Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

The Brookfield Local School District's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame is a prestigious recognition program to honor and celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions of former students who have excelled in their respective fields. This hall of fame serves as a testament to the district's commitment to education and its role in nurturing talent and potential. Inductees into the hall of fame are typically individuals who have achieved remarkable success in areas such as academics, sports, business, arts, community service, or other notable endeavors. By showcasing the accomplishments of these alumni, the school district aims to inspire current and future students while fostering a sense of pride and connection within the community.

The Brookfield Local School District inducted its first class of outstanding graduates into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in September 2019. Individuals may be considered for nomination ten (10) years after graduating from Brookfield High School. The current Hall of Fame Selection Committee selects up to five (5) inductees for the Hall of Fame each year. Selections are based on nominations and additional information received from friends, families, and the individuals themselves.

You can read more about our Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Members below.


Class of 2023

Dr. Darlene A. Vasbinder-Calhoun ('74)

Darlene A. Vasbinder-Calhoun
Darlene A. Vasbinder-Calhoun, D.O. – Brookfield High School Class of 1974

Darlene’s education in the Brookfield School System started at Addison Elementary School. Her love of science began in middle school with Mr. DeJulia’s physical science class. He assisted her in the successful preparation for the state exams and with her first grant - a National Science Foundation grant between her Junior and Senior years. In high school, Mr. Blasko’s chemistry and Mr. McCullough’s Advanced Biology classes furthered her interest in science. Although it wasn’t appreciated then, Mr. Guerriero’s typing class was a blessing in disguise!

Graduation from Brookfield High School as one of the joint Valedictorians, was followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from the State University of New York in 1978. After working as a medical technologist for 8 years, Darlene began the path to her ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.  She received a full scholarship for the Master of Science degree in Chemistry she completed at Youngstown State University in 1987- all while working full time during the day.  Darlene’s medical school education at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (now Heritage College of Medicine) was followed by Pediatric Residency at Ohio State’s Columbus Children’s Hospital (now Nationwide Children’s Hospital) in 1991 and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Florida in 1997.

Darlene’s research training was in Neonatal Hematology-blood problems of the newborn infant, the most common problem seen in newborn babies. She trained neonatal-perinatal fellows, pediatric residents, medical students, as well as graduate and undergraduate students in research techniques and grant writing. She has been honored to receive grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Children's Miracle Network. Her research includes 61 peer-reviewed publications, 16 invited reviews, and four book chapters. [Thank you, Mr. Guerriero!]

Darlene has held numerous positions throughout her career including the Rothman Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Research and Director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program while at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL; Division Chief of Neonatology at Nemours Children's Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Darlene is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine and Pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ sections for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Osteopathic Physicians.  

Although retired from clinical practice, she continues to write for UpToDate and is the Neonatology Topic Editor for DynaMed, a clinical decision support solution helping healthcare professionals to improve health outcomes worldwide. She also is a reviewer for five medical journals, manages her own independent consulting business, and provides expert witness services for several legal firms representing the families of neonates.

Darlene lives in Florida where her two adult children, Ashley and Ryan, both live and work. She enjoys biking, gardening, and experimenting with different culinary styles.

Dr. Deborah (Vasbinder) Dillon ('74)

Deborah (Vasbinder) Dillon
Deborah Vasbinder Dillon, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN - Brookfield High School Class of 1974

Dr. Dillon is a native of Brookfield, Ohio, and graduated in the class of 1974. Post-graduation she worked in the business sector as a stenographer and bookkeeper. College was not an option at this time as her twin, who was Valedictorian, was destined for higher education.  She acknowledges her interest in nursing was first noted as she admired her mentor and former school nurse, Mrs. Maude McBride, RN.

She attended the Sharon Regional Hospital School of Nursing and completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Youngstown State University. She received her master’s degree in nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Pittsburgh.   She returned to Kent State University to achieve her post master’s certificate as an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP).  While working in practice as an acute care nurse practitioner, she completed her doctorate in nursing practice at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western University.

Upon graduation, Debbie worked at St. Elizabeth Health Care System in Youngstown, Ohio as both a clinical nurse specialist and acute care nurse practitioner. Dr. Dillon’s 20 years of clinical practice focus includes bedside practice and nursing management in a medical intensive care unit, staff development instruction for critical care, and clinical practice both as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in cardiac electrophysiology.

Upon completion of her doctorate, she moved to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville as Program Coordinator of their Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program.  She returned to Ohio and joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve in their nursing program after the birth of her first grandchild. She practiced as a nurse practitioner at the Cleveland Clinic while at Case Western. Currently she is an associate professor and the inaugural Director of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Dillon is certified as an acute care nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialling Center, a certified critical care registered nurse by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and a heart failure certified nurse by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses.

Dr. Dillon’s research focus is on factors related to successful transition to practice for the acute care nurse practitioner. Her textbook on Transition to practice for the new nurse practitioner was published in Spring 2021. She has numerous publications on the NP role and practice transition. She has presented nationally and internationally on these topics as well.

Dr Dillon’s teaching experience includes clinical instruction in acute care for acute care nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. She holds a variety of professional memberships in addition to being a member of the Founder’s Circle of the Marian K. Shaunghnessy Leadership Academy at Case Western Reserve. In the summer of 2022, she was inducted nationally as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and in the fall of 2022 was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.  

When asked what advice she would share with others, Debbie responded, “Follow your dreams, don’t let financial concerns limit your educational desires – if there’s a will, there’s a way.  Aim for the stars to be all that you can be.  It’s important to give back to others what you have benefited from in your education”.

Debbie’s leisure activities include boating with a ‘bucket list’ to sail the Great Loop.  She also enjoys spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren.

Debbie’s family includes her mother, Loretta Vasbinder, her husband, Dr. Walter Paladino, four siblings and two sons who are Brookfield High School graduates.  Her father, Joseph Vasbinder passed away in 2001.  At that time, the family created the annual Joseph E. Vasbinder memorial scholarship in memory of their father and as a tribute to their mother for instilling their values of a good education and encouraging them to pursue their dreams.  This scholarship is presented annually to a graduating student who desires to pursue higher education but lacks the financial resources to get started.

Clyde P. Ledbetter ('37)

Clyde P. Ledbetter ('37)
Clyde P. Ledbetter – Brookfield High School Class of 1937

Growing up as an African American in a segregated America, Clyde P. Ledbetter could have been full of resentment and excuses. Instead, he honed his vast array of diverse talents with remarkable fortitude, self-discipline, and courage. He paved for himself paths that others didn’t even dream of following, combining talents as a gifted athlete with aspirations of furthering his education and service to others.

The son of Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Ledbetter, Clyde grew up in Masury, OH with his twin brother, Clayton, brothers Matthew, Cletus and Lester Eugene, and sisters Geneva,  Violet and Viola. As a Brookfield student, Clyde excelled as a football and basketball star. Upon his high school graduation, he was awarded an athletic scholarship (in swimming and diving) at West Virginia State University, one of only four nationally accredited black universities at the time.  He graduated from college with a pre-med degree.

Like his brothers, Clyde went on to serve in the US Army during World War II and was in the medical corps in a segregated unit. After the desegregation of the Armed Services in 1948, Clyde had the opportunity to enroll in Walter Reed Medical School and graduated second in his combat medic class. He served in the Army for twenty-two years, including World War II and the Korean War, starting as a medic.

Upon completion of his distinguished military career, Clyde was recognized as a Master Sergeant and given a Certificate of Appreciation which cited his devotion to duty and spirit of sacrifice. Clyde continued his love of nursing while working in a variety of veteran, prison, juvenile, and general hospital settings. Throughout these years, he merited numerous positions, awards, and honors including five years as president of the Nurses League of San Francisco, member of the California Nurses State Board, Licensed Vocational Nurses League Certificate of Appreciation award, and serving as Head Nurse at Brooke Medical Center, Washington, DC. Clyde’s nursing career culminated with his work in the orthopedic department at San Francisco General Hospital where he served 24 years as head nurse.

Clyde was also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and a life member of the AME Zion Methodist Church. Clyde’s affinity towards service to others fueled a desire to give back to younger generations and this was clearly manifested in his work with the Knight of Honor Civic and Social Club. Working as its Public Relations Manager, Clyde was an active fund raiser for the organization which funded numerous scholarships for San Francisco-area youth.

Clyde and his wife La Freda, would have three children: son, Patrick Ledbetter, Sr. and daughters, Carmen and Freda.
In 1989, Clyde was named “Father of the Year” by the San Francisco Spiders Civic and Social Club. Upon this occasion, Milton Marks, member of the California State Senate, lauded him for being “a role model to both young and old in exemplifying the importance fathers play in the family,” noting his “many years of civic and social involvement in the community”, along with his service to the sick, and the love and sharing he gave to his church.

Throughout his life, Clyde showed an eagerness to accept new challenges and break both racial and gender barriers. He was truly a Renaissance man who believed in service to others.

Clyde passed away October 12, 1990.

Dr. Victoria Husted Medvec ('82)

 Victoria Husted Medvec
Dr. Victoria Husted Medvec – Brookfield High School Class of 1982

When Victoria Husted moved to Brookfield in the 5th grade, she could never have known how much her new school would shape her life. She made great friends, had incredible teachers who cared about her, and had the opportunity to pursue her interests in many areas. She was able to be a varsity cheerleader with a leading role in the school play and participate in student government. The size of the school and her incredibly supportive teachers and peers provided a great environment to spark Vicki’s confidence in public speaking, leading groups, performing, and pursuing her academic interests.  The foundation for her future success was firmly constructed in the halls of Brookfield High School.  

Beyond this though, a relationship germinated in her years as a Warrior that would blossom and grow throughout the rest of Vicki’s life.  As the Vice President of her Junior class, she attended prom with the President of the class, Paul Medvec.  Vicki and Paul planned the prom together with the other leaders of the Junior class and Paul invited Vicki to be his date for the dance in March of 1981.  This initiated a relationship between the football player and the cheerleader that has lasted more than 42 years.  When the Echo revealed that the 1982 Valedictorian (Paul) and Salutatorian (Vicki)  were both voted “Most Likely to Succeed” in their graduating class, they could have never known that they would succeed together, crafting a life that would take them from Akron, Ohio to Ithaca, New York to Lake Forest, Illinois to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and bless them with two incredible sons, Barrett and Tyler, who are their greatest joy.  

Vicki graduated from Bucknell University in 1986 with a degree in Psychology, Management, and Economics.  She uncovered a skill in negotiation in her first roles out of college as a fundraiser for the United Way of America and as the Development Director for a College of Engineering.  She sharpened these skills when she completed her PhD in Psychology at Cornell University in 1995.  Before she completed this PhD, she was offered the opportunity to join the faculty in Cornell’s business school teaching negotiations. In her time at Cornell, she worked with her incredible advisor, Dr. Thomas Gilovich, and had the opportunity to conduct research with two future Nobel prize winners, Dr. Daniel Kahneman and Dr. Richard Thaler.

She loved her time at Cornell but when the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University offered her a faculty role, she could not refuse.  The most talented faculty in negotiations were at Kellogg and Vicki was thrilled to be offered the chance to join this elite group.  She was one of the only faculty members at Northwestern University to be granted tenure in three years and over time, she became a chaired professor at the University where she continues to teach negotiations today.  Her research has been published in top academic journals, as well as highlighted in numerous popular media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Today Show.  She also co-founded and leads Kellogg’s Center for Executive Women. In this role, she created the Women Director Development Program and the Women’s Senior Leadership Program and over the past 17 years, she has helped to move many women to leadership roles and prepare more than 800 senior executive women for roles on Boards.

In addition, for the last two decades as CEO of a boutique advisory firm, Medvec & Associates, Vicki has advised CEOs and other senior leaders on mergers and acquisitions, significant customer contracts, and partnership agreements. Many of her clients are Fortune 500 companies, as well as smaller, fast-growing organizations. A sample of her more than 1000 clients includes Google, McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, McDonald’s, Bristol-Myers Squibb, IBM, Astra Zeneca, Cisco, Microsoft, Shell, Pfizer, and Walgreen’s.

In 2021, Vicki published her best-selling book Negotiate Without Fear: Strategies and Tools to Maximize Your Outcomes.  In addition, Vicki has served on both public and private company Boards for more than a decade.

Vicki’s favorite moments though are her time with family and friends.  She was recently asked in an interview for her six-word story, and she conveyed, “Many jobs, but mom is favorite.”  Vicki has always felt that her mom is her biggest fan and she and Paul share that role for Barrett and Tyler. Vicki and her sons love to ski and the family enjoys traveling across the globe together, reading great books, hiking, and biking.

Col. Donald L. Shaffer ('82)

Don Shaffer
Colonel Donald L. Shaffer – Brookfield High School Class of 1982

Don started his flying career early following in his brother’s footsteps and making his first solo flight on his 16th birthday. After graduating from Brookfield, he attended the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School and then the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1987. He attended Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, MS, earned his pilot wings in 1988, and was selected to remain at Columbus as a First Assignment Instructor Pilot in the Northrop T-38 supersonic jet trainer. Don served as a Student Check Pilot, Wing Commander’s Executive Officer, and personal Instructor Pilot. On July 29th, 1989, he married Debbie Shaffer (Scarvel), Brookfield Class of 1981.

Don was reassigned to McGuire AFB NJ in 1991 to fly the C-141 strategic airlifter. While at McGuire, he flew a multitude of missions around the globe supporting combat operations, humanitarian relief, and Presidential travel. In 1995, he was chosen to command the first US military airlift mission to return to Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War. Later that year, he was picked to be the Aide-de-Camp for the 21st Air Force Commander at McGuire and traveled extensively with the 3-star General for a year serving as a speech writer and personal assistant.

In 1996 Don was promoted early to Major and re-assigned to the Pentagon as a Political/Military Analyst and Regional Specialist for the Air Force Chief of Staff.  There he served as the focal point for all USAF issues involving NATO defense planning and was the Subject Matter Expert for all issues related to the Balkans and the war in Kosovo.  His daily tasks routinely included short-notice briefings and recommendations to AF top senior leaders. In 1999, he was selected to attend the USAF Air Command & Staff College.

After a year at Staff College, Don received his dream assignment to fly the C-17 at Charleston AFB, SC.  Arriving in summer of 2000, he became the Chief of Combat Operations and was tasked with developing C-17 combat tactics and a training program for all Charleston crews to operate in real-world combat environment. Don assembled a team of senior C-17 pilots who designed a syllabus that included aggressive maneuvers, Night Vision Goggle operations, dirt runway operations, and tactical mission planning. The program proved prescient as Charleston’s crews were the only ones capable and ready to deploy for combat operations immediately following the Sept 11th terrorist attacks. The tactics and procedures developed by Don and his team were employed extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq and are still used today.

Don received his second early promotion in 2001 to Lieutenant Colonel and took command of the 17th Airlift Squadron in June 2002.  He immediately received orders to deploy to Rhein Main Air Base, Germany to command the first-ever forward-deployed C-17 squadron. The Squadron oversaw all heavy airlift missions operating into and out of Afghanistan, managing logistics, maintenance, scheduling, and support for over 60 aircraft and 300+ crew members. While deployed, he flew numerous combat missions himself including one notable mission with his brother Emmett -- a 23-hour air-refueled, blacked-out insertion into Bagram (Afghanistan) Air Base. After returning to Charleston, Don would deploy again in 2003 to become the only 3-time C-17 squadron commander in the Air Force. By then, the squadron’s mission had expanded to include airlift operations throughout the Middle East including Iraq and Afghanistan. Under his leadership, the unit rewrote the airlift record books, completing over 1,700 missions and 12,000 flight hours in just 90 days.

In 2004, Don was selected as one of only nine AF officers for the inaugural class of National Defense University’s Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS). He graduated at the top of his class and would be invited back by the JAWS staff to teach annual seminars on Defense Planning and National Strategy. His follow-on assignment took him back to the Pentagon to the Joint Staff where he served as the Senior Planner and lead officer for National Security Council War on Terrorism plans and strategic initiatives. He was promoted to Colonel in 2008 and selected as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  

Don took command of the 319th Air Refueling Wing, Grand Forks AFB, ND in November 2009.  During his Wing Command tour, he successfully tackled the challenge of standing down a 30+ years long KC-135 Air Refueling mission and standing up a new Strategic Reconnaissance mission with the RQ-4 Global Hawk. Don completed the mission change seamlessly and ahead of schedule and was named the Command’s #1 Wing Commander for 2011.

Following Wing Command, Don volunteered to return to the Pentagon and finish out his AF career as a Senior Advisor to the Air Force Chief of Staff.  Don retired on May 27, 2014 – 27 years to the day from his USAFA graduation – with over 3,800 hours in eight different aircraft. He joined his brother Emmett at GEN4 Services as the Vice President for Operations, where he leverages his Air Force senior leadership experience to expand the company’s capabilities for Air Force-related contract opportunities and operations.

Don and Debbie have two children; Leah M. Flair (Shaffer), who resides in Greenville, SC with her husband Robby; and son, Kurt W. Shaffer, who resides in Denver, CO.  Don enjoys golf, travel, woodworking, and spending time with family.

LTC Emmett C. Shaffer, III ('77)

Emmett Shaffer, III
Lieutenant Colonel Emmett C. Shaffer III – Brookfield High School Class of 1977

While attending school, Emmett participated in several school programs and played basketball and baseball. Most notably he began taking flying lessons in the 6th Grade, and received his pilot’s license on his 17th birthday. Emmett frequently enjoyed taking classmates flying and gave aerial tours of Brookfield and the greater-Youngstown area. Upon graduation, Emmett attended Youngstown State University and graduated as a distinguished military graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a minor in economics. Emmett received an Army commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and married Patricia L. Shaffer (Radford) on September 12, 1981. They both traveled the world and provided dedicated service to our country.

Upon completion of Army flight training, Emmett was assigned to 101st Airborne Division where he served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Company Commander. In 1983, he deployed and participated in Operation Urgent Fury—The United States’ invasion, occupation and political stabilization of Grenada.

From 1987 through 1991, Emmett was assigned to the 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division in Germany where he flew the AH-1F attack helicopter and participated in numerous operations along the German border during the final stages of the Cold War with the USSR. The “wall” came down during his service in Germany and his unit transitioned to support Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During Desert Storm, he deployed with an AH-64 Attack Helicopter Battalion, with a mission to provide security to the Kurds in a remote area located in Northern Iraq.

In 1991, Emmett was selected for assignment to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. While assigned, he flew the MH-60 Blackhawk and the AH/MH-6 assault helicopters.  Most of his achievements in aviation, units supported, and operations he participated in while with this unit remain classified to this day. In 1993, he deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia as a member of Task Force Ranger.  The unit conducted several highly successful missions and captured numerous high-priority targets; however, on the 3rd of October, the Battle of Mogadishu was fought and 18 of Emmett’s comrades were lost, including five of his closest friends. The operation was later characterized by Jerry Bruckheimer in the movie “Black Hawk Down”.

Emmett received the Bronze Star for his actions during the operation.  He would later command the unit’s highly specialized training unit and initiated a Training Development Support Cell (TDSC) which significantly enhanced operator training. The program continues today, and graduates are credited with participating in the rescue of PFC Jessica Lynch (Iraq), capture of Saddam Hussein (Iraq), and the Pakistan raid and death of the 9/11 master mind, Osama Bin Laden.

In 1999, Emmett was selected to activate the 602nd Aviation Support Battalion near the DMZ in Korea, where he commanded until the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Emmett was reassigned to the 160th, where he participated in the planning and execution of continuous combat operations until his retirement as the 160th Deputy Commander in May of 2003.  
Emmett and Patty actively support the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. They reside near Nashville, TN and they continue to support the Department of Defense through contracts with their company, GEN4 Services. They have two children: Emmett C. Shaffer IV and Megan Elizabeth Farris, their spouses--Jessica Shaffer and Chris Farris, and five grandchildren: Jaxson Cole Shaffer, Charlee Grace Shaffer, Henley Elizabeth Farris, Peyton Lynn Farris, and Lillian Clare Farris.

Class of 2022

William Toby Gibson ('91)

Toby Gibson
William Toby Gibson (Class of  1991)
Following his graduation from BHS in 1991, Gibson attended YSU where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Education and then later returned to obtain his Masters in Administration. 

Following stints in Farrell City and Warren City Schools, Gibson returned to Brookfield in 2000 where he would serve as a middle school teacher before being named the Elementary Principal in 2011. In 2016, Gibson became principal at BMS before being named superintendent in 2019.

Throughout his tenure, Gibson has implemented several programs aimed at bringing families into the schools and establishing community and health-provider partnerships to assist those in need. He has also enhanced academic and post-secondary career opportunities for all students by implementing STEM courses, providing construction, robotics, and pre-apprenticeship programs, and assisting in the formation of a MakerSpace. As superintendent, Gibson has helped secure $2.1 million in grant monies for student programming, safety, and energy-efficient resources. 

In Gibson's free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, gardening, working on old cars, and fishing.

Dr. Marquita L. Hubbard Kemp ('80)

Marquita Kemp
Dr. Marquita L. Hubbard Kemp DNP, MBA, RN, VHA-CM (Class of 1980)

Following her BHS graduation in 1980, she pursued a nursing career, obtaining her Associate's, Bachelor's, and Master's degrees in Nursing and Business Administration from various universities. In 2020 she completed her Doctoral Degree in Nursing at Duquesne University with honors. During her education and subsequent career, Dr. Kemp has traveled to Rome, Italy, to research Transcultural Care and Global Health Perspectives, worked in some of the best teaching hospitals in the country, and worked in a liver transplant ICU under the guidance of Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, aka "The Father of Liver Transplantation". Kemp was also actively involved in clinical and medication trials of the drug now known as Tacrolimus which helps to prevent organ rejection after transplant. 

Dr. Kemp has also worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a critical care nurse where, in addition to providing care, she also held multiple leadership positions and worked to improve access to medical care using video connect. In 2018 she was elected vice president for Title 38 with The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System. 

Dr. Kemp is a longtime community health advocate and remains committed to providing education, training, and consultation to those in need.

Kaitlyn (Nasci) Lang ('04)

Kaitlin Lang
Kaitlyn Nasci Lang (Class of 2004)

Following her 2004 graduation from BHS, Lang attended The Ohio State University and obtained a Bachelor's, Master's, and Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology. She is currently a Nationally Certified School Psychologist working for a school system in southwest Ohio. 

Lang is regarded as a leader in the field of school psychology, having presented training both locally and nationally. She is the immediate past-president of the Southwestern Ohio School Psychologists' Association (SWOSPA), has been a regular advisor to the OSPA Executive Director, and was recently appointed by the OSPA president to serve as the Chair for the OSPA Autism Task Force, with a goal to improve the educational identification of students with autism in Ohio. 

Lang lives with her husband, two children, and two giant schnauzers in Butler County, Ohio, where they are actively involved in raising money to support military and suicide prevention charities. 

She is the first Brookfield graduate to be inducted into both the Athletic and Distinguished Alumni Halls of Fame!

Jason Straka ('90)

Jason Straka
Jason Straka (Class of 1990)

Following his 1990 graduation, Straka attended Cornell University to study landscape architecture. He eventually went on to earn his Master's Degree with a focus in agronomy, community design, and environmental studies. 

Straka is an industry leader in environmental golf course design by blending his formal education, rigorous professional training, and considerable design experience. Merging his professional training in the many facets of golf course design with his extensive hands-on design experience, he has shaped his specialty: integrating a golf course both functionally and aesthetically into its surrounding environment. An active member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), Straka was one of the youngest members ever elected to its Board of Governors. He was honored in April 2016 with a Presidential Citation for his work in the development of meaningful professional education programs. 

In 2018 Straka was named to the ASGCA Executive Committee to serve a 5-year officer rotation and currently serves as its 75th president. Straka has also served as a Board Member of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), has served as an instructor at a variety of professional seminars around the world, and led educational courses at multiple universities. In 2010 Straka was rated by Golf Magazine as one of the most influential people in golf under 40 years of age, and three Straka-designed golf courses won awards in Golf Inc.'s Renovation of the Year Competition. 

He currently lives in Dublin, Ohio, with his wife and two children. Straka enjoys volunteering, fishing, and spending time with this family.

Dr. Joseph Zuhosky ('85)

Joseph Zuhosky
Dr. Joseph Zuhosky (Class of 1985)

Following his graduation from BHS in 1985, Zuhosky's post-secondary education led him to the University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University, Northwestern University, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). 

Zuhosky's interest in medicine is driven by his childhood hospitalization experiences. He had a rare Meckel's diverticulum disorder which went undiagnosed from ages 2 to 5. Zuhosky discovered the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation during his time at Ohio State. He has held multiple leadership roles including Chief Resident at RIC. He was elected to the Board of the Physiatric Association of Spine Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation (PASSOR) where he also served as course director training anesthesiologists and PM&R physicians from all over the world in interventional spine procedures. Zuhosky has represented his specialty at the American Medical Association Resource Utilization Committee that assigns valuations for all procedures, evaluations, and management services in medicine. 

Zuhosky has practiced in Charlotte, North Carolina, his entire career. His practice model of seeing patients at the onset of symptoms, instead of at the back end of care when all other interventions have failed, has become so successful that all of the major orthopedic and neurosurgery practices in Charlotte have adopted it; and physicians and administrators from around the country have sought counsel to bring this model to their own practices. 

When he's not working, Zuhosky enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, coaching, volunteering, boating, tailgating, and serving his community.


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