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2014 Chatham University Alumni Awards Presented

PITTSBURGH – During the 2014 Alumnae Reunion Weekend held June 6-8 on Chatham’s Shadyside campus, Chatham University presented the Distinguished Alumna Award and four Cornerstone Awards to graduates who demonstrate professional success grounded in the ideals of their alma mater.

The Alumni Association Board selected Sarah Bornstein ’69 as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award, given annually to an alumna whose achievements represent the fulfillment of Chatham’s mission of excellence in the liberal arts education of women. Recipients have made inspiring contributions to their particular fields, volunteer organizations, or society in general. As Director of Human Resources at Neumann Family Services, Bornstein builds the support network for Neumann’s employees, empowering them to improve quality of life for people with disabilities. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow with two master’s degrees, Bornstein’s career in human resources took her to Dart & Kraft, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Roosevelt University, and the Department of Public Health for the City of Chicago. Bornstein advances the ambitions of other women through leadership positions with Health Evaluation and Referral Service (HERS), Women Employed and the Junior League of Chicago.

Established in 1997, the Cornerstone Awards are presented each year to identify and recognize the achievements of alumnae in a variety of fields.

Dr. Toba Schwaber Kerson ‘64 accepted the Cornerstone Award for Social Services. As a Fulbright Specialist, Kerson leads international academic collaborations while holding the Mary Hale Chase Chair in Social Science and Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. She sits on the Trustees’ Council for Penn Women and serves as the Book Review Editor of Social Work in Health Care. Kerson’s published work includes Social Work in Health Settings: Practice in Context and Boundary Spanning: An Ecological Reinterpretation of Social Work Practice in Health and Mental Health Systems.

Dr. Maureen Carroll McHugh ’74 accepted the Cornerstone Award for Psychology. McHugh is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The chair-elect of the American Psychological Association’s Committee for Women in Psychology and President of Division 35 of the APA, she is currently working on her new book, The Wrong Prescription for Women. The psychology community honored her with the Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association’s Legacy Award, the Association of Women in Psychology’s Florence Denmark Distinguished Mentoring Award, and the Pioneer Award for Early Contributions to the Psychology of Women.

Muriel Bowser ’94 accepted the Cornerstone Award for Public Policy. Currently a Ward 4 Councilmember, Bowser is a candidate for the 2014 mayoral election. Her political agenda focuses on improving neighborhoods, transforming schools, and revitalizing corridors. She chairs the Committee on Government Operations and is a representative director on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Board. Honored as Washington’s Idealist of the Year, Bowser received the Democratic State Committee’s Legislator of the Year Award and the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award.

Jamie Baker ’04 accepted the Cornerstone Award for Young Alumnae. As a subset of the Cornerstones, the Young Alumna Cornerstone Award has been given out since 2001. After a post-Chatham position as a research associate at the University of Pittsburgh, she attended the University of South Florida for her master’s degree in public health practice.Baker works as the Director of Healthcare Initiatives at West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging (WCFAAA) in Tampa. Baker directs Health and Wellness, Medication Management and Care Transitions initiatives for a five-county service area and leads a collaboration with eight hospitals to monitor Medicare patient health.