Gates Chili Central School District recently inducted seven Gates Chili High School alumni into the Gates Chili Hall of Fame.
The board of education approved the establishment of a district hall of fame in October 1992. It is designed to honor GCHS graduates who achieve distinction, outstanding accomplishments or significant contributions within their schools, families, careers, communities or personal lives.
In addition to honoring selected graduates, the Hall of Fame provides role models and incentives for current and future students. In total, 152 alumni have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
This year’s inductees visited classrooms throughout the district, and shared their knowledge and expertise with students before their induction ceremony at the homecoming game.
Frank Allkofer graduated in 1964. He has worked in government for 50-plus years, and currently works as a constituent relations aide for State Sen. Joseph Robach, R-56th District. He has has served as a Monroe County legislator for the 4th District since 2015 as well as deputy supervisor and councilman in the town of Gates since 2004.
Allkofer helps act as a liaison in various areas such as Gates Recreation and Parks, Memorial Day events, Veterans Day events and management of other town-sponsored events and programs.
He received his master’s in public administration in 1991 and his bachelor’s in health science and parks and recreation in 1976 from The College at Brockport as well as his associate degree in 1968 from Monroe Community College.
He was a constituent relations aide for State Sen. George Maziarz in 2006-12. Allkofer served as parks director for Monroe County in 2000-06, and and was Gates parks director from 1969 to 2000. He received the 2017 Citizen of the Year Award from Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of Monroe County Veterans’ advisory board; Vietnam Veterans’ board; town of Gates Republican Committee; Monroe County Republican Committee; New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; National Parks; Genesee Valley Parks; and Gates Chili Chamber.
Christopher Bevans graduated in 1991. He serves as creative director and designer of DYNE, a menswear brand he launched in 2015.
Bevans took college courses at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He trained with master tailors in Rochester, and apprenticed at a local tailor house where he eventually became the owner at 19 years old. While at FIT, Bevans studied textiles, and received a mentorship from Jack Sauma, owner of Mood Fabrics in NYC. He developed a reputation as an expert craftsman and tailor while working with Adidas, Sean John, Ecko, the Smithsonian, NY Cosmos and MacArthur Foundation.
Bevans was a member of the Sean John design team who won the 2004 CFDA Menswear Award. He served as creative director of Nike’s Blue Ribbon Sports Division in 2003-07.
Kenneth Buckle graduated in 1964. He currently serves as an adjunct professor in the electrical and microelectronic engineering department at Rochester Institute of Technology, professor emeritus in the electrical engineering department at University of South Florida and as a consulting engineer.
Buckle received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan; his Master of Science in electrical engineering from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana; and his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
As an associate professor at USF, he was the major professor for eight doctoral graduates and 25 masters students who have conducted and published original research in alternative energy for transportation and power.
Thomas Haschmann was honored posthumously through his wife, Barbara. Haschmann graduated in 1966, and was Finger Lakes regional coordinator for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse from 1993 until his death in 2016. He was responsible for program administration and coordination of chemical dependency services in a 12-county region.
Haschmann received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in 1971, and received NYS executive development training in 1982-84. He was an adjunct faculty member at Roberts Wesleyan in 1990-91, teaching about drug education.
He worked for NYS Division of Substance Abuse Services as Finger Lakes regional coordinator and contract manager from 1977 to 1993. He also worked for Monroe County Department of Mental Health, Ridgeland Youth Project, Health Association of Rochester, Drug and Alcohol Council and Teen Challenge of Greater Rochester.
Naima Judge graduated in 1994. She works as senior portfolio manager and senior vice president of U.S. Trust, Bank of America in Dallas. Judge manages a diverse base of high net worth clients with total assets under management of $380 million. She received the President Award in 2016, which is given to the top 5 percent of sales-generating employees in the company. She serves as internship manager and mentor in the Year Up program for U.S. Trust.
Judge received her Bachelor of Business Administration in international business and finance at Northeastern University in Boston in 1998. She earned her Master of Business Administration in finance, entrepreneurship and corporate accounting at University of Rochester, and is working toward her certified financial planning certificate.
Judge was named class athlete of her 1994 graduating class while at GCHS, and was a four-year varsity basketball starter on a full scholarship to Northeastern.
Joanne Keltz Brokaw graduated in 1982. She has worked as a humor columnist and freelance writer since 2001.
Brokaw spent her professional writing career covering entertainment, freelancing and penning columns for dozens of newspapers, magazines and websites in the U.S. and Canada. Her writing resume includes Refreshed Magazine, Pathos.com, American Greetings, Beliefnet.com, Christian Voice Magazine, Brio Magazine, Breakaway Magazine, RochesterSubway.com and Pet Professional Guild’s website.
Steven Martin graduated in 1982. He serves as the deputy J2 (senior intelligence officer) for the Joint Improvised Explosive Detection and Defeat Organization for the U.S. Department of Defense. In this position, he helps synchronize the DOD’s support to attacking enemy networks.
He received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1986. He completed his master’s degree in intelligence studies at National Defense Intelligence College in Washington, D.C. Martin completed the military intelligence officer basic course in 1987, the military intelligence officer advanced course in 1991, Combined Arms Services and Staff Schooling in 1995 and Army Command and General Staff College in 2001. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Democracy in Haiti.
He retired from active duty as a lieutenant colonel. While serving for 21 years in the U.S. Army as a military intelligence officer, Martin was stationed in Arizona, Colorado, New York, Tennessee, Virginia and the U.K.
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