The Princeton Day School Alumni Council and the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee are both honored to recognize outstanding, notable and accomplished alumni and friends of the School. Every spring during Alumni Weekend, we celebrate our distinguished award winners for their impressive achievements.
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The Alumni Achievement Award is given to an alumna/us who has achieved excellence in his or her chosen field and who has made a commitment to helping others. The recipient is someone who inspires others by his or her achievement. Nominate
The John D. Wallace ’48 Alumni Service Award is given to an alumna/us whose service to the community and/or Princeton Day School reflect the highest ideals of the school. The recipient is someone who inspires others by his or her example of sensitivity or generosity. Nominate
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award will honor an alumna/us who graduated within the past 15 years, who has made significant contributions to civic or professional organizations, whose life is characterized by creativity, curiosity and community service and who reflects the highest ideals of Princeton Day School. Nominate
The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes and honors alumni and other members of the community whose athletic accomplishments or other contributions to the athletic program have been of the highest caliber and exemplify the highest ideals of the school. Please visit the Hall of Fame page for additional information. Nominate
2022 PDS Alumni Award Recipients
Alumni Achievement Award: Kiki Wolfkill '87
Throughout a 25-year career at Microsoft, Kiki Wolfkill’s seemingly disparate interests in art, Chinese history, broadcast journalism and sports car racing have merged to fuel her progress from video game developer to television producer. Today she is head of transmedia and entertainment for 343 Industries, a Microsoft game studio that manages its popular Halo franchise, and executive producer for the upcoming Halo television series. Wolfkill was named one of the “10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming" by Fortune magazine in 2013 and one of the year’s most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2017.
Shortly after graduating from the University of Washington, Wolfkill joined Encarta, Microsoft’s digital encyclopedia. She moved over to Microsoft Game Studios in 1998 as art lead on games such as Midtown Madness, and in 2008 joined 343 Industries as executive producer for Halo 4 before assuming her current responsibilities.
Wolfkill started driving at 13 in autocross before road racing in the early ’90s. She taught racing during college and in 1993 placed second in her rookie year in Sports Car Club of America Club Racing and won its Northwest Region ITS Championship in 1994. In 1996, she advanced to professional road racing competitions and has competed in the SCCA and Porsche Club Racing circles, the Women’s Global GT series and the Motorola Cup endurance series.
John D. Wallace '48 Alumni Service Award: Chandra Bhatnagar ’92
A deep-rooted commitment to civil and human rights has informed Chandra Bhatnagar’s life from his interests at PDS to the direction of his legal studies to his involvement in domestic and international advocacy efforts. It has guided his career choices and led to his current position at the University of California, Los Angeles as its first assistant vice chancellor for civil rights.
Bhatnagar received his B.A. from Vassar College, his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his L.L.M. from Columbia Law School. Prior to joining UCLA, Bhatnagar served in the Obama administration as the Senior Legal Advisor to the Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Previously, as a senior staff attorney in the American Civil Liberties Union’s Human Rights Program, he was co-counsel in a precedent-setting international labor trafficking case in which a federal jury awarded $14 million in damages to five Indian guest workers. For their involvement in the case, Bhatnagar and his co-counsel received the 2015 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.
Bhatnagar has also worked abroad. As a legal intern, he partnered with an Indian NGO as part of their campaign to combat child labor and bonded labor. For the last 20 years, he has served on the board of the African-American Policy Forum.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Nicole Auerbach ’07
Nicole Auerbach is an award-winning sports writer, television analyst and podcast host. She began reporting on college football and basketball for the University of Michigan’s student newspaper as an undergraduate and now covers those sports nationally as a senior writer for The Athletic, a popular subscription-based sports website. Previously, she spent six years as a national college reporter for USA TODAY Sports and headed its swimming coverage at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. She has had bylines in the Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and The Detroit Free Press and online at SI.com and ESPN.com.
In 2020, Auerbach was named the National Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association, making her the youngest in the organization’s 61-year history to receive that honor. Among her many other awards, one of her feature stories won first place in a 2018 contest sponsored by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
During the football season, Auerbach appears weekly as a studio analyst for the Big Ten Network, one of very few women in such a role on any channel. In addition, she hosts a weekly podcast for The Athletic called “Power Auer” and cohosts one to two radio shows a week on SiriusXM. She has also appeared on MSNBC, CNN and the CBS Sports Network.
Athletic Hall of Fame: Keely Langdon ’07
Succeeding at the highest levels of high school and college sports takes mental discipline and emotional resilience as well as extraordinary physical ability. Keely Langdon exhibited all those qualities on the soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams at PDS and then on the University of Pennsylvania’s Division I lacrosse team, a team ranked #1 in the country her freshman year and Ivy League champions for the four years she played there.
Langdon combined great speed and agility with a fierce determination and an intuitive sense of the game. As co-captain of the three sports she played at PDS, she set the tone with her positive attitude and strong work ethic. Her love of the game and sense of fun helped knit the team together and carried them to the finals of both the Mercer County and Prep A tournaments in her senior year. She was named to the US High School All-America First Team in lacrosse and was the Trentonian and Princeton Packet’s Player of the Year in 2007. In addition, she was selected to the Trentonian’s All-Decade Girls Lacrosse Team for 2000-2010.
Langdon holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and currently lives in Denver, CO where she is the Director of Commercial Marketing at Integrated DNA Technologies.
2021 PDS Alumni Award Recipients
Alumni Achievement Award: Christopher L. Jones ’91
Chris Jones is an internationally recognized blockchain expert and technology veteran. He launched several successful startups and has helped shape others. He was president of Dragonscale which supports innovative blockchain projects and has been a senior marketing strategist with Adidas, Mattel, and Boost Mobile. He is presently an investor in Console USA, a technology outsourcing company that seeks to leverage the untapped energy and talent in typically overlooked communities.
After graduating from Georgetown University with degrees in marketing and management, Mr. Jones played for two semi-professional soccer teams before he helped establish a nonprofit called DC Scores. It was an after-school program offering soccer and writing instruction for urban, at risk students and was one of the earliest programs to combine academics and athletics. Twenty-five years later, it serves 13,500 students in 12 major cities and has been renamed America SCORES. Mr. Jones received his M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in 2002 and has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at both PDS and Georgetown. He lives with his wife, Amanda, and their three children in Lake Forest Park, WA.
John D. Wallace '48 Alumni Service Award: Lisbeth A. Warren ’71
Volunteerism has been a constant in Lisa Warren’s life since her childhood. Even as she excelled in a high-powered legal career requiring considerable travel, she devoted countless hours to local nonprofit organizations. She retired from Johnson & Johnson in 2018, having served as Assistant General Counsel for the majority of her 33-year tenure.
During that time, Ms. Warren began a 36-year association with Visions and Pathways, an organization that provides housing and support services for abused, neglected, and homeless youth. She served on its Board of Trustees for many years and recently joined its Advisory Council. She is also a trustee of SAVE animal shelter, serves on the PDS Alumni Board, and co-coaches the school’s Mock Trial Team. She is involved with NJ LEEP (Law and Education Empowerment Project) where she coaches debate and mock trial, helps with résumé writing and interview skills, and mentors a tenth-grade student. Ms. Warren graduated from Washington University and New York University School of Law. She and her husband, Robert Cantlay, are the parents of Rachel Cantlay ’13.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Shira Concool ’06
Shira Concool is a champion for social justice and racial equity. She battles racism as a community organizer and recently opened her own psychotherapy practice to support queer and transgender clients and help them navigate their complex identity issues. She also works with interfaith and interracial couples and offers career and mental health counseling. She has experience working in college counseling centers and on staff at a large community practice.
At PDS, Ms. Concool was involved in theater, the Gay Straight Alliance, the EnAct Club, and the Teaching Assistant Program (TAP). She volunteered at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden and was an intern at Planned Parenthood in Trenton. She received a degree in African American Studies from Yale University and then returned to PDS and worked briefly in the Admissions Office. In 2010, she completed a master’s in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at New York University. She and her husband, Derrick Ashong, live in Smyrna, GA with their one-year-old daughter.
Athletic Hall of Fame: Tania Schoennagel ’86
Tania Schoennagel is a lifelong athlete whose confidence, skill, and leadership contributed greatly to the success of the teams on which she played. She captained the varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams which, during her involvement, captured seven Prep A State Championships. She joined the girls varsity ice hockey team as a freshman after learning to skate the summer before. In her senior year, she was elected tri-captain and helped the team amass a 10-1 record. She was awarded the Gold P, the school’s highest athletic honor, and went on to play field hockey and lacrosse at Dartmouth College.
Today, as a research ecologist studying wildfires at the University of Colorado, her field work has taken her into the back country of the Cascade and Rocky mountain ranges where her hiking and orienteering skills are an asset. She plays women’s ice hockey and also enjoys pond hockey, trail running, cross-country and telemark skiing, and biking. Ms. Schoennagel received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. She lives with her husband, Steve Leovy, and their two children in Boulder, CO.
2020 PDS Alumni Award Recipients
Alumni Achievement Award: Patrick Courtney ’85
In his position as Chief Communications Officer for Major League Baseball, Pat Courtney fields an unrelenting barrage of questions and requests as he supervises all aspects of the organization’s communications and media relations and serves as the chief spokesman for Commissioner Rob Manfred. For 28 years, he has directed media operations for the organization’s premier events including the World Series and the All-Star Game. In addition, he oversees its charitable giving programs and community relations initiatives such as Stand Up to Cancer, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. In 2009, he was honored with the Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence by vote of the Major League Clubs.
Mr. Courtney is “Lifer” who attended Princeton Day School from kindergarten through twelfth grade. After receiving his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Richmond, he interned for the New York Yankees for a year before joining the Major League Baseball organization in 1992 as Manager of Public Relations.
John D. Wallace '48 Alumni Service Award: Julie Taitsman ’90
Julie Taitsman has served in all three branches of the federal government, the last 16 years in the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As Chief Medical Officer, she is the primary resource on clinical and scientific issues and lends medical expertise to audits, evaluations, inspections and enforcement actions. Her portfolio focuses on protecting and overseeing services for vulnerable populations, including safety of children in Head Start facilities and medical care for elderly people in nursing homes. She also fosters collaboration to improve health care for beneficiaries of the Medicare, Medicaid and Indian Health Service programs. Her first federal job was with the Office for Civil Rights and she later served as Special Counsel for Health and Science for the Senate Finance Committee.
In 1992, Dr. Taitsman graduated phi beta kappa from Brown University with a B.A. in International Relations and received her M.D. from Brown’s medical school four years later. She went on to Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude in 1998, then clerked for Judge Constance Baker Motley in the U.S. Southern District of New York.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Catherine Chomiak ’05
Before she returned to Washington, DC last fall, Catherine Chomiak spent five years in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, working as Senior Producer for CNN International’s flagship Middle East prime time show, Connect the World with Becky Anderson. The two-hour program received three Emmy nominations in 2018 and Ms. Chomiak was responsible for all aspects of the production including managing a team of producers, writers and copy editors, pitching and evaluating story ideas, and writing and editing scripts and video packages. She filmed special editions of the show in Jerusalem, London, Amman, Doha and Riyadh. Previously, she worked in Washington for NBC News as a Political Unit Researcher and then, from 2011 to 2014, as a State Department Producer.
Ms. Chomiak spent three years at Princeton Day School before moving with her family to Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, where she completed her senior year. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a double major in Communication and Public Service and Political Science.
Athletic Hall of Fame: Paris McLean ’00
In only two years at Princeton Day School, Paris McLean made his presence felt as a three-sport powerhouse and magnetic team leader. In both his junior and senior years, he was named to the football All-State and All-Prep First Team by The Times of Trenton and the Trentonian and captained the PDS team. The 1998-1999 basketball team captured the Prep A State Championship and the next year, it advanced to the Mercer County Finals. Mr. McLean served as captain his senior year and was named All-Prep Honorable Mention, an honor he also received in varsity baseball that spring.
Mr. McLean played football for four years at LaSalle University and was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America All-District Team in his sophomore and senior years. He was also one of 200 college athletes across the country to be named a NCAA Leadership Conference Selection in 2002 and one of only 22 college football players nationwide to be selected for the All-State Good Works Team in 2003. He was named a Scholar-Athlete by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Philadelphia Chapter, his senior year and served as Co-Head of the La Salle Athletic Relations Council. After college, Mr. McLean returned to PDS to teach and to coach football and basketball and was named Basketball Coach of the Year in 2008, 2011 and 2012. Mr. McLean is currently Assistant Head of School at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart.
2019 PDS Alumni Award Recipients
Alumni Achievement Award: Barbara A. Spalholz '74
During her 35-year career at the National Cancer Institute, Barbara Spalholz made significant contributions to our understanding of cancer. For the last 15 years, as Chief of the Cancer Cell Biology Branch of the Division of Cancer Biology, she was responsible for evaluating and managing a large national portfolio of research grants, determining new areas of study and advocating for their funding. NCI operates under the umbrella of the National Institutes of Health which, in addition to honoring Dr. Spalholz with its Director’s Award in 2009 and 2012, has repeatedly recognized her leadership and administrative skills. Last year the Cancer Cachexia Society presented her with its first appreciation award for her vision and leadership in promoting the study of cancer cachexia, a syndrome that causes weight loss in a majority of cancer patients. Dr. Spalholz graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in biochemistry and received a Ph.D. from Yale in 1984 from the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. She retired in January but continues at NCI on a part-time basis.
John D. Wallace '48 Alumni Service Award: John C. Wellemeyer '52
After retiring from a successful career as an oil analyst at Morgan Stanley, John Wellemeyer has funneled his considerable expertise, energy and enthusiasm into his volunteer efforts on behalf of Princeton Day School. He has cheerfully served as a PCD Class Secretary, Class Agent, Annual Fund Parent Captain, a member of the Annual Fund Leadership Gift Committee, and in several capacities on the Capital Campaign. Since 2012, he has been a member of the PDS Board of Trustees where he chairs the Investment Committee and serves on the Audit, Capital Campaign, and Executive committees. The School’s new state-of-the-art classroom for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics was recently named the Wellemeyer STEAM Center in recognition of his support and deep belief in the importance of those disciplines. After graduating from PCD with academic and athletic honors, Mr. Wellemeyer went on to the Lawrenceville School and then Yale University from which he graduated with a B.E. in chemical engineering. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1963.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Vinay Trivedi '09
A profound interest in technology and innovation, coupled with an inherent desire to improve the lives of others, has led Vinay Trivedi to explore a wide range of experiences. In 2013, he graduated from Harvard University with honors and an A.B. in computer science. Since then, he has worked on the investment team at Romulus Capital and The Blackstone Group, volunteered at the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and spent a year in London with Citymapper, an urban mobility start-up. In addition, he is working to find innovative solutions to big city problems as an advisor to New York City’s Moonshot Challenges and San Francisco’s Startup in Residence program. While a PDS senior, Mr. Trivedi received the Alumni Service Award for his volunteer efforts, which included SeniorLink, a national program he founded that used student volunteers to teach senior citizens about computers and the Internet. He has written a book, How to Speak Tech, that deciphers the technical jargon of Internet start-ups for non-technical people. Mr. Trivedi is currently an MBA candidate at Stanford University.
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee: PDS 1998 Field Hockey Team
A combination of exceptional skill, camaraderie, trust and experience propelled the 1998 field hockey team through a remarkable undefeated season in which they captured both the Mercer County and Prep A State championships. The team won 16 games—13 of them shutouts—and tied three, outscoring their opponents 55-11. One of the School’s most successful teams, it will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday of Alumni Weekend.
Ashley Bostrom ’00
Lila Cruikshank ’00
Ellie Davis ’01
Christina Flores ’99
Amanda Helwig ’00
Ariana Jakub ’99
Abigail Kelton ’00
Sean Merriweather ’99
Emily O’Hara ’00
Kelsey Oliver ’01
Julie Perlin ’99
Page Schmucker ’00
Ann Schorling ’99
Margo Smith ’99
London Thomson-Thurm ’01
Candace Vahlsing ’99
Marissa Vahlsing ’01
Allison Welsh ’01
Lauren Welsh ’99
Joanna Woodruff ’99
Head Coach: Jill Thomas
Assistants: Margie Wallace Gibson ’84, Trese Lang
Captain: Lauren Welsh
Assistant Captains: Tina Flores, Ann Schorling
Managers: Sam Fox ’99, Brian McKitish ’99, Alex Nanfara
John D. Wallace '48 Alumni Service Award: Barbara Griffin Cole '78
Barbara Griffin Cole '78 attended Princeton Day School and St. Paul's School before earning her A.B. and M. Arch. from Princeton University. She is the founder of Barbara Griffin Architects, based in Hopewell, and is the parent of three PDS alumni. Barbie served on the Princeton Day School Board of Trustees from 2000-2017, ultimately serving as Chair from 2012 to 2017. Prior to that appointment, she served as Vice Chair of the Board and on many Board committees, including: Campus Space; Building and Grounds; Executive; Facilities Steering; Leadership Gift; Diversity; Development; Finance; the Committee on Trustees; Financial Aid Task Force; and the Campaign Cabinet. She also served as the Co-Chair of the Educational Policy Committee and Educational Policy Task Force on Middle States Accreditation and the Mission Fulfillment Committee and the Co-Chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for the Investing in Excellence Campaign.
Alumni Achievement Award: Robert Whitlock, Jr. '78
Robert Whitlock '78 is a Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects in New York, and is renowned for his role as a designer of high-rise towers, mixed-use developments, and large-scale master plans all over the world. He received his B.S. from the University of Virginia, and his M. Arch. from Columbia University. Since beginning professional practice over 25 years ago, Rob has focused on density, public space, programmatic integration, supertall building, and the influences of these elements on the quality and sustainability of the "global city." Rob's design for the densely clustered Marina Bay Financial Centre in Singapore has become an oft-cited model for urban development. Other high-rise projects include Wheelock Square, the tallest building in the Puxi district of Shanghai, the AZIA Center, and the CSCEC Tower, both in the Pudong District, China's financial and commercial hub. He has been honored with the FIABCI Prix d'Excellence Award (2012) and the MIPIM Asia Business Centres Award (2011). Based in New York City, Rob has served on the PDS Board of Trustees since 2016.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Christopher Campbell '03
Air Force Major Christopher Campbell '03 is the chief F-35 Experimental Test Pilot and Assistant Director of Operations, 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base in California. He graduated from the US Air Force Academy with a B.S. in aeronautical engineering and a minor in Japanese language. He received the highest honors in his class and was awarded the Marshall Scholarship by the British Government for two years of graduate study at Cambridge. Chris was deployed to Guam in 2013 where he completed joint exercises with the Japanese Air Self Defense Force. In 2014, he was deployed to the Middle East where he saw combat aiding Iraqi Kurdish forces against ISIS. In 2017, Chris was selected to represent the Air Force as an astronaut nominee.
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee: Davon Reed '13
Davon Reed '13 played on the Princeton Day School Varsity Boys Basketball team for four years, scoring more than 2000 points and being named Prep B Player of the Year in New Jersey, All-Area Player of the year twice, and a McDonald's All-American candidate. After graduation from PDS, he played basketball at the University of Miami where he captained the team for three consecutive years. His skill on the court was matched by his success in the classroom. As a senior, Davon was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Third Team and All-Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Team, and earned the Skip Prosser Award for Scholar Athletes. In addition, he was nominated for the Allstate NABC Good Works Team for his commitment to community service. Upon graduation from Miami, Davon was selected with the 32nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to play for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA.
2017 Alumni Achievement Award: Robert S. Mueller III '59
Bob Mueller was named the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on September 4, 2001, a week before the terrorist attacks of 9/11. He is widely credited with transforming the Bureau from a traditional law enforcement agency to a threat-based, intelligence-led national security organization. President Obama took the unprecedented step of asking that his 10-year term be extended for two years, a request Congress readily approved. After leaving his post at the FBI in 2013, Mr. Mueller became a partner at WilmerHale in Washington, DC, where his practice focuses on investigations, crisis management, privacy and cybersecurity work.
2017 John D. Wallace '48 Alumni Service Award: Dafna Tapiero '87
Dafna Tapiero has dedicated herself to alleviating poverty and safeguarding vulnerable populations around the world. She worked for over 20 years at the World Bank Group, developing and implementing financial, environmental and regulatory systems to guide investment opportunities that would benefit developing countries. In 2015, she co-founded Laurel Strategies, an advisory and strategic communications firm in Washington, DC. She is a Senior Advisor to the United Nations World Food Programme, a member of the Leadership Council of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, an Advisory Director of Carnegie Hall and is involved with the Lauer Philanthropic Foundation, Fund II Foundation, Synergos and the Global Philanthropists Circle.
2017 Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Alexandra T. Warren '02
As Director of Education at the Marcia D. Smith School in Gaithersburg, MD, Alix Warren provides educational, residential and employment opportunities for children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities. She builds relationships with students and families to address maladaptive behaviors and discover skills that foster success. In addition, she oversees the school's residential program and works with community stakeholders to provide inclusive employment opportunities for students. She helps bridge the gap between school and post-education to ensure that students have a placement and a meaningful life when educational entitlement ends at 21. She acts as an advocate for students with county, state and federal agencies.
2016 Alumni Achievement Award: Sara Zoe Hart ꞌ96
Sara Zoe Hart is a professional climber and mountain guide who has established multiple first ascents and speed ascents in places such as Pakistan, Oman, Alaska, and Scotland. In 2008, she received her diploma from the American Mountain Guides Association and became only the fourth American woman to be granted certification by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association. She is sponsored by several sports companies and is an Ambassador for Patagonia. Ms. Hart lives in Chamonix, France, where five years ago she co-founded the Chamonix Adventure Festival, an international gathering of athletes and explorers who share their experiences through film, art and photography. She recently completed a Master's in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management from the Harvard Extension School in order to share her knowledge and love of the outdoors with the next generation.
2016 John D. Wallace ꞌ48 Alumni Service Award: Roopa Purushothaman ꞌ96
Roopa Purushothaman is the Managing Director of Everstone Capital, an alternative asset management company in Mumbai, India that she helped found in 2006. As head of its research team, she studies demographics, income, and consumption patterns in developing nations. She is also a member of the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee on urban infrastructure. In 2011, Ms. Purushothaman founded the Avasara Leadership Institute to provide educational intervention programs for girls in Mumbai and Pune. Four years later, she launched Avasara Academy, a residential secondary school that offers exceptional opportunities to gifted girls from all classes of society. It stresses leadership skills and community service and has partnered with universities and organizations in the U.S. to raise funds and provide technical assistance, speakers, and mentors to the school.
2016 Outstanding Young Alumni Award: John Mayer '06
John Maher is an architect for MASS Design Group, a Boston-based, non-profit company with public health projects across North America, Africa, and Asia. MASS serves underdeveloped areas and seeks to create buildings uniquely adapted to their communities by working with local populations and researching an area's needs, resources, and challenges. For the last two years John has been working in Africa, overseeing the planning, design, and construction of health service infrastructure, notably a 300-bed hospital in Nyaraguru, Rwanda and eight health centers, currently in construction, in the Mopti region of rural Mali. Before working for MASS, he was awarded two Public Service Center Fellowships from M.I.T. for water, sanitation and hygiene projects in Tamale, Ghana.
2015 Alumni Achievement Award: Kara Swisher '80
Ms. Swisher is a journalist considered one of Silicon Valley’s most influential people due to her investigative reporting and her knowledge of the industry and its players. She is the co-CEO and co-owner of Revere Digital, with Walt Mossberg. It is a tech and media news company that publishes the Re/code site and puts on a series of Code Conferences featuring prominent speakers from the digital industry.
Ms. Swisher has been a reporter for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and an editor at the City Paper of Washington, D.C. She is the author of 1998’s aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web and its 2003 sequel, There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future.
2015 John D. Wallace ’48 Alumni Service Award: Treby McLaughlin Williams ’80
Ms. Williams is being honored for her far-reaching contributions to the life of the school during her 13 years on the PDS Board of Trustees. As Board Chair from 2008 to 2012, her leadership ensured the school’s financial health through the country’s economic recession and guided decisions that created an environment in which the school has flourished.
Ms. Williams has had two careers. She is currently Executive Vice President of Princeton University, her alma mater, where she has worked since 2005. Prior to that, she served for 12 years as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and the District of New Jersey. Her work there was recognized with two awards for outstanding service.
2015 Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Daniel Shipper ’10
While still a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Shipper co-founded Firefly, a co-browsing technology that was used by more than 9,000 SMBs (small to medium-sized businesses) and 7,000 financial advisors from some of the largest financial services companies in the world. Shortly after graduation last spring, he and his partner sold Firefly to Pegasystems, a 30-year-old public software company where Mr. Shipper now leads a team further developing and enhancing the Firefly product.
A “Lifer,” Mr. Shipper entered PDS in Junior Kindergarten and graduated in 2010. He was the recipient of the school’s Computer Award and the Frederick D. Woodbridge ’78 Memorial Award that recognizes “a senior who has exhibited outstanding leadership qualities in developing class unity and spirit.”
2014 Alumni Achievement Award: Katherine Baicker ’89
Katherine Baicker is Professor of Health Economics and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Baicker has served as one of the three members of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. She is on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, Chair of a National Institutes of Health scientific review panel, on the Board of Directors of Eli Lilly and past Chair of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth. Her research focuses on the impact of health insurance policies and reforms on the distribution, costs, and quality of care, and she currently leads a large-scale evaluation of the effects of expanding Medicaid.
2014 John D. Wallace ’48 Alumni Service Award: Susan Schildkraut Wallach MFS ’64
Susan Wallach has volunteered her considerable expertise to promote and enhance educational opportunities in both secondary schools and universities.
She has served on the Board of Overseers of Harvard University and was awarded the Harvard Medal in 2012. Ms. Wallach is Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and co-chairs its capital campaign. In addition, she serves as a trustee of Deerfield Academy and Pace University and on committees at Columbia University, New York University and Louisiana State University. She has been a trustee of Radcliffe College and Trevor Day School and a Director of AFS-USA (formerly American Field Service). Ms. Wallach retired after 34 years as an attorney and now focuses on tackling the complex problems that confront educational institutions today.
2014 Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Gabriel Kuris ’99
Gabriel Kuris was recently selected as deputy director of Columbia Law School’s new Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, a partnership between Columbia and New York City’s Department of Investigation, researching corruption in local government.
He previously worked at Innovations for Successful Societies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and has investigated human rights abuses and corruption in more than a dozen countries including Cambodia, Nigeria, and the Solomon Islands. As a student at Yale College, Mr. Kuris co-founded the Elmseed Enterprise Fund, America's first student-run microlender.
2013 Alumni Achievement Award: Donald H. Gips ’78
Don Gips ’78 has recently returned to the United States after serving the past three years as Ambassador to South Africa. Prior to this post, Don served as Assistant to President Obama in his first term where he ran the office of Presidential Personnel overseeing the selection of several thousand political appointments for the Administration.
Prior to that, he helped lead the Presidential Transition Team. Don has also had roles as Group Vice President of Global Corporate Development for Level 3 Communications, and as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore. Perhaps one of his most important roles has been a leading force behind the founding of AmeriCorps, America’s national service program, which offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network for partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Don also served as Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. Don attended Princeton Day School from grades 8 through12, graduated from Harvard, and received his MBA from the Yale School of Management.
2013 John D. Wallace ’48 Alumni Service Award: Jennifer Chandler Hauge ’78
Jennifer Chandler Hauge ’78 currently serves as the Vice President and Director of Network Support & Knowledge Sharing at the National Council of Nonprofits in Washington, DC. Jenny focuses on connecting the Council’s state association network with information and resources that can help build the capacity of charitable nonprofits nationwide.
She is the author of two books on nonprofit management, as well as the primary author of “Nonprofit Knowledge Matters,” the Council’s free e-newsletter on capacity building topics. A lawyer who has run her own firm, Jenny was appointed Chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and has served two terms on the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council of Volunteerism. A frequent speaker, and an experienced workshop leader/trainer on a variety of topics germane to the nonprofit sector, Jenny currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Masters of Public Administration/Public Policy program at American University. A Princeton Day School Lifer, Jenny graduated from Dartmouth College, and has served on reunion committees, as Class Secretary, and as a Trustee at the School.
2013 Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Brian T. Smith ’03
Brian Smith ’03 is a producer of the recent Broadway revival of Evita and the new Broadway musical Kinky Boots, by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper. In addition, he is the founder of Down Payment Productions, a nonprofit theatrical production company committed to cultivating the next generation of theater artists and audiences in New York City.
His company provides emerging writers, directors, actors, and designers with the resources to mount ambitious, fully-realized new works that speak directly to the young people who will shape the future of American theater. For his direction of the recently published, PINK!, Brian was the recipient of the 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Director, which honors excellence in Off-Off-Broadway Theater. Additionally, he was honored with a 2012 Tony Award nomination for his work on Evita. Brian attended Princeton Day School from grades 9 through 12, was the editor of The Spokesman, and graduated from Tufts University in 2007. Last year, he arranged for a group of PDS alumni to meet in New York for lunch and a matinee of Evita, followed by a private backstage tour.
2012 Alumni Achievement Award: Ben Mezrich '87
Ben is the popular author of twelve books many which chronicle amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics and morality! Two of his best known books are the New York Times bestsellers Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions and The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal. Both books have been made into the highly successful movies, “21” and “The Social Network”. Ben has appeared often on TV, including a stint on Court TV with a series called "High Stakes with Ben Mezrich".
2012 Alumni Service Award: Woody Johnson PCD '62
Woody is a philanthropist and businessman. He is a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson, is the Chairman and CEO of The Johnson Company, Inc. and the owner of the New York Jets. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. Woody has worked tirelessly with charitable organizations focusing on research programs for the treatment of autoimmune disease, particularly as Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International and the Alliance for Lupus, a foundation that he created. He has led efforts on Capitol Hill and the National Institute of Health to increase funding for all autoimmune diseases.
2012 Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Jeremy Johnson '02
Jeremy is a lifelong technology entrepreneur. Only 10 years out of Princeton Day School, he has already founded three companies. The first when he was just 15 years old. As a junior at Princeton University, he, with two other students, won the Princeton Entrepreneurs Network award for their concept of a website streamlining university admissions called Zandigo, a web based matching service to help prospective college students and admissions offices make the best match. Zandigo was acquired by Zinch in 2007. At age 24, Jeremy cofounded an online company called 2tor that designs and delivers selective online degrees in partnership with high-end universities. 2tor is the highest funded education technology company in the country with 68 million dollars in capital. Thus far, 2tor is partnered with Georgetown, the University of Southern California and University of North Carolina.
2011 Alumni Achievement Award: Deborah Moore Krulewitch MFS ’61
A senior vice president of Corporate Administration for Estee Lauder, Deborah has been a community activist for much of her life. At Estee Lauder, she manages community outreach including overseeing the worldwide Pink Ribbon campaign for breast cancer awareness. She co-founded the Historic House Trust of New York City and has been instrumental in preserving many historical sites around the city. She was the Executive Director of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy and spearheaded the first renovation of Gracie Mansion.
2011 Alumni Service Award: Dede Pickering ’71
For most of her adult life, Dede has used her talents and leadership to improve the lives of people around the world. A full-time humanitarian and volunteer with CARE, one of the world's largest non-government organizations, she founded CARE's Women's Initiative in 1998 to connect American women professionals with women in the developing world. She helped launch Women's Initiative Groups in New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. She is deeply involved in the not-for-profit Women's World Banking, one of the largest global networks of microfinance institutions. Dede is an accomplished photographer and experienced traveler. You may see her powerful photographs at ww.dedepickering.com.
2011 Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Marissa Vahlsing ’01
In the 10 years since Marissa has graduated from PDS she has shown commitment, passion and leadership in the field of human rights. Headed for a career in human rights law, she is in her 3rd year of Harvard Law School. At Swarthmore she, among many other things, founded the Immigrant's Rights Group and led the Swarthmore Progressive Action Coalition. After college she worked in Washington, DC for the International Labor Rights Fund. She has spent many months in developing countries working on behalf of the people on many cases involving civil and human rights.
2010 Alumni Achievement Award: Regan Hofmann ’85
Regan received a B.A. in creative writing from Trinity College. She worked as a research assistant at CBS 60 Minutes and several top New York advertising agencies. She became editor-in-chief of New Jersey Magazine in 1998. She began writing anonymously for POZ Magazine. Regan now is Editor-In-Chief of POZ, a magazine for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. She is HIV positive. She wrote, her memoir, I Have Something to Tell You about her life with HIV. She works on Capitol Hill and with the Office of National Aids Policy at the White House. She speaks to people globally and to high school students about HIV/AIDS.
2010 Alumni Service Award: Curtis McGraw Webster ’75
Curtis improves the lives of others through non-profit organizations. One is Assisting Children in Need (ACN), an international charity that grew out of a student community project. He is the President of Patriot’s Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton. He is the co-founder of Blue Curtain, a non-profit organization that stages free summer concerts. In June he and his daughter are going on a trip to find Amelia Earhart. They will be working with the International Group for the Recovery of Historic Aircraft. He runs the Lisa McGraw ’44 Figure Skating Foundation.
2010 Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Taj Forer ’00
Taj provides a global platform for others to express their views through photography. He is the co-founder and publisher of Daylight Magazine, an award winning publication featuring photographic essays on current issues of concern by photographers from around the world.
2009 Alumni Achievement Award: Erica Frank, M.D., M.P.H. ’79
Erica Frank ’79 is a professor in the School of Population and Public Health and a Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In addition, Dr. Frank is a Senior Scholar of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. She has been active in Physicians for Social Responsibility and environmental advocacy.
2009 Alumni Service Award: Jill Goldman ’74
Jill Goldman ’74 is a parent of four PDS students and an active campus volunteer. Ms. Goldman, a Princeton resident, serves as president of the PDS Parents Association and has received the school’s Robert Marquis Annual Fund Volunteer Award after more than a dozen years as a development office volunteer. She has also chaired fundraisers benefiting the performing arts program, the libraries and the recent $50 million capital campaign.
2009 Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Patrick Holmes ’99
Patrick Holmes ’99 is the first Outstanding Young Alumni Award winner honoring a recent graduate who has made significant contributions to civic or professional organizations. Mr. Holmes, who lives in Denver, is a conservation program coordinator for the Colorado Conservation Trust. A graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science, Mr. Holmes served as co-founder and co-editor of the State of the Rockies report card.
2008 Alumni Achievement Award: Carl Sturken ’73
Carl Sturken ’73, whose music career has included touring with bands, session musician for Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney, song writing for the artists including Christina Anguillera, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson and record producing.
2008 Alumni Service Award: Nancy Miller MFS ’57
Nancy Miller ’57, a teacher for more than 40 years, including 33 at PDS, and Princeton community volunteer.
2007 Alumni Achievement Award: J. Robert Hillier PCD ’52
Founder and CEO of one of the nation’s largest and most respected architectural firms. Firm hosts an annual Architecture Career Day for high school students and is at the forefront of projects emphasizing the importance of sustainable design.
Lucy Law Webster MFS ’49
Ms. Webster has focused her efforts on promoting world peace, working from 1981 to 1995 in the United Nations Secretariat for various agencies, culminating in a seven-year role as political affairs officer in the UN Department of Political Affairs. Ms. Webster is on the board of directors for Economists for Peace and Security and is their representative to the UN. Vice-chair of the International Council of the World Federalist Movement, president of the NY Tri-State Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions and executive director of the Center for War/Peace Studies.
2007 Alumni Service Award: W. Andrew C. Harris PCD ’57
Board certified ophthalmologist who has taken a leadership role in several local, national and international humanitarian organizations including Physicians for Social Responsibility, the US affiliate of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Harris served on PSR’s board for 13 years, as its national president in 1998, and received the Oregon PSR Peacemaker Award last year. He received the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award in 1997 and the Salem Peacemaker Award in 2006.
2006 Alumni Service Award: Julia Penick Garry ’77
Secretary/Parliamentarian of the PDS Board of Trustees and chair of the Committee on Trustees, former co-chair of the Annual Fund at PDS and Executive Council of the PDS Parents Association. Vice President of Trinity Counseling Service, president of the Garden Club of Princeton and president of the Pretty Brook Tennis Club Board of Governors.
2006 Alumni Achievement Award: William C. Harrop PCD ’43
U.S. Ambassador and diplomat, recipient of the State Department Distinguished Honor Award, the presidential Distinguished Service Award and the 2001 Foreign Service Cup. Mr. Harrop served as ambassador to Guinea, Kenya, Seychelle Islands, Zaire and Israel.
2005 Alumni Achievement Award: Marjorie Williams ’75*
Gifted political writer for the Washington Post who demystified Washington and exposed the human flaws of its bureaucrats and leaders.
2005 Alumni Service Award: John F. Sheehan S. J. PCD ’61
Honorary Chief of Nigerian tribe for 12 years, priest, administrator, writer, entertainer and singer whose life is devoted to bettering the lives of struggling communities.
2004 Alumni Achievement Award: Anne Clark Martindell MFS '32
Anne Clark Martindell experienced an outstanding career as a scholar, a New Jersey state senator, and as Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.
2004 Alumni Service Awards:
William Henry Sayen IV PCD ’36
William Sayen’s outstanding work as politician, journalist and environmentalist was characterized by his ‘unswerving honesty and integrity’
Isabelle Guthrie Sayen MFS ‘42
Isabelle Guthrie Sayen, as one of the founders of the Coalition for Peace Action and as an environmentalist, was ‘fearless in acting on her convictions’.
Anthony F. Knott ‘77
Physician Director with the Indian Health Service’s Unit on Navajo Reservation in Kayenta, Arizona. Adept at balancing Navajo traditions and culture with Western medicine.
2003 Alumni Service Award: Sanders Maxwell PCD ’32
Sandy Maxwell, an avid musician, largely self-taught, has been sharing his musical talent with PDS and the Princeton community for over 50 years. A former advertising executive, Sandy is also an emeritus member of Princeton University’s Triangle Club board.
2002 Alumni Achievement Award: Nancy Bonini ’77
Outstanding career in molecular biology as a researcher and educator. Her research has uncovered new ways to understand neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
2002 Alumni Service Award: William Schluter PCD ’42
A distinguished career in public service, Senator Schluter has served the State of New Jersey as a state senator and assemblyman. His tireless efforts in areas concerning the environment and campaign finance reform have resulted in legislative initiatives that have improved the environmental quality of the state of New Jersey, and enhanced the public confidence in the integrity of our state government.
2000 Alumni Achievement Award: Michael Shenstone PCD ’43
Distinguished career in the highest levels of Canadian Foreign Service and was instrumental in sensitive international negotiations in Europe and the Middle East.
2000 Alumni Service Award: Markell Myers Shriver MFS ’46
As the volunteer President of Miss Fine’s School Alumni Association, PDS Alumni Secretary, and College Counselor and as an organizing member of the PDS Founders Club, Mickey has given over 30 years of dedicated service to the school.
1986 Alumni Awards:
Jane M. Cooper MFS ’42
Poet and teacher of note at Sarah Lawrence College who founded poetry workshops as a volunteer at the Henry James Settlement
in New York.
Christian A. Chapman PCD ’36
Extraordinary service to his country through his diplomatic service as a member of the U.S. State Department.
Robert L. Gips ’72
Innovative use of his law and business degrees to support the rights of Native Americans residing in Maine.
1987 Alumni Award
Polly Thayer Miller MFS ’63
Extensive volunteer work at PDS; youth advocate through the Fund For Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Safe Rides and other youth groups.
1988 Alumni Award
Nicholas deB. Katzenbach PCD ’36
As U.S. Deputy Attorney General in 1963, brought desegregation to Alabama in spite of opposition and confrontation with Governor George Wallace.
1989 Alumni Award
Randolph W. Melville ’77
Enthusiastic ambassador for PDS whose volunteerism with Big Brothers, Boy Scouts and numerous inner city groups spans his high school, college and working years.
1990 Alumni Award
Christopher Reeve ’70
World renowned actor with extensive volunteerism for organizations such as Sloan Kettering Hospital, Childhope, Save the Children, Starlight Foundation, Special Olympics and Fresh Air Fund.
1991 Alumni Award
Jean Osgood Smyth MFS ’32
Decades of volunteer service for the Princeton Medical Center and volunteer extraordinaire for
PCD, MFS and PDS.
1992 Alumni Award
Ophelia Laughlin ’77
Directed her ministry training toward counseling prisoners and victims of child abuse; establisheda support network for Hispanic women.
1993 Alumni Award:
John D. Wallace PCD ’48
Lifelong service to the Princeton community including serving as mayor of the township and as a trustee of PDS and Trinity Counseling Service.
1994 Alumni Award:
Jane Aresty Silverman MFS ’63
Tireless supporter of area youth through Corner House, Princeton Youth Fund, and Young Audiences; worldwide efforts to promote understanding between peoples of different faith.
1995 Alumni Achievement Award: Marina von Neumann Whitman MFS ’52
Distinguished economist in political, corporate, and academic arenas; championed equality for women in the workplace and social responsibility in the global marketplace.
1995 Alumni Service Award
Shawn W. Ellsworth ’75
The first ever recipient of the Alumni Service Award, a tireless volunteer for Princeton Day School as Trustee, Co-Chairman of the Annual Fund and former Alumni Board President.
1996 Alumni Achievement Award: Mary Chapin Carpenter ’76
Renowned singer, touching the hearts of many generations, honored by 6 Grammy Awards and numerous CMA and ACM Awards; supporter of worthy causes including: Native Americans, Pro-Choice, Earth Day, ailing children, AIDS prevention, world hunger and CARE.
1996 Alumni Service Award:
Peter R. Rossmassler PCD ’47
Distinguished Board of Trustee member, respected by peers for turning conflict toresolution; wisdom and perseverance have
influenced numerous PDS programs.
1997 Alumni Achievement Award: Robert F. Goheen PCD ’34
Respected leader and Princeton University President; fulfilled his mission of makingthe university and our community the center of
“the life of the mind.”
1997 Alumni Service Award:
Tamara Turkevich Skvir MFS ’62
Deep commitment to PDS through development of Russian program; brought spirit along with expansion to the community service program.
1998 Alumni Achievement Award: Lance Odden PCD ’54
Devoted educator; Taft School Headmaster whose philosophy and character have shaped Taft into one of the best prep schools today.
1998 Alumni Service Award:
Rev. David H. McAlpin Jr. PCD ’43
Lifelong service to the Princeton community; founder and Co-President of Trenton area chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
1999 Alumni Achievement Award
Trey Anastasio ’82 and Thomas G. Marshall ’82
Renowned singer and songwriters of the alternative rock band Phish; support clean water through Phish Water Wheel Foundation and The Bridge School in San Francisco for the physically challenged. Senior project advisors to PDS students.
1999 Alumni Service Award:
Ruth Lyn Pessel Riedel MFS ’59
President, CEO and Trustee of Alliance Healthcare Foundation, led for-profit conversion and merger of non-profit managed care company creating an endowment of $100 million to assist the medically underserved of Southern California. 2000-Alumni Achievement Award.