FAIRBORN — The Class of 2014 will be enshrined in the Fairborn City Schools’ Hall of Honor during the 27th induction ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25 in the Fairborn High School Auditorium. The ceremony and reception that follows in the commons are free and open to the public. Those receiving this prestigious award are:
Dr. Kevin A. Aukerman
Aukerman, son of Rex and Jeanene Aukerman, graduated from Park Hills High School in 1979, where he was a valedictorian, senior class treasurer, junior class vice-president and member of the National Honor Society, student council, Varsity V Club and cross country and track teams. He received a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from the University of Tennessee and a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical School. In 2002 Aukerman became founder, president and executive board member of Millennium Radiology, Inc. in Cincinnati.
He is also an Interventional Radiologist at Cincinnati’s Mercy West Hospital. Aukerman has been involved with medical missions since 2006, initiating and directing the Crossroads Medical Mission Team, which has sent hundreds of medical professionals to treat South Africans. He currently is a board member of Amigos for Christ, an organization treating the people of Nicaragua. He and his wife Jennifer live in Cincinnati and are the parents of two sons, Kile who is a junior at Wright State University and Korey, who is a senior at Anderson High School.
Dr. Elizabeth G. Ferris
Ferris, daughter of Lea and Glenn Ferris, graduated in 1968 from Fairborn High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, student council and French Club, president of JCOWA and editor-in-chief of the yearbook. In 1967, she was an AFS exchange student in Manaus, Brazil. Ferris earned a bachelor of arts from Duke University, and a master of arts and doctor of philosophy from the University of Florida. She held many executive positions with the World Council of Churches and since 2006 she has been Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement for the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University. Ferris has done extensive research around the world, authored eight books, presented papers in 18 countries and is internationally recognized as an expert in humanitarian assistance and human rights. She and her husband Barry Childers, who died in 2012, are the parents of Jon Ferris (Tina Hinh) and Sarah (Thomas) Kappler, and the grandparents of Adele and Stella Ferris. She lives in Bethesda, Md.
Lt. Colonel James R. Herd
Herd, son of Harry and Darlene Herd, graduated in 1975 from Park Hills High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, student council, Varsity V Club and Letterman’s Club. He was a member of the basketball, baseball and track teams; captain of the varsity football team and the 1975 Outstanding Senior and Athlete of the Year. He earned a bachelor of science and a master of education from The Ohio State University (OSU).
Entering his 40th year of military service, Herd has been a member of the Air Force and the Ohio National Guard. He is currently a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, serving as an Operations Officer with the Contingency Response Unit in Washington, D.C. and has supported Desert Shield & Storm, Iraqi & Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. He has been an educator for 30 years, retiring in 2013 as Superintendent of Schools for Fairfield Union Local Schools in Lancaster. His awards include the Bronze Star and the OSU Army ROTC Hall of Fame. He and his wife Cindy live in Lancaster and are the parents of three sons, Logan, Dylan and Caleb.
Professor Sherri Lee Keene
Keene, daughter of Joseph Lee and Sharon Waugh Lee, graduated from Fairborn High School in 1990, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, band, choir, Quill and Scroll, newspaper staff, speech and debate team and cheerleading squad. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Spelman College and a juris doctorate degree from the New York University School of Law. She is a member of the New York State, District of Maryland and Fourth Circuit Bars.
She has been an appellate attorney with Maryland’s Federal Public Defender’s Office, where she litigated criminal appeals in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and a trial attorney with the Department of Justice. Keene is currently an Assistant Professor and the Acting Director of the Legal Writing Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in Baltimore, Md. She has authored several articles, conducted national presentations and conducts Continuing Legal Education courses for practicing attorneys. She lives in Silver Spring, Md., with her 11-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.
Dr. Michelle A. Lee
Lee, daughter of Joseph Lee and Sharon Waugh Lee, graduated from Fairborn High School in 1988, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, Latin Club and marching and concert bands. She was a delegate to Buckeye Girls State and earned the Girl Scout Silver Award. Lee earned a bachelor of science degree from Spelman College, a doctor of medicine degree from Harvard Medical School and a doctor of philosophy from Harvard University. She has been a medical volunteer in Gabarone, Botswana and Kampala, Uganda and investigated women’s health issues in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Jamaica.
She is an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Physician of pediatric hematology-oncology at the Dana-Farber/Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. As a physician in the Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Program, Lee’s clinical expertise is in transplantation for patients with brain tumors, bone marrow failure and sickle cell disease. She lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass., with her husband, Dr. Julian Harris, and son Noah, nearly four years old.