Brandon School District

1025 S Ortonville Rd
Ortonville, MI 48462

Superintendent: Dr. Matt Outlaw
Executive Assistant: Maria Schubring

Phone: (248) 627-1800

Ed and Diane Donaldson Distinguished Alumni Award

ed diane donaldsonEd & Diane DonaldsonOn behalf of the Brandon School District, we would like to thank the family of Ed and Diane Donaldson for their generous support of the distinguished alumni project. Ed and Diane Donaldson served the sons and daughters of this community for nearly a half century, so it is fitting to have their names permanently connected to these outstanding Brandon graduates. Thank you for all that you have done for Brandon. If you would like to nominate someone for this prestigous award, please click here to download the nomination form.

2017 Honorees
Cook Alumni copy 1  Clark and Lori Cook - Class of 1979
Awarded for Distinguished Achievement in Business

  • Founded Cook's Farm Dairy in 1982
  • Own and operate the only remaining dairy farm in Oakland County
  • Produce and distribute over 150,000 gallons of milk and ice cream yearly
  • Significant support and involvement in local schools, charities, and their church
Flood Alumni 1  Leo T. Flood - Class of 1943
Awarded for Distinguished Service to our Nation

  • US Army Private serving in the famed Blue Devil Division of the 88th Infantry during WWII
  • His bravery in action was shared in the book "Blue Devils in Italy: A History of the 88th Infantry in WWII"
  • Winner of the Silver Star for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidy in action against the enemy"
  • Killed in action on July 14, 1944 in Italy. Awarded the Purple Heart

2016 Honorees
justin quisenberry Justin Quisenberry - Class of 2000
Awarded for Distinguished Service to our Nation

  • 2004 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point
  • US Army Infantry Officer, Airborne Rangers 2004 - 2012
  • Three combat tours in Afghanistan, as Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Company Commander
  • Recipient of three Bronze Stars and the Meritorious Service Medal
cynthia mcdermott Dr. Cynthia Heth McDermott - Class of 1976
Awarded for Distinguished Achievement in Research and Academia

  • More than 30 years of exemplary service to the Harvard Medical School
  • Extensive research on the retina at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Recipient of the Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Academy Award of Excellence - 2007
  • Class of 2005 Favorite Teacher and three time nominee for Harvard Medical School Prize for Excellence in Teaching

2015 Honorees
ron sutton Ron Sutton - Class of 1948
Awarded for Distinguished Civil Service

  • 60 years of exemplary service to the Ortonville-Brandon Community.
  • 1972 General Motors Excellence Award for Community Service. 1988 Person of the Year
  • Brandon Board of Education, Brandon Township Board, Brandon Co-Fire Chief & Ortonville Council
matt lentz Matt Lentz - Class of 2001
Awarded for Distinguished Achievement in Athletics

  • Three year starter as an offensive lineman for the University of Michigan
  • All Big Ten Conference first team selection in 2004 and 2005
  • Member of the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, Florida Tuskers, California Redwoods & Sacramento Mountain Lions
joe slaughter Joe Slaughter - Class of 1965
Awarded for Distinguished Achievement in Business

  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Herff Jones
  • More than doubled revenues and increased shareholder equity by more than $500 million
  • Extensive volunteer work including generous support for the Brandon School District