RBR ALUM LOVE

people-in-the-newsYou’ve got a former scholar-athlete, a top environmental lawyer, a local councilwoman and a scientist — just a few Red Bank Regional grads to be feted at an alumni dinner this month.

For its ninth annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner on Friday, on April 16, the high school will honor ten former students who graduated between 1950 and 1987. The public is encouraged to attend to celebrate its “local heroes,” said Maryanne Kligman, information coordinator for the high school.

Each year the school’s education foundation selects graduates to celebrate at its dinner, including one faculty member who gets a little extra attention. This year that person is Wendy Turnock, class of ’75, and currently a guidance counselor and athletic director at the school.

In addition to Turnock, here’s a quick rundown of the distinguished:

Juanita Lewis, class of ’83, currently a Red Bank councilwoman an former Red Bank Board of Ed member with a slew of achievements in local and global education endeavors.

Charles Woodward, class of ’50, a military veteran and former Red Bank firefighter and planning board member who has run a construction business for a half-century.

Paul Roman, class of ’64, formerly a high-ranking county and state emergency management official, and retired Army major.

Carol Ann Siciliano, class of ’77, who now lives in Virginia working as an environmental attorney in Washington, D.C., and is also one of the highest ranking officials in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Dana Mihlon Giblin, class of ’78, a special education teacher-turned-principal in Eatontown.

Heidi Hertler, class of ’85, an accomplished research professor and scientist now living in Puerto Rico where she teaches at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico.

Denise Perry Hoagland, class of ’85, who has previously held roles in the Red Cross and as a hypnotherapist but has more recently turned her attention to Long Branch’s controversial eminent domain issues.

William Lewit, class of ’87, who was an accomplished athlete-scholar recently named the assistant basketball coach at the University of New Orleans.

Also being honored is the late Robert Joseph Holiday, Sr., class of ’53, a longtime Red Bank Fire Department volunteer and chief. He passed away in April, 2007.

The dinner, to be held at Branches in Long Branch, it starts at 6p. Tickets cost $65, with proceeds benefiting RBR.

The evening’s inductees will also appear at the high school earlier that day to tour it, receive some praise in prose form by some creative writing students and then dispense a little advice.

For more info and tickets, call Patty Metlitz, 732-219-1620.