The Knights of Distinction

The Knights of Distinction program has been established to honor special individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Windsor Central School District or graduates who have attained outstanding high school or lifetime achievements. These individuals shall be recognized publicly, and permanently honored at Windsor High School.
2017 Knights of Distinction 
Dr. Drake Lamen, Class of 1969 
A graduate of Windsor Central High School class of 1969, Dr. Drake Lamen received his medical degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in 1977.  He has served the communities of Greater Broome and Chenango Counties for 40 years as a family practitioner.  During that time, Dr. Lamen’s work and commitment in Windsor earned him the distinction of being known as “Windsor’s Doctor.”  Currently, Dr. Lamen is serving as the President / CEO / CMO of UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich, NY. 
Brigadier General Brett J. McMullen, Class of 1980

A graduate of Windsor Central High School class of 1980, Brig. Gen. Brett J. McMullen is the Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.  He is responsible for all aspects of contracting relating to the acquisition of weapon systems, logistics, operational and contingency support for the Air Force.  Gen. McMullen served in the enlisted ranks from 1981-1985 prior to receiving his commission from the Air Force Office Trainer School.  He has held a variety of assignments and staff positions.  During his long tenure at U.S. Special Operations Command, Gen. McMullen oversaw USSOCOM’s expansion of world-wide contingency operations.

Christina Sickles Merchant, Class of 1967

A graduate of Windsor Central High School class of 1967, Christina Sickles Merchant became a national leader in conflict resolution and labor relations. She received a B.S. from Cornell’s School of Industrial Labor Relations in 1971. Throughout her career she worked with the U.S. Department of Labor, was Commissioner of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Director of Labor-Management Cooperation within the Federal Labor-Relations Authority, Project Director for Labor-Management Cooperation under the Department of Defense, Director of the Labor Management Project, and a fellow within the Maxwell School of Syracuse University where she also served as a Professor of Practice and Faculty Associate. As an author, the book she co-authored was selected as the winner of the Best Book Award in 1997 by the International Association of Conflict Management. 

Deputy Kevin J. Tarsia, Class of 1983

A 1983 graduate of Windsor Central High School and Broome Community College, Kevin Tarsia served 13 years as a Deputy Sheriff for Broome County.  Deputy Tarsia loved his family, friends and community.  On July 4, 2002 Deputy Tarsia was killed in the line of duty while approaching burglary suspects in Grange Hall Park, Kirkwood, NY. 

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