The Board of Directors of the Chaffey High School Alumni Association announces that Niki Brown Rapattoni, Class of 1958, has been selected as the 2020 Tiger of the Year. Niki was nominated by her classmates Carolyn Barnard Pryor ’58 and 2016 Tiger of the Year and Robert Williams, Ph.D., ’58 and 2014 Tiger of the Year.
During her years at Chaffey, Niki was a member of the Scholarship Society for all four years; was ASB Treasurer and served on the Fasti staff her senior year and was basketball homecoming queen in 1958. During this time, she worked for Frank Stiffler Photography in Ontario – the official photographer for CHS senior pictures. Niki continued her education at Chaffey College and the University of Southern California where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene at USC’s School of Dentistry.
Niki’s early career (13 years) was as a dental hygienist. She and her husband Andy ’57 and 2010 Tiger of the Year started Rapattoni Corporation in 1970. The company, which is still in existence, provides an array of integrated products and services for real estate associations and Multiple Listing Service (MLS) organizations. Niki was named to the Top 25 Most Influential Women in Real Estate Leadership by the Active Rain Real Estate Network. Following the death of Andy in 2015, Niki assumed the position of CEO and Chairman of the Board of Rapattoni Corporation.
Niki and Andy were high school sweethearts, meeting because of their mutual interest in theater arts. This added another shared dimension to their lives. Beginning in 1980. they donated time, teaching, equipment and supplies to local theater groups, schools and churches. In 2012, they created the Rapattoni Drama Scholarship, awarded annually to an outstanding senior drama student at CHS. They also created the Ralph Rapattoni Watercolor Scholarship at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, California in memory of Andy’s brother and provide funding for a memorial scholarship at Pasadena Art Institute.
On her own, Niki is an accomplished ice skater. From 1976 to 1986, she and her skating partner Tony Tovar competed in adult ice dance. Based on their ice dance routine, the US Figure Skating Association opened the first-ever national event for adult skaters and added the category for future events. Niki and Tony did most of their own choreography, and Niki made most of the costumes. Niki founded an adult precision ice skating team called The Fabulous Forties that competed and skated nationally and were three times national champions. She served on the board of directors for the Santa Monica Figure Skating Club for ten years, during which time she organized a show to send Olympic skaters Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner to the 1982 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games.
Other community activities include serving as a volunteer for the Children’s Service Auxiliary of Ventura County and participating in the organization’s annual drive for children’s clothing, toys and other needs of program participants. In 2013, Niki and her three grandsons (10-year old twins and a 5-year old) collaborated on a children’s book called Fur-Faced Friends. Niki is currently working on her memoir for her family.
Because the Class of 2020 Baccalaureate Service was cancelled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Niki was unable to deliver an inspirational message to the CHS Class of 2020. In its place, Niki provided a video which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRbJm73e_9I
Niki joins these other distinguished alumni in the Tiger Hall of Fame: Howard Tipton ’54; Robert Shaw ’33; Betty Davenport Ford ’42; Joseph Wambaugh ’54; Howard P. Allen ’44; H. Jack Meany ‘41’ John S. Graettinger, M.D. ’39; Ernest Payne ’25; Harold “Tony” Zenz ’28; Robert Lyn Nelson ’73; Kobe Shoji, Ph.D. ’38; Samuel P. Crowe ’53; Hobart “Hobie” Alter ‘51’ John Svenson ’42; Anthony Munoz ’76; Alan Paul Haskvitz ’60; Margaret Sanders Stewart ’39; Henry Bumstead ’33; John Dean, Ph.D. ’44; Glenn Goldsmith ’46; Jim Brulte ’74; Philo Biane ’28; Robert Graber ’31; Gary Ovitt ’65; James McVicker, Jr. ’70; Clyde Francisco ’45, Rear Admiral James Davidson ’56, Bruce Grube, Ph.D.’60, Richard Jones, Ph.D. ’51, Ed Berryman ’38, Leonard Mather, Ed.D. ’35, Don Morris, Ed.D. ’48, Patricia Sawyer Benner, Ph.D. ’60, Andy Rapattoni ’57, Col. David Forden ’66, Gary Byrne, Ph.D. ’60, Sue Olinger Ovitt ’65; Robert Williams, Ph.D. ’58; Thomas Moore, M.D. ’65, and Carolyn Barnard Pryor, Ph.D. ’58, Nancy DeDiemar Jones ’63, Phyllis White Bogard ’57 and Michael D. Moneta, M.D. ’74.
The Board of Directors of the Chaffey High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Michael Dean “Mickey” Moneta, M.D., Class of 1974, has been selected as the 2019 Tiger of the Year. Mickey was nominated by his classmate Jim Brulte ’74 and 1997 Tiger of the Year. Mickey will deliver an inspirational message to the CHS Class of 2019 at its Baccalaureate Service on May 19, 2019. This will be followed by a reception in his honor on campus.
While at Chaffey, Mickey participated in student government, was a CHS athlete and an academic leader. His brother Gregory Moneta ‘72 is also a doctor, specializing in vascular surgery. Since high school, Mickey has had a lifelong passion for running.
Mickey attended college at Claremont McKenna for his undergraduate studies and joined the U.S. Army Reserves in May 1981 while a student at George Washington University Medical School. After graduation from medical school in 1985, he interned at William Beaumont Army Medical Center while on active duty in the Army. In 1989 he completed a residency in anesthesiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii as a staff anesthesiologist. He is a member of the American Board of Anesthesiology.
The Board of Directors of the Chaffey High School Alumni Association announces that Phyllis White Bogard, Class of 1957, has been selected as the 2018 Tiger of the Year. Phyllis was nominated by her classmates Dee Ann Cochrane Miller ’57 and Richard Rieder ’57.
Phyllis White Bogard ’57 has had a distinguished career as a medical doctor and psychiatrist. At CHS she was on the National Forensics Debate Team for three years, a class officer and student council member, a delegate to Girls State, Fasti editor and a graduation speaker.
Phyllis attended Chaffey College on a scholarship and enrolled in the nursing program, eventually earning her license as an RN. She continued her education at UCLA on a scholarship, taking courses during the day and working as an RN part time and weekends at UCLA Medical Center. When her husband received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study in Zurich, Switzerland, Phyllis spent two years learning to speak German and French and gave birth to a daughter. Before returning to the United States, Phyllis and her family toured all around Western Europe, England and Scotland enjoying architectural and fine art.
After several years in Boston and New York as a housewife and mother, Phyllis earned her qualification to teach Lamaze childbirth classes. She also spoke to high school classes, made monthly presentations at Nyack Hospital and taught at Rockland County College.
When she met a nurse who had been admitted to medical school, it was a turning point in Phyllis’s life. She entered Columbia University on a scholarship for women re-entering college studies. She earned her BS degree in 1978 and 1979. was admitted to Cincinnati University Medical School where she graduated with an MD degree in 1984. In 1995 she earned an MS degree from Dartmouth College Medical School and in 1996, studied psychiatry at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She completed her medical internship at Columbia University Memorial Hospital (1985) and University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in 1986.
During her career, Phyllis discovered an enthusiasm for continuing medical education. She studied the neurochemistry of brain metabolism as well as efforts to improve the quality of life for patients. Her post-doctoral studies include surgical pathology, pediatric pathology, and child and adult psychiatry. She has served as a consultant for emotionally disturbed children and taught psychiatry to physician assistant students. She is a member of many medical professional organizations.
The Board of Directors of the Chaffey High School Alumni Association announces that Nancy DeDiemar Jones, Class of 1963, has been selected as the 2017 Tiger of the Year. Nancy was nominated by Dale ’58 and Judy Haskvitz Briggs ‘62 in 2017 and previously by Al Raddi ’63, John Navarro ’69 and Lance McCullough ’81.
After graduating from Chaffey, Nancy continued her education at University of California at Riverside and graduated from UCLA in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature.
Nancy’s early careers included medical transcription at Santa Barbara County Hospital and technical writing for SysteMetrics, a health care research company in Santa Barbara. In 1981 she returned to Ontario to join her parents, Helen and Jerry DeDiemar, in their printing business (first called Helen’s Place Printing, later renamed Printing Resources of Southern California). Nancy found her career calling as the second-generation owner of this small, family-based business. After 30 years as a business owner, she retired in 2011 after successfully transitioning the business to a new owner. The business is still operating, having just ended its 46th year of existence.
During her career Nancy was active in many printing industry organizations. Beginning in 1983, Nancy began a series of positions within the local chapter of the National Association of Quick Printers. She founded NAQP’s Mailing Services Group, served on the national board of directors, and was elected national president in 1996. She was an acknowledged industry expert on mailing services in print shops and was a columnist for several industry magazines. In 1997 she was named Quick Printer of the Year by NAQP members. From 19xx to 2015, Nancy and her husband co-published a subscription-based industry newsletter called Printips.
During her career, Nancy served a number of community organizations as a volunteer. Since retiring, she has become much more active as a community volunteer. She serves as a planning commissioner for the City of Ontario; board chair of the Chaffey Community Museum of Art; treasurer for OPARC, president of the Chaffey High School Alumni Association and editor of the Tiger Rag newsletter; board member of the San Antonio Hospital Foundation, and board member of the Coy D. Estes Apartments.
Nancy will deliver an inspirational message to the CHS Class of 2017 at its Baccalaureate Service on May 21, 2017. This will be followed by a reception in her honor on campus.
The Board of Directors of the Chaffey High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Carolyn Barnard Pryor, Ph.D., Class of 1958, has been selected as the 2016 Tiger of the Year. Carolyn was nominated by her classmate Niki Brown Rapattoni ’58.
While at Chaffey, Carolyn was editor of the 1958 Fasti, was a representative to Girls State, a member of the National Honor Society, a song leader, and graduation speaker. She received two scholarships that she used to continue her education at Lewis and Clark College, College of the Pacific and Whittier College where she graduated in 1962 with highest honors. She continued her post graduate education at the University of California, Berkeley (Master of Social Work) and University of Michigan (Ph.D.)
Carolyn’s career was in the field of social work. She began as a school social worker, then became a professor at Wayne State University. Currently she is a sociology instructor at Mt. Olive College and Brunswick Community College as well as a Clinical Social Worker and Adoptions Social Worker. She is very active in civic and community organizations as an educator.
Besides her career positions, she is a sailing instructor, sailboat captain and wedding minister with the Priority Sailing Academy. Finally, she works as an actor and model in commercial print and television and industrial films.
In the words of Niki Brown Rapattoni, “Carolyn has been an inspiration to everyone who has known her. Raised by missionary parents with high standards, she saw parts of the world none of us have seen. She has worked for social reform in many arenas, has given tirelessly of her time and talent to many causes, and has been recognized by her peers for her success.”
The Board of Directors of the Chaffey High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Thomas A. Moore, M.D., Class of 1965, has been selected as the 2015 Tiger of the Year. Tom was nominated by his classmates and former Tigers of the Year Gary ‘65 and Sue Olinger Ovitt ’65.
While at CHS, Tom was ASB President, a member of the Marching Tiger Band and on the water polo team, all while maintaining excellent grades and having a girlfriend – Peggy Personius ’65, whom he later married. Tom served as Valedictorian of the Class of 1965 and earned a four-year NROTC (Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps) scholarship to Yale. During the Vietnam War, he served as an officer on nuclear submarines, then returned to Yale where he earned his MD degree in 1979. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and the UC San Diego School of Medicine. He is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.
While Tom was in medical school, Peggy (who is a registered nurse) worked as a director of family planning in Connecticut. When they returned to California after Tom graduated, Peggy worked as a an instructor/nurse in a midwife program at UCSD and as a nurse practitioner in Student Health at UCSD until her retirement in 2003.
Tom’s medical career has been in the specialized area of maternal-fetal health. He provides prenatal care for women with high-risk pregnancies and is a nationally-recognized expert on pregnancy and diabetes. His research centers on optimal management of diabetes in pregnancy, prenatal diagnaosis of fetal abnormalities and the clinical quantitation and assessment of amniotic fluid volume. He has authored and co-authored many peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in major medical textbooks.
In addition to his clinical practice, Tom serves as dean of clinical affairs and CEO of the UC San Diego Faculty Practice. He is responsible for ensuring that UC San Diego Health System’s clinical programs and activities achieve the highest standards of service, quality, safety, compliance and overall performance.
Tom believes that service to society, especially the underserved, is the highest possible goal. As a physician, he has a unique opportunity to contribute to the personal health and well-being of his patients. In his words, “My strongest commitment is assisting mothers achieve their goals in birthing healthy babies. It’s very gratifying to help women understand how pregnancy affects their bodies and what they can do to ensure the outcome of their pregnancies.”
Tom and Peggy live in Coronado, California and have five grown children and 12 grandchildren. Tom is an accomplished photographer, plays drums in a jazz group, and he and Peggy love to sail.
The Board of Directors of the Chaffey High School Alumni Association is proud to announce that Robert Williams, Ph.D., Class of 1958, has been selected as the 2014 Tiger of the Year. He was nominated by his classmate Niki Brown Rapattoni ’58.
Dr. Williams is a Distinguished Research Scholar of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland and was Director of the Institute from 1993-1998. Along with the Goddard Space Flight Center, the Institute operates the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA. Bob’s research specialties are nebulae, novae and emissions-line spectroscopy and analysis. He lectures widely around the world on the discoveries about the universe made by the Hubble Telescope and NASA space probes.
In his days as a student at Vina Danks Junior High School, Bob Williams was a member of the Astronomy Club. He was fascinated by the stars and dreamed of one day being an astronomer. In his senior year at CHS, the Fasti staff named Bob the “Student Most Likely to Succeed.”
Bob received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1962, and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin in 1965.
He was a Senior Fulbright Professor at University College London from 1971-72, and received an Alexander von Humboldt Award from the German government in 1991. In 1998 he was awarded the Beatrice Tinsley Prize of the American Astronomical Society for his leadership of the Hubble Deep Field project, and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in 1999 for the same project. For more information on the Hubble Deep Field Project, please see this video.
Before joining the Space Telescope Science Institute, Dr. Williams spent 8 years in Chile as Director of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, the national observatory of the U.S. in the southern hemisphere. Prior to that, he was Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona in Tucson for 18 years.
Dr. Williams is currently Past President of the International Astronomical Union, headquartered in Paris, which is the sole world-wide organization serving all professional astronomers and promoting international astronomy. He is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he resides with his wife Elaine, a pediatric psychologist.
In the words of Niki Brown Rapattoni, “I have known Bob since CHS days (1955-195). He was a tall, skinny, good-looking, shy boy who was so smart, it was scary! He has had an illustrious career in the field of astronomy and has worked with, lectured for, and received numerous awards and recognitions from his collegues and world leaders. He is truly a gentleman and a scholar who has made a huge contribution to the world.”
The Board of Directors of the Chaffey High School Alumni Association is proud to announce that Gary C. Byrne, Ph.D., Class of 1962, has been selected as the 2012 Tiger of the Year. Dr. Byrne was nominated by his classmate and 2004 Tiger of the Year Bruce Grube, Ph.D. and CHS ’62.
While a student at Chaffey, Gary was extraordinarily active, serving Associated Student Body (ASB) President, Sophomore Class Vice President, Key Club President, and Interclub Council President. As an athlete, he lettered in both football and baseball and was named an All-League baseball player. Gary was also an academic honor student.
Despite being a gifted athlete, Gary admits that he was the worst dancer at Chaffey High School. How someone so athletic could be so uncoordinated and oblivious to a musical beat remains a mystery to this day. Fortunately, his accomplishments have not been limited by his lack of dancing skills.
Following his graduation in 1960, Gary graduated from the University of Redlands, Magna cum Laude, attended the Goethe Institut in Bad Reichenhall, Germany, and the University of Bonn, Germany. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1969.
Gary has enjoyed a varied and interesting career, characterized by excellence and service over several decades. Following his doctoral work at UNC, he worked as a professor at San Diego State University. He then shifted to the private sector and was involved with Arthur Young & Company; was a partner and director with Miller & Byrne; and, served as Vice President and Director of Elliott Homes, Inc., a regional homebuilding company in Sacramento. Gary maintained his public service by serving as a Trustee and Second Vice Chairman for the University of Redlands, and as a Trustee for Sutter Community Hospitals and Health System.
From 1979 to 1989, Gary was Chairman of the Board of Meridian National Bank of Concord, California, a part of the Alex Brown Financial Group. From 1985 to 1989, he was Chairman/CEO/President of the Alex Brown Financial Group.
In 1990, Gary’s interests evolved, and he became Governor of the Rural Telephone Bank (a lending institution with assets of approximately $5 billion that focused on the needs of rural and cooperative telephone companies). He held this position simultaneously with the position of Administrator of the Rural Electrification Administration, now known as the Rural Utilities Service. Gary was appointed to this position by President George H. W. Bush in 1991 – a singular honor for a Chaffey High School graduate. In a second appointment by the President of the United States, he was named a Member of the Board of the Farm Credit Administration (an independent regulatory agency providing oversight to the $80 billion farm credit system). From 1992 to 1995, Gary served as the Chairman of the Farm Credit system Insurance Corporation.
Currently, Gary is the President of Vesta Capital Partners and resides in Santa Barbara, California. He continues to be very active. His writings have been published by Barron’s, Wall Street Journal, Investor Business Daily, Seeking Alpha, Journal of Politics, Journalism Quarterly, Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Business Forum, and Summation. He has also published three books: “The Great American Convention,” “Seven Paths to Poverty: Finding Financial Security in an Unstable World,” and “Politics in Western European Democracies.”
The Board of Directors of the Chaffey High School Alumni Association is proud to announce that Colonel David Forden, Class of 1966, has been selected as the 2011 Tiger of the Year. Col. Forden was nominated by his brother Don Forden, CHS ’62.
David Forden, D.Min., or as he is currently referred to, Chaplain (Colonel) David Forden raised his right hand in 1981 and promised to defend the United States against all powers, both foreign and domestic, and to defend the Constitution. With that, he become a Chaplain in the US Army so that he could provide emotional and spiritual support to all soldiers, sailors, marines, airman and coast guard personnel on the battle field and in any area.
David was very well prepared to become a military chaplain. After graduating from CHS, he attended Chaffey College for two years then earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton (1970) and a Master of Divinity degree from The American Baptist Seminar of the West (1973), the same year he was ordained as a minister by the American Baptist Churches of the USA. He is also a licensed marriage and family therapist and was awarded a Doctor of Ministry from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, PA in May 2009.
David served in several pastoral positions prior to joining the Army in 1981. He has truly been a “citizen soldier”, serving as an active reservist and active duty soldier and a productive, influential private citizen. While an Army reservist, he actually had two jobs – marriage and family therapist and Command Chaplain of the 311th Corps Support Command (COSCOM) in Los Angeles, CA. Being a Command Chaplain sometimes required three out of four weekends of his time plus many hours of time on the phone. As a Command Chaplain he had organizational duties, counseling and military funerals to administer for our soldiers, some of whom gave their lives in Iraq.
David’s older brother Don ’62 is also a licensed marriage and family therapist and a U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain. When Don was deployed to the Middle East in the Desert Shield/Desert Storm War of 1990-1992, David moved to Bakersfield to assume Don’s practice.
In 2005 David was deployed to Fort Polk, LA to work with military personnel who had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. He was responsible for acquiring and dispensing over a million dollars of assistance to soldiers and their families devastated by the hurricane. This meant that David give up his private practice in marriage and family counseling to be deployed. His practice was his primary means of support to his family.
Six months later David was moved to Fort Dix, N J where he assisted soldiers and their families in preparing for deployment in Iraq and in reintegrating upon return from fighting. He also developed a program with emotional, mental and spiritual aspects for soldiers who had been wounded and or experienced medically-treated trauma in the Warrior Transition Unit (Wounded Warriors). This program allowed the Wounded Warriors to constructively use their time while they awaited medical treatment. David’s program became a model for all other Warrior Transition Units in the US Army.
In July 2009 David was reassigned to Fort Monmouth, NJ to become the Garrison (Post) Chaplain. In addition, David has been asked to present the findings of his research on encouraging resilience in our soldiers, marines, sailors, airman and coast guard personnel.
David retired from military service in June 2010. He continues to serve our military personnel as a Family Life Counselor assigned to various military installations throughout the world. In 2009 David was presented with the US Army Military Chaplain of The Year Award. David and his wife Ann have been married since 1980 and have two grown children.
David will be present at the Baccalaureate service for the 100th graduating class, the Class of 2011, on May 22, 2011 where he will deliver an inspirational message to the graduating seniors. This will be followed by a reception in his honor on campus.
Andy Rapattoni, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Rapattoni Corporation and 2010 CHSAA Tiger of the Year, died April 8, 2015 at age 75. Andy's wife and high school sweetheart and partner in business is Niki Brown Rapattoni ’58.
Andy earned national recognition for developing software for the real estate industry. Rapattoni MLS software is used by more than 200,000 real estate professionals and its association management software is used by more than 80% of the nation’s realtors. In 2009, Andy was named one of the 100 most influential real estate leaders by Inman News; in 2013 and 2014 he was named to the Swanepoel Power 200, a list of the 200 most powerful people in residential real estate.
After graduation from CHS in 1958, Andy continued his education at Chaffey College, Los Angeles City College, California State University at Los Angeles, and UCLA where he majored in engineering and minored in business. He began working in the real estate industry in 1965 as a commercial real estate broker and in 1968 joined Realtron Corporation, the first computerized real estate multiple listing service vendor. He and Niki founded Rapattoni Corporation in 1970.
Andy had a passion for driving and restoring cars. He rebuilt a 1934 Ford, restored two Ferraris, and raced Formula Fords and Karts. During the 1980s, Andy served as a judge at the Newport Concours d’Elegance. He and Niki shared an interest in theater (going back to their days at CHS) and provided financial and other support for several small theater groups. They established two scholarships: one for a theater arts student at CHS and one at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz in honor of Andy’s brother, a watercolor artist.
Andy is survived by his wife, Niki, of nearly 55 years; his sister, Gloria Rapattoni ’61 and her children; and his son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas and JoAnn Rapattoni and their four children.