Anytime Dale touched a football, he was a threat to score. The line of scrimmage didn’t matter much. With sprint speed and moves that dazzled, this elusive tailback was an integral part of the Tigers’ 29-game undefeated streak in 1961-1964. During his junior year, he was the Northeastern Ohio District scoring leader in football with 148 points. He remains Chagrin’s all-time rushing and scoring leader. In football, he won All-Conference and Press Star honors. In track, he set a school record in the 220 yard dash with a 22.2 mark. He tied the school record in the 100 yard dash with a 9.9 clocking. Dale also lettered in basketball at CFHS. He was awarded a football scholarship to Kent State University, where he was a 2-year starter and letterman.
Esteemed by his peers for his masterful game preparation, Glenn guided Tiger teams to 352 victories during his long reign (1960-1988) as Head Basketball Coach. His victory total ranks as one of the highest in the history of boys’ basketball in Ohio. Glenn’s teams won three district titles, eight sectional crowns, and seven conference titles. Three of his teams were in regional competition. He was selected Conference Coach of the Year seven times, and in 1987 he received the Greater Cleveland Coach of the Year Award. As head baseball Coach, his teams won two conference championships. He served as Athletic Director at CFHS from 1983 through 1991. Glenn was the Director of the Chagrin Valley Recreation Center from 1964 through 1988.
Bob credits his former teachers in Chagrin Falls for giving him the foundation from which to launch a successful career in medicine. In addition to his current appointment as Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Harmon heads the Division of Child Psychiatry there and is Director of the Infant Psychiatry Program. He has been the recipient of a Research Scientist Development Award and serves on the editorial board of several journals including the Infant Mental Health Journal, of which he is Associate Editor. Dr. Harmon is a lecturer on infants and family and has authored or co-authored more than 80 publications. He was recently elected to the Governing Council of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,
It is only natural that playing along the Chagrin River and mixing chemicals in Neal Wheatcraft’s chemistry class are among Don’s fondest memories of his old hometown. In 1991, this former Eagle Scout was named director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency by Governor George V. Voinovich. As the top ranking EPA officer in the state, Don administers all laws and regulations dealing with environmental protection. He manages an agency of 1100 employees and a $70 million per year budget. Don has earned several prestigious awards for his work including the U.S. EPA Bronze Medal in 1989 and the EPA Superior Performance Award in 1976, 1982, 1983 and 1988.
Tom has had an award winning career as an independent recording engineer, producer, & studio design consultant. After graduating from the University of Denver, Tom went to the Bay area as a musician and in the role of production engineer and assistant engineer. He has worked in primarily all the music genres in his career from jazz, rock, funk/soul, blues, pop, folk, world, & country. During his illustrious career he was in high demand by the top record labels like Warner Bros. and A & M Records. His work has been nominated for 3 Grammy Awards and earned multiple Recording Industry Association of America Gold and Platinum Album awards. Tom has been an engineer on albums for many bands and individual singers including The Allman Brothers, America, Hoyt Axton, The Blackbyrds, Alice Cooper, David Crosby, Pablo Cruise, Alex DeGrassi, The Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, Jerry Garcia Band, The Grateful Dead, John Lee Hooker, The Marshall Tucker Band, Steve Martin, Paul McCartney and Wings, Buddy Miles, Van Morrison, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Poco, REO Speedwagon, The Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, Rick Springfield, Supertramp, Stephen Stills, Joe Walsh, & Steven Wright. He has also recorded such artists as Jimmy Cliff, Bing Crosby, Buddy Miles, Jimmy Page, Gary Puckett, & Tommy Smothers. A few years ago Tom would relocate back to Chagrin Falls where he runs T A Audio, a sound engineering firm and is a college instructor in the fields of audio engineering, production techniques, sound for film and sound design.
2010 CFAA Chagrin Falls Community Service Award
Steve has been able to participate and preside over the formation of three civic organizations that help enrich the Chagrin Falls Schools and community – Chagrin Falls Education Foundation, Downtown Chagrin Falls and the Chagrin Foundation for Arts & Culture. He has held the position of President in all three of these organizations as well as serving as treasurer of the Federated Church and was a long-time trustee for Chagrin Falls Township. Steve’s professional career has been as a trial attorney and general legal practitioner, with an emphasis on professional negligence. He has argued over 60 cases before Ohio and federal appellate courts, including three appearances before the Ohio Supreme Court. At least ten of these cases have established new legal principles.
Dr. Linda Brown has devoted much of her medical career to coordinating medical programs in the developing world focusing on women’s health problems and organizing medical care to people in need after a natural disaster or conflict. Linda has conducted medical relief in Haiti, Palestine, Kenya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Honduras, New Orleans, and Mississippi. For the past several years this medical relief work has been through an organization that she began, Samaritans Now. Dr. Brown has also done work as a medical coordinator and advisor on women’s programs in Iraq and Afghanistan. When not on medical relief projects, Linda is a primary care physician where she focuses on women’s health. Additionally, Linda and her husband are the National Chair of the Parents Council at the University of Miami.
Keith has had an illustrious career in investment advising. He built up DeGreen Wealth Management, which he sold in 2006 with $640,000,000 of assets under management. After flunking retirement, he took a three year world-wide sabbatical. Keith then developed a portfolio management program and has pioneered world-wide market and sector investing through the growing universe of low-cost, U.S. traded, exchange traded funds (ETFs) with DeGreen Capital Management. He has authored The Emerging Markets Book, now in its second printing. Keith also hosts Arizona’s most popular personal finance show, which is now in its 21st year. After high school, Keith would receive the Purple Heart in Vietnam and attained the rank of Sergeant with the United States Marines. Additionally, he was Arizona’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1988 and was a candidate for Governor in 2005 but withdrew due to a family illness. Besides holding a Certified Financial Planner license, Keith earned a law degree when he returned from Vietnam.
Judge Fuhry is an accomplished attorney who has combined his law practice with a long history of service to the community. Dave graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kent State University in 1974 and the Ohio State University College of Law, Juris Doctorate in 1977. For 18 years he taught business law courses for KSU. In 1985 he was elected a Parkman Township Trustee and appointed Magistrate of the Chardon Municipal Court-à position he held for 20 years. He has served as President and Treasurer of the Geauga County Bar Association, as well as numerous other community organizations. He initiated the Geauga County Settlement Day in 1988 aimed at resolving legal disputes by mediation prior to protracted litigation. The program continues to this day with the cooperation of the County’s judges. He presently is serving a 6-year term as Judge of the Geauga County Common Pleas Court. David has been married to Mary Lou since 1980. Their four children: Louise Ann, David, Stephen and Martin range in age from 17 – 24. Dave enjoys bicycling, local and American history, raising fancy poultry, hunting and fishing.
Jim is presently the Director of the Cantonese Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University. His career has been a combination of public and private service focusing on managing growth and development with an eye on the environment. The Cantonese Center is dedicated to helping communities and decision makers manage urban and environmental issues through partnerships in education and research. From 1995 to 1999, Jim served as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs overseeing implementation of growth management laws, as well as disaster relief. In this most recent role Jim coordinated relief efforts during major hurricanes. From 1987 to 1995, Jim served as the Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Florida, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy urban and natural places through wise management of growth and change. Jim received his BA in History and Political Science from Denison University. Jim completed his master’s work at George Washington University and in 1974, his Juris Doctor at the National Law Center. Jim was awarded a Bronze Star for his service to our country in Vietnam.
Allison’s career in journalism started as co-editor of the 1969 Zenith and has taken her around the country and brought her many accolades. She graduated with honors with a degree in journalism from Iowa State University in 1973. She has served as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and freelance writer. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, LA Times, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Esquire and Saveur, among other publications. Her work at the San Jose (CA) Mercury resulted in a Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. She co-authored with her twin sister Peggy “Food Finds: America’s Best Local Foods and the People Who Make Them.” This led to interviews on the Larry King Show, CNN, The Today Show, etc. The book was sold seven years ago to the Food Network resulting in the TV show that currently airs. In 1996 she was awarded an endowed chair at Iowa State University, and in 2002, was given an unprecedented second endowed chair. Allison was the speechwriter and aide for the Governor and Lt. Governor of Iowa, before moving to California in 2000. Last year, she joined the Communications Department of the University of Southern California as the senior writer/editor, and was named USC’s Faculty/Staff Mentor of the Year. She joins her sister Peggy in the CFAA Achievement Hall of Fame. Allison and her husband Scott Kirkpatrick have been married for 33 years. They have two children, Miles, a college graduate and golf professional and Nora, who majored in acting at UCLA. They have always had many cats and dogs, but are currently down to one ungrateful cat, Checkers, who rules the house. Allison’s interests include: architecture with an emphasis on vintage commercial buildings, old neon and diner signs, as well as quilts and textiles.
The former member of the Future Teachers of America, Dr. Denise (Denny) Webster, has been able to combine her loves of nursing and teaching. She is a full professor at the University of Colorado and has been named a President’s Teaching Scholar, (permanent title for teaching excellence). She founded the first doctoral program in women’s health nursing at the University of Illinois. She has been active in teaching, practice and research in psychiatric nursing, with a focus on women and mental health for over 25 years. Dr. Webster has done extensive research and academic writing. During her career she has given more than 150 presentations, published 40 articles and 21 chapters and co-authored a book about living with chronic pain and illness. She remains on the editorial boards of four professional journals. She has been a visiting professor in South Africa, Scotland, New Zealand and Thailand and in the summer of 2002 voluntarily went to Vietnam to teach nursing for a month. Dr. Webster consults pro bono for a battered women’s shelter as well.
John Church has used his Chagrin Falls High School education to make a contribution in the education world. His 35-year career includes experience as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. He recently retired after eleven years as Superintendent of the Polaris Career Center in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. The Career Center’s purpose is to provide career-based education to approximately 800 high school and 18,000 adult students. He has served as an officer of the Ohio Joint Vocational School Association and many other Ohio and national educational organizations, including: The Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Directors, The Ohio Career-Technical Association, The National Career-Technical Association, The Buckeye Association of School Administrators, The Ohio School Boards Association and The National School Boards Association. Involved in his community, he is a member of the Quality Community Partnership and Southwest Arts Council Executive Board.
Jack Schron is a success in the business world and also as a public servant. He is president of Jergens, Inc., a privately owned manufacturing company that distributes manufactured products throughout the world. He is also president of Tooling University, which provides an online manufacturing training resource for individuals and businesses. It has over 120 industrial classes with 40 in Spanish. Jack is a member of the Cleveland State University Business School Advisory Board. In 2004 he received from the Ohio Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association one of 10 statewide Friend of Education Awards for contributions to education in Ohio. He has served his community through hours of volunteer service. Most notably, he served on the Chagrin Falls Board of Education for 12 years, seven as vice president and president. He is a licensed attorney with three years active duty with The U.S. Army JAG Corps and served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 28 years. Jack is also a founding member and current president of the Chagrin Falls Alumni Association.
Nancy Vecchiarelli’s leadership abilities were recognized early in life, and they have continued to serve her well. In April of 1998, federal judges appointed her as a United States Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Ohio. From 1986 until her new appointment, she served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University (Ohio) in 1972, she was graduated fourth in her class from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1977. Some of Nancy’s earliest triumphs took place on athletic fields, then inhabited by mostly boys. An excellent all-around athlete, she was a 4-time Women’s Golf Club Champion at Aurora Country Club.