ALUM IN THE NEWS
ALUM IN THE SERVICE
SCOTT F. MURRAY ’83, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, has reached the 20- year mark in his Air Force career. He has been a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, for the past year. In July, Scott will be going to Qatar in the Middle East for a 1-year remote tour in the Central Command Combined Air Operations Center. His wife ant two children, Christiane (14) and Peter (12), will remain in Palo Alto, CA.
GREGORY BERNERT ’98 was recently deployed to Camp Falujjah Iraq serving with the U.S. Navy medical corp. He returned home to Jacksonville, NC, in April.
SGT GREG HOGANCAMP ’01 is in the U.S. Army. He is currently back overseas in Baghdad. Greg is serving as a medic in the army.
JOHN HUGHES ’01 recently made it back to South Florida on the USS Kearsarge. The ship was here for Fleet Week and the Fort Lauderdale Air and Sea Show. John currently works in communications on the naval ship but wants to be a combat medic with the Marines. Naval service runs in the Hughes’ family. His maternal grandfathered served in the Navy during World War II. John’s sister MEGHAN ’98 is an ensign in the Navy Reserve and a medical student at Boston University.
MICHAEL J. PARENTEAU ’03 is a Ranger in the U.S. Army. He was injured last December, during his second deployment overseas. Michael underwent surgery for a broken leg at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington and physical rehabilitation at Ft. Lewis. Michael has a sister, Noel who is a junior at STA and a brother, Christian, is an incoming freshman.
ALUM IN THE NEWS
The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society honored community visionary CHARLES PALMER ’60 and the Gore Family Legacy at their 13th Annual Founders Dinner.
DR. EARL DRISCOLL ’62 was named Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year by
the Broward County Public School District. Earl is a retired NASA engineer and was the astronaut safety officer in the launch control center at the Kennedy Space Center for Apollo 1-17. While Earl worked at NASA, he collected memorabilia of the space program. His collection is now at Crystal Lake Middle School as part of its Science and Pre-Engineering Magnet Program. Earl talks to both students and adults about the space program and how they can be part of the next step into space. He has inspired a new generation of engineers and in the last year, he has traveled to thirty other schools to do presentations. Over the past six years, Earl has spoken to over 4,000 students and has even assisted students in applying for college funding.
Congratulations to GENE MONAHAN ’62 on his induction into the New York State Athletic Training Association Hall of Fame in January. Gene is the head athletic trainer for the New York Yankees. He has spent his entire 44-year athletic training career with the organization, including 34 years as the head trainer. Gene served as American league athletic trainer for the 1977, 1986, 1992 and 2003 MLB All- Star Games. He also toured Japan with a team of MLB All-Stars in 1990. He is the chairman of the PBT Scholarship committee and served as a member of the NATA Public Relations Committee. Gene is an active supporter of "The Checkered Ball" of Charlotte, NC, which specializes in spine and head trauma. He is also active with the Princeton Child Development Institute of Princeton, NJ, specializing in research with autism. Gene received his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University. He has two daughters, Kelley (29) and Amanda (22) and lives in New Jersey.
RAYMOND NOVACO ’64 was recently in the news because of his research on commuting. Raymond is a professor at the University of California at Irvine’s Institute of Transportation Studies. He has researched commuting for three decades and found a correlation between traffic congestion and negative health effects such as higher blood pressure and stress. Raymond says that drivers with multiple route changes are at greater risk. His research also showed that long solo commutes are especially tough on women.
Nadine and GLENN LAHTI ’72 retired to Lower Matecumbe Key in 1999. They both started painting in 2002 after taking an art course at the local
college. Glenn also starting making frames from old lobster traps and giving them as gifts. In 2003, they did their first art show with some of their paintings and lobster trap frames. Since then they have done almost a hundred art shows and show their work in 5 galleries in the Keys. They have also shipped their work all over the US and the world. They have painted hundreds of original works and constructed over 10,000 hand built lobster trap frames. The art of Nadine and Glenn, Original Lobster Trap Art, features tropical, nautical, and colorful island style original oil and acrylic paintings and prints of seascapes, colorful local island landscapes, tropical birds and fish, and nautical landmarks of Key West, Islamorada, Key Largo and the Keys. The lobster trap frames are made from real lobster trap wood that was used to harvest lobsters in the Keys.
Two STA alumni are the WalkAmerica 2007 co-chairpersons. JASMINE SHIRLEY ’75, VP of the North Broward Hospital District, and CURT NICHOLS ’85, VP of human resources of City Furniture, were recently named to chair the event by the March of Dimes Broward Division. This is the 2nd year that Jasmine has been a chairperson of this annual event.
SIOBHAN BRENNAN ’76 recently made her television debut with Vientos del Pueblo, a band composed of musicians from different countries, with different cultural backgrounds and musical styles. They perform music that represents a fusion of cultures and rhythms combining African, European and American Indigenous roots. Siobhan began playing Latin rhythms in the eighties and is a self taught guitarist whose exposure to the Andean style of music spans the US, Bolivia and Chile. Upon her return to the US and moving to Atlanta, Siobhan joined up with founding member Cristian Zamora to begin the first version of Vientos del Pueblo. The band has performed around Atlanta and the Southeast for ten years.
Former Raider, Miami Hurricane and Dallas Cowboy wide receiver MICHAEL IRVIN ’84 became the first Raider and Broward County native voted into the Pro Football Home of Fame. Michael played on a national championship team for the Hurricanes before the Cowboys drafted him in the first round of the 1988 draft. He caught 750 passes for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns in 12 seasons with the Cowboys. He played on three Super Bowl champions in Dallas. Michael also played on five Pro bowl teams. When interviewed after the announcement, Michael thanked not only his family, former teammates, college and pro coaches, and ESPN, he also thanked St. Thomas and Coach George Smith and Sister John Norton. “The Playmaker” will be inducted on August 4th in Canton, OH. Michael was the keynote speaker for the Sistrunk Historical Gala on February 17th at the Broward County Convention Center.
TINA LACERTOSA ’97 is the newest STA Alum to make a difference and save a life! Tina is a Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy who was working in Dania Beach in March and came across a 78-year old man who had been hit by a car. Eyewitnesses told Tina that the jogger had stopped breathing and a passerby who said she was a medical professional, had covered him with a blanket, from head to toe. Tina decided to check for herself and even though she first thought the same thing because the man was cold and pale and bleeding, Tina checked his pulse and found a weak heartbeat. She began CPR and the man began to cough about 20 second later. The jogger, Eric Eaton from Pennsylvania, resumed breathing and was transported to the hospital. He had injuries to his head, brain and pelvis but is expected to recover. Tina, a four-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Department, has been nominated for a life-saving award. She is being called both an angel and a hero by Eaton and family and friends. Tina and Mr. and Mrs. Eaton were even on Good Morning, America, where they talked about Eaton’s near-death experience and Tina’s heroics. Tina is not only a full-time Broward Sheriff Deputy but she is also an assistant coach for the STA girls’ soccer team.