Wall of Fame Class of 2019
Frances DeMart Clawson
OHS Class of 1971
An outstanding business student at OHS during the 1970’s. When the High School principal needed help in his office, he asked the business teacher for a skilled student with a positive personality. Junior, Frances DeMart filled that description perfectly.
She completed the work for the principal during her free periods and after school, as she prepared to graduate from OHS in 1971. Impressed with her dedication and the quality of her work, in August 1970, the Board of Education hired her as the principal’s full-time secretary. Seeking to develop her skills, she enrolled in classes that would help refine her talents.
Effective October 1, 1970, Ms. DeMart was appointed to the position of High School Senior Stenographer. Oscar Pultz, Superintendent of Schools, in a correspondence to Ms. DeMart noted, “I need not tell you that Olean seeks the very best for employment in the school district…I trust and believe that you will be successful in your new position.” Frances DeMart Clawson retired from her position on August 31, 2015. His prediction came true as she certainly was “THE BEST.”
Her 45 years of employment with the District attests to an exemplary work ethic, with every task efficiently and accurately completed ahead of time. Always the “go to” resource for students and staff alike. A humble leader who efficiently managed the principal’s office and was a patient mentor to anyone trying to “learn the ropes." A career dedicated to OHS, the total professional, Fran has been the calm and sincere voice and “face” of OHS. If “It takes all the Huskies to pull the sled (and it does), for 45 years, Fran Clawson was vital to that sled moving forward… with class!
M. Casey Leigh
Attended Olean City schools from kindergarten through 11th grade. Graduated from Ft. Lauderdale HS with high honors in 1967. In 1971, graduated from Barry College in Miami, FL, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in English. Earned M.S. in Counseling from Florida International University in 1974. In 1981, earned Juris Doctorate from Mississippi School of Law. Completed an LL.M. in Ocean and Coastal Law at the University of Washington School of Law in 1985.
Directed the Coastal and Marine Resources Program at the University of Mississippi. In 1987, hired as a Professor at the University of Hawaii School of Law and taught environmental law courses until retirement in 2012. Founded the Law School’s nationally recognized Environmental Law Program. Co-advised the Environmental Law Moot Court Team and the Environmental Law Society.
Author of many professional publications and co-editor of two books that empower native Hawaiian communities to more effectively participate in state environmental decision-making.
1994 to 2002, served on Hawaii State Land Use Commission. In 1998, chaired the Environmental Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools.
Served as a volunteer attorney with Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii assisting indigent clients with adoptions. Received the Hawai`i State Volunteer of the Year award for developing a hiking program for the visually impaired. Served on Board of Directors of several non-profit environmental organizations.
In 2012, her colleagues, law school alumni, and students created an Environmental Law Fellowship in her name that provides stipends for law students working for environmental organizations. Legacy includes former students who work for a variety of non-profit environmental organizations, numerous governmental agencies, and law firms addressing environmental and natural resource issues.
A lifetime of service that has helped make the world a more compassionate, livable, and safe place.
Pierre M. Eade
OHS Class of 1994
Pastor. Author. Speaker. Entrepreneur. Attended IJN Elementary School, Olean Middle School, and OHS. Member of the OHS basketball and football teams, and in his role as the Student Activities Council President, founded the first OHS Homeless Huskies event in order to raise money and awareness for the plight of the homeless and to benefit local charities in our community. Held annually since 1993, OHS Homeless Huskies has raised over $100,000 to date and has included the participation of hundreds of OHS students as well as District staff chaperones. In addition, it has become a model for other area districts to hold similar charitable events, and taught students to value service to others, sacrifice, and commitment.
Graduated cum laude from Alfred University with a B.A. in Business Administration and a minor in French. Worked domestically and internationally for 12 years in corporate America as an IT project manager. Received his M. A. from Liberty University, graduating with honors and a 3.89 GPA in the field of Evangelism and Church Planting.
Making a career change in 2010, became a pastor whose work includes local, regional and international mission work. Author of the books, Born to Grow and Our Good Father, as well as a keynote and conference speaker, sharing a message of personal growth and inspiration. In addition to his ministry work, remains active in the business world as a real estate investor and entrepreneur.
Proud of the town he was raised in and its community spirit, Pierre states: “I love my hometown.” Beyond his great family, attributes much of his adulthood success to the experiences and learning in the Olean School System. “Grateful and indebted to the many wonderful teachers and the community of Olean.”
Jacquette M. Timmons
OHS Class of 1982
Graduated Olean High School in 1982 at the age of 16. Holds an MBA in Finance from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Founder and President/CEO of Sterling Investment Management, Inc. Financial behaviorist who works with all socio-economic groups helping them to shift their gaze beyond the numbers to focus on their behavior, choices and motivations. Because this is what contributes most to your financial success - regardless of your income or wealth.
Author of: Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate. Media appearances include: Good Morning America, CNN, HLN, Bloomberg Radio, etc. Has been quoted in the NY Daily News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Wall Street Journal. Written for or quoted on blogs such as Oprah.com, Forbes.com, the Root.com, as well as magazines such as Ebony, Redbook, Essence Magazine, Curve Magazine, Real Simple, Teen Vogue, Black Enterprise, Heart and Soul, and Fitness.
Prior to 1995, worked for Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank). Successfully launched Private Investment Planning, an advisory business targeted to emerging affluent individuals and smaller institutions. Former member of the Board of Directors for The Laundromat Project, an arts organization, and of the Board of Directors for the New York Chapter of the National Association of Securities Professionals, an organization she cofounded.
States that the formal and "informal" education received at OHS prepared her for the academic rigors of attending college - at an age much younger than her peers. Social experience at OHS greatly influenced how she navigated college life and adult life.