2008 Alumni

2008 Alumni

John Ames, MHS 1966. 

For extraordinary achievement in corporate administration. He has served as chairman/CEO/founder of Independent Plan Coordinators since 1983. John developed a retirement plan for small businesses utilizing funding options customarily available only to large companies and corporations. He also designed a unique supplemental retirement plan using IRA and non-qualified deferred annuity products for member associations. For exemplary service to the community and nation. A  Board of Associates member of Randolph Macon College of Virginia. He served as an officer in the United States Navy with tours in Southeast Asia and after active service as a reserve officer attached to a guided missile destroyer. He resides in Virginia Beach, Va. with his wife, Elaine.  Two of their children, Cynthia and Dawn, reside in the area and have become active in IPC, Inc. His son, Scott, resides in Woodbridge, VA. and is employed in the DOD contracting field.

Marianne Millnamow, MHS 1972.

 For extraordinary achievement in corporate administration.  In 1985, Millnamow took a gamble and purchased a small  business furniture company located in the New York City financial district.  The company, CF Rutherford, was a supplier of office furniture since 1917.  Serving as President, she organized a full service provider that offered office design, installation and sales expertise. Today, she employs 10 specialists and has estimated sales in the 15 million dollar + range per year. In the hours after the World Trade Center attack, CF Rutherford was able to provide refurbished working quarters within days. Her company worked diligently to rebuild the downtown area. Marianne and her family reside in Huntington, NY where they are active members of St Patrick’s Church and the Huntington Yacht Club. She is a sponsor of the Susan B. Coleman Foundation and its fund raising for breast cancer.

Albert H. Wilkening, MHS 1963

For extraordinary achievement serving the nation and the State of Wisconsin. Major General Wilkening recently completed a 39 year career as the Adjutant General and Commander of the Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard where he was responsible for both their federal and state mission. He also directed the WI Division of Emergency Management and served as the Homeland Security Advisor to the Wisconsin’s governor. Wilkening was recently appointed as the Chair of the WI Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves and Chair of the WI Citizens Corps Council.  He served as a USAF instructor pilot and fighter pilot in the WI Air National Guard.  In civilian life, he held human resource management positions in two WI corporations.  Al and Pat are active members of the Brooklyn, WI Methodist Church. Their daughters Jessica and Allison and their families live nearby

Linda (Cressy) Pfeffer, MHS 1962.

 For extraordinary achievement in corporate administration.  In 1983, she founded the Aerobics and Fitness  Association of America.  As President of the world’s largest telefitness firm, AFAA has certified over 205,000 instructors in 73 countries.  Pfeffer organized a distinguished group of health and fitness advisors who produce a wide variety of educational materials, including American Fitness Magazine, textbooks, manuals and videos. AFAA produces over 2500 educational workshops. They certify personal trainers and offer certification for personnel employed by fitness organizations in some 13 foreign languages.  Linda has served as vice chairperson for the National Board of Fitness Examiners. NBFE is a non -profit organization formed to regulate standards in the fitness industry. She created Superclass@ and Superclass @ College Bowl for high school students. The proceeds from the TV exercise classes are donated to NBFE and Atlanta, Georgia public high schools. She resides in Los Angeles CA with daughters Nicole and Lisa.

Michael Watt, MHS 1977.

For extraordinary achievement in community development.  He recently took on the job of Executive Vice President of the Long Island Builders Institute,  a business association representing the home building and home remodeling industries on Long Island. As past president of the Long Island Partnership, he led a consortium of government and business economic development organizations designed to facilitate expansion of existing Long Island businesses, as well as national firms seeking to locate in the Nassau/Suffolk region.  Watt also served as the chief information officer of LongIsland.com. As such, he wrote a weekly newsletter promoting Long Island which included a humor column. His column has been cited by the New York Press Association (“Best Humor Columnist in New York”.) He also writes a column (“The Last Word”) for Long Island Magazine. He is an adjunct professor of marketing at Dowling College and Nassau Community College. Michael is one of 10 members of the Watt family to graduate from MHS. His wife, Sharon Greaney, graduated from Massapequa in 1978. They live in Babylon with their sons Alex, 17, and Max, 13.

Dorothy A. Meyer, BHS 1973.

For extraordinary achievement in the field of early childhood education.  During her thirty five years of service to the early childhood profession, Dorothy was a faculty member at the School of Education and the Director of  the Early Childhood Laboratory School at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.   During her tenure at U Mass, Dorothy taught education classes to prepare student interns for MA State public school teacher certification.  She also created, directed and taught in three community preschools while living in Washington State.   Dorothy provides workshops and consultation to faculty in private and public schools, and frequently speaks at national conferences.  While on sabbatical, Dorothy was invited to teach in the College of Education, Christchurch, New Zealand.  Currently, Dorothy is the owner and director of a small private school in Amherst, MA. The educational philosophy of the school is based upon the internationally renowned Reggio Emilia’s approach to teaching and learning.  She and her husband, Jack Mino (MHS 74), and sons Jesse and Jake, live in South Deerfield, MA.  .

Susan Zwanger-Mendelsohn, MHS 1974.

For extraordinary achievement as a physician. Susan attended Northwestern, completed an internship in internal medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian and a residency in radiology at NYU Medical Center. Currently, she is the joint owner of eight (8) radiological services offices (with her husband Dr. Steven Mendelsohn and an associate). Susan administers one of the largest practices in the nation. She is an author and a national presenter of articles and textbook chapters on diagnostic radiology. She served two terms on the Northwestern Medical School Alumni Board and currently serves on the Scholarship Committee. She is also first vice-president of the Nassau County Medical Society and a member of the American College of Radiology and numerous other professional organizations.  Susan and her husband Steven reside in Rockville Centre. They have five children: Eva Stensvad, Alisa, David, Daniel, and Julia, and one grandson, Andrew Stensvad.

Thomas Wagner,  MHS 1985.

For extraordinary achievement in the field of geology and geophysics. Currently, he is the program manager for the Antarctic Geology and Geophysics Program in the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation. Thomas earned his PhD at MIT in 1995. He then ventured to the U of Papua, New Guinea. He served on the faculty and eventually as provost for Academic Affairs. His research background includes volcanology and petrology as well as work in the area of lunar basalts. In 2007, he was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal, the only medal awarded by Congress to civilians. Wagner also served as a consultant for various foreign aid organizations, including the World Bank and The United Nations concerning human development, biodiversity and the impact of a tsunami that killed 5,000 people. As a personal initiative, he sent about 400 pounds of books and audio material for the blind to Papua, New Guinea. He is in his fourth season in Antarctica and has made two trips to the South Pole.

Hon. Joseph Saladino, MHS 1979.

  For extraordinary achievement in our community.  Elected to the New York State Assembly in 2004, he represents Massapequa and the surrounding communities.  Assemblyman Saladino’s accomplishments include the leadership role in providing our school districts with record-breaking state aid packages, helping create the Civil Confinement law to keep violent sexual predators incarcerated, and writing the bill to create the felony crime of “Luring a child on the internet”. Assemblyman Saladino is the ranking member of the Government Employees Committee and is also a member of the Education, Environmental Conservation, Consumer Protection and Government Operations committees.  He is the chairman of the Agriculture, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Task Force. Joseph is a past president of the Massapequa Kiwanis and an active member of numerous community organizations.  Assemblyman Saladino is a life long resident of Massapequa where his family has lived for four generations.


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