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By Melissa Coy on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Anthony Agnello (1972-74) was selected by Northern Arizona University as the 2013, Dr. Cliff Harkins Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award winner. The award recognizes Agnello’s continued service to the local and international community. Locally in Buffalo, NY Agnello is the President of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer member group Friends of Afghanistan and an adviser for Educational Outreach. As an Educational Outreach adviser, Agnello coordinates volunteer placements in women’s and homeless shelters and organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. Internationally Agnello has impacted the community by organizing and motivating student groups and community organizations to sponsor gender equity projects in Afghanistan.
Winston Harrell (2006-08) is the newest member of the South Boston Town Council. Harrell has served in leadership for numerous Boston community organizations including the South Boston Lions Club, Lions Board of Directors for District 24B, The Good Samaritan, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, and the Hargrave Military Academy Alumni Association.
Andrew Pearson (1993-95) was sworn in as the Stearns County, MN District Court Judge. Prior to his new position as District Judge, Pearson worked in Criminal Defense, most recently for the Bradshaw & Bryant firm, representing clients in civil commitment hearings.
Chris Ashman (1971-73) received the Goshen, NY, Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was given to Ashman in recognition of the notable contributions he made to the community through his efforts at the Department of Mental Health. Ashman served as the Orange County Commissioner of Mental Health for 21 years.
Asa Christiana (1989-90) recently founded the non-profit organization Futbol Friends International (FFI). The mission of the organization is to connect U.S. youth soccer organizations to youth soccer players in developing nations and facilitate monetary donations for soccer equipment. So far FFI has successfully supplied equipment and built a field for a soccer team in Uganda, purchased balls and locally made uniforms for a soccer league in Nicaragua, and supplied equipment to players in Kenya and Ghana.
Elaine Schroeder (1967-69) was a recipient of the Women of Achievement Award, an award given to women who have made extraordinary contributions to the Alaskan community. In Alaska, Schroeder has worked at Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE), founded the Juneau People for Peace and Justice, hosted a monthly show about mental health on KTOO radio, and created a sexual abuse survivor’s program geared specifically for Southeast Alaskans. Some of Schroeder’s work outside of Alaska includes volunteering with Amnesty International, assisting with family planning in Nepal, and the founding of a Rape Relief center in Seattle.
Donna Shalala (1962-64) is the 2014 recipient of the Sand in My Shoes Award, given by The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. The award was given to Shalala in recognition of her accomplishments as the President of the University of Miami.
John Davison (1983-85) was confirmed as the new Resident Director for the Tangier American Legation Museum (TALIM). Located in Tangier, Morocco, the purpose of TALIM is to provide a space for cross-cultural understanding between the U.S. and Morocco. Davison brings to the position nearly 30 years of global experience with past positions including: the U.S. Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs in New Delhi, Deputy Chief of Mission in Niger, Deputy U.S. Representative to the U.N. Economic and Social Council and Political Adviser to the U.N. on Iraq and the Middle East.
Wendy Voet was named the executive director of Women’s Way- a nonprofit organization focused on improving women’s safety and equality in Pennsylvania. Voet was previously the deputy director of the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania where she had earlier obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Voet has a Masters in Public Health from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Disease.
Mara Taub (early 1960s) was listed in The Santa Fe New Mexican’s Ten Who Made a Difference in 2013. Taub is a champion for prisoner and immigrant rights and is the coordinator of the Coalition for Prisoner’s Rights as well as the co-founder of Los Amigos del Parque. Some of Taub’s awareness and advocacy efforts include a breakfast for day laborers, an essential project of Amigos Del Parque.
George Cummins (1964-67) recently received the Iowa Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award. The award is given to those who have made a significant contribution to the agricultural industry on a local, state, and or national level. Some of Cummin’s contributions to Iowa agriculture include the coordination of the Floyd County Agricultural Development Authority and work as a field agronomist for the Iowa State University Extension service.
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