Society Univ. of Virginia School of Law. Chairman, Undergraduate Assembly, Univ. of Pennsylvania.
Rhonda Rompola - Class of 1978
Awarded full athletic scholarship to Old Dominion University. Won two National Championships (women's basketball) while at ODU. Led SMU to six NCAA post season tournament appearances. Awarded several Coach of the Year honors from major Dallas & Houston papers. Won WAC Conference Championship, defeating nationally ranked #4 team in final.
John Wisniewski - Class of 1980
Married to Deborah, father of Emily, Sarah and Rachel. Partner in firm of Ronan, Tuzzio, Giannone. Rutgers and Seton Hall Law School graduate. NJ Assemblyman since 1995. Currently Deputy Speaker. Board member, United Way, Middlesex Co. Arts Council. Adjunct professor, Monmouth University. Recipient of several Legislator of the Year Awards
Edwin A. Kolodziej - Class of 1943
President S.H.S. Class of 1943, First four year graduating class. WW II Recipient Silver Star, Bronze Star. Combat Infantry Badge, NJ Distinguished Service Medal. Doctor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts, Rutgers. University, Member of the New Jersey Bar. NJ State Assemblyman At Large; NJ State. Lottery Commissioner. Counsel, Sayreville Board of Education;. Ass't. Prosecutor, Middlesex County
Barry T. Albin - Class of 1970
Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court (2000). Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer (Partner, 1986, 2000), (Associate., 1982, 1986). Assistant Prosecutor, Middlesex and Passaic Counties (1978, 1982). Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice (1976, 1978). President of the New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Michael J. Wasko - Class of 1982
1988 Winter Olympic Games, Calgary, Canada, 4th Place, USA 1, 4 Man Bobsled Team. United States Olympic Committee Bobsled Athlete of the Year 1988. Fairleigh Dickinson University: ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year 1986. New Jersey "All State" Team: Boys Gymnastics, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field. Member of the 1981 New Jersey State Champion Boys Gymnastics Team