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LAS Alumni Humanitarian Award recipients

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Nancy Greenwalt
BA, '89, speech communication

Nancy Greenwalt serves as executive director for Promise Healthcare, which assures access to medical services for thousands of men, women, and children. Greenwalt manages health and dental clinics for the organization and also helps raise money for operations. Prior to this work she worked for Community Shares of Illinois, which linked employers and employees to charities. Read more about Nancy Greenwalt.


BS, ’80, biology

Tom Cycyota is president and CEO of AlloSource, one of the largest tissue banks in the country. It uses human tissue from generous donors to create about 250,000 transplantable allografts (human-to-human transplants) each year. Read more about Tom Cycyota.


Kenneth M. Slaw
BS, ’79, psychology

Kenneth M. Slaw’s world turned upside-down when his son was diagnosed with a disorder that afflicts only about 300 people in the world. But Slaw and his wife took action, creating a foundation that funded groundbreaking research and found treatment solutions for families such as theirs. He also became active with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Read more about Kenneth M. Slaw.


Gary Slutkin
BS, ’71, physiology

Gary Slutkin, a physiology graduate, became an expert in controlling disease epidemics in San Francisco and Somalia before coming back to Chicago, where he realized you could use similar strategies to control the epidemic of violence. His program, CureViolence, is spreading across the world and is the subject of an acclaimed documentary. Read more about Gary Slutkin.


A. Mark Neuman
BS, ’85, economics

A. Mark Neuman is committed to “creating good” for poor women in Africa. Thanks to his efforts, women farmers in Burkina Faso doubled their income in one year. This alumnus has also played a major role in expanding African exports to the United States in the apparel industry, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in Africa. Read more about A. Mark Neuman.


Susan Nagele
BS, ’78, biology

Susan Nagele is a Maryknoll medical missionary in Africa, where she cares for thousands of the world's poorest citizens, often in the midst of civil war. She has rebuilt bombed medical outposts and, at one point, was the only doctor for more than 30,000 refugees. Read more about Susan Nagele.


Molly Melching
AB, ’71, AM, ’79, French

Molly Melching created TOSTAN, a nonprofit organization that teaches an 18-month long basic education program in Africa, which has educated thousands of Senegalese women and children to read and perform basic math. An outcome of TOSTAN was that lessons of hygiene prompted villagers to question and later challenge the practice of female genital mutilation. Read more about Molly Melching.


Ruth Ann Baker Quinn
BS, ’52, speech therapy

Ruth Ann Baker Quinn was instrumental in setting the direction for a $105 million campaign for the Symphony Center in Chicago.


Paul J. Hletko
BS, ’68, zoology

Paul J. Hletkoa pediatrician, serves a community where 65 percent of the population is indigent and the closest hospital is 70 miles away. He is only pediatrician within a 50-mile radius. He is also a leading advocate of seatbelt and car-seat legislation, who was instrumental in the enactment of mandatory automobile child-restraint use laws. These accomplishments earned him awards from American Academy of Pediatrics and Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine.