Four alumni to be inducted to Wall of Recognition
Philanthropy and community involvement key to selection
Menomonee Falls — ur Menomonee Falls High School alumni "who have done significant things in their communities at an incredible level" will receive recognition for those efforts.
Former high school principal and Wall of Recognition selection committee member Dick Woosencraft said this year's honorees - Steve Centinario, Dr. Nina Garlie, Terrill Jannsen and Randall Newman - "are outstanding people."
The Wall of Recognition focuses on philanthropic works of alumni.
"This recognizes people who have given back significantly to the community they live in," Woosencraft said.
Newman, the village president, and Centinario still live in the village. Jannsen lives in Pewaukee and Garlie in Richfield.
In 2004, Woosencraft created the Wall of Recognition, Fine Arts Hall of Fame and Athletic Hall of Fame during his last year as principal.
The Fine Arts Hall of Fame focuses on alumni who have contributed to the areas of music, art, dance and media. The Athletic Hall of Fame features alumni who have excelled in sports after high school.
Officials will honor the inductees at halftime during the boys varsity basketball game Dec. 18 at the school. The public is invited to meet the inductees at a reception in the school's library following the game.
Centinario, Class of 1971, started his legal career as an assistant district attorney with Waukesha County in 1979. In his more than 30-year career as a prosecutor and a manager at the office, he has handled every type of violation from speeding to first-degree intentional homicide. He is now a leader in the hiring and training of law interns and new assistant district attorneys.
Outside of the office, Centinario has instructed undergraduate courses at Carroll College, police officer in-service classes through Waukesha County Technical College and is a faculty member and prosecutor trainer for the National College of District Attorneys at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, S.C.
He has coached youth sports in Tri-County YMCA programs, basketball at St. Mary's Grade School and soccer for The Kickers Club. He has taught religious education to Menomonee Falls youth.
Dr. Nina Garlie
Garlie, nee Genthe, Class of 1982, worked part time in a laboratory at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin and at the Medical College of Wisconsin starting in 1993. In 1996, she took a job at St. Luke's Medical Center as a junior scientist and has been there ever since.
Garlie is working to develop therapies for patients with cancer by manipulating their immune system to seek and destroy cancer cells. Over the years, her work in research and development has resulted in five new immune therapies and nine clinical trials for patients with different types of cancer including kidney, breast, skin and colon cancer. In addition to cancer research, she is responsible for processing and storing blood stem cells for patients that need stem cell transplants.
She travels several times a year to learn new technology to improve immune system treatments for patients with cancer. She brings the technology back to St. Luke's, develops it in the laboratory and transfers it to the clinic. Over the past 20 years, her program at St. Luke's has provided the latest immune system treatments to more than 1,000 patients with cancer in southeastern Wisconsin.
Jannsen, Class of 1983, began his career in public accounting in 1987. He joined Jannsen & Co. in 1989 and earned his place as a shareholder in 1994. Four years later, he took over from his father, Martin Jannsen, to become managing shareholder and the firm's second-generation leader.
Under his direction, the firm received several accolades including Top Ten Small Business of the Year winner and Great Places To Work award. Jannsen received the Don Richards Leadership Award in 2008 for his positive impact and leadership throughout Waukesha County.
He serves many organizations and causes, including as a board member for the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation, an organization making strides in finding a cure for paralysis; as a founding member of Pewaukee Basketball Club Board and treasurer since 2001; as academic mentor for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin since 2007; and, as an adviser and supporter to both Neumy Benefit Inc. and the Paul Petersen Foundation since 2001. Terry also coached youth baseball and youth soccer for many years. In 2009, he was elected as a Board Member and Treasurer for the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County.
Newman, Class of 1978, has had a long career working in Menomonee Falls for Medical Associates, the last 10 years as the chief financial officer.
Newman is a member of the Menomonee Falls Optimist Club and Kiwanis Club, serving on the board of directors, as local president and state lieutenant governor. He was recognized as Kiwanian of the Year in 1995.
He has been active in many youth sports programs both for St. Mary Parish and the village. He began volunteering in village activities with his appointment to the Downtown Business Improvement District Board and later became the board chairman.
In 2006, Newman decided to take a more active role in village government. He was elected village trustee in 2006, and village president in 2009.
- K. L. Klein
At a glance
WHAT: Menomonee Falls High School Wall of Recognition induction ceremony
WHEN: halftime of boys varsity basketball game, about 8 p.m., Dec. 18
WHERE: high school, N8101 Merrimac Drive
OTHER: a reception, open to the public, will be held in the school's library following the game
INFORMATION: Chris Kleeba, (262) 250-2624
WHAT: to nominate a Menomonee Falls High School alumni for the Wall of Recognition, Fine Arts Hall of Fame or Athletic Hall of Fame
CONTACT: (262) 251-0137, Dick Woosencraft
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