Distinguished Alumni

    Each year, the Board of Education honors a class of distinguished alumni at a regular meeting of that body. Each individual is featured on a 24 by 36  inch poster, one of is displayed at every school, to inspire current students.

    To nominate, email the candidate’s particulars to Julie Doerr with ALUMNI in the subject line.



    Induction Class of 2021

    Rev. Dr. Sylvester Beaman, pastor for the past 28 years at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Delaware, he delivered benediction prayer to conclude the inauguration the 46th President of the United States, President Biden.

    Induction Class of 2019

    Rick Manning – LaSalle Senior High School

    Professional baseball player


    Carol Leary Gigliotti- Niagara Falls High School

    University President

    Craig Rogers – Niagara Falls High School

    Economist, Canisius College

    Ted Simomin – LaSalle Senior High School

    Children's book author

    Induction Class of 2018


    Ellen Latham 

    Founder, Orange Theory


    Class of 85 from LaSalle; publishing/design industry

    Digital media executive who has developed, launched and re-invented brands, franchises, videos and digital products for InStyle, People and NBC’s iVillage.



    1974 LaSalle High School School

    Chairman Emeritus of Hodgson Russ; assistant United States attorney



    Senior Production Coordinator for Elan Artists, a national and international Event Entertainment Company,


    Induction Class of 2017


    Mark Bridges

    LaSalle Senior High School

    Oscar Winning Best Costume Designer, 2012, 2017

    BAFTA Award, People’s Choice Award, 2012.


    Chauncey Brown  

    Niagara Falls High School

    Syracuse University, Ph.D.,

    Ophthalmologist in Wilmington, Delaware


    Lynn Ligammari

    Niagara Falls High School  

    Nationally renowned saxophonist in NYC


    Richard MacDougall, Lt. Col. (Ret.), US Army

    LaSalle Senior High School

    Counter-terrorism expert


    LuAnn Via (nee Strasburg)

    LaSalle High School Graduate

    Chair Of The Board Of Directors, Member of Compensation, Audit and Nominating/Governance Committees at Strata Skin Sciences

    Past President and CEO of Christopher and Banks, a NYSE-listed women’s apparel chain


    Induction Class of 2016


    Kelvon Agee

    NFHS Class of 2004

    Emmy Award-Winning Director of Photography/Producer - “Deadliest Catch.”


    John T. Anderson

    Gaskill Middle School

    American Hero


    Jane Bryant Quinn

    Class of 1957

    Nationally-Known Financial Journalist


    Andrea Patterson

    NFHS Class of 2006

    Cancer Researcher


    Tommy Tedesco

    Class of 1964

    World Class Musician