Gary L. Flaherty served in the United States Army for over 23 years, rising from the rank of Private to the highest enlisted rank in the Army, and retiring as Command Sergeant Major. His duty assignments include Germany, Vietnam and Korea. One of Mr. Flaherty’s career highlights was serving as a member of the White House Task Force on transitioning from a draft Army to the current all volunteer Army. He was cited in 1971 for entering the Draft Board and removing a live hand grenade that Vietnam protesters had thrown through a window.
Irma Waldo, MD, has served her community with compassion for over 60 years. She began her career in the early 1950’s – a time when women were not frequently found in the field of medicine. At one point early in her practice, due to the military commitment of the one other physician in their town, Dr. Waldo was the only remaining doctor available in the community in which she practiced.
James A. Haggerty served in the US Marine Corps from 1951 – 1954 and is a Combat-Disabled veteran of the Korean War. His awards and citations include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with 3 bronze stars, United Nations Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, New York State Medal for Merit and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star.
Kari Bovenzi, MD. is a pediatrician and owner of Genesis Pediatrics, and has dedicated her career to helping others. Putting herself through college and medical school with little outside help, she graduated from SUNY Buffalo and Albany Medical College, and earned her Master’s in Counseling from SUNY Albany.
Always one to think of new ways to help, Dr. Bovenzi speaks out to help raise public awareness of the growing regional concern of Lyme Disease and has assisted many families doing personal battle with the challenges of Lyme Disease at her pediatric practice.