Hall of Fame
The BSAA/BHS Alumni Hall of Fame is a project of the Brighton Schools Alumni Association (BSAA) that aims to inspire students in the Brighton Central School District of Rochester, NY, by honoring outstanding Brighton High School (BHS) alumni who “make a difference.”
This year’s Recognition Gala will be held on June 3, 2016. Ticket info will be posted shortly. In the meantime, here are our 2016 honorees:
• Stephanie Weinstein Dodson, BHS’79, is a managing director of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, an organization that funds exceptional social entrepreneurs tackling some of the world’s most complex problems. She also co-founded three social ventures: Strategic Grant Partners, a venture capital model of consulting and philanthropic investing that works to create positive futures for children and families in Massachusetts and nationally; Project Healthy Children, which partners with developing countries to save lives through sustainable and measurable methods of food fortification and supplementation; and the Maranyundo Initiative, a boarding school for girls achieving the highest academic performance in the country and a teacher enrichment program in Rwanda.
She also currently serves on the boards of RefugePoint, Year Up, Project Healthy Children and Partners in Health, and serves on the boards of and advises seven DRK portfolio organizations: City Health Works, Clean Energy Trust, Crisis Text Line, D-Rev, Lava Mae, Upstream and Y2Y.
• Michael Gollin, BHS’74, is an international patent lawyer with the Venable LLP law firm in Washington, DC, who is recognized as a world expert in that field and has more than two decades of experience in intellectual property law and related areas, including technology transfer; food, drug and cosmetics law; and environmental law, with a focus on strategic counseling and IP monetization. He also has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he created the Strategic Management of Intellectual Property course, and at Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he has taught Global Intellectual Property Management. He has written several books in his field, as well as numerous articles.
Gollin was instrumental in founding two nonprofit organizations, the Public Interest Project (PIP) while he was in college, to raise funds so law students seeking summer work in unpaid public interest internships could afford to do so, and Public Interest Property Advisors (PIIPA), a pro bono service for developing-country clients.
Gollin was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2012 and received the 2015 National ALS Association Rasmussen Advocate of the Year Award for helping raising awareness of ALS and helping advance legislation to improve the lives of people with ALS and speed the fight to find a treatment. Throughout the progression of this condition, Gollin has inspired others through a blog and publication of a book about his experiences.
• Karen Eckberg Gottovi, BHS’58, is a former member of the House of Representatives in North Carolina, where she chaired the House Committee on Environment and worked for environmental issues; in particular, protecting North Carolina’s fragile coastline. As a state legislator, she helped secure funding to preserve Fort Fisher at the mouth of the Cape Fear River and establish an aquarium in the area. Her promotion of environmentally sound development practices along the river helped make Wilmington, NC, a thriving commercial port again, as well as an important historic site, adding greatly to the state’s economic growth. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation presented Gottovi with its Legislator of the Year distinction in 1993.
Gottovi also served as director of the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services, where much of her work required the sensitive and patient facilitation of interagency cooperation. She was able to help staff appreciate the importance of communication, acceptance of differences, and values of shared vision and client-based outcomes.
Before entering politics and social welfare, Gottovi taught English at Pittsford Sutherland High School from 1962–65.
• Amy Shuffelton, BHS’88, is an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago, who aims to deepen understanding of social injustice within contemporary school systems. Her research frequently starts with everyday problems in local schools—the exclusion of children with single-sex partners from parent/child dances, or the effects of standardized testing on children’s self-esteem—and connects them to larger social and political questions about justice in the U.S. system of education.
Shuffelton is also co-founder and executive director of the Village Project, which promotes civic education for children and youth. Mostly recently, the Village Project has sponsored programs in Jamaica and Chicago, although it has also worked in Poland, Serbia, South Korea and around the United States. She is also involved with neighborhood schools, having been elected to a two-year term as a community representative on one of Chicago’s Local School Councils. She has written numerous articles and contributed to other publications in her field.
The BSAA Scholarship is a great way to support BHS new grads on their academic journeys; remember Brighton classmates, teachers and staff; and a meaningful use for class reunion gifts.
The Brighton Alumni Courtyard is located in the center of the BHS complex. Many BHS alumni have supported this project. You can still purchase pavers to be placed in the courtyard to remember friends, classmates, teams, teachers, staff and more from your BHS days.
The BSAA has been helping with updating, renovating and improving the Library/Media Center at BHS. Projects include a beautiful piece of glass art in memory of long-time BSAA co-president Henry “Pete” French, BHS’53, created by BHS alum and BSAA/BHS Alumni Hall of Fame member Nancy Gong, BHS’74.
Winning ideas for your Brighton Schools Alumni Association (BSAA)
The Brighton Schools Alumni Association (BSAA) has been involved in projects to enhance Brighton High School (BHS), provide scholarships to BHS students, and recognize the achievements and contributions of BHS alumni.
The BSAA would like to hear from you with any ideas and thoughts about how the BSAA can continue to benefit the Brighton educational community.
Please share your thoughts by filling out the BSAA Contact Form. Thank you.