Alumnae Awards

Forest Ridge alumnae strive to live with purpose and meaning. They inspire and challenge others around them to enrich their communities and the world. They distinguish themselves in many ways, reimagining the limits of their own potential.  
Distinguished Alumna Award
The Distinguished Alumna Award is given to honor an alumna who inspires and challenges others around them to enrich their communities and the world. This award bestows institutional recognition on an alumna who has distinguished herself in her personal or professional life, in her intellectual pursuits, or in her dedication to service of community, country or society.
The Distinguished Alumna Award also serves to inspire the entire Forest Ridge community— students, alumnae, staff and faculty— to strive to become their best selves in their pursuit of a meaningful life. 

To honor alumnae who have stood out amongst their peers, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart created the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1997. This award is presented annually and bestows institutional recognition on one alumna who has distinguished herself in her personal or professional life, in her intellectual pursuits, or in her dedication to service of community, country or society. The nominee must be a minimum of 10 years post high school graduation. To nominate an alumna, please fill out the form below.

Sacred Heart Award

The Sacred Heart Award is given to honor an alumna whose dedication to Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart has called her to serve.  She has generously given her time, over the course of many years (consistently or on/off) in support of Forest Ridge, the Society of the Sacred Heart or another Sacred Heart School. The nominee must be a minimum of 10 years post upper school graduation. To nominate an alumna, please fill out the form below.


2023 Distinguished Alumna

Kaliswa Brewster ’01

2023 Distinguished Alumna, Kaliswa Brewster '01, is an actress, producer, and educator based in New York. On television, Kaliswa has recurred on Showtime’s Billions, ABC’s series Time After Time, and Release. Film credits include Paterno for HBO Films starring Al Pacino and directed by Barry Levinson, the feature film Paint, and The Bit Player for PBS. Guest star and other television credits include NBC’S Law & Order, CBS’ Blue Bloods, &  Netflix’s Daredevil. Her Voiceover work includes audiobooks such as Disney’s “Almost There” which is a reimagination of the Princess Tiana story, spots for dozens of TV shows including Netflix’s hit WednesdayGossip Girl, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Kaliswa has also worked on several audio projects with Marvel. 

Pagliacci, a short film that Kaliswa starred in and produced, explores the internal conflicts that can occur inside a black woman wrestling with race and politics. Pagliacci was an official selection of the 2022 Micheaux Film Festival. 

Kaliswa serves on the board of Molière in the Park, a theater company committed to providing free, Broadway quality theater to New York based on the belief that theater has the power to unite and heal diverse communities. Kaliswa has both produced and acted in MIP productions alongside stars from the entertainment world such as Samira Riley and Raul Esparza.

As an activist, Kaliswa has worked closely alongside Rev. Dr Jacqui Lewis of Middle Collegiate Church in NYC. Kaliswa helped Middle and Jacqui devise Anti-Racism workshops and produced a star-packed special for Juneteenth including names such as Jenifer Lewis, Nicole Ari Parker, and Bebe Winans. 

Kaliswa is a Lecturer at Brooklyn College where she teaches The Business of Acting to the graduating Masters of Fine Arts Program. She has been hired by dozens of colleges across the country to facilitate community building, acceptance, and authenticity amongst their student bodies.

Kaliswa holds a BA from Whitman College in Theater, and Masters of Fine Arts from American Conservatory Theater and a Certificate in Classical Theater from LAMDA in London. 

When not working, Kaliswa enjoys travel & fitness. A cancer survivor and a person living with an autoimmune disorder, Kaliswa ran the 2021 New York Marathon to celebrate her return to health.

2022 Distinguished Alumna

2022 Distinguished Alumna, Alexia Vernon ’98 was branded a “Moxie Maven” by President Obama’s White House Office of Public Engagement for her unique and effective approach to empowering women’s professional success. Alexia is also the author of Step into Your Moxie: Amplify Your Voice Visibility, and Influence in the World.

A sought-after speaker, coach, consultant and media contributor, Alexia is the creator and leader of multiple speaker training programs and has delivered transformational keynotes and corporate trainings for Fortune 500 companies and professional associations, spoken at the United Nations, delivered a TEDx talk on the future of feminism, and been featured by media including CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., and Women’s Health.

To learn more about Alexia, visit her website.

Alexia Vernon '98

2021 Distinguished Alumna

Lori Dauphiny
Lori Dauphiny ’81

2021 Distinguished Alumna Lori Dauphiny is in her 24th year as the head coach of women’s open crew for Princeton University.   She arrived to Princeton in 1989 from Columbia University and was promoted to Head Coach in 1996, the first female head coach in women’s open crews’ 41 year history.  

Twice she has been named National Coach of the Year and has led the Princeton Tigers to an unprecedented era of success over her career. Under Lori’s leadership, Princeton has won two V8+ NCAA Championships and 10 Ivy League crowns.  
Lori was inducted into the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 2019. She also has spent summers since 1997 working with the U.S. national team and coached the pair and lightweight double at the 2004 Olympics.  Lori likes to spend her free time with friends and family and enjoys hiking, running and watching her 14 year old son play soccer.   

2020 Distinguished Alumna

2020 Distinguished Alumna Julie Peterson Genjac built her career in financial services and is currently a Managing Director at the Hartford Funds. In 2019, Julie was named one of Financial Planning Magazine’s Top Women in Asset Management. She is also a Certified Wealth Strategist, Accredited Asset Management Specialist and Registered Corporate Coach.  

Julie lives in Kirkland with her husband, Nedim, and in her spare time, loves to boat, engage in home renovations and cook gourmet meals. Julie truly values the foundation that Forest Ridge gave her in life and is delighted to be able to give back to the Forest Ridge community having joined the Alumnae Board this Fall. 

Julie Peterson GenjacJulie Peterson Genjac
Julie Peterson Genjac ’99

2020 Sacred Heart Award

Mud McHugh ’70

Sacred Heart Award Recipient Mud McHugh ’70 has always been loyal to Forest Ridge. Mud’s devotion to the Sacred Heart runs deep. Her mother, aunts, sisters and many cousins attended Forest Ridge too.  Mud credits the RSCJ’s with giving her and her family a solid foundation based on love and faith.

Mud has given generously of her time over the years. She served on the Alumnae Board and the Board of Trustees in the 90’s and continued to stay involved by helping with many school fundraising events and reunions until COVID closed down our campus.  One recent example is that Mud was the creative mind behind a 2019 Silent Auction item of Who Wants to Take On the Irish Shark at Pool, where she donated a watch party at T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub for the highest bidder to compete against Sr. O’Dea, aka “The Irish Shark.”  Her fun-loving spirit and generosity brought alums together and created community spirit. Its many acts like that over the years that makes it an honor to confer this award on Mud.

2020 Honorary Alumna

Sue Magan has a devoted following among Forest Ridge alumnae. For 39 years, until her retirement in 2002, Sue taught music and drama and even started a catering operation, Ed-U-Caterers, to provide lunch options for the students who otherwise left campus for lunch. Because of her strong presence in our community and devotion to Sacred Heart values, the Alumnae Board and the Alumnae Office voted to make Sue an Honorary Alumna of Forest Ridge School.

Read more about Sue's impact on Forest Ridge in this Mes Amis article.

Sue Magan

Past Recipients of the Distinguished Alumna Award


Lori Dauphiny '81


Julie Peterson Genjac ’99


Amy Stone ’84  


Joan Blanchette Broderick ’83

Tom Manion, Honorary


Maureen Pleas Brotherton ’72


Elizabeth Gray ‘91, MD 


Carla Elbert Lewis ’75 


Cora Edmonds Crean ‘83 


Cristina Mendoza ‘82

Audrey Threlkeld, Honorary 


Sue Heffernan ’72 


Jenny Durkan ‘76

Rhoady and Jeanne Marie Lee, Honorary 


Judy Pigott ’67 

Julie Lundgren, Honorary 


Sandy Robison Kemper ’72 

Janet Graeber, Honorary 


Mary Magnano Smith ’61

Alycia Long Allen ’69 (posthumously)

John Fenoli, Honorary 


JoAnne Clampitt, Honorary 


Christa Gadola ’98

Sharon Carey LeeMaster ’53  


Alix Furness ’86

Jan Chalupny ’80

Marcia O’Dea, RSCJ ’56, Broadway 


Peggy Taylor ’69

Soleil Leilabadi ’98

Dean Shoemaker, Honorary 


Yvonne Pometti, RSCJ ’37

 Atherton Eileen Brown Geller ’78

Katie Tierney McKay, Honorary 


Kathleen McGonigle Murtha ’50

June Rogers Kennedy ’54

Britt Glomset, Honorary 


Genevieve Albers ’27

Mary B. Flaherty, RSCJ ’49

Jan Adair Eichler ’55


Ann Cronin, RSCJ ’37

Virginia McMonagle, RSCJ ’39

I. Marie Bone '70


Harriet Berens Barrett ’28

Dorothy Miller Pickel ’32

Clair Rogers Jenkins ’46

Susanna McPherson Lane ’48

Linda Haydock, SNJM ’73


Dorothy White Hanscom ’27

Gege Purdy Brennan ’35

Lee Peabody Evoy ’40

Mary Helen Strout Heffernan ’42

Julie Carvalho Impett ’56

Linda Zeman Gadola ’66

Mud McHugh ’70

Kim Ackerley Cleworth ’82

Kendee Yamaguchi ’95