The 2017 Celebrating Excellence Alumni Award recipients

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Tue, 10/10/2017 - 1:27pm -- Denise Sortor
The University of Vermont Foundation and the UVM Alumni Association honored outstanding philanthropists and graduates on Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7, 2017 during Alumni Weekend at the UVM Alumni House in Burlington, Vermont.
The annual Celebrating Excellence Alumni Awards ceremony featured remarks by UVM President Tom Sullivan, UVM Foundation President and CEO Shane Jacobson and UVM Alumni Association President Penrose Jackson ’70 presented the following awards to the honorees.

The 2017 award recipients are:

  • Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award: Steven and Beverly Rubenstein Charitable Foundation, Inc. Video
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Emily Meltzer ’12 and Philip Bruno ’12 | Video
  • Alumni Achievement Award: David Ely ’67 | Video
  • Alumni Achievement Award: J. Paul Molloy ’61 | Video
  • Distinguished Service Award: Deborah H. McAneny ’81 | Video
  • Distinguished Service Award: Lawrence M. Roth ’67 | Video

2017 UVM Foundation Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award  Steven and Beverly Rubenstein Charitable Foundation, Inc

Steve Rubenstein’s connection with the State of Vermont was sparked by spending ten summers at Camp Dunmore. His affinity to Vermont then led him to the University of Vermont to study horticulture. Thirty-five years later, Steve partnered with UVM and Senator Patrick Leahy in 1996 to establish the Rubenstein Lab at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center on Lake Champlain. During this time, Steve became an active member of the School of Natural Resources board of advisors at UVM. In 2003, the Rubenstein family donated the largest single gift in UVM history at the time — a $15 million commitment to support environmental education and research. With this gift, the School of Natural Resources became the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, the first named school or college at UVM. With Steve’s passing in 2008, Andy and Beverly Rubenstein launched the Steven and Beverly Rubenstein Charitable Foundation, Inc. in order to continue Steve’s vision for UVM to be one of the premier environmental schools in the United States.

2017 Outstanding Young Alumni Award Emily Meltzer ’12 and Philip Bruno ’12

In the short time since their graduation, Emily and Philip have organized and energized the alumni community in Seattle, Washington as the UVM Alumni Association Affinity Group leaders in that region. Together they have hosted over a dozen programs engaging hundreds of alumni on the West Coast. In addition to their volunteer efforts in the event planning realm, they are also active ambassadors for UVM helping to recruit potential students to attend UVM. They are always ready to assist the UVM Alumni Association in any way necessary to help their alma mater be stronger, even 3,000 miles away from campus.

Emily is the director of development for the social services branch of the YMCA of Greater Seattle where she oversees fundraising, marketing and volunteerism. Philip is associate director at M&C Saatchi Mobile, a global digital marketing agency; he helps lead strategy and account services for national and multinational brands.

2017 Alumni Achievement Award David Ely ’67

David is a lifetime educator who spent more than 30 years as a biology teacher at Champlain Valley Union (CVU) high school in Hinesburg, Vermont. Over the course of his career, David received many local, state, and national teaching awards including CVU Teacher of the Year, Presidential Award in Science Teaching, Vermont Teacher of the Year, National Science Teachers Association/ Shell Award for Innovation and Excellence in Science Teaching, the first-ever Vermont NEA Award for Teaching Excellence, Advanced Placement National Teacher of the Year, and the National American Star Award from the U.S. Department of Education. More than the awards, however, he would say that his true reward was the thousands of students he helped to shape, and the hundreds of those who entered careers in science and medicine. In addition to his service in education, David has given tirelessly to his community as a member of the Shelburne United Methodist Church and on Boards of Directors of many charitable, professional, and educational organizations. David and his wife, Diane ’67, reside in South Burlington, Vermont and have three grown daughters who all hold degrees from UVM.

2017 Alumni Achievement Award J Paul Molloy ’61

Paul is the founder and CEO of Oxford House, Inc. (OHI), the 501(c)(3) umbrella organization for more than 2,200 self-run, self-supported Oxford Houses around the country. After law school, Paul worked on the staff of Vermont Senator Winston Prouty and as his staffer on the Senate Commerce Committee. In 1975, Paul, a recovering alcoholic, started the first Oxford House after the county-run halfway house in which he was living closed. While living in the first Oxford House, Paul was hired as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, where he helped shape major legislation affecting the environment and the nation’s railroads. In 1981, he joined the Chicago law firm of Isham, Lincoln and Beale. In 1988, Paul devoted himself full-time to the national expansion of the then-small network of Oxford Houses. Oxford House is listed as a best practice on the federal government’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and more than 300,000 people have lived in Oxford Houses. Paul resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, Jane ’61, and has five grown children.

2017 Distinguished Service Award Deborah H McAneny ’81

In her tenure as an alumna, Deb McAneny has worn many hats for UVM including Boston Regional Board member, National Campaign Steering Committee member, reunion chair, class gift chair, UVM Foundation Board of Directors member and Foundation Leadership Council member. Most notably, Deb served as trustee of the University of Vermont (2004-2016) and as board chair from 2014-2016. During that time she helped guide the University through a presidential transition, keep tuition affordable and launch the largest comprehensive fund-raising campaign in the University’s history.

Deb currently serves as lead independent director of HFF, Inc., director of KKR Real Estate Finance Trust, Inc., THL Credit, Inc., RREEF property Trust, Inc., RREEF America REIT II, an advisor to Benchmark Senior Living LLC, trustee of the Rivers School, and is a member of the UVM Foundation Board of Directors. She resides in Southborough, Mass., with her husband, David McAneny, and has three grown children.

2017 Distinguished Service Award Lawrence M Roth ’67

Serving continuously on more than a dozen committees since graduating 50 years ago, Larry has given his heart and soul to the University of Vermont, most notably as a member on the Alumni Association’s New York Regional Board for more than 15 years. During his tenure on that board, he has helped to increase the University’s visibility to help recruit and retain students to the university. Larry has an ability to bring alums back into the fold of the University that never imagined they would reengage with UVM. Larry’s energy, enthusiasm and big ideas bring and keep people together and continue to move our University forward.

His professional life has been spent in the men’s apparel industry. He had a sales agency, Larrco, representing better European brands. And he continues to do special projects with such U.S. brands as Cutter and Buck, and Rainforest, while also serving as president of International Cancer Expert Corps, a new NGO/ 501c3 he has joined in creating with Dr. Norman Coleman ’67. ICEC works to improve the level of cancer care in LMICs through a long-term mentoring system. He holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his volunteerism on behalf of UVM, he has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho and as a Catholic Relief Volunteer in Kenya, and on the Board of Directors of the Dalton School. Larry and his wife, Beryl, reside in New York, New York and have two grown sons.

About the Awards

The Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award is given by the University of Vermont Foundation to deserving individuals or couples who have demonstrated a passionate commitment to furthering the efforts of philanthropy at UVM through their leadership, vision, volunteerism, and personal philanthropy. Recipients of this award must be lifetime members of the Ira Allen Society with demonstrated impact in promoting and expanding philanthropy that supports the University of Vermont. The Young Alumni Award has been awarded since 1979 to alumni who graduated within the past ten years for volunteer service to the University of Vermont and to the Alumni Association, and for commitment to furthering the mission of the University. The Alumni Achievement Award has been awarded to alumni since 1985 for outstanding achievement that has been recognized at the local, state, and/or national level. The Alumni Distinguished Service Award has been awarded since 1958 to volunteer alumni leaders whose service to the University of Vermont and the Alumni Association has enhanced the reputation and furthered the mission of the university.

Submit nominations for next year’s awards here by December 15, 2017.