Alumni

Alumni Awards

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  • Head of School Penny Townsend, Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber '85, RE Board Chair Andy Ansin '81, RE Trustee Constance Fernandez

    2019 Founders' Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Community

    Each year the Founders’ Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Community is given to an alum who has helped to fulfill the vision of the founders of the Ransom and Everglades Schools. It is awarded to individuals who have been deeply concerned about their communities and have demonstrated honor, courage and leadership. Through their loyal attitude, inspired spirit and unselfish action, they have fulfilled the mission of the Ransom Everglades School.

    Ransom Everglades bestowed its most prestigious alumni award for public service on Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber ’85, who has established herself as a pioneer, global leader and outspoken advocate in the field of suicide prevention.

    The founder and director of The Columbia Lighthouse Project at Columbia University, Posner Gerstenhaber developed a scientific approach to suicide deterrence that has inspired local, national and international policy changes and helped achieve reductions in suicides across all sectors of society and on six continents. She received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2018.

    “It’s with great humility and honor that I accept this award for work that truly embodies Paul Ransom’s founding words," she said after receiving a plaque from Head of School Penny Townsend on Nov. 6, 2019. “Among the recognitions that I have received, this one is particularly meaningful."
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  • 2019 Head of School’s Award for Distinguished Service to the School

    The Head of School’s Award recognizes alumni whose commitment and service to the school serve as an inspiration, and who have lived out the Ransom Everglades mission. Recipients must have demonstrated commitment to the school’s mission by fostering a sense of “community, personal integrity and values,” and following Paul C. Ransom’s belief that people are “in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it.”

    Head of School Penny Townsend named Lili Krech Neale '69 the 2019 recipient of the Head of School's Award during the Class of 1969 50-year reunion luncheon on April 12. Townsend thanked Neale for her leadership and decades of devotion and service to Ransom Everglades.

    Neale volunteered to help organize her 50-year reunion, stepping up as she so often has since departing the Everglades School for Girls in 1969. Her passion and participation have been fueled by a long and proud connection to RE. She grew up under an educator father who worked at the Ransom School and Everglades School for Girls. She married an alum, sent her son to RE and has been an active alumna since she graduated.

    "Lili is a kind and unassuming person who delights in elevating others," Townsend said. "She brings good cheer, enthusiasm and great competence to every undertaking. It is truly a privilege to recognize her for her years of joyful dedication to Ransom Everglades."
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Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber ’85

“The impact I’ve been able to have in saving lives would not have happened without the education that I received at Ransom Everglades, the high school that nourished who I was meant to be, and put me on a path that has felt like an epic dream."

Previous Award Honorees

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  • Founders' Award for Distinguished Service to the Community

    The Founders’ Alumni Award recognizes alumni who through service and commitment to the community, have made a service impact at a national level. It is awarded to individuals who have been deeply concerned about their communities and who have demonstrated honor, courage and leadership, fulfilling the vision of the founders of Ransom and Everglades Schools.
     
    2019 - Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber ’85
    2018 - Rudy Prio Touzet '76
    2017 - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders '70 
    2016 - Maurice R. Ferré '79
    2015 - Richard Freeman '99
    2014 - Willy Foote '86
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  • Head of School's Award for Distinguished Service to the School

    The Head of School’s Award recognizes alumni whose commitment and service to the school serves as an inspiration to all alumni. Recipients must have demonstrated commitment to the school’s mission by fostering a sense of “community, personal integrity and values,” and following Paul C. Ransom’s belief that people are “in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it.” Through their leadership, honor, attitude and dedication, they have made an irreplaceable mark on Ransom Everglades School and its future.

    2019 - Lili Krech Neale '69
    2018 - Henry H. Anderson, Jr. '38
    2017 - Elana Oberstein-Harris '93 
    2016 - Greg Glass '82
    2015 - Ben Quevedo '98
    2014 - Melissa Krinzman '86
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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.