Shawsheen Tech 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees

2010 Distinguished Hall of Fame Honorees


Billerica - Class of 1990, Health Technology Shop



Dr. Charleen Amato ‘90 received her B.S. in Biology at The University of Lowell in 1994 and her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life West College in 1998.  She is the owner of Life 4orce Chiropractic established in 2001.  Charleen is a member of The North Shore Chiropractic Society and has worked with her Shawsheen Valley graduating class on reunion activities.  She has volunteered for the Rotary Club, The Liver Foundation and at Ground Zero, along with many other charities and is the recipient of The Reader’s Choice Award for Burlington, MA in 2009.  



Burlington - Class of 1982, Health Technology Shop

            Meg Comeau ’82 graduated with a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration in 2005 from Simmons College Boston and is currently serving as the Director of the Catalyst Center at the Boston University of Public Health, a federally-funded national research center dedicated to improving health care financing policy for children with special health care needs.   She has served as Coordinator for the Family Initiatives Program, Center for Families, Family-to-Family Program, Center for Families both at Children’s Hospital and Northeast Regional Parent Coordinator for The Family TIES Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  Meg’s resume includes consulting, teaching and volunteer activities, along with an impressive list of published articles. Meg lives in Delaware with her husband Robert and daughter Sarah.


Tewksbury - Class of 2001, Health Technology Shop



Dr. Shaun Farraher ’01 graduated with a B.S. in Biology/Biochemistry from Framingham State College in 2005 and as a Doctor of Medicine from American University of the Caribbean in 2010.  A member of Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges, the recipient of the Alice Glover Memorial Scholarship, and an Alpha Omega Phi Honor and Service Society member.  Shaun has also conducted research on The Effect of Different Carbohydrates on the Formation of Biofilm by Enterococcus Faecalis and Activity Limitation in Community-Dwelling Elderly People.  His goals include becoming a physician who works closely with the community. 


 Billerica - Class of 1980, Carpentry Shop


Wayne Harrison ’80 attended Bridgton Academy and graduated in May of 1981, where he went on to graduate from Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1985.  He graduated from the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School as a commissioned Naval Officer in November of 1985 and in 1988 graduated with his “Wings of Gold” and was assigned to fly the S-3 Viking.  In 1999, Wayne earned a Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and is currently completing his MBA from Webster University. Wayne is an accomplished pilot with over 3500 flight hours, 600 carrier arrested landings and seven deployments in support of Decisive Edge and Iraqi Freedom.  He is currently deployed in Afghanistan but has also spent much time in Iraq, Kuwait, Qater, Bahrain and Pakistan. 


Wilmington - Class of 1979, Machine Shop

Mark Morrissey ’79 graduated from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School with the distinction of going on to work at Sparton Technology Corporation after he started there in the school’s co-op program.  Upon his graduation from The University of Massachusetts, Lowell, in 1984, with a Degree in Business and Operations Management, Mark was promoted to Production Manager and has worked there for the past 32 years.  Mark is a past member of the Shawsheen Valley Advisory Board in Machine Shop and is an active member of the Methodist Church in Nashua, N.H.  Mark is also remembered as a star player from the 1978 Shawsheen Valley Football Team who helped the team to the school's first Super Bowl appearance.  Mark has been married to his High School sweetheart Cindy for 27 years and they live in NH with their two children, Andrew and Julie.


Billerica - Class of 1987, Machine Shop


Selectman Michael S. Rosa ’87 graduated from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School and continued to work within his trade throughout the eighties and nineties.  In 1998, he established Mike’s Precision Machine, Inc. where he still remains its owner.  Also, in 1998, Mike was elected to the Billerica Board of Selectman and is currently serving his fifth term.  He is widely known for his Community Service and involvement as a Billerica Town Meeting member, Chairman of the WWI& WWII Memorial Committee, Vice Chair of the Billerica Housing Partnership Committee, a member of the Billerica Lodge of Elks and countless other organizations.  Mike was instrumental in the town’s effort to create a town-wide recycling program, which to date has saved the taxpayers $825,000. 

COLLEEN (Cecchini) SGROI   

Billerica - Class of 1975, Commercial Art and Design Shop


Colleen Sgroi ’75 is a self-employed Artist and Teacher since 1988.  She opened a Billerica Gallery and Art Center in 2001, and her prints and art are sold nationally.  Colleen writes a column for The Billerica Minuteman and The Billerica Green called Voice of the Artist.  She has also served as Chair for The Billerica Cultural Council, Vice-President of The Billerica Chamber of Commerce, Library Committee and created art to help raise funds for several local Non-profit Organizations. She was recently awarded "The Heart of Billerica" award noted as one of the unsung hero's of her town. She was recently featured as one of nineteen Massachusetts artists whose painted rocking chair graces “Delta’s Terminal A” at Logan International Airport.  Her art was just chosen by Mass General Hospital Cancer Center to also grace their "Illuminations" 2011 calendar. 




Billerica - Class of 1988, Metal Fabrication Shop



Mark Spengler ’88 has studied at The Computer Learning Center and attended Business Administration classes at Newbury College.  Mark was employed as a sheet metal worker in his family’s business until 1998.  Mark owned a residential construction company through 2000, but returned to school to become a Network Engineer for Juniper Networks.  Mark completed an historic restoration of his former Victorian home which was on the National Historic Register.  The restoration was featured in The Lowell Sun and on Home and Garden Television.  In 2001, Mark became the owner and operator of an equine training facility where he and his family care for 23 horses in Pepperell, MA.  They host an annual fundraiser at the farm for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with total donations exceeding $9,000 to date.  He was also a member of The U.S. Army Reserve and an Advanced Individual Training Distinguished Honor Graduate.



Billerica - Class of 1996, Electrical Shop



Daniel Venezia ’96 upon graduation worked towards his Journeyman’s Electrical License, which he obtained in 1998. He went on to earn his Master Electrician License in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  In 2003, he founded Venezia Electric, which employs as many as twenty-two employees.  Dan is a member of The Shawsheen Advisory Committee and has employed many Shawsheen Tech Electrical students through our co-op program and his company is appreciated for wiring the Billerica Common Trees every holiday season for the past five years.  Dan has served on the town Wireless Internet Committee, has donated thousands of dollars to local charities and is a past Exalted Ruler of the Billerica Lodge of Elks.  Dan is also remembered as a varsity player for 4 years on the Shawsheen Valley Hockey Team. Dan currently lives in Billerica with his wife Shauna, daughter Olivia, and sons Daniel Jr. and Derek.




Billerica - Class of 1984, Culinary Arts Shop



Joseph Williams ’84 attended The Culinary Institute of America and graduated with a perfect attendance certificate in 1986.  From 1989 to 1991, Joe served as The Executive Chef/Instructor at The Hilton School of Hotel Restaurant Management at The University of Houston, and in 1991 became The Executive Chef for The Clipper Cruise Line and Delta Ship.  Joe joined the Shawsheen Technical High School Culinary Staff in 1993 and is currently serving as its Lead Teacher.  He works as a Skills USA advisor in school as well as helping with Boy Scout Troup 30 out of school.  Joe hosted his own Culinary Show on a local Billerica cable station and works tirelessly, along with all of the Culinary staff, to support all Shawsheen Tech events.