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 was 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 and 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 Washington state. He is a decorated veteran with the Army in Iraq and Somalia and does regular volunteer work with World War II veterans in support of Puget Sound Honor Flight.
Steve 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 Stjernholm ('67)
Dr. Jim Stjernholm 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 completing a professional manual, “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 became a registered nurse in 1974 after graduating from Southern Colorado State College. She joined the United States Air Force Nurse Corps as an officer, earned a B.S. in nursing in 1985 and began her career as public health nurse, specializing in communicable diseases. She 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 national “Hudson Beef Recall,” she was instrumental in helping root out the cause of the e-coli. She was recognized by then-Colorado Gov. Roy Romer and the Colorado Medical Society. The University of Southern Colorado, formerly SCSC, awarded her its “You Go Girl Award” and 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 as its 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 has held therapeutic positions at numerous northern Colorado mental health centers. She started her company, TurtleMoon Inc., to design, produce and distribute therapeutic games. Her private practice specialty is Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and 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 also has served the community in many ways, including five years on the Board of Directors of the Colorado University Parents Association; two years on the CU/Community Alcohol Coalition; five years with Addressing Alcohol Concerns Together (AACT) in Boulder; on a committee of city, county, health and education stakeholders there; and two years on Boulder County Mental Health Task Force. She also was 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)
Raymond Miller was a South High teacher of American History and Economics for 22 years beginning in 1959, when South opened, until his retirement in 1981. During his tenure he was the social studies department chairman. All told he taught for 40 years. Miller also 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 from 1967-68 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 also served on Parish Council and held various offices in the Men of Joseph Society. He also taught numerous student teachers.
2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
Sam Bole ('64)
Sam Bole was valedictorian of his class, then graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs. He flew the next 29 years in the Air Force and has more than 4,000 hours flight time. Col. 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 it received the resources required to keep their aircraft operational. Following his Pentagon duty he was the commanding officer of the 21st Tactical Fighter Training Squadron at George AFB, CA. After serving in other command positions globally, Bole returned to the Air Force Academy as 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 the Air Force and the 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 chair of 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 spent countless hours expanding and renovating the cemetery. Montgomery has served as chairman of the board for 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, Lion of the Year, 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)
JJamie Clark Pecha is a West Point graduate who was inducted into the Hall of Fame when she was a captain in the United States Army. Pecha excelled in academics and athletics while at South, receiving academic awards as an AP Scholar, National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Award, and she was student representative on the school bond committee. She qualified for state in track all four years in 11 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 percent of her class and lettering in volleyball all four years. Pecha graduated Airborne School in 2010 and was a member and co-captain of the All-Army Volleyball team, the Armed Forces Volleyball team and the 2014 Army Female Athlete of the Year. Capt. Pecha was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and has been awarded 16 service ribbons including the Bronze Star. Pecha is a volunteer in both youth and senior sports programs.
Dr. Frank Ricotta (retired teacher)
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. He 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 sponsor of Key Club, Math Club and an SAT mentor. In his spare time he coached youth baseball and basketball.
John Wristen ('80)
John Wristen is a 1980 graduate of South, where he participated in basketball and track and was quarterback on the football team. Wristen attended the University of Southern Colorado and also was quarterback of its football team. He graduated in 1984 with a Master’s Degree in Special Education. His coaching career has taken him from Rocky Ford High School to Ft. Lewis College, Northwestern University, the University of Colorado and UCLA. Coach Wristen returned to Pueblo and Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2008, to resurrect the football program. His teams' successes are 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. He also 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-Lile ('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 and studied for two years under Dr. Cordelia Robinson at Myers Children’s Rehabilitation Institute in Omaha, NE, where she worked for Eastern Nebraska Community Office of Retardation as a child development specialist. She did extensive training and teaching there 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 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 early home intervention services for special needs children from birth to 3 years old. 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 specialists evaluated more than 1,500 children in the Pueblo County area and participated in more than 7,200 home visits assisting families to better understand their child’s delays and to facilitate their development. While she provided services for children with delays in all areas of development, Mendell-Lile specialized in working with the visually impaired.
Leslie Dreier Nazario ('86)
Leslie Dreier Nazario is a well-known Pueblo photographer who was 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 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 been a board member with the Southern Colorado Sports Foundation, Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation, serving as president of the latter. He helped raise money to pay 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. Nuñez has served as chairman of the Pueblo Democratic Party and two terms as a Pueblo County commissioner.
Kent "Tiny" Reed ('70)
Kent Reed graduated from South in 1970 where he was very involved in vocal music programs, including Concert Choir, Carolairs, All-City Choir, All-City Men’s Choir and All-State Choir. He earned a 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. He also 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 year 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 Arts & Conference Center and works at the Buell Children’s Museum as a presenter and as 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 (retired principal)
Warren “Woe” Carere was the second principal of South High School, from 1973 through 1982. During his 30-year career in District 60 Carere also was principal not only of Centennial and Central high schools, and served in the East High School administration. Upon retirement he was 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 as president. He also was board chairman of the Pueblo Area Council of Governments (PACOG) from 1994-95. From 1982 through 1991, Woe was an active board member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was a board member and president of the El Pueblo Boysʼ Ranch for six years, and was on the board of the Victims Assistance Law Enforcement (VALE) for three years.
Eddie Potestio ('81)
Eddie Potestio has been recognized as one of the country’s premier custom car builders and upholsterers, Owner of Eddie’s Rods and Customs, he has built many national award-winning vehicles more than 25 years. Potestio’s vehicles have been featured in many magazines and on their covers. In 1999, Eddie was asked to build a car for the prestigious Las Vegas Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show. He also has served on the Wyo Tech Street Rod Advisory Board and starred on Spike TV’s “Search and Rebuild,” where his metal-working skills were featured.
Tom Sanders ('66)
Tom Sanders founded the Wetmore Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center more than 30 years ago. Together with his wife, Cecilia, they helped establish the feasibility and acceptance of rehabilitating large wildlife species, including deer, elk, pronghorn, mountain lions and bears,;and documented the successful rehab and release of hundreds of these animals. He also has worked with most of the smaller species of Colorado wildlife. Tom taught science at Central High School for 28 years and used those skills to develop an ecologically friendly rehab center that uses wind and solar energy to keep the center off of the electric grid 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.. He 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 has been a teacher, administrator and consultant for more than 30 years. She spent much of her career in Jefferson County, CO, schools as a teacher and 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. With her husband, Tony, they co-authored a book on trauma and the brain, with focus 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 used by veterans centers and VA hospitals across the United States. They conduct workshops and appear as guest speakers for veteran groups and communities on PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.
2012 Hall of Fame Inductees
Shelly Borton ('86)
After graduating from South, Shelly attended Texas State University where she studied Exercise and Sports Science and played basketball for the Bobcats. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, and 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 downtown. 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, and was on the Austin Police women's basketball team that competed in the annual Texas Police Olympic Games. Shelly was 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 there.
Greg Hahn ('69)
Greg was a member of the Colt golf team responsible for the first 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 and he created the firm of RE/MAX of Pueblo, Inc., with more than 100 agents,assistants and support staff. His civic roles have included being chairman of the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO), the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, the CSU-Pueblo Hasan School of Business. and Board of Directors of Pueblo United Way and the CSU-Pueblo Foundation. He also has been an Advisory Board member of US Bank. Greg has been married more than 39 years to Cathy Hargraves ('69), and they have two daughters.
Sally Reivitt Morgan ('69)
Her senior year at South, Sally participated in Student Council, was homecoming queen and 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 statewide 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 and a son, and two grandchildren.
Robert Morris ('80)
Bob graduated valedictorian and was Senior Class president. He also lettered all four years in cross country and three years in track. Bob attended 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 Mines, Bob also was named to the 1981 NAIA Academic All-America Cross Country Team. After a two-year stint as an engineer for Mobil Oil, Bob attended the Harvard Business School where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1988. Bob served after that in senior management roles ffor an independent public oil and gas exploration and 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 and 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 there. 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 51-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 to teach about computers, at the time when South had one computer. He retired from South in 1984, then taught math at Colorado State University–Pueblo for 14 years. Of his teaching years, Dick was most proud to be a South High Colt. He also coached Old Timers Baseball, was a South-Central League basketball official for 15 years and a Western Athletic Conference college referee for five more. He also was official track starter at then University of Southern Colorado. In 1996, Dick was inducted into the Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame. Vinci died earlier in 2010.
2011 Hall of Fame Inductees
John Fognani ('69)
John D. Fognani went from South to the University of Colorado and the Northwestern University School of Law to earn advanced degrees. He 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 has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in six categories and in Who's Who of American Lawyers, as well as 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 in international law and financing, particularly relating to mineral and energy development. His work has taken him to many parts of the world, including most of Asia.
Frederick A. Galves ('79)
Fredrick A. Galves followed his years at South by graduating from Colorado College and then, in 1986, Harvard Law School. Galves then served as a judicial clerk for U.S. District Court Judge John L. Kane (District of Colorado). He later practiced with the Denver law firm of Holland & Hart. Galves has worked on national banking legislation with the Senate and House Banking Committees and has done pro bono legal work in Chile on a human rights fellowship from Harvard; he also was a Harvard teaching fellow in Principles of Economics. Professor Galves has been a member of Pacific University's McGeorge School of Law faculty since 1993 and lectures widely on the use of technology in 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-Davis School of Law, Fordham Law School, the University of Denver Law School and Southwestern University Law School. Fred also teaches several international courses to Americans and international students. He has taught Trial Advocacy in Chile 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 enrolled in the UC-Davis International Law Program. He also administers the Street Law International Program in conjunction with Sacramento, CA, Charter High School, a program 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 pursue post-secondary education and legal careers. Fred also has served on the Colorado College Board of Trustees.
Priscilla R. (Dick) Lucero '(82)
Priscilla (Dick) Lucero excelled academically at South and then the University of Southern Colorado, graduating magna cum laude with an accounting Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She earned her MBA there, too. In 2005, Colorado State University-Pueblo, as USC came to be known, was named an Outstanding Alumna. Priscilla is the president of Wells Fargo Bank in Pueblo, overseeing its nine branch locations in Pueblo, Westcliffe and Canon City. Priscilla also has been recognized several times for her contributions to business in Pueblo, including in 2001 by the Business Women’s Network as Business Woman of the Year. She also has volunteered with the Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce, including a term as president of its Board of Directors, Board Member of the Year and Most Distinguished Women Award. She also has been chairperson of the Parkview Medical Center's Board of Directors and a board member for its parent group, Parkview Health System. Other non-profit boards include the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation, Business Women’s Network, CSU-P, The Sangre De Cristo Arts & Conference Center, and the Diocese of Pueblo. She has provided extensive volunteer efforts also for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation, and KTSC-TV Channel 8.
Steven Smith ('66)
Steve Smith is retired as the Director of Correctional industries (CCi), a division of the Colorado Department Corrections. Steve oversaw 50 different CCi 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 in revenue and had 170 full-time employees training and working with more than 2,000 inmates. Steve began his career there in 1985 in the Furniture Factory. ln 1990 he became its supervisor. 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, two garment factories, fiberglass manufacturing factory, wildland firefighting 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 saved Colorado taxpayers an estimated $122 million in the next 10 years. Steve also served 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 are the first couple inducted into South's 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 also was co-editor of the ROUND-UP student newspaper, 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. Scott attended the University of Denver, was Phi 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 earned her master's degree in nutrition. After that, Scott and Beverly worked as a team with developmentally disabled children, Scott as the medical director and Beverly as a consulting dietician at the North Texas Rehabilitation Center in Wichita Falls. They 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 community asset. 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 handbell choir for special needs adults, and proposed and helped start a bakery at their church for special needs adults; it now has 25 employees. She also owns a small business. Scott continues to practice medicine as a medical volunteer at the NAIA basketball championships every year.
2010 Hall of Fame Inductees
Bill Brown (retired teacher and coach, deceased)
When South High School opened its doors in August 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 its second year. It established a tradition that continues today. Brown continued to coach and teach history until he was asked to become the school's administration as Athletic/Activities Director, a job he held until he was asked to join 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 other areas. 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, returned to Pueblo. He was the father of 2 girls, and a grandfather and great-grandfather. He died in 2018.
James A. Brunjak ('75)
Jim graduated as a Gold Cord senior after lettering in basketball, football and tennis. He was named to the all-tournament team at the 1975 state basketball tournament. With his family he moved in 1999 to Chattanooga, TN, to oversee an oil pipe company. His experience selling oil tubular pipe began through ties to CF&I in Pueblo. In 2006, he and wife Rhonda, also a 1975 South grad, took out a loan to form their own oil field supply firm, working out of their living room with one computer. Today, their brainchild, Power Solutions LLC, has grown to be a medium-sized powerhouse in its field, and remains family owned and operated. It has branched into product delivery via its freight brokerage and delivery truck businesses. Product is stocked and delivered from three cities in Texas and one each in Oklahoma and North Dakota.. Jim and Rhonda say their keys to success have been passion, old-fashioned relationships, a willingness to make decisive commitments, and personal accountability. They remain active supporters of South High School students and programs through the alumni foundation, and have volunteered countless hours giving back to the communities in which they have lived. He and Rhonda , married since 197-- , have three daughters: Jessee, Maggie and Emma. His father, Ray Brunjak, was a longtime teacher and administrator at South. To learn more about Jim Brunjak’s business philosophy, click Here for the executive interview. He died in April 2019.
Jack D. England ('61)
President of his graduating class and a member of South's first state tournament team in basketball, Jack went on to excel in basketball and track at the University of Denver. There, he was an all-conference player in basketball and a world-class athlete in the 400 meter hurdles. He was voted to the DU all-century basketball team. After attending medical school and specializing in emergency room medicine, Jack has been a leader in the field. He helped 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 played four years of baseball, two years of basketball and one year of golf at South, and continued his baseball career at Trinidad State Junior College. There, he began his successful coaching career and guided them to three Junior College World Series appearances. After a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Arizona State University, Nino has been the head baseball coach at the University of San Francisco for 20 years and is the winningest baseball coach in its history. He also was an assistant coach of the 2008 and 2010 Team USA squads, which won the gold medal in 2008 and the silver medal in 2010. He has been three-time West Coast Conference Coach of the year and three-time National Junior College Coach of the Year at Trinidad. Forty-eight of his USF players at USF have signed professional baseball contracts -- four have been first-round draft picks and several have played in the major leagues. Additionally, his athletes have excelled off the field, with 40-plus named All-WCC academic selections, and one who was the valedictorian. Nino also was inducted into the Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame later in 2010. A 1985 graduate of William Jewell College with a bachelor's degree in physical education, he also holds a master's degree in secondary administration from Adams State University in Alamosa. He and wife, Brenda, also a South graduate, have two grown children. Daughter Bianca is a USF alumna as is their son Nico, a four-year starter at shortstop for the Dons.
Kathrine has taught at South High School for 50 years as of 2019. 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, she 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 Pueblo School District 60 Secondary Social Studies director; and president of the Junior League, the Colorado Outdoor Performing Arts Association, Pueblo Zoological Society and 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)
After Jim graduated from South, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo) and master's degrees from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (Public Administration) and the University of Colorado-Denver (Criminal Justice). He was Pueblo's police chief from 1998 to 2010. Jim is a graduate of the FBI National Academy,and was a Colorado representative of the United States delegation to the International Association of the Chiefs of Police (IACP). Jim served 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, past president of the Pueblo Rotary Club ,and served on many non-profit boards, including the YMCA and United Way. He also volunteered and served in many capacities with the Boy Scouts. He and his wife June have been married nearly 45 years.
Patrick S. Mara ('66)
After South, Pat went on to receive his bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He has taught nearly 50 years, with more than a quarter-century at South High. Pat is a true teacher, having authored and co-authored many mathematics textbooks. He also has hosted KTSC-TV's Homework Hotline and served as a TV tutor for kids struggling with homework. Pat even takes calls at home from students needing help. He has helped design curriculum and teacher-education programs and traveled to Japan to see how those youngsters learn math. He also spent a summer as a fellowship student at Princeton University. A noted master teacher, Mara has received numerous awards, including the Raytheon Corporation's Math Hero Award in 2008, the International Academy of Science Mathematics Teacher of the Year in 2001, the Colorado Math Teacher Award of Excellence in 1997, and the President's Award for Excellence in Science Mathematics Teaching in 1989. Pat also was chosen by The Pueblo Chieftain as "Best Teacher in Pueblo." Pat has been married to Sally Ann, also a 1966 graduate of South, for 50 years.
Steven C. Moore ('71)
Steve continued his education after South High days and received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado in 1975 and 1979. From there he accepted a Vista Volunteer post 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. A senior staff attorney, much of his practice there 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 protection of sacred lands, repatriation of human remains and protection of unmarked Native graves, the religious use of peyote by members of the Native American Church, and 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 they have three children, Lindsay, Andrew and Rio Moore.
Daniel J. Predovich ('65)
Following his high school graduation, Dan earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Colorado. He is Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and is certified in Financial Forensics. He also 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, a 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 on topics including accounting, taxation, litigation support services, and fraud investigations. He currently serves on the board and chaired 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 was treasurer. Dan is past president of the PorterCare Foundation and a member of the board of the Children's Advocacy and Family Resources Foundation. He has also been on 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 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 as a demonstration project for the federal government and 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 -- led by Marcia -- as its 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 whose 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 10 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 and a Boettcher Scholarship recipient to the Colorado School of Mines, where she graduated in 1987 with a bachelor of science degree in mineral engineering mathematics (emphasis in geophysics). She earned an MBA in finance and international management in 1996 from Rice University. She joined Phillips Petroleum, subsequently ConocoPhillps in Houston, TX, as a geophysicist and later moved into several corporate roles. When she was inducted into South's Hall of Fame, she was vice president and treasurer of ConocoPhillips. As a senior at Mines, Fran was designated as E-Day outstanding senior in mathematics and outstanding graduate of the McBride Honors Program. At Rice University she was recognized as the outstanding woman candidate for her MBA class of 1996. She was a member of the corporate team that directed 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, a member of South's concert choir, and 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 served as board chairperson and as a director for many years. She also is a graduate of the Center for Houston's Future Leadership Forum. In 2004, the Pueblo School District 60 Education Foundation recognized Fran as an outstanding D-60 graduate. She diligently worked to acquire ConocoPhillips support (financially and physically) for Rice University's Money and Business 10'l class, which takes the best applicants from 10 different underprivileged Houston independent high schools and 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. She also was appointed to the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees in 2010.
Kenneth W. West ('68)
Ken attended SCSC for two years after graduating from South High, then transferred to CSU-Fort Collins. He earned a degree in Construction Management in 1972. Ken returned to Pueblo and went to work for the Transportation Test Facility where he worked until 1977. From there, Ken went to work for H. W. Houston Construction. He bought out the company in 1992. He was associated with H.W. Houston for 32 years when he was inducted. The firm 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 the new Pueblo County Judicial Plaza. H.W. Houston builds commercial structures throughout Colorado. Ken has served on many community boards, including the YMCA for 20-plus years and is a past president, HARP Foundation and is a past president, Southern Colorado Community Foundation, Mahlon Thatcher White Foundation, the 100 Club and is a past president. Also, Mr. West has served on the board of directors of Minnequa Bank and 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 & Conference Center, St. Mary Corwin Foundation and Parkview Hospital Foundation. Ken and his wife Sandy have been married for 37 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)
Since her induction into South High's Hall of Fame, Patty has been president of Pueblo Community College since 2010, the institution's first female in that top role. She has been chosen President of the Year twice by the Colorado Community College system, in 2013 and 2018. Before joining PCC, Erjavec was president and CEO of El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch, the second-largest residential childcare facility in Colorado. Patty more than doubled its service capacity and increased its asset base more than $18 million. She implemented high-performance teams and directed the development of a cognitive behavioral model for residential treatment that was copyrighted in 2002 and is 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 Colleges and Occupational Education and was 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)
Soon after graduation, Keith built his family owned business, K.R. Swerdfeger Construction Company. He started with a one-person operation using a rented backhoe and grew it into a multi-state construction enterprise that employs 500 people. Keith has served as CEO of the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO) and has been instrumental in drawing many new businesses to the area. Keith also has worked with Fort Carson officials to make Pueblo an attractive home to base personnel. Over the years, Keith also 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 others. Keith has donated time and money to many 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. His and wife Sharon's quiet philanthropy in support of many Pueblo concerns, while usually unpublished, has had a positive effect on the Pueblo community.
Jerry Traylor ('73)
Jerry was a nationally recognized motivational speaker who delivered his message to more than a million people at 4,000 audiences in 49 states and abroad. He died in June 2018 in Phoenix. Born with cerebral palsy, he never let that define him. He addressed Fortune 500 corporate functions and professional athletic teams, and was featured in national media reports throughout his life, including Paul Harvey's 'The Rest of the Story' and The Larry King Show. Jerry underwent 14 corrective surgeries, spending nearly a year in the hospital when he was 6 years old. He 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 was living proof that you can do anything if your desire is great enough.
2007 Hall of Fame Inductees
Ryan N. Coffee ('94)
Ryan was student body president at South High, then earned a bachelor of science degree in physics and a bachelor of arts in philosophy in 1999 from the University of Arkansas. He followed that double achievement with another double at the University of Connecticut, first a master's in physics in 2001 and a doctorate in philosophy (emphasis on physics) in 2006. Ryan has been at Stanford University since 2006, first as a research associate from 2006-09, then as a staff scientist with the SLAC National Accelerator Lab doing research. A recent online biography states his research interest areas are: Understanding and applying optical control in molecular systems for multi-experiment correlation. Leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence to accelerate chemical physics research. Understanding and applying ultrafast carrier dynamics in materials for applications in radiology.
John R. Costanza ('66)
Founder of JCIT in 1984, Costanza developed Demand Flow Technology, which revolutionized the manufacturing process worldwide. 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 world pre-eminence. He also is author of the best selling book, "A Quantum Leap: In Speed to Market."
Jeffrey W. Coyne ('82)
Class valedictorian, Jeff has work for LockheemMartin in Littleton, CO. He has worked as the Power Subsystem Lead Engineer for thePhoenix Mars Lander Spacecraft. He also has overseen design, manufacture, test, integration, launch support, and flight performance of PowerSubsystem, including avionics, batteries, and solar arrays. Previous position there was as a Mission operations engineer for the Mars GlobalSurveyor, Mars Odyssey, Stardust, Genesis, and Spitzer Space Telescope Programs.
Diane Frazzin Porter ('65)
Diane has been executive director of Pueblo Community College Foundation and former executive director of the Pueblo YWCA. Through her leadership, vision and dedication, Diane saved the Y from failure due to a variety of issues. In her nine years as its 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) (deceased)
Louise pursued and earned her bachelor's degree in education from Southern Colorado State College in 1968 and a master's in education from The Ohio State University in 1970. She didn't stop there, but earned her Juris Doctorate degree from CU School of Law in 1980. Louise eventually returend to CU in the law department as 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, she was one of people, 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, Louise served on the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association's Board of Directors and was the association secretary in 1994. She also was also a member of the American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Women's Bar Association, and the Denver and Boulder Bar associations. She died in November 2005.
James E. Wessely (retired principal)
Before he became South High principal in 1996, Jim served as a guidance counselor there from 1972-85, and from 1985-96 as an assistant principal at Keating Alternate School. He retired as South's principal in 2007 after 20-plus years of tireless leadership in which he created an environment where academic time was protected and supported along with athletics; he also encouraged student and adult support. Among his many achievements, Mr. Wessely guided efforts to re-energize the band program, re-established the orchestra and marching band programs, and created means to buy new band uniforms. He also oversaw construction of a new science wing, remodeled old science rooms, and created regular classrooms from old science rooms. He also had South rewired so everyone had email and electronic grading access, and bought the first Macintosh writing lab for the Media Center. Jim also created the first parent-teacher conference program at South, which was the first in the history of Pueblo’s high schools. And he was a key player in establishing a permanent South High School Alumni Foundation, which supports students, teachers and the school in sundry ways. He left a legacy of adult-to-student respect and mentored many prospective administrators who continue to lead schools today.
Hall of Fame Individual Recognition
Baseball, Played on State/NCAA Championship Teams
First Wrestling Coach at South
Counselor wrote fight song, founded girls cabinet
Tennis, 3yr, letterman, 4yr. college player, youth instructor
Jones, Raymond Dean
SHS Graduate 1963, Harvard Graduate, District Judge
Football, Colorado “Athlete of the Year’
Smith, James D.
Athletic Director 1968-1976
Winner of Boettcher Scholarship
First SHS Principal 1969-1973