2011-2020 Inductees

2019

Denis Arndt.  

Denis graduated from John R. Rogers in 1957.  He attended the University of Munich, the University of Maryland, the University of Alaska, and the University of Washington where he studied history.   Denis was a Chief Warrant Officer in the Army and he served on active duty in Vietnam. He was awarded a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster for wounds received in action against the enemy.  Denis was also awarded the Air Medal with twenty Oak Leaf Clusters. He was an Army Combat helicopter pilot during the war then became a commercial helicopter pilot. As a commercial helicopter pilot, Denis flew in the Arctic North Slope in Alaska as well as flying oil executives looking for the presence of shale.  While at the University of Washington Denis became involved in theater productions in the Seattle area. He was invited to join the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon where he was an actor and director in the company performing many lead roles. Denis is now a professional actor and a Tony Award nominee for best actor in a Broadway play.  He was awarded the coveted and prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award and was nominated for the Louise Lortel Award for his work as lead actor in a Broadway play. Denis has performed in many theater productions, television dramas, and sit-coms, as well as feature films. Some of the most notable of his roles in television are: L.A. Law, Annie McGuire, Basic Instinct, Grey’s Anatomy, Past Life, Boston Legal, 24, and Providence.  Stage credits include: The Tempest, King Lear, Richard II, and The Ballad of Soapy Smith. While at John R. Rogers High School, Denis was the Associate Student Body President and was twice awarded the Honor Thespian Medal in recognition of his participation in Rogers Drama Department productions. He was also on the stage crew and was the convocations co-chairman.

Douglas (Doug) Bender

Douglas graduated from John R. Rogers High School in 1964.  He is a retired Generation Procurement Specialist for Avista Corporation.  Douglas attended Eastern Washington University in Business Administration on an athletic scholarship where he played varsity football.  He then enlisted in the United States Army with the rank of Sergeant and served in Vietnam. When Douglas was discharged from the Army he returned to Eastern State University and then transferred to Whitworth University where he graduated with a Degree in Business Administration.  While Douglas was working in Portland, he attended Portland State University to further his education and to assist him in his profession. Following is his community service: President and member of the Hillyard Kiwanis, served as President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Inland Empire Softball Hall of Fame, while President of the Inland Empire Softball Hall of Fame Douglas initiated the Doug Pops Bender Scholarship which is awarded to a girl softball player in the Inland Empire.  This scholarship has been won by a John R. Rogers softball player twice in sixteen years. Douglas has been on the John R. Rogers Friends and Family Foundation Board for fourteen years and was the President of the Board for five years and presently continues to serve in the organization.

Wayne Hendren (deceased)

Wayne graduated from John R. Rogers in 1946.  He spent over 31 years with the Spokane Police Department and became Captain, Assistant Chief, and was then Chief of Police for ten years and remained Police Chief during Expo 74.  Wayne attended the FBI Academy and the Spokane Police Academy. His leadership included the following: President of the Northwest Chapter of the FBI Academy, President of the Washington Association of the Navy, President of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.  Wayne was a Second Class Chief Petty Officer in the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. His community service consists of the following: he was active in the Central Lyons Club, was a member of the Prosperity Club, and was involved in the United Way. Wayne was also on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army as well as six other organizations.  While Wayne was the Chief of Police during Expo 1974 he was awarded a Plaque of Excellence for his role in Expo 1974.

Dennis (Denny) Shaw

Dennis graduated from John R. Rogers in 1964.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business from Washington State University, and his  Juris Doctor of Law from Newport University in California. He graduated from Washington State University with a Degree in Business Education.  Dennis joined the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. During his military career, he graduated from the Officer Advanced Courses in the following branches:  Armor, Infantry, Artillery, Signal Corp, Transportation Corp, and the Military Police. Dennis then attended the Command and General Staff College and the National Defense University/Industrial War College.  He retired from the United States Army as a First Lieutenant Colonel after three years of active duty and then spent twenty-two years in the Individual Ready Reserves. Dennis spent 30 years with Avon Products, Inc. (which is a Fortune 250 Corporation) in various management positions including: Manufacturing, Human Resources, Branch Operations, and Division Sales in three different states.  He also spent fourteen years as a Judicial Operations Manager of the District Court of Spokane. Dennis’ community involvement includes the following: Commissioned “Kentucky Colonel” by the Commonwealth of Kentucky while managing the Sales Division of Avon in Kentucky, and various Spokane County/District Court community activities. He has also held the following positions for the Sons of the American Revolution for the Spokane Chapter:  Officer and member of the Color Guard. Dennis is involved in the Military Officers Association of America, and the American Legion. His honors and awards include the following: Distinguished Military Graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps, “Outstanding Lieutenant” in the United States Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky three times, and three times World Sales Leader for Avon Products, Inc. Dennis is a Board Member of the John R. Rogers Friends and Family Foundation and is also involved in the John R. Rogers High School Alumni activities.

Diane (Kerr) Wear

Diane graduated from John R. Rogers High School in 1969.  She received vocational certificates from Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College in retail and banking. Diane took a Business Law class at Gonzaga University and many other job-related college credit courses throughout her career.  She worked at Pend Oreille Mines with Maria Cantwell and her then aide who is now Washington State Representative Marcus Riccelli to obtain re-training when the mines reduced the workers capacity. Her community service includes the following: She served on several local and regional boards including being the Chairperson for the Regional Mental Health Board, Chairperson for Aging Long-Term, Forest Management, Vice Chairperson for Tri-County Public Health, Martin Hall Board Member, Legislative Steering Hospital District Board, and the Washington State BECCA Law (which is a school attendance law).  Dianne was also the Chairperson of the Regional Mental Health Board (which led the effort of merging seven other counties with Spokane County), Pend Orielle County Commissioner, Board Chairman of Aging and Long-Term Care of Eastern Washington, Board Member and Vice Chairman of Tri-County Public Health. She is a life-long community volunteer, leader, and coach. Diane is a member of many organizational boards and committees including: President of the Sacheen Lake Association, President of the Hilltop Elementary Parent Teacher Association, and Pend Oreille Conservation District Supervisor and Interim Director, North Central Washington Regional Support Network, member of the Water Resource Inventory Area, Past President of the Sacheen Lake Association where she is presently volunteering and helping the Association, and she is on this years’ John R. Rogers Class of 1969 Reunion Committee and developed the John R. Rogers Class of 1969 website and Facebook page.  Diane was named as a member of the Official Tourism Group PORTA and she also oversaw efforts in Spokane County to oversee efforts on the Pend Oreille Water Trail and the Swan Festival. She was a two-time South Puget Sound League Volleyball Coach of the Year and she was a member of a citizens’ committee that brought fiber optic network to Pend Oreille County.




2018

Cris Coffield

Cris graduated from John R. Rogers High School in 1991 and is now a Health and Fitness teacher at John R. Rogers High School.  He attended Washington State University as a freshman on a baseball scholarship and then received his Associate of Arts Degree from Eastern Washington University, Monroe, and then transferred to Eastern Washington University to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Education.  Cris then received his Masters' Degree in Technology from Lesley University. His community service includes the following: Certified First Aid and CPR instructor, Spokane Marathon Volunteer, Spokane Youth Indians baseball, Special Needs youth baseball, St. Paddys' volunteer, Spokane Girls' Fastpitch volunteer, 9th grade girls' basketball Coach, junior varsity girls'  basketball Coach, varsity girls' assistant basketball Coach, varsity girls' assistant basketball Coach, ninth grade boys' basketball Coach, junior varsity boys assistant basketball Coach, head girls' varsity gymnastics Coach, varsity girls' head fastpitch Coach, varsity girls' head slowpitch Coach, Spokane Pony Baseball volunteer Coach, Spokane Amateur Athletic basketball Coach, Spokane YMCA flag football volunteer Coach, YMCA Grid Kids football volunteer Coach, and Spokane girls' fastpitch softball volunteer.  Cris' honors include the following: Spokane Softball Hall of Fame inductee, and the Greater Spokane League fastpitch and slowpitch Coach of the Year.

Jerre (Walley) Ellis  

Jerre graduated from John R. Rogers High School in 1960.  She worked for Fred Meyer for twenty-three years. While she was at Fred Meyer she was a lead person for three different departments.  Jerre received many awards for being the top salesperson in the Spokane District and she was also a Union Shop Steward for ten years. Jerre's community service includes the following:  4H Sewing Leader, Board Member and Judge for the Deer Park Fair and also the Spokane Interstate Fair. She was also a member of three different Parent/Teacher/Associations, a member of the Drill Team Booster Club, and chaperoned several trips to their competitions as well as chaperoning a trip to Washington, D.C. for our countries Bi-Centennial Celebration in 1972.  Jerre was an Officer for the Wild Rose Homemakers' Organization (that assisted local families in difficult times). She was a Board Member for the Nevada/Lidgerwood Community Center, and she was also a volunteer at several local hospitals, and has helped with the Bloomsday Run, is a member of the John R. Rogers High School Alumni Association and is also the Scholarship Awards Chairperson.  Jerre was the Treasurer for the 60's Decade Reunion in 2012 and also in 2017, and she has helped organize and run the All-School Reunions in 2012 and also in 2017.

Gokee, Mina. (Gormans)   

Mina graduated from Rogers in 1960.  She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Whitworth University, and graduated Cum Laude.  Mina's community involvement includes the following: Vice President and Director of Sales for the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors' Bureau (currently known as Visit Spokane).  She served as President of the Board for First Night Spokane, participated on the Nominating Council for the Girl Scouts of America, and she has served as a Trustee for the Rockwood Retirement Communities.  Mina currently serves on the Building Committee at Rockwood, she is the past Chairman of the Board for the Rockwood Presidents' Foundation (which assists those in financial need), and she has been honored for her work as a Trustee and Founder for the Summit expansion (at Rockwood).  Mina has been honored by the Mayor and the Public Facilities Board for her work in creating the demand for an expanded Convention Center through her sales and marketing efforts. Her professional history includes: Vice President of Administration for General Western Management Corporation in San Diego, Texas, the Religious Conference Management Association, and Professionals International.  The highlight of Minas' career was participating with other members of the Spokane business community to travel to New York City with the purpose of volunteering at the Ground Zero site with the purpose of feeding all of the relief workers.

Shiosaki, Joanne (Schmidt).  

Joanne graduated from Rogers in 1975.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. from Eastern Washington University and her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.  Joanne is the Assistant Director of the Student Media Office. She supervises one-full-time professional staff and also supervises eighty student employees. Joanne is involved in the following all at Gonzaga University:  Advertising Adviser, Spires Yearbook Adviser, interim Student Media Board Chairman, Impact Committee, Campus Awareness and Education Committee, Integrate Learning Committee, lead mentor for the Unity Multi-Education Center and Athletics Diversity Committee, Integrated Climate Awareness and Education Committee, integrated climate committee, Campus awareness and education committee, Integrated Learning Committee, lead mentor for the Unity Multi-Education Center, and the Athletics Diversity Committee.  Following are some of the positions which Joanne has held: : YWCA of Spokane Community Relations and Marketing Director, OMNI Restaurants, Inc. Marketing Director and Marketing Manager, KHQ Television Media Sales and Marketing Consultant, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Spokane Club, Advertising Manager for the Bon Marche and Macys, and Marketing Research Analyst for Western Farmers Association. Joanne's community service includes the following: Japanese American Citizens' League and the Junior League of Spokane.

2017

Shawn Carney

Shawn graduated in 1991.  He graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science and then received his Masters of Arts in Education from Grand Canyon University.  During college Shawn worked at United Parcel Service at night while going to school during the day and also did some coaching in freshman football and wrestling at Shaw Middle School and Rogers High School.  He is currently teaching science and wrestling head coach at John R. Rogers High School.  Shawn also coached freshman football and soccer.  He also ran junior wrestling and freestyle wrestling programs for kids in the Hillyard Community.  Shawn is currently the head Boys Golf Coach and is teaching STEM (Science / Technology / Engineering / Math) classes.  In addition to subject specific learning it aims to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration skills at Rogers.  As the head of the science department, Shawn has played a significant role in adding the Project Lead the Way classes at Rogers.  The classes increased the science, engineering, and bio-medical classes.  For the last 20 years Shawn has acted as the Tournament Director for the M-2 Mallet and Spok-a-Loo wrestling tournaments, and has organized the Pirate Open Golf Tournament.  These tournaments are fund-raisers for all Rogers Athletics.  Shaw in passionate about being a teacher, coach, and mentor to all of the students at his alma mater.

Nancy Chevigny - Dahlke

Nancy graduated in 1963.  She is a Registered Nurse, a Public Health Nurse, a Certified Lactation Counselor for the Regional Health District, and she has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She also has the certification to be a school nurse.  Nancy received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing as a non-traditional student, as she completed her degree while raising a large family.  Her community service includes the following:  Relief Society President in the Church of Latter Day Saints and a classroom volunteer at Adams Elementary.  Nancy's honors and awards include the following:  Meritorious Service Award for the Central Valley School District, Eastern Washington University Dean's List, President's Honor Roll at Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College.  Nancy was named Volunteer of the Year by the Bemiss Neighborhood Council, Meritorious Service Award Nominee for Adams Elementary, Eastern State University's Deans List, Honor Roll at both the Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College, and the Golden Acorn Award at Opportunity Elementary.

Patrick (Pat) Girtz

Pat graduated in 1969.  He received an Associates of Arts Degree in baking from Spokane Community College.  He served as a wrestling official for 42 years for colleges, high schools, and junior high schools; including 47 district champions, 41 regional champions and 17 state championships.  Pat has held every leadership position in the local wrestling organization and the Inland Empire Wrestling Officials Association, where he is currently the lead trainer.  Pat has been inducted into the Rogers wrestling Hall of Fame, he was the Wrestling Official of year for Washington State, and received the Meritorious Service Award for his service to the youth in wrestling for the Inland Empire.  In 1986 Pat survived a horrific automobile crash after being hit by a drunk driver.  In the fifteen years since the accident, he has spoken at the DUI Victim's Panel in Spokane and Coeur d' Alene.  He does this as a volunteer to help stop others from drinking and driving.

David Kassa

David graduated in 1959.  He has numerous company-sponsored training schools and seminars for the design and engineering of large commercial heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems-pneumatic electric and digital energy management systems.  David started as a draftsman at Johnson Controls, Inc.  He drafted the control system piping and wiring diagrams for many of the buildings in Spokane, including the Opera House, the Spokane Convention Center, and many of the buildings at Washington State University, Hanford, and all of the powerhouses for the dams on the lower Snake River.  David's community involvement and recognition includes the following:  Little League baseball coach for Shakey's Pizza (who were Spokane City Champions for three years running), volunteers with Spokane youth Sports baseball, Athletic Director at St. Thomas More, he also helped develop and continues to maintain a spreadsheet tracking all of the graduates of the Rogers Class of 1960.  His honors and awards include the following:  nationally recognized by Johnson Controls, Inc. for designing, selling, and managing an energy-saving project for the City of Spokane Opera House and Convention Center Complex, the carousal building, the old library, and the United States pavilion building.  These actions reduced the annual heating cost at the Opera House and the Convention Center.  David has also had numerous honors and awards while working for over forty years in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning industry.

Grace (Gracie Ward) Kassa

Grace graduated in 1960.  She spent one year at Eastern State University taking classes in business, cake decorating, knitting, and making weeing cakes.  Grace managed the Benewah Milk bottle for two years.  her work history includes the following:  Insurance Finance Company, Spokane Youth Sports Association, and as secretary to the Baseball Coordinator.  Grace's community involvement includes the following:  President of the Lynwood School Preschool Parents' and Teachers' Association.  Her honors include the following: won many awards and pins while on the Women's Bowling City League, won awards for volunteering for various sports for the Spokane Youth Sports Association, Cub Scout leader, and Co-Chairman of St. Maratha Guild at St. Thomas More Church.  She belonged to the Spokane Women's Bowling Association and was on the Board of Directors.  Grace has worked on all of her high school class reunions and she has tracked all of her classmates.  She was the Co-Chairman of the Memorial Committee.  She belonged to the Lilac City Drill Team for the Women's Eagles Auxiliary and marched in the St. Patrick's parade, the Lilac Parade, Mules Days' Parade in Reardan, the Fairfield Flag Day in Fairfield, and the Deer park Parade in order to get ready for competitions.  She participated in precision drill maneuvers and parades around the State of Washington.  The group was awarded several trophies and awards over the years.  they also performed at a National Convention in New Orleans and at Expo 74 in Vancouver, Canada at the opening gates.

 
 
 
 
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2016

Julie (Maxwell) Carpenter

Julie graduated in 1975.  She received a Masters of Science Degree in Recreation Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from California State University.  Julie also received an Associate of Arts In General Business from Cosumnes River College and she continued her education with Microcomputer Operations from EMB Business Institute, and an Associate of Arts in Marketing, Sales & Business from Spokane Community College.  Julie's career history is extensive but currently she words for the Department of the Interior as a Public Affairs Specialist.  Julie's community involvement includes the following:  Den Mother for the Cub Scouts, Chaplain in Delta Epsilon Chi Club at SCC, she raised money for the Ronald McDonald House, Stephens Ministry volunteer for the Catholic Church, organized a program for student volunteers, volunteered at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, was a member of the Peer Support for Border Patrol, and she is active with the Retired Spokane Police Association.  Julie's honors include the following:  placed on the Dean's & President's Honors list at SCC, wrote a marketing manual and presented it while in the DECCA Club at SCC, and she won first place in the State of Washington placing in the top ten nationwide.

William (Bill) Drury

Bill graduated in 1977.  His education includes the following:  Political Science Degree from Gonzaga University and a Masters in Conducting from the New England Conservator of Music.  Bill's is a conductor and jazz musician.  He is currently a Conductor at the New England Conservatory of Music.  Bill has also been on faculties of Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He was a saxophone player for Natalie Cole on her "Unforgettable" tour.  Bill's community involvement includes the following: Served on the Board of Directors on the Northeast Community Center and has coached the men's tennis team at North Central High School. He has spent thirty-one years in the Air Force Reserves and during that time he was the conductor of the 567th Air Force Reserve band of Cape Cod.  He has guest Conducted the United States Air Force Band, the United States Naval Academy Band, and the United States Army Band.  Bill has been awarded five Meritorious Service Medals.

Robert (Bob) Marks

Bob graduated in 1951.  He attended Humbolt State College on a football scholarship.  Robert was a partner in California Drilling and Blasting before becoming the President of California Drilling and Blasting.  Robert's other employments were:  Morrison-Knudsen and the Hercules Powder Company as a technical explosives engineer.  He is now retired from California Drilling and Blasting but he has remained on the Board of Directors.   Robert's community service includes the following:  served in the Army National Guard, coached and managed his three sons in Little League, coached and was President of Bantam Football.  Bob served on the Glendora High School Football Boosters Club and was a member of the Glendora Country Club.  He is supportive of Rogers High School, and when he retired from golf he donated several sets of clubs to the Rogers High School golf program.  Bob also help start the Bantum Football a city football league in Glendora California.  Bob served on the Associated General Contractors Board and was a member of the Society of Explosive Engineers.  The caliber of educator and coaches at Rogers was of the highest quality, and he always tried to emulate the coaching he had received at Rogers High School. 

Louis (Ed) Manget

Ed graduated in 1960.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Michigan State University, and did graduate work at North Carolina State University in computer science.  Ed did undergraduate part time work at the MSU Cyclotran Lab and was a programmer on the mainframe computer in the MSU Cyclotran Lab.  He served in the Army Reserves in California.  He was a senior software engineer and office manager for Keyhold Software in Leawood, Kansas.  Ed's other jobs included the following:  Handled software issues on site at IBM, created IBM internal - use products, developed and demonstrated IBM technology, traveled to several countries to address developers about Windows 2000.  Ed consulted as a senior software developer and architect for contracting firms.  He was a manuscript reviewer and published various technical publications.  He is currently a book reviewer and is working as a consultant for Keyhole Software.  Ed has also co-authored computer science books, wrote two SML tutorial, has helped create computer-related certification tests.  He continues to blog for Keywood Software.  Ed's community service includes the following:  A Five volunteer construction works in Guatemala, member of the North Carolina Disaster response team, member of various local Habitat building projects, helped established a U.S. liaison with a Belarus orphanage, helped with demolition and construction after Hurricane Katrina, and did construction in Lima, Peru.  He also singe in the church choir and was a delegate to the United Methodist Conference. 

Raymond (Ray) Miller

Ray graduated in 1960. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Gonzaga University, attended the University of Washington Medical School, and then did his internship at Sacred heart Hospital.  Ray joined the United States Air Force and served in Korea.  He became a surgical resident at the Medical College in Wisconsin and then did his urology residency at the University of Washington.  Ray became a urology doctor and entered private practice.  He was a Board Certified Fellow of the College of Surgeons.  He is also Board-Certified in Urology.  Ray's community service includes the following:  Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church, Rebuild Spokane, Habitat for humanity for the New Orleans Project.  Raymond is a Board Member and an officer of the Priest Lake Permittees Association, Mission Community, and Mission outreach Center Volunteer.
 
 

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2015

Gary Brown

Gary graduated in 1952.  He attended school in Norman, Oklahoma and Memphis, Tennessee.  Gary was drafted to the New York Yankees baseball farm team for Spring Training.  he did many odd jobs during high school and later worked for Aeroline Trailers, Ralston Purina and them served in the Spokane Fire Department for twenty-seven years.  Gary's community service includes the following:  served on the Executive Board for the Fire Fighters Union and he was also Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer.  He served as a trustee for the Washington State Fire Fighters, President of the Spokane Firemen's Credit Union, participated as "Santa" on the Spokane Fire Department float, cooked meals for the fire department for most of his career, participated in many fundraisers for the Fire Department including the "Fill the Boot" for Muscular Dystrophy,.  He is a member of the Yuma Moose Lodge, and he has taught CPR.  He supports many fundraisers for John R. Rogers High School. After retiring to Arizona Gary and his wife started a Rogers reunion for snowbirds for ten years and then opened it up for all Spokane's city schools retirees.  Gary also supports and donates to Rogers's reunions and other fundraiser support.  Gary and his wife have been married for 63 years and they have raised their three daughters in the Rogers' school district.  Most of his relatives are Rogers' graduates.

Terry Campbell

Terry graduated in 1950.  he received a Bachelor of Arts from Washington State University and a Masters' Degree in Education from San Diego State University.  Terry was stationed at the United States Naval Training Center in San Diego, he was a teach for the Poway Unified School, and he was also a tennis coach.  Terry was a member of the Poway School District.  He was the Teacher of the year for San Diego County and received the head Coaches Award for the high School Sports Association of San Diego.  Terry was All City and All-State in football and was nationally ranked in singles and doubles in tennis.  Additionally Terry was an All-City in basketball where he also receivd the long-held individual scoring record.  He was also named Empire Athlete of the Year and received the long-held individual Bill Stern Award as Athlete of the Year.    Terry and his sister (Shirley Tucker who is still alive in Spokane) have put together an elaborate scrapbook of newspaper clippings and the like documenting Terry's history (the majority of the high school items were taken directly from the clippings).
Bruce Johnson

 Bruce graduated in 1974.  He received an Associate of Arts Degree from Spokane Community College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Yankton College, and a Master's Degree in Physical Education from Eastern Washington University.  Bruce is a Physical Education instructor at Spokane Falls Community College where he is also the Head Women's Basketball coach. He also serves as the Department Chairman for Physical Education.  Bruce is a four time Eastern Regional Coach of the year and has the second highest win total in NWAC Women's Basketball history.  He was selected to the N.A.I.A District #12 All Star team.  Following Bruce's senior year at Yankton College he played professionally for the North Adelaid Rockerts for three years, leading them to the South Australian Championship in 1984.  Burce is a member of the Yankton College Hall of Fame as a "Greyhound Great".  He is also a member of the Community College's Hall of Fame.

Michael Parker

 Mike graduated in 1979.  He was raised by a single parent.  Mike went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Eastern Washington University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Business and Government.  He received his Doctorate Degree from Gonzaga Law School.  Mike has practiced law in Spokane and is  currently in the Firm of Powell Kuznetz, and Parker P.S.  He has always kept close ties with the Rogers' community.  He has two daughters both of whom teach in the Rogers' District.  Mike is being a Supporter of Grad Night and as an officer of the Rogers' Booster Club.  Mike prides himself on being a Rogers' graduate and resident of Northeast Spokane for more than 45 years.  Softball has been a big part of Mike's life including playing on Regional and National teams.  Mike has coached girls club fast pitch teams involving students for many years culminating in placing 5th nationally in 2005.  Over the years, Mike has been involved as a regular fundraiser for the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Society and has assisted the Nevada/Lidgerwood Neighborhood Council.  He is a past board member of the Spokane Native American Health Center and School District #81 Citizen Advisory Committee.  As an attorney Mike has provided countless free legal services to those in need and was chosen Spokane County Bar Association volunteer lawyer of the year.

 

Charles Swartz


 
 Charles graduated in 1976.  He attended Eastern Washington College (now Eastern Washington University) and was a member of the Eagles' wrestling team that won the NAIA National Title in 1977.  The following year he transferred to Washington State University and graduated in the spring of 1981 with a degree in electrical engineering.  The following year Charles went to work for Boeing as part of the 767 Flight Controls Group.  In 1986 he was presented with a Pride in excellence Award for resolving a problem with the 767 Flap Control System.  Charles moved to Phoenix in 1989 to work for Sperry Flight Systems where he was a member of a team that developed an autopilot for British Aerospace BAE-146.  He was presented with a Peer Award in 1992 after moving to England supporting the Flight Test Program.  Charles moved to Indonesia the following year where he helped design the Flight Control Systems for a new 50 passanger turboprop.  he spent the next 20 years living and working overseas for various aircraft manufacturers in Indonesia, Brazil, Switzerland, and Italy.  Charles now resides on an island northwest of Seattle near the Strait of San de Fuca where he enjoys hiking and bicycling.  he practiced the Art of Judo for over 30 years and has enjoyed studying and teaching in every country where he has lived.

 

Sharon Travis

(Honorary member)

 
 Sharon Travis is being inducted as the first Honorary Member.  Sharon graduated from West Valley High School in 1958 where she was an active member in the Silver Spurs Dance group which were able to perform all over the country and even appear on television.  She was also a member of the all-girls' Pep Club (there were no girls' sports then), President of the Luther League, teach of both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and Honored Queen of Job's Daughters Bethel #18.  Sharon received her Bachelors' and masters' Degrees in Education from Whitworth College (now known as Whitworth university).  She began her teaching career at Shaw Junior High (now Shaw Middle School) because her mother-in law retired.  While teaching at Rogers she became the head of the Walk of Fame Program, she was a part of the Renaissance Program (for students receiving high grades in school), she is the chairperson of the Art Schoening Memorial Scholarship, she is the chairperson of the Art Schoening Memorial Scholarship, she served as hostess for the Christmas Open Houses and all the retirement celebrations.  Sharon was on the committee to design the new school and she was also the Chairman of the Courtesy Committee.
 
 
 
 
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2014

Ronald (Ron) Burbank

Ron graduated in 1947.  He served in the Korean War where he earned the rank of Lieutenant in the United States Navy aboard a naval destroyer and was honorably discharged in 1955.  Ron received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California and completed an Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.  He was President and CEO of Consolidated Freightways (now Conway) and was President and CEO of Daimer Trucks.  Ron's community service consists of the following:  Deacon in the Lutheran Church, Volunteer Probation Officer for the State of Oregon, Member of the Elks Lodge supporting local community programs, President of the California Trucking Association, Active supporter of Youth Sports and Volunteer Coach, and Supporter of International youth Mission Trips.  Ron met with President Jimmy Carter in the White House and also played golf with President Jerry Ford.

Duane Herman

Duane graduated in 1960.  After high school Duane joined the Army.  After retiring from the Army he became a tool and die maker apprentice, Cad-Cam Programmer, and a Tool Machinist A.A.  Duane went to work for General Motors where he received an Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering along with his graduation certificate for Tool and Diemaker.  While at General Motors, he was appointed to the International Union of the United Auto Workers.  In 1993 Duane became the Chairman of the Shop Committee and negotiated the Local Agreement.  Duane's community involvement includes:  Member and Chairman of the Board for West Michigan Health Care Network, President of the PTA at Burton Elementary in Grand Rapids and Detroit, coached intercity basketball and baseball, President and Board Chairman of the Nevada-Lidgerwood Council, Chief Precinct Officer, Co-Director of the Shrine Circus, Honor Guard and Rifle Squad for the El Katif Shrine Center "Legion of Honor", Spokane Area Veterans and American Veterans Honor Guard, AMVETS Legion Post Commander, Legislative Officer and Insurance Officer in the Department of Michigan, Judge Advocate for the Department of Washington, Commander of the "Legion of Honor", John R. Rogers Alumni Association, Scottish Rite in Spokane, American Legion, National Sojourners, and member of the Masonic Lodge.

Latisha Hill

Latisha graduated in 1997.  She received a Business Associates Degree in Communications and Public Relations from Washington State University, a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern State University, and an A.A. Degree in Liberal Arts from Spokane Community College.  Latisha is the Manager of Human Resource Strategic Planning at Avista Utilities.  Latisha community service includes the following:  Washington State Transportation Commissioner, City of Spokane Mayor's Sustainability Initiative, Spokane Community Development Board, West Plains Chamber of Commerce, Joint Transportation Committee, American Planning Association, Spokane Chapter of the Links, Inc., Greater Spokane Incorporated Transportation Board, Founder of the North Monroe Business Association, Emerson Garfield Neighborhood Council, EWU, Associated Student Planners, Neighborhood Alliance, Junior League of Spokane, Northeast Community Center Advisory Board, East Central Community Outreach Partnership Center, and one Spokane Grassroots and Communication.  Her honors include the following:  Catalyst magazine Top 20 Under 40 Business Leaders, American Planning Association Washington State Chapter Award, the Frank Schadegg Memorial Award for Community Service and the Chase Youth Award for Community Service.

Jon J. Thaler

 Jon graduated in 1963.  He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University.  Jon served as an instructor and assistant professor at Princeton University before he joined the Physics faculty at Illinois.  His honors include: Fellow of the American Physical Society and Fermilab Visiting Scholar.  Jon is the principal investigator (group leader) of the particle physics research group in Illinois and he has significant management responsibilities on two cosmology projects which makes him directly responsible for about $10 million and has 25 people working under him on this project.  He was an Instructor?  Assistant professor of physics at Princeton University and is currently a Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois.  Jon is an author of five textbooks.  He is a member of both the Dark Energy Survey and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope collaborations.  He created a new course, Physics 100 which is designed to address the problems of inadequate secondary-school preparation.  Jon chaired a committee that reorganized the undergraduate Physics major's curriculum. 

James D. White

 Jason graduated in 1960.  He warned a BA in Economics (summa cum laude), and a Bachelor of Science in Math (high honors) from Eastern Washington University.  Jim did two years of post graduate work at Gonzaga toward a Masters in business Administration and he taught classes in Computer Science as an Adjunct Professor at Gonzaga.  He also taught at Spokane Falls Community College and at the University of Washington as an Adjunct Professor.  Jim served 36 years in the United States Navy and retired as a Captain in Intelligence and then served in the United States Naval Reserve.  He was a Commanding officer of a unit and then served as several important projects at the Pentagon and Naval War College.  Jim was an Academic Computing Manager at Eastern Washington University and a Manager of Plans and Computer Services as the University of Washington, Research and Technology Manager for the Washington Education Association, and Computer User Services for Olympic College in Bremerton.  He was also a quality Control Engineer for the United States Army, and Operations Research Analyst for the Bunker Hill Mine, and a Senior Engineer for Burroughs Corporation.  Jim has also been a Boy Scout Leader, Wishing Star "Technology Finder" and a Big Brother.

 
 
 
 
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Robert (Bob) Anderson

 Bob graduated in 1947.  He graduated from Gonzaga Law School in 1954.  Bob passed the Washington State Bar and was admitted to the Washington State Supreme Courts and qualified as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States.  He also practiced law in Spokane and served on the Washington State and Spokane Bar Association Committees.  Bob's community service includes the following:  Boy Scout Scoutmaster; Past President, Lieutenant Governor, and District Chairman of the Kiwanis Club; and is a current member of the Lions Club.  His honors include the following:  highest award in scouting, Silver Beaver Award, Who's Who in American Law Recognition, and he received the Lutheran Church Award for Scouting.

Jack (Smiling Jack) Armitage

 Jack graduated in 1947.  He was "All City" in football and baseball and participated in both sports all four years while at Rogers.  After Rogers he attended Eastern Washington University where he played football and baseball.  Jack went on to play professional baseball with the Giants organization.  He was active in "R" Club, hall patrol, conductors, homeroom representative and Dad's night committee.  Jack is a member of the local Softball Hall of Fame.  The Jack Armitage Memorial Golf Tournament was established in his name in 1995, and the proceeds benefit John R. Rogers High School.  Jack coached Pee Wee baseball and Junior National Baseball.  Jack served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Michael Cahill

 Michael graduated in 1965.  He received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Eastern Washington University, and received his Physician's Assistant from Brooke Army Medical Center and the University of Oklahoma.  Mike's community service includes the following:  rural health initiative, secretary for the Texas Academy of Physicians Assistance, Rural health Board, Adjunct Professor at Baylor University, and the Planned Parenthood Board.  His family received the Award for Valor from the Secretary of the Army for his bravery and great courage as a Physician Assistant from the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood.  Michael's undaunted courage in attempting to end an unexpected and vicious attack distinguished him from his peers, both military and civilian.  Without hesitation or regard for his own safety, he exhibited great sacrifice while attempting to disable the shooter who had opened fire and had already killed twelve soldiers and had wounded others.  His ultimate act of bravery is a credit to him.  Michael was shot and killed in the attack at Ft. Hood Army Post on November 5, 2009 when he threw a chair at the gunman to try to stop him from killing any more soldiers.

Richard MacCamy

 Richard graduated in 1944.  After high school he served in the Army before attending Reed College in Portland.  He continued his studies at the University of California and earned his Ph.D.  He joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty and because a full professor and was central fixture of the department of mathematical sciences for more than 40 years.  Over the course of his career, Richard published more than 90 academic papers.  His research, recognized internationally, focused on mathematical applications in mechanics, electromagnetic theory, and population models.  After retiring, he received the Richard Moore Education award in recognition of excellence in teaching and he continued to stay active professionally, serving on the Mellon College of Science Curriculum Committee.  He was one of those people who everyone liked, which is unusual in academia.

Michael Schmeltzer

 Michael graduated in 1974.  Michael graduated in 1974.  He began working full time at the Spokesman Review during his senior year at Rogers, setting him on the course of the successful newspaper career.  Michael attended Spokane Falls College and the University of Alaska.  His community service includes:  Rotary, Northwest Regional Foundation board member and youth sports coach.  Professional honors include:  the Governor's Book Award, Washington Press Association awards for editorial and column writing and the Beacon Award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association awards for editorial and column writing, the Beacon Award from the California First Amendment Coalition and the University of California-Berkeley School of Journalism.  He worked as sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News (which won the Pulitzer Prize), assistant city editor, bureau chief and Valley operations manager of the on-line news site Seattle Post Globe.  He is also the author of three books.  He is most proud of his role as a mentor for young reporters and photographers who have gone on to success in journalism and other fields.

Richard (Dick) Walsh

 Dick graduated in 1956.  He attended Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University where he graduated with a degree in education.  Dick joined the United States Air Force and became a navigator.  He flew as a navigator in Viet name where he was awarded many medals and service ribbons.  Dick received a Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster.  Dick retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1980 and started a construction software business.  Dick participated in almost all the large marathons races.  He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on April 20, 1990.

 
 
 
 

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2012

Nancy (Marsh) Bell

Nancy Bell graduated in 1964.  She attended Washington State University.  As an employee at Tomlinson Black real Estate Company, Nancy was the only employee to receive the "Best Staff Member" Award.  her community involvement includes the following:  Booster Club, July fundraiser events that contributed towards scholarships for John R. Rogers Students, facilitated a successful work group that organized class reunions, helped to create a video capturing world events as well as John R. Rogers High School activities, and she organized scrapbooks for the first fifty year reunion.  After retiring from Rogers after 13 years, Nancy has Evergreen Elementary Northwest Christian School, and Browne Elementary.  In 2007, Nancy began making prayer teddy bears, which she distributes to nursing homes and to homeless girls attending the YWCA School.  She also participates in walking events including the American Cancer Society, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Bloomsday participation for 17 years.

Myron Bursell

Myron graduated in 1974.  He received an Associates of Arts Degree from Spokane Falls Community College.  He received an Associate Fellow Degree and Photographic Fellow Degree from the Professional Photographers of Washington.  In 1993, Myron started Green Gables Photography.  Professionally Myron belongs to or has belonged to the following organizations:  former president and executive member of the Professional Photographers of Washington, Professional Photographers of America, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and Adobe pre-release Beta Testers Group.  Myron has been on the Advisory Board for Spokane Falls Community college and he is very active in church.  He is the Official Photographer for the Spokane Lilac Festival, the Celebrate Life Pageant, the Miss Spokane Pageant, and the Miss Spokane Outstanding Teen Pageant.  Myron is a local school volunteer and is involved in Job Shadow, Career Days, Junior Achievement, and coached youth baseball.  He also served as President of the Lilac Association.  Among his accomplishments are the following:  Toys for Tots Chairman, Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Defense and the United States Navy, Armed Services Committee member, Operation Spokane's Heroes supporting member, downtown Spokane Kiwanis knighted by the Royal Rosarians, knighted by the Commodores, received the President's Anchor in Astoria making him an Honorary Admiral, and Citizen of the year by the Spokane Association of Realtors.

Lt Col Robert (Bob) Carlson

Bob Carlson graduated in 1938.  At the end of World War II, he attended Georgia Tech University on the GI Bill and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering.  Robert is a decorated WWII veteran and is one of the handful of famed "P-51 Mustang" pilots still alive today.  He was reactivated in the Air Force as a pilot during the Korean War and Flew with the 6147th Forward Tactical Control Group known as "The Mosquitoes."  He served as a test pilot, and instructor pilot, and the Assistant Director of Aircraft Maintenance for the HQ 5th Air Force, as well as later being appointed the Director of the Pacific Air Forces Maintenance Standardization Team.  Here are some of the accolades Bob received:  Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal with two clusters, United States Presidential unit Citation, European Theatre medal with four battle stars, Korean Theatre Medal with two battle stars, Air Force Commendations Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Korean Presidential unit Citation.  As president of the Choctaw Associates, he was active in the community in helping establish large tourist-based developments serving as the base for what is now known as the "Emerald Coast."  Robert also supported numerous civic organizations and sponsored events at local junior and senior schools to encourage exposure to engineering and surveying.

D. Michael Jones

Michael graduated in 1960. He received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Washington State University in 1964.  While at Washington State he was Vice-President of Phi Kappa Phi (university academic honorary), Crimson Circle (men's senior honorary), Beta Gamma Sigma (business school academic honorary), letterman.  He had a career in finance including President of Old National Bancorp in Spokane, President of West One Bancorp in Boise Idaho, President and CEO of Source Capital Corporation in Spokane, CPA with Deloitte Touche in New Your City, and President and CEO of Banner Bank in Walla Walla.  Michael's community involvement and recognition includes the following:  President of the Spokane Club, President of Hayden Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Hayden Lake Country Club, President and member of the Spokane County Library Board, Treasurer of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce, Member of the City of Spokane Library Board, city of Spokane Outstanding Citizen Award, Washington State University Outstanding Alumni Award and Treasurer and Board Member of the Walla Walla YMCA.

Christopher Jurey

Chris Jurey graduated in 1968.  He spent two years in the Navy Reserve and then received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Cum Laude, in Business Administration from Washington State University.  Chris went on to graduate from the Pacific Coast Banking School and he also took post-graduate classes at Eastern Washington University and the University of Northern Colorado.  He is a past Chairman of the Spokane Chapter of Risk Management Association and served as both their chairman and treasurer.  Chris had an extensive career in banking ending up with Inland Northwest Bank where he served as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer and rose to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  His goal was to help people who often couldn't get help elsewhere.  His community involvement included the following:  Board of Directors of Northwest Business Development Association.  Board of Directors of Spokane Area Small Business Loan Program, Board of Directors of Robert Morris Associates, Board of Directors of Spokane Valley Hospital Foundation, Board of Directors of Jefferson House, Bank Representative of Idaho Community Bankers' Association, Past Chairman of the Spokane Risk Management Association, and Member of the Advisory Council for Precision Computer Systems, Inc.  Each year Inland Northwest Bank awards a scholarship to a Rogers' senior in honor of Chris.

Steven Jurey

Steven Jurey graduated in 1965.  Steven enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he rose from the rank of Seaman Recruit to Commander.  His graduate studies included the Nuclear Power School, where he became an instructor.  Steve was selected for the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education and receive his Bachelor of Science Degree.  He went on to the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School where he earned his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  His other educational experiences included graduation from Mechanics School, Submarine School, Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program, and Surface Warfare Officer's School.  Steven was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and then went on to serve in Bahrain as Officer in Charge of Ship Repair, where he was instrumental in the repair of the USS Stark and the USS Roberts, ships critically damaged while patrolling the Persian Gulf.  In 1990 he was assigned to the Middle East during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Steven assumed command of the U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility in Subic, which is the largest ship repair facility in the Pacific.  Upon his retirement, Steve became an active member of the community working with the Retired Affairs Office in Subic Bay (Philippines), Veterans of Foreign Wars, and various sports leagues in the area.  His honors include the following:  Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign medals.  He was also a qualified Surface Warfare Officer and Fleet Docking Officer.   
 
 
 
 

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Richard Anderson

Richard graduated in 1958.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Washington State University, a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.  Dick served as Vice President of Kaiser Permanente's corporate program from medical, economics, marketing, and health policy.  He served as commissioner of the Physician Payment Review Commission, which was responsible for making annual recommendations to Congress concerning the Federal Medicare Program.  Dick's community involvement included being chairman of the Oakland YMCA, director of the Y Indian Guides Program, and raising funds for the YMCA's new building in Oakland, California.  He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alpine Peaks Residents Association.  Dick has been awarded the Outstanding Service Award for the Greater Oakland YMCA.

John Brownell


John graduated in 1938.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering at Washington State University.  He was president of his dormitory, president of the Student Senate Club, and he led the Campus War Bond Committee.  John was assigned to the U.S.'s World War II secret project to develop jet engines.  As an automobile dealer, John was awarded Time Magazine's Dealer-if-the-year for Washington State.  John was a member of many service and professional organizations in Walla Walla including Masonic Blue Mountain Lodge, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite, Freemasonry, El Katif Shrine Temple in Spokane, and Past President of the Shrine Club.  His service in Rotary International included being a Rotarian of merit.  He served on the board of Trustees for the Washington State Auto Dealers Insurance Trust and on the Northwest Ford Dealers Advertising Association Board of Directors.  John was also in the Elks BPOE, the Walla Walla Jaycee's Director of the Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, the Fort Walla Walla Museum, and would sponsor 4-H and FFA events in the community annually.  He received a merit award from the national highway Users Federation for Driving Training program support.

Ashley Ulmer

Ashley graduated in 1993.  Her education includes the following:  General Practice Residency at the U. of W. School of Dentistry, Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Affairs Hospital, Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Washington University, and a senior year scholarship at Copernicus Gymnasium in Phillipsburg, Germany.  Ashley's volunteer activities include the following:  Roger's Pirates Football Captain Leadership Training, student faculty assistant and Student Council Treasurer for the university of Washington School of Dentistry, and she also volunteers at a couple of churches.  her awards include the following:  Dr. William Kramer Award of Excellence from Omincron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society at the University of Washington of Dentistry, and the Dean's list at Eastern Washington University.  Dr. Ulmer has worked at the Kaiser Permanente Volunteer Free work in Belize.  Ashley's involved in the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association, the Spokane District Dental Society, and the Spokane District Dental Society Foundation.  She assists in the IDEA Clinic, which is a facility for individual dentists to provide treatment and solutions for people who are unable to afford dental card.

Dwight (Crow) Wilson


Dwight graduated in 1955.  He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering at Washington State University.  Dwight was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and served as a fighter pilot for 26 years on Active Duty.  He served two combat tours in Southeast Asia, where he flew a total of 454 combat missions.  His assignments included the F-100 Combat Crew Training and the 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron.  Dwight is a Command Pilot and has been awarded the following honors:  two Silver Stars, Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 26 Air Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals, the Air Force Presidential Unit Citation, three Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbons, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Device and a Vietnam Air Medal.  Dwight is a member of the Wimberley Lions Club and was the Outstanding Lion in 2002 for exceptional on-going service and dedication to the organization.  Dwight has assumed command of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, member of the Veterans Memorial Flag Team, and served as chairman on several Property Owners Association Committees.

Wayne Wright

Wayne graduated in 1947.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Easter Washington University and an MA in Education from Whitworth University.  Wayne served in the Army in South Korea where he earned the rank of Corporal in the U.S. Army.  He then went on as an elementary and junior high school teacher for District #81.  He also coached basketball, track, and football.  His community involvement included the following:  President of the Little League Association in Walla Walla, Officer of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Walla Walla, Community Chest leader in Walla Walla, and he also helped to organize John R. Rogers's High School reunions.  Wayne's recognition and honors include:  working with youth as part of the Little League Association in Walla Walla, Spokane Parks & Recreation Department Leadership Award for working with youth, and the Inland Empire hall of Fame for softball.  he is a strong supporter of community events such as Bloomsday, the Turkey Trot, and Hoopfest.

 
 
 
 

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