David F. Burganowski, Ph.D., CRC, is an associate research professor at the University at Buffalo in the Graduate School of Education Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology (CSEP). Additionally, Dr. Burganowski is the director of the CSEP Rehabilitation Counseling master’s degree program, as well as the founder and executive director of the Center on Rehabilitation Synergy (CRS). Dr. Burganowski graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2002 with a Ph.D. in Counseling and Educational Psychology. He has been in the field of rehabilitation counseling for 36 years, and has 26 years of program administration experience. During the past three decades, Dr. Burganowski has provided leadership at the university, state, national and international levels in several ways. He has secured over 40 million dollars in grant funding from the United States Department of Education and the New York State Education Department. Dr. Burganowski has provided a robust array of technical assistance and consultation services for providers in vocational, community, and Native American rehabilitation programs, schools and related agencies throughout the United State and internationally. As an educator, he has presented over 400 workshops and seminars at conferences in the United States and internationally. Dr. Burganowski has served as a member on over 25 state and national advisory boards and councils. A major thrust of Dr. Burganowski’s directorship in the Rehabilitation Counseling master’s degree program has been increasing access to this program by developing an online program. He serves on University Committees, teaches courses in Rehabilitation Counseling, is an advisor, and clinically supervises students. Dr. Burganowski’s scholarly focus is in several areas of rehabilitation including transitioning students from school to career, substance abuse, traumatic head injury, and most recently, strategic planning and organizational development. He raised two children, Rachael and Gregory.
1st row: C. Kaney, K Sargent 2nd row: W Tuttle, A. Heath, C. Wetsell, D, Rydholm, A. Sweeney, M. Benenati, K Manhardt, T Sargent, I Evans, L. Bauer 3rd row; T. (Manager), B. Schreiber (Manager), S. Rust,” Schuh, K Nicosia, K Dossinger, J. Kuhn, L. Reynolds, J. Foley, J. Spear, N. Sargent, A. Vara, K Bocian, Coach Martin Snyder Absent: D. Espinosa, C. Waggoner
1st row: M. Benenati, B. Vara, D. Rydholm 2nd row: T Sargent, A. Sweeney, N. Sargent,A. Vara, J. Foley, L Reynolds, K Man-hardt 3rd row: C Ansuini, K Doster, L. Adornetto, K Maghran, L. Bauer, M Kos-a-an, A Heath, J. Furgala, E. Deisig Row 4: Coach Snyder, W Tuttle, B. Szydlowski, S. Rust, K McCLain, K Nicosia, J. Kuhn, K Dossinger,J. Schuh Absent: D. Espinosa, K Lawrence, T. Jusko (manager)
Team of Distinction: Hamburg High School’s 1994 and 1995 Girls Varsity Tennis Teams. They were undefeated Division II Champions both years, with a 20-0 record over the two seasons. The ’95 Division Championship was their 4th in 5 years, with a 45-4 record in division matches. The winning continued into the late 90’s, with 5 members of the ’94 and ’95 teams advancing to the State Championships in 6 successive seasons. Margaret Benenati, along with doubles partner Kelly Sargent, just missed a trip to States in ’94. Benenati made it to States in singles in ’95 after finishing 2nd at ECIC’s and 3rd at Sectionals. 1994 Team members Andrea Sweeney and Nicole Sargent won the ECIC Doubles Championship that year. They went on to place 2nd in the Section VI Championships, advancing to States. They again qualified for States in 1995, and in 1996 advanced to States for the 3rd consecutive time. Sargent went to States 4 times while playing tennis at Hamburg High School. Nicole and Tricia Sargent were Section VI and ECIC doubles champions in 1997, advancing to States that year. Tricia and Jill Adornetto won the Section VI Doubles Championships, were ECIC finalists and advanced to States in 1998. Several of the girls from the ’94 and ’95 teams went on to play tennis at the collegiate level. In looking back, Coach Marty Snyder said, “Hamburg High School has a long history of having quality tennis teams, but what set the team apart during the ’94 and ’95 seasons, along with their accomplishments, was their camaraderie and shared unity of purpose. In a largely individual sport, rarely do a group of players, each bringing their own unique talents, skills and attributes to the team, come together to form such a cohesive unit”. What also made the team special was their collective ‘refuse to lose’ approach that they brought into each match, along with their ‘we’re not going to lose – you’re going to have to beat us’ attitude. These players wanted to do well – expected to do well – and gave their personal best in every match. They supported one another, took pride in the success of their team and thereby brought out the best in each other. Although they played with intensity, the players clearly showed a love of the game and had fun together on and off the court. It really made those years enjoyable and memorable for everyone who had the privilege of being a part of it.” The team was moved into Division I for the next 5 years where their win-loss record was 41-9. During that time, they had two 1st place and three 2nd place finishes.
Katy was part of winning Soccer, Basketball and Lacrosse teams at HHS, and won individual recognition in ECIC and Sectional Swim competition. Her list of accomplishments is impressive. She placed 2nd and 3rd in individual events at the ECIC swim championships and was a sectional qualifier in 2001 and 2002. In the Sectional 200 and 400 Free Relay races, her team had 3rd place finishes. In soccer, Katy was named to the First Team ECIC in 2003 and 2004, and to the First Team All WNY and Second Team All NYS in 2004. One of her fondest memories of soccer is beating Frontier in the first round of the sectional playoffs and scoring the winning goal while beating Orchard Park in the second round. As a member of the HHS basketball team, Katy was proud to be a part of the 2005 Section VI Championship Team that was ranked 20th in New York State that year. Katy was named Honorable Mention All WNY that year. It was in HHS Lacrosse that Katy found her greatest success. As co-captain her junior year, Katy helped lead the 2004 Girls Lacrosse Team to their first ever Section VI Championship. She set a school record that year with 75 goals. From 2002-2005, Katy was named to the First Team ECIC, the First Team All WNY in 2004 and 2005 and named a First Team All-American in 2005. She went on to play lacrosse at the University of Connecticut where she was a standout athlete. Since 2011, Katy has coached the Hamburg girl’s lacrosse team and led them to four consecutive Section VI Championships 2012-2015. She is the daughter of previous Sports Legend honoree, Wendy (Evans) Ryan.
Jim was an outstanding swimmer at Hamburg High School, breaking 7 records on the Boys Swim Team that included the 50, 100 and 200 Freestyle, the 100 Breaststroke and the team 400 Freestyle Relay, all records that O’Connor still holds today. He also set records that year in the 100 Backstroke and 200 Medley Relay. While competing in the Empire State Games from 1987-89, O’Connor won a total of 6 medals in three years, including 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze. He was a National Top 16 in various events in the 18 and younger age group. Jim was a 3-year New York State finalist in the freestyle event and a proud member of the 1988 ECIC and Section VI Championship Swim Team. In 1990, Jim set the Section VI record in the 100 Breaststroke. Some of Jim’s greatest memories at HHS include setting the record in the Breaststroke, being a finalist at States and being on the ’88 team and relay team that won ECICs and Sectionals that year. Jim went on to swim at Clarion University where he was a conference finalist in various events. Jim served in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1994-2002 and worked for United Parcel Service. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.
Vivian Potter Galley was born and raised in Hamburg, New York and graduated from the Hamburg district. Active on the girls’ softball team, she participated in other activities such as skating, skiing, and horseback riding which she enjoyed throughout her life. Once graduated, she worked as a secretary for Bethlehem Steel. Vivian began working for the Hamburg School District in 1975 serving as lead secretary for Union-Pleasant School. She spent countless hours of her own time ensuring the needs of the school were met. “Viv’s Kids”, initiated by her husband after her passing in 2002, honors her commitment to help families in need. A memorial garden planted at the school is also a reminder of the impact she had in the lives of others. Throughout her life she shared her faith by serving in a number of ministries in the Hamburg Methodist and Wesleyan Churches. She was devoted to her six children and eleven grandchildren and would often travel far to be in their lives.