Distinguished Alumnae/i Award


Dr. Susan Epstein Leeman ’51
Considered one of the founders of neuroendocrinology, Leeman, a professor in the department of pharmacology at Boston University Medical School, was the first woman elected to the division of physiology and pharmacology in the National Academy of Sciences.

Sheila Kleinman Sachs ’61, Esq.
A senior member of Gordon Feinblatt law firm in its Litigation Practice Group and the first woman to serve as president of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, Sachs has been a leading Maryland family law practitioner for more than three decades.

Dr. La Jerne Terry Cornish '83, M.Ed. ’94, P ’18
Cornish is the associate provost for undergraduate studies at Goucher College. A former assistant principal in the Baltimore City Public Schools, she piloted the Maryland’s Tomorrow Program, which offers at-risk 8th graders paid summer internships as a way of encouraging them to stay in school.

Steve Zimmer ’92
Zimmer serves as president of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education, which represents the second largest district in the country and serves more than 640,000 kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

Arienna Grody ’10, Esq
A graduate of the UCLA School of Law, Grody is a public defender in Birmingham, Ala., and in 2014 was the recipient of the first UCLA Gideon’s Promise Fellowship. Launched last November, the fellowship places a student from UCLA in a public defender’s office in a high-need community in the South.


Suzanne Fineman Cohen ’56

Dr. Jean Harvey Baker ’61

Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff ’70

Bradford Shellhammer ’98

Jamila Thompson ’01