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2016 Great Alumni Award Recipients


Mt. Lebanon High School is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Great Alumni Award: Mary D. Birks Class of 1982, Ruth Colker Class of 1974, Gretchen R. Haggerty Class of 1972, and Dr. Mark C. Lester Class of 1970. The high school will hold a luncheon tomorrow to honor the awardees and they will be recognized at the football game tomorrow night.


The Great Alumni Award is a project of the Mt. Lebanon High School Student Council. Administrators, faculty, students, and alumni serve on the selection committee. This is the 12th year of the award program. The recipients of the Great Alumni Award are selected based on exceptional work in at least one of the following areas: improvement in the lives of others, involvement in community service or achievement in a professional field.



Mary D. Birks Class of 1982
Mary D. Birks' professional and volunteer work careers have showcased her outspoken advocacy for children. This is evidenced by her focus on the development of leadership skills for underserved girls throughout Allegheny County while employed at Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania, during the many years she was a PTA, PTSA, and PTA Council leader, while being a board member for the Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education, and as a Mt. Lebanon School District School Board Director for the past seven years and currently the Vice President of the Board. She is the Executive Director of Outreach Teen & Family Services, a community based child, teen, and family counselling agency.

Mrs. Birks was nominated by friends Ms. Elyse Berkowitz Lattner and Mrs.Jodi Kubit.

Ruth Colker Class of 1974
Professor Colker is a Distinguished University Professor and the Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. She is an advocate for disability rights and is one of the leading scholars in the country in the areas of Constitutional Law and Disability Discrimination. Her legal writings had a strong impact on a major constitutional decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, Tennessee v. Lane. Nationally, she is an active member of the pro bono legal community who advocates on behalf of women's rights, LGBT rights and individuals with disabilities.

Professor Colker was nominated by Mr. Peter DiNardo, a Mt. Lebanon High School Social Studies teacher.



Gretchen R. Haggerty Class of 1972
Gretchen R. Haggerty began as a management trainee at the United States Steel Corporation and thirty-seven years later she was its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She also served on the Board of Directors of the US Steel & Carnegie Pension Fund as chairperson of the Pension fund and the Investment committee for the Pension fund. Mrs. Haggerty currently serves as a board member of the USG Corporation, the United Way of Allegheny County , The Strategic Investment Fund, and Duquesne University School of Law Advisory Board. In 2012, she was elected as the first female president of the Duquesne Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Haggerty was nominated by Mr. Charles Brodbeck, a 2012 Great Alumni award recipient.


Mark C. Lester Class of 1970
As a neurosurgeon and healthcare system physician executive, Dr. Lester has created clinical care systems at Texas Health Resources (THR) in Dallas, Texas. He led the development of a trauma center in Michigan and implemented a surgical checklist for THR. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association for Physician Leadership and is the Executive Vice President of the Texas Health Resources organization.

Dr. Lester was nominated by Mr. Harold H. Wilson, Jr. a 2009 Great Alumni award recipient.

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