2008 Inductees


    Laura Jean (Van Putte) Brand, Ph.D. - Class of '83
    Laura Jean Brand graduated from Gates Chili High School in 1983 as valedictorian of her class. She then continued on to graduate from Cornell University in 1987 in the Pre-Med Program where she was presented with the Presidential Award for strong academic performance.  Laura earned her MD in 1991 at the University of Pennsylvania where she was a member of the MD Honor Society called Alpha Omega Alpha.  Ms. Brand completed her residency in Family Medicine at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania from 1991-1994.  She worked in a rural public health clinic in Nelson County, Virginia for two years following her residency and later joined a larger practice in Waynesboro, Virginia, where she worked for 8 years.  Laura then began raising her three adopted children and began practicing medicine again in 2007 as a solo physician where she provides personal, high quality care to both children and adults.  Ms. Brand feels she obtained a great education at Gates Chili and enjoyed the diversity of the student population.  She advises current and future Gates Chili students that working hard on their education is the best way to open future doors.

    Kathleen (Kayson) Bromley, Ph.D. - Class of '62
    Kathleen Bromley was a 1962 graduate of Gates Chili High School.  She continued her education at the University of Buffalo where she graduated in 1966 with a degree in History and Economics.  She then completed her Master’s Education with a Ford Foundation grant.  Kathy began teaching junior high school social studies in Buffalo and then entered the Peace Corps.  In 1979, she began her career at Monroe Community College as an Instructor of Economics.  At the same time, she completed her Master’s Degree in Economics and the course work for her Ph. D.  While teaching at Monroe Community College, she was awarded the State of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998.  She also helped to create a new introductory level Economics course and co-authored workbooks for use in Macro and Microeconomics.  In 1999, Kathleen also helped develop a Personal Finance course for Coast Community College, which was distributed on Public Television and then distributed as a telecourse for colleges called Dollars and Sense:  Personal Finance for the 21st Century.  Recently, she has been creating Dual Credit Liaisons with high schools and has been on NPR Bob Smith’s 1379 Connection program as a monthly guest explaining the economy.  Mrs. Bromley’s children are also graduates of Gates Chili High School and she is a founding member of the Gates Chili Hall of Fame committee.  Kathy credits her success as a “good teacher” and her love of learning from many of her Gates Chili teachers.  She believes you must structure success for your students so they will find passion in life that will help them feel fulfilling.  She believes education is the key and stepping stone to a great life.

    Stephen Demanchick, Ph.D. - Class of '90
    Dr. Stephen Demanchick graduated from Gates Chili High School in 1990.  He earned his Ph. D in Counseling from the University of Rochester in October 2007.  Stephen is currently an assistant professor at Nazareth College in the Creative Arts Therapy Department where he teaches several courses including the Principles of Psychotherapy, Psychopathology, Research Methods, and Play Therapy.  He graduates students who are interested in becoming art or music therapists.  In addition to earning his Ph.D, Stephen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor where his primary area of interest is working with young children and individuals with developmental disabilities.  He has spent a significant amount of time developing a play therapy program for special needs children at the Easter Seals Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Henrietta.  Steven has also had 10 years experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities in group homes and day treatment centers.  He has worked for the Children’s Institute, a local research institute dedicated to enhancing the social and emotional growth of children. As co-director of the New York State Primary Project Program, he traveled around the country teaching paraprofessionals how to work/play with children in a therapeutic context.  Dr. Demanchick has presented on many topics related to his field at several national conferences.  Most recently he presented at the Association for Play Therapy conference in California.  He is also the author of several journal articles and book chapters, with his most recent article about Dr. Carl Rogers, a famous psychotherapist, seen in the latest edition of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology.  Stephen states that his time at Gates Chili was both enjoyable and successful due to the great teachers he had.  In terms of advice, he suggests students work toward personal growth, life-long learning, and building a sense of community where one can strive for excellence.

    David Di Caro - Class of '76
    David DiCaro graduated from
    Gates Chili High School in 1976.  After graduating from Monroe Community College, he joined the Gates Police Department in 1979.  He rose through the ranks from police officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and was promoted to his current position of Chief in 2006.  David earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from RIT.  Along with police department duties, he is an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department at RIT, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes.  He is a proud resident of Gates who commits himself to community and school activities, believing in an open door policy for all members of the Gates community.  Mr. DiCaro is an active member of various committees and task forces such as US Homeland Security and Prevention and Deterrence Working Group and the Monroe County Law Enforcement Council.  He was also president of the Gates Keystone Club for 13 years where he held leadership roles in the state and national police organizations.  David resides in Gates with his wife and two daughters, both also graduates of Gates Chili High School.  One of his fondest memories from high school is being part of the Gates Chili Football team when they won the County West Championship in 1975.  Mr. Dicaro’s advice to students is to make the most of your high school years and enjoy all that Gates Chili has to offer.  Do not wait until you have left GC to realize what a great experience this school is.

    Vince Di Paola - Class of '79
    Vince DiPaola graduated from
    Gates Chili High School in 1979.  He is presently the Senior Pastor at Lakeshore Community Church in Greece, New York, where is helped to develop this church in 1995.  He is involved with serving others and works with a variety of organizations to help those who are less fortunate.  Mr. DiPaola graduated from Monroe Community College in 1981 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Industrial Instrumentation.  He continued on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1985.  From 1988-1989, Vince completed 1/3 of his work towards a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree and then graduated with honors from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters in Theology in 1993.  Mr. DiPaola’s story is one of perseverance and faith. As pastor of Lakeshore Community Church, he helps to demonstrate continued growth and specializes in effectively reaching out to others.  In the past, he has helped to develop and train pastors and church leaders in seminars to effectively start growing healthy and vibrant churches.  He received an award for one of the best new facilities in Greece from the Chamber of Commerce in 2005 as well as speaking at the 2006 Leadership Summit on August 9, 2008, where he spoke to a live audience of 7000 with over 80,000 people watching via satellite and 14,000 people watching internationally. Mr. Di Paola also began a regional gathering of leaders called “Pastor Speak” held every other month for Christian leaders to grow in key areas of leadership and skills development.  He is also an adjunct professor at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, NY. Vince is married with two children and is very thankful for his education at Gates Chili.  His advice to students is to study hard, love people, find adult mentors, and trust God for your future.

    Michael Nyhan - Class of '75
    Michael Nyhan was a 1975 graduate of
    Gates Chili High School.  He has dedicated his life to serving the public in various capacities.  While attending MCC after graduation, he became a volunteer with the Chili Fire Department where he actively served for over 10 years.  He then received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and was hired by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office as a road patrol deputy.  During this time, he was also involved with Gates Volunteer Ambulance Service.  Mike has worked his way up through the ranks in the Sheriff’s Office serving as a fire investigator for the county, a DARE officer, and a Sergeant in the Community Services Unit, where he managed community and public relations.  As a Lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations Section, he implemented the High Technology Crime Unit and was active in the Rochester Area Crime Stoppers organization.  In 2000, he achieved the rank as Captain and has served in the Sheriff’s Administration offices in North Chili and Penfield.  Mike has continued his education receiving his BS degree in Business Administration and his MA degree in Liberal Studies, both from SUNY Brockport.  He is also an adjunct professor of Public Safety Administration and of Organizational Management at Roberts Wesleyan College. Mr. Nyhan believes students must excel and work academically because it will help provide a foundation for future learning which will help throughout one’s career, no matter what it is.  He also feels one’s social and life skills are essential to one’s success.

    Sandra J. (Annis) Vogler - - Class of '68
    Sandra J. (Annis) Vogler graduated from
    Gates Chili High School in 1968.  She died on September 16, 2005.  Sandy was a real people person whose love and passion was taking care of others. Her decision to become a physical therapist began while working as a candy striper at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Sandy enrolled in Ithaca College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy in 1972.  She then began her career of 33 years as a Physical Therapist at St. Mary’s and then onto Park Ridge Hospital.  In 1981, Sandy began a Christmas tradition that lasted 23 years.  She baked thousands of cookies and decorated her home opening it up to family and friends.  That became her signature way of giving back to all.  Sandy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, but continued to help her ailing parents, both of who were employees of Gates Chili Central School District.  Sandy’s father, James Annis, was an administrator, and her mother, Eleanor, what a teacher at Neil Armstrong. Sandy’s cancer spread to her bones in 2005 and on September 16, 2005 she passed away.  Sandy was survived by her high school sweetheart, Donald Vogler, and her three sons.  She was known as being a devoted and loving person to her patients, family and friends.  Her life taught others the true definition of love, generosity, and devotion.  According to her best friend, Patty Lippa, “Sandy was her best friend for 35 years, and having her inducted into the Gates Chili Hall of Fame would be a work of love for her.”