Community/Staff Hall of Fame Inductees 2012
|George R. Seage III BHS ‘75: For extraordinary achievement in the area of HIV/AIDS and pediatric research, Dr. Seage is a world renowned professor and lecturer in the field of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Boston University School of Public Health. Over the course of his career, George has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles in numerous journals and is co-author of an epistemology textbook used in over 120 schools of medicine and public health. He has also been a recipient of the BU School of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award and the Harvard School of Public Health Teaching Citation. His work was recognized at the state level by the Governor of Massachusetts for his outstanding contributions to AIDS research. His contribution to the community extends throughout the state as a member of several task forces and committees in the area of AIDS education, research and testing. Dr. George Seage lives in Wayland, MA with his wife Ann Aschengrau and son Greg.||Kristen Blum-Bednar: Posthumous Award for extraordinary service to the school community, its students and their parents. Birch Lane suffered a tragic loss of a physical education teacher. She was an integral part of the staff who humbly and quietly addressed the needs of students. Kristen was an advocate for children including those with special needs. She was an avid surfer who volunteered with the iMatter Surf Club for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Kristen shared her love of surfing with these children in order to help them achieve a skill that would brighten their lives. An amazing woman, who spent countless hour advocating for all children with handicapping conditions. She also volunteered at Madonna Heights, a multi service, nonprofit organization. There, she served troubled adolescent girls, young and adult women, their children and families in crisis. In her short career, she has made a lasting impact on the lives of all who knew her.|
|Sandra Woodward-Pullman MHS ’56: For extraordinary achievement as a Middle School Teacher, Chairperson and Principal who served the Massapequa Public Schools and Friends Academy. During her 27 year Educational Career she served on several Middle States Evaluation Teams for accreditation of Private and parochial schools. After which, Sandra relocated to the Hamptons and began a second career as a Real Estate Broker and in 1998 & 2008 she was honored as Realtor of the Year. She has also been employed as a Fashion Model for TV commercials, print / media advertising and fashion shows. She has also appeared in two movies, “For Love or Money” and “Six Degrees of Separation”. Her exemplary service to the community includes: Chairperson of American Field Services; a Literacy Volunteers; Board of the Rogers Memorial Library Board for which she spearheaded its multi-million dollar expansion. She and her husband, Don, a retired airline captain, currently live in Bridgehampton. They have three children, Katherine, Todd and Scott.||
|Angelo Delligatti: For extraordinary service to the community. A lawyer with his own practice, Delligatti also served as a Nassau County Assistant District Attorney for seven years. He began his career in public service when he was elected Councilman for the Town of Oyster Bay in 1985. He has served as a Town Councilman for a total of 15 years and Town Supervisor for 4 years. He has also spent seven years as a Nassau County Assistant District Attorney. In 2008 he became a Nassau District Court Judge and last year he was elected to the County Court. He has volunteered much of his time as a coach for the Massapequa Soccer Cub, St. Rose of Lima CYO and the Massapequa Coast Little League. He is also involved with the Order of the Sons of Italy, the Columbus Lodge and the Knights of Columbus, to name a few. Married over 40 years he has two sons and 2 grandchildren and has resided in Massapequa Park for 55 years.|
Gary Slavin: For extraordinary service to the community. Gary has been a MetLife agent in Massapequa providing financial services to area families and employee benefits to local businesses for more than two decades. The insurance industry has recognized his accomplishments with countless awards including the “Life of Significance” Award for helping a client in need. He has served as President of the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce, Nassau Shores Civic Association, Joint Council of Civic Associations and the East End Disability Foundation. Gary was selected to serve as liaison to the Nassau County Council of Chambers to advocate for the growth of small businesses in our community. His many accomplishments include his effort in securing a sports complex, “Field of Dreams”, for community athletic clubs. Gary Slavin continues to reside in Massapequa with his wife Evelyn, an art teacher in the Massapequa Schools, and two sons, Gregory and Christopher.
2012 Massapequa Hall of Fame Inductees
|Wayne Barlowe BHS ‘76: For extraordinary achievement in the field of Art. Wayne is a world-renowned science fiction and fantasy author and artist who has created images for books, film and galleries. He has also written a novel, a screenplay and a number of art books. He started his career painting hundreds of paperback covers for all of the major publishers and magazine illustrations for LIFE, TIME and NEWSWEEK. His film designs include BLADE2, GALAXY QUEST, BABYLON 5, HELLBOY, HELLBOY 2, HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKHABAN, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE. AVATAR, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, among others. Currently, he has a major film screenplay in development, and is writing the sequel to his first novel, titled THE HEART OF HELL. He has two daughters, Cayley and Hillary.||
| Gerard E. Giannattasio BHS ’64: For extraordinary achievement in the field of Law. Gerard served 3½ years in the US Air Force rising to the rank of First Lieutenant. He was Assistant Director and Acting Director of Hofstra’s Law Library. He has taught a mix of core survey and upper level electives in Hofstra’s History Department for sixteen years. As an advisor, he guided the career paths of intending lawyers among the student body attending the Hofstra Law School. He was significantly associated with the ROTC detachment, “The Thundering Pride Battalion”. He is also a history professor at SUNY Farmingdale. He has served ten years as the elected Village Justice of Massapequa Park, where he previously held positions of Associate Justice, Planning Commission Attorney, and Deputy Village Attorney.
|Louis Bartolotta MHS ‘66: For extraordinary achievement in corporate management and exemplary service to the nation in the Vietnam War. After attending CortlandState, Lou entered the U.S. Army in 1969, where he was selected for and completed Helicopter pilot training. He was then sent to Vietnam, and during his 1,000+ combat flight hours, awarded the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal with multiple clusters, among others. From 1974-83, he flew commercially as a Senior Captain in Iran and the North Sea oil fields. His executive career began in Washington with the Helicopter Assn. International. In 1985, he entered manufacturing and there credited for helping develop the U.S. helicopter air ambulance system. Now an Exec. VP, he has held numerous senior executive positions with AgustaWestland since ‘88 as it grew to be one of the world’s largest manufacturers. A leader in the MHS Class of 66, Lou and Esme live in Philadelphia. They have two children, Taryn and Matthew, and one grandchild Aidan.||Don Harris MHS ’78: For extraordinary service to Environmental Education and Community Service. Don served in the US Coast Guard for four years and cooked for upward to 2000 people at their Training Center. After his service he returned to college and became a teacher in Massapequa and Syosset school districts, but returned to his first love, the sea. As a boat Captain and Vice President of S.P.L.A.S.H, he is very committed to preserving our environment, especially the Great South Bay. He is the longest active member and heads the education committee, dedicating hundreds of volunteer hours. He is a leader in teaching and lecturing to children, schools community groups and companies about the effects of pollution on plants, birds, marine animals and people. He was recently asked to be on the review board for the creation of the Museum of Science and Natural History in the Village of Freeport, where he resides.|
|Suzanne Borda BHS ‘86: For extraordinary achievement in the field of entertainment. Suzanne, known as Suzanne Alexander in the entertainment business, was a music director and radio broadcaster for Country Radio station WMJC on Long Island for 4 years. She moved to Nashville in pursuit of her dreams with country music and became a well-known TV Host and writer of GAC Nights and On The Streets, interviewing everyone from Toby Keith to Wynonna Judd to Vince Gil to Reba McEntire and many, many more. She has been the host of the Live Carpet Show for American Country Awards and Host of the Grand Old Opry in Nashville. While living her dream, she relaxes by running half-marathons for Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Saint Judes and Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies. Suzanne resides in Tennessee.||Corey Langer MHS ‘75: For extraordinary achievement in the field of oncology. Dr. Langer currently serves as Director of Thoracic Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania where he is a Professor of Medicine. He is internationally recognized for his clinical research in the field of lung cancer and head and neck cancer. Corey has lectured and presented his research throughout the country and abroad and is the author of over 140 peer-reviewed articles in such esteemed publications as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the NCI, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Corey serves as the Vice Chair of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, funded by the NCI as well as serving as Chair of its Medical Oncology Subcommittee. Dr. Corey Langer and his wife Mindy, a pediatrician, reside in Princeton Junction, NJ and are the parents of Adina and Micah.|