2014 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.

Leslie Rye

Leslie Rye, D.D.S. (D’78)
Leslie Rye started her Georgetown University affiliation in 1973 in a biochemistry lab at the Georgetown Medical Center. More

Leslie completed Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1978, returning to teach until 1987 in the department of Operative Dentistry, and later in the Departments of Oral Diagnosis and Pharmacology. She served on several committees including the dental school admissions committee, dean search committees, and as a member of the Dean’s dental alumni advisory board. Leslie initiated a chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists at Georgetown.

As a member of the Georgetown Dental Alumni Board, Leslie served as chair of the Awards committee, assisted in the 5 year reunions, and continues as a supporter of the Dental Legacy Project. She helped Georgetown undergraduate students interested in a dental career form the new pre-dental society. In addition to giving presentations to these future dentists, she also helps provide them mentoring and office visits with other Georgetown Dental Alumni.

Leslie has maintained a dental practice in Northern Virginia since 1978. She has provided dental care in many community outreach programs including for the Spanish Catholic Center Dental Clinic in Washington, the Mission of Mercy, and Give Kids a Smile programs in Northern Virginia. She has served on boards of several professional organizations and still lectures in dental continuing education programs.

She lives with her husband John in Falls Church, Virginia, where they raised their three sons Daniel, Brian, and Michael.


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.

Stephen C. Luck

Stephen C. Luck, M.D. (MS’86, M’90)
Dr. Stephen Charles Luck attended the University of California at San Diego before entering the Doctorate of Pharmacy program at the University of Southern California. More

In Pharmacy school he realized his true calling and so he finished his premedical requirements at the California State University at Los Angeles with a BS in biology. Dr. Luck received his Special Masters in Physiology from Georgetown in 1986 and graduated from its School of Medicine in 1990. He completed his Anesthesia residency at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1994.

Dr. Luck started his career at the Washington Hospital Center. Shortly thereafter, he founded The Anesthesia Group, PC with two associates, providing anesthesia services for Northern Virginia Community Hospital and Pentagon City Hospitals where he became Chief of the Medical Staff and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In 2005, he co-founded Anesthesia Concepts, LLC which provides anesthesia services primarily to ambulatory surgery centers. Dr. Luck serves as the company’s Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Development.

Active in the Georgetown Clinical Society, he served on its executive committee for several years before becoming President in 2011. He served as co-chair of his 20th medical reunion. Dr. Luck and his wife Jenifer Aventuro Luck, MD (G89, M93, R97, F98) have had consistent involvement with the White Coat Ceremony, the World of Choices – Student Networking forum, student shadowing and the Dine with Doc program.

The Lucks reside in Potomac, MD with their Hoya fans Avery, Jackson and Conor.

Marissa McDonnell

Marissa McDonnell, M.D. (C’89, M’93, R’97)
Marissa Sollitto McDonnell, M.D. graduated from Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1989 and the School of Medicine in 1993. More

Dr. McDonnell remained at Georgetown for her Pediatric residency training, during which she received The Hugh H. Hussey Award for excellence in medical student teaching and was chosen to serve as chief resident in 1996. She then moved to Littleton, Colorado and joined the Littleton Pediatric Medical Center where she was also a clinical instructor in Pediatrics for the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine.

Dr. McDonnell joined the Medical Alumni Board in 2008 after returning to the DC area with her family. She is currently serving her second term and is the Chair of the Communications Committee. She volunteers to host dinners for the Dine with a Doc program, participates in the Medical School’s M.A.T.C.H. program and is a white coat donor. Dr. McDonnell was the chair of the Class of 1993’s 20th Medical School Reunion in 2013 and has volunteered over the years on undergraduate reunion committees.

Dr. McDonnell lives in Vienna, VA with her husband Michael McDonnell (B’86) and their three daughters, Elise, Hailey and Whitney. They are season ticket holders and avid fans of Georgetown basketball as well as long time supporters of the Georgetown football program, for which Michael played and served as a president of the Gridiron Club.

John Patrick Nairn

John Patrick Nairn, M.D. (MS’84, M’88)
John P. Nairn Jr. M.D. is a 1988 graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also received a Masters Degree in Physiology. More

A native of western Pennsylvania, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. He returned to Pittsburgh to complete a residency program in Ophthalmology. He followed this with fellowship training in Glaucoma and Anterior Segment Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Nairn is a partner in Associates in Ophthalmology, a multispecialty practice with eight locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Dr. Nairn has been in private practice for more than 20 years during which time he has helped to provide the latest technology and been at the forefront of new advances in care for his patients.

Dr. Nairn holds active memberships in many professional organizations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the AMA, and the Pa. Academy of Ophthalmology, as well as maintaining board certification in the AAO. Dr. Nairn has maintained close ties to the Georgetown community over the years since his graduation. He has been an active member of the Georgetown Alumni Medical Board, presently serving his second term. Dr. Nairn and his wife Denise are members of the Georgetown Parents Leadership Council, joining in 2012. Dr. Nairn has been involved with the Georgetown Scholarship Program since 2009, where he has had the incredible opportunity to serve in a mentorship capacity for a number of undergraduate students.

Dr. Nairn and his wife Denise Pampena Nairn have been married for 21 yrs. They are the proud parents of their son Matthew (MSB 16) and their daughter Isabella, a high school junior.


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 L. Charles

Joseph L. Charles (B’73)
Joe, an accounting major, graduated cum laude in 1973 from Georgetown University’s School of Business Administration. More

He served as the first Treasurer (1972-1973) of the Students of Georgetown, Inc. (the Corp), working at the Corp’s record shop and preparing its initial form 990 filing with the Internal Revenue Service.

Joe married his wife Janice (Proper) in St. Williams Chapel in Copley Hall in 1975, reside in Fayetteville, New York. They have two children, Brandon who lives with his wife Meeka in Seattle, Washington and Meredith who resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Joe started a certified public accounting firm with no employees in 1977 in Syracuse, New York. The Firm, now known as Fust Charles Chambers LLP, is the largest certified public accounting firm in Central New York with over 90 employees. Joe serves as a Tax Partner and is the Firm’s CEO and Chairman of its Executive Committee.

Joe has served as an officer, board member and committee member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and as a member of the Governing Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Joe has been a member for 30 years and Chairman for about 15 years of the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program Committee serving Central New York. In addition, Joe served as President from 1985 to 1992 and has continuously served since 1992 as Treasurer of the Georgetown University Alumni Club of Central New York (Syracuse). An active member of the Central New York community, Joe presently serves as an active member of the Board of Directors of Center State CEO (Central New York based economic development group), Catholic Charities of Onondaga County and The Gifford Foundation. Joe is also a member of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York Finance/Professional Services Council.

Melissa Foy

Melissa Foy (C’03)
Melissa “Missy” Foy, a Chicago native, graduated Cum Laude from Georgetown in 2003, as a Government major. More

As an undergraduate, she was involved in the Center for Social Justice, GUSA, and with her Class Committees. She also studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. What she remembers most powerfully from college were people such as Professor Terrance Reynolds, Dr. Porterfield, and Dean Tad Howard who really cared about her growth as a person – not just as a student. These mentors impressed upon her the powerful impact that a staff or faculty member can have on the student experience.

After two years in the private sector, Missy returned to Georgetown to work for Dean Deacon in Undergraduate Admissions, which would open the door to a life changing opportunity. In addition to her duties as an admissions officer, Dean Deacon encouraged Missy to work with students in the Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP), most of whom are first generation college bound. After working with these incredibly talented and tenacious young men and women for three years in Admissions, Missy was appointed as GSP’s first official employee in 2008. As the program’s director, she has overseen its growth from 50 students to 640 students and 320 graduates – as well as hundreds of alumni volunteers. She is proud of GSP’s 97% graduation rate and its mission that these students “not just survive but thrive”. She considers it an honor and a privilege to work with these students, volunteers, and her talented and committed team.

Marc H. Sulam (B’84)
Marc Sulam was the Founder and Managing Member of Healy Circle Capital LLC, a long-short equity hedge fund, from 2001 to 2011 and is currently a private investor in a number of private companies. More

Previously, he was a 7-time first team Institutional Investor all- American equity research analyst at both Kidder, Peabody and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette from 1984 to 1999. In addition, at DLJ from 1999 to 2000, he was the head of Domestic Equity Trading which included the firms’ listed and NASDAQ trading and sales trading desks, NYSE floor operations, and program and corporate buyback activities. He was a member of DLJ’s Hall of Fame.

He is a member of Georgetown’s Board of Regents, the Board of Directors of the Wall Street Alliance and the 1789 Society as well as the Baruch College Dean’s council. He is a guest lecturer at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business and the Stern School at NYU. He lives and works in New York City.

Ana Maria Wenger

Ana Maria Wenger (F’83)
Nana Salazar Wenger grew up in Puerto Rico and Miami, FL. She transferred to Georgetown as a sophomore and graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1983. More

While at Georgetown, she founded Hoyascope, a running slideshow of photos that was installed in Healy Basement to entertain students lined up for the Center Cafe (and those that didn’t have back-door access to The Pub and had to stand in line waiting for an hour plus to get in). Every week she added 70 new photos to the slideshow (like a running yearbook). The venture was funded with quarters spent by students in the Healy basement video arcade. After graduation, she took a job in New York City and worked for Chase Manhattan Bank for 18 years. In 1989, she married fellow Hoya Derrick Wenger (B’83). They live in Riverside, Connecticut where they raised their 3 boys: Derek, who graduated from McDonough Business School in 2013 and works for Annheuser Busch InBev in San Diego; Matthew, who is in the College and will graduate next month; and Lucas, who is a junior at Greenwich High School.

Nana became more involved with the university when she joined the Alumni Admissions Program in 2001(something she and her husband are still part of and enjoy). She was the events co-chair and the communications chair for her 25th and 30th reunions and she maintains the class Facebook page (among other things). Nana joined the Board of Governors in 2010 and is on the Class Advancement (vice-chair) and Career Services committees.

She and Derrick are planning on moving to South Florida this summer.


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.

Rosemary Blake

Rosemary Blake (MA’83)
Rosemary Murray Blake was born in Madrid, sometime before the invention of the internet, and after living in Syria, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Argentina, England, Portugal and the US finally ended up back where she began - Madrid, in 1989. More

After graduating from the University of Leeds (History and Philosophy), she spent a year in postgraduate studies in International History at the London School of Economics before joining the Masters program at Georgetown University in 1980.

While working towards her MA she was employed as General Manager for a company that owned five restaurants in DC, which position she held for the next ten years.

In 1989 on a trip to visit her parents in Madrid she met her future husband Luis González Sterling, a successful architect, with whom she has three children: Luis, Asis and John.

Soon after arriving in Madrid she began to work for the family business, Productos de Conservación - a company supplying equipment and products for the conservation and restoration of works of art, of which she is now the CEO.

In 2011, in response to the economic crisis, she founded Blake Cavia & Asociados SL, a fund raising company for cultural projects and exhibitions.

She is also currently Vice-President of the Georgetown Club of Spain, and is an accomplished cook (CIA class of 2010) and still has a passionate interest in History.

Philippe E. Sachs

Philippe E. Sachs (MSFS’02)
Philippe Sachs is the Global Head of Standard Chartered Bank’s public sector client coverage group, which includes Ministries of Finance, Central Banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Public Pension Funds, Supranationals, and other Development Organizations. More

He previously built Standard Chartered Bank’s Sovereign Solutions & Advisory team, which focused on credit positioning and strategic capital markets solutions for sovereigns.

Before Standard Chartered, Philippe headed Goldman Sachs’ Asia Pacific sovereign ratings advisory and country risk management group and worked in the securities division focused on sovereigns.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Philippe was a sovereign ratings advisor at JPMorgan Chase and a sovereign ratings analyst at Standard & Poor’s. Philippe has a Masters from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in international political economy.

Philippe is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Serves on the Advisory Board of the School of Foreign Service’s MSFS Program

In typical MSFS fashion, Philippe is the son of a Brazilian born father (who grew up in India/Poland), a Polish born mother (who at one stage was a stateless refugee in Sweden), was born in Mexico and grew up a French citizen in the United States. He married a Beijing born - US raised, fellow Hoya, whom he met in Hong Kong. They have two children and currently reside in London.


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.

Richard Hluchan

Richard Hluchan (F’71)
Rich Hluchan is a partner with the law firm Hyland Levin, LLP in Marlton, NJ, where he practices land use and environmental law. More

Rich has successfully represented developers, landowners, and commercial and industrial clients in many precedent-setting cases before the NJ Supreme Court, as well as appellate and trial courts. Last year, NJ Superlawyers named Rich one of the Top 100 (of more than 68,000) attorneys in New Jersey.

Georgetown is a family affair for the Hluchans. Rich met his wife, Debbie (F’71) on the Hilltop more than 40 years ago. Their daughters, Sarah (G’09) and Christine (C’08; M’17) are also active Georgetown alums. All are avid Hoya basketball fans, and are fixtures at the Verizon Center and many away games. They have followed the Hoyas in the NCAAs and tournaments in Charleston, Maui, Brooklyn and Puerto Rico. Debbie and Rich accompanied the team to China in 2011. Rich is a long time member of the Hoya Hoop Club, and presently serves on the board of Hoyas Unlimited.

Rich has been a leader of the Georgetown Club of Southern New Jersey for over three decades, and was elected to the alumni Board of Governors in 2003. He served as the Board’s Parliamentarian, responsible for corporate governance and compliance matters, and has served on virtually every Board committee. This past year, he chaired the committee responsible for the Board’s gift to the Campaign for Generations to Come in support of the Intercollegiate Athletic Center, raising almost $700,000.


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.

Michael J. Collins

Michael J. Collins Ph.D. (Parent’89)
Michael J. Collins, a graduate of Fordham (the other Jesuit university), is Professor of English and Dean Emeritus at Georgetown University. More

He teaches courses on Shakespeare and Modern British Theatre and directs a course on Shakespeare each summer in England. He also teaches a course on The Good Society in Prague for students from Eastern Europe and the Middle East under the auspices of The Fund for American Studies.

At Georgetown he held the position of Dean of the School for Summer and Continuing Education (now the School of Continuing Studies) for 22 years and served as Director of the Villa Le Balze, the University’s Study Center in Fiesole, Italy.

He is a fellow of Phi Beta Kappa, of the Society for Values in Higher Education, of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), and of Glyndwr University, where he serves as Visiting Professor of English and Theatre. He has received the David R. Jones Lifetime Service Award from The Fund for American Studies for “significant contributions to the advancement of the ideas of freedom and service,” Georgetown University’s Alumni Admissions Program Board of Advisors Award, the Vicennial Medal, the Bunn Award from Georgetown College for Excellence in Teaching, the Patrick Healy Award, and Georgetown University’s President’s Medal.

He lives in Bethesda with his wife, JoEllen. Their daughter, Deanne, graduated from Georgetown College in 1989, and their son-in-law, Frank Ciatto, graduated from the McDonough School of Business in 1988 and the Law School in 1994. They have three grandchildren: Sophia, Francesca, and Julianna Ciatto.


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.

Michael Yeager

Michael Yaeger (B’03)
Mike came to Georgetown in 1999 from Medford, MA as an energetic but not-so-polished teenager with a thick Boston accent. More

As the son of public school teachers and one of four children, Mike was driven to create his own identity and experience as much as possible at Georgetown. Mike was a member of the Crew team, Superfood acapella, Club Lacrosse, Senior Class Committee and even the Girls Basketball team (that is a story for another day). Most importantly, however, Mike met the love of his life freshman year at Georgetown, Laura Horos Yaeger NHS ‘03. Mike and Laura now live in Chatham, NJ with their daughter Copley and son Hudson. They are expecting their third child this summer.

Since graduation, Mike has been the head of the Class of 2003, managed his class’s 5 and 10-year reunions, and sits on the board of the John T. Jackson Memorial Foundation, a Georgetown-based scholarship fund established in memory of Mike’s classmate and roommate. Mike runs the Investments Subcommittee for the Board of Governors.

Professionally, Mike is a Private Wealth Advisor within the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs, where he manages a team to help wealthy families and their family offices to achieve their long-term investment objectives. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mike spent 8 years at JPMorgan Private Bank. Before JPMorgan, Mike was in the First Scholar Program through First Chicago/Bank One. Mike received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.