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Distinguished Alumnus Award 2009

2009 Recipients

Hewes D. Agnew, Med '63
Hewes Agnew received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University before coming to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as a medical student in 1959. He is actively involved with both universities, and is a Trustee Emeritus of Princeton. After thirteen years in Baltimore, Hewes moved to Montana in 1972 to work as a cardiac surgeon at the Billings Clinic, an organization which provides leading-edge care to over 7,000 patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes. His goal was to expand education, treatment and research opportunities. To help further his cause, he served as the Former Chair of the Billings Clinic Foundation and Classic Committee, where he once brought Wynona Judd to perform for a successful fundraiser. A colleague from his Halstead residency days who ran the Cardiac Surgery Department of the University of Pennsylvania had contacted Hewes about a position he though would fit him well. Hewes accepted the position and returned to the east coast in 1997 as chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital built in the United States. He officially retired in July 1999. Hewes also is a long-standing supporter of the performing arts. While in Billings, Montana, he helped to found the Alberta Bair Theater for the Performing Arts, a venue that was restored to its original 1930's decor and that provides a rich variety of exciting learning experiences in the arts for educators and their students. Today, the theater is one of Montana's premier cultural venues. Not to be pigeon-holed, Hewes and his wife, Susan, have toured the world on their tandem bike, traveling through 45 countries and pedaling nearly 16,000 miles through every continent but Antarctica. Top

Richard G. Bennett, Med '82
Richard Bennett received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth and his M.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He trained in general internal medicine at Baltimore City Hospital (now Bayview Medical Center) and completed a clinical and research fellowship in geriatric medicine at Johns Hopkins. He joined the School of Medicine faculty in 1987 and now holds the Raymond and Anna Lublin Chair in Geriatric Medicine. Richard's career at Johns Hopkins has included work as a clinician, researcher, educator and administrator. He served as executive medical director of the Johns Hopkins Geriatrics Center from 1997 to 2003, where he provided physician leadership for a variety of clinical programs, many of which are national models of care. In addition, he directed the fellowship training program in geriatric medicine, overseeing one of the largest groups of clinical and research geriatrics fellows in the United States. At Bayview, Richard was also the vice chair of the Medical Board from 1996 to 2003. He served as chief medical officer of Johns Hopkins Health Care from 1999 to 2003, helping lead the establishment of Priority Partners Managed Care Organization. In 2003, Richard joined the Medical Center's executive team as vice president of medical affairs. He was promoted a year later to senior vice president of medical affairs, and in 2006 to chief operating officer of the Medical Center. He is a current member of the board of directors at Keswick Multicare Center, where he also is the executive medical director. Richard has also served as executive medical director for EverCare Maryland and Lorien Health System. He has been active nationally and locally in developing new approaches to the delivery of health care for older adults. In 1996, Richard chaired the Maryland Long-Term Managed Care Advisory Committee, and he recently co-authored Building Healthy Communities through Medical-Religious Partnerships, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. His research on two common problems in nursing homes, clostridium difficile infection and pressure ulcers, has earned him an international reputation. He is now leading the efforts of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel in redefining the staging system used to evaluate pressure ulcers in the United States. Top

Paula E. Boggs, A&S '81
Paula Boggs is the executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Starbucks Coffee Company.  In this role she leads the Law & Corporate Affairs department, advising a wide range of Starbucks employees on legal business issues.  An officer in the United States Army from 1981-1988, Paula served as senior law clerk in the Office of the Army General Counsel from 1984-1985 and as special assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army from 1985-1986.  She also served as staff attorney for the White House Iran-Contra Legal Task Force. For her exemplary service she received the Defense Meritorious Award in 1987 and the Presidential Service Award in 1988. Paula served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington State specializing in fraud and regulatory crimes.   In 1994, she was tapped to serve for a one-year term as staff director for the Advisory Board on the Investigative Capability of the Department of Defense. The organization, charged with determining how the Department of Defense investigates itself, was created by the Secretary of Defense at the request of Congress in response to Tailhook. After leaving government service, Paula was made a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis in Seattle, one of the nation's premier, full-service law firms.  During her tenure, she was a trial lawyer specializing in corporate civil litigation. Ms. Boggs is an active volunteer in both legal and civic organizations.  She serves as a Washington State Delegate to the ABA's House of Delegates, is immediate past president of the Board of LAW Fund, is on the board of directors of Premera Blue Cross and the Starbucks Foundation. She is also the recipient of ABA 2006 Spirit of Excellence Award and the 2006 Sargent Shriver Award for Equal Justice.  Recently, she received the Urban League Spirit Award, a Council on Legal Education Opportunity award, and the 2008 Wiley A. Branton Award for her demonstrated service in the area of civil rights. Top

John W. Brantigan, Med '70
A native of Baltimore, John Brantigan received his medical degree from the School of Medicine in 1970. Following a surgical internship at the University of Minnesota, John served two years as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force, initially in San Antonio. Following his military assignment, John completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. He moved to Nebraska where he practiced orthopaedic surgery for almost twenty years, serving as chief of spinal reconstructive surgery at Creighton University from 1992 through 1997. In 1985, John began an extensive study of the causes of failure of spinal surgery and received the first U.S. patent ever issued on an interbody fusion (I/F) cage for human surgery. John collaborated with the AcroMed Corporation (now owned by Johnson and Johnson) on the commercial development of the cage. The Lumbar I/F Cage is a device now widely used throughout the world. He moved to San Antonio in 1997 to work full time with the South Texas Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery Associates team. John has taught spine surgical techniques in England, Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Venezuela, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia. Top

Patrick E. Brookhouser, Med '66
Patrick Brookhouser received his Bachelor of Science degree from Creighton University, where he would later return as chair of the department of otolaryngology. He completed his residency training in otolaryngology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Patrick is founding director of and Father Flanagan Chair of Otolaryngology at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, where he leads one of the largest institutions devoted to understanding and treating hearing loss in children. Boys Town National Research Hospital works with neighboring centers to bring auditory evaluation services to rural communities. Patrick is also the vice president and director of health care at the parent organization, Boys Town. He serves as executive secretary and is an American Medical Association Alternate Delegate for the Triological Society. He has served on the National Advisory Council for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and on the National Council for Child Health and Human Development. He has been the lead investigator and director of NIH grants focused on nerve-based hearing loss in children. Patrick is widely published on the subjects of early childhood hearing loss, genetics of deafness and rehabilitative strategies for children with hearing loss and other communication disorders. He is internationally known for developing ways to quickly detect hearing loss in infants and to discover what causes children to lose their hearing. He is a leader in the field of pediatric otolaryngology and otology. In 2005, Patrick was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. He has served on his 35th and 40th reunion committees. Top

Denice Cora-Bramble, Bus '99 (Cert), '03, (MBA)
Denice Cora-Bramble is the executive director of the Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, DC. The Goldberg Center is one of the six Centers of Excellence at Children's Hospital and includes the Divisions of General Pediatrics, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Pediatric Dentistry, the Child and Adolescent Protection Center, the Mobile Health Program, seven health centers and multiple related programs. The Goldberg Center is the largest provider of pediatric primary care in the District of Columbia, serving an urban, multicultural population. Denise Cora-Bramble earned a Bachelor of Science degree at George Washington University, completed her medical and pediatric residency training at Howard University and, and earned an MBA in Medical Services Management in 2003. Denise began her career as a school physician in the public schools of the District of Columbia and subsequently held several leadership positions at the George Washington University Medical Center and the US Department of Health and Human Services. In her role as Executive Director, Denise leads the clinical, research, education and advocacy activities of a multi-site staff of over 190, including more than 38 medical and dental faculty members. She is the first minority and currently the only woman to lead a clinical center of excellence at CNMC. Denise is also currently a Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics. She is the 2007 recipient of the Academic Pediatric Association and American Academy of Pediatrics' National Pediatric Community Teaching Award, the highest national honor in community pediatric education and was also the Association of American Medical Colleges' 2007 Robert G. Petersdorf Scholar-in-Residence. She has lectured throughout the US, in Europe, South America and the Middle East. Top

Nancy E. Davidson, Med' 82 (PGF)
Nancy Davidson received her M.D. in 1979 from Harvard Medical School, and completed her internal medicine training at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins Hospitals. Nancy Davidson was a medical staff fellow and guest worker at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda from 1982-86, where she developed a major interest in the breast cancer field. She joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1986 as assistant professor in oncology. Today, Nancy is professor of oncology and holds the Breast Cancer Research Chair in Oncology. She also serves as director of the Breast Cancer Research Program. Trained as a medical oncologist and scientist, Nancy has devoted her career to breast cancer research, in both the clinical and laboratory setting. She is known for her published findings on the role of hormones, particularly estrogen, on gene expression and cell growth in breast cancer, and she has led several national clinical trials to explore potential new therapies. She is immediate past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who treat people with cancer. She is also a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, and the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group where she is a member of the Breast Cancer Core Committee and serves as chair of the Breast Cancer Committee. Nancy is the recipient of numerous other professional honors, including the American Cancer Society Research Award, the American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Cancer Development Award, and the Susan Komen Foundation Award. She is also a member of the editorial boards of Cancer Research, The Breast Journal, The Breast, American Journal of Medicine, and Clinical Cancer Research. Top

David B. Fankhauser, A&S '71
Currently a professor of Biology and Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati's Clermont College, David Fankhauser was a leader in the American civil rights movement. At 19 David participated in a Freedom Ride to Jackson, Mississippi to protest the segregation of public interstate facilities in the South which persisted despite a federal law mandating that facilities be integrated.  The historic ride was organized by the legendary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Upon arriving in Jackson, David and the other Freedom Riders were arrested, refused bail, and staged a hunger strike. In an effort to break their will, the prisoners were moved to the infamous "Parchman Farm" in Mississippi Delta.  They did not falter.  After 12 days they ended their fast when the Justice Department agreed to take action to halt the arrests.  David was released after serving 42 days in prison.  That summer the Department succeeded in integrating public waiting rooms across the Southern states. Top

David C. Gakenheimer, Engr '65
David Gakenheimer is the principal developer of the Logicon Caries Detector, a groundbreaking image analysis software program that analyzes radiographs, looking for patterns of tooth decay (or caries), and allows dentists to more accurately diagnose patients and provide early treatment before the decay leads to more serious problems. In 1998, he received a US patent for the idea and received FDA approval. The product is currently used in over 3,000 dental offices and is on display at the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore. After signing an exclusive distribution agreement with PracticeWorks, a division of Eastman Kodak, David created his own business, GA Industries, to manufacture and further develop the Caries Detector. A few years later he sold the product to Eastman Kodak and signed on as an employee overseeing all sales and development of the product. Prior to his work on the Logicon Caries Detector, David spent the majority of his career working on sensitive national defense projects. He holds master's and doctorate degrees from California Institute of Technology. Top

John P. Gearhart, Med '82
John Gearhart completed his M.D. with honors from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1975, followed by residency and chief residency in urology from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed a fellowship in pediatric urology first at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool and then at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was appointed instructor of pediatric urology and in 1991 rose to the rank of professor and director of pediatric urology at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, an appointment which he presently holds. John has served on a number of special committees, including the Professorial Promotions Committee at Harvard University School of Medicine and the Dean's Committee on Faculty Compensation, Education, Values and Rewards at Johns Hopkins. He has also served as a special advisor to National Health Service of England. John is recognized internationally for his surgical skill in the field of pediatric urology and for his contributions in the treatment of major birth defects of the reproductive organs and the urinary system. He has been awarded numerous honors over the years. Most recently, he was awarded the Nicholas Stenning Visiting Professorship in Pediatric Surgery at the Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. He also serves as a consultant to the Australian National Health Service in its effort to create centers of excellence for infants born with major congenital defects. He has mentored a number of clinical and research fellows at the School of Medicine, many of whom are serving as chiefs of pediatric urology in prestigious institutions in the United States and abroad. A prolific writer and an astounding orator, John has written over 250 publications, more than 50 chapters in textbooks and has delivered over 350 research and clinical papers around the world. Top

Gena D. Glickman, Ed '76 (MS)
Gena Glickman is the fifth President of Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut. Before assuming the role of president of MCC in July 2008, Gena was the vice president for teaching, learning and student development at Elgin Community College, a large comprehensive community college west of Chicago with 19,650 headcount students. Gena has served in senior leadership positions at numerous institutions of higher education, including the University of Baltimore, Maryland Institute College of Art, Harford Community College, Baltimore City College; and as a tenured faculty member at the Essex Community College (now part of CCBC). In these roles she has mentored students, collaborated with faculty, designed and reviewed curriculum, created student programs, built workforce partnerships, and garnered resources for programs, scholarships and technology enhancement. At the University of Baltimore, she created A.M. Law, a continuing educational series for law school alumni. Believing that community colleges play a vital public role as economic drivers and must have high standards and remain accessible to all learners, Gena is involved with accreditation and regulatory policies, chairing regional accreditation visits, and with local and national advocacy activities to ensure affordable educational opportunities. As an elected co-chair of the Chief Academic Officers of Maryland, she worked successfully with statewide education leaders in the preparation and negotiation of an agreement for general education transfer in response to legislative concerns. She earned a BFA. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. Top

Philip S. Green, Engr '58
Philip Green formed Miranda Technologies, Inc. in 1998 to enable the development of products based upon his independent inventing and patenting activities. He invented and patented two endosurgical systems and, in June of 2000, licensed one of these for further development. Formerly, he was director of the Bioengineering Research Laboratory at SRI (originally, Stanford Research Institute.) There, he was engaged in general laboratory management and contract-research business development, in the leadership and supervision of a broad spectrum of medical technology research and development projects, in strategic consulting, and in technology licensing. He has lead many large, multi-institutional projects, and has collaborated in clinical evaluations of his technologies with hospitals and medical schools in the U.S. and Europe. In 1984, Philip became interested in the possibility of enhanced teleoperator surgery and, several years later, he began developing his unique Telepresence Surgery System. Under a grant from the NIH, his team developed a laparoscopic version of the system, which made "closed" surgery look and feel like open surgery. With the support of the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency, they developed a remote-surgery version that, in animal studies, enabled surgeons to do micro-vascular and other surgical procedures at a distant site, with ease and precision. Philip spearheaded the search for venture capital to commercialize the Telepresence Surgery System. This culminated in the founding of Intuitive Surgical, Inc., in 1995. Intuitive has had great clinical success in applying its da Vinci "robotic" technology to laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery, including heart valve replacement, coronary artery grafts, prostatectomy and many pediatric, gynecologic, and other procedures. Through 2007, Intuitive had a worldwide installed base of over 700 systems. Philip has been awarded over 45 U.S. patents in medical diagnostic and surgical technologies. At SRI, he was a successful licensor–nearly $4 billion worth of medical products licensed under his patents have been sold. Top

Gertrude J. Hodges, Nurs' 59
Trudy Hodges holds the distinction of being the first African American graduate of the Nursing School, graduating from both the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing and from the University with a B.S. degree in 1959. Trudy started her nursing career on Halsted 4 and became head nurse the following year. In 1962, she interrupted her Hopkins career to return to her native New York to pursue a master's degree in teaching at Columbia. Upon graduation, she returned to Baltimore and Hopkins. She initially taught at The Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, moved on to teach at the St. Agnes School of Nursing, but found her "real home" at the two-year institution known today as Baltimore City Community College. It was during her tenure at Baltimore City Community College that Trudy touched the lives of so many young minds, seeking what she sought – to become a nurse. Many in the academic community view Trudy as a mentor. In her position at Baltimore City Community College, she inspired students, many of whom were from backgrounds not supportive of higher education, to work hard to achieve degrees in nursing, including master's degrees and doctorates. Additionally, since her retirement, she has brought credit to the University, through her work with Baltimore City, devoting her time as an active member of the Advisory Board at Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School and serving on the Advisory Committee for the East Baltimore Development, Inc. (EBDI). Created in 2003, the EBDI, a nonprofit partnership of private and public entities, is transforming 88 acres in East Baltimore with $1.8 billion in new investments. Trudy works with the education component of the group, which seeks to ensure that East Baltimore children are successful throughout their educational careers. Her humanitarian service to the citizens of Baltimore has contributed to the bond of trust and mutual concern between Hopkins and its neighbors. Top

Andrew S. Klein, Med' 79, Bus' 99 (Cert), '02 (MBA)
Andrew Klein received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his MD from Hopkins in 1979. He went on to earn a Certificate in the Business of Health in 1999 and an MBA in Medical Services Management in 2002. Andrew currently is the Esther and Mark Schulman Chair in Surgery and Transplant Medicine and Director of the Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Transplant Center in Los Angeles, California. In this capacity he provides oversight and programmatic direction for the institution's liver, kidney, pancreas, heart, and lung transplant programs. He was also appointed Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 2005. He completed his residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, was a Harvard research fellow in transplantation immunology at The Massachusetts General Hospital, served as a Surgical Registrar at The John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University and was a fellow in liver transplantation at UCLA. In 2000, Andrew was appointed tenured Professor of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was the founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center from 1996 - 2003. In 1991, he received the Johns Hopkins Clinician Scientist Award, has authored or co-authored more than 100 original manuscripts and 25 chapters and has lectured extensively around the world. For almost twenty years, Andrew has played a leadership role in local and national policy making focused on organ donation, allocation, and transplantation; chairing the Living Donor Transplantation Committee, the Liver Transplantation Committee for The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and serving on the UNOS Board of Directors (2002 - 2006). Andrew is also a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD; 2003 - 2006). Top

Charles D. Miller, A&S '49
A member of the Class of 1949, Chuck came to Johns Hopkins University intent on becoming a physician.  However, his undergraduate experiences at Hopkins ignited his entrepreneurial talent.  Leadership positions on the Hullabaloo as well as his studies in accounting and business law inspired a lifelong passion for business.  After  leaving Hopkins, Chuck began his career as a sales manager with Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company, and continued on to become an associate at Booz, Allen & Hamilton.  In 1965, he began his illustrious career with Avery Dennison Corporation, a global leader in pressure-sensitive technology and self-adhesive products for consumer products and label systems.  A natural leader, he rose through the ranks at the company and was named president and chief operating officer in 1975.  In 1983, he became chairman and chief executive officer, a position he held until his retirement in 2000.  Chuck was instrumental in Avery Dennison's international expansion through acquisition, particularly in China.  He was a major force behind its status as a Fortune 500 company.  An active civic leader, Chuck was awarded the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Business Leader Award in February 1998.  Chuck is a benefactor of numerous arts organizations, medical institutions and special schools for children.  He is a Johns Hopkins Presidential Counselor and University Trustee Emeritus; a major supporter of the Center for Talented Youth and the creator of The Vision Fund — a fund for discretionary resources for the university  president. In 1998, he was awarded the Alumni Association Heritage Award.  He is a leadership donor to undergraduate scholarships at the School of Arts and Sciences, providing scholarship support to more than 20 students annually.  He endowed the Charles D. Miller Professorship in the humanities which is currently held by Dr. Erin Chung, the inaugural Miller Professor, who is a professor of political sciences focusing on East Asian Studies.  Chuck's own interest in East Asia stems from his highly successful efforts to create an Asian presence for Avery Dennison and his ongoing belief that Asia plays a pivotal role in the world economy. Top

Heather H. Murren, A&S '88
Heather Murren is co-founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI). NVCI is a non profit organization and, through Heather's efforts, became the official cancer institute of the state of Nevada in 2003. Heather and other community leaders organized an effort to build a comprehensive cancer center, as defined by the National Cancer Institute. This effort has raised more than $200 million to build, equip and staff a 142,000 square-foot research and care center. The research and care center opened in 2005 on six acres of land which Heather solicited from The Rouse Corporation and The Howard Hughes Corporation. NVCI has recruited some of the nation's leaders in cancer research to win the fight against cancer, in a state with some of the highest cancer mortality rates in the nation. In April 2002, Heather retired as a managing director of Global Securities Research and Economics at Merrill Lynch where she was group head for the Global Consumer Products Equity Research effort. In this position, she coordinated the efforts of Merrill Lynch's 16-member global consumer products team, encompassing analysts in Pacific Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States. As a senior executive at Merrill Lynch, she was an active mentor of women at the firm. In 2004, she was recognized as one of the Influential Businesswoman of the year by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She has received both Congressional recognition and commendation from the U.S. Senate for her work at the Nevada Cancer Institute. She has received numerous awards for philanthropy including the Larry King Heart Award for 2004, the Jameson Philanthropic Award from the Nevada Community Foundation, and the Humanitas Award from the Nevada Epicurean Club. In 2006, she was cited as a Nevada Healthcare Hero by Nevada Business Journal. Fluent in Spanish and French, she has served as a volunteer translator for the Nevada Health Centers, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides healthcare to Nevada residents regardless of the patient's ability to pay. Top

Marlene K. Rankin, Ed '74 (MS)
Marlene Rankin is a clinical associate professor at the College of Nursing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she has worked since 1992. Marlene completed her BSN at Penn State University and earned her MSN and PhD at Texas Woman's University College of Nursing. In May 2007, she was awarded with the Warren I. Susman Award, the university's highest honor for innovative teaching and mentoring. "Marlene is an outstanding teacher and it was an honor to nominate her for this award," said Felissa R. Lashley, dean and professor at the College of Nursing. "She is a real asset to our students and this reward is well deserved." In November 2008, Marlene was again honored for her contributions to the nursing profession, when the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses presented its Plastic Surgical Nurses (PSN) Editor's Award to her during its annual convention in Chicago. Top

imagebrowser imageKaren J. S. Rosenbaum, A&S '73 (PhD)
For over 40 years, Karen has been an innovative leader and passionate advocate for improving education.  After receiving a BA from Wells College and an MAT from Oberlin College, she taught secondary school English in Ohio and Massachusetts. In 1966, she developed a new basic studies program for Lexington High School in Massachusettes, focusing on under-served high school students.  Eager to be involved in educational reform, Karen earned a PhD in education from Johns Hopkins in 1973. While her children were young, she worked as a volunteer and substitute teacher for the Arlington schools. As local schools chair for the League of Women Voters, she chaired a major community forum on school reform. In 1977, Karen was appointed chair of the Arlington Schools Task Group on Responsible Student Conduct and Attendance, recommending more stringent policies which were adopted by the school board. Returning to work for Vice President Mondale's Task Force on Education during the Carter Administration, she was project director for Making Youth Programs Work, a 1980 publication for out-of-school, out-of-work youth distributed to 16,000 school districts across the United States. In 1982, Karen founded Technology Instruction Corporation and set up a day camp in Washington, D.C. for 7 to 16-year-old campers. When "computer camps" were all the rage, Karen's vision was to offer a place where learning technology was balanced by an athletics program. TIC summer camp uses the classrooms and sports facilities of college or school campuses, and offers a unique “spontaneous curriculum” developed for and by each individual camper, and taught in small groups with a 1:4 ratio of counselors to kids. Many campers go on to become counselors, a powerful testament to the lasting difference Karen's program makes in the lives of the participants.  One of Karen's strengths is selecting, training and managing a vital group of high school and college counselors, some of whom are recruited from other countries.  
*Nominated by the School of Education Top

Louis M. Sardella, Engr '69
A strong supporter of the Whiting School, Lou Sardella is the founder and Chairman of Sun Automation, Inc., a leading manufacturer of machinery used in corrugated box production. Lou is a remarkable innovator, and holds the patent on the industry-defining machine, known as the Sun Extend-O-Feed. Lou also has been awarded 17 other patents for his inventions, many of which are now considered the standard in the industry. Lou traces his success back to his undergraduate years at Hopkins. "Professors challenged us and taught us to think critically, and it opened up the world for me." He has remained active in the Johns Hopkins community, serving on the National Advisory Council for the Whiting School of Engineering and as a former member of the Society of Engineering Alumni (SEA) Council. He is an avid lacrosse fan and attends games frequently. In addition to volunteering, Lou has been a strong supporter of Johns Hopkins philanthropically. As a way of recognizing the tremendous effect faculty can have on students and the institution at large, he endowed a professorship in 2004 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has also endowed scholarships in the Whiting School of Engineering and for a varsity lacrosse student-athlete. Top

Michelle L. Singeltary, Bus '93 (MA)
Michelle Singletary earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and an MS from the Carey Business School in 1993. Michelle is a nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and her column, "The Color of Money" is an award-winning column, carried in approximately 120 newspapers across the country including the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, Tampa Tribune and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She has published two books, 7 Money Mantras For A Richer Life: How To Live Well With The Money You Have and Your Money and Your Man: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich, both books were published by Random House. Last year Michelle launched a national television program entitled "Singletary Says" on TV One, owned by Radio One and Comcast. She is a regular personal finance contributor for National Public Radio's afternoon program "Day To Day." and has made frequent appearances on local and national radio programs including the "Diane Rehm Show," and on all three major television networks. Michelle has also developed personal finance segments for local and national news programs, and for a number of network and nationally syndicated programs, including "Oprah," "NBC's Today Show," "The Early Show on CBS," "Nightline," CNN, "The View," and "Tavis Smiley" on PBS. In 2000, she joined MSNBC as a regular contributor. As if this was not an already extensive and impressive list of accomplishments, Michelle also briefly hosted her own radio call-in program on XM Radio in 2007. Among a long list of awards and honors, Michelle's Washington Post column was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and she was recently awarded an honor by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Top

Myron L. Weisfeldt, A&S '62, Med '65
Myron Weisfeldt pursued his training at the National Institutes of Health, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. Myron then returned to Johns Hopkins to become assistant professor of medicine and director of the Peter Belfer Laboratory for Myocardial Research in 1972, the director of the division of cardiology in 1975, professor of medicine in 1978, and the Robert L. Levy Professor of Cardiology in 1979. He returned to New York in 1991 to become the Samuel Bard Professor of Medicine and chair of the department of medicine and director of the medical service at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Under his leadership, the department's research funding has doubled, and there was a 30 percent increase in clinical activity. Myron also served as president of the Columbia-Presbyterian Physicians Network, the managed care contracting body for 1,000 physicians. Myron is now the William Osler Professor of Medicine and director of the department of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as physician in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He serves on the boards of a number of cardiovascular device companies; he is a member of the Advisory Board at KBL Healthcare Ventures and MPM Capital and has served on the editorial boards of several prestigious cardiology journals, including the American Journal of Cardiology, Circulation and Circulation Research. He holds four patents, is an author of more than 200 research papers and was recently elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Myron has recently been appointed by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense to be the Study Chair for a large-scale clinical trials network to conduct research on devices, drugs and other therapies for out of hospital cardiac arrest and severe traumatic injury. As president of the American Heart Association, he secured public and professional commitments to improving CPR and expanded resuscitation research funding. His efforts resulted in better management of acute life-threatening illnesses and injuries, including CPR and trauma. He has recruited, trained and mentored diverse academic researchers dedicated to CPR research and practice. Top