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2019 Chenango Valley Hall of Fame Honorees

 

Alumni

Greg Butch (Class of 1970) and Gary Butch (Class of 1974)

Greg and Gary Butch have been at Elizabeth on 37th, a small restaurant in Savannah, GA, for over 35 years. The restaurant has garnered countless awards and accolades from three (3) James Beard acknowledgements to New York Times, Food & Wine, and London Times Top 25 in the U.S.

About ten years ago, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, asked Greg and Gary to help preserve their monastic system in South India.  Subsequently, they’ve had both Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton do world-wide projects with them; JCB and WWL have helped in a number of ways, and countless corporations and individuals; to the point of getting General Dynamics help in Nepal. The brothers have been asked to confer with many world leaders; from Angela Merkel to Francois Hollande, from Herman von Rumpuy to Leif Louddesol; and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

 

Maureen Pratt Roberts (Class of 1983)

Maureen A. (Pratt) Roberts is a life-long resident of the Chenango Valley community.  She grew up in Hillcrest and married her high school sweetheart Tim Roberts. While Tim served in the United States Navy, Maureen pursued employment and four years after they were 1983 Warrior Graduates, they married. Together for almost 32 years, they raised three children in the same home that Maureen grew up in and still resides in today. Delighted to be a “stay at home mom," Maureen went on to pursue her career working in the court system. She first served as court clerk in the Town of Fenton Court under the direct supervision of Hon. Jack McEnaney, a 2005 CV Hall of Famer. In 2017, she was hired by the Unified Court System as a Court Analyst where she helps to oversee 176 town and village courts in the Sixth Judicial District that includes ten (10) counties. She remains the treasurer of the Chenango Valley Student Educational Loan Fund and volunteered to organize the very first induction of distinguished alumni into the Chenango Valley Hall of Fame Class of 2005. She serves as a trustee for the Fenton Free Library and served a five-year term on the CV Board of Education (2009-2014). Maureen still maintains a fierce passion for the school district. 

 

Adam Cornell (Class of 1995)

Adam Cornell was born in Binghamton, NY in 1977, the second child of four siblings. He enjoyed growing up in Chenango Bridge, and attended Chenango Bridge Elementary School from kindergarten through sixth grade, graduating from Chenango Valley Junior-Senior High School in 1995. He was also the Salutatorian graduate of Broome-Tioga BOCES in 1995, after studying graphic design and desktop publishing there. Adam spent two years volunteering as a full-time minister after graduation, supporting himself as a part-time graphic artist. He moved to Louisiana in 1997 and worked as a graphic artist and writer and was also an on-air radio personality for several stations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Adam returned to New York in the early 2000s and filled the role as Marketing Director and Art Director for two different consumer-goods companies and worked as an on-air personality at radio stations in Elmira, NY and Watertown, NY. In 2013, he left the corporate world to start his own advertising agency and focus more on writing. Adam has since written five books: The Catskills, Hollow Pointe, The Tesla Connection, The Tesla Resistance and The Amazing Almost True Story of the Invention of the Safety Pin, which he also illustrated. Adam has also edited and published five additional books written by other authors. In 2017, Adam worked with his, then, 6-year-old son, Alexander, to create a weekly newspaper comic strip, Hockey Guy Robot Universe, which ran for 35 weeks. Adam currently lives in Watertown, NY with his wife, Belinda, and three children, Abigail, Shaun and Alexander. Adam is a feature and column writer for DIRT Monthly Magazine and owns XL Design & Marketing. Adam is currently working on his third middle-grade novel, The Tesla Dynamic, as well as illustrating a comic book project for an independent movie studio.

 

Jessica Knowles Farrell, PharmD. (Class of 2001)

Dr. Jessica Farrell received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) in Albany, NY. Subsequent to this, she completed an ASHP-Accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, NJ. Following her residency, she was employed by Englewood Hospital and Medical Center as an Inpatient Clinical Pharmacist. 

Dr. Farrell is currently employed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Her practice site is The Center for Rheumatology in Albany, NY where she provides a variety of clinical pharmacy services including pharmacotherapy consult services, and patient counseling and self-injection training visits. She serves as program coordinator for the ACPHS PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency program, Associate Medical Officer for the Steffens Scleroderma Center, member of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Government Affairs Committee and as the first pharmacist member of the national Scleroderma Foundation Medical and Scientific Advisory Board. She also has previously held officer positions for the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists (NYSCHP)-Northeastern Chapter.   

Dr. Farrell presents nationally and internationally on numerous rheumatic conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, scleroderma, and pregnancy/lactation in rheumatic disease. She has received multiple professional awards including Preceptor of Distinction in Clinical Pharmacy, Steffens Scleroderma Foundation Ernest J. Dupont Award, and Faculty Advisor of the Year.

 

Distinguished Community Members

Robert Stapleton

Robert Stapleton has been a Deputy Sheriff for 12 years. He is currently in charge of the Community Policing Division which entails the role of School Resource Officer (primarily at Chenango Valley/Maine-Endwell, but other districts in need as well); Forensic Child Victim interviewer; Project Lifesaver administrator; Coordinator of county-wide Neighborhood Watch Groups; and safety presenter on various topics including Senior Safety, School Safety, Active Shooter and other various safety presentations throughout the county. Through this position, Robert also administers Aggressive Driving Enforcement Grand Motorcycle safety grants funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, and manages the Sheriff’s Office property damage, personal injury and fatal traffic crash data.

Robert is also a Police Academy instructor (Radar/Laser/Speed Measurement, as well as “EVOC”, Emergency Vehicle Operators Course) and has taught former Chenango Valley students through the program. In addition, he has been a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Chenango Bridge Fire Company for approximately 20 years. There, he often volunteers with Chenango Valley students and graduates.

Robert greatly enjoys is spending quality time with his family and friends.

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