The Mepham Who's Who
2007 Honorees

Four distinguished graduates will be inducted into the Mepham Who's Who Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on September 9, 2007 with officers and board members presenting the honors at the Mepham Alumni Association Celebration.

This program was initiated in 1964 to recognize and honor graduates who have made significant accomplishments in their fields of work and significant volunteer service to the community. A plaque in the foyer honors our one hundred fifty five previous winners and the new inductees.

If you have graduated from Mepham more than ten years ago, meet the above qualifications and would like to be considered for an award next year, send an e-mail to to receive an application. You may nominate yourself or another Mepham alumna/alumnus.

The distinguished 2007 recipients are:

  • Lauren Boglioli ’83 – Physician, Nuclear Cardiology
  • Mona Friedman Jamison ’67 – Law
  • Roy Probeyahn ’56 – Developmental Disabilities
  • John Scalesi Jr. ’75 – EMT, Fire Rescue Instructor

Lauren Boglioli ’83 – Physician, Nuclear Cardiology

Dr. Boglioli is currently in private practice in Great Neck NY, specializing in Nuclear Cardiology, associated with many hospitals in the area. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine ’91, completing her internship in internal medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Sloan/Kettering Cancer Center, 1991-92. She was Resident at Lenox Hill Hospital (NY) 1992-94, Chief Resident 1994-95, and “Fellow” in Cardiovascular Disease 1995-98.

Lauren is certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Nuclear Cardiology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. She has co-authored over 100 articles in medical literature and lay press, serves a reviewer for several Medical Journals, and as lecturer and presenter at national meetings.

In 1974 Gertrude Peterson Ranta ’47 was coaching Little League Softball in the North Bellmore-North Merrick Division when she first coached Lauren, who was—at the time—a young pitcher with special athletic talents. Years later it was Lauren who consulted for Gertrude’s quadruple bypass surgery. It is Gertrude who nominated Dr. Boglioli for this honor. Lauren continued her pitching talents at Mepham and was a top pitcher for the Woman's Softball Team as well as an All-Star Pitcher for the Long Island Ponytail League. She has continued her ties and support of Woman's sports.

Lauren's community service includes: Volunteer, Nassau Medical Examiners Office; Lieutenant, Bellmore-Merrick Volunteer Ambulance Company; Critical Care Committee and Infection Control Committee, Lenox Hill Hospital; a member of the Manuscript Review Boards for several Medical Journals; and much more.

Lauren is quite proud of her brother Jason ’94, who will become Chief Fellow of Cardiology at North Shore-LI Jewish in July of this year.

Mona Friedman Jamison ’67 – Law

Mona participated actively at Mepham: Yearbook Club, Coaches Club, kickline, bowling, badminton, manager of the cheerleader team; she was voted “most spirited girl.” She graduated in 1971 with distinction from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. and then the University of Utah School of Law in 1976.

She has gone on to a distinguished career in law: written numerous papers and articles of importance in her home state of Montana; has been chief legal counsel to [Montana] Governor Ted Schwinden, 1981-85; and has had her own law firm since 1986. As part of her law practice, she has also developed an extensive lobbying practice in which she has represented numerous and diverse clients before the Montana Legislature. Among her honors, she has been recognized as one of the “Outstanding Young Women of America” [1981]. given an Honorary Membership in the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, and has received a National Preservation Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for her efforts in saving Virginia City and Nevada City MT. Mona has given numerous seminars on legal issues and is an instructor of continuing legal education.

Mona has also given her time and energy while serving on the Montana Environmental Quality Council, the Montana Public Employees Retirement Board, and as a Board Director of the Holter Museum of Art, Board Director of the Visitors for School of Physical Therapy at the University of Montana, and Co-founder of the Montana Education Committee for Israel’s Survival

Mona Married Van Jamison in 1970, has two children (Rachael and Seth), and a granddaughter, Freya.

Roy Probeyahn ’56 – Developmental Disabilities

Roy is a living example of “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” He and his wife Arleen took a stressful challenge —having three sons with autism—and became activists for people with developmental disabilities. The Probeyahns are a Fragile X Syndrome family. Roy has received many honors, including: Lifetime Achievement Award, LI Family Support Consumer Council; NYS Senate Achievers Award for Persons with Disabilities; Certificate of Achievement, NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council; and more. He was instrumental in writing and obtaining passage of Chapter 600 (funding for children aging out of residential schools); spearheaded Project Equals (Board of Education diplomas for special education students); has published letters, testified at hearings, and participated as a panelist on behalf of his cause. He is a volunteer for many, many organizations: East End Disabilities Association (Pres.); Founder and Parent Coordinator, LI Citizens Task Force on “Aging Out;” Chairman of Suffolk County Community Board Subcommittee on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities; and the list goes on…

Roy is the founder and President of Roy Probeyahn, Inc. which is a full service insurance consulting and claims adjusting firm and earned his CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) in insurance, 1979. He is a Continuing Education Instructor at Hofstra.

Roy met Arlene Wolsifer ’56 at Mepham, married, and started their family. Sons Roy, Jr; Mike; and Glenn, ages 44, 43, and 39, have varying degrees of autism. Arleen and Roy are “political junkies,” enjoy antiquing and going to theatre. Roy shares a mutual interest with Glenn in music and plays. On the computer he helps maintain a free forum: and invites you to sign in.

John Scalesi Jr. ’75 - EMT, Fire Rescue Instructor
After graduation from Mepham, John joined the U. S. Army where his life-long dedication to rescue work was begun. He served as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for nineteen years and, in 1994, retired from the Nassau County Sheriff’s Dept. where he was employed as a jailer. John became a Red Cross First Aid Instructor and a CPR Instructor in 1994 and continues in those capacities to this day. He has served many years as a New York State Athletic Commission Boxing Inspector and a New York State Wrestling Judge. He began as a New York State Fire Rescue Instructor in 1995, a position he still fills.

Finding volunteer service a fulfilling way of life, John joined the Bellmore Fire Dept. in 1988, served as lieutenant 1994-95 and captain in both 1996 and 2005. He also served the North Bellmore Fire Dept. for ten years. A dedicated volunteer fireman, John also became an active member of the Knights of Columbus earning their highest level of recognition—Fourth Degree Knight. In the Sons of Italy he served on the Board of Directors 1998-2001 and was a member of the Bellmore Little League committee 1992-95. He was president of the Bellmore Lions Club, 2003-04; president of the Bellmore Kiwanis Club, 2005-06; and vice commander of the Bellmore American Legion 1994-96. John has served as an advisor to the Mepham and Kennedy High Schools’ Key Clubs since 1998.

His life and career of helping others has been recognized many times over. A Newsday Volunteer Recognition Winner in 1991 for his commendable record of volunteer service, added: “all while serving as a role-model for others with speech disabilities.” John received awards for multiple fire rescues, was Newsday and the North Bellmore Fire Dept. “Fireman of the Year” in 1988, and received both the Town of Hempstead and the Nassau County “Fire Service Life Saving Medals.”

John and his wife, Maria, live in Bellmore where he continues to serve his many communities.

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