Matt DePeters, Class of 2005

Matt DePeters, Class of 2005

Born and raised in Hamburg, NY, Matt grew up on Euclid Avenue right in the village. He attended Charlotte Avenue Elementary, Hamburg Middle, and then graduated from Hamburg High School in 2005. After years of attending camps and training in Lake Placid, NY, he made the move after graduating High School to start his skiing career and chase his dreams of becoming an Olympian.

In 2008 he earned his spot on the US National Ski Team and quickly moved to Park City, Utah to join the National Team to start his training. That winter, he competed in his first World Cup and in 2010, qualified for the Vancouver Olympics. Finishing in 17th place at the games, it was one of the greatest experiences of his life. That same season, three weeks later, he won U.S. National Championships earning the National Title.

Putting all these experiences into words was tough for him. He can’t begin to explain his gratitude for all the people who’ve helped him achieve his goals and dreams. With their continued support, he is fortunate enough to continue working with the National Ski Team and achieve new goals and dreams.

Matt currently lives in South of Buffalo, NY with his wife and son, Marlow.

Jennifer Jantzi Schlichter, Class of 2002

Jennifer Jantzi Schlichter, Class of 2002

LTC Jennifer Jantzi-Schlichter was born and raised in Hamburg, NY.  After graduating high school, she attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Psychology and Systems Engineering.  Following graduation from West Point in 2006, she was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Following graduation, Jennifer was stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.  From there, she deployed to Iraq in 2007 as an Engineer Platoon Leader in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In 2008-2009, Jennifer deployed back to Iraq with the 172nd Infantry Brigade as a Company Executive Officer and Brigade Engineer Officer.

In 2010, Jennifer returned to the United States, where she attended Civil Affairs training in Fort Liberty, NC.  Following transition to the Civil Affairs Branch and language training in Pashto, Jennifer deployed as a Special Operations Team Leader in 2012-2013 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  In 2014, Jennifer took command of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade and subsequently assumed responsibilities as the Civil Military Operations Officer in 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.  In 2015 she deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

In 2018, Jennifer took command of Charlie Company, 98th Civil Affairs Battalion in Fort Liberty, NC, deployed the company to South America and was subsequently assigned as the Battalion Executive Officer.  In 2021, Jennifer transitioned to 18th Airborne Corps, supporting the evacuation of civilians out of Afghanistan.  Months later, she deployed to Europe in support of operations in Ukraine to counter Russian Aggression.  While deployed, she was assigned as the Aide-de-Camp for the Corps Commanding General.  She most recently deployed back to Europe in 2023 in support of the evacuation of civilians out of Sudan.  In June 2024, she will take Battalion Command of 1-13th Infantry Battalion in Fort Jackson, SC.

Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and as attended the following military courses:  Sapper School (one of the first 10 female graduates), Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School and SERE School (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape).  Her most notable awards include the Bronze Star Medal (3x), Meritorious Service Medal (3x), Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Combat Action Badge.

She is married to Thomas Schlichter.  They reside in Vass, NC and have two sons, Wyatt (4) and Cole (2) and a baby due in December.

Jennifer Kuhn, Class of 1997

Jennifer Kuhn, Class of 1997

Jennifer Kuhn is a seasoned professional, community advocate, and proud alumna of Hamburg High School (HHS) Class of 1997. Following her high school graduation, she ventured out of New York to further her studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She graduated with a major in Human Resources and a minor in Economics, equipping her with a unique blend of knowledge in business and human capital management.

Jennifer’s professional journey took her into the world of car rental services, where she served in Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Management Development Program from 2001 to 2005. This role provided her with valuable exposure to leadership and operations management and prepared her for her next endeavor.

Returning to her roots in Buffalo, NY in 2005, Jennifer joined Hamburg Overhead Door, Inc., stepping into the role of Vice President of Marketing and Operations. Her drive and commitment to the family business didn’t stop there. In 2020, Jennifer and her brother, Jason Kuhn – an HHS alum from the Class of 1999, took the reins and purchased the company, ensuring its continued success and community relevance.

Jennifer has always been passionate about giving back to her community, and this is evident in her various roles. Since its inception in 2007, she has been an integral part of the HHS Academy of Finance board, contributing her time and expertise to the development of this valuable program. Her commitment to local industries extends further as she served as president of the Southtowns Builders Association. Additionally, she has found joy in the Village of Hamburg Women’s 18-88 softball league, showcasing her athletic skills and community spirit.

Not forgetting her high school years, Jennifer is the enthusiastic planner behind all HHS Class of 1997 reunions. She has consistently shown a love for her class, working tirelessly to keep the spirit of ’97 alive and well.

J.J. DiGeronimo, Class of 1991

J.J. DiGeronimo, Class of 1991

JJ DiGeronimo is an executive strategist, author, and speaker who designs programs to retain, attract, and advance women in STEM-based careers. Through her keynotes, articles, and executive sessions, JJ shares effective strategies globally with women’s leadership groups. JJ has had the privilege of working with leading corporations such as Amazon, Ingram Micro, IBM, BMO, KeyBank, SHI, CITI Bank, and Rockwell Automation.

After graduating with a computer information systems degree in 1995, JJ began her career designing computer infrastructures for Fortune 500 companies. Before her recent work, JJ had a 20-year career in high tech, positioning new technology solutions to CIOs. She advanced into leadership positions within Silicon Valley-based technology companies including Accenture, Inktomi, and VMware.

JJ is no stranger to navigating the numerous twists and turns of advancing from entry-level positions into leadership. With new levels of awareness, JJ wrote her third award-winning book, “Seeking: 74 Key Findings to Raise Your Energy, Sidestep Your Self-Doubts, and Align with Your Life’s Work”.

SEEKING shares a more spiritual side of JJ’s life that undeniably strengthens her mission to empower women in both the workplace and their personal lives. With extensive interest and excitement around her new book, JJ created an online community for SEEKERS. The community, TogetherWeSeek.Online is a dynamic platform with live discussions, resources, and workshops for women interested in digging deep, releasing their guilt, and aligning with what they know to be true.

JJ’s work is featured in many popular publications including: “Forbes,” “The Wall Street Journal,” and “Thrive Global.”  She includes these experiences – along with hours of research – in her second award-winning book, “Accelerate Your Impactwhich complements her first award-winning book, “The Working Woman’s GPS. In addition to her books and keynotes, JJ is a featured columnist and host of the popular podcasts – “Career Strategies for Women that Work and “Together We Seek.

These days you can find JJ at WaterWood in Vermilion, Ohio, where she is in the process of creating a global wellness center for visitors to explore, connect, and release.

 

 

George Toles, Class of 1966

George Toles, Class of 1966

George Toles graduated from Hamburg High School in 1966, as Class Valedictorian. He did his undergraduate work at the State University of New York, where he majored in English. He received his MA and PhD in English at the University of Virginia. Since 1976, George has lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he has taught literature, film, and theatre at the University of Manitoba. He presently holds the rank of Distinguished Professor. George is married to Melissa Steele, and has three children: Sam, Rachel, and Thomas, all of whom currently live in the United States.

George has collaborated with Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin as screenwriter or co-screenwriter for a number of feature films. Among the films produced during this lengthy partnership are Archangel, Careful, Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, The Saddest Music in the World, My Winnipeg, Brand upon the Brain!, and Keyhole. George also wrote the story and co-authored the screenplay for Canada’s first stop motion animated feature, “Edison and Leo”.  George has published three books of film criticism, A House Made of Light: Essays on the Art of Film, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Curtains of Light: Theatrical Space in Film. He has also published a collection of mini-narratives entitled Status Updates, with art responses by Cliff Eyland.

Since 2008, George has published daily fictional vignettes on Facebook, and over time they have acquired a sizable readership. Status Updates is a collection of some of these bite-sized stories, and was edited by George’s son, Thomas. George has also published a large number of scholarly essays on literature, film and theatre, and has directed a great many theatre productions, at the University of Manitoba, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and with professional Winnipeg theatre companies.