LaBrae honors alumni

LEAVITTSBURG – Recognizing the varied contributions to society in their career fields, five new members were recently inducted into the LaBrae Alumni Hall of Fame.

The new members are Terry Armstrong, Richard Bee, Dr. Barbara Broome, Russell Sewell and Jerome Stephens.

Wendy Johnson, a member of the nominating committee, said that since 2009 when the first induction was held, five people each year who graduated from schools in Braceville, Leavittsburg, Warren Township and LaBrae are selected for the hall of fame.

”We receive many nominations and so much information on each person. We look to see who from our community has outstanding accomplishments in what they do,” she said.

She said the honorees through their performances and achievements, reflect credit on their high school and help current students identify with the past and establish goals for the future.

Schools Superintendent Anthony Calderone said the hall of fame is an example of commitment to the community.

This year’s nominees for the fourth annual induction are:

Richard Bee, Class of 1956 Warren Township High School, who was honored posthumously, served as a Warren Township trustee and was on the township’s zoning committee until his death in 2009. Bee was the only volunteer fireman to serve the township’s fire department for more than 40 years. He spent numerous hours organizing records and photos at the fire station. He co-chaired a committee to restore all Braceville, Leavittsburg and LaBrae graduation pictures in the hallway of the current LaBrae High School;

Russell Sewell, Class of 1970, Leavittsburg High School, is the CEO of Quality Switch Inc. in Newton Falls. Under his guidance for 38 years, the company has become a distributor to companies throughout the United States and world. Sewell is an ambassador for the Ohio State Department of Development. He served two terms on the LaBrae Board of Education including as president and has been active with the LaBrae Athletic Club for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Warren Sports Hall of Fame.

Dr. Barbara Broome, Class of 1972, LaBrae High School, is the associate dean and chair for community / mental health at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing. She was also a faculty member at Kent State University serving as the coordinator of the Kent Trumbull nursing program. She is the developer of Broome Pelvic Muscle Self-Efficiacy Scale which has been used internationally. She maintains a clinical practice in continence therapy. Broome is co-editor for the Journal of Cultural Diversity and has received numerous awards and honors.

Jerome Stephens, Class of 1981, LaBrae High School, began his career at the University of Toledo, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He began training at the Ohio Highway State Patrol Academy in 1988 and was a Columbus police officer for 10 years. Stephens also has been a training officer at the police academy and worked undercover in conjunction with Ohio Liquor agents. In 1999, he was selected for the Columbus Mayor Protection detail and is lead detective for Mayor Michael Coleman’s security detail.

Terry Armstrong, Class of 1989, LaBrae High School, is the youngest person in Warren Township history voted into office. He served as clerk treasurer from April 1992 to August 1997. Armstrong transferred all manual accounting procedures to computer-based accounting. He was employed as a purchasing agent for AVI Food Systems. He was a social studies teacher for LaBrae, Trumbull Career and Technical Center and Lordstown school districts and currently John F. Kennedy. He introduced his students to civic participation in government such as voting, candidates night and mock trials.