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Simmons College Alumnae Receive Awards at Leadership Weekend

BOSTON (November 5, 2009) — Simmons College alumnae gathered on campus October 23-24 for Leadership Weekend, an annual celebration that acknowledges alumnae leaders of the college for their dedication and achievements. Six alumnae received awards this year: Clotilde Chaves Zannetos, Christian Pope Campbell, Betty Green, Hope Alperin Hirsch, Lisa J.B. Peterson, and Reverend Elizabeth Chace.

The Alumnae Service Award is presented for outstanding service to Simmons College and to the Alumnae Association. This year, long-time class officer Clotilde Chaves Zannetos of the class of 1958, and class agent Christian Pope Campbell of the class of 1991 each received the award. Zannetos served as secretary of her class for 10 years and was elected to serve as class agent given her extensive fundraising knowledge. Zannetos retired in 2008 as the executive director of development at Regis College. Campbell has served Simmons as a staff member, magazine editor, freelance writer, and guest lecturer. Recently, she served as director of communications on the Simmons Alumnae Association Executive Board.

The Community Service Award recognizes alumnae for continuous involvement with, or outstanding commitment to, their community. This year, Betty Green, and Simmons Trustee Hope Alperin Hirsch of the class of 1967 received the award. Green has served as treasurer of her class since graduation. Retired from a successful career in the fashion industry, she is a noted humanitarian. Green is actively involved in Garrison and Cold Spring, New York, in organizations such as the Desmond Fish Library, Phillipstown Garden Club, and the Putnam County Historical Society. Hirsch is actively involved in her home state of Rhode Island, and in the Jewish community. Recently, Hirsch chaired the school fundraiser at the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island and doubled the amount collected from the previous year.

Lisa J.B. Peterson of the class of 2003 received the Recent Alumnae Achievement Award. The award is presented to an alumna who has graduated Simmons College in the past 10 years, and who has attained a high level of achievement in her professional or civic field of endeavor. Peterson is the president and founder of Lantern Financial, LLC, a Boston-based financial planning firm geared toward young professionals. Peterson and her company were featured in a recent New York Times article about premarital financial counseling.

Reverend Elizabeth Chace of the class of 1969 received the Mary Logan Canavan '38 Planned Giving Award for her work in furthering the planned giving program at Simmons College. Chace's gift in honor of her 40th reunion won her class the Kay Heggie Planned Giving Award, given at Simmons's class reunion to recognize the graduating class with the highest dollar total in planned gifts made during its reunion year. Chace is the rector at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Grayling, Michigan.

Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. It offers an undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, education, liberal arts, social work, library and information science, and communications management, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women.