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2019 Atherton High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame Inductees
In 2001, a small alumni group gathering at Atherton High school had the vision of honoring Atherton alumni who have contributed to our community and our country. Through this vision senators, a brigadier general, authors, teachers, university presidents, doctors, financiers, congressmen, entrepreneurs, a ballerina and more have been welcomed home to Atherton High School and inducted into the Atherton Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Our list is distinguished, impressive, and inspiring to each of us. It is especially important for the students of Atherton High School to witness this rich legacy.
   
       
Inductee Year Graduated Biographical Data
Alan A. Aja, Ph.D.
1993
  • Graduated AHS Class of 1993 – International Studies curriculum, student council, football, Aerial staff writer
  • University of Kentucky, BA (Sociology, Communication), 1997 (Student Government Association President, Board of Trustees 96-97).
  • Master of Arts, Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University, 2000 (human rights research in Argentina; environmental education in Cuba).
  • Ph.D., Public & Urban Policy, The New School for Social Research (NY), 2008.
  • Labor/union organizer, CWA Local 6186,Texas State Employees Union, 2001-02, Austin and El Paso, Texas.
  • Author, “Miami’s Forgotten Cubans: Race, Racialization and Local Afro-Cuban Experience,” Palgrave-McMillan Press, 2016.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Puerto Rican & Latino Studies, Brooklyn College (City University of New York).
  • Production Assistant,Sundance Award-winning, “The Sentence” (HBO/Park Pictures), 2018
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Jobs for All Coalition.
  • Bylines at Rolling Stone, Boston Review, The Washington Post, The Nation, the American Prospect, Latino Rebels, Dissent, Teen Vogue and others.
  • Member/Advocate, Little People of America (LPA).

     Biography

       
Amye Bensenhaver 1976
  • Assistant Attorney General, Kentucky Office of the Attorney General (Opinions Branch-Open Records and Open Meetings Adjudication) 1991-2016.
  • Co-founder of the Kentucky Open Government Coalition 2019.
  • Recipient of the University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center’s James Madison Award for outstanding service to open government laws 2016.
  • Director, Center for Open Government, Bluegrass Institute 2017-2018.
  • Recipient of the Bluegrass Institute Liberty Award 2017.
  • Named one of the Kentucky Gazette’s 2019 Notable Women in Kentucky Politics and Government.
  • Consultant/Educator to citizens, media, and public officials on open government laws and advocate for the laws in the courts and in the legislature.
  • 1980 Graduate of Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, and 1984 Graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law.

      Biography

       
Daniel A. Carrell
1959
  • AHS Class of 1959 Valedictorian, Member of Student Council, and Co-Captain of Basketball Team.
  • Davidson College Class of 1963 Salutatorian, President of Student Body, and Guard on Basketball Team.
  • Recipient of International Balfour Award of Sigma Chi Fraternity as its most outstanding graduating senior in the United States and Canada.
  • As Rhodes Scholar, earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oxford University (Merton College) and served as Co-Captain of University Basketball Team.
  • As Army Captain served as Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.
  • As graduate of Stanford Law School, later practiced as a Partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm then known as Hunton & Williams.
  • Serves now as Chairman of Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, PLC (law firm with four offices in central Virginia).
  • Former Moderator (presiding officer) of Presbyterian Church in America; now serving on its Standing Judicial Commission; Elder in a PCA church in Richmond.
  • Married for over 43 years; two married daughters and two grandchildren.

      Biography

       
Janice Furlong Carroll 1970
  • Library of Congress Certified Braille Transcriber, 1981
  • Committed to quality Braille for its readers through course writing, training and consulting.
  • Life Member of the National Braille Association, Rochester, New York.
  • President of the National Braille Association, 2013-2015.
  • Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau Rose Award Recipient, 2014.
  • Crafty Graphics Stencil Embossing Kits I and II, Employee Product Developer Award.
  • Kentucky Association and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired 25-year Service Award, 2015.
  • Kentucky Braille Challenge Volunteer.

      Biography

       
Dr. Tim Findley, Sr. 1975
  • Division Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Kindred Healthcare.
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) in Leadership Education, Spalding University.
  • Awarded the Mary Angela Shaughnessy Leadership Education Award for dissertation research and academic performance.
  • Awarded Trustees of Inclusive Equity Award by the Louisville Central Community Centers for significant impact in the areas of diversity, inclusion and equity.
  • Awarded the Ferda C. Porter Award for civic leadership by the Tri-State Minority Supplier Development Council.
  • Awarded the Reverend Dr. Louis H. Coleman, Jr. Torch Award for leadership in workforce diversity by the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet.
  • Awarded the Impact Award for symbolizing the spirit and intent of minority economic development by the Kentucky Minority Business Council.
  • Former Adjunct faculty at Cornell University, Webster University, Spalding University, Sullivan University, Jefferson Community and Technical College and the University of Phoenix.

      Biography

       
Robert “Bob” Jacobs 1963
  • Received a NIAAA Distinguished Service Award. Also, the NIAAA State Award of Merit.
  • Served an extended term as President of the Kentucky High School Athletic Directors.
  • Was the Kentucky Athletic Director of the Year in 1986 and 1990.
  • Was the Athletic Director at duPont Manual High School for nineteen years and Assumption High School for four years.
  • Coached football for sixteen years at Atherton, Waggener and duPont Manual High Schools.
  • Was a KHSAA and a NCAA baseball umpire for nineteen years.
  • Was Commissioned a Kentucky Colonel and an Honorary Citizen of the City of New Orleans.
  • Board of Control Member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

      Biography

       
F. Jeffrey Karem, PhD 1991
  • Governor’s Cup State Champion in Composition (1990).
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Rice University (1995).
  • Won two Mellon Fellowships and Sterling Prize in the Humanities while pursuing PhD in English at Yale University (completed in 2000).
  • Author of two books from University of Virginia Press: The Purloined Islands: Caribbean-U.S. Cross-Currents in Literature and Culture, 1890-1959 and The Romance of Authenticity: The Cultural Politics of Regional and Ethnic Literatures
  • Earned tenure at Cleveland State University in 2005 and promotion to professor (highest rank) in 2012.
  • Faculty Senator and Faculty Union President; Department Chair of English (2016-present)
  • Three-time Golden Apple winner for teaching, an award given by CSU Alumni Association to faculty for excellence in educating and mentoring students.
  • Won Cleveland Foundation grant to develop the Ansifield Wolf Fellowship, dedicated to promoting equity in publishing by providing professional writing, editing, and publishing opportunities to authors from underrepresented groups.

      Biography

       
Suzanne Monen Miller 1994
  • Four years in AHS orchestra and student council.
  • Recipient of the Christine M. Jansing Memorial Award.
  • Principal cellist; Bradley University Chamber Orchestra.
  • B.A. in Music Performance, Bradley University.
  • Greater Peoria Forty Leaders Under 40, Top 25 Women in Leadership.
  • Jim Maloof Realty Top Producer, Rookie of the Year, President’s Inner Circle.
  • President of Peoria Area Association of Realtors.
  • Member of various committees and boards of the Greater Peoria and Illinois Realtors.

      Biography

       
Wendy Henderson Novak 1970
  • B.S. in Journalism from the University of Missouri.
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University.
  • Board of Directors, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
  • Board of Directors, Novak Family Foundation.
  • Advisory Board, Wendy Novak Diabetes Center.
  • Atherton Field Hockey Team.
  • Established the Novak Center for Children’s Health.
  • Loving wife and mother.

      Biography

       
David O’Brien, III, M.D. 1958
  • Graduated Atherton HS in 1958.
  • President, Atherton Senior Class of 1958.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Princeton University-1962
  • Battalion Surgeon Third Battalion /Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, Republic of Viet Nam, August 1968 to February1969.
  • Awarded the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal in 1969 for meritorious service while in Viet Nam.
  • President, Georgia Urology Association in 1988.
  • President, Princeton University Class of 1962 from 2007-2012 (50th Reunion)
  • Georgia Transplant Foundation Pioneer in Transplantation April,2019

      Biography

Patricia Payette, Ph.D. 1984
  • Served as president of the AHS French Club, wrote for The Aerial, and won the Harvard Book Award.
  • Earned a B.A. at the University of Michigan and completed an M.A. at the University of Louisville, focusing her studies on literature, film and culture.
  • Earned a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University.
  • Author of numerous academic essays, articles and reviews.
  • Executive Director of the University of Louisville Quality Enhancement Plan.
  • Designs and delivers teaching and learning training programs for faculty on campuses across the country.
  • National consultant and researcher on critical thinking.
  • Board member of the Library Foundation for the Louisville Free Public Library.

      Biography

       
       
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