Alumnae/i Award Recipient Bios

Congratulations to our distinguished 2016 Alumnae Award recipients!

alumnae award winners

The Alumnae Association has the great privilege of working with extraordinary alumnae. Whether they are our accomplished alumnae leaders of industry, exceptional volunteers, or exemplary benefactors, we rely on them for wisdom, guidance, enthusiasm and support.  We know them through their words and deeds that lead, inspire and transform.  It is our pleasure to acknowledge and honor them for the selfless work that they do to enrich Simmons University and the community at large.

We are pleased to announce the Simmons University 2016 Alumnae Award recipients.  Four awards were presented to six outstanding alumnae on Sunday, June 5 of Reunion Weekend. 

Lifetime Achievement Award
Honorary Trustee Emily Scott Pottruck '78

emily scott pottruckA former Wall Street executive, Emily now devotes her time, talent, and treasure to effecting purpose-driven, sustainable change using her marketing, board, and philanthropic skills as a consultant, teacher, fundraiser, and speaker for nonprofit organizations. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards including those of Simmons, V-Day, the Park City Community Foundation, and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.  Emily is on the advisory board for the Target Zero Institute and co-founded the California University Pathways Funder Collective.

Community Service Award
Leslie Morris '75

leslie morrisLeslie's work typifies the “innovative approaches to solving community issues and bettering the world” recognized by this award. She implemented one of the first school-based HIV testing programs in the nation, founded a nationally recognized teen abstinence program, and created a partnership with the Campbell Soup Company; the resulting Women of the Dream initiative sprang from the experiences of 32 fellow black Simmons graduates and focuses on empowering socially and economically disadvantaged girls of color.

Community Service Award
Norma Imershein '46

norma imersheinGroups Norma volunteers for say she has a “selfless commitment to the community” and is “always reliable, volunteers with enthusiasm, gets along with everyone, diligently completes tasks she volunteers to perform, and returns to help again and again.” Beneficiaries of her time and dedication include the Calvert Library of Prince Frederick, MD; the League of Women Voters; the Chesapeake Biological Library; SMILE Food Bank; and Congregation Beit Chaverim. Norma works to enrich and improve the lives of others.

Alumnae Service Award
Margaret Kane ‘75

Margaret KaneMargaret has been a dedicated volunteer, a true partner of the Simmons Alumnae Association, and president of the Cape Cod Club. Club members describe her as a “multi-dimensional woman of compassion and fortitude” who “displays an ongoing commitment that goes beyond dedicated leadership.” She produced The Simmons Ladies of Cape Cod, a video profile of accomplished Simmons graduates spanning multiple generations. And under her leadership the club has raised $10,000 for the Simmons Scholarship Fund since 2010.

Alumnae Service Award
Marilyn Woloohojian '54

Marilyn WoloohojianMarilyn is a vocal, passionate ambassador for her alma mater, including as president of the class of 1954. Whether she is organizing mini class reunions, serving as treasurer of the Southeast MA/ Rhode Island Club (which is thriving!), or helping to promote Simmons activities in the Palm Beach area, Marilyn is committed to keeping Simmons women connected. At class or regional events, she talks about the University and its impact on her life and the world. Her message is always “Simmons strong.”

Recent Alumnae Achievement Award
Christina Maynard '06, '14SW

Christina MaynardChristina graduated from Simmons with an undergraduate degree in sociology and psychology, and a master's in social work.  Her passion for helping others informs her role as a social worker in the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department, and her volunteer service to Simmons. Christina's professional achievements include developing groundbreaking new programs for delivering enhanced re-entry services to offenders.  At Simmons, she is a volunteer guest lecturer in criminology and sociology; she is also an unofficial tour guide for prospective students.