Stephen Dennis enlisted in the Navy at the age of 19, four days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He arrived in the Hawaiian Islands just four months later. Assigned to the USS Atlanta, he soon saw action at Coral Sea. On June 4, 1942, the Atlanta was in the decisive Battle of Midway Island. On November 13, the Atlanta was the lead American ship at Iron Bottom Sound on Guadalcanal, taking a direct hit from a torpedo and being hammered by 49 shells. Eight hours later, having lost one hundred seventy-two men with 79 more wounded, the Atlanta went down. Steve and the rest of the surviving sailors were evacuated from the stricken vessel.
Catherine A. Allain, Ph.D. Edu. serves as the Principal of the Berlin Central High School. Her dedication to young people is legendary – she demonstrates on a daily basis her concern for each and every student and shares her encouragement for their success.
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.