George Chastain and Rusty Skalla are shown with DWS Alumni Association Board members. Pictured are, from left, Meredith Pennington, Jennifer Ricks, Bridges Sinyard, Chastain, Skalla, Scott Stanfield, Colleen Sullivan, Heath Fountain, Elizabeth de Rosset and David Davies, Deerfield’s headmaster.
ALBANY — George Chastain IV and Rusty Skalla have received the inaugural Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni awards, respectively, at Deerfield-Windsor School.
Chastain and Skalla were honored recently at the school’s homecoming ceremonies. The awards were created this year by the Alumni Association Board.
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have provided outstanding leadership or attained recognition within their profession or business and/or have provided outstanding contributions to their community.
The Young Alumni Award goes to an alumnus 40 years old or younger at the time of nomination. The same criteria apply to this award.
Chastain, a 1982 graduate of DWS, is a 1987 graduate of Emory University with a degree in international affairs. He has received numerous awards in his 24 years of service with the U.S. government, including citations for his work with Homeland Security in the United States and abroad. His experience includes the White House, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of State.
Chastain credits the late Gerald Peters as his greatest DWS mentor for instilling in him a passion and intellectual curiosity for foreign languages, cultures and international issues. A student at DWS from fourth through 12th grades, Chastain attended Boys State, served as the first student representative on the inaugural Honor Council and represented DWS on the academic, science, math and tennis teams. He also was active in the school’s music program.
Skalla, a 2001 graduate, is chief operating officer of SASCO Chemical Group Inc. in Albany. SASCO is a worldwide manufacturer of chemicals used in rubber, food and industrial facilities. The company researches, develops, manufacturers and sell products in 15 countries.
Skalla plays a key role in SASCO’s community involvement. The company donates to about 40 charities annually and this year was recognized with the National Merit Award for 47 years of support for the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Georgia. SASCO also recently donated a new technology center to the Boys and Girls Clubs that is used by about 300 children each day. Skalla serves on the boards of Boys and Girls Clubs, Boulevard Capital Group and GRAP Inc.