Alumni and friends who have been selected by the Alumni Association Awards Committee to receive Alumni Association Awards for distinguished achievement, exceptional service, and pursuing paths in the spirit of Carleton are recognized each year during Reunion Convocation. Varsity athletes of distinction who have been selected by the ‘C’ Club Board are inducted into the ‘C’ Club Hall of Fame during Reunion weekend as well.
Ted Kolderie ’52 • Distinguished Achievement
Ted Kolderie ’52 is widely recognized for his role in revitalizing public education, especially with the introduction of the new charter sector. After earning a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton and several decades of work on urban policy, he moved into K–12 education. A paper in 1990, “The States Will Have To Withdraw the Exclusive,” helped stimulate a national discussion and led to the first chartering law, in Minnesota in 1991. Chartering created, in effect, an “R&D sector” in public education, opening the way for teachers and others to create, within the principles of public education, new schools with different approaches to learning and different roles for teachers and students.These laws now exist in some form in 43 states nationwide and have produced more than 6,000 schools. For its pioneering law, the state of Minnesota in 2000 won an Innovation in American Government award from the Ford Foundation and the Kennedy School of Government.The citation for the award noted that the law has made Minnesota’s charter schools “a laboratory for the State to continually improve its own education system.” In 2007 the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools made Kolderie an inaugural member of its Charter School Hall of Fame. In 2011 the Education Commission of the States gave him its James Bryant Conant Award. “Ted Kolderie was and is a critical player in the charter school reform movement. For over 30 years he has shared his knowledge and innovative ideas with legislators and education leaders around the country to help them think about chartering as a strategy for system change,” said ECS president Roger Sampson. Kolderie continues to challenge conventional assumptions about education and remains active as a cofounder of Education | Evolution, a nonpartisan group working on strategies for improvement in K-12 education with particular attention to young people who aren’t thriving in conventional school. He is married to Marjorie Quick Kolderie ’53.
Jack Eugster ’67 • Exceptional Service
Few alumni volunteers have done more for Carleton in the past quarter century than Jack Eugster. As a longtime leadership volunteer and eight-year chair of the Board of Trustees, Eugster has been instrumental in shaping Carleton’s present and future through his involvement, advocacy, and counsel. From 1992 to 2016, Eugster served on almost every trustee committee at Carleton, including two presidential search teams; he helped select Carleton’s 10th president, Robert A. Oden Jr., and cochaired the committee that selected current President Steven Poskanzer. “Just as it is impossible to count the number of hours that Jack devoted to the job of board chair, one cannot fully capture the depth of his commitment to Carleton,” writes Poskanzer. Eugster has also been noted by nominators for his positive, humorous, and “consistently collaborative” leadership style that was especially significant when helping the college navigate delicate matters and complex issues, such as the financial crisis of 2008. “We as a Carleton Board . . . repeatedly fulfilled our high responsibilities far better because Jack’s ready wit and humor recalled us to our finer selves,” writes Oden. Classmates and fellow volunteers cite Eugster’s confidence, calm manner, intelligence, and humor as inspirational traits. A chemistry major who went on to earn an MBA from Stanford, Eugster later took executive roles at Target Stores, The Gap Stores, Musicland Group, Inc., and ShopKo. He always found time for his alma mater and former classmates. He cochaired the Class of 1967’s 25th reunion gift committee and served as the trustee representative on its 50th reunion committee. He also fully invested himself in Carleton’s future by serving on the ad hoc campaign planning group for the current capital campaign as well as the campaign steering committee for the Breaking Barriers, Creating Connections campaign that secured $300 million toward financial aid, new faculty positions,and construction of the Weitz Center for Creativity. In 2004 Eugster and his wife Camie received the William Carleton medal for outstanding support and commitment to the college. They reside in Excelsior, Minnesota, and have four grown children, including Wilson ’02.
Judith Gaskell ’67 • Distinguished Achievement
Whether serving the justices of the nation’s highest court or law students and professors in Chicago, Judith Gaskell has always kept professionalism and expertise her constants, even as she sought innovation in balancing historical record with modern technology. From 2003 to 2011 Gaskell oversaw one of the world’s most prestigious collections as Librarian of the United States Supreme Court, which offers research services and a collection of more than 600,000 volumes to assist the justices and their law clerks. There she directed the Court’s library modernization project, including an intense building renovation and a technological overhaul to continue the shift from reliance on primarily print materials to digital resources. Gaskell’s background had thoroughly prepared her to lead this project, as she had steered a similar effort as director of the Rinn Library at DePaul University College of Law. By implementing integrated library systems, online databases, and networks, Gaskell succeeded in advancing the library while still meeting the needs of faculty members and lawyers who preferred traditional materials and those who demanded the digital resources that now have become essential for most legal work. As she moved among libraries, writes one nominator, Gaskell brought with her the knowledge and experience to move collections and services forward. She has also served as a long-term member of both the board and the advisory board of the Law Library Microform Consortium, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving print books and their digital versions from all jurisdictions. Her early and continuing efforts there will have long-lasting value for at-risk historical titles. Having earned both an MA in library science at the University of Chicago and a JD at DePaul University College of Law, Gaskell has also been active with professional organizations including the American Association of Law Libraries, the Chicago Association of Law Libraries, the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Law Librarians Society of D.C., and the Association of American Law Schools. She is also a member of the Illinois Bar Association and the Supreme Court Bar. Gaskell has twice received the Agnes and Harvey Reid Award for Outstanding Contributions to Law Librarianship as well as the Lifetime Achievement in Law Librarianship Award from the Chicago Association of Law Libraries. Gaskell is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Law Library of Congress. She lives with longtime partner James Morrell ’66 in Washington, D.C.
John Hull Mollenkopf ’67 • Distinguished Achievement
Called “the most important thinker writing on New York politics today” by one nominator, John Mollenkopf is widely regarded as an intellectual pioneer of both political science and sociology with worldwide impact. As a distinguished professor at City University New York and the director of its Center for Urban Research, Mollenkopf has also been a leading voice on immigrant integration. Mollenkopf has written and edited 18 books as well as numerous additional chapters, articles, and reports. While many social scientists since the 1970s avoided the issue of class mobility, Mollenkopf embraced it, and in his coauthored 2008 book Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age, he dispelled previously held negative beliefs about how second- generation immigrants will fare. It is one of fewer than 30 books to win the American Sociological Association Distinguished Book Award. A year later, in Bringing Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Incorporation, Mollenkopf assessed how political systems in the United States and European countries integrate their immigrant and second-generation populations. The significant value of Mollenkopf’s oeuvre is reflected in invitations to attend the White House Convening on Immigrant Integration and to organize academic participation in the National Immigrant Integration Conference. Mollenkopf also is widely regarded for revolutionizing the field of urban political science with his debut book, The Contested City. In the book he coined the phrase “pro-growth coalition” and analyzed the causes of urban development over time. His 1991 book, The Dual City: Restructuring New York, was also ahead of its time, exploring the many ways in which the city was becoming more unequal, long before the idea of the “one percent” became mainstream. In addition to his academic pursuits, Mollenkopf has actively worked to put his research to use, serving as a division director for New York City Department of City Planning and the Social Science Research Council. He continues to garner accolades for his work in urban affairs. After graduating from Carleton, Mollenkopf earned a PhD from Harvard University. A noted lively, generous, and keen mentor and colleague, Mollenkopf has been the primary dissertation advisor for more than 20 doctoral candidates, among them many black and Latino scholars. He and his wife Kathleen Gerson live in Brooklyn, New York.
John Moulder ’67 • Distinguished Achievement
Over the past 50 years John Moulder has built such a distinctive career in radiation biology that national and international agencies as varied as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Israeli Ministry of Defense, NASA, and PBS have all sought his expertise. After 35 years of teaching at the Medical College of Wisconsin and serving as director of its Center for Medical Countermeasures against Radiological Terrorism, Moulder is currently a professor emeritus. With a PhD from Yale in cell biology, Moulder has published more than 200 scholarly articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and editorials, and has been granted more than $24 million for research as a principal investigator. His work has primarily focused on the effects of ionizing and nonionizing radiation on cells and animals as well as methods to mitigate these effects. He also has researched the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, X-rays, gamma rays, microwave radiation, cell towers, and wireless communication. Further, he is known as an expert on the radiobiological risks of space travel. For people with radiation-induced kidney and lung disease, Moulder’s work has had particular impact. His research took a unique and novel approach of attempting to treat late-radiation injury; it proved so successful that he next began to work on mitigation of injury from irradiation. He initiated two ongoing studies of mitigation of late radiation injury to kidneys and lungs that have been recognized by the National Cancer Institute of the United States. “Damage to normal tissues should no longer be an inexorable sequel of irradiation,” writes a nominator, “because John’s work has made that possible.” In addition to his own active research, Moulder has a long history of helping others advance and understand the field of radiation. He has been the associate and senior editor of the internationally respected journal Radiation Research for more than 20 years and served on grant review boards for organizations in Canada, the Netherlands, and Qatar. For many years he also maintained his own public website with critical commentary on radiation research. “Since the field is the subject of considerable, and at times not well informed, public debate,” another nominator notes, “John’s intelligent and critical reviews were a great public service.” John and his partner, Liisa Jalonen ’67, live in Minneapolis.
David P. L. Sachs ’67 • Distinguished Achievement
With lifesaving scholarship and bold courage to challenge a behemoth industry, David P. L. Sachs revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of tobacco dependency. A pulmonary medicine specialist, Sachs earned an MD from Stanford University after graduating from Carleton and has worked tirelessly ever since to counteract tobacco dependency through his research, treatment advances, and teaching. Prior to Sachs’s transformative work, physicians viewed smoking as a habit, not as a chronic medical disease, and conventional wisdom held that if a person possessed a strong enough willpower, he or she could break that habit. Through more than 30 clinical trials, Sachs demonstrated that tobacco dependency is a severe—and ultimately fatal—chronic illness that should be treated as a process according to its severity.Thanks to data from Sachs’s trials, as well as studies by many other scientists, the FDA allowed effective tobacco dependency treatments to be introduced to market. Sachs has had a hand in registration trials for almost every tobacco dependence treatment medication currently marketed, and, therefore, in the lives of millions of people worldwide who have successfully stopped smoking. In 2003 he earned a U.S. patent for a uniquely innovative method for accurately determining nicotine replacement dose. His impact on fellow physicians has been just as great. Sachs has provided nearly 1,000 lectures, seminars, workshops, and clinical training programs for physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, pulmonary rehabilitation specialists, and respiratory therapists worldwide. He has also written more than 100 scholarly articles, editorials, books, and abstracts concerning tobacco dependency, including the groundbreaking text American College of Chest Physicians Tobacco-Dependence Treatment Tool Kit, as well as a 30-minute video titled The Biology of Nicotine Addiction. He is currently the chair of the American College of Chest Physicians Tobacco-Dependence Treatment Committee and has served on editorial boards or reviewed scientific articles for numerous esteemed medical publications, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, for more than 20 years. Sachs’s accolades stretch back for decades and include the Alfred Soffer Research Award for Outstanding Original Scientific Research from the American College of Chest Physicians and, separately, the Stanford University School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award. He has served on committees with the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Cancer Institute. Along with his success, one colleague writes, Sachs “still finds joy in humbly serving the human beings who present to him with illness.” He, his wife Bonnie, and their golden retriever, Red, live in Palo Alto, California.
Fred Rogers ’72 • Distinguished Achievement
Known for thoughtfulness, shrewd planning, financial expertise, professional mentoring, and a passion for sustainability, Fred Rogers is among the most notable and respected figures in the world of higher education finance. Before returning to his alma mater as vice president and treasurer in 2004, Rogers earned a master’s degree with distinction in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, where he stayed on and eventually served as vice president of business affairs and chief financial officer for nine years. He then served for a decade as the chief financial officer of Cornell University. Rogers has always embraced collaboration and frequently presents for professional organizations. He helped to found and served as director for 21 years of the Cornell/EACUBO Administrative Management Institute, a one week professional development program for college and university business officers. Graduating from high school in Beirut, he returned periodically to serve as a trustee of the Lebanese American University for successive terms over a 28-year period. He is a director of the Private College 529 Plan and has chaired the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Sustainability Advisory Panel since 2012. In 1998 Rogers received the Alumni Merit Award from Carnegie Mellon University, in 2010 he was named the Small Endowment Manager of the Year by Institutional Investor magazine, and in 2013 he received NACUBO’s Distinguished Business Officer Award. “It’s wonderful to see that NACUBO has recognized what we in Northfield have long known,” notes Carleton President Steven Poskanzer, “that Fred is not only an exceptionally smart and thoughtful CFO but that his enviable record of success in leading and helping build stronger colleges and universities also reflects his genuine reverence for and commitment to the academic work done at such institutions.” At Cornell Rogers played a large role in the school’s efforts to reduce energy use for campus cooling by 86 percent. At Carleton Rogers has had no less of an impact: He was an early champion for transforming the Northfield Middle School into the LEED Gold Weitz Center for Creativity, renovating Evans Hall, and using facilities and maintenance projects as opportunities to reduce the college’s carbon footprint, including the recently approved project to replace the Carleton central steam boilers with a campus- wide geothermal system. Throughout his career, Rogers has always found time to balance his administrative work with meaningful student connections. He dedicates office hours to meet with students and he and his wife, Jenny Hartley ’72, often host international students for dinners and extended stays at their home in Northfield.
Caesar Sweitzer ’72 • Exceptional Service
For decades Caesar Sweitzer has been one of Carleton’s hardest-working and most deeply engaged—as well as occasionally theatrical—advocates. Among the Alumni Annual Fund’s most vocal champions, Sweitzer is known for his infectious enthusiasm and impassioned cheerleading on behalf of the college. Sweitzer has served Carleton in nearly every alumni volunteer program, strengthening the Alumni Annual Fund as a leadership solicitor and assistant class agent; he has also served on his class gift committee for nearly every reunion. To stay in touch with the college’s student body, he has been both an Alumni Admissions Representative and Career Center volunteer, sharing his knowledge of investment banking through panel presentations, facilitating networking opportunities for students, and assisting with the Business Scholars program in New York City. In 1997 Sweitzer became a 25th Reunion Trustee and continued to serve on the Board as a full trustee for 16 years. “Soon after he was elected to the Board, he became a persuasive cheerleader for increased trustee support of annual giving. He understood from the outset . . . that it would be the keystone and the cornerstone of increased stewardship (of all kinds, not just financial but also gifts of time and talent) by Carleton alumni,” says one nominator. During his time on the Board, Sweitzer served on the Breaking Barriers, Creating Connections campaign steering committee and created (and was first to fill) a trustee ambassador role to engage trustees with faculty and staff members and students. He was deeply involved in the 2012 strategic planning process and was part of the search committee that hired President Steven Poskanzer. Among classmates, volunteers, and Carleton leadership, he is known for his energy, persuasiveness, and irreverent spirit. “Carleton could not have a better friend than Caesar Sweitzer,” says a nominator. Sweitzer majored in sociology at Carleton and later received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Peggy Salagovic Sweitzer ’71, live in Chatham, New Jersey, and have two grown children, Emily ’02 and Charles ’06. In recognition of their remarkable service and devotion to the college, Carleton awarded Caesar and Peggy the William Carleton medal in 2009.
Mary Stucky ’77 • Distinguished Achievement
Mary Stucky is a revolutionary force in international journalism. The founder of the award-winning journalism nonprofit, Round Earth Media, Stucky developed a groundbreaking model for supporting the next generation of global journalists to produce balanced, thought-provoking stories from all corners of the world. A history major and a former editor of the Carletonian, Stucky worked in magazines, radio, and television in the 1980s and 1990s, during a particularly fertile period in American journalism. Her reporting appeared on Minnesota Public Radio and National Public Radio and on Minneapolis news station KARE-TV, where she covered politics and business for more than a decade. In the early 2000s, with the advent of the Internet, journalism itself began to falter, especially reporting from abroad. Many newspapers closed, and high numbers of U.S. news outlets began shuttering their foreign bureaus. Even as the world grew more connected, Americans understood less about it, and many of the brightest young journalists were leaving the profession. In response, Stucky founded Round Earth Media, dedicated to supporting the next generation of international journalists in reporting stories from places that were going uncovered. Her model was brave and novel: Pair early-career U.S. journalists with rising journalists in foreign countries to collaborate on under-covered stories. Round Earth’s veteran editors were charged with mentoring and training these young teams, placing their important stories in top media outlets in the United States and in the country where the story was happening. The result: a new way of producing excellent journalism from Africa, Asia, Central America, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. In 2014 Round Earth Media earned a Peabody Award (broadcast journalism’s highest honor), shared with its partners for reporting on “Gangs, Murder, and Migration in Honduras,” which the awards committee cited as providing “the context and personal stories behind an international human rights crisis.” And, just last year, Round Earth received special recognition from the MacArthur Foundation for its “influence and impact.” Stucky has personally received numerous awards, including a shared Peabody for her reports on Chinese and Hmong immigrants and the Donna Allen Award for the contribution of a woman to the field of journalism (from the American Journalism Historians Association). Her influence on the next generation of journalists continues with her daughter, Katherine McDonald ’10.
Paul T. Van Valkenburg ’82 • Exceptional Service
Paul Van Valkenburg has long been one of Carleton’s greatest champions. With the mindset of a successful athlete and businessman, he has been an ardent supporter of Carleton both by promoting what works well and by posing genuine and poignant questions toward what can be improved. Never one for complacency, Van Valkenburg has a knack for spotting opportunities and engineering creative and novel solutions. In the early 2000s he led a charge to create the Carleton Athletic Initiative (CAI), a fundraising effort to supplement budgets for varsity, intramural, and club sports. Since it was launched in 2009, CAI has been a major and consistent boost to Carleton’s athletic program, beginning with completely renovating Laird Stadium following a 2010 flood. Thanks to Van Valkenburg’s efforts, CAI has replaced scoreboards and updated fields; it also helps teams purchase new uniforms on a regular basis. Recently, CAI has taken hundreds of cars off the road by providing transportation for students traveling to club sport events. Van Valkenburg majored in mathematics at Carleton and was in the first Carleton cohort to earn a concentration in computer science. He went on to form his own company, Mortgage Industry Advisory Corporation (its acronym, MIAC, is a subtle nod to Carleton’s athletic conference). He has hosted many Carleton students for externships and has been a pillar of the Career Center’s efforts to mobilize alumni to help students discern and succeed in career paths after Carleton. As one nominator writes, “Paul has never held back when it comes to supporting the college through his own hard work, his financial resources, and his business connections on behalf of students and alumni.” Van Valkenburg has formally served Carleton in dozens of roles over the years. He served on the Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2011, and he has been tireless in volunteering as an Alumni Annual Fund class agent, a member of his class’s reunion gift committees, and a member of the Career Center’s externships board. Because of his tenacity and zeal, a nominator notes, as well as his steadfast belief in team-based, collaborative engagement, Van Valkenburg has “helped to strengthen the connections of alumni and channel their generosity for greater impact.” Van Valkenburg and his spouse, Kathleen, live in Locust Valley, New York.
Kenneth Poss ’92 • Distinguished Achievement
With a lab full of zebrafish, Kenneth Poss has transformed the scientific world of tissue regeneration. Thanks to his research on the aquatic animals known for their ability to regrow hearts, fins, and spinal cords even after severe damage, Poss has made cutting-edge discoveries with great potential to impact people suffering from cardiovascular disease, spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative disease, or amputations. Motivated by the knowledge that for decades many scientists had deemed regeneration too complex to tackle, Poss dedicated himself to this field early in his career. After graduating from Carleton, he earned a PhD in biology from MIT, completed a postdoctoral fellowship studying tissue regeneration at Boston Children’s Hospital, and joined the faculty at Duke University to build his zebrafish program. Currently he is the James B. Duke professor of Cell Biology at Duke University as well as the director of the Duke Regeneration Next Initiative, which seeks to advance research, education, and medicine in the field of tissue regeneration. Poss has published more than 90 scientific reports, reviews, and book chapters and is an internationally recognized expert in regeneration of complex tissues. Years ago, while other scientists were focused on stem cells, Poss began applying genetics to innate regeneration events, establishing a new field with his finding that zebrafish regenerate heart muscle lost by injury. Among his other discoveries is that heart muscle regenerates by division of spared muscle cells (not stem cells), and that the once largely ignored outer lining of the heart, the epicardium, plays a major role in heart regeneration. His work has been recognized through prestigious awards from Duke University, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the American Heart Association, and other foundations and institutions. He has also served on numerous editorial boards, review boards, and associations, and has given many scores of scientific talks worldwide. Beyond Poss’s reputation as a cell and developmental biologist, he is hailed by colleagues as a dedicated mentor who encourages attention to detail and willingness to explore and take risks with experiments. Poss and his wife, Alexis Poss ’94, live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Chris Ashworth ’02 • In the Spirit of Carleton
Not many people can claim to have influenced a dozen Tony-award winning Broadway shows or an Olympics medal ceremony—but after a decade spent transforming the theater and live sound industry, Chris Ashworth ’02 can. His company’s flagship product, QLab, has become the standard tool for sound design in everything from middle school drama productions to high-end professional shows. A dual theater arts and computer science major, Ashworth was uniquely prepared to take action when a friend asked if he knew of any Mac-based applications for running sound effects. As it turned out, there weren’t many. With the help of a fellow Carl, Ashworth decided to write one. Between classes and homework for graduate school, where he was pursuing a master’s degree in computer science, Ashworth worked on code and founded a company called Figure 53. In 2006 he released the first version of QLab. This was a pioneering moment. Not only had Ashworth developed an innovative technology, he had also committed himself to an affordable pricing model: a core version of QLab would always be free, and its top-tier versions with added functionality would still cost less than competitors. His approach to pricing isn’t surprising, writes one nominator, because Ashworth has never taken a default path. “Chris is the kind of person that Carleton helps become their best selves. He has deep experience and knowledge in his technical field but has always combined that with deep empathy and consideration of other people’s thoughts, goals, values, and skills.” Ashworth has also experimented with new ideas when it comes to paying Figure 53’s employees. In 2013 he asked every employee to vote on an appropriate salary, and everyone, including him, was paid the average of all votes. This base salary was later augmented with profit sharing—50 percent of the company’s profits are distributed to employees based on the time they have spent working there. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, where Ashworth and his wife, Elizabeth Tipson ’02, live with their two daughters, Figure 53 continues to explore unusual paths. Ashworth purchased theater space adjacent to the office and is working to renovate it to serve as a lab to test and improve Figure 53’s products, offer QLab classes, and host productions for the community. “Every bit of growth,” writes a nominator, “has been guided by Chris’s commitment to doing what is most beneficial for the community of theater makers.”
Maya Warren ’07 • In the Spirit of Carleton
Grace, kindness, and determination have been hallmarks of Maya Warren’s success everywhere she goes—from her home in St. Louis, Missouri, to Northfield, to around the world. Within a few years of graduating with a degree in chemistry, Warren had earned a PhD in food science from the University of Wisconsin and found fame by winning CBS’s reality show The Amazing Race. Known as the “sweet scientist” on the show thanks to her expertise in the microstructure of ice cream, Warren has played a large role in elevating female scientists and scientists of color. She has served in leadership positions with the national organization Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences and continues to be an engaged member of Carleton’s Multicultural Alumni Network. “Her ability to connect with others, while also achieving great success, is one of the reasons that Maya will continue to use her platform to promote women in STEM, minorities in STEM, and outside of the box thinking,” writes her lab partner and Amazing Race teammate, Amy DeJong. Warren has also been a passionate mentor to younger female scientists, including DeJong, who writes of how Warren would stay up until 2 a.m. to help her prepare for presentations, lending her wisdom and encouraging confidence. While pursuing her PhD research, Warren was asked to develop a new outreach service at the University of Wisconsin called the Frozen Dessert Center, which aims to advance the art and science of researching and producing frozen treats. For two years Warren was the center’s driving force as she conducted lab research with a host of undergraduate students, as well as its external face as she interacted with clients. Community outreach work, one nominator writes, is a perfect fit for Warren, who has also organized and led countless ice cream workshops for kids of all ages. In 2016 Warren joined Kahala Brands as a food scientist and taste master. Concentrating on the company’s Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry brands, Warren works to create new flavors and innovative products. She lives in Ferguson, Missouri.