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Top Community Leaders and Athletes Inducted Into Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory 27th Annual Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame
Posted 03/01/2018 11:03AM

Top Community Leaders and Athletes Inducted Into Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory 27th Annual Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame

Hollywood, FL – Top community leaders and athletes will be inducted into the Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory 27th Annual Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 10th 2018.

To celebrate the accomplishments of former Chaminade-Madonna students, the school annually recognizes distinguished alumni with a mass and Awards dinner.

The following Chaminade-Madonna alumni will be inducted into this year's Hall of Fame and Sports Hall of Fame:

Dr. Daniel Carney '72

Dr. Daniel Carney was in the 1972 graduating class of Chaminade High School. He attended the University of Miami, graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He was a reporter/photographer at WTVJ Channel 4. He moved to Channel 6 as the weekend sportscaster, then into the position of Sports Director and weekday Sports Anchor. 1980 saw the birth of Cable News Network (CNN), and Daniel became one of the original four sportscasters in a pioneering avenue of broadcast journalism. After two years, he joined Satellite News Channel, ABC's entry into the 24-hour news gathering arena. Eighteen months later, Daniel left broadcasting for the dog racing business in Key West, but a year later, was back in broadcasting as Director of News & Sports Operations for the fledgling WJTC Channel 44 in Pensacola. After seven years, he realized a lifelong passion, entering medical school at Nova Southeastern University in 1991. Upon graduation and internship at Palmetto General Hospital, Daniel moved to Boston for his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and then stayed on staff as Assistant Professor of PM&R at Boston University Medical School. In 2003, Daniel returned to South Florida and took the position of Medical Director of St. Anthony's Rehabilitation Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, where he has been for the past 15 years. Daniel met his wife, Christine, while he was a student at Chaminade and she was a student at Madonna Academy. They have four children Daniel Jr., Michael, Caitlin, and Brian.

Tom Weigel '75

Tom Weigel is a Vice President-Principal Business Relationship Manager with Wells Fargo Bank's Wholesale Business Banking Group. He provides financial management and financing to a diverse portfolio of companies located in Broward County. He is also a Commercial Real Estate Lender to both owner-users and investors. Tom recently celebrated his 40th anniversary with Wells Fargo Bank. Tom is known for his commitment to helping businesses in our community. He was appointed to the City of Hollywood Business Advisory Committee, has conducted Small Business Workshops with Broward SCORE and the National Urban League, and has served on several local charities. Tom resides in Hollywood with Cheryl, his wife of 35 years. His two greatest accomplishments are his daughter Erin and son TJ, who are C-M graduates as well.

Kevin Kelleher '76

A 1976 graduate of Chaminade High, Kevin Kelleher went on to a career of service to his community and his country. After graduating in 1980 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Kevin was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army in Military Intelligence and stationed at Ft. Polk, Louisiana. A career intelligence officer, Kevin served with the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and the Defense Intelligence Agency prior to leaving the Army in 1987 to join DIA as a civilian. For the last 30 years, Kevin has devoted his professional civilian career to the fields of imagery analysis and national level intelligence with DIA, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, serving his nation in numerous analytic, staff, and management positions. While at Chaminade, Kevin was a running back on Coach Vince Zappone's football team and he ran the hurdles and sprint relays on Coach Bob Sable's track teams. In addition to his professional service, Kevin devoted his personal time to youth athletics, coaching his daughters in both bowling and fastpitch softball for many years. Kevin continues to be active in bowling and golf. He and his wife, Priscilla, reside in Springfield, Virginia, where they are members of St. Bernadette Catholic Church. They are the proud parents of two grown children, Kayla and Kristin.

Tara Green Riahifar '88

At Madonna Academy, Tara Green Riahifar excelled in both academics and athletics. In addition to being an Honors student she was a varsity letter winner in volleyball, basketball, and softball and was voted by her peers as Most Athletic her senior year. In 1988, Tara was awarded a full scholarship to play volleyball at Florida International University. In addition to playing volleyball at FIU, she was a member of Phi Mu Sorority and was involved in several service projects that aided Miami's children and homeless. Tara graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood from FIU and started her teaching career in the Broward County school system teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten at Oriole, Larkdale, and Plantation Elementary schools from 1993-2001. She also coached the boys volleyball program at McArthur High School from 1994-1997. After staying home to raise her two children, she returned to the workforce at Nativity Catholic School in 2006 teaching middle school science. At Nativity, Tara has coached the girls' basketball, volleyball and softball teams as well as facilitating the service club elective and most recently has become moderator of the robotics club. Tara has been married to her husband, Bruce, for 19 years and they are the proud parents to Briana and Luke, both of which are current C-M Lions!

Chaminade-Madonna also bestows the Alumni Appreciation Award upon a special member of the C-M community. The Alumni Appreciation award goes to an individual who has personified the school motto of Toward a Better World in their professional, civic and spiritual contributions to C-M.

Carlton Preston, Chief Financial Officer

Carlton Preston is the Chief Financial Officer of Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory. He serves as the managing Team Leader of the Finance and Facilities departments, and also manages risk and capital projects. Carlton was key in the funding and execution of the school's security initiatives including the perimeter fence and gate systems. Last year he was instrumental in the success of installing stadium lights on Zappone Field allowing the school to host Friday night football. His most rewarding project to date is the removal of "Lake Chaminade" (heavy rain flooding) in the student parking lot with a state of the art drainage system underneath the entire campus. Carlton has previously held positions at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, General Electric Energy Services and Walmart Stores Inc. serving in finance and auditing. He attended Wright State University and earned a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting. Carlton graduated high school from Chaminade-Julienne another Marianist school. He has two daughters, Amelia and Emory.

Congratulations to our CMCP Lions football team for being crowned the 3A State Champions after defeating King's Academy with a final score of 38-10. The championship game, which took place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, marks consecutive visits to the 3A State Championships for the Chaminade-Madonna Lions and their fourth state title. "To me it's more than just a back-to-back State Championship," noted Head Coach Dameon Jones. "It's about teaching these young men how to overcome adversity. My goal has always been to mold these young men into successful student athletes and it couldn't be done without the support and help from the entire Chaminade Madonna community."
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