2016 ALUMNI INDUCTEES
Brian Carroll BHS ’75: For extraordinary achievement in art and community service. Brian Carroll is a professional illustrator and animation artist. His illustrations have appeared on a myriad of CD and magazine covers. His work includes responsibility for background, prop and character design on MTV's animated sitcom Daria, Teenage Ninja Turtles on the Fox Network and Clifford’s Puppy Days for Scholastic Entertainment. While his love for the arts has brought him much success, his real passion lies in providing a welcoming venue for children and adults to explore and develop their talents. As owner and art instructor at the Creation Art Center in Massapequa, he offers classes in painting, drawing, cartooning, airbrushing, sculpting, and portfolio preparation. His active participation in and support of events and charities in and out of Massapequa is commendable and greatly appreciated by the recipients of his generosity. Brian is also a musician who volunteers to perform with his band at numerous fundraising events. Brian resides in Massapequa with his wife Patty (who also grew up in Massapequa) and their daughter Alayna who is currently enrolled in the Massapequa school district.
Kim Diliberto BHS ’66: For extraordinary achievement in military service (posthumous recognition). Army Specialist Four Kim Diliberto distinguished himself as a medic with Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Cavalry. On August 17, 1969, while his unit was conducting a routine operation, they were faced with devastating crossfire. With no regard for personal safety, Kim rushed to aid fallen comrades. Despite intense hostile fire, he volunteered to join a small team to assist a soldier critically injured. After reaching the wounded soldier, he administered first aid and he continued treating others. It was during this volunteer duty that Army Specialist Four Kim Diliberto was mortally injured. He is credited with saving the lives of six comrades. The Department of the Army recognized Kim “for gallantry in action against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam”. He was awarded the Silver Star posthumously for “personal heroism, professional competence, and devotion to duty in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflected great credit upon himself, the American Division, and the United States Army”.
Kevin J. Flood BHS ’76: For extraordinary achievement in military service. Major Kevin Flood is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross in Operation Allied Force for heroism. This designation recognizes meritorious service on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and was based on Major Flood’s participation in aerial flight as an F-15E Weapons Systems Officer, 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, 31st Expeditionary Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy. On May 29, 1999, Major Flood’s formation was directed to destroy a complex near Obvra Airfield, a known Serbian surface-to-air missile site. He was targeted by enemy radar and successfully deflected the threat. He continued his mission by hitting his target in spite of continued missile fire which he expertly defeated. Over 20 years with the Air Force, Kevin enjoyed a sterling career as a master navigator with more than 1,900 flying hours. He has flown the F-4D/E Phantom II AND F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft and has flown multiple combat missions over Serbia and Southwest Asia. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Maureen and their children Michael, Patrick, Kevin and Ryan. He is active in his local church, youth sports, the American Legion and the Boy Scouts.
Geoff Jacobs MHS ’66: For extraordinary achievement in the business of breakthrough technologies. In the 1990’s, Geoff helped guide the commercial development of GPS technology for land surveying and fleet tracking. Geoff is truly a pioneer in “3D laser scanning” technology – think of it as a 360° panoramic camera, with each pixel having an accurate X, Y, and Z coordinate. He joined start-up Cyra Technologies in CA as their first marketing manager, launching the first 3D laser scanner & software. He then helped take Cyra public via their acquisition by Leica Geosystems, a Swiss company Geoff knew from his GPS days. Over time, Geoff helped the growing business stay #1 and also educated the surveying, engineering, architecture, and construction industries about 3D laser scanning. He’s authored dozens of articles in professional journals and organizes worldwide user conferences, connecting him with many extraordinary people and opportunities globally. A recent example included his involvement in the National Geographic and PBS TV series “Time Scanners”. His association with heritage preservation prompted a prestigious invitation by Scotland’s First Minister (President), Alex Salmond, to become a “Global Scot”. Geoff has also devoted his time as a youth baseball and Odyssey of the Mind coach. He is also in the process of donating equipment to his engineering graduate school alma mater, Penn State, for education and research. Geoff Jacobs resides in California where he and his wife have raised their two sons.
Joseph Lauro BHS ’73: For extraordinary achievement in documentary filmmaking. Joe Lauro, a graduate of the NYU Department of Cinema Studies, is an award winning documentary film maker and musician. He is the founder of Historic Films Archive, one of the world’s leading sources for the licensing of vintage music and entertainment film footage. Joe has produced documentaries including “Harold Arlen: Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, “Louis Prima: The Wildest” and “The Howling Wolf Story”. He directed projects such as “The Supremes: Reflection”, “The Original Soul Men: Sam and Dave”, “Reach Out: The 4 Tops Story”, “Rejoice and Shout”, “The Panic is On” and “The Big Beat: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock ‘N’ Roll” which premiered on the PBS national series American Masters. Joe has produced 3 documentaries for American Public Television: “Louis Prima: In Person”, “Hootenanny “and “Sing Out: Icons of Folk” hosted by Louden Wainwright III. He also directed 4 short films celebrating Lincoln Center’s “Girl Groups”. Joe produces music programs annually for the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame’s week long American Music Masters symposium/concert. He is also a performer. His 9 piece New Orleans style band “Hoodoo Loungers” performs at concerts and festivals throughout the east coast. He lives in Sag Harbor.
Mark Marrazzo BHS ’72: For extraordinary achievement in business and community service. Mark Marrazzo is the co-owner of Bayview Florist & Montage, a family run business that continues to be successful as well as attentive to the needs of the Massapequa community. Mark has a rich and long history of service to the community. As member of the Kiwanis Club since 2001, he is devoted to the efforts of the events and projects sponsored by the organization. He has also served as a member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Massapequas and continues to be a strong supporter of St. Rose of Lima Church. His work on the board of directors for YES Community Counseling Center has provided him the forum to advocate for those in need and share his resources to attend to the well-being of the children and adults in our community. Mark Marrazzo has sponsored numerous community events and has been extremely generous to booster clubs, charities and school fundraisers. Mark resides in Long Beach.
Douglas Zider BHS ’74: For extraordinary achievement in graphic design and fine arts. Douglas began his career at NBC in 1979 as a graphic designer in the Scenic and Design department. Through the years at NBC, he has worked with a wide range of creative teams in the area of entertainment and sports. His work includes graphic design for Saturday Night Live from the early 80’s to the present. He has designed for the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the NBA, tennis and NASCAR. His art has been displayed in solo exhibitions and in the National Art Shows and museums across the US. He is a six time Emmy Award winner, a seven time recipient of the Promax (Promotion & Design) Gold Medallion Award, and a five time winner of the Broadcast Designer Association International Silver and Bronze Awards. Doug is an artist member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC, the country’s second oldest and most renowned art organization, and the American Artist Professional League in NYC. He is an active supporter of The Great South Bay Society, and The Wounded Warrior Project. Douglas resides in Amityville.
Richard Zimmer MHS ’66: For extraordinary achievement in the touring entertainment industry. For over 40 years, Rich has been on the road with or working to promote shows for performers such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, Boston, Bon Jovi, The Allman Brothers Band, ZZ Top, Lou Reed, Bette Midler, Celine Dion, Robin Williams and Kiss among others. He was the founder and president of his own company, the PMP Group, Inc. for 20 years. In 2005, Rich became the CEO for “Bodies: The Exhibition” , a task that required him to manage all logistics to allow the exhibition to travel successfully to NYC, Washington DC, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Vienna, Sao Paulo, Dublin, Barcelona and Prague. Music touring industry publications such as Performance Magazine and Pollster Magazine have honored him year after year for his outstanding work. His reputation as an innovator and skilled manager in the rapid pace of rock music tours has made him one of the most sought after professionals in the industry. Over the years, Rich has volunteered his time and resources to assist organizations such as the Special Olympics and ALS. He has lived in Rhode Island for 40 Years, and in 2015, he was inducted into the Rhode Island Hall of Fame.