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Transcript Requests Great Alumni Program

Mt. Lebanon High School 

The Great Alumni Award is a project of the Mt. Lebanon High School Student Council.  Administrators, faculty, students, and alumni serve on the selection committee. The recipients of the Great Alumni Award are selected based on exceptional work in at least one of the following areas: improvement in the lives of others, involvement in community service or achievement in a professional field.The awardees will be honored at a luncheon at the High School on September 25, 2015 and at the football game that evening.   

Congratulations to the 2015 Great Alumni


Father John Chakos has been instrumental in training future indigenous clergy, building churches and medical clinics, as well bringing much needed health care to remote Guatemalan mountain villages since 1999.  He also has volunteered at the Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage in Guatemala City, Guatemala for the past sixteen years.  Father Chakos received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Western Kentucky University and earned a teaching certificate from Duquesne University in 1964.  He and his wife, Alexandra, became Peace Corps volunteers in 1966 and subsequently lived and worked in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for two years.  Upon his return to Pittsburgh, he taught in the public schools for another two years.  Father Chakos graduated from Holy Cross Seminary in 1971 with a Masters of Divinity and received his ordination to the Greek Orthodox priesthood in 1974. He then served in the Dioceses of Chicago, Illinois and in 1981 received the Masters of Religious Education from Loyola University of Chicago.  Father Chakos and his family moved to Pittsburgh and throughout the following 31 years, he served the parishioners at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mt. Lebanon.   Since 2011, he spends six months of every year assisting the Mayan communities in Guatemala.  The South Hills of Pittsburgh and Mt. Lebanon in particular, have been strong guiding influences in his life.  Father John, a Pittsburgh native, and his wife Alexandra, are the parents of four children and their spouses and the adoring grandparents of twelve grandchildren. 

Reverend Chakos was nominated for this award by Mr. John Conomos, his classmate and friend.


Jack Daley Class of 1984
Jack Daly is on the Board of the Navy SEAL Foundation and in 2014 chaired the Navy SEAL Foundation Gala in New York, New York.  This fundraising effort resulted in $6 million being raised to support the families of the Navy SEALs who have been killed or wounded in action. Mr. Daly’s work and close relationship with the Navy SEAL community is based on his lifelong friendship with Navy SEAL Captain Robert Smith.  Mr. Daly received his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in mechanical engineering at Case Western Reserve University.  While a student at Case, he founded the Case Engineering Service Group (CESG), a non-profit organization in which students and local engineers designed and built specialized devices for physically disabled people. The CESG was featured on ABC World News, the New York Times and on National Public Radio.  After graduation, he joined the mechanical engineering faculty at Case Western Reserve and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in design and manufacturing.  In 1999, Mr. Daly received a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and subsequently joined Goldman Sachs.  He is currently a Partner at Goldman Sachs and is the head of the Americas Industrials Private Equity business focusing on making control investments in large industrial companies.  Mr. Daly and his wife Metka live in New York, New York with their sons Joey, James, and Luke.

Mr. Daly was nominated by Captain Robert Smith, USN, his classmate and a 2009 Great Alumni award recipient. 


Commander Gregg Gnipp is a Commissioned Corps Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research Facilities in the Division of Environmental Protection in Bethesda, Maryland.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science & Management and a Masters of Business Administration graduating with honors from Duquesne University in 2003. In 2005, CDR Gnipp accepted a civilian government position with NIH in Bethesda, Maryland to revitalize their environmental management programs throughout its research campuses nationally. In 2006, CDR Gnipp was commissioned by the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in the U. S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS CC) as a Health Services Officer and joined a Rapid Deployment Force called PHS-2. CDR Gnipp has deployed to numerous events to provide medical care and shelter to special needs individuals during a crisis.  Some of these disasters include Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, Super Storm Sandy, Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors in Arizona, and the Ebola Outbreak in Monrovia, Liberia.  CDR Gnipp is a diehard Pittsburgh sports fan who lives in Washington, DC.

Commander Gnipp was nominated by Mrs. Patricia White, his mother.


Larry Lebowitz is a partner and founder/head of the Immigration Practice Group of Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.  For more than a decade, he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for immigration law, in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and in Who’s Who in Law Education.  He received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and obtained the Juris Doctorate, cum laude, degree from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law in 1987.  Mr. Lebowitz is an adjunct professor of immigration law at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law and previously taught at the Duquesne University School of Law.  His professional and community involvement includes serving as a Mt. Lebanon School Board Director since 2009 and is currently the President of the Mt. Lebanon Board of School Directors.  He is also a member of the de Tocqueville Society of the United Way, the Economic Development Council of the Allegheny Conference, and the Pittsburgh Regional Immigration Assistance Center.  He is a former member of Leadership Pittsburgh XX, The Mt. Lebanon School District Capital Campaign Co-Chairperson, a board member of the Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education, the Board of Directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Temple Emanuel of the South Hills, and Outreach Teen and Family Services. He has also been a mentor with the Career Literacy for African American Youth program.  Mr. Lebowitz and his wife Lynn reside in Mt. Lebanon and are the parents of two daughters and one son.

Mr. Lebowitz was nominated by Mr. David Birks, his friend.


Josephine Posti is an accredited public relations professional and is currently the senior external affairs specialist for Pennsylvania American Water, the Commonwealth’s largest regulated water and wastewater service provider.Her Bachelor of Arts in English degree and a writing certificate were received from Kent State University in 1990.  She became a Mt. Lebanon School Board Director in 2005, reelected in 2009, and served a term as the President of the Mt. Lebanon School Board Directors. Mrs. Posti’s tenure spanned a critical time during the high school renovation project that included municipal approvals, the bidding and re-bidding process as well as the project’s groundbreaking.  Mrs. Posti assisted with the development of Mt. Lebanon’s “Stop Addiction For Everyone” task force in response to an increase of drug overdoses within the community. She is currently the Co-Chairperson of the Mt. Lebanon School District’s capital campaign.  She was awarded a Lifetime Membership by the Pennsylvania PTA and is currently a Girl Scout leader.  Mrs. Posti serves on a capital campaign committee for Pittsburgh Friends Meeting and has helped to facilitate inter-visitation between Cuban and American Quakers including leading groups of Friends from Florida and Pennsylvania to Cuba.  As a beekeeper, she steers the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association’s Bee Friendly City initiative.  Mrs. Posti and her husband Steve are the parents of Jakob and Bela. 

Mrs. Posti was nominated by Ms. Arlan Hess and Mrs. Elaine Cappucci, her friends.





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