Hall of Fame 2016

Brenda (Wenger) Lettera (Class of 1983)

From a Class Officer to a member of our Concert Choir during her time in Fort Zumwalt, Brenda enlisted in the United States Navy a year after her graduation, where she would serve for the next 22 years, rising to the rank of Petty Officer – 1st Class.  During her time in the Navy she would serve in Desert Shield and Desert Storm and received countless awards and medals including being named “Sailor of the Year ~ Europe” in 1989 and “Sailor of the Year ~ Italy” in 1996. She would elect to make her home in Italy and would go on to work as a Senior Investigator for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and U.S Customs and Border Protection (2004-2011) and has served as a Special Investigator for the US Department of State.  She currently serves as a Personnel Security Manager for the United States Department of Defense.  In her free time, Brenda volunteers to teach English to Italian military law enforcement so they may become more proficient within the capacity of their jobs. and has started a “Brenda’s Corner” in the International School of Naples Library where she reads to Pre-K and Kindergarten children.




morse pic  Thomas Morse (Class of 1986)                                                      

Thomas Morse began his musical journey at an early age, participating in Concert Band, Marching Band and Jazz Band during his time in Fort Zumwalt.  In fact, Thomas actually wrote his first orchestral work while in high school. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in composition from the University of North Texas, Morse pursued a master’s degree at USC in Los Angeles where he continued studies in composition with an added interest in film composing. In the years that followed, Morse composed orchestral scores for more than a dozen feature films including “The Big Brass Ring” (Orson Welles’s final script, with William Hurt & Miranda Richardson), “The Sisters” (Maria Bello & Elizabeth Banks), and “The Apostate” (Dennis Hopper), as well as the noted orchestral score for Jerry Bruckheimer’s hit CBS series “The Amazing Race." With a desire to renew focus on concert composition, Morse moved to Berlin. It was there that he began research for Frau Schindler. The opera was commissioned by a world renowned theatre in Munich, and will receive it’s world premiere in Munich on March 9, 2017.  He is currently a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and a Guest Lecturer at the German Film and TV Academy in Berlin. 



painter pic  Dr. Bryan Painter (Class of 1988)

A leader and an athlete even dating back to his time in high school, Bryan was a member of both our basketball and tennis programs, while also being a member of National Honor Society, Yearbook and the President of his Junior Class. After graduating from FZN,  Dr. Painter would go on to receive his doctorate of philosophy and master’s degree in educational administration and his bachelor’s degree in education, all from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Painter began his teaching career in 1992 as an elementary teacher for the Columbia (MO) School District.  He would later serve as both a Clinical Associate and Graduate Research Assistant at his alma mater, Mizzou.  During this time he was the co-developer of the Instructional Practice Inventory (IPI), a process for establishing a school-wide profile of instruction that has been, to date, used by roughly 70,000 educators nationwide.  While at the University of Missouri he was also named as their MU College of Education Graduate Research Assistant of the Year (1998), the MU College of Education Teacher of the Year (1998) and their College of Education Outstanding Young Professional, (2000).  From 1999-2015 he would serve as the Principal of Keysor Elementary in the Kirkwood School District. Under his leadership, Keysor was recognized as Missouri Gold Star School in 2011 and 2013 and National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2013 and was also selected as Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education in 2014 and 2015.  In 2016 Dr. Painter was named Assistant Superintendent in charge of curriculum, instruction, assessment/testing, and professional learning for the Kirkwood School District.



bauman pic  Markus Bauman (Class of 1989)

His extremely involved high school career was just a foreshadowing of what was to come.  While at Fort Zumwalt North he was a member of our Foreign Language Club (where he would serve as President), Speech Team (where he would serve as co-captain), Tennis team, Publications, Mock Trial team, FBLA (where he served as Historian) and was the Commencement Speaker for his graduating class.  After graduation he would earn a Bachelors degree in both Communications and German from the University Of Missouri-St. Louis.  From there he would graduate from both the University of Illinois College of Law (Juris Doctor) and the University of Illinois College of Business Administration (Master of Business Administration), becoming the first first 3-year JD/MBA graduate in school history.  Prior to joining the International Law Firm of King & Spalding, Mr. Bauman worked at other leading international law firms and served as Executive Director of the Investment Banking Division Legal department of Goldman Sachs International.  Markus is currently a partner in King and Spalding‘s Corporate Practice and is resident in the London office. Mr. Bauman has extensive international experience representing investment banks, public companies, financial sponsors, investors and other market participants in a variety of industries on a wide range of both public and private cross-border transactions.  He is ranked in the 2015 Chambers & Partners Global directory for capital markets as a foreign expert for Germany and is recognized for being “highly regarded for his work on German transactions with US law aspects.”