Awards

Outstanding Alumna Award

The Outstanding Alumna Award is given each year to an alumna who exhibits the qualities inherent in the St. Mary’s philosophy: integrity, spirituality, loyalty, and service.

2017: Gretchen Wollert McLennon ’93

As her 2015 Style Blueprint profile notes, building a better Memphis is woven into Gretchen Wollert McLennon's heart and soul. This is just one of the things that makes our newest Outstanding Alumna winner so inspirational.

Her peers have said of her, "She is on so many boards and does so many things for Memphis, and for some people that might be a bad thing – like they're just building a resume and not truly committing to anything – but not for her. She treats each Board and each meeting like it is the only one on her agenda."

Gretchen was named "Top 40 Under 40" in 2009 by Memphis Business Journal and has completed the Fellows and Masters (LDI) Programs of New Memphis Institute. She is President of the Ballet Memphis Board of Directors and an active director of several other non-profit organizations, including: ArtsMemphis, Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Slingshot Memphis, and The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Gretchen is also a member of Tennessee Arts Commission's community arts and creative placemaking grant review committees.

Gretchen is a St. Mary's Trustee, Council of Advisors member, and former Alumnae Board member.

With over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector, Gretchen regularly presents on panels and at conferences on issues related to city-building, contemporary trends in grantmaking, and equity in the arts. A native Memphian, Gretchen is a graduate of Northwestern (BA) and Wake Forest (MBA) universities.

Gretchen joined the Hyde Family Foundations as a Program Officer in 2007. Currently, as Program Director for Authentic Assets, her work focuses on managing the Arts & Culture and Innovation portfolios, as well as the leadership programming of the Foundations. Hyde Family Foundations' senior staff works closely with grantees to provide ongoing guidance around such areas as: strategic and long-range planning, organizational capacity building, project management, and development and fundraising activities.

Prior to her work with the Hyde family, Gretchen was a Major Gifts Officer for Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) and a Donor Relations Officer for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Congratulations, Gretchen! We're honored to call you one of our own.

Outstanding Alumna Award Recipients

  • 2016: Andrea Martin Armani ’96
  • 2015: Lisa Francis Turner '78
  • 2014: Suzanne Hollis Apple '76
  • 2013: Susan Roberts Colpitts '75
  • 2012: Ashley Moore Remmers '72
  • 2011: Marty Jones '71
  • 2010: Musette Sprunt Morgan '72
  • 2009: Lisa Moore Cook '82
  • 2008: Crissy Garrett Haslam '76
  • 2007: Watty Brooks Hall '75
  • 2006: Mary Kavanagh Day '82
  • 2005: Kempie Craddock Jenkins ’74
  • 2004: Mary Catherine Lynn Hitchings ’47
  • 2003: Sara Sorsby Dennis ’63
  • 2002: Joy Brown Wiener ’47
  • 2001: Janet Tucker Pryor '34
  • 2000: Julia Sprunt Grumbles ’71
  • 1999: Sarah Loaring-Clark Flowers ’47
  • 1998: Nora Wingfield Tyson ’75
  • 1997: Brooke Morrow ’74
  • 1996: Gwen Awsumb ’32
  • 1995: Jan Muirhead ’71
  • 1994: Cristina Brescia Michta ’70
  • 1993: Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner ’66
  • 1992: Lee McGeorge Durrell ’67

Creative Teacher Award

The St. Mary’s Alumnae Association presents the Creative Teacher Award each year to a teacher who exemplifies the high ideals of the school and who embodies a spirit of wonder and imagination. The award rotates among divisions and is selected by the division head.

(Left) Sally Mansberg Rosenberg '85, 2015 recipient.

Creative Teacher Award Recipients

  • 2017: Kari Duncan
  • 2016: Allison Warren
  • 2015: Sally Mansberg Rosenberg '80
  • 2014: Jeanine Akers
  • 2013: Jessica Lancaster
  • 2012: Shelley Kuykendall Herzke '90
  • 2011: Caroline Goodman
  • 2010: Middle School Robotics Team
  • 2009: Jan Cone Davis '68
  • 2008: Josie McNeely Walker '76
  • 2007: Becky Jacks
  • 2006: Lain Whitaker
  • 2005: Leigh Mansberg
  • 2004: Nancy Miller
  • 2003: Jenny Madden
  • 2002: Michael Volpe
  • 2001: Jeanne Wilson
  • 2000: Allyson Raymer
  • 1999: Marsha Stemmler
  • 1998: Ann Wright
  • 1997: Mary Lou Entzminger
  • 1996: Kathleen McElroy
  • 1995: Eighth Grade ENSEMBLE Team
  • 1994: Linda Goodwin
  • 1993: Nanette Quinn
  • 1992: Gwenice McLaughlin
  • 1991: Kay Betts
  • 1990: Rhendle Millen
  • 1989: Laurel Eskridge
  • 1988: Anne Reiners
  • 1987: Kay Humphreys
  • 1986: Sheila Patrick
  • 1985: Laura Brewer
  • 1984: Emily Townes
  • 1983: Richard Tanner
  • 1982: Lee McMahon
  • 1981: Barbara Mansberg