2015 Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Alumni Awards! 

In recognition of their service to the College, society, and their professions, ten Fords will be honored at a public ceremony during Alumni Weekend on May 30 at 10:00 a.m. in Roberts Hall.

The Kannerstein Award

deborah lafer scher '80

Among Deborah’s considerable contributions to Haverford was her help in shaping the College’s smooth transition to full co-education. After her freshman year at Tufts University, she was one of 18 women to transfer to Haverford in 1977—three years before women were admitted into the freshman class—and graduated before the College was fully co-ed. Deborah then earned an MBA from Columbia University and subsequently worked as a director of planning and acquisitions for Dun & Bradstreet.

Early in her career Deborah helped build a Welsh Carson private equity portfolio company, and she has since built successful businesses for private equity investors, often serving as an organization’s chief operating officer, chief strategy officer, lead acquisitions executive, and chief administrative officer. Deborah is currently president of Business Accelerations, LLC, a strategic consulting and interim management firm. She was previously chief operating officer of Novel Ingredient Services, a wellness company, and chief strategy and operating officer at Weill Cornell Medical College’s department of medicine.

Deborah has served two terms on Haverford’s Board of Managers, including on the investment and real estate committees; as president of the Alumni Association Executive Committee; and as co-chair of the Board Council for Women. She also served on the President’s Campaign Advisory Committee for the Educating to Lead, Educating to Serve campaign. Deborah created the William W. Ambler 1945 Scholarship Fund, the Juan Williams Scholarship Fund, and the Deborah Lafer Scher Internship in International Relations. She currently serves on the Seeds of Peace Global Leadership Council, the Rice University Career Development Advisory Board, and the Parents Leadership Councils at Rice University and Washington University in St. Louis.

The Haverford Award

michelle albert '90 and james house '65

Michelle Albert '90 earned degrees from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health; she completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Columbia University in New York. Michelle then completed a cardiovascular clinical and research fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, where she was associate professor of medicine and director of behavioral and neurocardiovascular cardiology. She also served as the Vivian Beaumont Allen Endowed Chair and professor of medicine at Howard University, where she was chief of cardiovascular medicine.

Michelle’s work focuses on “the biology of adversity,” a non-traditional area in cardiovascular research involving the interplay between chronic psychological stress and cardiovascular disease in vulnerable populations. A fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, she has served as the vice president of the Association of Black Cardiologists, USA, and is currently a member of their board.

Michele is professor of medicine and founding director of the Center for the Study of Adversity and Cardiovascular Disease at the University of California at San Francisco. Concurrently she remains an adjunct professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Woman’s Day magazine honored her with a 2014 Red Dress Award—along with Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.

James House ’65 earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan, before joining its faculty in 1978. A trailblazer in examining large data sets associated with social research, Jim became the Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor of Survey Research, Public Policy, and Sociology at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School for Public Policy in 2008.

Jim’s work has focused on the role of social and psychological factors in the etiology and course of health and illness, including alleviating social disparities and how health changes with age. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences. Jim has published numerous scholarly works; being named the 2013 Russel Lecturer by the Regents of the University of Michigan is among his many prestigious recognitions.

During Haverford’s Educating to Lead, Educating to Serve campaign, Jim was a member of the Committee of One Hundred and has advised the College regarding its department of sociology. Jim returned to Haverford as a distinguished visitor in 2011, when he spoke on his research examining the disparities in health care issues nationally and internationally. He and his wife Wendy have generously endowed the James House Jr. and Virginia S. House Memorial Scholarship as well as the House Fund for Distinguished Visiting Artists and Critics.

The Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award

david wessel '75

Having attending Connecticut public schools, David went on after Haverford to be a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism at Columbia University in 1980–81. He subsequently had a distinguished 30-year career on the staff of The Wall Street Journal, most recently as economics editor and writing the weekly Capital column.

David has shared two Pulitzer Prizes: one in 1984 for a Boston Globe series on the city’s persistent racism and the other in 2003 for Wall Street Journal stories on corporate scandals. He is the author of two New York Times bestselling books: In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic (2009) and Red Ink: Inside the High Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget (2012).

Since 2013 David has been director of the Brookings Institution’s Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, which provides independent, non-partisan analysis of fiscal and monetary policy issues to further public understanding and improve the quality and effectiveness of those policies. He continues to serve as a contributing correspondent to the Journal, appears frequently on NPR’s Morning Edition, and is active on Twitter.

The Young Alumni Award for Excellence in Leadership

Stephen spaulding '05

After Haverford Stephen worked on corruption and racketeering investigations in the Rackets Bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. He then attended Boston College School of Law and subsequently worked as a litigation associate at Goodwin Procter LLP and as a law clerk in the Office of Legal Counsel to Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

Stephen is now policy counsel at Common Cause, a nonpartisan organization of 400,000 members nationwide that works for honest, open, and accountable government. He was a leading strategist in the successful campaign for one of the most consequential changes to Senate procedure in decades: its filibuster rules, allowing senators to provide up-or-down votes on presidential nominations.

As an advocate working to reduce the influence of money in politics and expand voter participation, Stephen has appeared on CBS, C-SPAN, NPR, CNN, and MSNBC. His writing has appeared in Politico and The Hill. Stephen is frequently cited in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Talking Points Memo, Salon, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and Roll Call, among others. He has been a member of Haverford’s Young Alumni Advisory Group since 2011.

The Kaye Award

herbert slotnick '44

The College honors Herb posthumously, as he passed away in January. Having enlisted in the army after Haverford, he went to war in 1944, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. After earning an honorable discharge, Herb worked in theaters owned by his father’s company, Slotnick Enterprises. He would expand the business into Cinema National with drive-ins and multiplexes, later adding fast food franchises, including the Carrol’s chain of 167 restaurants. Herb was instrumental in transitioning Carrol’s to a franchisee of Burger King—today the world’s largest Burger King franchisee, with over 500 units.

In 1992, Herb created the honorary John C. Whitehead 1943 Fund in Entrepreneurial Studies at Haverford, for students to pursue a summer internship with a small business, venture capital firm, or investment company. He sought to make possible valuable work experiences in a field that may not offer paid internships, so that students would feel the College embraces and supports their interest in finance and entrepreneurship. To date, the fund has provided 264 students with a range of internship experiences.

The Perry Award

paul kandel '83 P'14

Paul has a number of Bi-Co family connections, including his mother Denise Bystryn Kandel BMC ’52, wife Emily Kaplan Kandel BMC ’83, and daughter Allie Kandel ’14. After earning an MBA in finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, Paul gained over 25 years experience in the financial services industry, mainly focused on the management of small and midcap growth assets. As an equity analyst, he worked at the private bank at Bankers Trust and Ark Asset Management, and later managed mutual funds at Sentinel Investments and Dreyfus, and was a frequent guest on BloombergTV.

Now at Morgan Stanley, where he has earned the titles of financial planning specialist and vice president, Paul works with individuals on retirement and education planning. He brings his expertise and leadership skills to the College’s annual giving program. He has recently made significant and meaningful contributions as the chair of the Annual Fund Leadership Committee.

For his active involvement with admission, the College recognized Paul with the Archibald MacIntosh Award in 2006.

The Sheppard Award

william vogel '50

Born and raised in towns near the College, William served in the U.S. Navy for two years before attending Haverford, then living off campus with his family as an undergraduate. After law school at the University of Pennsylvania, he practiced law for over a decade at the firm of Wisler, Pearlstine, Talone, and Gerber. William also served for as a commissioner of Lower Merion Township (1958–64) and then of Montgomery County (1964–66).

In 1966, Governor William Scranton appointed him as a judge in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, launching his 27-year career on the bench. William was elected to a ten-year term in 1967 and retained two additional ten-year terms thereafter. In 1986 his fellow judges elected him to a five-year term as president judge of Montgomery Court of Common Pleas. William retired as an elected judge in 1994 and served as a senior judge until 2005. Every five years since 1980, he and his wife Sara G. Carter (who passed away in 2014) have hosted a dinner at his home for members of his class during Alumni Weekend.

The MacIntosh Award

elizabeth cohen bercow '80

Liz was one of a handful of women who transferred to Haverford as a junior in 1978—before the College began to admit women to the incoming freshman class (in 1980). She was selected to represent the student body on a number of board committees that were pivotal in the College’s transition to co-education and was chosen to speak before the full Board of Managers on the issue. She also served on the Haverford Athletic Advisory Council, which established women’s athletics at the College.

Liz’s first job after Haverford was with GLS Associates, a health care consulting start-up where she developed strategic plans for the health care industry. After earning her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, she began a successful career in investment banking, initially at Blythe Eastman Paine Webber in public finance. Subsequently, Liz took a position in corporate finance at Equitable Capital Management Corp. (later Alliance Capital). There she became involved in “white knight” rescues of companies financing management-led leveraged buyouts and leveraged recaps. As managing director, she extended her team’s investment activities to Europe and Asia and was responsible for a portfolio of approximately $1.5 billion in both domestic and international investments.

Liz has served on the boards of for-profit, health care, and other nonprofit organizations that support conservation, the arts, and education. During her 12 years on Haverford’s Board of Managers, she served on the development, property, and student affairs committees and was elected chair of the finance and investment committees. For more than a decade, Liz has interviewed a host of prospective students, generously sharing her valuable insight with members of the Admission team.

The Friend of Haverford College Award

Not Awarded in 2015

The Forman Award


While attending Haverford, Michael Fratangelo '07 played basketball for Coach Mike Mucci and devised his own major in race and cultural studies. As undergraduates, he and his co-award winner Greg Rosnick ’09 (see below) founded the sports-based youth camp program DiverseCITY Hoops. Their mission was to allow attendees to learn from talented current and former college athletes and to use sports as a vehicle for real change and to bridge gaps created by socioeconomic differences. That first summer the camp hosted 13 campers from the Philadelphia area.

Upon graduation, Mike played professional basketball in Europe and the Middle East. He earned a master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and now serves as DiverseCITY’s executive director, spearheading its programs in cities across the country. Mike’s goal is for campers to gain not only improved athletic skills but also as an improved outlook on their world and the world around them. He also serves as a consultant for social entrepreneurs through his LLC, Sunrise Capital.

Gregory Rosnick '09 was the starting point guard for the final three years at Haverford and ranks third all-time in program history in steals and assists. During his sophomore year, Greg and his teammate Mike Fratangelo ’07 devised and founded DiverseCity (see description above). Greg obtained a master’s of arts in teaching from Smith College, where he was a teaching fellow at the Smith College Campus School and a fellow at Project Coach, where he would later serve as assistant director. Greg was also a teaching fellow at the prestigious Athens College, a co-educational preparatory school in Greece.

Upon returning to the U.S. in 2012, Greg was an assistant coach at Belchertown High School and under Haverford’s Mike Mucci—all the while running the DiverseCITY Hoops program, which he has done very summer since 2007. After having also worked for the College’s offices of Admission, Counseling and Psychology Services, and Health Services, he joined the coaching staff of Colby College in Waterville, Me.

2015-2016 Nominating Committee

  • Peter Anderson '92
  • Samantha Beers '84
  • Bennett Berson '81, Chairperson
  • Christina Bradley '12
  • Iris Colon '06
  • Lisa Sharf Green '84
  • Celine Tobal '06
  • Spencer Ware '01, Pres., AAEC

About the Awards

Each year, the Haverford Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni who have provided sustained support to the College in a variety of areas. These awards are presented at a special convocation during Alumni Weekend.

Our volunteers give back to the College so much during the year—the Alumni Awards are just one of the ways in which we publicly acknowledge our alumni for all they do for us.

For more information about Haverford's Alumni Awards program, please email Sandra Johnson or call 610-896-1143.