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Kenyen Brown Class of 1987

A graduate of the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee School of Law, Kenyen R. Brown has devoted his career to public service. Upon graduating from law school in 1995, Mr. Brown moved to Montgomery, Alabama, to work as an Assistant District Attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.  He moved to Mobile shortly thereafter, accepting a position as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, where he prosecuted drug offenses and general crimes.  Immediately prior to his recent appointment, Mr. Brown spent the last ten plus years working for the Ethics Committees of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, culminating in his service as Senior Counsel and Director of Education and Training for the Senate Ethics Committee, and more recently as Acting Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the House Ethics Committee.  President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Brown on August 6, 2009, to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. He was confirmed by the Senate on November 21, 2009, and entered on duty on December 4, 2009, becoming the first African-American United States Attorney in the history of the State of Alabama.

Nominated by: Jackie Foor, President of Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education.
 


Laura Leigh Hughes Class of 1978
In 1993, actress Laura Leigh Hughes founded “The Unusual Suspects” in response to deteriorated community relations that resulted from the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.  Designed to assist youth in underserved and at-risk environments, The Unusual Suspects offers intensive 10-week theatre arts mentoring workshops to help participants develop self-esteem, communication, and coping skills necessary to make positive life choices.  Ms. Hughes and The Unusual Suspects have received several awards including the 2007 Coming Up Taller Award, the nation’s  highest honor for after-school arts programming, and the 2000 National Juvenile Justice Award. An actress for the past 25 years, Ms. Hughes has appeared in dozens of television and film productions.  She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Sociology.

Nominated by: Classmate Wendy Smile. 

 


Joe Manganiello Class of 1995
Joe Manganiello currently plays the role of werewolf Alcide Herveaux in HBO’s True Blood.   A 2000 graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, upon graduation he moved to Los Angeles and quickly landed the role of Eugene “Flash” Thompson, Peter Parker’s nemesis in Spiderman.  Mr. Manganiello has appeared in over two dozen film and television productions. He is a supporter of The Art of Elysium, a non-profit organization that sets up one-on-one workshops with artists of all disciplines and children with disabilities, and is also active with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. While a student at Mt. Lebanon, Mr. Manganiello lettered in football, basketball and volleyball.  His senior year, he won the role of Jud Fry in the high school’s production of the musical Oklahoma! and was involved with the school’s TV studio as a writer, director, and editor.  He also acted in a variety of movies with his friends

Nominated by: Connor Bahr, Class of 2011.

 


Andrew Mason Class of 1999
Andrew Mason is the founder and CEO of Groupon, a Chicago-based website offering users deep discounts at local businesses.  Launched in November 2008,  Groupon has over 35 million subscribers in over 30 countries and has sold more than six million deals.  Through daily e-mail, Twitter and app offers, subscribers receive a limited time offer group coupon – or “Groupon” - customized to fit their interests. Mr. Mason graduated from Northwestern University in 2003 with a degree in music.   Mason considers himself “an online enthusiast" and notes that his achievements date back to his 8th grade wrestling rookie of the year trophy at Mt. Lebanon High School.

Nominated by: Neal Ulrich, Class of 2012.
 


Kenneth Polsky Class of 1985
Kenneth Polsky has spent his career at Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services and Pittsburgh-based Global Links managing humanitarian programs in developing countries in Africa and Latin America.   He has devoted his career to managing short-term and ongoing crises in poor, warring and troubled parts of the world.  Mr. Polsky has worked in the areas of HIV/AIDS, peace building, and emergency preparedness.   As CSR’s Regional Representative for Latin America, he has played a major role in assisting with the relief efforts after Haiti’s devastating earthquake in January 2010.  Mr. Polsky received a B.A. in History in 1991 from the University of Michigan.

Nominated by: Josephine Posti, Class of 1984.

 


Lori McCleary-Szala Class of 1988
Lori Szala is the Executive Director of the Pregnancy Resource Center, an organization that has provided young women and men with confidential medical care and compassionate peer counseling free of charge.  Ms. Szala helped develop the “in the kNOw” educational programs that inspire local middle and high school students to consider abstinence in order to prevent teen pregnancy and STD’s while safeguarding their futures and reaching their fullest potentials.  The innovative program also offers students knowledge and understanding about the importance of thinking about individual values with respect to relationships. Ms. Szala has been a presenter in the Mt. Lebanon health classes for the past 11 years and has had a direct impact on thousands of our students when sharing her personal story. In addition to her work with pregnant teens, Ms. Szala has made five mission trips to Africa and has helped drill a water well, and build, supply and organize schools for children in small remote villages while teaching the “in the kNOw” program to thousands of students in HIV/AIDS infested regions.

Nominated by: Ken Wentzel and Janice Billotte, High School Health.

 


Carole Beebe Tarantelli Class of 1960
Carole Beebe Tarantelli is an educator, psychoanalyst, former member of the Italian Parliament, antiterrorist activist, and women’s rights activist. Following the 1985 assassination of her husband by Red Brigade terrorists, Ms. Tarantelli became the first American citizen elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies (a 638-member legislative body comparable to the U.S. House of Representatives).   Ms. Tarantelli helped found Differenza Donna, an association to combat violence against women.  She, served as its  president for eight years.    The organization opened Italy’s first shelter for victims of domestic violence. Ms. Tarantelli earned her B.A. from Wellesley, her M.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in English Literature from Brandeis University. 

Nominated by: Classmates Colonel Stuart Herrington, Betsy Lynch Ahlborn and Leonard Jon Parsons.

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