City School District of Albany inducted eight new members into its
Hall of Fame during ceremonies in conjunction with Albany High School's
Homecoming Weekend Sept. 22-23.
The members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were honored at an
induction ceremony on Friday, Sept. 22 at the
Italian-American Community Center in Albany. The next day they were
enshrined on the Wall of Fame at Albany High and introduced during
halftime at Albany High’s Homecoming football game against Colonie.
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Kenneth D. Ackerman, Albany High School Class
of 1969. A respected author on various aspects of American
history, Ackerman practices law in Washington, D.C., specializing in
agriculture risk management. He led the U.S. Agriculture
Department’s Federal Crop Insurance Corp., throughout the Clinton
administration (1993-2001). Earlier in his career, he served as
legal counsel to two U.S. Senate committees: Governmental Affairs
(1975-81) and Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry (1988-93).
Linda Jackson-Chalmers, Philip Schuyler High
School Class of 1969. An Albany native and lifelong Albany
resident, Jackson-Chalmers served the City School District of Albany
in a variety of capacities over 38 years before her retirement in
2012. She began as an art teacher at Arbor Hill Elementary School
and as a counselor at the CETA Summer Youth Employment Program. She
served as chair of the district’s elementary and middle school art
programs from 1977-86, when she was named principal at Arbor Hill
Elementary. She served in that role until 1998, when she took the
role of assistant superintendent for human resources. She added
community relations to her duties in 2005 and served in that dual
capacity until her retirement. She has continued to be an active
leader in Albany and the Capital Region since that time.
Kevin C. Justice, former teacher, principal at
William S. Hackett Middle School. An Albany native, Justice
spent his entire 34-year career in education at Hackett. He began as
a science teacher in 1963, was elevated to assistant principal in
1969 and took over as Hackett’s principal in 1987. He held that
position until his retirement in 1997.
Holly Fernandez Lynch, Albany High School Class
of 1999. A noted expert in bioethics, Lynch recently was
appointed as an assistant professor and assistant faculty director
of online education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman
School of Medicine. She served as executive director of Harvard
University’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology
and Bioethics from 2012-17. After earning her bachelor’s, law and
master’s degrees at Penn from 1999-2006, Lynch worked in the
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Group of a Washington, D.C., law
firm, as a bioethicist for the Human Subject Protection Branch of
the National Institutes of Health, Division of AIDS, and as a senior
policy research analyst for the Presidential Commission for the
Study of Bioethical Issues.
Catherine McCabe, Albany High School Class of
1969. President Obama appointed McCabe to serve as the acting
administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from Jan.
20, 2017, until the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee,
Scott Pruitt, in February. During her long career as an attorney and
environmental advocate, she has battled for clean air and water,
including acid rain from coal plants, PCB cleanup of the Hudson
River and, most recently, water contamination from PFOAs and
controlling the spread of the Zika virus. She currently serves as
the EPA’s acting director for Region 2, which includes New York, New
Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her career also has
included 22 years working in the U.S. Department of Justice,
specializing in environmental issues.
Melanie Pores, former teacher, Board of
Education member. A member of the Board of Education from
1991-95, Pores served as a reading and English as a New Language
teacher in the district from 1997-2008. She was a driving force
behind the establishment of the district’s popular Spanish-English
immersion Dual Language Program at Delaware Community School.
James P. Sano, former teacher, coach. Sano served as a physical education teacher in the City School
District of Albany from 1979 until his retirement in 2011, first at
the former Philip Livingston Magnet Academy (1979-2005) and then at
Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. Sano also was active in
coaching for many years, serving on the staff of the modified, JV
and varsity football teams, and on the staff of the indoor and
outdoor track and field teams. Sano served as head coach of Albany
High’s wrestling program from 1979-86, and as head coach of the
Falcons’ bowling program from 2000-2010. He also has been active
throughout the community, including serving three terms on the
Albany Common Council (2001-13).
Maria McGarry Walker, Albany High School Class
of 1986. A third-generation firefighter, Walker was sworn in as
the first woman to serve as deputy chief of the Albany Fire
Department in August 2016. She also was the first woman to serve as
a captain in the department when she earned that promotion in 2011.
Walker has served the community as a firefighter for 27 years.
The district established the Hall of Fame in 2009 to recognize accomplished
graduates, exceptional district staff people and community people whose
efforts support Albany public schools. Each year, new Hall of Famers are
inducted after being nominated by the public and selected by a committee
of district staff and community members.
You can read about previous Hall of Fame classes by
following these links: