Brandon School District

1025 S Ortonville Rd
Ortonville, MI 48462

Superintendent: Dr. Karl Heidrich
Executive Assistant: Maria Schubring

Phone: (248) 627-1800

Ed and Diane Donaldson Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame

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 prestigious award, please use the nomination form at the bottom of this page.

Important dates for 2021: Induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 7, 2021, the day before our annual homecoming football game.

2021 Honorees

Mary A. Wilson (Wills) – Class of 1976                                                               
Awarded for Distinguished Achievement in Education                                              

  • Over 35 years with Michigan State University pioneering innovative approaches to educating the public and industry professionals on science-based, environmentally responsible horticulture practices.
  • Educated and mobilized over 10,000 extension master gardener volunteers throughout the State of Michigan.
  • Spearheaded state-wide efforts to combat emerging invasive insect pests.
  • Recipient of the prestigious Michigan State University Distinguished Academic Staff Award.
  • Numerous state and national awards for excellence in programs, communications, and visionary leadership

Fran Moore Hotchkiss - Class of 1979
Awarded for Distinguished Achievement in Civil Service

  • More than 45 years of exemplary service to the Ortonville-Brandon community at Brandon Township Public Library.
  • 2020 Outstanding Small/Rural Librarian Award for the State of Michigan recognized for outstanding leadership.
  • 2016 Wayne State University Professional Service Award for longstanding contributions to the youth of Brandon Township Public Library. 
  • 2004 Children’s Librarian of the Year Award for the State of Michigan from the Michigan Library Association.
  • 2004 Village of Ortonville Honor for Continuous Service to the Community since 1975. 

John Maxwell - Class of 1987
Awarded for Distinguished Achievement in Service to our Nation

  • The Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veteran Services currently leads the executive leadership team, an 850 person agency assisting Virginia’s veterans.
  • U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1991, a 28-year Navy veteran.
  • Trained as a P-3C Naval Flight Officer, guided teams of all sizes in a variety of missions and environments, advanced into more complex positions leading squadron operations, directing training, and navigated an amphibious assault ship.
  • Commanded a maritime patrol squadron, was the navigator in an aircraft carrier, and led a post-graduate school for military and civilian national security professionals.
  • Culminating his career as a Navy Captain while serving as a Carrier Strike Group Chief of Staff.
2019 Honorees

Ron Conigliaro – Class of 1980                                                                 
Awarded for Distinguished Achievement in the Technology and Photography                                              

  • President/CEO of Quantum Information Systems
  • Professional photographer and Producer at Zoom Room Studio & Ron Conigliaro Photography
  • Professional Musician and Producer
  • Extensive international travel with photos published and exhibited around the world
  • Numerous honors including Photographer of the Year, Africa Geographic Winner and Top Photographer

Dr. Gwen Hamilton - Class of 1965
Awarded for Distinguished Achievement in Nursing, Education & Research

  • Over 50 years of service as a nurse, professor and researcher in the field of health care.
  • Extensive research and several hundred publications related to cancer symptom management and caregiver support
  • Recipient of numerous professional honors including awards from the American Academy of Nursing, National Institute of Health, American Cancer Society, Department of Defense, Oncology Nursing Society, Midwest Nursing Society and MSU
  • Hometown daughter of Jack and Emeline Hamiltion, Ortonville Business Owners   
2018 Honorees

Jami McDermid (Evans) – Class of 1979                                                                                     Awarded for Distinguished Achievement in Business                                               

  • Global Senior Executive for for over 30 years serving fortune 100 Companies: Coca-Cola,Tropicana, Seagram, Diageo, and MillerCoors
  • President of Crossmark Sales Agency with revenues in excess of $1 billion
  • Established national mentor programs for women in business

Tim Purdy - Class of 1989
 Awarded for Distinguished Achievement in Civil Service

  • Highly decorated law enforcement officer for the Charlotte-Meckenburg police department
  • Honored in 2017 as National Police Officer of the Month 
  • Achieved television star status in 2010 while featured on the show "The First 48"   
2017 Honorees

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

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 intrepidity 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