William Floyd Alumni Association
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This year’s honorees include: P.J. Cinque (2005), Kristine Fafejta-Gawlowski (1986), Wendy (Murphy) Gross (1984), Jamie (Oldham) MacPherson
(1995), and John Sumwalt (1990).
Double bassist P.J. Cinque joined the San Diego Symphony in 2015, having previously been a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, P.
J. has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Symphony Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. As an educator, P.J.
served as double bass professor at Capital University in Columbus, OH, and has taught masterclasses at Northern Arizona University and SooChow
University in Taiwan. P.J. earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and, during his studies, participated in the Pacific Music
Festival and the Aspen Music Festival and School as an orchestral fellowship recipient.
Kristine (Fafejta) Gawlowski has demonstrated extraordinary strength, courage and positivity through many hardships, including two brain tumors, seven
reconstructive surgeries, being on a feeding tube for 11 months and losing her home in Superstorm Sandy. Currently an employee at Tangier Smith
Elementary School, Kristine answered the call when a co-worker’s husband needed a kidney transplant that could potentially save his life. After testing
revealed she was a match, Kristine did not hesitate to volunteer to donate. On December 4, 2018, doctors at Stony Brook University Hospital successfully
performed the kidney transplant. Her courage and selflessness is an inspiration to many.
Wendy (Murphy) Gross has been a lifelong community member and educator in the William Floyd School District. Wendy’s passion for service began as a
student and has continued through her adult life. Aside from numerous scholastic endeavors, Wendy has served her community as a trustee for the
Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, the music ministry at St. Jude Church, board member of Ocean Arts and chairperson for William Floyd United
Teachers. Wendy is married to her husband, Ron, and have raised three children, Ron, Michael and Sarah in the William Floyd community. She is grateful
for the opportunities that Shirley and the Mastics have given her family.
Jamie (Oldham) MacPherson is the executive director of Global Regulatory Affairs at Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. After high school, she attended Northeastern
University earning a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Bouvè College of Pharmacy in 2001. Dr. MacPherson has devoted more than 15 years to navigating
regulations, providing regulatory guidance to biotech/pharmaceutical companies and collaborating with health authorities globally to provide patients
access to therapies, particularly those with rare, serious and life-threatening conditions.
John Sumwalt began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the New York State Park Police. In 1995, he was sworn in as a Suffolk County Police recruit.
During his career with the Suffolk County Police Department, John has served in a number of commands and held numerous patrol, investigative and
leadership roles throughout the department. Currently a deputy inspector, John oversees the Major Crimes Bureau. John has a Bachelor of Arts degree from
Long Island University and a Master of Professional Studies in criminal justice leadership from St. John’s University. He is a graduate of the FBI National
Academy’s 242nd Session.
The eleventh annual Distinguished Alumni Reception will be held at 5:00pm on Friday, April 5th, 2019, at the Inn at East Wind. For further information
please call (631) 874-1201.
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