Annual Awards Gala

The Alumni Association will be hosting the Annual Awards Gala again in 2016. For more information, please contact Virginia Pinto at or 301-405-2939. Listed below is information on our last recipients from the 2013 Gala. 

Photo of 2011 Alumni Association Award Gala Recipients

2013 Annual Alumni Association Awards Gala Awardees

Agriculture and natural resources
Charles E. Iager Jr. '65
Owner, Maple Farms LLC

Charles is a fourth-generation farmer in Howard County, Md. Maple Lawn Farms is family-owned and operated and supplies milk and fresh turkeys to the D.C. area. He and his wife, Judy '64, regularly host students, faculty and dignitaries from around the world at their renowned farmstead. He is the chairman of the Maryland 4-H Foundation and president of the Maryland Dairy Shrine. He is a former Future Farmers of America and 4-H All-Star club member, leader and volunteer, and he previously served as president of the Maryland Holstein Association. In 2011, Charles and Judy received the Spirit of Maryland Award from the University of Maryland Alumni Association. They have endowed a number of umd and National Dairy Shrine scholarships in their name; most recently, they helped kick off the Campus Farm renovation project and were featured in Terp magazine. He and his wife have three children and seven grandchildren.

Architecture, planning and preservation
Craig S. Spangler, AIA '82
Principal, Ballinger

Craig is a design partner at Ballinger, a 230-person national architecture and engineering firm based in Philadelphia. His many national and international awards include, most recently, r+d Magazine's Lab of the Year Award, which honored his design of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. On the University of Maryland campus, Craig designed the Bioscience Research Building at Hornbake Plaza and is currently designing a new bioengineering building for the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Craig graduated cum laude from the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and received a full fel- lowship at Princeton University, where he received his master of architecture degree.

Arts and humanities
John F. Kelly '84
Metro Columnist,
The Washington Post

Since 2004, "John Kelly’s Washington" has been shining the light on Washington's less-famous side, celebrating its citizens, bemoaning its irritations and ferreting out quirky bits of local history. John joined The Washington Post in 1989, when he was hired as deputy editor of the Weekend section. In 2000, he founded KidsPost, a daily page that explains world events to 8- to 12-year-olds. Four years later, John became the third writer since 1947 to pen the newspaper's daily human-interest column. He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. He has twice won first place in the "Local Column: Feature or Humor" category of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association awards. In 2012, John's Monkees cover band, the Stepping Stones, placed first in Journopalooza, a battle of media musical groups in D.C.

Richard L. Novak '62
Operating Partner,
Linden Capital Partners

Rich is an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and a former member of the Robert H. Smith School of Business Board of Visitors. He and his wife, Laura, have supported the Smith School and athletics (particularly football, basketball and the Terrapin Club) as well as campus lgbt organizations. He is an operating partner in the private equity firm Linden Capital Partners and is a director of health care firms Sera Prognostics, Hycor Biomedical and StrataDx. Previously, he served as chief operating officer of Laboratory Corporation of America and spent 15 years at SmithKline, rising to become senior vice president of operations of the clinical laboratory business. He is a former Terp quarterback and an athletic scholarship recipient. During his playing days, he was selected to the all-acc Academic team.

Behavioral and social sciences
Stephen J. Kerrigan '93
President, Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund and Candidate, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts

Steve has been a leader in Massachusetts government and charities for nearly two decades and is currently running for lieutenant governor. He has served as an appointed and elected leader in his hometown of Lancaster, Mass., and as a public servant to U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly. Steve has served President Barack Obama through two administrations, overseeing both inaugurations and the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Steve co-founded and serves as president of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, which provides support, programs and services to the families of military personnel from Massachusetts who have fallen in service since Sept. 11, 2001. He serves on the board of visitors for New England Baptist Hospital and as co-chair of the New Frontier Network at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Robert G. Hisaoka '79
President, RRR, LLC and Chidogo Holdings LLC

Bob is the president of RRC, llc and Chidogo Holdings llc and has run and co-owned some of the largest automobile dealerships in the United States. For the past four years, he has also been named one of Washington Life Magazine's "Philanthropic 50," which honors top Washington donors. He supports approximately 25 charities focusing on health, education and sports. Among his philanthropic efforts: He created the Joan Hisaoka Gala, which honors his late sister and helps others living with cancer; he serves on the board of directors for the D.C. region of Teach for America; and he is a member of the board of advisors of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. At Maryland, Bob was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honors fraternity. He is a former certified public accountant.

Computer, mathematical and natural sciences
Clay B. Siegall Ph.D. '82
President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Seattle Genetics Inc.

Clay B. Siegall co-founded Seattle Genetics, a publicly traded biotechnology company focused on developing targeted cancer therapies, and he is the company's president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board. It is a leader in antibody-drug conjugates, a therapeutic approach intended to spare healthy cells and reduce many of the toxic effects of traditional chemotherapy while enhancing antitumor activity. Clay serves on the boards of directors of Alder BioPharmaceuticals and Mirna Therapeutics, two private biotechnology companies, and of Washington Roundtable, a nonprofit, public policy organization. He has received a number of awards, including 2012 Pacific Northwest Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He is an author of more than 70 publications and holds 15 patents. He received a ph.d. in genetics from George Washington University and a B.S. in zoology from the University of Maryland.

Jean C. Mullan '68
Education Advocate

Jean has been a longtime supporter of the College of Education, greatly expanding its alumni outreach through her various roles. She chaired the college's campaign cabinet and led the college in surpassing its goals, and she served for many years as president of the board of directors for the college's alumni chapter. A former elementary school teacher and civic volunteer, she has a passion for education that she has extended to faculty, staff and students. She has established two endowed positions: the Jeffrey and David Mullan Professorship in Teacher Education and Professional Development and the Jean Mullan Professorship in Literacy. In addition, she created the Jean Mullan Scholarship Fund for $500,000 at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. She has also served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Maryland. She is an avid Terps basketball fan, going back to her days watching former men's basketball coach Gary Williams '68 play during their time as students. Jean has two sons and breeds prizewinning West Highland White Terriers.

Joseph A. Reyes, Jr. '57
President, Orion Enterprises, and Chairman Emeritus, Reyes Holdings LLC

Joseph Reyes is the founder of Orion Enterprises and the patriarch of one of America's most successful families of Hispanic heritage. His son, Chris '75, is the co-chairman, with his brother, Jude, of Reyes Holdings in Chicago, the largest beer wholesaler in the United States and a major supplier of products to McDonald's. Mr. Reyes was a Navy carrier fighter pilot who came to Maryland after his service. After graduation, he became a civilian engineer with the Navy and nasa. He later became an entrepreneur and founded various companies, which led to the growth of Reyes Holdings. Mr. Reyes is a member of the Board of Visitors for the A. James Clark School of Engineering. He and his wife, Frannie, have eight children, and his son, Jim '85, runs some of the family operations from Washington, D.C.

Information studies
Maureen E. Sullivan '74, '76
Immediate Past President, American Library Association

Maureen is a widely recognized leader and educator in the library profession and is immediate past president of the American Library Association. She is a librarian who is also an organization development consultant, providing consulting and education services to libraries and other information organizations. Over the last 30 years, she has served as the human resources administrator at two major research libraries, including the University of Maryland; a consultant and trainer with the Association of Research Libraries; and a faculty member in the Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions doctoral program and interim dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, both at Simmons College. Maureen's contributions have led to many awards, including the Association of College and Research Libraries' 2010 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.

Mi-Ai Parrish '92
President and Publisher, The Kansas City Star

Mi-Ai's career in journalism began at The Diamondback, where she was editor-in-chief her senior year. After an internship at The Virginian-Pilot, she was hired there as a copy editor. She quickly moved up to assistant business editor. Over the next several years, she worked at such papers as the Chicago Sun-Times, Arizona Republic, San Francisco Chronicle and Minneapolis Star-Tribune, where she was deputy managing editor for features and visuals. From there, Mi-Ai took a bold leap. At 35, she became publisher of the Idaho Statesman, Idaho's largest newspaper. In 2011, she was named publisher of one of the McClatchy Co.'s largest newspapers, The Kansas City Star. Mi-Ai is the first woman and first Asian American to serve as publisher of The Star in its 133-year history.

Public health
Robin E. Mockenhaupt Ph.D. '99
Chief of Staff, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Robin is the chief of staff at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, dedicated to solving the most pressing health and health care problems facing society. She is responsible for foundation-level, cross-functional teams and operations, strategic planning, and operations and support. She previously spent 16 years at AARP in Washington, D.C., and co-wrote the book "Healthy Aging." She volunteers at Learning Ally, a national nonprofit that supports students with learning disabilities and their families. Robin received a doctorate in health education and a graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of Maryland, an M.P.H. in health administration from Columbia University, and an M.B.A. and B.S. in biology from the Pennsylvania State University. A native of Pittsburgh, she now lives in New Jersey with her husband, Ralph. They have two adult children.

Public policy
Chloe G. Schwenke Ph.D. '02
Vice President for Global Programs, Freedom House

Chloe, the vice president for global programs at Freedom House in Washington, D.C., is a development practitioner and academic with more than three decades of international experience, nearly half of it while living in developing countries. She has worked in a senior capacity with some of the leading American development organizations and as an independent consultant for usaid, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. She was a Fulbright professor of development ethics at Makerere University in Uganda from 2005–06. Her scholarly interests include lgbt human rights, international development ethics, gender equality and female empowerment, urbanization and leadership. She is also an active member of the Religious Society of Friends and the parent of two children. Chloe received her master’s degree from Georgetown University.

Undergraduate studies
Wanda A. Alexander '81
President and CEO, Horizon Consulting Inc.

Wanda is owner, president and ceo of Horizon Consulting Incorporated, a government contractor specializing in high volume workflow management. She has more than 30 years of experience in asset management, debt restructuring strategies for financially distressed multifamily real estate and fha single-family mortgage programs. Among many awards, Wanda was recognized as a 2012 Innovator of the Year by Loudoun County, Va., an Outstanding Minority Business Leader by The Washington Business Journal and received both Brava Hall of Fame and Smart 100 Awards from SmartCEO magazine. She's mentored and supported minority women with scholarships for over 30 years and currently mentors business leaders. Elected to the University of Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors in 2009, Wanda is now president-elect. She has been a volunteer lecturer for the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and has established an endowment honoring her parents, Samuel and Grace Alexander.

Graduate studies
Yang-Tzong Tsay Ph.D. '88
Professor Emeritus, National Taiwan University

Yang-Tzong, known as Jimmy, is a pioneering accounting educator who helped develop the accounting master's and doctoral programs at National Taiwan University (ntu), the country's top-ranked university. He taught at ntu from 1988—2010 as a full-time faculty member, serving as chairman of the accounting department from 1997 to 2000. He became a professor emeritus in 2011. Jimmy will become president of the Asia Pacific Management Accounting Association on Jan. 1. In addition to his academic research, he also informs corporate governance practices as an independent director in several organizations, such as the Bank of Taiwan and Taishin Financial Holdings. He organized the Taiwan chapter of the University of Maryland Alumni Association in the early 1990s, and it has become UMD's largest alumni body outside North America.

Tyser Gottwals award
Erik B. Young, M.D. '74

Erik and his wife, Joyce, have supported the university's departments of chemistry, aerospace engineering, architecture and art history, as well as the university's athletics program. They are particularly proud of sponsoring study abroad opportunities for students through the "Young International Travel Awards" and establishing a multidisciplinary project that helped restore imperial Roman villas destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. In 2000, Erik helped the Maryland Department of Intercollegiate Athletics coordinate the design for the 27,000-square-foot expansion and renovation of the Gossett Football Team House. He graduated with a B.S. in biochemistry and earned his M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. While in private practice, he also developed and managed medical office buildings. He retired in 1999. In his free time, Erik, a father of four, enjoys sailing, skiing, traveling, reading and attending University of Maryland athletic events.

International award
Ram Mukunda '79
CEO, India Globalization Capital Inc.

Ram founded IGC, a materials and infrastructure company that owns and operates iron ore mines in Inner Mongolia and supplies the growing demand for iron ore in China. He previously founded Startec Global Communications, an international telecommunications carrier, which he took public. The company focused on providing voice over Internet protocol services to emerging economies. Born in India, Ram moved to the United States when he was 10. He earned bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics and a master's in engineering. He was named a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in 2001 and earned Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1998. From 2001—03, he was a council member at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Ram serves on the Board of Visitors at the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Humanitarian award
Marshall W. Fesche, D.D.S. '67
Co-founder, Ecuadent Foundation

Marshall and his wife, Tammy, created the Ecuadent Foundation in 1990 to help disadvantaged and orphaned children in Tammy's native country of Ecuador as a project for the Westminster Maryland Rotary Club. The foundation has grown tremendously, to about 75 medical and dental volunteers, and has treated more than 25,000 children for dental attention and medically more than 5,000 children for burns and facial deformities. During each mission, Marshall works with a team of five to seven dentists using the Ecuadent-owned portable dental equipment that is stored on the Ecuadorian Naval base. In one week, 800 to 1000 children are treated. Marshall played lacrosse at Maryland and has been a board member of the M Club since 1980.

Young alumnus award
Kevin M. Schoonover '06
Director of Strategy and Business Development, Alliant Techsystems

Kevin is director of strategy and business development for Alliant Techsystems. He was named one of the "40 Under 40" by Aviation Week && Space Technology, recognizing rising stars in the global aerospace and defense industry, just six years out of college. He earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering and completed honors certifications from the Quality Enhancements and Teams (QUEST) Honors Program, where he earned a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. In college, Kevin took a leadership role in a budding recruiting program, Clark Ambassadors, which has developed into a foundation within the recruiting process. Currently, he is the committee chair for student relations of the University of Maryland Engineering Alumni Chapter and a member of the QUEST Alumni Board. In addition, he is active in the charity organization Manitou Experience Foundation.

Spirit of Maryland award
Waldo H. '49 and Jean C. Burnside '50
Emeritus Trustee and Alumni Hostess

For over six decades, Waldo and Jean have provided leadership, service and support to the University of Maryland. They have been integral in expanding the university's reach to California, where they have lived since 1980, hosting dozens of events for students, alumni and donors. The couple has supported the Regents and Banneker/Key scholarships, as well as athletics, veteran initiatives and various schools and colleges. Waldo was inducted into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2000. He is an emeritus trustee of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and a former president of the Terrapin Club and the Maryland Educational Foundation. Before his retirement in 1991, he worked in the department store industry, rising to become president and COO of Washington, D.C.-based Woodward and Lothrop's, or "Woodie's." Waldo and Jean are avid Terps fans with season tickets since 1958, attending more than 30 ACC tournaments, the 2002 NCAA men's national championship basketball game and the Sugar, Orange and Cotton bowls.

President's award
Harvey L. Sanders '72
Former President and CEO, Nautica Enterprises Inc.

Harvey Sanders is the immediate past chair of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees and remains a member of the board and its executive committee. He is the former president and CEO of Nautica, which he sold in 2003. Harvey played basketball under Coach Lefty Driesell and since then, has attended virtually every game and fundraised to support coaches Gary Williams and Mark Turgeon. He has also supported the Robert H. Smith School of Business, the Keep Me Maryland Fund, the Department of Communication and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where he serves on the advisory board for the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. He is also a member on the board of Under Armour, the Boomer Esiason Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis and the Starlight Starbright Foundation. Harvey was named the 2010 New York Alumnus of the Year. He and his wife, Ellen, are the parents of Dorie '10 and Adam '12.

Honorary alumni award
Michael and Debbie Schwab
Honorary Alumni and Terp Parents

Michael and Debbie Schwab aren't Maryland alumni, but they dedicated themselves to supporting UMD after their oldest son enrolled. Together, they serve on the University of Maryland Parents Advisory Council. Michael, the co-president of D&H Distributing Co., also serves on the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Board of Advisors as well as the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees. D&H, with annual sales exceeding $3 billion dollars, focuses on e-commerce solutions and the distribution of technology products, housewares and sporting goods to retailers, college bookstores and IT solution providers. Michael and Debbie have supported many initiatives at Maryland, including the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, Veterans Center, University House, Student Affairs, Terrapin Club, Cupid's Cup and Disability Support Services. They also host annual events for newly admitted freshman at their home in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. Michael and Debbie have been married for 24 years and have three children, two of whom are Terps, and a pet turtle.

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