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Named for Loyola’s primary founder, Arnold J. Damen, S.J., this annual award is granted to an alumnus(a) from each of Loyola’s schools and colleges.


ROBIN D. FERN MBA ’82 • Nonprofit executive works for safe water access

Robin D. Fern has devot- ed much of her career to making a difference in the lives of others, most notably by helping people gain access to basic human rights. As manager of strategic alliances for, she fosters relationships with strategic partners to drive expansion of the organization’s water and sanitation initiatives.


ANN M. LISTON BA ’92 • Political con- sultant engages young women in politics

Ann Liston is one of the top political communica- tions consultants in the US. She played a signifi- cant role in the election of a US president and is a founding partner of AL Media, a media and stra- tegic communications consulting firm. Liston is also a strong role model for women in a typi- cally male-dominated profession.



BS ’87 • Businessman works for ethics and equality

Steven J. Bernas has earned a reputation as an ethical and principled businessman concerned with the rights of every- day citizens and leveling the “playing field” for all businesses to compete on. He is president and CEO of the Better Busi- ness Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.


DR. DEBRA A. HILL PhD ’93 • Educator advo- cates rights of children in education

Debra Hill is commit- ted to children and social justice. A profes- sional educator, she has worked at every level of education, from class- room teacher to super- intendent to university professor. Though she retired in 2007, she continues to serve as a consultant, associate professor, and tireless advocate for children.



JFRC ’73–’74, BA ’74 • Rome Center alum brews sustainable beer

Patrick Conway is co- founder of the Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio, with his brother, Dan Conway. The brewery opened in 1988 as the first craft brewery in Ohio. The company prac- tices sustainability by using spent grain, local produce, solar panels, composting, and more.


MARY MEG McCARTHY JD ’89 • Lawyer advo- cates for immigrants and human rights

Mary Meg McCarthy is a nationally respected advocate for immigrants and people who are underrepresented. As the executive director of Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center, McCarthy has expanded the staff to 50 and developed an unparalleled network of 1,500 pro bono at- torneys who provide legal services to 10,000 immigrants annually.


DR. ANGELO CAPOZZI MD ’60 • Plastic surgeon helps children around the world

Angelo Capozzi is a lead- ing plastic surgeon who has been conducting international humanitar- ian services since 1976. In 1992, he co-founded Rotaplast International, Inc., which provides lip cleft and palate cleft surgery to children in foreign countries. He has traveled on 60 international missions to 27 countries and has performed thousands of surgeries.


SUSAN M. FINN BSN ’77, MSN ’86 • Nurse runs mobile health unit for children

Susan M. Finn is a pediatric nurse prac- titioner and program director for the Pediatric Mobile Health Unit of the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Health System. Finn helped found the unit over 10 years ago, and under her leadership the unit has cared for thousands of uninsured or underin- sured children each year in the Chicagoland area.


PAM COSTER MRE ’02 • Former banker and faith leader offered spiritual guidance

Pam Coster, now retired, was the executive direc- tor of Charis Ministries in Chicago, a Jesuit ministry that offers retreats in the Ignatian tradition to those in their 20s and 30s in 40 cities. She was a sought-after speaker, presenting her work on young adult ministry and adult faith formation at confer- ences across the country. Before that, she worked in international banking.



MSW ’97 • Counselor advocates for rights of vic- tims of sexual assault

Sharmili D. Majmudar has worked for the lib- eration of communities from domestic and sex- ual violence for 20 years. She is the executive director of Rape Victim Advocates, a Chicago- based rape crisis center committed to ensuring that survivors of sexual assault are treated with dignity and compassion by the legal system and society as a whole.



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