Alumni Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 Alumni Award Recipients! 
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2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award

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  • Christopher M. Carr '90

    Christopher M. Carr '90 was sworn into office as Georgia's 54th Attorney General on November 1, 2016. Carr believes there is no more solemn responsibility than to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and the interests of the people of the State of Georgia.
    Governor Nathan Deal appointed Carr as Attorney General to fill a vacancy created by the departure of former Attorney General Sam Olens to become president of Kennesaw State University. Carr's term runs through 2018, when he will be eligible to seek election to a full four-year term. 

    Carr serves on Georgia's Judicial Nominating Commission, the body charged with reviewing and recommending judicial appointments. He was appointed to the Commission in 2011 by Governor Deal. To date, the Commission has filled more than 100 judicial vacancies statewide. He is also on the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, the Human Trafficking Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General and the Executive Committee for the Georgia Older Adults Cabinet. Carr previously served as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) under Governor Deal from November 2013 to November 2016. As Commissioner, Carr led the state agency responsible for creating jobs and investment in Georgia through business recruitment, retention and expansion, international trade and tourism, as well as the arts, film and music industries.

    During Carr's three-year tenure at GDEcD, the state of Georgia was recognized as the top state in the nation in which to do business for three consecutive years by Site Selection and Area Development. In addition, GDEcD helped facilitate 1,069 projects across the state that represent approximately $14.4 billion in investment and the creation of more than 84,000 jobs. In 2015, GDEcD was recognized as the top economic development agency in the country. 

    Prior to joining GDEcD, Carr was Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson for six years. During his time in Washington, Carr advised the Senator on federal legislation, numerous judicial nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts in Georgia and across the country.
    Carr began his career with Georgia Pacific, then practiced law with Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta and later as Vice President and General Counsel for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

    A graduate from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and Lumpkin School of Law, Carr is admitted to practice law in Georgia.
    Carr and his wife Joan Kirchner Carr have two daughters.  
  • About the Distinguished Alumnus/na Award

    To honor and publicly recognize an individual alumnus/alumna for achievements that demonstrate the qualities of the Marist Mission present in his/her life. Such an individual should incorporate the values and principles upon which Marist School was founded into all aspects of his/her life including, but not limited to, business and civic affairs. Such recognition thereby brings to the attention of Marist School and the general public those individuals whose success reflects favorably upon the school; and brings to the attention of the student body those persons whose achievements might serve as inspiration for future generations.


    The recipient may be a man or woman who is a graduate of Marist School and possesses the following qualifications: (a) Leadership/Recognition in his/her chosen profession and (b) Recognition in the community for leadership in civic and/or religious affairs.
  • Previous Award Recipients

    2017: Paul Muldawer '50 
    2016: Mary Humann Judson '84
    2015: William G. Roche '76
    2014: Bret Baier '88
    2013: Richard Stanton "Dick" White, Jr. '52 
    2012: Rev. James Lawrence Harrison, III '46
    2011: Ernie Johnson, Jr. '74
    2010: Gordon J. Azar, M.D. '52
    2009: John B. Attanasio '72
    2008: Frank J. McCloskey '68
    2007: R.J. “Jim” Griffin, Jr. ’62 
    2006: H. Hamilton Smith ’53 
    2005: M.P. “Pat” Greene, Jr. ’48 
    2004: Edward J. Fechtel, Jr. ’53 
    2003: James A. Kelly ’54 
    2002: Dr. Joseph A. Snitzer ’49 
    2001: Charles W. Harrison ’48 
    2000: Paul V. Applegarth ’64 
    1999: Richard H. Leike ’60 
    1998: Dr. William C. Waters ’46 
    1997: W. Terence Walsh ’61 
    1996: Hon. Philip F. Etheridge ’60 
    1995: Herbert J. Dickson ’43 
    1994: William W. Murphy ’39 
    1993: Francis J. Manley ’48 
    1992: John H. Kelly ’57 
    1991: Richard J. Reynolds ’52 
    1990: James S. Carroll ’61 
    1989: Julian B. Mohr ’48 
    1988: Frank S. McGaughey, Jr. ’41
    1987 : Charles A. Fitzgerald ’41 
    1986: Robert Strickland ’44 
    1985: R. Carl “Hap” Chandler ’35 
    1984: Lindsey Hopkins, Jr. ’23 
    1983: William J. McAlpin ’23 
    1982: Michael G. Walsh ’60 
    1981: A.V. Gude ’39 
    1980: Donald Oberdorfer ’18 
    1979: Alex Smith ’41 
    1978: Emory Cocke ’15 
    1977: George Craft ’27

2018 Outstanding Young Alumna

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  • Barbara Overend McElhanon '98

    Barbara Overend McElhanon, MD, ’98 practices pediatric gastroenterology and has gained national recognition in her work with children with autism spectrum disorders and pediatric feeding disorders.
    After graduating from Marist, McElhanon attended Georgia Tech, followed by Emory University School of Medicine. She trained in pediatrics at the top-ranked Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania and finished training in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at Emory/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).
    While training in pediatrics, she became interested in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), the increasing prevalence and recognition of autism, and the rising rates of previously eradicated diseases due to gaps between public information and scientific knowledge regarding vaccinations. In fellowship, she integrated her expertise in pediatric medicine and gastroenterology into the CHOA Severe Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the Marcus Autism Center to ensure that along with the already successful work of behavioral psychologists, speech language pathologists, and dietitians, children starting and continuing through the program would safely eat and be treated appropriately for any medical conditions contributing to their feeding disorders. Contemporaneously, she collaborated with researchers at the Marcus Autism Center; her fellowship research project “Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Meta-Analysis” was published in Pediatrics, the highest impact journal in the field and the article has been cited more than 70 times. Her research and clinical work in the areas of autism and feeding disorders has continued to grow. She has a pediatric gastroenterology clinic for children with ASD, and is the Medical Director for CHOA’s Pediatric Feeding Disorders program that is growing into the new CHOA building called Center for Advanced Pediatrics at North Druid Hills. She has co-authored “Optimizing Transition to Home Enteral Nutrition for Pediatric Patients,” “A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Intensive Multidisciplinary Intervention for Pediatric Feeding Disorders: How Standard is the Standard of Care?,” “Multidisciplinary Treatment for Encopresis in Children with Developmental Disabilities,” as well as other book chapters and publications. She is an invited lecturer, teaches at the Emory University School of Medicine, and with collaborators most recently received a $1,000,000 grant from the Department of Defense for a randomized blinded clinical control trial for treatment of children with ASD.
    While at Marist, McElhanon was involved with music programs including the marching band and orchestra theater performances. She was also a Peer Leader.
    Her appreciation for Marist extends beyond her time in the classroom. McElhanon maintains close friendships with several of her classmates and many other Marist graduates whom she has connected with over the years. Because of her positive experience at Marist, her oldest child is attending St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School.
    Most of all, McElhanon enjoys family time with her husband Matt McElhanon and children Eleanor (8 yo), Harley (5 yo), and Drew (1 yo) at their home in Sandy Springs.

  • About the Outstanding Young Alumnus/na Award

    To recognize a young alumnus/alumna whose achievements in career and/or service to the community have demonstrated excellence. Service or support of Marist School is also a consideration.


    The recipient must be an alumnus/alumna of Marist School who graduated no more than 20 years ago, and who demonstrates excellence in career and/or service to the community.
  • Previous Award Recipients

    2017: Titania Gibson Jordan '99
    2016: John Lanier '04
    2015: Wynne P. Kelly '96
    2014: Leigh Torrence, Jr. '00
    2013: Matt Harpring '94
    2012: Michael D. Moroski '97
    2011: Adam M. Murphy '93
    2010: Michael J. Cascone '92
    2009: K. Benjamin "Ben" Lawder '00
    2008: W. Alec Millen '88

2018 Reverend James L. Hartnett, S.M. Service Award

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  • Megan Citarella Stewart '95

    Megan Citarella Stewart '95 graduated from Marist School in 1995. She was valedictorian, junior and senior class president, editor of the Blue & Gold, and recipient of the Atlanta Journal Cup. She attended Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, receiving her bachelor’s degree in International Politics in 1999 and master’s degree in International Finance in 2000. She graduated magna cum laude, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a recipient of the Karl F. Landegger International Business Diplomacy Honors Certificate for her undergraduate studies. During graduate school, Megan was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence and a Ravenal Merit Scholar.

    Megan spent the initial years of her career in consulting, working at A.T. Kearney, MarketBridge, and Subsidium Health Advisors, as well as the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Since then, Megan has focused on her family—her husband, Joe, and their two children, current Marist student, Devon, and current St. Martin’s student, Chase. During this time, she has served on the Executive Board for the St. Martin’s Episcopal School PTO, as Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and Member-at-Large, as well as Leadership Co-Chair of the Annual Fund. Megan has also served as an Admissions Ambassador for Georgetown University for the past fifteen years.
    Since graduation from Marist, Megan has been actively engaged in the Marist Alumni Association, serving as a class representative, Reunion Chair, Capital Campaign volunteer, Women’s Luncheon Committee member, Communications Co-Chair, Co-Chair of the Alumni Annual Fund, and currently the Special Events Chair. She is passionate about helping to further Marist’s outreach efforts to alumni. Megan’s focus on giving back to the community began during her time at Marist, and it remains a priority for her as a parent and as a person. Her years at Marist served as her foundation academically, personally, and spiritually, and she believes deeply in the Marist mission.
    Megan is currently enrolled in a certificate program for Patient Advocacy through UCLA, with plans to build a consultancy advising patients and their families on their health care needs.
  • About the Reverend James L. Hartnett, S.M. Service Award

    To bring public recognition to an individual alumnus/alumna or friend who has distinguished him/herself by demonstrating exemplary service to Marist School. Through said service, the individual has revealed that the values and principles upon which Marist School was founded and the qualities of the Marist Mission are present in his/her life. Such recognition thereby brings to the attention of Marist School and the general public those individuals whose success reflects favorably upon the school; and brings to the attention of the student body those persons whose achievements might serve as inspiration for future generations.


    The recipient must be a man or woman who is a graduate or friend of Marist School. The recipient should have demonstrated exemplary service to Marist School.
  • Previous Award Recipients

    2017: Sarah Carr Evans '93 
    2016: Stephen M. Raeber
    2015: C. Knox Withers '96
    2014: Dee Lane Eades '79
    2013: Albert Michael Ashkouti '61 
    2012: Patrick Crawford '77
    2011: Brooks A. "Tony" Nicholson '58
    2010: Marianne Ravry McDevitt '89
    2009: William J. "Joe" Bruckner '62
    2008: Michael S, Reeves '67
    2007: William “Bill” M. Rich ’59
    2006: Timothy J. Cambias, Sr.
    2005: Celine Sherman Stribling ’78 
    2004: Asbury Snow
    2003: J. Robert Fitzgerald 
    2002: John J. Tarleton, Jr. ’51 
    2001: George V. Belkofer ’62 
    2000: Mark W. Hennessy ’72 
    1999: Clarence H. Smith ’68 
    1998: Thomas O’Haren 
    1997: Michael W. Trapp 
    1996: H. Timothy McKane ’65 
    1995: E. H. Mattingly, Sr. 
    1994: E. Vincent McMahon ’31 
    1993: R. Reid Trapani 
    1992: Bill Medbery ’71 
    1991: R. William Murray ’65 & Rev. Charles F. Brogley, S.M. 
    1990: William Jordan ’35

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