2009 Inductees



Michael R. Mooney is a 1978 graduate of Gates Chili High School.  He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from SUNY Geneseo in 1982 and then his Masters in Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1985.  He is presently the Creative Director of Full Moon Advertising in Rochester, NY.  Mr. Mooney has a great deal of experience in graphic designs and advertising.  Some of his experiences include being the Creative Director of Adam Communication, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, Crane Advertising, and Buck & Pulleyn, where he supervised and directed various corporate videos and marketing advertisements for corporations such as Kodak, Hillside, Finger Lakes Community College, Johnson & Johnson, and MCC.  While at Gates Chili, Mr. Mooney was a four year Varsity Swimmer and an All County member upon graduation.  He continued his swimming success at SUNY Geneseo where he was a four year Varsity Swimmer and a Division III All American (NCAA).  Other accomplishments of Mr. Mooney include being a multiple winner for Rochester Art Federation ADDY Awards, Rochester PRISM Awards, PRO Award, appeared in Archive Magazine and Print Regional Design Annual.  Mr. Mooney also is an adjunct profession in the School of Design at RIT, as well as completing other teaching experiences at Syracuse University and St. John Fisher College in Communications and Fine Arts.  Mr. Mooney is married and the father of two sons.  He enjoyed his four years at Gates Chili and believes it is important to follow your dreams.  He states, “Work hard and everything is possible---Don’t give up!”




Alfred J. DiMora is a graduate of Gates Chili High School Class of 1975.  He is self-employed as the founder and CEO of Clenet Coachworks in Santa Barbara, California.  In 1976, Mr. DiMora came to California to design and build limited production luxury cars at Clenet, and seven years later, he took control of Clenet and formed the Sceptre Motorcar Company.  His Sceptre won the Best-of –Show Award at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 1978.  As Chief Automotive Designer at Clenet, he created the Series IV and Series V Clenets.  Altogether, over 580 Clenets were produced and sold to royalty, celebrities, and other motor enthusiasts around the world.  In 1986, Mr. DiMora’s Clenet was selected as the Official Centennial Car by President Reagan.  Therefore, he was honored at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Michigan.  Clenets are considered to be the “American Rolls Royce” by Fortune Magazine.  Mr. DiMora innovated in the areas of chemical recycling, automobile and truck antifreeze production and distribution, and hazardous waste management at PRS, Inc. in Salt Lake City in the 1990s.  He served as the first non-chemist on the American Society of Testing and Materials Committee, as well as created and marketed the first ready-to-use 50/50 antifreeze, which has become a bestseller.  In 1997, Mr. DiMora founded Star Bridge Systems, Inc. to advance reconfigurable computing technologies.  Star Bridge has created powerful, high-performance computer platforms and a new software called VIVA for hypercomputing.  Many Star Bridge customers include NASA and National Cancer Institute.  Mr. DiMora also has helped in creating the Voyager, the world’s largest ferris wheel.  He was inducted into the Knights of Malta in 2001 as SIR Alfred DiMora, is a member of Motor Press Guild, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.  Mr. DiMora has recently developed “The DiMora Initiative,” which is an informed perspective on the $34 billion bailout of GM, Ford, and Chrysler and he is currently developing the first hand-built, $2 million production automobile.  Mr. DiMora is married with two step children.  He believes patience is important and to never react quickly.  He also believes pursuing your passion is the easiest road to success and you must find strategies to win and build a solid foundation.  Mr. DiMora believes he had some of the best times of his life at Gates Chili, where he loved football and the lifelong friends he made.  He leaves the following advice to Gates Chili students, “Always believe in yourself, dream big, work hard, and never give up!”  He faced many challenges such as dyslexia, lack of money and investors, and people who did not believe in him.  He states, “I never attended college, so my training was from hands-on experience.  I went to the school of hard knocks….the thought of quitting never occurred to me…I never looked back, only forward….I made my future happen.”  Visit his website at www.dimoramotorcar.com to learn more about Al DiMora.



Dr. Daniel Palermo is a graduate of Gates Chili High School Class of 1977.  He is presently employed as a dentist with Cornerstone Dental in Rochester, NY.   Dr. Palermo graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1981.  He continued his education at New York University College of Dentistry in NYC, graduating in 1987.  In 1988, he completed his General Practice Residency Program at the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester.  In 1988, Dr. Palermo began his own dental practice in Gates and then worked as attending dentist at St.  John’s Home from 1989-2001.  Many of Dr. Palermo’s accomplishments include being an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Eastman Dental Center, receiving an award for Excellence in Clinical Education from the Dept. of General Dentistry at the U of R – awarded to those with excellent communication skills and who demonstrate a concern for clinical education, researched at Eastman Dental Center with publications in the NYS Dental Journal, emphasizes patient education, cosmetic and restorative dentistry and Invisalign, and he is a member of the ADA, NYS Dental Society, Monroe County and 7th District Dental Society.  Dr. Palermo is married with three children and enjoys playing and coaching soccer and volunteering at United Way and St. Joseph’s Villa.  He believes that Gates Chili provided remarkable memories filled with friendships, sports, and learning that helped to prepare him for college and dental school.  His recommendation to GC students is to understand that, “Life is full of change. Change will test you, make you stronger, humble you, but mainly – change will mold you into the productive, resilient individual you need to be – embrace change!!”



Ann Wickins Caldwell was a graduate of the Class of 1961, and was named the first Salutatorian for Gates Chili High School.  Ms. Caldwell is a Visiting Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandies University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she is working on a biography of Catherine Filene Shouse, a philanthropist, author and international activist on behalf of women and children.  A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ms. Caldwell retired in 2007 after ten years as President of MGH Institute of Health Professions.  In recognition of her service, the Institute Trustees voted her the honorary title of President Emerita.  The Institute is an academic affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and enrolls over 800 students.  It is a fully accredited graduate school offering degrees and certificates in Nursing, Physical Therapy, Speech–Language Pathology and Medical Imaging.  Ms. Caldwell was also Vice President for Development at Brown University (1991-1997),the first woman to serve as a chief development officer in the Ivy League; Associate Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, (1990-1991); Vice President for Planning and Resources for Wheaton College in MA (1980-1990); Associate Secretary of the Academy at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA (1975-1980) ; freelance editor and writer at Radcliffe Institute (1970-1975); and Assistant to Dean for Publications at Harvard Graduate School of Education (1965-1971), where she was the editor of the alumni magazine.  She has served on many non-profit boards and is currently a Trustee of the American College of Greece in Athens, and of Brigham and Women’s Center for Surgery and Public Health. She was Chair of the Commission on Women in Higher Education of the American Council on Education and stills serves on the commission. She was for many years a faculty member for HERS and HERS South Africa at Wellesley College and has also lead seminars on “Philanthropy, Fund-Raising, and Volunteerism” as well as published articles in professional books and journals.  Ms. Caldwell was in the first class to graduate from Gates Chili and was editor of the school newspaper and YTeen reporter for the Democrat & Chronicle where she later worked summers as a reporter while in college.  It was at GCHS that she first experimented with leadership roles making her the person she is today.



Christopher Carosa is a graduate of Gates Chili High School Class of 1978.  He is presently employed as President and Managing Member of Carosa Stanton Asset Management, LLC, in Mendon, NY, which provides counsel to individual trustees and fiduciaries seeking a conservative-based equity investment discipline with long-term growth objectives for many years.  He is also President and Chairman of the Board for Bullfinch Fund, Inc. in Mendon, NY, which focuses on investing in companies located in Western New York.  Mr. Carosa graduated from Yale University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science (Intensive) in Physics and Astronomy.  He also received his MBA in 1991 from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business in Finance and Marketing.  In 1994, he became a Certified Trust and Financial Analyst with the Institute of Certified Bankers.  Mr. Carosa believes his greatest accomplishment in life is family – he is married with three children and believes all accomplishments “lie meaningless if not for his family.”  While at Yale, he was manager for Yale’s Division I hockey team and became campus DJ broadcasting hockey and football games.  Chris began working for an investment firm after college where he pioneered the use of computers in the financial setting.  He then started his own company with a unique goal-setting methodology called “The Lifetime Dream Process,” which his firm employs to help clients stay on track in both good and bad economic cycles.  In 2007, Barron’s magazine featured the success of Bullfinch Fund, showcasing its earnings in several national top-ten rankings among all mutual funds in the Multi-Cap Value category.  Then in 2008, the Bullfinch Fund Greater Western New York Series finished number 10 in the nation among all Multi-Cap Value funds according to Wall Street Journal.  Mr. Carosa also published his first book, Due Diligence – the Individual Trustees’ Guide to Selecting and Monitoring a Professional Money Manager and contributing author of Planning for the Affluent.  He was also named the winner in the Journal of Financial Planning Call-for-Papers competition in the academic category and was a featured speaker at the Annual Journal of Financial Planning Symposium.  Mr. Carosa has appeared in national publications and news agencies including Reuters, New York Times, CNN, BBC, Advisor Today, Fox Business Channel, and The Western New York Business and Investment Report.  Locally, Mr. Carosa has served a term on the Mendon Town Board as a Councilman, been a youth sports coach and an adult leader for various Boy Scouting programs, cofounded a local newspaper, and authored his first play called “The Macaroni Kid.”  Mr. Carosa believes and advises the students of Gates Chili, …“never underestimate yourself.  Dare yourself to dare but don’t be different just to be different.  But, before doing so, prepare yourself….there comes a point when, no matter how much you prepare – indeed a point where you cannot prepare anymore – you will need to make a decision to go forward…respect the bravery and self-confidence of the Kirks…knowing when to make that decision and having the will to see it through to success separates the Kirks from the Spocks.  I like to think my high school teachers forged Kirks.”