The Mepham Who's Who
Three distinguished graduates will be inducted into the Mepham Who's Who Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on May 1, 2010 with officers and board members presenting the honors at the annual Who's Who Brunch.
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 sixty six 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 2010 recipients are:
- George Boulukos '51 - Business/Community Activities
- Deborah Dachinger '76 - Entertainment
- Roger Mansell '53 - Publishing
George Boulukos '51 - Business/Community Activities
At Mepham George was on the Cross Country, Track, and Wrestling varsity teams all four years. George found the experience he gained working weekends in his father’s Merrick fishing station while in high school, put him in good stead some years later when he and his brother, James ‘49 began their own business—Nick’s Marina.They developed it through the years from a humble fishing station to a marina holding 270 boats—at the time making it the largest marina on Long Island. Growth and success in the business developed George’s interest in marine safety, and working with the Coast Guard, he helped develop products that improved marine and child safety.
With salt water in his blood, he is a very active sailor, the winner of three major ocean races, the owner of a 52 foot sloop, and the Past Commodore of the Port Washington Yacht Club.
During the growth and expansion of Nick’s Marina (they sold it in 1987) and his next business, George N. Boulukos Agency, a marine insurance agency, George devoted more and more time to community activities—especially those involving youth.
He found time to devote to his community— elected to the Freeport School Board for 15 years including five terms a president; elected to the Freeport Library Board and is presently the president; and served on his church board for nine years.
George’s main devotion is to the Boy Scouts. He joined the Scouts and earned the Eagle Scout Award in his youth. After college he returned to Scouting and shortly became a Scoutmaster for a number years. He was elected or appointed to many positions and received many awards through his fifty five years of service. George has established a scholarship for both Boy and Girl Scouts to further their education. He publishes a semi-annual newsletter, created a web page, and established a national outreach committee. Also, in honor of the Boy Scout Centennial he was the Grand Marshal of the Greek Independence Day Parade up Fifth Avenue in 2010.
He married Katherine Tsomapolous from Astoria; they have two children, Nicholas and Samantha, both following in their dad’s footsteps to Brown University.
Deborah Dachinger '76 - Entertainment
Deborah has been interested in entertainment since she performed as a child. At Mepham she participated in the choir, pop concert and in plays. She graduated in performing arts from the University of Southern California (1977-80), has been an award-winning actress and singer, done voice over work, and sings with big bands and jazz combos. Starting in radio with a music show, led to her being the radio host for her own show, “Dare to Dream” (almost a million listeners) on 92.5 KYHY from Burbank, California.
The “Dare to Dream” radio show with Deborah Dachinger, gives people hope as it helps people move their dreams and goals forward by offering solid guidance and examples. Each show features an opening inspirational segment by Deborah with ideas that motivate listeners to accomplish their greatest desires, followed by an interview with a talented guest who shares their experience accomplishing their goal into an impressive reality. The show’s message is ~to not just Dare to Dream but to dare to make those dreams a reality.
Debbi’s guests have included world renowned authors, Grammy award winners, cast leads of popular Broadway musicals, radio personalities, celebrity psychics and healers, celebrated actors and singers, etc. Each had a big dream and found the way to make their goal into an impressive actuality.
Debbi was a successful motivational speaker leading workshops on achieving “Balance and Life Goals.” She has received the Lifetime Career Honorary Achievement Award from Elite VIP; “Intriguing Creator” award from YouPublish.com; has been featured in Yahoo News, Singapore Star News, and Earth Times; and a nomination consideration for American Women in Media, Gracie Media Awards.
She volunteers for Women in Media in the LA Regional Food Bank; has raised funds for breast cancer research/awareness; and her radio show has taught listeners about “No Child Goes hungry,” Pepsi’s Education sponsor program, the Willie Ross Foundation and “Run For Her” for ovarian cancer.
Roger Mansell '53 - Publishing
Roger passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on the morning of October 25, after a long struggle with cancer. While at Mepham he participated on the Yearbook committee, school newspaper, senior play, choir, track, cross country, and other class committees. He attended Brown University in 1957, where he met his wife, Carolyn Mayo Mansell. He served in the military—Army, first Lt.—and spent time in Korea and Japan and then at Fort Bliss,Texas, where his daughter, Catherine, was born.
After his military career ended, Roger went into business in the San Francisco area. He established several businesses including Mansell Advertising, Mansell Graphics, and Mansell Publishing. His daughter, Alice, was born during those years.
Years later, after his daughter, Catherine, married and lived in Mexico, Roger established ties with Mexico, where he founded Tamene, a non-profit foundation dedicated to publishing new writing in English and Spanish. He also began researching POW’s under the Japanese from WWII. His love of history and service prompted him to over twenty years of research and establishing an unprecedented data base on the POW’s under Japanese that allowed loved ones to find out about missing soldiers.
Roger Mansell wrote books and numerous articles based upon this research and became an expert in POW information. He perfected a technique of mounting a camera on a tripod to film documents.He founded the Center for Research of POW’s Under The Japanese. He amassed archives of WWII material, including documents,memoirs, interviews, video recordings, and articles, all which he later donated to the Hoover Instituition at Stanford University. His website, www.Mansell.com, carries on his legacy.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn Mayo Mansell, daughter Catherine Mansell Carstens, son-in-law, Agustin Carstens, and daughter Alice Jean Mansell.
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