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Manlius Chamber of Commerce honors distinguished citizens

— Each year, the Manlius Chamber of Commerce selects four community members who have gone above and beyond to serve the community as leaders in business, education, public service and all-around citizenship. This year’s ceremony was held at 6:30 p.m. at Limestone Grill, where the chamber honored Fayetteville-Manlius School District Superintendent Corliss Kaiser, Minoa Mayor Dick Donovan, owner and founder of Trapper’s family restaurants Greg Rinaldi and Manlius Town Board member and president of Sno Top Vincent Giordano.

Corliss Kaiser

Corliss Kaiser joined the Fayetteville-Manlius School District as Superintendent of Schools on July 5, 2005.

Kaiser, who trained as a speech-language therapist and special education teacher prior to beginning her administrative career in 1988, is passionate about education and ensuring that students are nurtured and encouraged to develop their skills to reach their fullest potential. She is celebrating her 45th year as an educator.

During her tenure at F-M, Kaiser has led the district through a comprehensive strategic planning process that has led to the development of five date-driven district and building level goals.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Kaiser studied speech-language therapy at West Virginia University and earned her master’s degree at the University of Buffalo. She went on to earn her Ph. D. at Syracuse University in the field of instructional design, development and evaluation.

Kaiser currently serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and is the rear commodore of the Henderson Harbor Sailing Club. She was appointed to the New York State Council of School Superintendents Executive Board and teaches as an adjunct for Le Moyne College.

She and her husband, Steve, have two sons and one grandchild.

Greg Rinaldi

Greg Rinaldi grew up in Fayetteville, where his drive and entrepreneurial spirit became obvious at a young age. He launched his first business, Superior Seal & Paving while still a student at Fayetteville-Manlius high school with just one truck and a few five-gallon buckets. He learned a lot about running a business in those early years.

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