2015 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.

Martin K. Oishi

Martin K. Oishi, D.D.S. (D’84)
Martin Oishi has been in solo private practice for the past 30 years, having just celebrated his 30th Class Reunion. More

He took over the practice started by his father Masaichi Oishi (D’55) and soon will be joined by his son Matthew (C’09, G’11) who is a senior dental student at the University of Pennsylvania. Oishi just finished his second six-year term on the Dental Alumni Board. He has been a member of the Alumni Admission Program since graduation, past president of the Georgetown Club of Hawaii, chairman of the local arrangements for the JCW in Hawaii and co-chair of the GSP Hawaii Committee.

Oishi is an assistant professor in the dental hygiene department at the University of Hawaii, a position he has held since 1996. He has a very strong interest in public safety and has served on the Hawaii Board of Dental Examiners and is currently an examiner with the Central Regional Dental Testing Service and the Northeast Regional Board. He lives in Honolulu with his wife Kathy, his two sons Matthew and Timothy, and his daughter Kellye.

 

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.

David T. Boyd

David T. Boyd, M.D., MBA (C’99, M’04, MBA’04)
David Boyd received a B.S. in biology from Georgetown University, graduating with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. More

In his junior year, he spent a semester abroad at King’s College in London, England, studying the sciences. He completed an M.D. at Georgetown as well as a full-time MBA. He was awarded membership into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. His business school experience was capped by a consulting project for Eurotel, a large mobile phone company based in Prague, Czech Republic.

Boyd completed a Transitional Year Internship at Inova Fairfax Hospital within the Department of Medicine. He then completed his Radiology Residency and Neuroradiology Fellowship at Georgetown. During residency, he was named chief resident and subsequently, Resident of the Year. He achieved Radiology Board Certification and a Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology from the American Board of Radiology.

Boyd is a partner at Progressive Radiology. He recently gave Grand Rounds at Georgetown on Wilson’s Disease. He also serves as president of the Georgetown Clinical Society. He has served on the Society’s Executive Board since 2011, first as treasurer for two years and then vice president, helping to increase the Society’s net assets from $1,700 to over $20,000 and increase its overall membership, including student membership. He has enhanced the Society’s relationship with the Georgetown School of Medicine, increasing the Society’s support of the White Coat Ceremony, the Ruggles Lecture on Military Medicine and the Music for the Mind Event.

Boyd serves as president, CME coordinator, and young physician alternate councilor of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the American College of Radiology. He also serves as health policy chair of the American Society of Neuroradiology’s Young Professionals Subcommittee. He and his wife Suzanne (C’00) met at Georgetown and are the proud parents of two young daughters, Isabelle and Juliette.

Michael J. Palko

Michael J. Palko III, M.D. (M’85, R’86)
Michael J Palko III M.D., a Pennsylvania native, is a dermatopathologist who, for over 13 years, has been laboratory director of Georgia Dermatopathology, located in Hinesville and Savannah, Georgia. More

Georgia Dermatopathology serves numerous patients from rural Georgia who live in Department of Health and Human Services-designated health professional shortage areas. Dr. Palko received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 and his medical degree from Georgetown University in 1985. He remained at Georgetown for his internship. Dr. Palko then returned to Pittsburgh and completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology, and also served as chief resident. A dermatopathology fellowship followed at Boston University. He is board certified in anatomic, clinical and dermatopathology.

Dr. Palko has been a member of the dermatology faculty at Boston University and the University of Pittsburgh. He has also served as Dermatopathology Fellowship Program director at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Palko has been an invited lecturer/moderator at state and national dermatology conferences and at dermatology training programs. He is a member of several medical societies.

Throughout the years, Dr. Palko has been involved with the Georgetown community through philanthropy. He donated a painting, Georgetown University at the Second Millennium by John Gable, to Georgetown University in honor of fellow Hoya Colleen M. Coyle, Esq. (C’84). This painting was dedicated in December 2004 by John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, and is displayed outside of historic Riggs Library. In 2011, Dr. Palko established an endowed scholarship for School of Medicine students in honor of his classmate, Joseph Timpone Jr., M.D. (M’85).

Dr. Palko’s three siblings are also physicians. His oldest brother Bill (C’78), and his sister-in-law Maria, are also Georgetown alumni. Dr. Palko enjoys skiing and traveling internationally with his son, Paul.

 

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.

Damien R. Dwin (B’97)
Damien Dwin is the co-founder of Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC, a New York-based asset management firm dedicated to investing in growing, middle-market U.S. businesses. More

Prior to Brightwood, Dwin co-founded and headed the North American Special Opportunities Group at Credit Suisse where he and his team built-out and invested capital for internally-sourced private equity and debt deals. In addition, he ran the Fixed Income Division Credit Training Program at Credit Suisse and served on the VP Selection Committee.

Dwin began his career as a trader at Goldman Sachs, holding fixed income, currency and commodities positions. In 2002, he was honored with the Michael P. Mortara Award of Innovation for his work in developing a market to finance and short-sell bank loans. Goldman Sachs established the award to recognize the team or individuals who best capture the firm’s spirit of creative and entrepreneurial thinking.

Dwin is one of the founders of the Patrick Healy Fellowship, a Georgetown organization dedicated to pursuing the Jesuit ideals of diversity and community service. The fellowship provides a group of undergraduate juniors and seniors the opportunity to cultivate their own leadership abilities through mentorship and fellowship. Patrick Healy Fellows participate in various programs, focused on making Georgetown’s campus a more diverse institution. Dwin previously served on Georgetown University’s Board of Regents. He also serves on the Campaign Executive Council, created to advise on campaign strategies, fundraising prospects and university goals. In addition to his Georgetown efforts, he is a trustee of the Boys’ Club of New York. He graduated from the McDonough School of Business undergraduate program in 1997. He resides in New York with his wife Dasha (B’95) and their children, Connor and Ella.

Stuart Pollard

Stuart Pollard (B’89)
Stu Pollard has been behind some kind of camera for longer than he cares to admit, having produced and directed a wide variety of content, from commercials to motion pictures. More

Running his own production company, Lunacy Unlimited, since 1994, he has sold films to HBO and Netflix, and seen his work screened at festivals such as Sundance and South by Southwest. Also an educator, Pollard teaches in the graduate production program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and annually presents a master class in producing at Film Independent. Additionally, he has guest lectured at dozens of universities nationwide.

In terms of his Georgetown identity, Pollard is perhaps best known for the high-energy videos he makes for his class reunions. He’s now trying to expand his visual reach by creating content for other classes, as well as the Alumni Association, through his work for the Board of Governors. He’s also produced a commercial for the Hoya Gateway mentorship program and co-directed a short documentary on GU Hall of Fame running back Dean Lowry (Parent’89).

Pollard just completed chairing the Class of 1989’s 25th Reunion, which set records for on-campus attendance and post-reunion financial participation. He is an active participant in GEMA’s LA externship, and has personally mentored dozens of Georgetown graduates who have demonstrated an interest in creative careers. He’s also on the planning committee for John Carroll 2015 in Los Angeles, and has been an AAP interviewer since 1992. Pollard holds an MFA in film production from USC and is a member of the Directors Guild of America. He serves on the boards of the Kentucky Center for the Arts and the Louisville Film Society and resides in Santa Monica, California.

Ann Tierney Prochnow

Ann Tierney Prochnow (C’88)
Ann Tierney Prochnow is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Julia Farr Collection, LLC, a manufacturer and wholesaler of affordable luxury women’s clothing. More

After graduating cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.A. in history, she was a wholesale sales representative for Ralph Lauren in New York. She left the fashion world to pursue a career in nonprofit fundraising for eight years, including working as the director of alumni affairs for Georgetown Medical Center, before taking time off to raise her two children.

Prochnow received her M.A. in English from University of Missouri–Kansas City in 2003. She worked as a freelance writer, specializing in non-fiction magazine articles and marketing materials for retail apparel stores. She wrote the screenplay, The Boys of Winter, about ski troops in W WII, which was a finalist in multiple screenplay competitions, including the Beverly Hills Film Festival in 2008.

In 2012, she reentered the fashion world and formed a partnership with fellow Georgetown graduate Julia Farr (C’88, Parent’18) to launch the Julia Farr Collection. She is currently in her second term as a member of Georgetown University Alumni Association’s Board of Governors, where she has served on the Executive Committee as chair of the Class Advancement Committee for three years, and as a vice chair of that committee for two years. She was on the leadership committee for her 15th, 20th and 25th reunions, including serving as the class webmaster and social media chair. She has been a board member of the Georgetown Club of Kansas City since 2002.

For the past two decades, Prochnow has interviewed over 85 prospective students as an alumni admissions program volunteer. She resides in Kansas City with her husband, Tyler and their son Connor (MSB’18) and daughter, Sophia.

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.

Albert Ribeiro

Albert Ribeiro (MBA’07)
Al Ribeiro leads Global Public Affairs for Pfizer Oncology, developing and executing strategies focused on advocacy, public policy and stakeholder engagement, specifically for global product launches and patient assistance and access programs. More

Previous to this role, he served in various capacities across Pfizer, including corporate affairs chief of staff, in which he led the division’s strategic planning and ensured critical operational functions aligned with broader business objectives. He was also a director in Pfizer’s U.S. Political Affairs group, coordinating the company’s grassroots public advocacy activities.

Ribeiro has extensive experience at the highest levels of public affairs and politics. Prior to joining Pfizer, he served in a number of senior roles for both the John McCain and Rudy Giuliani presidential campaigns. He has worked in political or issue campaigns in 15 states and was a vice president for Jamestown Associates, a national political and public affairs consulting firm. He earned his MBA in 2007 at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, where he worked on an economic development project in Johannesburg, South Africa and completed a program at Oxford University in International Management.

While at Georgetown, Ribeiro served as president of the Student Government Association and co-founded the MBA Capitol Connections organization. He holds a B.A. in political science from The College of New Jersey. He currently serves as the chair of Georgetown’s MBA Alumni Advisory Council and resides in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Nicole Bibbins Sedaca

Nicole Bibbins Sedaca (MSFS’97)
Nicole Bibbins Sedaca directs the Washington, D.C. office of a diplomatic advisory group called Independent Diplomat. More

She is an adjunct professor in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program teaching courses on Religion and International Affairs, as well as Policy Innovation and Coalition Management and actively supports MSFS through mentoring students and leading public speaking clinics.

After graduating from Georgetown, she began 10 years of service at the U.S. Department of State on a range of issues including democracy promotion, human rights, refugee issues, counterterrorism and human trafficking. Most recently she served as senior director for strategic planning and external affairs for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, as well as senior advisor to the undersecretary of state for Democracy and Global Affairs.

Following her government service, Sedaca launched and directed the International Republican Institute’s local governance program in Ecuador, and also taught at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador.

She earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary. She also studied at Humboldt Universitat in Berlin, Germany, while on a Rotary International Scholarship. Sedaca chairs the Board of Directors of the International Justice Mission, an organization seeking to end violence against the poor, and is a member of the Board of Visitors of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. She has also served on the boards of the Institute for Global Engagement, the Fund for William and Mary, and the William and Mary Washington Office.

 

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.

Curtis James Romig

Curtis James Romig (C’94)
Curtis J. Romig is a partner with Bryan Cave LLP, an international law firm with over 30 offices worldwide. More

He has practiced law with Bryan Cave LLP, and its Atlanta predecessor, Powell Goldstein LLP, since 1999, following a one-year clerkship for the Honorable Henry Coke Morgan, Jr., United States District Judge in the eastern district of Virginia, Norfolk Division. He has assisted construction, financial, energy, retail, manufacturing and transportation companies in resolving commercial disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and state and federal litigation. He helped one of his manufacturing clients secure the largest verdict in the history of Brooks County, Georgia in a design and construction defect case involving a biofuel energy system.

Romig’s real estate litigation experience includes resolving all manner of property related disputes for lenders, real estate developers, investors, contractors, property owners and tenants. He has extensive dispute resolution experience representing utilities and other clients involved in energy marketing and co-generation. These representations have involved almost every aspect of power generation, supply, demand and transmission.

Romig currently serves as the parliamentarian for the Georgetown University Alumni Association’s Board of Governors, after serving as a governor from 2009 to 2012. He is also on the Executive, Career Services, Alumni Club and Nominations Committees. Romig has been an AAP interviewer since 2010, and served on the Class Committee for his 15th and 20th Reunions, chairing the Events Committee for his 20th. Romig has been on the Board of the Georgetown Club of Georgia since 2005, serving as president from 2006 to 2010, and secretary from 2005 to 2006.

During his time with the Georgetown Club of Georgia, the Club won GUAA Club of the Year twice (2005-2006 and 2010-2011), and won several other awards, including Educational Program of the Year (2009-2010) and Community Service Program of the Year (2011-2012). He also serves as a class representative for his high school, The Norfolk Academy, and as a class manager for his law school, the University of Virginia.

Romig volunteers on the Annual Fund Committee for Pace Academy in Atlanta, where his two oldest children attend school. He graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University in 1994, and then from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998. He has lived in Atlanta since 1999, and has been married to his law school sweetheart, Jennifer Murphy Romig, since 2001. They have three children: Laura, James and Elizabeth.

 

James S. Ruby Faculty Appreciation Award – Established 2008

The James S. Ruby Faculty Appreciation Award is named for James S. Ruby (C'27), the first Executive Secretary of the Georgetown University Alumni Association, and recognizes outstanding service to the Georgetown University Alumni Association by faculty members of Georgetown University who have exhibited leadership across the entire range of alumni activities, such as work with the Georgetown University Board of Governors, regional clubs, class programs, and/or participation in other alumni volunteer capacities. From time to time, upon the recommendation of the Awards Committee, the Board may bestow this award upon a University representative other than a faculty member to recognize service of distinction to the alumni of the University. A maximum of two awards may be presented each year.

Dr. John J. Glavin

Dr. John J. Glavin (C’64)
In 1964 John Glavin graduated from the then College of Arts and Sciences with a major in English. More

He went on to Bryn Mawr where he received his Ph.D., also in English, in 1970. In 1967 he joined the Georgetown Department of English, in which he has taught for 47 years. For the past several decades his teaching has focused on training students to write for the screen. His scholarly work centers on adaptation, particularly 19th century adaptations of earlier texts and 20th century adaptations of Victorian fiction for the stage and screen.

His publications include After Dickens: Reading, Adaptation and Performance and Dickens on Screen, both published by Cambridge University Press, and Dickens Adapted published by Ashgate as part of the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth. He is a co-founder of the Carroll Fellows Initiative, Georgetown’s flagship programs for its most academically talented and ambitious undergraduates, which he continues to direct. He also directs the Georgetown Office of Fellowships, Awards and Resources for Undergraduates (GOFAR), within which he acts as the secretary of university fellowship.

Dr. Glavin has been married since 1971 to the former Margaret O’Keeffe, who enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a senior civil servant, retiring as associate commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. They have two children, Cecilia Gordon and Thaddeus Glavin (SFS’95), married to the former Sarah Hooper (C’95, M’99). John and Margaret Glavin have five grandchildren—James and Samuel Gordon as well as Cooper, Holden and Genevieve Glavin—and an extraordinary standard poodle, Sophie.

 

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.

Dr. Ashley Darcy-Mahoney

Dr. Ashley Darcy-Mahoney (N’06)
Dr. Ashley Darcy-Mahoney is an assistant professor and neonatal nurse practitioner at the Emory University School of Nursing. More

Her areas of interest are neonatology, developmental pediatrics and brain injury. She has dedicated her career to infant health, specifically high-risk infants’ developmental outcomes. Her research seeks to improve early-childhood outcomes for these infants, most recently through language interventions.

Dr. Darcy-Mahoney received her BSN from Georgetown University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the former president of the Georgetown Club of Philadelphia from 2008-2010 and is the vice president of the Georgetown Club of Miami. She has served on the Board of Governors since 2010 and the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies Board of Advisors.

Dr. Darcy-Mahoney currently serves as the president-elect for Hoyas Unlimited after completing one term as a Hoyas Unlimited board member and two terms as president of the Georgetown Women’s Soccer Hat Trick Club. For the past eight years, she has been an alumni interviewer as part of the Alumni Admissions Program and served has a board member for the class of 2006 committee since graduation. She also served as a member of the Planning Committee for the 2014 John Carroll Weekend in Miami.

In addition to serving Georgetown, Dr. Darcy-Mahoney is a member of the Alumni Admissions Committee for the University of Pennsylvania and the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing. She resides in Atlanta with her husband Kevin Mahoney (MSB’06).