About Us



The Sachem Alumni Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to upholding the tradition of excellence instilled in students while they attended the Sachem Central School District and as they continue to carry those values and principles later in life, with the purpose of enriching relationships and fostering educational support within the Sachem community.

Note: The Sachem Alumni Association is an independent organization not directly affiliated with the Sachem Central School District.


  • Build life-long relationships and a sense of pride among students and alumni
  • Always honor Sachem’s “Tradition of Excellence” with programs, events and initiatives
  • Recruit alumni to actively promote the Sachem Alumni Association as an essential part of the overall experience as a student and alumnus
  • To award scholarships to deserving students and promote academic excellence


The second you graduate from Sachem you automatically become a member of the Sachem Alumni Association. We’re a group that is roughly 50,000 strong thanks to large graduating classes since 1959. Your status as an alumnus of the Sachem Central School District entitles you to a lifetime of pride, and also the ability to participate in many events related to our organization and the school district.


_Chris Vaccaro_head shotChris R. Vaccaro is a founder and president of the Sachem Alumni Association. He graduated from Sachem in 2004.

Vaccaro is an award-winning journalist, author and professor.

He is dedicated to promoting Sachem’s history and future through various communication initiatives.

Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 10.28.52 PMMatthew J. Barbis is a founder and vice president of the Sachem Alumni Association. He graduated from Sachem in 1989.

Barbis is the founder and chairman of The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation, one of the leading stranger safety awareness organizations in the United States.

He lives and works locally and has been integral in the foundation of this organization.

Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 10.30.39 PMThomas J. Sabatelle is a founder and secretary of the Sachem Alumni Association. He graduated from Sachem in 1960.

Sabatelle is a former physical education teacher and athletic director at Sachem. He was one of the first alumni hired to teach in the district in the 1960s. Sabatelle is also an inductee of the Sachem Athletic Hall of Fame and the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame.

Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 10.29.58 PMLou Antonetti is a founder and treasurer of the Sachem Alumni Association. He graduated from Sachem in 1996.

Antonetti is principal of Sachem High School East, and a former student-athlete that captained the football and lacrosse teams at Sachem.


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