2019 Distinguished Alumna

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  • Gwill York '75 - Co-Founder, Lighthouse Capital Partners

    A successful venture capitalist and pioneering entrepreneur, Gwill York has invested in early-stage technology and healthcare companies and has a particular interest in supporting STEM education for girls and women. A graduate of Harvard College with a degree in economics, Gwill received her MBA from Harvard Business School and began her career at Salomon Brothers before subsequently working at a medical software startup, for Fidelity Investments, and for Comdisco Ventures where she led its investments in over 50 companies. In 1994 she co-founded Lighthouse Capital Partners, a structured venture capital partnership based in Cambridge, MA, and Menlo Park, CA. In addition to her investments in start-up companies, Gwill personally supports organizations that advance the mission of science, women, healthcare and education through her philanthropy and volunteer leadership.
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2019 Young Alumna of Distinction

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  • Meghan Thornton Parquette '01 - Principal, Brooke Roslindale Charter School

    Armed with a degree in education from Bates College and a master’s degree from Lesley College, Meghan Thornton Parquette entered the family business (her father, mother and sister are also in education) and became a school teacher. In the 12 years since joining the staff of the Brooke Roslindale Charter School in Boston as an associate teacher, Meg has dedicated herself to providing an excellent education to students who are traditionally underserved by the education system—and along the way grew from an exceptional classroom teacher to the principal of one of the highest performing charter schools in Massachusetts. Her colleagues point to Meg’s work ethic, can-do attitude and authenticity and warmth as being instrumental to her students’ ultimate success.
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2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

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  • Janet MacMahon Carll ‘48 - Community Volunteer

    A quiet leader possessing calm persistence, generosity of spirit and prodigious energy, Janet MacMahon Carll has modeled a life of service. From being an early member of the Cleveland Modern Dance Association, serving as its President from 1969-71, during a time when she “was instrumental in leading the organization through some financial and organizational challenges,” to her years volunteering with Valley Save-A-Pet and the Lander Circle Kiwanis, Janet exemplifies a tireless commitment to volunteerism. The natural world figures prominently in Janet’s own world and work. Through Youth Outdoors she often gave children ages 8-18 their first experience in outdoor camping, taking them riding and teaching them to fish. And at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, which helps those with Autism, Down Syndrome, multiple sclerosis, neurological and emotional challenges through the equine therapy, Janet started as a lesson volunteer in the ring with students and horses, became an instructor and eventually became lead volunteer, where she “helped train new volunteers, mentored those in need and oversaw all aspects of lesson flow and safety.”
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Past Distinguished Alumnae

These are the remarkable women role models on whom the Alumnae Association has bestowed its highest honors. [YAD = Young Alumna of Distinction; LA = Lifetime Achievement]

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  • 2018

    Marne Levine ’88
    Chief Operating Officer, Instagram

    Tamara Broderick 03, YAD
    ITT Career Development Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusets Institute of Technology

    Kathy Chilcote Pender ’55, LA
    Community Volunteer and Psychotherapist
  • 2017

    Deborah Becker ’73
    Research Senior Associate and Director, the IPS Employment Center, the Rockville Institute at Westat

    Caitlin Leibert ’03, YAD
    Head of Sustainability, Chipotle
  • 2016

    Holly Gleason ’81
    Writer, songwriter, music journalist, critic and publicist

    Nichelle McCall ’01, YAD
    Tech Entrepreneur
  • 2015

    Shelley Osmun Baranowski '64
    Historian, Author, Distinguished Professor
  • 2014

    Mary French Conway ’46
    Community Volunteer

    Lt. Katherine Wirtz ’05, YAD
    Officer, US Navy
  • 2013

    Sandy Buchanan ’74
    Executive Director, Ohio Citizen Action

    Emily Johnson Jackle ’98, YAD
    Organic Farmer
  • 2012

    Barbara Peterson Ruhlman '50
    Philanthropist, Community Volunteer, Fundraiser
  • 2011

    Kathryn Hellerstein '70
    Assoc. Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Poet, Scholar/Translator of Yiddish poetry

    Tiffany Laufer '91, YAD
    Filmmaker
  • 2010

    Heather Roulston Ettinger '79
    Advocate for women and their financial health

    Amanda Cinalli '04, YAD
    Professional athlete (soccer)
  • 2009

    Virginia "Ginny" Foote '73
    President & Co-Founder of the US-Vietnam Trade Council

    Camilla Taylor '89, YAD
    Attorney, Lambda Legal
  • 2008

    Elizabeth D. McKinley ’78
    Physician, Academic Society Dean at Case Western Reserve Univ.

    Roopal Patel '89, YAD
    Physician, President's Initiative on Malaria
  • 2007

    Kay Sproat Chorao '54
    Children's book illustator and author

    Kathleen Sullivan ’85
    Nuclear disarmament activist and educator
  • 2006

    Carol Madison Graham '74
    Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission
  • 2005

    A. Lindsay Frazier ’76
    Pediatric oncologist and researcher
  • 2004

    Mary DeCredico '77
    Author, historian and Vice Academic Dean, U.S. Naval Academy
  • 2003

    Virginia deConingh Fleming '48
    Activist for social reform
  • 2002

    Katharine Lee Reid '59
    Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art
  • 2001

    Elisabeth Galvin Kirsch ’58
    Founder/Director of domestic abuse shelter
  • 2000

    Nina Freedlander Gibans ’50
    Arts advocate extraordinaire
  • 1999

    Anne Hopkins Burnham '47
    Community activist, preservationist

    Elizabeth Morrison Marcotte '69
    Environmentalist, energy conservation consultant
  • 1998

    Sylvia Robinson Cruess '47
    Physician, hospital administrator and health policy maker
  • 1997

    Sally Pastorelle Reed '57
    Physician and founder of a free clinic
  • 1996

    Anne Hollis Reese '55
    Mental health educator
  • 1995

    Betty Hitchcock Rose '33
    Civic Activist and Inventor
  • 1994

    Joan Shook '72
    Pediatrician
  • 1994

    Priscilla Tyler '26
    Educator and specialist in Aboriginal literature and art
  • 1993

    Kathryn Beck Kris '51
    Psychiatrist
  • 1993

    Lucy M. Ziurys '75
    Astrophysicist
  • 1992

    Donna Ferrato '68
    Photojournalist
  • 1991

    Jean Steel '53
    Nurse Practitioner
  • 1990

    Andy Logan Lyon '38
    Journalist, Columnist
  • 1989

    Gwill Linderme Newman '50
    Brain research and mental health activist
  • 1988

    Helen Teagle Clements '26
    Lobbyist for nursing home standards
  • 1987

    Anne O'Neil '46
    Provincial, The Sacred Heart Order in the United States
  • 1986

    Mary Ellen Beck Wohl '50
    Chief of Respiratory Diseases, Boston Children's Hospital
  • 1986

    Elaine Grasselli Hadden '49
    Community Revitalization Activist
  • 1985

    Myra Evans Lapeyrolerie '77
    Entrepreneur
  • 1985

    Louise Ireland Humphrey '37
    President, Metropolitan Opera Association
  • 1984

    Terry Horvitz Kovel '46
    Authority on antiques/collectibles
  • 1983

    Susan Crile '60
    Artist
  • 1982

    Ann Denton Blair '31
    Radio and TV Bureau Chief
  • 1981

    Mary Feil Hellerstein '39
    Pediatrician
  • 1980

    Natalie Moore Babbitt '50
    Children's book author/illustrator
  • 1979

    Elizabeth Brooks Ford '14
    Public health and nursing education advocate
  • 1978

    Kate Ireland '48
    Chair, Board of Governors, Frontier Nursing Service
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