The Marist School Alumni Association honored the three 2019 Alumni Award recipients at a luncheon at the Capital City Club on April 17. The individuals honored were Dr. Monya A. Ruffin-Nash ’92 (Distinguished Alumni Award), Greg Benoit ’02 (Outstanding Young Alumni Award), and Natalie Smith Childs ’86 (Reverend James L. Hartnett, S.M. Service Award).
The following are descriptions of the awards and brief biographies of the award recipients.
Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Dr. Monya A. Ruffin-Nash ’92
The Distinguished Alumni Award honors individuals for achievements that demonstrate the qualities of the Marist mission present in their lives.
Dr. Monya A. Ruffin-Nash ’92is a program director at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, Va. in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources in the Division for Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings. In this role, she oversees a multi-million-dollar project portfolio of innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research and development initiatives at all levels—K-12, postsecondary, graduate, professional and the general public.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipient: Greg Benoit ’02
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes an individual who has graduated no more than 20 years ago whose achievements in career and/or service to the community have demonstrated excellence.
Greg Benoit ’02 is the CEO of QGenda, a healthcare software company in Atlanta, Ga. with over 300 employees specializing in automated workforce management, currently serving over 200,000 clinicians in more than 4,000 hospitals.
Reverend James L. Hartnett, S.M. Service Award Recipient: Natalie Smith Childs ’86
The Reverend James L. Hartnett, S.M. Service Award brings public recognition to alumni or friends who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating exemplary service to Marist School.
Natalie Smith Childs ’86 has been actively engaged in the Marist Alumni Association, serving as its president from 1996 to 1997, 25th reunion chair for her class, Alumni Women’s Luncheon Committee member, and class representative for many years. Natalie also serves on Marist School’s Development Committee, was parent co-chair of The Way. The Hope. The Promise. The Campaign for Marist School., co-chair of the school’s Holiday Traditions arts and crafts show, and co-chair of the Auction and Gala.
“The Alumni Association and Office are thrilled to be honoring Monya, Greg, and Natalie as our 2019 Alumni Award recipients," said Katie Fowler Brown '06, director of alumni engagement. "The three winners embody the spirit of the awards, living their lives dedicated to serving others and truly living the Marist Way daily. They are wonderful leaders and role models for our Marist students and community.”
Click here to view photos from the 2019 Alumni Awards luncheon.
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