Alumni Award Winners

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
Jared Bowen ’98

Jared Bowen is WGBH Boston’s executive arts editor and the Emmy Award-winning host of its weekly television series Open Studio with Jared Bowen. He is a contributor to WGBH-TV’s Greater Boston and PBS NewsHour, appears regularly on 89.7 WGBH’s Morning Edition and Boston Public Radio, and writes for Art New England magazine. A member of the Boston Theater Critics Association and the Boston Online Film Critics Association, he also serves on the Board of Governors for the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

Bowen, who began his career at Dateline NBC, has also produced five WGBH news documentaries and three seasons of the Eye on Education initiative. He has won two New England Emmy Awards; was recipient of the 2013 Commonwealth Award, recognizing achievement in the arts, humanities, and sciences; and earned several Associated Press Awards while at Emerson.

Naketha Mattocks ’94

Naketha Mattocks is the Vice President, Original Movies, Disney Channels Worldwide and is responsible for supervising the creative development and production for the hugely successful Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) franchise, which includes "Descendants" and "Teen Beach 2."  These were the top two cable films of 2015 in total viewers.  Upcoming DCOMS include a reboot of the 80's classic "Adventures in Babysitting," "Descendants 2," "High School Musical 4," and a biopic of Little League pitcher Mo'ne Davis. 

Prior to Disney Channel, Mattocks was a consultant at Lifetime, the head of development for Oscar-nominated writer/director Gary Ross' Larger Than Life, and an executive at Paramount Pictures supervising the development and production of films that included "Charlotte's Web," "Coach Carter," and "Get Rich or Die Tryin'."

Alyce Myatt ’74

Alyce Myatt is an award-winning consultant whose career reflects the intersection of media, art, and philanthropy. Her most recent clients include the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has served as director of media arts for the National Endowment for the Arts and was the founding executive director of Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (GFEM).
Alyce’s career also includes separate stints at PBS: first as director of Children's Programming, and later as vice president of programming. In between she served as program officer for media at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Her production credits include the Smithsonian Institution, Nickelodeon, “3-2-1 Contact!,” and ABC's "20/20." In addition, she has served as either board director or advisor to Arts Engine, Auburn Media at the Center for Multi-faith Education, the Center for Rural Strategies, the Council on Foundations Technology Task Force, the Emerson College Alumni Association, Grantmakers in the Arts: Art & Social Change Working Group, the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture, and WITNESS..

Young Alumni Achievement Award Recipient
Opus Moreschi '00

Opus Moreschi is the Emmy-winning Head Writer and Supervising Producer of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. A self-described "comedy nerd" growing up, at Emerson College he performed with the Emerson Comedy Workshop and edited the ostensibly-humorous magazine, The Hyena. After graduation, he performed sketch and improv at iOWest in Los Angeles and UCB in New York. He started his late night career selling jokes to The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn in 2001, and went on to write for programs like Alf's Hit Talk Show and Lil' Bush, which he had to explain to people he met at parties were actual, real TV shows. Opus joined Comedy Central's The Colbert Report in 2008 and became Head Writer in 2012. Opus has three Emmy awards, a Peabody award, and a small plastic trophy he won in a charity mustache-growing contest.

Young Alumni Achievement Award

The Young Alumni Achievement Award is given to an alumna/us who has already begun making their mark in their chosen profession and has graduated within the last 10 years.

2015 Flora Charner '04
2014 Jason E. Grossman '02 & Shira Lazar '04
2013 Seth Grahame-Smith '98
2012 Veronica Belmont ’04 & Jason Castriota ‘97
2011 Morgan First ‘06
2010 Brendan McCarthy ‘04
2009 Iliza Shlesinger ‘05
2008 Maria Menounous ‘00
2006 Sam Presti ‘00
2004 Alex Tse ‘98
2003 Glenn Jones ‘99

Alumni Achievement Awards

Given to an alumnus/alumna for outstanding achievements in their field. This award was originally established in 1978 as the Alumni Recognition Award. In 1987, the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association voted to change the name to the Alumni Achievement Award in order to more accurately reflect the various achievements alumni are making in their fields.

Pamela Abdy ’95
Carole Charnow ’79
Mike Gonzalez ’83
Bethany Nelson ’82, PhD

Tisa Jackson '95
David Klotz '94
Tara Sandler '84
Scott Wittman '76

Aaron Snipe '94
Joel Stillerman '84
Susan Wornick '71

Bonnie Comley G’94
Paul Santinelli ‘91

Bonnie Brescia ‘82
Brad Epstein ‘85
Tony Goldman ‘65
Raj Sharma G’83

Judith Johnson Elder ‘67
Michael Mendenhall ‘84
Clyde Terry ‘74

Holly Bario ‘89
Susan Banks ‘76
Larry Rasky ‘77

Alan Clendenning ‘87
Sandra Goldfarb ‘78
Michael McCusker ‘88

Jay Bienstock ‘87
Lucia Cottone ‘92

Victoria ‘Tory’ Johnson x’92
Teresa Anne Nance ‘73
Paul Tetreault ‘84

Brent Jennings ‘74
Denise Kaigler ‘85
Wayne Larrivee ‘77

Maxine Baker ‘73
Randy Barbato ‘82
Rev. John Coffee
William J. Miller ‘74
Richard Charles Willis ‘79

Paul Beck ‘69
Bill Bordy ‘58
Kathryn ‘Kate’ Boutilier ‘81
Elspeth Cypher ‘80
Jim Vescera ‘78

Susan Batson ‘64
Neil Davin ’72, G’79
Morton Dean Dubitsky ‘57
Ira Goldstone ‘71
Tobie S. Stein ‘79

Douglas Holloway ‘76
Judith Spector Huret G’69
Richard LaGravenese ‘80
Evelyn Franz Woolston-May ‘47
Stephen Young ‘62

Kevin Bright ‘76
Marsha Glines ‘70
Howard Atlee Heilen ‘50
Richard Levy ‘68
Michael Marge ‘52
Robert Mehrman ‘51
Stephen Shipps
Bernie Sweet ‘60

Francine Berger
Barry Freeman G’71
Doug Herzog ‘81
Al Jaffe ‘68
Gaynelle Griffin Jones ‘69
Glenn Meehan ‘83

Alicia D. Brown ’76, M’79
Sara Green ‘81
Gary H. Grossman ‘70
Judythe Kerman Isserlis ’67, M’69
Bobbi Brown Plofker ‘79

Iris J. Burnett ’68, G’70
Pamela M. Cross ‘75
Don DeMesquita ‘70
Robert Fleming
Dr. Norman M. Lear ’44, H’68
Robert W. Mullen Ph.D., ’60, G’62
Franklin H. Silverman Ph.D. ‘60

Roberta “Bobbi” Binder Aungst ‘61
Gary Grossman ‘70
Everett “Rett” Rich ’64, G’68
Sybil Siegel Tonkonogy ‘58
Steven Wright ‘78
Dr. Mickey Zemon

Gary Berkowitz ‘73
Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook ‘76
Jeff Goldstein’66
Helen Ellis Klim ‘51
Susan Elizabeth Lezon ‘80
Che Madyun ‘75
Michael Patti ‘76
Marillyn Tufte Zacharis

Noma Bennett Anderson G’73
George Exoo ‘64
David Glodt ‘70
Stephen Langley ’60 G’61
Walt Littlefield
Peter Meade ‘70
Arthur Teitelbaum ‘60
John Wentworth ‘81

Ken Catandella
Ed Conture ‘67
Linda Corradina ‘81
Denis Leary ‘79
Ric Poole ‘69
Howard Rogut ‘68
Barbara Segal Rutberg ‘68
Mary Sweig Wilson G’65

Jeremy Alliger ‘75
Michele Gillen ‘77
Tim Kelly ‘55
Charles J. Klim ’50, G’53
Paul Kreppel ‘69
Elma Ina Lewis ‘43
Kim Swann ‘81
Sema Ullian

Dr. Phil Amato ’60, G’61
Joe Boren ‘69
Sean Driscoll ‘60
Doug Herzog ‘81
Lloyd Roach ‘71
Charles Rosen ‘68
Arleen Sorkin ‘77
Julian Wolinsky ‘59

Kathie Berlin ‘65
Bill Dana ‘50
Vin Di Bona ’66, H’94
Howard Feuer ‘70
Jeff Greenhawt ‘68
Dr. Jacqueline W. Liebergott
Frank S. Napal III ’69, G’70
Rick Sosny ‘70
Henry Winkler ‘67

C. Thomas Bauer ‘68
Chris Beck ’68, G’69
Spalding Gray ‘65
Jay Leno ‘73
Andrea Martin ‘69
Dallas Mayr ‘68
Eugene Roche ‘53
A.Brooks Russell ’72, G’76

Edithe Avery ‘40
Bruce Barbieri ‘69
Randolph W. Brooksbank ‘69
Sally Wimmer Fishman ‘38
John Goodman ‘70
Dr. Bernadette MacPherson ‘53
Phil Ramuno ‘68
Helen Rose
Barbara Segal Rutberg ‘68
Al Valletta ‘63

Mario Cantone ‘82
Gayle Carson ‘59
Martha Hansen ‘77
Robbie Jason ‘82
Sidney Myer ‘71
Anna Hamilton Phelan ‘65
Dr. Edna Ward ‘55
John C. Zacharis ’58, G’59, H’92

Harry Morgan ’59, G’65
George Quenzel

Paul Beck ‘69
William Bordy ‘58
Helen Cross ‘76
Haig Der Marderosian ’54, G’56

Janet Bookspan ‘54
Irma DiRusso ‘47
Frances Crowley LaShoto ’44, G’47
Louise Pellegrino
Lincoln Stulik ‘58

Vin DiBona ‘66
Ruth Mansur Fritz H’88
Lawrence H. Lentz ‘69
Patricia Moeser ‘70
Colette Phillips ‘76

Kenneth C. Crannell ’55, G’57
Debra Jane Louden Lentz ‘69
Dr. Vito Silvestri G’59

Richard Dysart ’56, H’83
Marcia Southwick Levis ‘73
David Maynard ‘51
June Hamblin Mitchell ’35, G’44
Oliver Woodruff H’79

Rev. W. David Crockett ‘41
Jeffrey Goldstein ‘66
Thomas N. Lux ‘70
Leonidas A. Nickole ’49, H’63

Richard D. Rapiti ‘69

John Gantos, Jr. ‘76
Robert D. Gatti ‘64
Kenneth W. Mellgren ‘68
Dr. Albert T. Murphy ‘49
Leonidas A. Nickole ’49, H’63
Camille Poisson Pantalone ‘43

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