2003 Alumni

2003 Alumni

  • Bruce Anderson, M.H.S. 1959

    For extraordinary achievement in corporate sales and management: currently Vice President of Sales for the Hoerbiger Corporation of America Inc. Hoerbiger operates facilities in the United States for the manufacture of a wide range of industrial products including the automotive and compression units that serve Dodge Ram Trucks, BMW and Volkswagen USA. For exemplary service to the community: trustee of Hartwick College; member of Hoerbiger’s Welfare Assistance Committee and his continued support of the family.   May 2005 – Elected President of Hartwick College Alumni Association.  I am now retired from Hoerbiger Corporation of America, Inc.



  • Mr. & Mrs. Burke & Peggy Byrnes,  M.H.S. 1956

    For extraordinary individual achievement in the field of entertainment and business. Jointly, as entrepreneurs and Owners of a private corporation. Burke‘s acting career includes appearances in more than 20 films and some 100 TV Shows, including a recurring role on “Dallas“ as J.R. Ewing’s private detective. Peggy opened Sonrisa Furniture in 1980 and successfully specialized in Mexican folk art goods. She served as buyer and manager of the Beaudry Street, Los Angeles store. Burke joined Peggy in 1990. The firm added steel furniture as a specialty line in 1995. A New York City location has opened and more stores are on the way. For exemplary service to their community, profession and family



  • Andy Cooney, M.H.S. 1982

    For extraordinary achievement in the field of music: singer, songwriter, performer and musician specializing in Irish-American folk music. Named “Irish America’s Native Son” by The New York Times and as “America’s gift to Ireland’s heritage” by the New York Daily News. Mr. Cooney toured nationally with the legendary Paddy Noonan from 1986 to 1994 and then went on his own and never looked back.  Andy’s achievements include appearing on Public Television, Fox News, sellout performances throughout the US including selling out Carnegie Hall in 2008 and 2009 and recording over 200 songs in the Irish Music genre.   For exemplary service to community, students and adults with handicapping conditions. Has provided benefit performances for many charities such as, Hope House, the Retired Religious Fund, the Home for Unwed Mothers and the Make a Wish Foundation as well as other local organizations serving disadvantaged persons.

    Donald Loren, B.H.S. 1970

    For extraordinary achievement as an officer in the United States Navy. Recently appointed to the rank of Rear Admiral. Executive Officer of Southern Europe Allied Forces and US Naval Forces/Europe. His many awards include The Bronze Star for his 1999 role in Balkans as principal advisor to the Commander of US Forces participating and supporting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He commanded a US Frigate at sea. Was a graduate of Harvard University’s Program for National Security Fellows. He also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s seminar program for foreign politics, international relations and national interest. He and his wife, Maureen M. Lynch-Loren, (a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel) live in the Washington area with their son Christopher.



  • Rod Marino, M.H.S. 1982

    For outstanding achievement in the sport of lacrosse: University of Virginia varsity lacrosse for four years, Atlantic Conference recognition each year culminating with first team honors in his senior year. Named All-American in 1984 and 1985. In 1986, he was voted outstanding attack man in the United States. Earned the Turnbull Award and was the US World Games team’s Most Valuable Player. In 1990 he was the All World Co-Captain of US Team. In Perth, Australia his team, the NY Saints won the World Indoor championship in 1988. He was elected to Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002. Currently serves as Vice President of Rittenhouse Financial Services in Philadelphia, PA. For exemplary community service for youth promulgating the sport of Lacrosse.



  • Elliot Siegel, B.H.S. 1966

    For extraordinary achievement in family Dentistry. Has served the Massapequa community as a family dentist and is now specializing in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Currently the attending Dentist at Brunswick Memorial Hospital in Amityville, Good Samaritan in West Islip and New Island Hospital in Bethpage. A member of numerous professional organizations, he has provided area clinics with presentations and workshops pertaining to his specialty.) For exemplary support and service for various community projects and youth organizations such as Sound Investments, Little League, and Yes.



  • Robert Wernersbach, M.H.S. 1962

    For extraordinary achievement in the field of education: teacher of social studies at A.G. Berner Sr. High School and Vice Principal of Massapequa High School. One of the key persons responsible for the 1993 organization of the Massapequa High Schools Hall of Fame Inc. Organized and administered the M.H.S. Renaissance program. For exemplary service to the community: a member of the Massapequa Fire Department for over a decade, Varsity Coach of Soccer at Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy and SUNY, Farmingdale. Served as an advisor and volunteer for youth soccer -organizations.



  • Steve Zimmer, M.H.S. 1970

    For extraordinary achievement in the field of law: principal partner in the firm of Zimmer & Mazzel of Hauppauge, NY. The firm specializes in corporate and criminal law. He served as Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County for 7 1/2 years. He was a All-American football player at Hofstra University. He remains active in football as a top ranked National Football League field judge. For exemplary community service: member of St. Francis RC Church in Smithtown. Steve has coached CYO basketball for 8 years. Continues to serve as a volunteer for the National Football League’s Professional Umpires Association youth program, Christmas Magic Program and the Child Care Council.



  • Connie Panzarino,M.H.S. 1965 Posthumous Award

    For extraordinary achievement as an author and advocate of the Handicapped. Authored The Me in the Mirror. She wrote numerous children’s books, short stories, essays and magazine articles about people with disabilities. She was Director of Boston’s Self Help Center from 1986-89. For exemplary service to the community: member of several boards for disabled-rights organizations. Cited by Newsday’s Darien Briscoe, who wrote in part, “She conducted her life long campaign on behalf of people with disabilities and in support of women’s rights.”

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