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Old Trail School recognizes alumni at annual event

6/19/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

The Frietag family is shown from left: Cindy Smith, Bob Freitag (Class of 1948), Christine Dietrich Freitag (’52), Amy Freitag (’81), Christina Freitag Klemm (’77) and David Klemm. Amy Freitag received the Lincoln Gries Distinguished Alumni Award at Old Trail School’s annual Alumni Reunion and Board Dinner May 31.
Dr. Jackie Rohrer, a member of Old Trail School’s Class of 1994, is shown at right with Michael Duff, retiring middle school director. Rohrer received the Peter G. Wilson Rising Star Award.
Samuel Yannerilla is shown at right with Jodi Johnson, an Old Trail School Primary School science teacher. Yannerilla received the school’s Honorary Alumni Award.
Photos courtesy of Old Trail School
BATH — Old Trail School (OTS) hosted its annual Alumni Reunion and Board Dinner and celebrated alumni classes May 31 at the school.  

Alumni from “celebrating” classes of 1964 (50 years), 1969 (45 years), 1994 (20 years) and 2004 (10 years) attended the event.

Awards were presented to two alumni, as well as one of the school’s long-time science instructors.

Amy Freitag, Class of 1981, received the Lincoln Gries Distinguished Alumni Award that is presented to an alumnus who has made an important contribution or given extraordinary service to others in some field, as a professional or volunteer.

Freitag was recently appointed executive director of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, a New York-based charitable foundation, after serving as executive director of the New York Restoration Project from 2010 to 2014, where she led a staff of landscape managers, designers and community engagement professionals to improve green spaces in New York City’s highest-need communities. Major projects included the successful execution of the Million Trees NYC program, renovation of seven community gardens and the $6 million campaign to complete the restoration of Sherman Creek Park.

Prior to her work at NYRP, Freitag served as U.S. program director for the World Monuments Fund. Her professional background also includes serving as deputy commissioner for capital projects in the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and several positions in Philadelphia’s Fairmont Park. She serves on the board of the New York Preservation Archive Project and the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. She lectures nationally on the history of women in conservation and is researching a book on the founding of the Garden Club of America. She has a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and master’s degrees in landscape architecture and historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Jackie Rohrer, class of 1994, received the Peter G. Wilson Rising Star Award presented to an OTS alumnus who has graduated from OTS within the past 20 years who has shown professional and community leadership and exhibited appreciation for OTS. This award is named in honor of a former OTS headmaster.

A family physician who practices obstetrics, Rohrer delivers babies, treats children from infants to teenagers and manages the care for adults of all ages. According to OTS officials, her passion lies in caring for people through life’s transitions, as well as working with under-served populations.

After attending Walsh Jesuit High School, Boston College and medical school at McGill University in Montreal, she completed her family medicine residency in Lancaster, Pa. She practices at Foothill Family Clinic in Salt Lake City. Her skill set recently expanded to include C-sections after she completed a one-year surgical obstetrics fellowship at the University of Utah.

Prior to attending medical school, Rohrer conducted research at Massachusetts General Hospital and volunteered for six months at a rural hospital in Cameroon. During her time in Boston, she met a Hudson native, Jason Stevenson, and they married at Hale Farm and Village in Bath in 2008. Jason works in health care reform, and they have a 3-year old son, Calvin.

Samuel Yannerilla received the Honorary Alumni Award presented to a person who has made an important contribution or given extraordinary service to OTS.

Yannerilla grew up in western Pennsylvania and attended Kent State University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in geology with minors in chemistry and secondary science education. He also did graduate work at Kent State and The University of Akron and was selected to participate in a number of National Science Foundation summer workshops at the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, the University of California at Berkeley and the College of the Atlantic in Maine.

In 1977, after teaching public school for seven years, Yannerilla obtained a middle school science position at OTS and continued in that post until his retirement in 2010.

In retirement, he has become reacquainted with family and friends, become more involved in advocacy for environmental issues and pursued his passion for fly-fishing throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The event also recognized retiring board members for their service, including Board President Nathaniel Leonard, Cathy Godshall, Dennis Jancsy and Sue Miller.

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