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Tom Vento & Damian Buchman Named Alumni Excellence Award Winners

Brookfield Central graduate Tom Vento ('86), and Brookfield East graduate Damian Buchman ('97) are the recipients of the District's 2022 Alumni Excellence awards. The awards are being presented to Tom and Damian for their service to the greater Elmbrook community and their resilient battles with cancer. These awards will be presented as part of the Engaged in Excellence Awards celebration on Monday, May 2, which will be held in-person at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center and live-streamed on the Elmbrook Schools YouTube channel.

Tom Vento served the Brookfield and Elm Grove Police Departments for a total of 33 years, finishing his career in 2020 as Captain of the Patrol Division. During his time on the force, Vento battled cancer on three occurrences over 12 years and through 15 surgeries, but his service to his community never waivered. Throughout his career, he built strong connections throughout the Brookfield and Elm Grove communities, fostered an environment through his leadership that allowed others to develop and succeed, and saved lives. Click here to read the full alumni spotlight profile on Tom.

Damian Buchman is a two-time survivor of childhood cancer who took his passion for enabling those living with disabilities and made it his mission. Damian is the Founder and CEO of The Ability Center (TAC), a non-profit organization that has focused on providing inclusive athletic activities and making local parks more accessible. Buchman has also received recognition as one of Milwaukee Business Journal's 40 Under 40 and as the recipient of a Donald Driver Driven to Achieve Award. Click here to read the full alumni spotlight profile on Damian.

The School District is proud of all of our alumni and their significant impacts on the Elmbrook community and beyond. Congratulations to Tom and Damian for being named 2022 Alumni Excellence Award Winners! You can find more information about this year's finalists in other categories and livestream show details at elmbrookschools.org/eie.

Tom Vento and Damian Buchman