Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Award cycle when the classes of 1945-2015 will be celebrating Reunions. Nominees do not necessarily have to be in a Reunion class; however, it is particularly meaningful to receive an award while celebrating with classmates. All nominations must be submitted by Monday, August 12, 2019, for consideration this year. The 2020 Alumni Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

In recognition of their service to the College, society, and their professions, twelve individuals were honored at a public ceremony during Alumni Weekend on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Watch the full video with honoree remarks below.

2019 Award Recipients

The Kannerstein Award

William H. Harris ’49

Bill Harris established the Harris Orthopedic Laboratory and was chief of the Arthroplasty Service of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Mass General Hospital and the Alan Gerry Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He was also a founding member and president of both the North American and International Hip Societies. He is widely recognized for creating many leading advances in total hip surgery including the Harris Hip Score for quantifying the results of hip surgery and major contributions to identifying and eliminating the worldwide disease of bone destruction around total hips. At Haverford, Bill majored in chemistry, receiving a B.S. with high honors, participated on the tennis, soccer and wrestling teams, on the Student’s Council and in the Chemistry Club. His M.D. was granted in 1951 by the Perlman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. Bill and his late wife Nan (BMC ’51) provided support for the Koshland Integrated Natural Science Center, the future Lutnick Library, and Swan Field. Their two named professorships at Haverford initiated the studies in Computational Science and Environmental Studies. Bill served on Haverford’s Board of Managers 1989-2001, becoming an Emeritus Member in 2004. In 2000 Haverford awarded Bill an honorary degree of Doctor of Science. Bill lives in Lexington, MA.

The Haverford Award

Robert C. Riordan ’64

Rob Riordan is a co-founder of High Tech High (HTH) in San Diego and president emeritus of the HTH Graduate School of Education (GSE), the nation’s first graduate school of education situated wholly in a K-12 environment. A lifelong educator, he has co-developed 14 new schools spanning the K-12 years, focused on equity, innovation, and community. As a long-time teacher in the Cambridge, MA, Rindge and Latin School, Rob developed an award-winning writing center and two pioneering school-to-work transition programs. Later, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education, he directed the New Urban High School Project that led to the development of HTH. At HTH, through its graduate school, Rob has worked with educators around the world to transform the social relations of schooling by fostering dialogical approaches to teaching and learning. His work is best described in his chapter, “Schools as Equitable Communities of Inquiry” in Sustainability, Human Well-Being, and the Future of Education (2018). Rob earned a B.A. in English from Haverford in 1964, an M.A.T. from Harvard in 1969, and an Ed.D. from Harvard in 1977. While at Haverford, he was a member of the baseball and football teams, a perennial contributor to Class Night shows, host of a jazz show on WHRC, and sports co-editor for the Haverford News. An avid runner, he has completed 25 marathons, including 11 at Boston. Rob and his wife Judy have two children: Charles and Marc. The couple resides in Cambridge, MA.

The Distinguished Achievement Award

Edward Helme ’69 P’10

Ned Helme is senior advisor at the Center for Environmental Public Policy (CEPP) at the University of California at Berkeley’s Goldman School. In 2016-17, Ned directed CEPP, establishing a new emphasis on climate and air quality policies in California and beyond. He currently advises regulators, and local governments on the implementation of a pathbreaking 2017 California air quality law he helped enact, based on a statewide climate policy dialogue he facilitated. In 1985, Ned founded, with state governors, the Center for Clean Air Policy, an internationally-recognized climate and energy policy think tank. As its president for 30 years, he advised a diverse set of states and nations. A noted speaker and facilitator, Ned guided a number of UN climate policy agreements, notably on climate finance in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. He is the author of more than 50 key studies on climate change, air quality, electricity regulation, and transportation policy, has testified before the UN and Congress, and played a major role in the passage of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Ned served on several NGO and corporate boards, frequently appearing on U.S. and international TV programs and in national news publications. He was also natural resources director for the National Governors Association, and a legislative director for a U.S. Congressman. He holds an M.P.P. from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in political science and psychology from Haverford. Ned’s daughter, Danielle, graduated from Haverford in 2010. Ned lives in Washington Grove, MD, with his wife, Nancy.

Rick DeJesus-Rueff ’75

Rick DeJesus-Rueff is emeritus vice president of Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives at St. John Fisher College, and he maintains a part-time role with their First Generation Scholars Program. Rick graduated Haverford with a B.A. in Spanish in 1975 and he attributes his success at Haverford as a student, and later as an administrator, to Bill Ambler, whose faith in Rick’s abilities never wavered. Upon graduation, and having developed a bilingual fluency at Haverford, he received a Fulbright Fellowship which allowed him to begin graduate study in psychology at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, an experience which thoroughly prepared him for his career trajectory. He received a M.Ed. from Temple University in 1977, and an Ed.D. from Boston University in 1986. An advocate for diversity, inclusion, and empowerment, Rick has had an impressive career in higher education, having worked at Philadelphia University, Oberlin College, and here at Haverford, before his 21 year career at St. John Fisher College. During much of his time at Fisher, he facilitated Sustained Dialogue (SD) which allowed students in marginalized groups to find their voices, literally and figuratively, and engage together in respectful ways over frequently difficult to discuss issues. He is also active in service for his local community, serving on boards or working to support the development of various resource centers and schools for local youth. He lives in Rochester, NY, with his wife Marcy. Together, they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

The Young Alumni Award

Adem Bunkeddeko ’09

Adem Bunkeddeko is the strategy and innovation officer for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in New York. He also recently ran for the Democratic nomination to represent New York’s ninth Congressional district (Central Brooklyn). He began his political career as a grassroots organizer for various Democratic candidates and causes in Central Brooklyn. Previously, as a leadership fellow at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, he helped create a support network to improve the educational and social outcomes of low-income families in Central Brooklyn. Also, when working at the Empire State Development Corporation, Adem managed public-private partnerships designed to revitalize underserved communities throughout Brooklyn. Adem graduated from Haverford in 2009 with a B.A. in political science, he then went on to earn an M.B.A. from Harvard. As an undergraduate at Haverford, Adem served as president of the Black Students League, an Honor Council member, a Students Council member, as well as an Admission interviewer. He also studied abroad at the London School of Economics. Adem lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jake Weisenthal ’13

Jake Weisenthal is the co-founder and senior operations director for Semilla Nueva, a social enterprise working to reduce chronic malnutrition in Guatemala. Instead of trying to change what Guatemalans traditionally eat, Semilla Nueva produces and sells a corn seed that yields as much as other commercial corn seeds, costs less, and has double the amount of zinc and protein–two of the principal deficits in the Guatemalan diet. Over four years in Guatemala, Jake oversaw Semilla Nueva's seed production, marketing, sales, and impact evaluation departments; and the corn seed is projected to reach over a million people by 2021. Having discovered a passion for Latin America during a gap year in high school, Jake served as a volunteer in Mexico and a Princeton in Latin America Fellow in Guatemala before joining Semilla Nueva. Jake graduated from Haverford magna cum laude in 2013 with a double major in political science and Spanish. He is currently a joint degree candidate for an M.B.A. and M.P.P from the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School respectively. As an undergraduate, Jake was a member of the tennis team as well as a Customs co-head. He lives in Somerville, MA.

The Forman Award

Tal Alter ’98

Tal Alter became chief executive officer of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation in 2018. In this role, he is responsible for leading a philanthropic enterprise that aims to harness the power of baseball to deliver tangible opportunities for D.C. Area residents by mobilizing fans, enhancing player philanthropy, force-multiplying with corporate champions, and building partnerships throughout the community. Key initiatives include youth and community development programming at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, grants to local non-profits, community improvement projects, and collective impact through strategic partnerships with a variety of stakeholders. Tal become the first executive director of the Nationals Academy in 2013 and oversaw the start-up and implementation of an organization that now operates a $3.5M program serving D.C. youth and their families. Prior to joining the Nationals, Tal spent nearly five years as director of operations for PeacePlayers International, a nonprofit that uses basketball to bring people together in areas of conflict throughout the world. He also previously worked for six years with Positive Coaching Alliance, a Stanford University-based organization focused on transforming the culture of youth sports. Tal played baseball at Haverford, and graduated with a B.A. in English in 1998. He also has a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he studied organizational leadership and non-profit management. Tal lives in Bethesda, MD, with his wife, Kara, and son, August.

The Kaye Award

Rashidah Andrews ’02

Rashidah Andrews is the director of studies in Forbes College at Princeton University where she oversees the academic success of first- and second-year undergraduates. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Haverford with an education minor from the Bi-Co Education Program in 2002. Rashidah went on to earn an Ed.M. in higher education from Harvard in 2005, and an Ed.D. in educational administration from Temple in 2014. She began her professional career as an admission counselor at Haverford and continued exploring issues of access and equity at a range of higher educational institutions across the U.S. and abroad. In her current role, Rashidah provides advising training and support to faculty and peer academic advisers and works in partnership with Princeton’s Programs for Access and Inclusion to support low-income and first-generation students. She also teaches courses on trigger warnings and microaggressions and convenes the Princeton Women of Color Network. Beyond the institutional role, Rashidah serves as CEO and lead decoder of her own educational consulting firm, Dissertation Decoded, LLC, where she offers expert guidance on navigating the doctoral process. As an undergraduate at Haverford, Rashidah was active in the MAST Program, the Office of Alumni Relations, the Women's Center, and served as a Serendipity Day Camp counselor. She is a founding member and former co-chair of the Multicultural Alumni Action Group (MAAG), a guest lecturer in Haverford’s Ethical Leadership Summer Institute and a Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA) extern sponsor. Rashidah now lives with her beautiful daughter in Philadelphia, PA.

The Perry Award

Adam Care ’09

Adam Care is an AVP and senior client company manager for Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company. Adam received a B.A. with honors, in political science from Haverford in 2009. As an undergraduate, he was a captain of the men’s varsity soccer team, served as an admissions office senior interviewer, a teacher’s assistant, and as a committee member on the Distinguished Visitors Committee. He also studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany. Adam attended Haverford with his twin sister, Laura Davies ’09. Now, as a current member of the Young Alumni Advisory Group (YAAG), Adam has worked to engage alumni 0-10 years out. Without Adam’s diligent support, virtual engagement, and responsiveness to the College’s needs, fundraising goals for this cohort would not have been so enthusiastically met throughout the campaigns. Adam lives in Austin, TX, with his wife Katherine.

The Sheppard Award

Frank Lyman ’59

Frank Lyman is a retired teacher, teacher educator, author, and educational innovator whose contributions include the discussion strategy “Think Pair Share,” now nationally and internationally used in classrooms. He has earned several awards, nationally and in Maryland, including the University of Maryland Presidential Award for Service to the Schools. He earned a B.A. from Haverford in 1959; an Ed.M. from Harvard in 1960, supported financially in part by Haverford; and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Maryland in 1978. While at Haverford Frank was a member of the Glee Club, varsity golf team (beating his Swarthmore opponent), and J.V. football. He was also the College badminton champion in 1956. Frank spent his junior year in Munich and senior year was elected class vice president. He is a former and current Reunion organizer and a former Admission representative, for success in which he received the MacIntosh Award in 1991. Frank has been described as a unifying factor for the class over the 60 years. His passion for and dedication to Haverford are reflected in his unyielding efforts to recognize, celebrate, and befriend Haverfordians at every stage of their alumni journey. Frank resides in Bridgewater, NJ, with his wife Sandra (Skidmore ’62).

The MacIntosh Award

Pat Welch, 3rd ’74

Pat Welch is a marketing professional and owner of Impressive Images in Torrance, CA. He earned a B.S. in physics and astronomy from Haverford in 1974 and an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business, in 1977. As an undergraduate at Haverford, Pat was heavily involved in the Customs program for three of his four years, and he worked in the Admissions Office as a junior. Professionally, Pat is a respected producer of marketing strategies, copy, and supporting materials, largely specializing in businesses providing technical products and support. Personally, Pat has been a passionate Admission Representative since 2005, directly liaising with the Admission Office and reliably volunteering week days and weekends to represent Haverford at high school college fairs in his region. In addition to local fairs, Pat has been conducting Skype interviews for applicants from China for the past few years. He is also a current Reunion volunteer. Pat lives with his wife Susan in Long Beach, CA.

The Friend of Haverford College Award

Sandra Johnson

Sandra Johnson arrived at Haverford College in 1995 from Brooklyn, New York, with an extensive career working in higher education. She served as assistant to the president of the African-American Teachers Association, Pratt Institute, as development coordinator, researching foundations and corporations, as well as individual donors, for visits by the president. She also served as assistant to the vice president of External Affairs, and was responsible for coordinating the annual commencement program. Upon arrival at Haverford, Sandra joined alumni relations where she worked closely with her mentors, Violet Brown and Diane Wilder. During her tenure at Haverford, Sandra experienced many rewarding and uplifting experiences and met many outstanding Haverford alumni and friends. Sandra retired from her role as associate director of Alumni and Parent Relations on June 30, 2018, after an impressive 23 year career with the College. Sandra is a true friend of Haverford and was a personal and professional resource on campus, for students and staff alike, for many years. As Haverford staff, Sandra assisted in every aspect of alumni relations and volunteerism from Alumni Association Executive Committee meetings to regional event planning and reunions spanning generations. Most notably, Sandra’s impact is still felt as she was instrumental in developing and sustaining Haverford’s Multicultural Alumni Action Group (MAAG) which exists to ensure the College is an inclusive community where all Haverfordians can thrive–from prospective students to seasoned alums. Sandra attended Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY where she majored in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is enjoying her retirement and personal passions at her home in Elkins Park, PA.

2019 Alumni Association Award Ceremony with Honoree Remarks

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2019 Awards Committee

Bruce Andrews '90

Bev Babers '84

Jake Bernstein '19

Will Gould '91

Reema Keswani '96

Evan LeFlore '06, Chair

Gabe Mehreteab '72

Matt Strickler '62

Natalie Wossene '08