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Williamsville Schools Set to Honor 10 Distinguished Alumni

A retired U.S. Army Colonel and NATO Afghanistan Inspector General; Vice President of The PGA Tour; and the Op-Ed Editor of The New York Times
are among ten distinguished alumni named to the Williamsville Wall of Fame. They will be inducted November 8, 2019 during an awards breakfast at the Park Country Club in Williamsville. 

The induction celebration is sponsored by the Williamsville Education Foundation, Inc. Following the induction ceremony, the newest Wall of Fame members will be guests of honor at their respective alma maters and address students during special assembly programs. According to Superintendent Scott Martzloff, the Wall of Fame honors outstanding Williamsville graduates for their professional achievements, contributions to society, and community service. "These distinguished alumni are an inspiration to our current students and a great source of pride for the entire Williamsville community," he said. The 2019 Inductees are:

From Williamsville SOUTH High School:
James Dao, Class of 1975, Op-Ed Editor, The New York Times
Elaina Giolando, Class of 2007, Life Transformation Coach and freelance writer
Christopher H. Toone, Class of 2009, Founder & CEO, The Senase Project, a non-profit organization that focuses on public education in rural Africa
Michael Walline, Class of 1991, Western New York Theater Actor, Choreographer, and Director

From Williamsville EAST High School:
Maureen Cattieu, Class of 2002, Founder & Director, Cartagena Paws, an animal rescue in Cartagena, Columbia
Mark F. Fassl, Class of 1980, retired U.S. Army Colonel; former NATO Afghanistan Training Mission Inspector General; current Inspector General for the Alabama Department of Corrections
John Flaschner, Class of 1980, Vice President of Community Impact for The PGA Tour 

From Williamsville NORTH High School:
David M. Brown, Class of 1978, Retired CIA Officer; currently, Senior Project Manager, ManTech International
Penny Myers, Class of 1992, Cantor for Temple Beth Zion
Henry J. Stopinski, Ed.D., Class of 1980, Superintendent of Schools, Royalton-Harland Central School District

The Williamsville Wall of Fame has 118 members representing the district's three high schools as well as the original high school, which dates back to the early 20th century. Tickets for the November 8, 2019 breakfast celebration are $25 and may be reserved by calling the Amherst Chamber of Commerce at 716-632-6905, or purchased online at https://amherst-gzcms.preview.gochambermaster.com/events/details/williamsville-wall-of-fame-11-8-2019-3460

Wall of Fame sponsorship opportunities are available for companies, individuals and groups who want to support Williamsville's strong tradition of providing quality education for all students. Proceeds from the Wall of Fame celebration support the Williamsville Education Foundation's teacher mini-grant program, which funds student-focused projects across the district, and a new scholarship program for graduating seniors. The Williamsville Education Foundation, Inc. is an independent 501c3 organization; donations are tax deductible.

For more information about how to sponsor the Wall of Fame Celebration, please contact Trey Measer at 716-204-4900.


First Row: James Dao, Elaina Giolando, Christopher Toone, Michael Walline, and David Brown.
Second Row: Penny Myers, Henry Stopinski, Maureen Cattieu, Mark Fassl, and John Flaschner.