Alumni Awards

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Alumni Awards

Each year, two alumni are chosen to receive Saint Mary's Hall's highest alumni honors: the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Momentum Award. 

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Know someone who would be perfect for the Distinguished Alumni Award or the Momentum Award?  Nominate an alumna or alumnus for these special awards by clicking the button below.  Nominations must be received by December 18, 2020 to be considered for the 2021 awards.

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Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an alumna or alumnus whose contributions to Saint Mary’s Hall and the greater community have set a standard of excellence worthy of recognition.  The Distinguished Alumni Award has been bestowed since 1979.

Emily Benson
Distinguished Alumni Award: 2020
Dr. Emily Benson '91
 
Emily is an orthopedic trauma surgeon who specializes in complex long bone and peri-articular fractures.  She obtained her undergraduate degree at Brown University and her medical doctorate at Boston University.  She completed her internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts.  After finishing her orthopedic residency, she completed an additional orthopedic trauma fellowship with San Diego Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Specialists.  She is currently serving as Director of the Orthopedic Surgery Department at the Ventura County Medical Center and Associate Program Director for the Community Memorial Hospital Orthopedic Residency Program.  In 2018 she developed a non-profit organization called Viet Cal, which is an orthopedic exchange program between the United States and Vietnam.  Each year she takes a team of orthopedic surgeons and residents to remote areas of Vietnam to collaborate with local orthopedic surgeons on challenging cases.
Labatt
Distinguished Alumni Award: 2019 

Carolyn Holland Labatt '72

Carolyn is the majority owner and CEO of Computer Solutions. She has a Bachelor of Business  Administration in Finance from Southern Methodist University and has received many honors including Outstanding Small Business Leader in San Antonio, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from NAWBO. Carolyn has been married to her husband Joe for 39 years and has three children: Roxana ’03, Camilla ’05, and Joseph ’10. Her mother, Annie Mae Fawcett, is a member of the Class of 1949.

Camilla
Distinguished Alumni Award: 2018

Camilla Mueller Parker '54

Camilla graduated from The University of Texas at Austin (UT). She has been deeply involved in helping others through her work with numerous medical organizations such as Methodist Hospital’s operating board, Methodist Hospital  Foundation (past president), and Cancer Therapy & Research Center UT Health San Antonio.  In addition to being a lifetime board member of San Antonio Medical Foundation, Camilla is actively involved at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. She is also the past president of the Charity Ball, the Fenwick Club, and a former Saint Mary’s Hall Board of Trustees member.

Pace
Distinguished Alumni Award: 2017

Linda Pace '63

Linda graduated from The University of Texas at Austin.  Linda actively worked and exhibited as an artist.  Her work has been included in the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center of San Antonio, and numerous commercial galleries and private collections. She founded Artpace and built CHRISpark, in honor of her son, who passed away in 1997. Linda passed away on July 2, 2007, after a valiant battle with breast cancer. Today, her legacy continues through the efforts of the Linda Pace Foundation.

Sally
Distinguished Alumni Award: 2016

Sally Matthews Buchanan '60

Sally (a former teacher), was the vice president of the Kangaroo Court Restaurant Corporation, and was the founding president of the San Antonio River Foundation and board chair of the San Antonio River Authority. She was well-known for her commitment to the environment and preservation of San Antonio’s natural resources, and the Bexar County commissioners voted unanimously to donate $1 million to the San Antonio River Foundation in her honor. Sally passed away on July 30 and will be remembered fondly by all who knew her.

Distinguished Alumni Award: Past Recipients 1979 – 2015
Distinguished Alumni Award: Past Recipients 1979 – 1994

1979 - Patricia Murchison Mallory '44
1980 - Elaine Seidel Hinds '43
1981 - Amy Freeman Lee '31
1982 - Dela Wright White '38
1983 - Ellen Munson Snow '56
1984 - Betty Brewer Chumney '49
1985 - Roxana Gage Catto '22
1986 - Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers '38
1987 - Eleanor Hill Lamb '51
1988 - Toby McClelland Tate '62
1989 - Jocelyn Levi Straus '49
1990 - Mary Nan West '42
1991 - Nancy Brown Negley '46
1992 - Susan Combs '62
1993 - Betty Osborn Biedenharn '41
1994 - Margaret Whisenant Block '35

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Distinguished Alumni Award: Past Recipients 1995- 2015

1995 - Margaret King Stanley '48
1996 - Elizabeth Browning Rogers '53
1997 - Sarah Cheney Walker '36
1998 - Zelime Gillespie Matthews '64
2000 - Katherine Feagin Jeter '55
2001 - Joan Negley Kelleher '50
2002 - Josephine Tucker Robertson '61
2003 - Claire Gillespie Inglish '67
2004 - Patricia Shield Ayres '51
2005 - Mollie Steves Zachry '53
2006 - Margaret Miller Moser '50
2007 - Peggy Pitman Mays '53
2008 - Carla Brundage Morrison '76
2009 - Lois Goldsmith Oppenheimer '34
2011 - Margaret Corning Boldrick '52
2012 - Ruth Bowman Russell '66
2013 - Betty Stieren Kelso '50
2014 - Barbara Briggs Arneson '46
2015 - Bonnie Sue Dilworth Jacobs '50

Momentum Award

The Momentum Award is presented to an alumna or alumnus, 35-years-old or younger, whose professional achievements have set a standard of excellence worthy of recognition.  The first Momentum Award was presented in 2007.

Momentum Award: 2020

Francisco Pergola '12 and Tomas Pergola '13

Francisco is an experienced designer with a master’s degree in Architecture and Industrial Design from Kansas State University.  As the co-founder of Cheddies, his role of chief executive officer (CEO) has strengthened his leadership skills and enabled him to create a clear plan of action for bringing healthier snacking options to an ever growing market. Before becoming the CEO in 2015, Francisco worked as an intern in concept and research development at Overland Partners.

Tomas, the co-founder of Cheddies, started his journey with the company while he was completing his bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications and Business Administration from Baylor University.  Immediately after graduating in 2017, Tomas and his brother Francisco, committed themselves full time to growing Cheddies … which is now available on Amazon and more than 700 retail stores nationwide, including all H-E-B stores in Texas.

Richter
Momentum Award : 2019

Corinna Holt Richter '03

As president and chief administrative officer, Corinna leads the administrative and support divisions at HOLT CAT, including human resources, safety and environmental, information technology, organizational development, facilities management, continuous improvement, legal, marketing, and strategy. Corinna earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She and her husband, J.B., have two young children and live in San Antonio. Her son, James, attends Saint Mary's Hall.

Bart
Momentum Award: 2018

Bart L. Taylor '05

After graduating from Saint Mary’s Hall, Bart attended Trinity University where he played basketball for three years and earned a degree in mathematics.  Bart served basketball operations internships with both the Spurs and their NBA D-League affiliate the (then) Austin Toros. As the Utah Jazz director of scouting/Salt Lake City Stars vice president of basketball operations, Bart serves the dual role of coordinating the Jazz’s scouting efforts while also directing all basketball-related decisions for the Jazz-owned NBA Development League team, which began its inaugural season just over a year ago. Now in his sixth season with the Jazz, Bart most recently served as the Jazz coordinator of scouting.

Alice
Momentum Award: 2017

Alice Tomerlin Beretta Katz '02

As a key part of the original songwriting sessions for indie pop-rock sensation, Youngblood Hawke, Alice became a vocalist and percussionist with the group. The band signed with Universal Republic Records and opened for P!NK during her Australian tour, and also appeared on the Tonight Show. Youngblood Hawke's ¨first full-length album, Wake Up, came out in 2013, with the song "We Come Running" peaking at #7 on the U.S. Alternative Songs chart.   The music video for the song was featured on RollingStone.com. In July 2016, Alice released her second solo single, “All in Your Head,” under the name Alice MK.

Houston
Momentum Award: 2016

Houston Frost '99

Houston is a senior vice president at Payment Data Systems, Inc. In 2014, Payment Data Systems acquired Akimbo Financial, Inc., where Houston had served as founder, president, and chief executive officer.  Previously, Houston worked in New York as an associate at JPMorgan in the Fixed-Income Strategy team during the 2008 credit crisis. He earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003 and a Ph.D. in chemical and biological engineering from Northwestern University in 2007, where his research focused on computational modeling of nonporous materials.

MomentumPastRecipients
Momentum Award: Past Recipients 2007 – 2015

2007 - Joseph R. Becker '97
2008 - Courtney Solcher Marcus '91
2009 - Annie M Labatt '97
2011 - Toyja E. Kelly '94
2012 - Sardar Biglari '95
2013 - Charlotte Rogers Barrett '00
2014 - Tommy R. Calvert, Jr. '98
2015 - April A. Ancira '98