New Distinguished Alumni Hall of Famers to be inducted at SHS

Staff Report

Festivities are planned this week for the newest Swanton Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame inductees.

On Friday, Swanton High School be hosting the Distinguished Alumni Class of 2022 induction ceremony. This year’s inductees are Ben Gombash and Linda (Novak) Chambers.

A luncheon is planned in the high school media center, followed by a tour of Swanton High School for the inductees. They will then speak with the entire student body.

Gombash, a 2007 Swanton graduate, has earned multiple degrees and has done extensive research and data collection on primate behavior and the rehabilitation of primates. He plans to earn his PhD at Notre Dame this year.

Gombash has presented in Indonesia on “Aggressive Interactions between Tourists and Long-tailed Macaques in the Ubud Monkey Forest.” He has worked as an interim coordinator and site manager for the Alouatta Sanctuary dealing with various types of primates. Gombash has also worked for the Toledo Zoo, the US Forest Service, the Orangutan Health Project as well as holding several teaching positions at the university level.

Chambers, a 1984 graduate, also holds multiple degrees and is currently an associate vice president with ProMedica Health Systems.

She began her career in 1986 as a physical therapy aide and has moved steadily through various roles as a physical therapist and a manager to her current position as Associate Vice President of ProMedica Health Systems. Her current responsibilities include oversight of rehabilitation services including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient clinics. She is responsible for 400 rehab professionals across 31 locations that generate $190 million in revenue annually.

“The Distinguished Alumni program shows our students that a Swanton education can lay the foundation for a career that can take you anywhere in the world one could wish to go,” Superintendent Chris Lake said.

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