2018 Awards Night: 4 Under Forty Honorees

From the event’s program:

Melissa Frank

Born in Springville, Melissa Frank is a lifetime resident who graduated from SGI in 1999. Melissa joined the family business at Metro Kirsch Real Estate as a real estate agent in 2004. Since then, she has won six Metro Achievement Awards for sales exceeding $1 million in one calendar year and five Recognition Awards for her efforts. Today, she helps run Metro Kirsch alongside her mother, Cindy Bramer, and will eventually take over the business that her Grandma Rose Kirsch started more than 40 years ago. Metro Kirsch Real Estate is celebrating 20 years of business in Springville in 2018 and Melissa is beyond proud of the fact that she will continue the legacy that her family created.

When Melissa’s oldest daughter Amya started school at SES in 2014, Melissa immediately joined the PTA. She was voted in as president for the first time in 2016 and for a second term in 2017. Melissa implemented ways to fundraise that include the community like the Color Run, Shoe Drive and upcoming Silent Art Auction featuring artwork from SGI students that will make its debut at the SCA Art Crawl this year.

Melissa enjoys that she can help the school she once attended and make the students’ experiences memorable ones. Melissa also joined the Springville Youth Incorporated Board in 2016 and while she doesn’t feel like she has done a ton to contribute there, it’s just the beginning and she looks forward to all to come with SYI.

Melissa is one of five administrators on the Be Neighborly Facebook page and also manages the PTA Facebook Page – hoping that both pages help the residents of Springville and the surrounding communities be more engaged with local happenings. Melissa lives in the village with her husband, Brandon, who works at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, their daughters Amya, 8 and Alexa, 5 and their dogs, Tucker and Trixie.

Reed B. Braman, II

For over a decade, Reed Braman has worked for CUBRC in Ashford as a program manager and chemical hygiene officer, with responsibilities for employee safety and management in a highly technical field. Reed earned a B.S. in chemistry from SUNY Geneseo and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Columbia University, along with an MBA from the University at Buffalo. These professional and educational achievements are only part of Reed’s story.

Drawing from his science background and a deeply held belief in sustainability, Reed has kickstarted efforts in Springville around environmental responsibility and community action. He is one of the founders of Green Springville, with the idea that through cooperation and advocacy, communities can incorporate sustainability in ways that improve the quality of life for residents and businesses. With enthusiastic volunteers, the group has generated strong ideas that Springville will see in action in 2018 and beyond. Reed helped coordinate the launched a speaker series on topics like geothermal energy, “greening up your home,” and a community tool library.

Reed is a lifelong resident of the village of Springville, where he lives with his wife Lisa, a teacher at SGI, and their two sons. He is a graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute.

Jessica Curry Schuster

Jessica Schuster was born and raised in Springville, NY. She was an active member of high school service organizations, and captained the Section VI champion Lady Griffins basketball team during all four high school years. After graduating S-GI in 2005, she went on to pursue a dual major in political science and classics at the University of Buffalo. Graduating summa cum laude in 2009, she worked for 10 years in healthcare reimbursement, and in 2016, began a job as a research & sales support specialist with a local company, Adjusters International. She lives in the village of Springville with her ever-supportive husband Bryan, also an S-GI alum from Collins, and their three children – Henry (6), Weston (4), and Sloane (1).

Previously, Jessica volunteered for the Springville baseball program as a t-ball coach and “team parent.” She coached travel basketball for the Springville Boys and Girls Club. Currently, she serves as communications director for The Summer Institute for Human Rights (a local non-profit), is on the board of the Springville Griffith Community Education Foundation, serves as an active member and committee chairperson of the SES PTA, is a member of the Concord Democratic Committee, co-administers Be Neighborly Springville (a Facebook group with 4,200+ local members), and was elected to SGI Board of Education this past spring.

Public service and Springville are in her DNA. Watching her parents continue to invest themselves in this community after years and years of service has regularly inspired her. Some of her 2018 goals include empowering more local woman to get involved and increasing the level of transparency in local government. She wishes to thank her family without whom nothing would be possible because her children aren’t old enough to watch themselves or peacefully attend meetings.

Scott Kearns

Scott Kearns is a graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute High School and has made a life and career in the Springville area. A well-known fixture at Haddad Agency, an insurance agency in Springville, Scott has built a reputation of integrity throughout the Route 39 corridor and region. But his professional work pales in comparison to the commitment he has shown to organizations that benefit children, families and athletes in our community.

As a member and later president of the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation, Scott led efforts to raise funds that benefited many of the most recognizable non-profits in the area. Through the SGI football boosters, and later Football Fanatics group, Scott is a force for making sure our student-athletes have the equipment they need for success on the field.