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2020-2021 Atherton High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame Inductees
In 2001, a small alumni group gathering at Atherton High school had the vision of honoring Atherton alumni who have contributed to our community and our country. Through this vision senators, a brigadier general, authors, teachers, university presidents, doctors, financiers, congressmen, entrepreneurs, a ballerina and more have been welcomed home to Atherton High School and inducted into the Atherton Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Our list is distinguished, impressive, and inspiring to each of us. It is especially important for the students of Atherton High School to witness this rich legacy.
 
       
       
Inductee Year Graduated Biographical Data
Dr. Thomas Aberli
Principal
  • J.M.Atherton School Principal, 2010-2021.
  • Atherton Archery Coach.
  • Kentucky School Administrator of the Year Award.
  • Human Rights Campaign Upstander Award.
  • Kentucky Music Educators Association Outstanding Administrator Award.
  • Jefferson County Association of School Librarians Administrator Service Award.
  • Principal Advisory Council to the Kentucky Commission of Education.
  • Kentucky Association of School Administrators Board Member.
  • Initiated Atherton’s Academies of Louisville: Engineering, Health Science, Media Arts.
  • Doctor of Education in Administration & Leadership Studies.

     Biography

       
Chester L. Alwes 1965
  • BA in Music from Hanover College, Masters in Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary and Doctor of Musical Arts University of Illinois.
  • Taught at University of Louisville; Wooster College, University of Rochester; University of Illinois and guest lecturer at Northwestern University.
  • Winner of the American Choral Conductors Association’s Julius Herford Dissertation Prize.
  • Hanover College Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • University of Illinois Graduate College Award for Excellence in Mentoring Graduate Students.
  • Founder/Music Director: Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana.
  • Author of “A History of Western Choral Music”, Oxford University Press.

      Biography

       
Gary B. Burman
1975
  • Lieutenant-Louisville Metro Police.
  • Commander LMPD Dignitary Protection Team.
  • Provided Protection for Nine US Presidents and Hundreds of Dignitaries.
  • Special Agent-Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Owner and Operator of Cattle Farm.
  • Graduate of University of Louisville with Honors.
  • Graduate of Southern Police Institute.
  • Appointed by President Trump as The United States Marshal for the Western District of Kentucky.

      Biography

       
Benjamin W. Gies 2010
  • Atherton High School Senior Class President, National Honor Society President, and Future Educators Association State President .
  • Doctorate in Leadership & Policy from Vanderbilt University as a first-generation college student.
  • Named a James Madison Memorial Fellow by the United States Congress.
  • As youngest Elected Member of the Jefferson County Board of Education, prevented a state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools and, funded South Louisville’s first new elementary school in 30 years.
  • Secured critical federal relief dollars to sustain early childhood and K-12 education during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021.

      Biography

       
Doug Gossmann 1967
  • Graduate of Washington and Lee University, Bachelor of Arts in English.
  • Founder/Owner of Bristol Bar & Grille (8 locations) and Bristol Catering.
  • President of Main Street Management Associates, LLC (Louisville).
  • Organizer, Main Street Revitalization, LLC (Louisville).
  • Owner and Operator of Lantrey’s Roadhouse.
  • Owner and Operator of Great Midwestern Bluegrass Hall.
  • Partner in Wilson Fields Free Range Chicken Company.
  • Owner and Operator-Cuvee Wine Table.

      Biography

       
Dee Hawkins 1967
  • BS in Education from Purdue University, Masters in English from Ball State, Doctorate in Education from the University of Louisville.
  • A teacher in the Jefferson County Public Schools for 39 years, first High School Literacy Specialist in JCPS where she trained Literacy Specialists for all schools.
  • Crusader for First Amendment against efforts to remove books from her classroom library at Central High School, enduring threatening mobs while inspiring students and fellow teachers.
  • Learner.
  • Teacher.
  • Believer.

      Biography

       
Lawrence A. Herring Jr. 1978
  • Owner, Managing Member - Patriot Group LLC.
  • Graduate - University of Louisville School of Business.
  • President of The West Louisville Sportsmen Club.
  • Recognized in Who’s Who in Black America Publication.
  • YMCA Black Achiever.
  • Treasurer and Executive Board Member - The Yearlings Club Inc.
  • Part owner in the country’s top Black Owned Horse Racing Syndicate - Living The Dream, LLP.
  • Honorable Kentucky Colonel .

      Biography

       
Brigid Kaelin 1996
  • Graduated summa cum laude from New York University in 3 years.
  • Producer for CBS News, writingfor CBS This Morning, The History Channel.
  • Named “Best Singer-Songwriter” in multiple Kentucky award shows.
  • Musical guest on A Prairie Home Companion and many other NPR, BBC programs.
  • Co-host of radio variety show Kentucky Homefront.
  • Dubbed a “Louisville Legend” by WFPK, WHAS, Courier-Journal, for her many albums of original music.

      Biography

       
Hal Lamberton 1976
  • U.S. Army Major General.
  • U.S. Army Airborne Ranger.
  • 53rd Commanding General of the Kentucky National Guard.
  • Member of the National Eisenhower Speaker’s Program.
  • Veteran of Military actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Just Cause & Operation Golden Pheasant.
  • Masters Strategic Studies Degree, U.S. Army War College.
  • Served overseas in the U.S Army to include tours in Germany, Honduras, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Korea, and Iraq.

      Biography

       
Missy Burkholder Logan 1968
  • Healthcare Worker for Over 50 years, including Hospice Nurse.
  • Certified Oncology Nurse.
  • American Nursing Society Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, Oncology.
  • Certified Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner .
  • LTC, Army National Guard Nurse, Retired.
  • President, Blue Star Mothers Chapter 3, South Carolina.
  • American Cancer Society Volunteer and Breast Cancer Survivor.
  • Volunteer Nurse Practitioner, Taylors Free Medical Clinic, South Carolina.

      Biography

George R. Schneiter 1955
  • BSME, MSME, PhD from Purdue University.
  • Editor-in-Chief of The Purdue Exponent, the Purdue student daily newspaper.
  • Captain in the Ordnance Corps, U.S. Army Reserve.
  • Member of the U.S. Strategic Arms Limitation Talks delegation.
  • Director, Strategic and Tactical Systems, Office of the Secretary of Defense.
  • Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • Presidential Award of Distinguished Executive of the Senior Executive Service.

      Biography

Richard B. Yetter 1999
  • Enlisted in United States Air Force as a Combat Medic in 2009.
  • Graduated Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelors Degree in 2012.
  • Served as an Intelligence Analyst at the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA from 2012 – 2016.
  • Graduated Utica College with a Masters of Science in Cybersecurity & Intelligence Studies in 2015.
  • Received a commission as an Intelligence Officer through Officer Training School (OTS) in 2016.
  • Recruited for USCYBERCOM Joint Task Force 2017, received Joint Service Commendation Medal & Remote Campaign Effects Medal for contributions to counter terrorism mission.
  • Accepted for transfer as a Captain into United States Space Force 2021.
  • Activated first-ever U.S. Space Force unit at the National Security Agency (NSA) in Sept 2020.

      Biography

       
Colleen Younger 1972
  • Elected Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator, 2018.
  • Top Real Estate Agent Sales and Marketing Award-Homebuilders Association of Louisville.
  • Ohio Valley Team Leader of the Year- Keller Williams Realty International.
  • Designed, coordinated and implemented Operation Brightside’s award winning At Risk Youth Award.
  • Past President-Shelby Park Neighborhood Association and George Rogers Clark Neighborhood Association.
  • Board of Directors-Talbot House, St. Jude House for Women, Friends of the Library, Beargrass Creek Task Force.
  • Kentucky Commission on Women-Appointed in 2021 by Governor Andy Beshear.
  • Matt Talbot Community Service Award – First Female Recipient.

      Biography

       
       
       
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