South High School Alumni Foundation

Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

2018 Hall of Fame Inductees


 

Dave Aguilera ('83)

B.S., Mass Communications-Journalism, CSU-Pueblo. Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology, Mississippi State. Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, American Meteorological Society. Pueblo born and raised. Work: Weather anchor, KREX-TV, Grand Junction; KOAA-TV, Pueblo/Colorado Springs; and KRQE-TV, Albuquerque. Emmy Award-winning weatherman for CBS4-TV in Denver, where he’s been since 1993. Newsman at KHOW and KOA radio, Denver. Disc jockey for KCCY, KRYT and KDZA radio, Pueblo. Teaches weather to thousands of elementary school children a year along the Front Range. He emcees many non-profit group fundraisers, among them diabetes and spina bifida.

 


Dr. Donna Jo Blake ('69)

 

Deceased. Last lived and practiced in Durango. B.S, Physical Therapy, CU. Doctor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Spinal Cord Medicine. Work: Practiced 30 years in direct clinical care, medical director of acute inpatient rehab services, VA PMR and other programs, including low-vision outpatient and Regional Amputation Center. She was a recognized expert on applying clinical video telehealth for rehab services with the VA system. Dr. Blake also was an associate professor for CU in the physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. She also advocated for the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health in providing rehab services. Awards include VA Service Award and VA Employee of the year from the Paralyzed Veterans of America (Mountain States chapter), Golden Goniometer Teaching Award for CU’s Rehabilitation Medicine Department. Accepting her award will be her husband, Aaron Gordon.

 


Carole Ricotta Guinane ('74)

B.A., Registered Nurse, MBA, USC-Pueblo. Work: Parkview Hospital, as a nurse and later an administrator. She was the lead clinical administrator there before joining Quorum Health in Nashville, where she helped start quality patient care programs that also helped lower patients’ costs. She also helped build MedCath, a 14-hospital company specializing in quality care of heart patients. From there she went to work on numerous quality initiatives for Novant Health, a multi-state hospital system located in North Carolina. Today she serves as Interim President and VP for System Orthopedics for Sentara Life Care, a not-for-profit group of 12 hospitals, outpatient care centers, imaging centers and more, based out of Virginia Beach, VA. She is the author of many books and articles on health care topics and has been a national and regional presenter. She chairs her company’s board of directors as well as serving as National Chairperson for the NAHQ Competency Commission for Healthcare Quality.

 


Ruth Power Taravella ('64)

Ruth Power Taravella B.A., Physical Education, A.A., Early Childhood Education, USC-Pueblo. Work: Teacher at Vineland Middle School, where she was awarded the first Distinguished Teachers Award, 1985. M.A., Education Administration, K-12, CSU. Taught at North Mesa Elementary, then became D-70’s coordinator of State development. Named first female high school principal for the District in 1997, for the new Pueblo West High School, she oversaw construction of the school and growth of the student body from 198 to 1,003 students when she retired in 2004. Since then she has mentored principals throughout Colorado before becoming the Central High principal in 2011-12 during the search process. Central won the Lamp of Knowledge trophy for the first time that year. She also is active in her church.

 

 

 

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees


 

Dr. William Hurley ('76)

Dr. William Hurley graduated with his B.S, magna cum laude at CSU, Fort Collins. He received his MD with honors at CU School of Medicine, Denver. Hurley has completed post-graduate programs for medical and executive development training in three states.

He has provided emergency medical care for military, community and academic patients since 1985. He is an emergency department doctor and medical director at Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma, WA; a clinical associate professor for the University of Washington School of Medicine; and works overseas with the Cleveland Clinic as a member of the International Medicine Program in Saudi Arabia. He started his medical career as an EMT for an ambulance service. An Olympia, WA, resident, he is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Medical Toxicology. He was 2016 Rural Healthcare Practitioner of the year for WashingtonState.

He is a decorated veteran with the Army in Iraq & Somalia and does regular volunteer work with World War II veterans in support of Puget Sound Honor Flight.

 


Sheve Shirley ('75)

Steve Shirley holds an AAS in Computer Science Technology from USC (University of Southern Colorado) and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from USC.Graduate study includes Graduate School of Banking, CU, and National Commercial Lending School, University of Oklahoma.Shirley is currently VP, Information Technology, Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo.He has coordinated, Pueblo Special Olympics more than 3 decades, is Colorado HOF outstanding volunteer. He is past chair of Pueblo YMCA, past board chair of Catholic Charities of Pueblo, past president, Pueblo Charter Lions Club, and winner of Colorado’s Lions Clubs’ Humanitarian Award.Shirley is past treasurer/board member and charter member of Pueblo South High School Alumni Foundation and now is an Emeritus member of the board.

 


Jerry Sisneros (Coach)

Jerry Sisneros has served as South High teacher and wrestling coach since early 1980s. He retired this year with 3 state wrestling titles and 3 runner-up teams since he became head coach in 1987. His efforts and commitment to his young charges led to 18 individual state champions, 102 who placed at state and 207 state qualifiers, and consecutive top 10 team finishes from 1994-2000.Coaching awards include: Greater Pueblo Hall of Fame, Colorado Wresting Hall of Fame, National Wrestling Hall of Fame.He was a finalist in 2006 for the National High School Coaches Association’s Wresting Coach of the Year.He is a single parent whose son, Joshua, wrote a strong reference for his father’s inclusion into the PSHAF Hall of Fame, noting his father’s motto, “You’ll never out-give me,” has had a positive impact on him, his students, his wrestlers and his co-workers.His assistant coach, Tim Urenda, who will succeed his mentor as head wrestling coach, has been Sisneros’ assistant for 27 years.

 


Dr. Jim Sternholm ('67)

Dr. Jim Sternholm holds a B.S, Arts from Colorado College and earned his MD. From the CU School of Medicine.He interned in family practice/primary care in Wisconsin, and was an emergency room physician in California.Stjernholm began his internal medicine practice in Pueblo, 1981, and has staff privileges at St. Mary-Corwin and Parkview hospitals. He has been Board certified in internal medicine since 1980.He has also been medical director, and on the Nutritional Support Team at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, and attending instructor in the Southern Colorado Family Medicine resident program.He has been Medical Director of Peak Health Plan and was on the board of directors of Minnequa Bank.

 


Sharon (Price) Swerdfeger ('65)

Sharon (Price) Swerdfeger. Among Sharon’s civic board member or chair positions: Parkview Hospital Foundation, Pueblo YMCA, Colorado Business Education Coalition, Pueblo Community College Foundation, Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, St. Mary Corwin Healthcare Foundation, Friends of the Library, Kiwanis Club, Pueblo Boys’ and Girls’ Club. She founded the Pueblo chapter of The National Association of Women in Construction,She is past president/board member/charter member of the Pueblo South High School Alumni Foundation and now an Emeritus member of the board.Community service has been the byword for Sharon and her husband of 50+ years, Keith. This dynamic Pueblo couple started their construction firm soon after graduating and now employ 300 people in southern Colorado.They are among the most generous alumni of South High, in time and money.

 

 

 

2016 Hall of Fame Inductees


Janis A. DiCiacco ('65)

Dr. Janis A. DiCiacco,Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist. For the past 30 years, She has worked with children and their families around issues of attachment and loss, death and dying, foster placement and adoption. She has facilitated groups for children and adolescents with a terminally ill parent. She has lectured for Chinese Adoption International, has served on the steering committee for Fetal Drug/Alcohol conferences and was instrumental in helping design and co-ordinate several educational conferences on traumatic brain injury in infancy, childhood and adolescence.
Dr. DiCiacco serves as a consultant and trainer/educator for attachment and loss, crisis intervention, suicide prevention and assessment, violence assessment and prevention, early onset Bipolar Disorder in children, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Non-verbal Learning Disorder,
Attention Deficit Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Delays.
She and her associates are currently completing a professional manual titled: “The Attachment and Loss Questionnaire: Attachment and Loss Progressive Dynamic Scale, Emotional and Moral Reasoning”. She is co-founder of Mindful Moods, LLC, dedicated to the creation of emotional tools for children and adults.
Dr. DiCiacco is listed in the 2006 edition of Who’s Who in American Women.


Sandra Trujillo Gallegos ('72)

Sandra (Trujillo) Gallegos (1972) became a registered nurse in 1974 when she graduated from Southern Colorado State College. She joined the United States Air Force Nurse Corp and became a commissioned officer.
She earned a B. S. in nursing in 1985 and began her career as public health nurse, specializing in Communicable Disease, but also worked in the TB Clinic, International Travel Clinic, STD Clinic, Immunization/Flu Clinic, and became an HIV counselor.  
For her work in 1997, during the nationally known “Hudson Beef Recall,” she was instrumental in helping root out the cause of the E-Coli. She was recognized by Governor Roy Romer and by the Colorado Medical Society.  USC awarded her their  “You Go Girl Award” where she was their keynote speaker. She was featured in Newsweek, had a guest spot on “Good Morning America, and was interviewed by a New York publisher for a chapter in the book, “Fast Food Nation” – which later became a movie.
Gallegos shifted her duties in 2000 to St. Mary Corwin Medical Center and became their Infection Control Nurse. She became a Certified Infection Control Practitioner and served in this role 11 years.

 


Susan Avery Harvey ('71)

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, and National Certified Counselor, Susan (Avery) Harvey (1971) has held therapeutic positions at numerous northern Colorado mental health centers.
Susan started her own company, TurtleMoon, Inc. where she has designed, produced and distributed therapeutic games.
Her private practice specialty is Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. Which treats PTSD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
In her 24 years as a psychotherapist, Susan has been instrumental in preventing the suicides of both clients and non-clients.
Susan has also served the Community in many ways, including:
five years on the Board of Directors of the Colorado University Parents Association, two years as a member of the CU/Community Alcohol Coalition, five years as a member of “Addressing Alcohol Concerns Together (AACT)” in Boulder, serving on a committee of city, county, health and education stake-holders of the community, and two years on “Boulder County Mental Health Task Force.”
She was also a coach for “Odyssey of the Mind” and a trainer for Odyssey of the Mind coaches, as well as being a member of the Boulder Women’s Chorale..


Raymond M. Miller (Retired faculty, deceased)

Mr. Raymond Miller was a South High  American History and Economics teacher. Miller spent  22 of his 40 years of teaching at South beginning in 1959 when South opened until his retirement in 1981.
During his tenure he was the social studies department chairman. Miller was an associate professor at Adams State College and an associate professor at Western State College, teaching history and economics classes in Pueblo.
He served 1967-1968 as assistant director of the NDEA Institute for Advanced Study of History and Social Studies, a project of Southern Colorado State College, now Colorado State University – Pueblo.
He served on Parish Council and held various offices in the Men of Joseph Society. He also had numerous student teachers.
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2015 Hall of Fame Inductees


Sam Bole ('64)

Sam Bole is a 1964 graduate and was Valedictorian of his class.  Bole attended the United States Air Force Academy, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Affairs. He had a flying career for the next 29 years in the Air Force and accumulated over 4,000 hours of flight time. Colonel Bole was assigned to the Pentagon in foreign military sales and was the F-4 and C-130 program manager for the Egyptian Air Force ensuring they received the resources required to keep their aircraft operational. Following duty at the Pentagon, he became the Commander of the 21st Tactical Fighter Training Squadron at George AFB, CA. After command positions around the world Bole returned to the Air Force Academy to be the Vice Athletic Director. He was responsible for the financial and logistical support of 27 intercollegiate men’s and women’s teams, intramurals, and physical education for 4,000 cadets until his retirement in 1997.  Bole is a member of many organizations supporting both the Air Force and the Air Force Academy and is a member of the Military Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Colorado Springs.

 


Marilyn Sly Leuszler ('63)

Marilyn Sly Leuszler, a 1963 graduate, is an artist living in Trinidad.  Her specialty is Japanese art and spent ten years studying with the great master artists in Japan in both ink and brush artwork and silk embroidery.  Her art has been shown in galleries throughout the United States, the Colorado Capitol Building and many Colorado Airports.  Lueszler is a board member of Arts for Colorado, The A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art and is the chair of both the Trinidad Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission and the Corazon de Trinidad Creative District.  She has taught at many levels but specializes in bringing art to children.

 

 

 

 

 


Gerry Montgomery ('75)

Gerry Montgomery, a 1975 graduate is co-owner of Montgomery-Steward Funeral Directors, Inc. He was chosen by the city of Pueblo to manage the city-owned Mountain View Cemetery in 1995 and has spent countless hours expanding and renovating the cemetery.  Montgomery has served as Chairman of the board of the Sangre de Cristo Hospice, is a board member of the CSU-P Foundation and the KTSC advisory board.  He is active in the Pueblo Downtown Association, the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce and many other local organizations.  Montgomery has been the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for humanitarian service, The Lion of the Year, the Keep Pueblo Beautiful Award, the Pueblo Downtown Association Shining Star Award and the USC Outstanding American Achievement Award for exceptional service to and support of higher education.

 

 

 


Jamie Clark Pecha ('05)

Jamie Clark Pecha is a 2005 graduate of South.  She is a Captain in the United States Army and a graduate of West Point.  Captain Pecha excelled in both academics and athletics while at South receiving academic awards as an AP Scholar, National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Award and served as student representative on the school bond committee.  She qualified for state in track all four years in eleven events and was a four-year letterman in volleyball. Pecha carried her academic and athletic success on to West Point, graduating in the top 10% of her class and lettering in volleyball all four years.  Pecha graduated Airborne School in 2010. She was a member and co-captain of the All-Army Volleyball team, the Armed Forces Volleyball team and was 2014 Army Female Athlete of the Year.  Captain Pecha was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and is the recipient of 16 service ribbons including the Bronze Star. Pecha is a volunteer in both youth and senior sports programs.

 


Dr. Frank Ricotta

Dr. Frank J. Ricotta is a retired South High School math teacher and District #60 administrator. Dr. Ricotta spent 21 years teaching at South and another 11 years in school administration. Dr. Ricotta served the 3rd Congressional District as an elected member of the state Board of Education for six years.  He has served as President of the Roselawn Cemetery Board of Directors, the Catholic Diocese Finance Board, the Catholic School Board and the Parish Council. While at South Dr. Ricotta received a National Science Foundation Grant, was a class sponsor many times and was the sponsor of Key Club, math club and was an SAT mentor. Dr. Ricotta, in his spare time coached youth baseball and basketball.

 

 

 

 


John Wristen ('80)

John Wristen is a 1980 graduate of South. While at South he participated in basketball and track and was quarterback on the football team.  After graduating Wristen attended the University of Southern Colorado where he also quarterbacked the football team. He graduated in 1984 with a Master’s Degree in Special Education.  Wristen’s coaching career has taken him from Rocky Ford High School to Ft. Lewis College, Northwestern University, the University of Colorado and UCLA.  Wristen returned to Pueblo and Colorado State University in 2008 to resurrect the football program and the success he has enjoyed has been unparalleled. The Thunderwolves have been league champions every year since 2011 and were the NCAA Division II National Champions in 2014. Wristen has been named coach of the year multiple times.  Wristen is involved in the United Way middle school mentoring program, and is an ambassador for many local causes including breast cancer awareness and research.  


2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Marylin Mendell-Lyle ('66)

Marilyn Mendell–Lile, graduated in 1966. She then graduated from Southern Colorado State College with a degree in Behavioral Science.  She found her niche as an Infant/Toddler developmental specialist when she studied for two years under Dr. Cordelia Robinson at Myers Children’s Rehabilitation Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, and worked for Eastern Nebraska Community Office of Retardation as a child development specialist. She also did extensive training and teaching at the Institute with deaf and blind children. Mendell-Lile was part of one of the first home bound therapy programs for infants and toddlers with special needs. She traveled over a five county region serving families of children who were developmentally delayed. She collaborated on a research based model to validate the need for in home early intervention services for children from birth to three years old that had special needs.  In 1978, Marilyn began her 33 year career as an Early Interventionist in the Infant Toddler Program at Pueblo County Board for Developmental Disabilities, commonly known as Colorado Bluesky Enterprises.  She and her team of specialists evaluated more than 1,500 children in the Pueblo County area, and participated in over 7,200 home visits assisting families to better understand their child’s delays and to facilitate their development.   She provided services for children with delays in all areas of development and specialized in working with children who were visually impaired.


Leslie Dreir Nazario ('86)

Leslie Dreier Nazario, class of 1986 is a well-known Pueblo photographer who is being inducted for her service to others and her community involvement efforts.  Nazario worked at several orphanages in Mexico through Rotary 43.  She played an active role in establishing the Rotary Medical Mission in Chihuahua, Mexico, and was able to drive $250,000 worth of medical supplies and an ambulance to be used for mobile medical checks. Her community involvement includes sitting on the President's Advisory Council at CSU-P, Vice President Broadway Theatre League, Vice President Pueblo Sister Cities Commission and  Past President of Pueblo Rotary 43.  Nazario is also Past President Pueblo Rape Crisis Center and serves on the Advisory Board of the Hasan School of Business.  She is a past board member of “Neighborworks".

 


Anthony Nuñez ('65)

Anthony Nuñez, a 1965 graduate grew up in a single family household in one of the poorest areas of Pueblo and has dedicated his adult like to serving and helping others.  He has served as a board member with the Southern Colorado Sports Foundation, and Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation, serving as president of the latter, and helped acquire funds for young fathers to go to college. Nuñez also served on the Colorado State University-Pueblo Board of Directors and was former president of the Pueblo City/County Library Board of Directors.  He has also served on the board of the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, Pueblo Economic Development Board, Pueblo Regional Board, Airport Advisory Board, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the 10th Judicial Performance Commission and the Arkansas Valley Conservancy Board.  He has served as chairman of the Pueblo Democrat Party and served two terms as a Pueblo County Commissioner.

 

 


Kent "Tiny" Reed ('70)

Kent Reed graduated from South in 1970 where he was very much involved in vocal music including Concert Choir, Carolairs, All-City Choir, All-City Men’s Choir and All-State Choir.  He went on to get his BA degree in music education from Southern Colorado State College and his MA degree in creative arts in education from Lesley College. Kent is an accomplished accordion player, guitarist, and vocalist.  He has performed locally in the Pueblo Symphony Chorale, Seven Centuries Singers, several different bands, and various church and community activities. Kent has taught both instrumental and vocal music in School District #70 at all levels K-12, coached girls’ volleyball, and basketball, and was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a co-huddle leader.  He also was an adjunct professor at CSU-P for several years working as a teacher mentor for the Teachers-in-Residence program in the education department.  Kent has participated in various programs at the Sangre de Cristo Art Center and works at the Buell Children’s Museum both as a presenter and Santa Claus.  Currently, he teaches at the Pueblo Connect School and works with his wife Christine as a consultant for the Bella Prima Musica Children’s Chorale


 

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

Warren Carere

Warren “Woe” Carere was the second principal of South High School serving from 1973 through 1982. During his thirty year career in District 60 Carere served as principal not only at South, but also at Centennial and Central and served in the East High School Administration. Upon his retirement He turned to public service as Director of the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office from 1991 to 2001. He was also elected to the District #60 Board of Education and served for six years, the final two years as president. He also served as board chairman of the Pueblo Area Council of Governments (PACOG) during the 1994-95 year. From 1982 through 1991, Woe was an active board member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He served as a board member and president of the El Pueblo Boys╩╝ Ranch for six years. Woe was on the board of the Victims Assistance Law Enforcement (VALE) for three years.

 


 

Eddie Potestio ('81)

Eddie Potestio, a 1981 graduate of South has been recognized as one of the country’s premier custom car builders and upholsterers,  As owner of Eddie’s Rods and Customs he has built many national award winning vehicles for the past 25 years.  Potestio’s vehicles have been featured in many magazines and on magazine covers. 1999 Eddie was asked to build a car for the prestigious Las Vegas Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association or SEMA Show.  He has also served on the Wyo Tech Street Rod Advisory Board and recently starred  on Spike TV’s “Search and Rebuild” where he was featured for his metal working skills.

 


Tom Sanders ('66)

Tom Sanders, a 1966 graduate of South founded the Wetmore Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center over 30 years ago.. Together with wife Cecilia Tom has helped to establish the feasibility and acceptance of rehabilitating large wildlife species including deer, elk, pronghorn, mountain lions and bears and has documented the successful rehab and release of hundreds of these animals and has also worked with most of the smaller species of Colorado wildlife.  Tom taught science at Central High School for 28 years and has used those skills to develop an ecologically friendly rehab center that uses wind and solar to keep the center off of the grid for most of the year.  In addition to his work with the Colorado DOW Sanders takes in parrots, Macaws and cockatoos that people no longer want or are able to care for. Sanders also owns, manages and operates a public water system for the TV Hills Subdivision near Wetmore.

 


Dr. Janet (DiCiacco)Seahorn ('65)

Dr.  Janet (DiCiacco) Seahorn graduated from South in 1965 and has been a teacher, administrator, and consultant for over thirty years. She spent much of her career in Jefferson County Schools, CO as a teacher & administrator. During that time she also served as an adjunct professor for Regis University in Denver, University of Colorado, and Metro State College.  Dr. Seahorn is currently a professor at Colorado State University teaching classes in the School of Teacher Education on neuroscience, literacy and learning.  Dr. Seahorn co-authored a book with her husband on trauma and the brain which focuses on the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) experienced by combat veterans. Their book, Tears of a Warrior: a Family’s Story of Combat and Living with PTSD, is being used by Vet Centers and VA Hospitals across the United States. They conduct workshops as well as appear as guest speakers for veteran groups and communities on the topic of Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.

 


2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Shelly Borton ('86)

After graduating from South in 1986 Shelly attended Texas State University where she studied Exercise and Sports Science and played basketball for the Bobcats. She currently lives in Austin, Texas. Shelly has served as a law enforcement officer in the central Texas area for more than 15 years. She is currently a Senior Patrol Officer for the Austin Police Department and works as a bike patrol officer in the downtown area. Since joining the department she has worked in a variety of capacities including patrol, street level narcotics, cadet training instructor and crowd management. She has been recognized for her achievements in hostage negotiations and serves as a team leader for one of the hostage negotiation teams that responds with the Austin Police SWAT team. She continues her love of sports and has competed in marathons. She was also a member of the Austin Police women's basketball team that competed in the annual Texas Police Olympic Games. Shelly was recently named the 2012 Evergreen Recipient Award for the Foundation for the Homeless. Since working in downtown Austin, Shelly has become involved in volunteer and charitable activities to support the needs of the homeless community in Austin.

 


Greg Hahn ('69)

Greg was fortunate to be a member of the Colt golf team responsible for the first ever Pueblo South Colorado State Athletic Championship. His post high school desire was to pursue mathematics as a major. Colorado State University - Pueblo (then SCSC) allowed him to focus on golf and a college education that moved from mathematics to business. Greg is a realtor who to created the firm of RE/MAX of Pueblo, Inc.  with over 100 agents, assistants and support staff. His civic roles have included being Chairman of the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO), Chairman of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the CSU-Pueblo Hasan School of Business and Board of Directors of Pueblo United Way and CSU-Pueblo Foundation plus service as advisory Board Member of US Bank.Greg has been married for 39 years to Cathy (Cathy Hargraves ('69), and has two daughters.

 

 


Sally (Reivitt) Morgan ('69)

Her senior year at South, Sally participated in Student Council, was Homecoming Queen and was Head Cheerleader. Sally has emerged as a nursing leader since graduating from Southern Colorado Sate College in 1971. After practicing direct patient care in New York, Colorado and California, Sally settled in California. There she earned baccalaureate and master's degrees in nursing and became a nursing professor and administrator. As Director of Nursing at Vanguard University, she implemented a unique program for registered nurses to advance their nursing degrees. Sally was appointed to state-wide committees impacting legislation and the future of nursing education in California. Currently she is a Professor and Assistant Director at Western University of Health Sciences, teaching graduate and doctoral students. She obtained a PhD in Nursing from the University of San Diego in 2012. Her ongoing program of research regarding medical errors and medication administration has been presented at national and international conferences. Sally and her husband Byron have a daughter an a son and two Grandchildren.

 


Robert Morris ('80)

Bob graduated valedictorian his senior year. He was also Senior Class President and lettered all four years in cross country and three years in track. Bob then attended the Colorado School of Mines on a Boettcher Foundation Scholarship and graduated first in his class in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering. At the Colorado School of Mines, Bob was named to the 1981 NAIA Academic All-America Cross Country Team.  After a two-year stint as an engineer for Mobil Oil, Bob then attended the Harvard Business School where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 1988. After graduating from Harvard, Bob served in senior management roles for a public independent oil and gas exploration & production company before starting his own consulting firm. In 1993, Bob moved to New York City to work on Wall Street and soon became one of the most renowned experts on the oil & gas industry.  He has been featured in Business Week and the Wall Street Journal  and has been a frequent guest  on CNBC, Fox Business News, Good Morning America and Bloomberg TV. Bob is married with one daughter.


Richard "Dick Vinci" (Teacher and Coach)

Dick was recruited to Pueblo Junior College by legendary Coach Harry Simmons to play basketball.  He also ran track and was named best all-around athlete at  the school.  He earned a scholarship to Sacramento State University in California, where he led team scoring during both years that he played. After two years in the Army, Dick returned to Pueblo to begin his fifty-one year teaching career. In his early years he taught and coached at several schools but was best known for teaching math and coaching at South. He was the first teacher to teach about computers, when, at the time, South had only one computer. He retired from South in 1984. Following retirement from District #60, he taught math at Colorado State University – Pueblo For another fourteen years. Of his fifty-one years of teaching Dick was most  proud to be a South High Colt.  Dick also coached Old Timers Baseball, was a South-Central League basketball  official for fifteen years, Western Athletic Conference college referee for five more and was official track starter at the then University of Southern Colorado. In 1996 Dick was inducted into the Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame.  Vinci passed away earlier this year.

 


2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

John Fognani ('69)

John D. Fognani is a 1969 graduate of South and graduated from the University of Colorado and the Northwestern University School of Law and has been a natural resources and environmental attorney for more than 30 years. He has had extensive experience in the areas of real property, natural resources and environmental law.  The emphasis of John’s practice has been in the areas of resource project development and project finance, and compliance with federal and state mining laws and requirements.  Fognani is listed in Best Lawyers in America under six categories and in Who's Who of American Lawyers as well as in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.  He has worked on a number of highly visible, complex litigated environmental and natural resources matters, including defense of natural resources damage cases.  John has extensive experience pertaining to international law and financing, particularly relating to mineral and energy development and his experience has taken him to many parts of the world including most of Asia.

 


Frederick A. Galves ('79)

Fredrick A. Galves is a 1979 graduate of South and graduated from Colorado College and Harvard Law School.  Following graduation from Harvard Law School in 1986, Galves served as a judicial clerk for Judge John L. Kane (U.S. District Court, District of Colorado). He later practiced with the Denver law firm of Holland &Hart.  Galves has worked on national banking legislation with both the Senate and House Banking Committees and has done pro bono legal work in Chile on a human rights fellowship from Harvard, and was a Harvard teaching fellow in Principles of Economics.  Professor Galves has been a member of the Pacific University McGeorge School of Law faculty since 1993 and lectures widley on the use of technology in the practice of law, including the use of 3D computer animations and virtual reality exhibits.  He produced the first law review article in the country that used hyper-linked media.  His use of technology in teaching and his computer-assisted litigation has allowed Professor Galves to teach as a visiting professor at the University of California at Davis School of Law, Fordham Law School, the University of Denver Law School and Southwestern Universtiy Law School.  fred also teaches several international courses to Americandand foreigners.  He has taught Trial Advocacy in Chili and China, private international litigation in Austria, alternative dispute resolution in Germany, and U.S. Securities Law as well as USA Legal Orientation to foreign attorneys and judges inrolled in the U.C. Davis International Law Program.  He also administers the Street Law International Program inconjunction with Sacramento, CA Charter High School, a progsram in which law students teach legal concepts and trial advocacy to inner city teenagers, enriching and deepening the law students' understanding of the law, and motivating young adults to pursure posstsecondary education and careers in the legal field.  Fred has also served on the Colorado College Board of Trustees.


Priscilla R. (Dick) Lucero '(82)

Priscilla (Dick) Lucero, a 1982 graduate of South High, excelled academically at the University of Southern Colorado, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Her major was accounting. She then went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from the same institution.In 2005, Priscilla was recognized as an Outstanding Alumna of Colorado State University Pueblo. Priscilla is the President of the Wells Fargo Bank in Pueblo and oversees the operation of nine Bank locations in Pueblo, as well as facilities in Westcliffe and Canon City. Priscilla has been recognized on a number of occasions for her contributions to business in Pueblo. As an example, she was recognized in 2001 by the Business Women’s Network as its Business Woman of the Year.  Priscilla has given her time as a volunteer to the Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce, serving in a variety of capacities, including a term as the President of the Chamber Board of Directors and has been recognized as the Latino Chamber of Commerce Board Member of the Year, and the chamber’s Most Distinguished Women Award. She is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Parkview Medical Center, and a member of the Board of the Parkview Health System, parent to the Medical Center. She has also served on  other non-profit boards such as the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation, Business Women’s Network, Colorado State University – Pueblo, The Sangre De Cristo Arts & Conference Center, and the Diocese of Pueblo  and has provided extensive volunteer efforts to such community organizations as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation, and KTSC-TV Channel 8


Steven Smith ('66)

Steve Smith is a 1966 South High School  graduate and is the Director of Correctional industries (CCi). This is division of the Colorado Department Corrections. Steve oversees 50 different businesses. Each business is responsible for training and teaching inmates in meaningful work or trades.  Under Steve's leadership, his management team has created more than 800 new inmate jobs in the last six years. Last fiscal year CCi generated 63 million dollars in revenue.  CCi  employs 170 fulltime employees who are involved in training and working with more than 2,000 inmates. Steve began his career with CCi in 1985 in the Furniture Factory.  ln 1990 he became the supervisor of the factory. In 2000 he was promoted to the Agribusiness division and by 2008 had become the Director. The programs and businesses he oversees include furniture manufacturing, metal products, seating factory, modular panel shop, web design, CAD operations, printing factory, garment factories (2), fiberglass manufacturing factory, wild land fire fighting units, canine program, wild horse program, cow dairy, goat dairy, greenhouse, tilapia fishery, trout hatchery, fish processing, farm labor program, pheasant hatchery, heavy equipment program, plastic bag operation, air filter manufacturing operation, recycling printer cartridges program, license plate and tab factory, surplus property, trash recycling, saddle shop, canteen services, composting, a service station, fly fishing rod manufacturing, beehives, and general services programs. Researchers have projected that the lower recidivism rate for inmates in CCi programs will save Colorado tax payers $122,000,000 in the next 10 years.  Steve also serves on the National Board of Correctional Industries, as well as the zoning commission for Fremont County.


Scott and Beverly (Prater) Williamson ('71)

Scott and Beverly (Prater) Williamson graduated from South in 1971 and are the first couple to beinducted into the Hall of Fame.  Scott founded the Key Club at South  and initiated the idea of having a cannon as the trophy for the traditional football game between East and south. He was also co-editor of the ROUND-UP and student body president. Scott was a Boettcher scholar.  Beverly was in Girls Cabinet and Head Majorette , a member of All-City Band and Western State Honor Band, and served on Coltspurs Executive Board among many other activities. Scott attended the University of Denver, wasPhi Beta Kappa and went on the become a physician. In 2005 he was named one of Texas' "Super Doctors.  Beverly graduated from CSU-Fort Collins and went on to obtain her master's degree in nutrition.  During the ensuing years both Scott and Beverly as a team worked with developmentally disabled children, Scott as the Medical Director and Beverly as a consulting dietician at the North Texas Rehabilitation Center in Wichita Falls. Scott and Beverly founded a not-for-profit community nature center in Wichita Falls.  Having visited Pueblo's Electric Critters, with permission, they replicated the exhibit in Wichita Falls. River Bend Nature Center now provides outdoor science education to 25,000 school children annually and is now a 9 million dollar asset to the community. In 2005, after 23 years in Texas Scott and Beverly relocated to Kansas to provide their daughter, who has Down Syndrome, with better opportunities.  Beverly organized a hand bell choir for special needs adults and proposed and help establish a bakery at their church that utilizes special needs adults that now has 25 employees. She also now owns a small business. Scott continues to practice medicine as serves as a medical volunteer at the NAIA basketball championships every year.

 


2010 Hall of Fame Inductees

Coach Bill Brown

When South High School opened its doors in August of 1959, Bill Brown was there. After teaching and coaching at Central High School for nine years. Coach Brown brought the South basketball team to the state playoffs in only their second year and established a tradition that continues to this day. Brown continued to coach and teach history until he was asked to become part of the school's administration as Athletic/Activities Director, a position he held until a higher calling prevailed and he was asked to become part of the national staff of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Brown served as West Central Regional Director and was instrumental in establishing the FCA program in Northern Colorado among others. A love of teaching brought Mr. Brown back into the classroom where he finished his career in Longmont, retiring in 1988. He and his wife Jane, also a lifelong educator, recently relocated back to Pueblo. He is a father of 2 girls, and a Grandfather and Great-Grandfather.

 


James A. Brunjak ('75)

Jim graduated from South in 1975 as a gold cord senior after lettering in basketball, football and tennis and being named to the all-tournament team at the 1975 state basketball tournament. His work as an entrepreneur in the field of oil and gas pipeline supply and his inventions in innovative tubing and casing has allowed his company, Power Solutions, LLC, to enjoy tremendous growth both in the United States and Canada, achieving sales of nearly $300 million with only five employees. Jim has volunteered countless hours of his time giving back to the communities in which he has lived. His philanthropic giving encompasses many organizations in many different areas. Jim has been married for nearly 30 years to Rhonda and has three daughters, Jessee, Maggie and Emma. His father Ray Brunjak, was a long time teacher and administrator in the Pueblo school system.

 


Jack D. England ('61)

As president of his graduating class in 1961 and a member of South's first state tournament team in basketball, Jack went on to excel in both basketball and track at the University of Denver. He was an all-conference player in basketball and a world class athlete in the 400 meter hurdles. He was recently voted to the DU all-century basketball team. After attending medical school and deciding to specialize in emergency room medicine, Jack has been a leader in the field, helping to found the first certification program for emergency room physicians and is a founding member and Fellow in the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. England's work as a humanitarian in the medical field has taken him overseas on medical mission trips and he routinely acts as a mentor to others. Dr. England and his wife Lory have two grown children.

 


Nino Giarratano ('80)

Nino, a 1980 graduate, played four years of baseball, two years of basketball and one year of golf while at South and continued his baseball career at Trinidad State Junior Collete, where he began his successful coaching career and guided them to three Junior College World Series appearances. After a stint as an assistant coach at Arizona State University Nino has been the head baseball coach at the University of San Francisco for 13 years and most recently was coach of the 2008 and 2010 Team USA, leading them to a gold medal in 2008 and a silver medal in 2010. He has been a five time Conference Coach of the year and three time national Junior College Coach of the Year while at Trinidad and two time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year at USF. Thirty=two of his players at USF have gone on to sign professional baseball contracts and over 30 have been All-WCC academic selections, including one valedictorian. Nino is also scheduled for induction into the Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame later in November. Nino married a South graduate and has a son and a daughter both in college.


Kathrine Thomson

Kathrine has taught at South High School for 42 years. After graduating cum laude from SCSC (now CSU-P) in 1968, her first and only teaching job has been at South. Currently the Chairperson of the Department of Social Studies, Kathy has served in almost every volunteer and sponsor capacity in the school including president of the site based committee for the last 12 years. Currently sponsor of the yearbook staff among others, Ms. Thomson served as interim District #60 Secondary Social Studies Director, President of the Junior League, President of the Colorado Outdoor Performing Arts Association, President of the Pueblo Zoological Society and President of the Pueblo City Schools Accountability Committee for the past 10 years. Kathrine is married and has a son.

 


2009 Hall of Fame Inductees

James W. Billings, Jr. ('71)

Jim graduated from South in 1971, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo) and his Master's Degrees from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (Public Administration) and from the University of Colorado, Denver (Criminal Justice). He has been the Chief of Police in Pueblo since 1998. Jim is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is a Colorado representative of the United States delegation to the International Association of the Chiefs of Police (IACP). Jim serves on the mountain states region of the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Committee of the IACP. He is the recipient of the Robert Hawkins Award from the Mental Health Association of Pueblo, is Past President of the Rotary club and has served on many non profit boards including the YMCA and the United Way and has volunteered and served in many capacities with the Boy Scouts. He has been married to June for 35 years.

 

 


Patrick S. Mara ('66)

Pat graduated in 1966 and went on to receive his bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and has taught for nearly 40 years, the past nearly quarter of a century at South. Pat is a true teacher having authored and co authored many textbooks in mathematics and has hosted KTSC televisions' Homework Hotline and serves as a TV tutor for kids struggling with homework. Pat even takes calls at home from students needing help. He's helped design curriculum and teacher education programs and he's traveled to Japan to see how those youngsters learn math. He also has spent a summer as a fellowship student at Priceton University. A noted master teacher, Mara has received the: • Raytheon Corp Math Hero Award in 2008 • International Academy of Science Mathematics Teacher of the Year in 2001; • Colorado Math Teacher Award of Excellence, 1997 • President's Award for Excellence in Science Mathematics Teaching in 1989. • Pat was recently chosen by Pueblo Chieftain as the "Best Teacher in Pueblo". Pat has been married to Sally Ann also a 1966 graduate of South for 40 years.

 


Steven C. Moore ('71)

Steve is a 1971 graduate and received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado in 1975 and 1979. Upon graduation from law school, he accepted a Vista Volunteer position representing Indian tribes and individual Indian people in northern Idaho, working for Idaho Legal Services. In 1981 he began working for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana. In 1983, he returned to Boulder and joined the Native American Rights Fund, the largest and oldest non-profit law firm in the United States representing Indian tribes. At the Native American Rights Fund, where he is senior staff attorney, much of his practice has focused on natural resource issues. Steve has represented Indian tribes in complex litigation involving oil and gas royalties, treaty fishing rights, and federal Indian reserved water rights. His other work includes the protection of sacred lands, the repatriation of human remains and the protection of unmarked Native graves, the religious use of peyote by members of the Native American Church, and the religious rights of Native prisoners. He is admitted to practice law in several federal and state courts, federal courts of appeals, the United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court. His volunteer work includes service as a member of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, the Advisory Committee to the Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School, and the Steering Committee of the National Association of Indian Legal Services. He is married to Martha Griffin, and has three children, Lindsay, Andrew and Rio Moore.


Daniel J. Predovich ('65)

Graduated in 1965 and received his B.S. from the University of Colorado. He is Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, is Certified in Financial Forensics and is president of Predovich and Company. He is Past President of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Early in his career he worked for the Colorado State Attorney General as Senior Criminal Investigator, as field agent for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and a senior investigator for the Denver district attorney. Dan is a lecturer and instructor to business groups, professional organizations and law enforcement agencies regarding a variety of topics including accounting, taxation, litigation support services and fraud investigations. He currently serves of the board and chairs the audit committee of RE/MAX International and is the co-founder of the Colorado Law Enforcement Instructor's Association where he is a member of the board and serves as treasurer. Dan is past president of the PorterCare Foundation and has been a member of the board of the Children's Advocacy and Family Resources Foundation. He has also been a member of the board of directors of the Webb-Waring Foundation. In addition he has served as training coordinator and secretary for the Colorado Attorney Council Investigator's Association.


Marcia Stjernholm Smith ('63)

Marcia Graduated in 1963 and was Valedictorian of her class. She founded a company now known as Evercare and served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Evercare is a company that coordinates, provides, and pays for medical care for those living in nursing homes, those living in the community who have special health care needs because of chronic disease, and/or those who have advanced illness or disability. These are mostly frail elderly. Evercare started out as a demonstration project for the federal government. It proved so successful that legislation was enacted to make it a permanent part of Medicare. The National Health Service (NHS) of England heard about Evercare and engaged a team, with Marcia as it's leader to embed the Evercare model of care in nine communities in England. The hospitals in England have no available beds and long waits for care, so they wanted to use the model to reduce hospital admissions. The end result was the creation of a new and advanced grade-level position for nurses in England • their job is to care for high-risk populations. Marcia started working outside the home at age 40 with a Peak Health in Denver/Colorado Springs/Pueblo and became the executive director of that organization. Marcia has always been active in her church, directing the choir, coordinating worship and teaching Sunday School. While moving ten times during her husband's military career Marcia was active in community and military base charitable endeavors. Marcia is the mother of three grown children and the grandmother of 12.


Frances Marie Vallejo ('83)

Fran was CO-valedictorian of her class in 1983 and was a Boettcher Scholarship recipient to the Colorado School of Mines. Her entire professional career has been with Phillips Petroleum, subsequently ConocoPhillps in Houston, TX. She is currently Vice-president and Treasurer of ConocoPhillips. Fran majored in engineering mathematics, with an emphasis in geophysics, while at the Colorado School of Mines. As a senior at Mines, Fran was designated as E-Day outstanding senior in mathematics and outstanding graduate of the McBride Honors Program. Fran took a leave of absences from Phillips Petroleum to pursue a masters degree in business administration at Rice University, where she was recognized as the outstanding woman candidate for her MBA class of 1996. She was a member of the corporate team that brought about the merger of Phillips Petroleum and Conoco Petroleum. In addition, Fran was a member of the corporate team that brought about the partnership of ConocoPhillips with the second largest Russian oil conglomerate, Lukoil. While at South Fran was active in student government, was a member of South's concert choir, and was president of the National Honor Society. Since then, Fran has exhibited leaderships skills learned at South High and at the Colorado School of Mines by being involved in community activities through her children's schools, church, and Phillips 66 Federal Credit Union, where she serve as chairperson of the board for many years and continues to serve as a director. She also is a graduate of the Center for Houston's Future Leadership Forum. In 2004, the Pueblo School District No 60 Education Foundation recognized Fran as an outstanding District 60 graduate. She diligently worked to acquire ConocoPhillips support (financially and physically) for the Rice University's Money and Business 10'l class which takes the best applicants from 10 different underprivileged Houston independent High Schools which educates them in analyzing stocks and other financial skills, ConocoPhillips gives a day-long tour educating the students in the business of energy, all the different careers involved in running a large company like COP and the kind of an education you would need for these careers. She's also involved with Rice University's Elementary Model Science Lab. Recently Fran was named Outstanding Female Executive of the year by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


Kenneth W. West ('68)

Ken graduated from South in 1968, attended SCSC for two years and transferred to CSU Ft. Collins and graduated with a degree in Construction Management in 1972. Ken returned to Pueblo and went to work for the Transportation Test Facility where he worked until he went to work for H. W. Houston Construction in 1977. He bought out the company in 1992. He has been associated with H.W. Houston for 32 years. H.W. Houston Construction Co. built the Pueblo City County Library, The new Pueblo YMCA, the forensic unit at the CHMIP, and the bed tower expansion at St. Mary Corwin Hospital and has been selected as contractor for the new County Judicial Plaza. H.W. Houston constructs commercially throughout Colorado. Currently they are involved in over $130 million in construction projects. Ken has served on many community boards including the: • YMCA for over 20 years and is a past president • HARP Foundation, and is a past president • Southern Colorado Community Foundation • Mahlon Thatcher White Foundation • 100 Club and is a past president. Also Mr. West has served on the board of directors of: Minnequa Bank and is currently on the Board of the Community Banks of Colorado. Ken has contributed personally and corporately to various projects in Pueblo including the YMCA, CSU-P, HARP, Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, St. Mary Corwin Foundation and Parkview Hospital Foundation. Ken and his wife Sandy have been married for 27 years and have one daughter Chelsea.


2008 Hall of Fame Inductees

Louie D. Carleo ('70)

Class of 1970. Louie began his efforts to redevelop downtown Pueblo by purchasing properties and redesigning them to meet 21st century standards. Starting in 1987 with one building, his holdings now encompass over 50 properties; including the Thatcher Building, Midtown Shopping Center, The Colorado Building and the Andrews Produce Building - which he rebuilt into a state of the art office building along the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk that houses AT&T Wireless and employs more than 500 people. Louie is the President and CEO of LDC Properties, CEO of Commercial Builders, Vice President of Sound Venture Realty, Vice President and CFO of Tri-County Auto Dealerships, Community Director and Bank Director of Southern Colorado Community Banks and Trustee of Colorado Technical University. He has received numerous awards for his leadership and commitment to the betterment of Pueblo which include; The Pueblo Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, National Sam Walton Business Leader Award and the Charles W. Crews Business Leader Award.

 


Patricia Erjavec ('75)

Class of 1975. As President and CEO of El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch, the second largest residential childcare facility in the state, Patty more than doubled its service capacity and increased its asset base by more than $18 million. She implemented high performance teams and directed the development of a cognitive behavioral model for residential treatment that was copy written in 2002 and in use nationwide. Her community involvement includes service on countless nonprofit, educational, youth and children's agency boards and commissions. She chaired the State Board of Community College and Occupational Education and served as the interim President of the Community College System. She has been recognized professionally as Administrator of the Year by the Colorado Child & Adolescent Mental Health Coalition, Pueblo Public Library's Outstanding Woman Award, the YWCA's Anna Taussig Tribute to Women Award, the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce's Business Person of the Year and CSU-Pueblo Outstanding Alumnus Award.

 


Keith R. Swerdfeger ('65)

Class of 1965. Keith built his family owned construction company, K.R. Swerdfeger Construction Company, from a one person operation with a rented backhoe to a multi-state construction enterprise that employs 500 people. Keith served as CEO of the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO) and has been instrumental in drawing many new businesses to the area. Keith has worked tirelessly with Fort Carson officials to make Pueblo an attractive home to base personnel. Over the years, Keith has served in leadership positions both statewide and nationally in the construction industry. He has served on the PCC Foundation Board and the CSU-Pueblo Hasan School of Business Advisory Board, among many others. Keith has donated time and money to a variety of local concerns including work for the PCC Mall area, Rawlings Field at CSU-Pueblo, the Pueblo Convention Center, a football field at El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch, a visiting room at the animal shelter and a child care playroom at the new YMCA. Keith donates a continuing scholarship at PCC and his quiet philanthropy to many Pueblo concerns, while usually unpublished, has had a great positive effect on the Pueblo community.

 


Jerry Traylor ('73)

Class of 1973. Jerry is a nationally recognized motivational speaker who has delivered his message to over one million people at 4,000 audiences in 49 states and abroad. He has addressed Fortune 500 corporate functions and professional athletic teams. Jerry has been featured in the national media, including Paul Harvey's 'The Rest of the Story' and The Larry King Show. Jerry was born with Cerebral Palsy and underwent 14 corrective surgeries, spending nearly a year in the hospital when he was 6- years-old. Jerry has finished 28 marathons on his crutches, climbed 14,110 foot Pikes Peak, jogged 3,528 miles across america and parachuted from 12,500 feet. The late Dr. Norman Peale summed up Jerry's influence this way - "Building a career as a motivational speaker, Jerry Traylor has prepared himself by becoming a motivational doer. That way he is more convincing when he tells people what it takes to achieve difficult goals, for they know he has achieved many." Jerry is living proof that you can do anything, if your desire is great enough.

 


2007 Hall of Fame Inductees 

Ryan N. Coffee ('94)

Class of 1994. Served as Student Body President. PhD in Physics, University of Connecticut. Now a researcher at Stanford University, Coffee is preparing an experiment for the free-election X-Ray laser called the LinacCoherent Light Source, which he said will enable scientists to directly observe incredibly fast chemical reactions. The laser is scheduled to be completed in 2009.

 

 

 

 


John R. Costanza ('66)

Class of 1966. Founder of JCIT in 1984. Inventor of Demand Flow Technology which revolutionized the manufacturing process world wide. John is known as the Father of Flow Manufacturing, a concept that stood traditional manufacturing on its ear, and is one of the Heroes of U.S.Manufacturing for his help in returning U.S.manufacturing to the world pre-eminence. Author of the best selling book 'A Quantum Leap...InSpeed to Market'. Nominated for a Nobel Prize in Economics.

 

 

 


Jeffrey W. Coyne ('82)

Class of 1982. Class Valedictorian. LockheedMartin, Littleton, Colorado. Currently working as the Power Subsystem Lead Engineer for thePhoenix Mars Lander Spacecraft. Responsible for design, manufacture, test, integration, launch support, and flight performance of PowerSubsystem, including avionics, batteries, and solar arrays. Previous position was MissionOperations Engineer for the Mars GlobalSurveyor, Mars Odyssey, Stardust, Genesis, and Spitzer Space Telescope Programs.

 

 

 


Diane (Frazzin) Porter ('65)

Class of 1965. Executive Director of Pueblo Community College Foundation and former Executive Director of the Pueblo YWCA. Through her leadership, vision, and dedication - Diane saved the YWCA from failure due to a variety of issues. In her 9 years as Executive Director, she brought the organization back from the brink. When she left the YWCA to assume a position at PCC, the YWCA was on firm financial footing and was a model program for women's shelters nationwide.

 

 

 

 


Louise Romero ('64)

Class of 1964. Passed away November 5th, 2005. Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Southern Colorado in 1968 and a Master's degree in Education from Ohio State University in 1970. Received Juris Doctorate from CU School of Law in 1980. Louise was employed by the University of Colorado in the law department as the Managing Senior Associate University Counsel. Prior to taking a position at CU Boulder in 1994, Louise was a shareholder and senior associate attorney at Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Strickland Law Firm. In 1993, Louis was one of 5 individuals, and the only woman, honored by the CU School of Law for contributions to the legal profession and the community in commemoration of the law school's 100th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the school's minority program. In 1992, Louis served on the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association's Board of Directors and was the association secretary in 1994. Louis was also a member of the American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Women's Bar Association, and the Denver and Boulder Bar Associates.


James E. Wessely

Retired South High School Principal served as a guidance counselor and then as Principal of South High School, retiring in 2007 after 20 plus years of tireless leadership. Jim's leadership and administrative style put and kept SHS at the top of the high school education tier, not only in academics, but in athletics and community.

 

 

 


Hall of Fame Inductees Prior to 2007

Jeff Bonaquista

Jim Daugherty  

John DeNardo

Charles DePietro

Martha Gorder (deceased)

Joel Herzog (deceased)

Mark Rodriguez

James D. Smith (deceased)

Nanine Wainwright

David Wilkerson


SHSAF Hall Of Fame Nomination Form Instructions

Deadline: June 22nd

  1. Complete all requested information on the form below and submit by June 22nd for induction in the fall of the current year.
  2. You should download the PDF form on this page. Nominations should be sent to South High School Alumni Foundation, PO Box 1065, Pueblo, CO 81002., or may be scanned and sent to:shsfoundation@comcast.net
  3.  Nominations should include at least one or more letters of recommendation. The letter should stress achievement, leadership, community service, citizenship, and character to meet the criteria of the SHSAF of recommendation, limited to one page each. 
  4. The forms and letters will be retained by the South High School Alumni Foundation.
  5. Factors of race, religion, creed, or sex will not be considered while evaluating candidates for nomination.
  6. The criteria are as follows:
    • Recipients must have attended at least one year at and have graduated from South High School.
    • Recipients must have been out of high school for at least 5 years.
    • South High School faculty, administration, staff, parents, and volunteers may be considered even though they have not graduated from South High School. In this case, the candidate must have sound credentials as significant contributors to South High School and the community at large.
    • Solicitation of Candidates for the SHSAF Hall Of Fame will be made to the community at large, South High School Alumni, and the current South High School student body, etc.
    • Inductees must be of strong moral character and standing in Pueblo and the communities in which they have resided. Inductees must continue to exhibit good citizenship after induction or face removal from the SHSAF Hall Of Fame.
    • Inductees must have achieved significant standing in academics, business, healthcare, education, nonprofit, government, the arts, music, entertainment, or other legitimate area of endeavors as recognized on a citywide, state-wide, nation-wide, or worldwide basis. Athletic achievement can be considered only after having left South High School. The South High School Hall Of Champions will continue to recognize athletes for achievements while at South High School. Recipients should represent the diversity of South High School and the Pueblo community.
    • Recipients must want to receive the award and attend the event, unless unable to do so because of unforeseen circumstances.
    • Recipients must be willing to pay for their own travel expenses to and from the event, unless approved by service. The SHSAF Board. Event proceedings are complimentary to inductees and their immediate family. Attempts will be made to mitigate expenses through sponsorship regarding travel, hotels, etc.
    • Recipients must be willing to share their story and achievements with the press, the current SHS student body, and speak briefly at the event.
    • Recipients may receive the award posthumously.
    • There is no limit on the number of awards, but the length of the event may limit the number of Inductees each year.
    • Sitting SHSAF Board Members may not be considered for the SHSAF Hall Of Fame Award while they are serving on the board.

The SHSAF Board of Directors are solely responsible for the selection of the SHSAF Hall Of Fame Recipients and their decisions are final.

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