2017 Service Recognition Award Biographies

Apollonian Alumni Award – Established 1997

The Apollonian Alumni Award is named for St. Apollonia, the patron saint of Dentistry, and is conferred upon an alumnus who has demonstrated exceptional efforts on behalf of the alumni of the School of Dentistry. A maximum of one award is conferred annually.

Thomas P. Kadar

Thomas P. Kadar, D.D.S. (D'90, P'19, 20)
Dr. Tom Kadar knows how important great-looking teeth are to your appearance and self-esteem. More

As a child, he had crooked teeth. Once his braces were removed, he saw what good orthodontic treatment could accomplish. The difference was so dramatic that he decided to study dentistry and help others achieve great smiles.

Dr. Kadar has practiced orthodontics in Washington Township, NJ since 1993. Tom and his wife Lori (N'88, GMBA'91) blended their experience to create a practice with a unique combination of a kind, personal approach and technical expertise that have consistently earned them the reputation of being one of the top practices in NJ.

Dr. Kadar received his BS in Biology from Emory University. In 1990, he graduated Magna Cu Laude from GU School of Dentistry. Following a one-year residency at the VA Hospital, Tom spent two years studying for his advanced orthodontic degree at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Tom has earned the designation of Diplomate, one of the highest achievements in the orthodontic field. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Southern NJ Dental Association, Mid-Atlantic Society of Orthodontics and the American Association of Orthodontists.

Since graduation, Tom has been a GU Dental Alumni Board participant and interviews potential undergraduates for the GU Alumni Admission Program. Tom and Lori have four children (Juliana, Tommy, Alex, Marlina). Juliana and Tommy are currently HOYA undergrads in NHS pursuing nursing and pre-med respectively. Tom enjoys coaching.

 

Founders Alumni Award – Established 1992

The Founders Alumni Award is named for the founders of Georgetown University School of Medicine and is conferred upon a maximum of four alumni from the Medical School. Doctors Noble Young, Flodoardo Howard, Charles Lieberman, and Johnson Elliott approached President James Ryder, S.J. and requested the establishment of a medical department under the auspices of Georgetown College. In 1851, instruction officially began in the newly established department with Young, Howard, Elliot, and Lieberman as the first faculty appointments. Together, these four founding faculty provided the leadership and vision to sustain the fragile enterprise of the Medical Department throughout its early years. The award is conferred upon those alumni leaders whose efforts and dedication to the School of Medicine have been truly remarkable.

Jenifer Aventuro Luck

Jenifer Aventuro Luck, M.D. (MS'89, M'93, R'97, F'98)
Jenifer Aventuro Luck is a Pediatric Ophthalmologist with Kids Eye Care of Maryland. More

After a brief detour in Marine Biology, Dr. Luck obtained a Special Master's degree in Human Physiology from Georgetown in 1988. She received her medical degree from Georgetown's School of Medicine where she was inducted into the Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha, awarded the Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Award for outstanding academic performance and superior demonstration of the art of medicine and the Janet M. Glascow Memorial Achievement Award from the American Medical Woman's Association for graduation with achievement.

Dr. Luck completed her Ophthalmology Residency at Georgetown University Medical Center where she served as Co-Chief Resident, followed by Fellowship training in Pediatric Ophthalmology. She holds active memberships in the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Since completing her training, Dr. Luck and her husband Steve (G'86, M'90, Founder's Award recipient '14) serve as physician mentors to students in the School of Medicine as White Coat Sponsors, through the Dine with a Doc and World of Choices Programs and Physician Shadowing. She conducts interviews for applicants to Georgetown's School of Medicine.

Identifying an opportunity to support women in medicine, Dr. Luck has led discussions with Georgetown medical students entitled "Women in Medicine: Making it Work." She is committed to providing mentoring opportunities for physicians-in-training seeking advice on maintaining a healthy work-life balance with a goal to optimize long and satisfying careers.

The Drs. Luck reside in Potomac, Maryland and are the proud parents of Hoya fans Avery, who attends Loyola University of Chicago and Jackson and Conor, both students at the Georgetown Preparatory School.

 

Andrea R. Giacometti

Andrea R. Giacometti, M.D. (M'87)
Andrea R. Giacometti, MD is a fellowship trained neuroradiologist and distinguished Fellow of the American College of Radiology. More

Since 2008 she has been a practicing radiologist for Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, focusing not only on neuroradiology but also on women's imaging.

Dr. Giacometti received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, and went on to study medicine at Georgetown University where she received her medical degree in 1987.

Following medical school, she completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and went on to complete a neuroradiology fellowship in 1994.

Following her residency and fellowship, Dr. Giacometti became a partner at Virginia Radiological Associates. As a result of her outstanding qualifications and achievements, in 2012 she was honored to be named a Fellow of the American College of Radiology, an award bestowed on only ten percent of radiologists nationwide.

Dr. Giacometti has served as president of the Georgetown Clinical Society, an organization founded over 100 years ago by the Georgetown Medical School alumni, president of the Arlington County Medical Society, and president of the District of Columbia Medical Radiological Society. She currently serves as Associate Director of the Medical Society of Virginia. In 2012 and 2013 she was designated a "Super Doctor" by the Washington Post editorial board, and in 2014 she was honored as Georgetown Clinical Society's Doctor of the Year.

She resides in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Ross D. Vincenti, a lawyer in the telecommunications industry.

 

Daphne Keshishian

Daphne Keshishian, M.D. (M'93)
Dr. Daphne Stamos Keshishian is a board certified internist in private practice in Bethesda who focuses on preventative medicine, nutrition and wellness. More

She graduated college from University of Pennsylvania and medical school at Georgetown before training at Mt. Sinai in New York and Good Samaritan/University of Arizona in Phoenix before working in hospital based, healthcare policy and private practice settings. She has served as a preceptor for Ambulatory Care 1 and 2 for Georgetown Medical School students since 2015.

Daphne has been member of Georgetown Clinical Society since 2005 and served as Secretary, Vice President and then President in 2012-2013. In 2015, the Society awarded her "Doctor of the Year" and the "St. Ignatius of Loyola Award" for her efforts in running and revitalizing the organization. Alongside her husband, Lee C'92, she has been active in the Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP), mentoring undergraduates interested in medical careers. Daphne currently sits on the Medical Alumni Board of the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

In addition to working with her patients, she has taken her love of good food with evidenced-based research to the community with the concept as "food as medicine." Daphne is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and an avid home chef. Daphne authors a food blog and is a regular contributor to WTOP radio on issues of food and medicine. She lectures and does cooking demonstrations at Whole Foods Markets and speaks at Universities of Shady Grove and Suburban Hospitals on the concepts of culinary medicine, a new field now taught in 15% of American medical schools.

Daphne is also an avid golfer and currently the Vice President of Women's Golf Association at Congressional Country Club. She loves yoga and pilates.

Daphne and Lee live in Potomac with their three children, Armand, Ila and Lilit.

 

Charles P. Melone Jr.

Charles P. Melone Jr., M.D. (C'64, M'69, P'91, 02)
Charles Paul Melone Jr., serves as Director of Hand Surgery and the Hand Fellowship program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, and is Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine. More

Dr. Melone has performed over 30, 000 operations, specializing in microsurgery, sports injuries, arthritis, wrist fractures, and disabling Scleroderma. Career milestones include being one of the first surgeons to reattach severed hands, formulating the Melone classification of wrist fractures, and designing numerous operations for a multitude of hand afflictions. Notably, his surgery has been employed for not only the affordable but also for the less fortunate, such as his limb salvaging operations for the Haiti earthquake victims. Academically, he has published over 60 articles on hand related topics and has lectured in over 150 regional, national and international symposia.

Dr. Melone is "forever Georgetown" both personally and professionally. He is a two-term member of the board of regents, a lifetime member of the Loyalty Society, Hoyas Unlimited, and the Warwick Evans Medical Society. An endowment in his father's name exists for college student- athletes as does a commemorative workstation for medical students in the Proctor Harvey Teaching Amphitheater. Proudly, he continues to serve as the hand surgeon for the Georgetown men's basketball program and, barring a natural disaster, he seldom misses a game.

Although most equate him with hand surgery, teaching, sports, and especially HOYA BLUE and GREY, his most ardent passion clearly is directed toward his four: children, Lauren (C'91), Christin (C'01), Courtney, and Charles Paul III; and his precious granddaughter, five year old Lexie Rose (C'?).

Charles Melone Jr. is truly HOYA SAXA.

 

William Gaston Alumni Award – Established 1963

The William Gaston Alumni Award is named for Georgetown's first student, William Gaston, who as a member of the United States Congress helped obtain Georgetown's charter as an educational institution. He later served as justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. He is famous for delivering a classic oration during a Constitutional Convention in that state, which resulted in the removal of religious discrimination against members of his faith. He is admired for his personal integrity and his advocacy for religious freedom in the United States. The award recognizes outstanding service by undergraduate alumni who have exhibited leadership across many activities such as alumni clubs, class programs, and/or participation in other school activities. A maximum of five awards are presented each year.

Robert G. Barone

Robert G. Barone, M.D. (C'84, M'88)
Bob Barone is an Ophthalmologist who practices at Eye Physicians of Sussex County, NJ where he specializes in the treatment of diseases and surgery of the retina. More

He is the past president of the NJ Retina Society and an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retinal Specialists, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Bob has provided pro bono medical care for many years to Sussex County residents and through the charitable program EyeCare America.

While earning his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Georgetown, Bob played on the Varsity Baseball Team and was a founding member and VP of the Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service (GERMS), now considered one of the oldest and largest collegiate emergency medical service organizations in the United States.

For the past eight years. Bob has been a member of the Georgetown Medical Board and the GUAA Board of Governors. As a Governor, Bob served as Chairman of the Awards Committee, where he presided over the rewriting of the Awards Guidelines to ensure a more streamlined and diverse awards process. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Nominations Committee.

For the last five years, Bob has a served as mentor to first-generation pre-med students under the Georgetown Scholarship Program. He also acts as an Alumni Admissions Program interviewer.

Bob and his wife, Carla (Straniero) C'84 have been active with their class committees. Carla has Co-Chaired the Class of 1984 Reunions and Bob has been Chairman of the Medical School Class of 1988 for over 25 years. In 2007, they established an endowed football scholarship that honors Bob's late Georgetown roommate, Cmdr. Kevin D. Reynolds (C'84).

Bob and Carla reside in Mendham NJ and have two boys. Michael is a sophomore at Duke University and Alec is a senior at the Delbarton School in Morristown NJ.

 

Stephen D. Cashin

Stephen D. Cashin (F'79, P'10, 13)
Steve is the founder and CEO of Pan African Capital Group (PACG), headquartered in Washington, D.C. Established in 2004, PACG leverages its pool of permanent capital to make direct investments in financial services companies, participate in private equity funds and work with African and global clients to advise on structured lending, corporate finance and other transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa. More

Over the last fifteen years, Steve has invested in and served on the boards of numerous businesses across the continent.

Steve applies his SFS foundation in his work at the intersection of government, private investment and philanthropy. As a member of the Board of Visitors for the past decade, he has promoted and secured funding for the new Master's degree in Global Human Development, which targets more applied and integrated approaches to the growth of emerging markets. In addition to SFS, Steve serves on several nonprofit boards, including Jesuit Refugee Service International and Africare, where he serves as Board Chairman. He and his family support numerous Jesuit and other philanthropic institutions across Africa and the United States. As a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Steve led an initiative to introduce credit ratings to Africa, and he continues to advocate for the development of Africa's financial markets as a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bretton Woods Committee.

Born in Libya and raised all over the world, Steve has spent his lifetime as an engaged and active global citizen, beginning as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zanzibar, Tanzania. He graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1979 and received an MBA from Boston College. He now resides in Washington, DC with his wife, Molly, who has her master's degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown. They have three children, two of whom are graduates of Georgetown, and all of whom carry on the tradition of service and affinity for the African continent.

 

1820 Graduate Award – Established 2009

The 1820 Graduate Award is named for the year that the Graduate School was founded and recognizes outstanding leadership and service by graduate alumni to their alma mater in the Georgetown alumni community, through activities of the Georgetown University Alumni Association, or through any university sanctioned alumni outreach group. Eligible for this award are alumni graduate students including those of the College of Arts & Sciences, Walsh School of Foreign Service, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University Law Center, School of Nursing and Health Studies, McCourt School of Public Policy, School of Continuing Studies, and Georgetown University Medical Center. Not eligible for this Award are graduates solely with J.D., M.D., and D.D.S. degrees or graduate certificates from Georgetown University. A maximum of two awards may be presented each year.

Elias Raphael Gottlieb Schulze

Elias Raphael Gottlieb Schulze (F'07, MSFS'08)
Elias Schulze serves the co-founder and Managing Director of Kana Television; he has spent the last 8 years focused on Africa across various strategy, finance, and operational roles/projects in over 15 African countries. More

Kana Television is an Ethiopia focused international entertainment television channel with a commitment and investment to bring Ethiopian audiences high quality entertainment. Kana Television is a joint-venture between Moby Group and a group of Ethiopian based entrepreneurs.

Elias also serves as the Managing Partner and co-founder of The Africa Group LLC, an advisory and venture capital firm, which has stakes in several early stage ventures across Nigeria, Ethiopia and Kenya. The Africa Group established a partial scholarship program in 2010 to support graduate students from Africa at MSFS.

Previously Elias worked as the Africa CEO for Kaymu, an online marketplace with operations across 17 African countries. Kaymu is part of Africa Internet Group (AIG), a joint-venture between Rocket Internet, MTN, and Tigo Millicom.

Prior to joining Kaymu, Elias worked as an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company where he was based in Nigeria and worked throughout Africa with a significant strategy focus. He also worked as an Investment Analyst at Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), a leading Africa-focused private equity firm.

Elias holds a BS and a MS from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (2008 graduate).

Schulze is also a non-executive board member of a family business, Schulze Global Investments, which has been a pioneer of US private equity in frontier markets, including Mongolia, Georgia, and Ethiopia.

 

Eileen Shields-West

Eileen Shields-West (MSFS'67)
Eileen Shields-West is presently chair of Refugees International (RI), a leading non-profit, advocacy organization that campaigns for lifesaving assistance and protection for refugees and internally displaced people around the world. More

Her career has ranged from Correspondent and Bureau Chief for TIME Magazine to on-air reporter for CBS in the Washington Bureau. She has also worked as a freelancer for CNN and NPR.

Eileen joined RI's board in 2001 and became chair in 2010. She has traveled the world with RI, accompanying the organization on field missions to Cambodia, Tanzania, Darfur, Thailand, Rwanda, DRC, South Sudan, Mali, Iraq, Jordan, Greece and Turkey. In 2015, the United Nations reported that more than 65 million people are displaced across the globe, the highest number since the end of World War II.

From 1999 to 1999, Eileen served as Board Chair for Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, in Washington, D.C. She authored The World Almanac of Presidential Campaigns (1992), a review of all of our nation's presidential campaigns. She also edited and contributed to Choosing the Right Educational Path for Your Child: What Are the Options? (2008).

Eileen writes political and international guest columns for The Huffington Post. She is on the board of directors of The SEED Foundation, responsible for opening the first public charter boarding school in the nation; and, she volunteers as a Bookpal in D.C. public schools. Eileen is a member of Georgetown University's MSFS Advisory Board.

Eileen and her husband, John Robinson West, live in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. They have four children: Lily, Kate, Laura and Wyeth.

 

Reed Alumni Award – Established 1996

The Reed Alumni Award is named for James Patrick Reed (C'53), who served the Georgetown University Alumni Association for 32 years. The Reed Award is conferred upon one member of the Georgetown University Board of Governors (including Senators) during the most recently completed fiscal year. Nominations are accepted from current governors and senators, as well as University faculty and staff, who are asked to provide a summary of the nominee's accomplishments and outstanding service behalf of the Board of Governors and the Georgetown University Alumni Association during such fiscal year.

Frank A. Ciatto

Frank A. Ciatto (B'88, L'94)
Born and raised in Jersey City, N.J. and the product of 11 years of Jesuit education, Frank Ciatto was the first person in his family to graduate college. More

Since graduating from the Hilltop, he has remained closely connected to Georgetown.

Ciatto has been a Georgetown volunteer for more than 20 years. He served as Fundraising Chair of his 10-year reunion class and Communications Chair of his 25 and 30-year reunion classes, acted as a mentor to McDonough School of Business students, and recently offered pro bono legal advice to students involved with the Georgetown Entrepreneurial Alliance.

He was elected to the GUAA Board of Governors in 2003 and has since served in a number of leadership roles, including chair of the Awards Committee and Class Advancement Committee, and for the past 3 years as Treasurer of the Alumni Association and Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee.

Ciatto is a partner at Venable LLP, a nationally recognized law firm. In his legal practice, he helps entrepreneurs succeed in new and existing business ventures. He also previously worked as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand in New York.

Ciatto regularly has random songs stuck in his head and lives in Bethesda, Md., with his wife Deanne (C'89) and three daughters, Sophia, Francesca, and Julianna.

 

Young Alumni Service Award – Established 2012

The Young Alumni Service Award recognizes outstanding leadership and service of a Georgetown undergraduate alumnus or alumna, prior to one's 15th reunion year (at time of original nomination). Community service, professional achievements, and other such accomplishments are considered, but are secondary to five to fifteen years of varied University service. The Young Alumni Service Award will be presented during the Georgetown University Alumni Association Service Recognition Awards Banquet. Individuals may be nominated specifically for this Award, or, in the discretion of the Awards Committee, may be considered from other Award Nominations. A maximum of one award is conferred annually.

Trae Benjamin Stephens

Trae Benjamin Stephens (F'06)
Trae Stephens is a Principal at Founders Fund, where he focuses on startups operating in the government space. More

Previously, Trae was an early employee at Palantir Technologies, where he led teams focused on growth in the intelligence/defense space as well as international expansion, helping large organizations solve their hardest data analysis problems. He was also an integral part of the product team, leading the design and strategy for new product offerings. While at Palantir, Trae also served as an adjunct faculty member in Georgetown's Security Studies Program teaching a class on "Disruptive Analytics".

Prior to Palantir, Trae worked as a computational linguist building enterprise solutions to Arabic/Persian name matching and data enrichment within the United States Intelligence community. While a student at the School of Foreign Service, he studied abroad at the American University in Cairo, worked in President DeGioia's office, the office of then Congressman Rob Portman, and in the Political Affairs Office at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C. immediately following the installation of Hamid Karzai's transitional government.

Trae and his wife, Michelle, a 2006 graduate of the School of Nursing and Health Studies, reside in San Francisco. They have two children - Thad (3) and Solomon (1).