The Rivers Cup is given annually by the Alumni Association to a member of the alumni body who has shown extraordinary dedication to The Rivers School.
Cary Corkin ’69 graduated from the University of Denver in 1974 and went on to a career in engineering and management. He currently serves as president of the Entwistle Company, where he has worked since 1974. Cary has been a generous supporter of Rivers over the years. He is a former member of the Corporation of the Rivers School and served as a member of the alumni council for many years. He has also generously shared his time with Rivers students, hosting the Rivers robotics club on numerous occasions at Entwistle’s headquarters. He has extended himself above and beyond for robotics students and for the benefit of all our students.
Created in 2014, this award is given annually to a recent graduate who models the spirit and values of The Rivers School as set forth in our mission statement. Through professional, academic, and/or volunteer roles, the recipient has demonstrated leadership, excellence in his/her chosen career, and an interest in and commitment to serving others.
2018-19: Alison Freed ’04
After graduating from the University of Redlands with a degree in studio art, Alison worked in marketing with a software firm. But after realizing that it wasn’t where her passion lay, she dedicated herself to the art of voice-over work. Alison has built a successful career on the strength of her distinctive voice and her talents as an actress. She is a voice-over artist with a lengthy roster of clients, from Google and Uber to Disney and Dunkin’ Donuts. In 2018, she won two Voice Arts Awards, for best voice-over in a national commercial campaign and best voice-over in a radio commercial.
2017-18: Rachel Hunter ’08
Rachel Hunter ’08 was named to the 2017 Forbes 30-Under-30 Finance list after being nominated by Apollo Global Management where she is on their Commercial Real Estate Credit team. Rachel pursued her many passions at Brown University, majoring in economics and public policy while volunteering, participating in student government, and playing club lacrosse. She served on Brown’s Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee, the Ivy Council Policy, and a nonprofit organization promoting civic engagement among high school students. After Brown, she worked for Morgan Stanley before joining Apollo. She also helped found the Commercial Real Estate’s Young Professionals Steering Committee, as well as Women in Real Estate.
2016-17: Julia Robinson '02
Julia Robinson, ’02, owns three fitness studios in Chestnut Hill, Acton and at the New Balance Headquarters in Brighton. She developed a unique program called Modern Barre—full body, low impact workouts inspired by the foundations of ballet, Pilates, and yoga—and spent months carefully fine-tuning the brand image of her business. After Rivers, she earned a degree in psychology at Hamilton College, where she was a member of the varsity lacrosse, varsity cross country, and dance teams. She continued her penchant for trying different things after college, working in finance, then marketing, even cheerleading for the Patriots, before deciding in 2012 that she wanted to create a business of her own and combine her experiences in brand development with her passion for dance and fitness.
2015-16: Tim Geary '02
Tim Geary ’02 is president of Weld Power Generator, the largest independent generator company in the Northeast, specializing in selling and repairing emergency power systems that provide electricity to mission critical facilities throughout New England and New York. The company services everything from mountain-top cell towers on the Canadian border to high-rises in Boston and New York City, including 32 major hospitals, more than 900 nursing homes, four international airports, as well as many commercial buildings and data centers. The company is committed to hiring returning veterans from the armed services, which make up most of their work force.
2015-16: Cara Nicoletti ’04
Cara Nicoletti ’04 is the author of a cookbook called Voracious, published in the fall of 2015, as well as a popular blog called Yummy Books.A professional butcher and pastry chef, Cara combined her love for literature with her love for good food in her debut cookbook. Her recipes are preceded by anecdotes about the books that inspired them and the impact the books had on her at specific points in her life.
2014-15: Charlotte Lewis '02
Charlotte Lewis, Class of 2002, has successfully parlayed her Rivers education and Liberal Arts experience at Franklin and Marshall in to a successful career in Marketing. Further, she has committed to helping others and bettering the community through her initiative, The FoodFund, which exemplifies Rivers’ strong commitment to Community Service. Lastly, she has been a pioneer for Rivers alumni, generously giving much of her time and energy to various committees and events over the years.
2014-15: Ryan Littman-Quinn '05
Ryan Littman-Quinn, Class of 2005, has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to mobile health as shown through the creation of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) Health Informatics Capacity Building program. His commitment to bettering the public health care system in Botswana is evident through the caliber and number of projects the Partnership has established and undertaken. This type of passion, dedication to helping others, and problem solving exemplify the types of students we aim to cultivate at Rivers.
ALUMNI EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Alumni Excellence Award is presented annually by the Rivers Alumni Association to as many as three alumni who have led their colleagues and made lasting contributions in their fields. The first Alumni Excellence Awards were given in 2001.
2019: Robert Hohler ’69
Through his work as an award-winning journalist, Bob Hohler has had a positive impact upon countless people. His stories have touched, entertained, and informed readers, led to policy changes, and exposed wrongdoing. In 1987, Bob joined the staff of the Boston Globe, where he worked on the metro desk and later covered the Clinton administration for the Washington bureau. He returned to Boston to take on the Red Sox beat, just in time to cover the team’s historic World Series win in 2004. As an investigative sports reporter, he wrote a major series on inequities in athletics in Boston public schools and joined the Globe’s Spotlight team to investigate the life and death of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. He has spent his career telling stories that make a difference.
2018: Christopher B. Ehrlich ’88
Throughout his career, Chris has had a dual focus on developing and investing in emerging biopharmaceutical companies, leading to his current position as Managing Director and Global Head of Locust Walk’s Biopharmaceutical Practice. In addition, he is a biotechnology policy advisor in California, and on the Boards of the NorCal Chapter of the YPO, the Prostate Management Diagnostics, Inc., and the Peter Michael Foundation. Chris has a bachelor’s in government from Dartmouth College and an MBA in health care and finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
2017: Nicky Jackson Colaco ’97
For the past fifteen years, Nicky Jackson Colaco has been on the forefront of policy making for the world of social media, working at three of the industry’s most powerful companies—Google, Facebook, and Instagram. During that time, she has helped establish policies guiding data privacy, speech standards, and online safety. After earning a bachelor of science degree in media and communications from Northwestern University and teaching English for a year in Japan, Nicky returned to the states and began working at Google as manager of their international consumer product policy. During her four-year tenure, she spent a year in India opening an international office for Google. She then left Google in 2007 to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In 2010 Nicky began working at Facebook as Manager of Privacy and Safety, Public Policy, before moving to Instagram—also part of Facebook—in 2013 to become their Director of Public Policy.
2016: Eric Shapiro ’86
Eric Shapiro ’86 is currently the CEO and co-founder of ArcTouch, a San Francisco-based leading mobile design and development studio that makes apps for Fortune 500 companies and top consumer brands. ArcTouch was recently acquired by Grey, one of the world’s most successful advertising and marketing agencies. ArcTouch is the seventh technology company that Eric founded, including the three he started in his parents’ basement while at Rivers. After Rivers, he went on to get his BS in Computer Science and Engineering from Tufts University, and an MBA from Cornell University.
2015: Cecilia J. Fraser (C.J.) ’92
Cecilia J. Fraser (C.J.) ’92, is President and CEO of Fraser Engineering, a construction company specializing in mechanical engineering, HVAC, and general contracting services. The business, founded by her grandparents over 60 years ago and now recognized as a WBE (Woman Business Enterprise) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has an active employee volunteer program to give back to the community. C.J. is also the recipient of a 2014 Outstanding Women of Family Business award.
2015: Myles E. Lee ’57
Myles E. Lee ’57, a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon who has practiced in Los Angeles for nearly four decades, is the author of a textbook and numerous articles in his field, as well as a medical thriller entitled "The Donation.” A long-time supporter of the arts and education, he is an avid photographer and has collaborated with a composer to create presidential portraits set to music. Myles established the F. Ervin Prince Teaching Chair at Rivers in 1983.
2014: Joshua M. Kraft ’85
Joshua M. Kraft ’85 is the Nicholas President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, overseeing the operation of 11 clubs in the Boston area and building partnerships with nearly 180 nonprofits throughout the city in order to serve the needs of 15,000 children and teens. Prior to his current position, he was the Founding Executive Director of BGCB’s Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club in Chelsea.
2013: Philip S. Goldberg ’74
Philip S. Goldberg ’74 was appointed Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research in 2010. Prior to that, he served as Coordinator for Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1874 on North Korea, Ambassador to Bolivia, Chief of Mission in Pristina, Kosovo, Deputy Chief of Mission in Santiago, Chile, as well as in a variety of other positions in the State Department and overseas in Columbia and South Africa.
2012: G. West Saltonstall ’61
G. West Saltonstall ’61 is President Emeritus at Eaton Vance Investment Counsel, where he formerly served as President. He is also Immediate Past Chairman of the U.S.S. Constitution Museum and a Trustee of Newton Cemetery, Sailors’ Snug Harbor of Boston, The Massachusetts Historical Society and The Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
2011: Stan Z. Soloway ’71
Stan Z. Soloway ’71 is the President and CEO of the Professional Services Council and a former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. He is well-known for contributions involving defense acquisition policy and reform and his philanthropic endeavors in the area of community service.
2010: David I. Steinberg ’46
David I. Steinberg ’46 is the Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is recognized for his successful career in the Senior Foreign Service and in academia, as well as for his prolific writings as a specialist on Burma and Korea and his expertise on U.S. policy in Asia.
2009: James H. Lowell III ’79
James H. Lowell III ’79 is a money and investing columnist for Forbes Magazine and editor of the independent newsletter, Fidelity Investor (and fidelityinvestor.com). He is also Partner and Chief Investment Strategist of Adviser Investments, based in Newton, MA. Lowell has written several books on investing, including Investing from Scratch and What Every Fidelity Investor Needs to Know.
2008: Paul I. Karofsky ’62
Paul I. Karofsky ’62 is the Executive Director Emeritus of Northeastern University's Center for Family Business which he helped establish in 1991. He facilitates its Leadership Development Forum and is also the principal of Transition Consulting Group, Inc., which consults internationally to families, businesses and educational institutions. He is a Founding Fellow of the Business Families Foundation of Montreal and member of the Family Firm Foundation.
2007: William A. Christmas ’57
William A. Christmas ’57, a specialist in infectious diseases, was devoted to the health issues of college students until his retirement as Director of Duke University’s Student Health Center in 2004. He has been a Distinguished Emeritus Professor at Duke and consultant to colleges and universities throughout the United States.
2006: David R. Sutherland ’63
David R. Sutherland ’63 is an award winning independent documentary filmmaker. His internationally acclaimed films have examined the lives of subjects ranging from WPA artists to a physicist to mid-aged college alumni. His film “The Farmer’s Wife,” seen by over 18 million views, was one of the highest rated PBS shows and his “Country Boys” received wide-spread praise for its realism and compassion. Sutherland has received six CINE (Council on International Non-Theatrical Events) Golden Eagle awards and his films have been nominated for over 100 awards.
2004: John T. Noonan Jr. ’44
John T. Noonan Jr. ’44, is a Federal Appeal Court justice, has authored a number of major legal works, and was a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame and University of California, Berkeley. He was the Oliver Wendell Holmes Lecturer at Harvard Law School, the Erasmus Lecturer at Notre Dame, and held the John Kluge Chair in American Law and Government at the Library of Congress.
2004: Michael B. Seligman ’54
Michael B. Seligman ’54 has been Supervising Producer of The Academy Awards since 1976 and The Primetime Emmy Awards for more than two decades. In addition he was Associate Producer of The Kennedy Center Honors for more than 25 years. He has garnered three Emmy nominations as producer of programs that have been seen and enjoyed by millions of Americans.
2003: Joseph I. Banner ’71
2003: Joseph I. Banner ’71 was Executive Vice President of the Philadelphia Eagles and pioneered the groundbreaking approach to professional sports salary management known as the salary cap. He also exhibited a life-long commitment to the youth of the city and the country, as co-chairman of the Philadelphia City Year Board and a member of City Year’s National Leadership Committee.
2002: David S. Lamb ’58
David S. Lamb ’58 has been a reporter for major newspapers including The Milwaukee Journal, the Okinawa Morning Star, the United Press International in San Francisco, and The Los Angeles Times. His reporting and research have produced books on twentieth-century Africa; Arab culture, religion and politics; major league baseball; the American heartland; and Vietnam. He has earned numerous awards, including Nieman, Alicia Patterson and Pew Fellowships.
2001: Glen W. Bowersock ’53
Glen W. Bowersock ’53 is renowned for his research and discoveries that have illumined the world of Roman Arabia and the Greco Roman world of late antiquity. His studies and writings have included the Arabian Near East as well as the complex Byzantine world. His works include Roman Arabia, Hellenism in Late Antiquity, and Fiction as History from Nero to Julian.
THE RIVERS SCHOOL ALUMNI COUNCIL DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
This award is presented to a member of the Rivers Alumni Association who has displayed a long term commitment of service and support to the Alumni Council and to The Rivers School.
2016: Mitch Coddington ’73
Mitch Coddington ’73 served on the Alumni Council from 2002-2016, as a decade chair from 2004-2012, and an Executive Committee member from 2012-2016. He has been a hard-working and loyal member of the council, as well as a familiar face at the golf tournament and many alumni events over the years. His experienced leadership has kept the alumni committees and programs running smoothly for many years, and his unselfish dedication really embodies the excellence with humanity that the school strives to instill today.
2014: Douglas W. Wooldridge '90
Doug has been a member of the Alumni Council since 1996, and has served as a member of the Executive Committee, as Chair of the Nominating Committee, and as Vice President of the Alumni Council. He was instrumental in rewriting the bylaws for the current Alumni Council. His most lasting contribution has been as one of the founders of the Alumni Hockey Game which takes place on Sunday evenings throughout the winter, a great way to bring alums back on campus on a regular basis.
2014: Michael I. Handler '90
Mike has been a member of the Alumni Council since 1998. He was one of the founders of the annual Rivers Golf Tournament to Benefit Financial Aid. In addition to his time, he has also been a significant sponsor of the Golf Tournament over the course of the past 14 years, helping the Tournament raise nearly $1 million. A true sports devotee, he was a founder of the Alumni Hockey Game and helped facilitate the Alumni Lacrosse Game for several years.
2012: Mr. Arthur M. Love '52
Art has been a volunteer for Rivers for decades, serving as an Alumni Council member, a reunion chair, a phonathon caller, and a presenter of the Brown University book award at Prize Day. He has been a champion of The Rivers School year in and year out, coming to meetings, engaging students in discussions, and sharing his enthusiastic support of his school with all around him. He is also a perennial participant in Rivers' Veterans Day ceremony and Alumni Senior breakfast.
2010: Mr. Robert N. Cleverdon ‘40
Bob was the inaugural recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his dedication and devotion to Rivers. Bob has been a loyal member and honorary member of the Alumni Council for decades and served as a reunion chair many times. He also was a member of the Corporation and served on the 75th Gala Committee. His steadfast enthusiasm, his positive attitude, his quiet yet strong support of our student athletes, and his genuine love for the school is exemplified by his frequent attendance at games, alumni events, and the annual Veterans Day ceremony.