2016 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.

Alfred LaPorta

Alfred LaPorta, D.D.S. (D’87)
Dr. LaPorta received his undergraduate college degree from Fordham University and his dental degree from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1987. More

He has been practicing cosmetic, implant, and family dentistry for 29 years.

Professionally, he is a member of the American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and The Academy of Operative Dentistry. He is currently on the executive council of the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators and the Academy of R.V.Tucker Study Clubs. He is a past president of the Ninth District Dental Association.

Dr. LaPorta is a recipient of the New York State Dental Association’s New Dentist Leadership Award and the Ninth District’s D. Austin Sniffen Award.

Dr. LaPorta is a true son of Georgetown. During the time he attended dental school he was the editor of the Apollonian Yearbook. He has served on the Dental Alumni Board for six years and is currently the national chair. He is also the founder and president of the Georgetown Dental Alumni Study Club, New York Chapter providing social and continuing education programs for Georgetown dentists in the tristate area.

On a different note, Dr. LaPorta has studied Italian Renaissance art in Rome and spends much of his free time creating Renaissance mosaic art.

Dr. LaPorta lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife Christina and their daughters, Daniella and Giuliana.

 

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.

Roni W. Ford

Roni W. Ford, M.D. (M’89)
Roni W. Ford has been a dermatologist in private practice for 23 years. More

Following her graduation from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1989, she completed her internship in internal medicine and residency in dermatology at the University of Maryland where she served as chief resident her final year. After working for a dermatology practice in Baltimore, Dr. Ford moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland in 1996 and opened her own practice. The practice has grown since that time from one physician to a group of three physicians and has become one of the most highly regarded dermatology practices in the area.

Dr. Ford has been active as a Georgetown alumnus since 2009. She has served two three-year terms on the Medical Alumni Board; participated as a volunteer on her 20th and 25th medical school reunion committees; participated in the World of Choices networking events for medical students; and has hosted numerous Dine with a Doc dinners at her home. In addition to serving Georgetown, she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a Fellow of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and an active member of the Medical and Chirurgical Society of Maryland and the Montgomery County Medical Society.

Dr. Ford resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland with her husband Roger and has two sons: Brandon, 14, is a freshman in high school and Jonathan, 21, is active duty in the U.S. Army.

 

Joanne Massina Kechejian

Joanne Massina Kechejian, M.D. (MS’85, M’89, Parent’16,’17,’19)
Dr. Joanne Kechejian has been practicing as a primary care physician for the last 25 years, initially in Worcester, Massachusetts, and currently with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in its Long Island offices. More

She has served as the M’89 Class Representative since 1994, assisting in planning class reunions every five years. Recruiting classmates to return to the Georgetown campus and encouraging classmate donations has been one of her great successes. She created the Georgetown Medical Class of 1989 group page on Facebook to connect classmates through social media, and with almost 100 members, medical alumni are reliving memories and revisiting their Georgetown roots. She was the organizational force behind establishing the M’89 Endowed Scholarship Fund for a Georgetown School of Medicine recipient in memory of deceased members of the Medical Class of 1989, raising over $100,000 in donations and pledges during the 25th Reunion. Recognizing the need for scholarship in order to help attract the best and brightest to Georgetown, she, along with her husband Peter (MS’85, M’89) subsequently established the Peter & Joanne Kechejian Endowed Scholarship Fund for a Georgetown School of Medicine recipient. In addition, she has been an annual contributor to the Kechejian Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, initiated by her father-in-law Dr. Nishan Kechejian (M’60), in support of a Georgetown School of Medicine recipient.

Dr. Kechejian has been a Georgetown interviewer for the Alumni Admissions Program (AAP) since 1995. She has been an annual White Coat Sponsor for Georgetown School of Medicine first year medical students. She has participated in a Special Masters in Physiology (SMP) discussion panel during Medical Reunion Weekend 2014.

Dr. Kechejian is the mother of four, including Peter, Katharine (NHS’15, MS’16), Caroline (NHS’17), and Emma (NHS’19). Together with her husband, she has been a leader in the Marriage Preparation Program at St. Philip Neri Parish in her hometown of Northport, New York.

 

Michael Sharkey

Michael Sharkey, M.D. (M’85)
Dr. Michael Sharkey graduated from Georgetown’s School of Medicine in 1985. More

He is the medical director and CEO of Georgia Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, a 20-office dermatology practice in Georgia.

Thanks to his exceptional training at Georgetown’s School of Medicine, Dr. Sharkey excelled in the Army where he trained as a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon specializing in skin cancer treatments.  Upon returning from a tour in the Kuwait, Dr. Sharkey left the Army for private practice and opened his first office in Hinesville, Georgia in 1996.  His vision was to bring first-class dermatologic care to the underserved areas of rural Georgia.

In addition to leading the largest dermatology practice in Georgia, he is active on the local and state levels serving as the president of St John’s Parish Medical Society and the past president of the Georgia Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery.

He has served on the Georgetown medical alumni board for the last six years and has created the Jack and Elizabeth Sharkey scholarship in honor of his parents to help defray the cost of tuition for students of Georgetown School of Medicine.

 

Theodore I. Steinman

Theodore I. Steinman, M.D. (M’64)
Theodore Steinman, M.D. is a clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and is founding director of the dialysis and transplantation program at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. More

He serves as a senior physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in Boston. His undergraduate education was at Penn State University and he received medical training at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Steinman’s medical internship and residency was at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, though it was interrupted by the Vietnam War, during which he served as a marine battalion surgeon in Vietnam. His training then resumed with a second year of medical residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and then nephrology fellowship training at Tufts New England Medical Center.

Dr. Steinman is past president of the Renal Physicians Association; past chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Polycystic Kidney Foundation (also serving 12 years on Board of Directors); past president and chairman of the National Kidney Foundation Region I. He was a member of the national Medical Advisory Board, designing the Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative (K/DOQI). His continuous kidney research since 1970 has resulted in 178 peer-reviewed publications, 30 book chapters, 187 proceedings, and 144 abstracts.

Some of the awards received include: Physician of the Year (1995), National Kidney Foundation; Alumni Fellow of the Year (1996), Penn State University; Jared J. Grantham Distinguished Achievement Award (2000); Outstanding Service Award (2004), National Kidney Foundation; 60th Anniversary National Outstanding Physician (2011), National Kidney Foundation; and the Medal of Excellence (2012), American Association of Kidney Patients. He also delivered the 2015 commencement address at Penn State University.

Dr. Steinman resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife of 51 years, Carol. They derive enormous pleasure from their three sons, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.

 

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.

Joseph V. Amato

Joseph V. Amato (B’84)
Joseph V. Amato is the president and chief investment officer of Neuberger Berman Group LLC. More

He is also a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and its Audit Committee. Prior to this role, Joe served as Lehman Brothers’ global head of asset management and head of its Neuberger Berman subsidiary, a position started in April 2006.

From 1996 thru 2006, Joe held senior level positions within Lehman Brothers’ Capital Markets business serving as global head of equity research for the bulk of that time. During his tenure as head of research, Lehman Brothers’ ranking in the annual Institutional Investor’s “All American Team” equity research survey rose from #12 in 1997 to #1 in 2003. Joe joined Lehman Brothers in 1994 as head of high yield research. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Joe spent ten years at Kidder Peabody, ultimately as head of high yield research.

He received his B.S. from Georgetown University and is a member of the university’s Board of Regents and of the Business School’s Board of Advisors. In addition, he serves as co-chair of the Georgetown University Wall Street Alliance. He is a member of the New York City Board of Advisors of Teach for America, a national non-profit organization focused on public education reform, and a trustee of the Montclair Kimberley Academy, a New Jersey-based independent school.

 

Vincent C. Dwyer, III

Vincent C. Dwyer, III (C’70)
Vincent C. (Court) Dwyer, III, is recently retired, having spent his career in the high-tech industry. More

After retiring as president of a privately traded Massachusetts technology company, Court spent nine years instructing technology into an industry market before turning his efforts completely over to volunteerism.

Vincent’s volunteer efforts with Georgetown started in 1985 by joining a Massachusetts committee of the Alumni Admissions Program (AAP). Interviewing from Massachusetts for over 15 years, he then found himself working from New Hampshire while living in Maine. He offered to serve on AAP committees in both states and did so for five years. Upon full retirement and permanent residence in Maine, he now interviews applicants from the midcoast area. In the over 30 years Vincent has been interviewing for the AAP program he has interviewed well over 600 students for admissions to Georgetown.

Four years ago when the AAP program was searching for people to fill the position of scholarship chair for AAP committees, Vincent contacted the program director and volunteered to take on all Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP) students from Maine. Since then he has mentored five GSP students, one through graduation in 2014 and four current undergraduates.

Vincent is also a founding member of the Loyalty Society, has attended reunion events both on campus as well as locally, and has attended graduation exercises in Washington.

In addition to serving Georgetown, Vincent is also active in the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). A member since 1994 he has helped the SAR organization attain its goals through leadership positions. He is a certified volunteer instructor of two American Association of Retired Persons (AARPs) programs: the “Driver Safety” program instructing those over 50 about the changes going on in themselves, their cars, and roads, as well as strategies to deal with these changes; and the “We Need To Talk” program instructing those dealing with elderly or infirm parents or friends who are particularly challenged with driving. He is a docent conducting public tours at the Pemaquid Peninsula Lighthouse and serves on a Patient Advisory Committee for a large midcoast Maine healthcare practice, acting as a liaison between staff and the patients they serve through an ongoing exchange of ideas, concerns, and information.

Vincent resides on Damariscotta Lake in midcoast Maine with his wife of 45 years (they dated through his four years at Georgetown and her four years at Marymount). His son lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons, and his daughter lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and one son.

 

Michelle Maubousson (B’86)
Michelle Mauboussin started her career on Wall Street and then headed to Seventh Avenue to work in the fashion industry. More

After taking time off to raise her five children, Michelle co-founded Tara Michelle Designs, a resort line of clothing.

After graduating, Michelle stayed involved with Georgetown by being an active participant in reunion planning as a co-chair for outreach and a co-chair for fundraising as well as a part of the alumni admissions program. She is most passionate about her work for the Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP), a community dedicated to providing first generation and low-income students with the resources and support to excel at Georgetown. She has been a class chair for GSP and is currently an advisory board member, GSP mentor, and a member of the fundraising committee. She is also the chair elect for the GSP Advisory Board.

In addition to serving Georgetown, she is on the parent committee for Harvard University and has volunteered extensively for all five of her children’s schools, including running auctions, co-chairing events, and fundraising.

Michelle resides in Darien, Connecticut, with her husband Michael (C ’86) and their youngest son. Their oldest son is a senior at Harvard, their second son and oldest daughter are a junior and a freshman at Georgetown, respectively, and their second daughter is a sophomore at St. Andrew’s School, a boarding school in Delaware.

 

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.

Laura Ferris Anderson

Laura Ferris Anderson (I’89, MBA’97, MPP’97)
Laura has worked for the past 15 years for JPMorgan Chase & Co. More

She currently serves as managing director and chief of staff in the Office of the Midwest Chairman. She has also served as senior banker in J.P. Morgan Private Bank and as a director of payments strategy.

An active civic leader in Chicago, Laura serves on the Boards of Directors of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, MATTER Chicago, and the Wood Family Foundation. She is an advisory board member of Chicago Sister Cities International and Chicago NEXT and is a founder of the President’s Leadership Council of the Field Museum, and the President’s Council of Shedd Aquarium.

As a Georgetown volunteer, Laura began as a student leader. She was a member of the NSO Staff and chaired the Senior Auction as a member of the Senior Class Committee. She co-chaired her 5th Reunion, served as leader of her 10th and 15th year Reunions, and served on the Club Boards of New York City, Washington D.C. (co-president), San Francisco (president) and Chicago. She served more than three terms as a member of the Board of Governors and has been instrumental to the success of two John Carroll Awards Weekends held in Chicago, serving as co-chair in 2012. Over the past three years, Laura has focused her volunteerism in support of the McDonough School of Business and the McCourt School from which she is one of the first joint degree holders.

Laura lives in Chicago with her husband, Matt (MBA’97), and their nine-year-old daughter, Ellen.

 

Lisa B. Barry

Lisa B. Barry (MSFS’97, Parent’17)
Lisa B. Barry is a retired executive whose career spans 35 years of international government relations work in the public, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. More

Lisa most recently served as vice president and general manager of Chevron’s Government Affairs team where she developed a strategic plan that positioned Chevron as a leading player in Washington policy circles. Prior to joining Chevron, she served as senior vice president for International Public Policy in Time Warner’s Global Policy Group; she played a key role in working to establish AOL as the first ISP in China and managed the CEO-level Global Business Dialogue on E-Commerce that established private sector standards for global internet development.

Lisa also had a nine-year career at The Boeing Company where she was promoted to the position of vice president for Commercial Airplane Operations and International Trade Policy. She helped position Boeing as the company synonymous with exports/trade, helped shape key global trade rules on aircraft subsidies and played a leadership role in the business community’s successful effort to normalize US-China commercial relations. Lisa served as deputy assistant secretary for import administration, helped launch the private sector Council on Competitiveness, worked for six years at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and kicked off her career as a legislative assistant for then-Congressman Silvio O. Conte.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bates College in 1973 and was awarded a master’s in foreign service with high honors from Georgetown University in 1979. Lisa is a third generation Georgetown graduate; her grandfather William Barry and father, Richard H. Barry both graduated from the College. Her son, Jamie Gale, is currently enrolled in the MSFS program. She has been very engaged with Georgetown since graduating; she has served on the oral examination board for MSFS students for many years, created a Bates-Chevron internship program for the MSFS program that has provided work experience and employment opportunities for MSFS students and graduates, has served as a mentor for students, and now serves on the MSFS Advisory Board. In addition to her work with Georgetown, Lisa is a member of the Refugees International Board of Directors, serves on the advisory board of BCUBE, is a Bates College trustee and secretary of the board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is married to James Gale and they have two sons, Jamie Gale and Will Gale, as well as two wonderful dogs, Lily and Parker.

 

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.

Patrick J. Grant

Patrick J. Grant (C’73, L’77, Parent’07,’09)
Pat Grant is a senior partner at the law firm of Arnold &Porter LLP in Washington, D.C., which he joined as a law clerk in 1974 while attending Georgetown Law. More

His career has ranged from antitrust litigation to project developer, and for the last 25 years, counsel to major corporations, local governments, and individuals in telecommunications-related transactions, regulatory proceedings, and litigation.

For 10 years Pat chaired the telecommunications, internet, and media practice group for the firm Arnold & Porter and, in the 1970s and 1980s, he participated in developing both the Close Captioning System for the Hearing Impaired and the nation’s first domestic communications satellite network for the Public Broadcasting System. On a pro bono basis, he has served counsel to Children’s Hospice International for over 25 years.

While a student at Georgetown College, Pat was the four-year captain of the sailing team and was elected vice president of the Student Government and president of the Student Senate. Since graduation, he has been a member of the Alumni Admissions Program for over 30 years and presently serves as an alumni interviewer for the Law Center.

Pat has been a member of the GUAA Board of Governors for over a decade and has served on numerous board committees. He chaired the Campus Engagement Committee and currently serves as co-chair of the Career Service Committee.

Pat and his wife Mary, a 1974 graduate of the Foreign Service School, reside in Bethesda. They have four children – all of whom are lawyers, and three of whom are graduates of Georgetown.

 

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.

Sherman L. Cohn

Sherman L. Cohn (F’54, L’57, L’60)
Sherman L. Cohn is now completing his 51st year on the faculty of Georgetown Law. More

It has been estimated that he has taught as many as 15,000 students, at Georgetown, part-time at American University and Catholic University, and in Russia, Israel, Germany, Italy, China, Colombia, Great Britain, and other countries.

At Georgetown Law he started the Appellate Litigation Clinic and the Continuing Legal Education Program. At the university level, he wrote the first Faculty Grievance Code, served as the first chair of the Faculty Grievance Committee, and as a member of the University Faculty Senate, including a period as Georgetown Law’s vice president. He has lectured on the Main Campus and the Medical Center, as well as at the Law Center. He has served as member of the Board of Governors for Georgetown University Alumni Association from 1979 to 1991; chair of the Law Alumni Fund from 1980 to 1984; and chair of the University Alumni Fund from 1985 to 1987. He received the John Carroll Award (1980) and the Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2015).

Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Professor Cohn clerked for Judge Charles Fahy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (1956-1957) and was an attorney in the civil appellate section of  the U.S. Department of Justice (1958-1965), where he briefed and argued cases in the United States Supreme Court, each of the federal courts of appeals, and in several state Supreme Courts. Since joining the Georgetown faculty, Professor Cohn was appointed twice by the Supreme Court to represent indigents before that Court, and as head of the Appellate Litigation Clinic, he was named counsel in scores of appeals.

Professor Cohn was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He came to the Washington area in 1950 to attend Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and stayed. He lives in Montgomery County, Maryland, with Gail N. Kaufmann. He has five children, 11 grandchildren, and one great grandson.

 

Donald M. Knowlan

Donald M. Knowlan M.D., MACP (R’60, W’82, H’04)
A native of Long Island, New York, Dr. Knowlan earned a B.S. from the University of Dayton before receiving his medical degree from St. Louis University in 1954. More

His post-graduate training in internal medicine and cardiology at Georgetown University Hospital was interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1958 and was followed by a fellowship in biochemistry (Cardiac Metabolism) at the University of Pittsburgh.

He joined the Georgetown faculty in 1961 as director of the FAA Cardiac Research Institute at Georgetown University and in 1964, he became director of the internal medicine at Georgetown-Arlington Hospital (now Virginia Hospital Center) affiliated education program,  one of the nation’s first. He was the director of the hospital’s coronary intensive care unit, the nation’s third.

After being awarded several Golden Apples for teaching by the students, he became the first inductee into the coveted Golden Orchard in 1981. He became a full professor in 1991 and a professor emeritus-active in 2001, upon retirement.

He was a founding member of the esteemed Magis Society Masters Teachers (2003) and was awarded an honorary degree (Honorius Causa) by Georgetown University in 2003. He received the first American College of Physicians National Affiliated Hospital Teachers award in 1998. He became a Master of the American College of Physicians (MACP) in 2008.

Retired in 2001, he served as an emeritus professor and has continued to teach freshman and sophomore Physical Diagnosis as well as direct junior conferences and house staff rounds. He remains a strong advocate for patient-oriented bedside clinical teaching, reflecting the training of his mentors. He has influenced the careers of thousands of Georgetown students.

He served as a team physician for the Washington Redskins from 1971 to 1998. He was president and president-elect of the Northern Virginia Heart Association from 1980 to 1985. He was President of the Fairfax Little League from 1971 to1973 and active in their program from 1966 to 1978.

His wife Mary is a former Georgetown Nursing Graduate Student. They have five children (Nancy, Michael, James, Kathy, and John) and 10 grandchildren.

 

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.

Omari Faulkner

Omari Faulkner (C’04)
Omari Faulkner leads business development and strategic growth for ManTech International’s Federal Civilian portfolio, a global technology and defense company providing U.S. government agencies with innovative and mission critical technologies. More

He invigorates organizations and individuals worldwide with his steadfast leadership and the belief in every person’s ability to succeed.  Omari and his college sweetheart, Marquex Faulkner (SFS’02), founded O Street International, a nonprofit organization that develops and promotes cultural diplomacy exchanges to propel international engagement, social responsibility, and diversity awareness.   

Omari graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in English.  A member of Georgetown’s men’s basketball team, he received many awards and distinctions for his contributions as a student athlete, most notably the 2002 Raymond Medley Award for Model Student-Athlete, two-time Mary Fenlon Scholar-Athlete Awardee, Big East All-Academic Team, and Dean’s List student.  

Since his days on the Hilltop, Omari has been extremely engaged in the Georgetown community, serving as a mentor to several athletic programs, an alumni admissions interviewer, the current Hoya Hoop Club board secretary, and Hoyas Unlimited board of directors. He joined the Board of Governor in 2015. Omari also serves as an adjunct professor and faculty advisor for Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies.

In addition to serving Georgetown, Omari also serves his country in uniform as U.S. Naval Officer (Reserve) and was appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Governor’s Advisory Committee on National Service and Volunteerism. 

Omari resides in Loudoun Country, with his wife and their four beautiful children: Presley, Kinley, Hailey, and Harley.