Alumni

Alumni Awards

The Alumni Association presents three Alumni Awards every fall at Reunion: the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Thomas Shaw Award, and the Lion's Pride Award. The purpose of these awards is to recognize individuals and classes for their dedication and service to St. Andrew's and beyond. 

The Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a St. Andrew's Episcopal School alumnus/a who has demonstrated unique or significant accomplishments through professional achievement or social impact.

2018 Winner: Katie Barthelme '88

Katie Barthelme '88 is the Manager of Operations Engineering at Omitron, where she has dedicated her career to supporting critical aerospace missions and operations. Among other missions, her work has led to successful manned space flights that have returned research that significantly improved our society's understanding of outer space.

She joined Omitron in 1993 as a technical secretary, but her colleagues saw her potential to work on missions, and within two years she was an Operations Director for the Hitchhiker Project at the Goddard Space Flight Center. In this role she provided simulation and mission operations support for 17 Hitchhiker payloads, which carried experiments into outer space via space shuttles, over the course of 10 years.

She has spent the past 15 years providing senior systems engineering and operations support for a variety of projects, including the 2006 Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory mission, the 2008 Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope mission, the 2013 Landsat Data Continuity Mission, the 2015 Deep Space Climate Observatory, and the yet-to-launch Restore-L Robotic Satellite Servicing Mission.

In 2016 Barthelme received an award from NASA, the Robert H. Goddard Individual Award for Exceptional Achievement for Engineering, for her support of the Deep Space Climate Observatory.

She is currently working on the development of the STPSat-6 Satellite Operation Center (SSOC), a full-scale satellite control center based in New Mexico.  

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  • 2017: Steven Levenson '02

    Steven Levenson was awarded the 2017 Tony award for Best Book of a Musical for Dear Evan Hansen.

    His other plays include If I ForgetThe Unavoidable Disappearance Of Tom DurninCore ValuesThe Language of Trees, and Seven Minutes In Heaven. A former Artist in Residence at Ars Nova and a member of the Roundabout Leadership Council, he worked for three seasons as a writer and producer on Showtime’s Masters of Sex and is a founding member of Colt Coeur and an alumnus of MCC’s Playwrights Coalition and Ars Nova’s Play Group. Honors include the Tony Award, Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, Drama Desk Nomination, Lucille Lortel Nomination, and the Helen Hayes Award. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts. A graduate of Brown University, he is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. and the WGA.
  • 2016: Melissa (Donovan) d'Arabian '86

    Melissa, a graduate of Georgetown University (MA) and University of Vermont (BA) is a celebrity chef, television host, best-selling author, and mom of four. 

    She is a go-to expert on affordable and healthy family home cooking. Melissa enjoyed a successful career in corporate finance and strategy before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Passionate about sharing her tried-and-true recipes and money-saving tactics, Melissa then competed on and won season five of "Food Network Star." She soon became well known for "Ten Dollar Dinners" - her popular Food Network show and New York Times bestselling cookbook. Available now, Melissa's highly anticipated second cookbook, "Supermarket Healthy," proves healthy eating can be easy, affordable, and achievable with ingredients from the neighborhood grocery store. 

    Today Melissa can also be found serving as a regular judge on the hit Food Network primetime series "Guy's Grocery Games;" writing the nationally syndicated weekly "Healthy Plate" column for The Associated Press; and hosting multiple FoodNetwork.com series, including "The Picky Eaters Project" and "Smart Carts." A sought-after expert regularly featured in national media, Melissa shares her diverse life experiences and wide-ranging expertise on topics including food and cooking, money-saving strategies, family and parenting, healthy lifestyle, business and leadership, faith, and causes close to her heart including suicide prevention and childhood hunger.

The Thomas Shaw Award

The Thomas Shaw Award recognizes someone whose deeds and actions reflect his or her pride in their alma mater and loyalty to the school, as demonstrated through their support of the school, the Alumni Association and its programs.

2018 Winner: Michael DiPaula-Coyle '98

Michael DiPaula-Coyle first volunteered with St. Andrew’s as a Lion’s Fund Volunteer, later serving as the Alumni Co-Chair of the Lion’s Fund. He is currently a class agent and was chaired the Class of 1998’s 20th reunion. In 2010 he was tapped for the Board of Trustees and served two terms.
 
“It seemed like a way to give back,” DiPaula-Coyle said of his time on the board. “I found it fulfilling. I really got to better understand what it takes to run a school like St. Andrew’s and gained an appreciation for what the leadership has to do every day.”

Outside of alumni and board commitments, DiPaula-Coyle said he enjoys sharing his St. Andrew’s experience with prospective students and parents and mentoring new alumni. “If you’re a member of St. Andrew’s, you help other alumni as they get started in life,” he said.
 
DiPaula-Coyle attended St. Andrew’s from 1992 to 1998 and participated in several activities, including Model UN and the service trip to Honduras, which reinforced his interest in politics and international affairs. He went to the University of St Andrews, Scotland for his undergraduate studies, then King’s College, London for his master’s.
 
After graduate school, DiPaula-Coyle worked in the Bush administration and as a speech writer before segueing to the private sector, where he now works in international government affairs. Through all these experiences, lessons he learned at St. Andrew’s have stayed with him.

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  • 2017: Tammy Stone '87

    Since graduating in 1987, Tammy Stone has supported St. Andrew's in vital volunteer roles. She was a member of the 30th Anniversary Steering Committee and served as an alumni co-chair of the annual fund. She has also volunteered as a class agent, class reunion chair, admissions volunteer and Senior Banquet speaker.

    Her company, Synergistics, offers full service human resource solutions, from assisting her client companies in locating and recruiting top talent, to helping them create and administer exit interviews when there is turnover.

    Tammy, her husband Steve, and kids Lucy and Zack live in the Atlanta area.  
  • 2016: Erin Wright-Gandhi '96

    Erin, a graduate of American University (MA) and Georgetown University (BA), has been a member of the St. Andrew's Board of Trustees since 2008 serving on the mission statement task force and budget and sustainability task force and the Student Center Campaign Committee. 

    Erin has served St. Andrew's diligently and tirelessly throughout the years sharing her passion for education and the advancement of St. Andrew's. Recently, Erin participated in the Strategic Planning Advisory Council and accepted the role of Alumni Council President. 

    Erin is currently the Director of Advancement at San Francisco Day School in California and was previously the Director of Development at the Philips Brooks School in Menlo Park, California since 2011. Erin and her husband, Koonal, live in San Francisco with their 2 daughters, Renna (3) and Annika (1).

Lion's Pride Award

The Lion's Pride Award recognizes the class with the highest percentage of participation in the Lion's Fund. 

2018 Winner: Class of 1987

Reunion Chair and Class Agent Tammy Stone led the Class of 1987's giving efforts, reaching an impressive 51% participation in the Lion's Fund for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year.

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  • 2017: Class of 1996

     The Class of 1996 achieved 55% participation during the 2016-17 Fiscal Year. Their efforts were led by Reunion chair Paige Shirk.
  • 2016: Class of 1995

    The Class of 1995 achieved 60% participation - a school record - during the 2015-16 Fiscal Year. The Class dedicated their support to fellow classmates, Erin Foster and John Greene, who have passed away. Their efforts were led by Reunion co-chairs Alex George and Sam Speier.

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, Maryland.