Edison 2023 Alumni HOF Inductees
Edison High School is proud to announce their 2023 Alumni Hall of Fame recipients. The 2023 class includes: Lee Anne McIlroy 1982, Alys Williams Moore 2012, Tom Shields 2009, Willie “Aames” Upton 1978, Suzanne “Zan” Vautrinot 1978, and Rocky Whan 1972. The Edison High School Hall of Fame was created to honor Edison High School graduates who have distinguished themselves in their career or vocation. It is also intended to maintain the heritage and tradition of Edison High School, providing role models for the current student body.
This year’s recipients will be inducted at a banquet on October 5, 2023 in the Edison cafeteria. The following evening, they will be honored before the football game at Huntington Beach High School. The induction ceremony is open to the public. Cost for the dinner is $40. Reservations and questions can be sent to Bruce Belcher at email@example.com.
Always a leader and an advocate, Tom has had roles in various shifts and developments in the greater swimming and international sports world. He was heavily involved in building the first ever swimming sports league, the International Swim League. His efforts are highlighted in Shields et al., vs FINA (now World Aquatic), a class-action lawsuit fighting for increased athlete rights; specifically, the right to compete in private international-level competitions. He advocated and fought for the current reshaping of the structure of mental health services and funding in USOPC and USA Swimming, going on 7 years now. He represents athletes in sports governance issues such as Direct Athlete Support, National Team qualification, membership and competition policies, gaining increased athlete representation, and restructuring the legislative bodies of USA Swimming. He and his colleagues founded the first ever private international athlete representative network called the International Swimmer’s Alliance. Tom also travels the world growing the sport; sharing his inspiration, medals, and high- level technical advice with all. These accomplishments and his character have given Tom the opportunity to be elected Team Captain many times throughout his career.
Zan is universally respected as a motivational leader, speaker and change agent. As a cyber subject matter expert, she has addressed technical, business and university forums, guided key task forces, and provided testimony before Congress. She currently advises industry, academia as well as government agencies and laboratories on cybersecurity strategy, technology, innovation and workforce development. Zan has received a number of prestigious awards, including National Defense citations, the Symantec Cyber Award, Women in Aerospace Leadership Award, AFA Aerospace Citation of Honor, “Women Worth Watching” in Diversity Journal, the Presidential Award for Training, Cyberscoop’s Top “Women in Cybersecurity”, and “50 Politicos to Watch.” She was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2017.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree as one of the earliest female graduates the U.S. Air Force Academy, has a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California, and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University. She is also a graduate of the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff and Air War Colleges, as well as the Harvard Black Sea and International and National Security Programs.