Distinguished Alumni Honorees

Distinguished Alumni Honorees

2024 Distinguished Alumni

Scott Phelps

Scott Phelps
Scott Phelps earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, graduating cum laude, and a Master’s Degree in Information Technology Management from Western Governors University.

He began his career in 2000 as an Information Technology Assistant with the Carolina Panthers and after a brief stint, was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a Network Administrator. Scott rose in the ranks of the Steelers organization to Manager of Information Systems, Technology Coordinator, Director of Information Technology and now serves as Vice President of Technology where he is responsible for all IT services, financial forecasting and cost management of IT functions and strategy.

Scott planned, coordinated, implemented and operated the Steelers’ satellite office network for Super Bowl 40, Super Bowl 43 and Super Bowl 50. He currently serves as the AFC North Representative on the NFL Technical Advisory Committee and on the governing board of the Pittsburgh CIO/Executive Summit, and in 2010, he was nominated for Top Sports Social Media Professional.

Scott is active in his community athletic programs, and has done career presentations to students at both Seneca Valley High School and North Hills High School.

June Felix

June Felix
After graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Pre-Med from the University of Pittsburgh, June Yee Felix spent more than 40 years in a career focused on leading and growing financial services and tech companies in Europe, the U.S. and Asia Pacific.

June has held senior positions as the Global Head of Healthcare for a division of Citibank, Global Head of Banking and Financial Markets at IBM, Head of Asia Pacific for Chase Manhattan Bank Global Payments and Treasury Services Division in Hong Kong and CEO of IG Group, a global financial company headquartered in London.

In March of 2021, June was named the top female leader in financial technology in all of Europe. She is the only Chinese person to ever become CEO of a public United Kingdom company and at the time, was one of just 12 female CEOs of the UK’s 350 largest public companies.
2023 Distinguished Alumni

Eric Jackson

Eric Jackson

After 20 successful years in the music industry, with hard work and determination, the Class of 1968's Eric Jackson was able to transition to a career in chemical engineering. After earning his degree in chemical engineering from Penn State University, he began working for 3M Corporation as a project engineer, process engineer and research engineer.

During his tenure at 3M, Mr. Jackson was one of the inventors for a Solar Water purification System for Developing Countries, a co-inventor of a solar energy device, worked on heat shields for the NASA space shuttle, and was a team member that developed one of the first LED light bulbs.

He was a board member of Penn State Women in Engineering, 3M Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge and was the recipient of the 3M Mentornet Program Mentor of the Year Award. Mr. Jackson and his wife Loretta retired to Florida where he volunteers with Friends of the Everglades and Solar United of Florida.

Jordan Corcoran

Jordan Corcoran

Jordan Corcoran, a 2006 graduate of North Hills High School, is a nationally recognized motivational speaker, mental health advocate, author and founder of Listen, Lucy, a mental health organization that uses lived experiences with mental illness to end the stigma that has stopped so many people from receiving the help they need and deserve.

Corcoran's time is spent touring around the country speaking to college, high school and middle school students about her personal story and the importance of acceptance -- of others and yourself.  She is the author of Listen Lucy - Volume 1, Write It Out, Little Lucy and the Little Butterflies, and Little Lucy Bullies. She has been featured on Forbes, Today.com and UpWorthy for her mental health advocacy and was a keynote speaker at National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Ms. Corcoran, her husband Connor and their two children live in the North Hills area.

2020 Distinguished Alumni

Lt. Col. Phillip Lenz

Lt. Col. Phillip Lenz

Lt. Col. Phillip Lenz, a 1989 graduate of North Hills High School, has a long and decorated career as a military police officer having served at various military installations over the years.

He is currently the Director of Public Safety at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he oversees the police department, the physical security program, and the largest fire department in the United States Army with over 21 fire stations across lower Alabama in support of the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence training mission. In support of this mission, Lt. Col. Lenz is responsible for the security of over $8 billion in aviation assets, management of an operational budget in excess of $1.5 million, and a military community in excess of 30,000 personnel.

He holds degrees in police administration and criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University and the Community College of Allegheny County, and master’s degrees in military operational art and science, and business and organizational security management from the U.S. Air Force Air College and Webster University.

Lt. Col. Lenz is an active volunteer for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run and annual Kansas Special Olympics Winter Games. He is also involved with Habitat for Humanity, the Boy Scouts of America and other family and youth support programs.

Dr. Monica Buchanan

Dr. Monica Buchanan

Dr. Monica (Allison) Buchanan, a 1998 graduate of North Hills High School, currently works as a Senior Medical Science Liaison for GRAIL Inc, a San Francisco-based biotechnology start-up company developing a blood-based multi-cancer early detection test. In her current role, she interfaces directly with physicians, researchers, insurers, health systems, and advocacy groups to raise scientific awareness and facilitate continued development and implementation of the genetics-based screening assay.

She attended Emory University in Atlanta from where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She later received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Human Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Buchanan moved back home to Pittsburgh in 2010 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Hillman Cancer Center for two years, researching the genes involved in the response of colorectal cancer to chemotherapy drugs.

An avid craft beer enthusiast, Dr. Buchanan is a majority investor and owner of Allusion Brewing Company located in Vandergrift, PA. Allusion Brewing is expected to open in the spring of 2020.

Locally, Dr. Buchanan’s passion and excitement for youth scientific education led her to pursue credentialing as a NOVA counselor for local Cub Scout Pack 283 and as a SuperNOVA mentor for the Boy Scouts of America – Laurel Highlands Council. NOVA and SuperNOVA are merit-based STEM awards with requirements above and beyond normal scouting curriculum.

Dr. Buchanan further supports development of youth in our community as a fourth grade CCD teacher at St. Sebastian Church of the Neighbors North Catholic Community.

2019 Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Robert Dimeo

Dr. Robert Dimeo

Dr. Robert Dimeo, a member of the class of 1987, is a physicist and director of the NIST Center for Neutron Research in Maryland. The center is a national research facility that focuses on providing neutron measurement capabilities.

Dr. Dimeo is responsible for the operation and development of the NIST High Flux Backscattering Neutron Spectrometer, and his research interests include the dynamics of quantum fluids, quantum rotations in molecular solids, software development to better visualize and analyze neutron scattering data and the development of neutron instrumentation. He also served as the assistant director for physical sciences and engineering and at the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Dr. Dimeo holds a doctorate in physics, a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, he is a noted author and presenter in the community.

Rev. Kimberly Greway

Rev. Kimberly Greway

Rev. Kimberly Greway, a member of the class of 1995, has spent her career involved in humanitarian work. Currently, she is the executive director and chief operating officer for the Foundation of Hope and the director of chaplaincy services for the Allegheny County Jail and Shuman Juvenile Center. The Foundation of Hope offers inmates and ex-offenders counseling, religious services, practical resources and referrals, life skills education and mentoring.

At the Allegheny County Jail and Shuman Juvenile Center, Rev. Greway provides chaplaincy services for inmates, staff members and volunteers, and she recruits volunteer chaplains to ensure all religions are represented.

Rev. Greway was previously a pastor in Dorset, England, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe where she helped found The Nyadire Connection that provides community services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Allegheny College and Master of Divinity from Duke University.

2018 Distinguished Alumni

Dan Goebel

Don Goebel

Don Goebel, a member of the Class of 1980, is a lawyer who serves as the chief legal officer and chief tax officer for Maxim Crane Works, the nation’s largest provider of cranes and related lift and logistics services. He has been in the legal realm for nearly three decades and has diverse legal, business, tax and financial experience. Over the years, he has held leadership positions in large, international accounting firms, super-regional law firms and large, sophisticated businesses. He holds a legal degree from Ohio Northern University College of Law, a graduate legal degree in taxation from the University of Florida College of Law and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in economics and political science.

He is an active participant on the district’s Academy of Business and Finance Advisory Board and a frequent guest lecturer in the high school’s economics and finances courses. As well, he has been integral in establishing scholarships for North Hills High School students on behalf of Maxim Crane Works and his family.

Julia Santucci

Julia Santucci

Julia Santucci, a member of the Class of 1998, is a senior lecturer in Intelligence Studies and director of the Hesselbein Forum Leadership Program in International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Prior to her collegiate career, she worked for the U.S. State Department as a senior advisor to the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, as a leadership analyst at the CIA and as the Director of Egypt for National Security Council Staff at the White House.

She holds a master’s degree in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona and a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Dayton. She has completed Intensive Arabic Language Programs in modern standard Arabic and the Egyptian dialect from Middlebury College and the American University in Cairo. She was actively involved in advancing U.S. policy toward Egypt that included a strong focus on human rights as she provided assessments and support to President Barack Obama and senior decision makers during the Arab Spring in 2011.

Ms. Santucci and her husband recently purchased a home in West View and look forward to finding new ways to serve our community.

2017 Distinguished Alumni
Carolyn Green

North Hills School District graduates Carolyn Green and Dr. Jerry Yee were the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. Green was a member of the North Hills High School Class of 1983, and Yee is a member of the North Hills High School Class of 1977.

Carolyn Green started her professional career as a student teacher in chemistry at North Hills High School and went on to serve as the Director of Strategic Investments for Pfizer’s Worldwide Research and Development. In her role at Pfizer, she was responsible for a strategic venture capital fund that invested in early-stage biotechnology companies and served on the company’s leadership team of external research and development innovations. She devoted her career to translating emerging scientific ideas into innovative therapies to address unmet medical needs as a female scientist, biotech entrepreneur and successful venture capital investor. She supported diversity and the advancement of women in these fields through her involvement with Springboard, a national organization which backs women entrepreneurs in biotech industries, as a coach and mentor in the Women in Bio Boardroom Ready Project, as a co-host of BioPharma Executive Council’s Increasing Diversity event and as the Catalyst Award winner for mentoring from the Science Club for Girls.

Prior to joining Pfizer, she was an executive-in-residence and co-founder of Morningside Ventures; president, COO and co-founder of the biopharmaceutical company Logical Therapeutics and founding director of a translational research and commercialization center at Pitt and UMPC that identified promising scientific discoveries. She served on the boards of NextCure Inc., Metabomed LLC and Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She received her bachelor’s degrees in education, chemistry and mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and was an Entrepreneurial Fellow for the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at Pitt’s Katz Graduate School of Business. She passed away in spring 2017 and was honored posthumously.

Jerry Yee

Since 2011, Dr. Jerry Yee has been the head of the Department of Medicine, Nephrology and Hypertension at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Additionally, he also serves as a clinical professor of medicine in the department of medicine at Wayne State University and as the editor-in-chief of Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease, a publication of the National Kidney Foundation. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and completed his categorical medicine residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, while serving in the U.S. Army where he held a rank of major. He advanced his studies with a nephrology fellowship at Temple University Hospital and completed an additional researched-based National Institutes of Health Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Throughout his more than 30 years in medicine, Dr. Yee has focused on chronic kidney disease. He uses this expansive and dedicated experience when inspiring students to learn selflessness and set life goals that transcend individual accomplishments. He also is the author of nearly 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and the editor of a chronic kidney disease handbook for primary care physicians. He is the winner of the National Kidney Foundation’s Nostradamus Award, the Governor’s Award from the Michigan American College of Physicians and the American Society for Nephrology Education Award. Dr. Yee resides in Beverly Hills, Michigan, with his wife, Virginia.

2016 Distinguished Alumni
Sandra Carson

North Hills School District graduates Sandra Carson, M.D., and Kurt Weiss, M.D., were the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. Carson is a member of the North Hills High School Class of 1971, and Weiss is a member of the North Hills High School Class of 1992.

Since 2013, Dr. Sandra Carson has been the vice president of education with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists where she oversees a team that directs the educational curriculum for ob/gyn residents across the United States. Additionally, she serves as a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She received her medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School and completed her ob-gyn residency at Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital and her reproductive endocrinology fellowship at the University of Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital.

An accomplished surgeon, Dr. Carson designed hysteroscopic instruments that allow doctors to look inside a uterus to diagnose and treat bleeding issues. She has been recognized in “Best Doctors in America” for more than 10 years and is included regularly in Good Housekeeping’s “401 Best Doctors for Women” and “The Guide to America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists” among many other publications. She has published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 60 chapters and six books in reproductive medicine. She was an associate editor for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and editor-in-chief of Sexuality, Reproduction and Menopause. Dr. Carson chaired the FDA’s Reproductive Drugs Advisory Committee and was consultant to both the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the President’s Council on Bioethics. Her research was funded by the National Institutes of Health for 18 years, and her latest research development, the Artificial Human Ovary, was named a Top 10 medical breakthrough in 2010 by Time magazine and Rhode Island 2011 Innovation of the Year.

Kurt Weiss

Class of 1992 graduate Dr. Kurt Weiss is an orthopaedic oncology surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he also serves as an assistant professor in the division of musculoskeletal oncology and the director of the cancer stem cell laboratory within the UPMC Orthopaedic Surgery Stem Cell Research Center. The laboratory, which he established, focuses entirely upon cancer research and boasts one of the largest tumor registries and tissue banks of its kind in the world, which has aided sarcoma research and medical collaborations across the country. Dr. Weiss’ dedication to cancer research and orthopaedic surgery comes from his own battle with sarcoma or bone cancer that resulted in the loss of his leg and nearly took his life at age 15.

Following his battle with cancer, he went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame University and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at UPMC and musculoskeletal oncology fellowship at the University of Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. Now, he is one of only a handful of surgeons who specialize in sarcoma. Dr. Weiss is also one of the very few physician-scientists searching for a cure for this disease, and the only one who is also a former sarcoma patient. He is a founding member of Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma, which seeks to raise awareness of and research funds for the rare cancer. The organization has donated more than $200,000 to the Sarcoma Foundation of America making it the most active sarcoma volunteer organization in the United States. Dr. Weiss also has established the Kurt R. Weiss Scholarship for Wish Kids in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation that provides financial support for former “wish kids” to pursue their goals beyond high school. Many North Hills graduates have benefited from this scholarship that has helped hundreds of children pursue higher education.

2015 Distinguished Alumni
William Corley

North Hills School District graduates William Corley and Debra Lam were the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. Corley is a member of the North Hills High School Class of 1960, and Lam is a member of the North Hills High School Class of 1999.

Corley has made a difference in the lives of thousands through his dedication to excellence in the varied fields of education, business, medicine and public service. He recently retired from the Indianapolis Community Health Network where he served as president and chief executive officer for more than 25 years. During that time, he took a single hospital that had been languishing for decades and built the Indianapolis Community Hospital Network, which includes five hospitals, 70 healthcare facilities and 10,000 employees. He was the driving force behind the establishment of Indiana’s first heart hospital, and under his leadership, the hospital network was named one of the Top 10 integrated hospital networks in the nation. He now works with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, influencing the quality of healthcare around the globe.

Throughout his career, he was honored with the “Sagamore by the Wabash,” award, the highest civilian award in Indiana. Outside of healthcare, he is co-chairman and creator of G.R.A.D.E.S., which seeks to develop partnerships between Indianapolis’ urban schools and the city’s Chamber of Commerce to raise graduation rates and reduce the dropout rate for high school students. Corley holds degrees from the College of William & Mary and Duke University.

Debra Lam

Lam is on the forefront of Pittsburgh’s exciting transformation in sustainability, technology, performance and innovation. In the newly created position of Chief Innovation and Performance Officer under Mayor Bill Peduto, she has created an innovation road map that details problems, solutions, successes and strategies designed to advance our region’s position as a national player. Lam has worked on public policy and urban-planning projects in China, the Philippines, Vietnam, London and New York City. As one of the youngest senior managers at Arup, a global consulting and design firm, she introduced a climate resilience and cities initiative to areas under direct threats from climate change to enhance traditional engineering offerings and thinking.

She also advised companies such as Siemens and Phillips, local governments in Manila and Ho Chi Minh City and international organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank on urban sustainable development. Additionally, she was involved with Arup’s partnership work with C40, a group of 40 of the world’s largest cities committed to tackling climate change. Lam is trilingual speaking both Cantonese and Mandarin. She holds degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of California at Berkeley and has studied climate change and public policy at the University of Cambridge in England.

2014 Distinguished Alumni
Gail Kowalski
North Hills School District graduates Gail Kowalski and William Newlin were the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. Kowalski is a member of the North Hills High School Class of 1973, and Newlin is a member of the West View High School Class of 1958.

Kowalski is the owner and president of Jewelry by Gail, Inc. based in Nags Head, N.C. She is well-known across the nation for her award-winning, custom jewelry designs worn by celebrities to some of the country’s most glamorous events and awards shows. Stars such as Eva Longoria, Minnie Driver and Vanessa Williams have worn Kowalski’s original and unique designs on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, the Emmys and the Golden Globes. Her jewelry also frequently is featured in celebrity jewelry suites, where stylists selected her original designs for their clients to wear at every major award show. A collection of her designs has been placed in Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Kowalski has pioneered numerous metal-working techniques to manipulate platinum and gold and has patented the Slip earring design. Since 1977, she has been awarded some of the highest honors and awards of excellence in the industry while growing her business from a one-woman, one-room shop to a nationally recognized and successful, two-story stand-alone retail store and studio.
William Newlin Newlin is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur who has played a vital role in keeping the local Pittsburgh economy growing throughout the last four decades. He is the chairman of Newlin Investment Company, which he founded in 2007. Newlin was the executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Dick’s Sporting Goods, chairman and chief executive officer for Buchanan Ingersoll, chairman for Kennametal and chairman of Plextronics.

He has been recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and named one of the Top 50 Business Leaders in Pittsburgh by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, among the Most Influential Pittsburghers of the Century by Pittsburgh Magazine and twice honored as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal.

In his free time, he is active in many charitable organizations including The United Way of Allegheny County, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, The Watson Institute and many others. He holds degrees from Princeton University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
2013 Distinguished Alumni
Kim McLoughlin

North Hills School District graduates Kim McLoughlin, Ph.D., and David Andrew Strobel receive the district’s annual Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. Both recipients are members of the North Hills Senior High School Class of 1986.

McLoughlin serves as a product development team leader and polymer scientist at Braskem. She is a noted inventor, who has patented novel polypropylene materials for numerous applications including disposable fabrics, automotive parts and food packaging films.

Currently, Dr. McLoughlin leads a team of scientists who are working to develop new food packaging materials for improved sustainability. She also serves on teams developing advanced materials for automotive products, to improve fuel efficiency, vehicle aesthetics and cost. She collaborates both locally and internationally with researchers in universities and in Braskem’s technology center in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

McLoughlin volunteers in a wide range of community education activities. She has judged the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and she has coordinated many hands-on science activities for classroom outreach programs and the SciTech Festival at Carnegie Science Center.

David Andrew Strobel

Strobel is an emergency response and recovery professional, who has led humanitarian relief efforts on five continents over the past 20 years. Drew, as he is known globally, has dedicated his life to helping in a hands-on way those in need around the world.

Currently, he is working as a regional representative with the American Red Cross in the organization’s office in Bangkok, Thailand, where he is responsible for developing and managing programs in community health and disease control, water and sanitation, organizational development and disaster risk reduction. 

In the past, he has helped communities rebound from natural disasters such as the 2007 southeast Asia tsunami, health emergencies, armed conflicts and other tragic events in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Guatemala, Ecuador, Thailand, Pakistan and Bangladesh. 

A veteran of the Peace Corps, he is fluent in numerous languages and also worked to rebuild rural communities in the United States. Strobel earned a bachelor’s degree in mulitidisciplinary studies with a focus on international political economies from Capital University and a master’s degree in international affairs with a focus on Latin American studies from Ohio University.

2012 Distinguished Alumni
Harry Clark
Harry D. Clark, Ph.D., West View High School Class of 1958, and Mary Beth Bedeck Jenkins, North Hills High School Class of 1989, were the recipients of Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2012.
Dr. Clark retired as an administrator in the Pittsburgh Public Schools following 30 years of service. During his tenure, he was instrumental in founding the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts – the first public arts high school in western Pennsylvania – where he served as principal.

Dr. Clark has served as president of the International Network of Performing and Visual Arts Schools and as a National Director of Academic Relations for Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts. In addition, he has served as a consultant for numerous schools, performing arts centers, arts committees as well as renowned artists from throughout the country.

In May 2000, Dr. Clark was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from Magnet Schools of America in recognition of his service as a magnet school consultant and for initiating and developing new school programs in several cities across the country. 

In April 2012, Dr. Clark was voted to the position of vice chair of the board of directors of Bridgeway Capital, a community loan fund of southwestern Pennsylvania. Additionally, in April 2012, he accepted the position of co-president of Lighthouse Arts, Inc., a newly formed nonprofit arts organization he helped to create.
Mary Beth Bedeck Jenkins A graduate of Duquesne University, Dr. Clark earned his graduate and undergraduate degrees in music education. He was inducted into Duquesne University’s Century Club of Outstanding Alumni in 1993. He earned his doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as a member of its Jazz Seminar Committee for more than 25 years. Dr. Clark is the recipient of the 2010 Rob Penny Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors an individual who demonstrates a quest for knowledge, passion for and understanding of the significance of using the arts for educational purposes, a love and respect for people of the African Diaspora and an appreciation of cultural relevancy.

Mrs. Jenkins serves as the senior vice president and chief operating officer for UPMC Health, where she has been employed for nearly 15 years. She is responsible for the development of strategic and operational initiatives for the multi-billion dollar family of companies that provides health benefits management and health related administrative services for more than one million Pennsylvania residents. Under her leadership, UPMC Health Plan’s Member Service call center received the J.D. Power & Associates Certified Call Center distinction – one of only 31 companies in the country to earn certification.

She is active within the greater Pittsburgh community and serves on several boards of directors and/or committees including board chair of March of Dimes, Carlow University board of trustees, board member Leadership Pittsburgh, and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. In addition, Mrs. Jenkins serves as a volunteer tutor at Shaffer Elementary School in the Pittsburgh Public School District.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Slippery Rock University and a master’s degree in business administration from Duquesne University.
2011 Distinguished Alumni
Timothy Hoffman and Judith Ference Olson
 A pediatric cardiologist and a superior court judge were selected as the inaugural recipients of the North Hills School District Distinguished Alumni Awards. Dr. Timothy Hoffman, Class of 1984, and the Honorable Judith Ference Olson, Class of 1975.
 Dr. Timothy Hoffman is the Medical Director of the Heart Transplant and Heart Failure Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, he serves as an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Cardiology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He has held numerous fellowship and faculty appointments and has been published in several research publications.

Dr. Hoffman was profiled in the North Hills School District’s 2005-06 Annual Report. At that time, he and the transplant team had recently performed a heart ‘domino’ transplant involving the youngest living heart donor. Domino heart transplantation occurs when one patient undergoes heart-lung transplantation, and his/her original heart is then given to a second heart-transplant recipient. These surgeries were performed on infants age 5-months and three-months-old, respectively.

Superior Court Judge Judith Ference Olson was elected to the Pennsylvania Superior Court in 1999 after serving as an Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge from 2008-2009. Prior to becoming a judge, she was a partner in the law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP where she served as chairperson of the firm’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation practice group.

Judge Olson earned her law degree from Duquesne University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from St. Francis College. She has been recognized by “Law & Politics” magazine as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for business litigation and as one of the top 50 female lawyers in the commonwealth. Judge Olson has a long-standing commitment to community service with a variety of organizations including the American Heart Association, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the Diocese of Pittsburgh and others.
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