Matthew Bowers

    Matthew is a 1999 graduate of Gates Chili High School. He presently is the president of Rochester Passive House Consulting where he was the first person to have a building in our region certified to the most stringent building energy standard in the world (Passive House International). He designed and implemented the necessary components of one of the tightest houses in the world while maintaining superb indoor air quality and extremely low energy consumption. He is also a building scientist where he analyzes existing buildings for energy usage and provides consulting on lowering a buildings total energy while improving comfort and indoor air quality. Matthew attended Naval Nuclear Power School graduating in 2003 and then RIT with a Bachelor of Science with Highest Honors in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 2010. In 2007, Matthew was awarded the Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal for saving the US Navy over $600,000 in repair parts allowing an overhaul to stay within budget. From 2005-2007, Matthew was Chief Machinery Operator and directly supervised a team of sailors responsible for proper operation of the Aircraft Carrier’s main engines, electrical generators, distilling units, air compressors while in combat zone during OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) and OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) Deployments. Matthew was a Corrective and Maintenance Supervisor from 2004-2006. He identified and scheduled repairs of all systems in the engine room and supervised 30 naval mechanics in multiple emergent repairs to the ship’s engine, generators, compressors, etc. during OEF and OIF deployments. Matthew has raised over $4000 for Veterans’ Outreach Center through donations from Passive House Tours. He is married to Brianna Bowers and has two little girls, Lucy and Eleanor, and one boy, Nathan. Matthew believes he would not be where he is today without his faith in God and family, who have given endless love and support through the toughest times and the greatest achievements. Matthew’s advice to Gates Chili students is his “…daily top five: 1. Learn something new every day, 2. Teach someone else something new, 3. Solve your boss’ problems, 4. End everyday with 10 fingers and 10 toes, and 5. Go to bed tired!”


    Renee Calleri Emanuele

    Renee is a graduate of Gates Chili High School Class of 1993. She is presently the owner and stylist of Creations Salon and Body INC, which she began when she was 25 years old. Renee is a seasoned professional hair stylist who runs and manages a business. She is certified in Organic Colour Systems, Matrix colors, permanent waving, Deva Curl, eyelash extensions, and hair extensions. Renee graduated from Continental School of Beauty and received a Cosmetology degree. From 1993-2002, she started as a receptionist at Hair Styles by August in Chili and worked her way up to a stylist and certified stylist in color, waving, waxing. She has travelled all over America to teach other stylists, as well as being a mentor and educator, in New Forest, England, for Organic Color System. Renee has travelled all over Ohio and New York State to teach stylists in Matrix Socolor, ColorSyn, and permanent waving.  Renee volunteers 2 days a week in the kindergarten classroom at Paul Road School. She also has organized the counting and collecting of Box Tops for Paul Road School from 2011-2017 and helped raise $3000-$6000 for the school. She helped to create and build a Paul Road yearbook for students, is Secretary and Treasurer for Paul Road Parent Board, helped bring Little Free Library to Paul Road, as well as Crayon Initiative and Sacred Santa Show to Paul Road. Renee has helped to raise $2000 for Rochester Arthritis Marathon, raised $500 for Marine Corps Marathon, raised $1000 for Savanna, Georgia, Marathon for Willow Pickard, adopted numerous families for Gates Chili HS Service Club for Christmas and Thanksgiving, and coached Chili girls’ soccer.  She has done a “Haircuts for Cancer” day with money raised for Willow Pickard, who graduated from GC but suffered and passed away from cancer. Money raised went to Willow’s Go Fund Me account. She has participated in Locks for Love, Paint the Town Purple for Gates Chili Relay for Life, giving trees at the salon, donations for Green Angels, a non-profit organization giving to low income families. Renee states that high school was the best years of her life where she met the best friends she still has. She participated in JV and Varsity Soccer, Service Club and Life and Death. She feels many of these things helped her deal with and assist people in difficult situations. She received the Health Award in her senior year and feels that has helped her to listen to others and understand and give back to the community. Her advice to GC students is to make choices that will help set your foundation for your future. She believes you need to make high school a positive moment and to look back on it and see how it helped with growing friendships, building responsibilities, and loving your community.


    Dr. David Olivo

    Dr. Olivo is a 1983 graduate of Gates Chili High School. Dr. Olivo is presently the owner/dentist of David A. Olivo, DMD, General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Gates and Rochester, NY since 1993. David received a Psychology Degree from SUNY Buffalo and then attended Boston University Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry, DMD. He received a Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration and Organization of Teachers of Dental Practice Administration in 1991. He was also the Seventh District Dental Society Peer Review Chairman. David received recognition from Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.  He received the Open Care Patients’ Choice Award and United Concordia Outstanding Service as a Participating Dental Office in 1995. Dr. Olivo received the Certificate of Recognition for Continued Leadership and Involvement in the field of CAD/CAM Dentistry in 2014. Dr. Olivo coaches Brighton Girls’ Lacrosse and is also a mentor for young dentists in school with BU Dental School APEX Program. He has also helped with Nazareth College Health Fair, screening elementary children in schools and talking to children about oral health, as well as being the vice president of his church council. David has sponsored youth soccer, hockey, baseball, and track teams in Gates and Chili. He also served on Peer Review for Monroe County Dental Society and Monroe County Dental Society Board. He continues to visit nursing homes and shut ins who need help with oral care. David is the proud parent of two daughters, Grace and Emma. His advice to Gates Chili students is to appreciate how committed and dedicated the teachers are in your education and personal development. He states, “Be sure to take advantage of that!”


    Heather McKane Rogers

    Heather is a 1989 graduate of Gates Chili High School. She is presently a partner and attorney at Davidson Fink LLP.  She also is an owner/member of Tres Mojo LLC and a real estate broker.  Heather attended Wittenberg University with a BA in Business and Spanish in 1993.  She continued on at Duquesne University of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree.  In 2000, she received her MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.  As a partner at Davidson Fink LLP she manages default operations, residential and commercial foreclosures, commercial and residential real estate representing buyers, sellers, and lenders.  From 2011-2012, Heather was chair of the Real Property Section of the New York State Bar Association.  Heather served as secretary and Vice Chair of the Section, Past and Current Co-Chair of the Real Estate Finance Committee of the Section, past 7th Judicial District Representative for the Section, Speaker for the NYS Bar Association, member of the Zombie Property task Force, and a member of the Diversity Challenge Team.  She was also the past Chair for the Real Estate Section of the Monroe County Bar Association from 2005-2006, a past member of the Academy of Law and Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law, and Chair/Moderator/ Speaker for the Monroe County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education on Real Estate Topics. Heather is an authorized title agent for Chicago/Ticor Title Insurance Company and First American, member and sub committee Co-Chair Monroe Vacant Property Task Force.  She was also an associate attorney for Fix Spindelman Brovitz and Goldman from 2000-2003 and Shapiro and DiCaro from 1999-2000.  She volunteers with Honeoye Falls Blaze Travel Soccer Association, Mendon Storm Baseball Team, advisor for Rochester Junior Yacht Club.  Heather describes her years at Gates Chili as a placed where educational and extracurricular opportunities were deep.  Her advice would be to allow yourself to find your passion and find a way to make a living out of it.  She states do not be afraid to keep looking for that passion and understand that you are never stuck but you can reinvent yourself at any time.  Heather believes that you should give yourself time and provide yourself with enough money to be able to do the things you enjoy with the people you love.  She states, “You are the creator of your own destiny-don’t blame others-take responsibility and if you don’t like where you are, fix it.  But no matter what you are doing, even if it is not your end game, at that moment, show up on time, be respectful, and work hard. Your work ethic and attitude can get you just about anywhere.”


    Jeanine White

    Jeanine is a 1985 graduate of Gates Chili High School. She received her BS in Management from Ithaca College in 1989. She presently is a Tax Recruiting Manager at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC). Jeanine is a seasoned recruiting professional with over 13 years of experience in full- life cycle recruitment in both corporate and agency settings for various industries, vertical markets, and positions. Jeanine is involved in vetting top-tier candidates, earning trust with hiring managers and colleagues, and serving clients in a Subject Matter Expert capacity. Some of her skills involve Resource Management, Employee Career Development, and Coaching Skills. Previously, Jeanine was an IT Specialist at Foothills Consulting Group in California (2017-2018), and Independent Contract Recruiter (2015-2017), a Career Development and Employer Relations Manager with Pepperdine University (2014-2015), and a recruiting specialist with Deloitte Tax in California (2013-2014). She was also a recruiting manager from 1991-2000 at various offices. Jeanine is also an inventor of “Hop ‘N Pop” which helps children on the Autism Spectrum find a way to socialize with one another.  She is the proud mother of two children, Drew and Nina. She is also involved with several organizations for abused children, a Court Appointed Special Advocate, NO MORE organization advocate, One Love Foundation Advocate, Second Chance Employment Services Volunteer, CURE childhood Cancer volunteer. Jeanine believes her years at GC were filled with strong academics, and helped her to overcome struggles and turn tragedies into triumph, and love and support from the GC faculty. She was very involved at GC during her years there from Drama Club to Student Council to Cheerleading. She believes the education, support and guidance she received at GC taught her to be a critical thinking, a problem solver, a doer but most importantly, an empathetic, non-judgmental human being. She states she is “incredibly grateful for having been a student in the GC School District and hopes that her story will help current and future students know that they are or will be part of a district that has provided or will provide them with skills that are going to help them to not only be successful but to be incredible human beings.” Her advice is to tap into their unique strengths and passions and pursue a path of purpose: one that has real meaning to them. She also states take time to reflect on who has been there for them throughout their time in the district and to never lose those connections and to take time to thank those people whenever you have the opportunity.