Purpose: Ambassador. Asker. Advocate. Members of Cate’s Alumni Leadership Council (ALC) exemplify these characteristics while acting as governing body of Cate’s Alumni Association (currently 3,600+ alumni worldwide). The overall purpose of the Alumni Leadership Council is four-fold:
The Alumni Leadership Council (ALC) shall make recommendations to the Alumni Association, or to the Board of Trustees, through the Alumni Leadership Council President; and the Alumni Leadership Council may recommend the formation of additional committees as it deems necessary.
ALUMNI LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Served in 2020-21: Vinette Brown ’93 (Washington, D.C.)
Current Term (Alumni Leadership Council President & Vice President)
Year 1: 2020-2021 (begins July 1, 2020)
Year 2: 2021-2022
Year 3: 2023-2024 (ends June 30, 2024)
Board of Trustee Meetings 2021-2022
The Alumni Leadership Council President serves on the Board of Trustees. They attend the following Board of Trustee meetings at Cate. The Alumni Leadership Council President provides an update to Trustees on recent and upcoming alumni events and activities.
2021-22 Meeting Dates
In 1972, Cate’s Alumni Leadership Council honored its first Distinguished Alumnus/a. Incidentally, he happened to be Cate’s very first graduate, Dohrmann K. Pischel Class of 1914. Since then, the Alumni Leadership Council has honored 36 alumni for distinguished service to the School, a distinguished career in business, or exemplary public service. Recipients of the award include a senator, a noted scientist, several long-time trustees, entrepreneurs, a computer scientist, artists, and philanthropists.
Though the award has not been given every year, the Alumni Leadership Council recently voted to make it an annual award. The first few awards were displayed in the McBean Library, but soon they became too numerous to fit into one location. The two most recent recipients are now displayed at the entrance to the Johnson Library, with the previous citations contained in a leather-bound book found inside the Johnson Library. In these more prominent locations, it is hoped that current Cate students will develop a better appreciation of the School’s past and, more importantly, an appreciation of how a Cate education can be put to good use.
Nominations for the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award can be submitted until December 31, 2021. Please email all nominations to Alumni Inclusion Manager, Elana Stone.
Below is a list of the Distinguished Alumni recipients.
|2021||Athena Jones ’94|
|2020||Eric C. Taylor ’80|
|2018||Hal Burroughs ’68|
|2016||Christian Strachwitz ’51|
|2015||Tim Bliss ’70|
|2014||Terry Sanders ’49|
|2013||Walter Douglas ’73|
|2012||Brad Roberts ’72|
|2010||Greg Kubicek ’74|
|2009||Mona Khalil ’84|
|2008||Burton Smith ’58|
|2007||William E. Steinberg ’68|
|2005||Richard D. Baum ’64|
|2004||Sir John Bond ’60|
|2003||David Pun Chan ’68|
|2002||Eugene Thayer Bigelow, Jr. ’59|
|2001||Dayton O. Hyde ’43|
|2000||Conrad L. Hall ’45|
|1999||John D. Caldwell ’59|
|1998||Peter Frederick King ’80|
|1997||Donald Hastings Harcourt ’50|
|1995||George Barker Barrett III ’45|
|1992||James Sloss Ackerman ’37|
|1991||William Matson Roth ’35|
|1990||John Morse Luce ’59|
|1989||William New, Jr. ’59|
|1988||Paul Moore Denison ’52|
|1987||William Stevens Prince ’42|
|1986||Michael Alan Morphy ’50|
|1984||Francis S. M. Hodsoll ’55|
|1983||Nelson Dorrington Jones ’48|
|1981||G. Ledyard Stebbins Class of 1924|
|1981||John Rodman Hooker Class of 1921|
|1980||Malcolm Wallop ’50|
|1980||Peter McBean ’30|
|1972||Dohrmann K. Pischel Class of 1914|
Austin: Grace Gates ’11, Holly Lawson ’90
Chicago: Micah Carr ’99
Dallas: Tim Annick ’12, Barron Fletcher ’85
District of Columbia: Abigail Baum ’04, Amanda Ebling ’15, Walter Douglas ’73
Hong Kong: Mimi Brown ’92, Sebastian Man ’76
London: Doug Lytle ’82, Lauren Suding ’98
Los Angeles: Lauren Craig Albrecht ’89
Minneapolis: Maurice Blanks ’83
Orange County: Emily Horowitz ’02, Whitney Finster Morgan ’95, Lisa Stanson ’92
Palo Alto: John Tarlton ’87
Portland: Fritz Hummelt ’90, Greg Kubicek ’74
San Diego: Chris Maloney ’80
San Francisco: Blair Elliott Paige ’86
Santa Barbara: Dinah Moore Calderon ’90, Ashley Woods Hollister ’03
Seattle: Anne Warjone Bridgeland ’86, Chris Breunig ’82, Jim Crutcher ’48
Seoul: Jeffrey Kim ’19
Singapore: Kenny Li ’94
Taiwan: Patrick Ko ’97
Tokyo: Luke Caffey ’99
Servons. The motto of the Cate School community, this notion of service is woven into every aspect of life on and off the Mesa. From its founding, Cate has been led by a volunteer Board of Trustees and served in numerous ways by alumni, parents, and friends of the School. Those who volunteer to better the education and experience of our students, faculty and staff do so out of a shared love for the School.
Invite others to join you in supporting the School by making friendly phone calls and sending encouraging emails. Help your class reach new heights in participation. Become a Cate Fund volunteer and raise vital funds for Cate’s annual operating budget.
Volunteer as a class agent and serve as a peer-to-peer connection to Cate School. Invite your classmates to join you in giving to the Cate Fund. Encourage them to join you at regional receptions, rally a group of peers to attend Camp Cate in a reunion year or attend other regional and alumni-focused events.
The Advancement Office is always grateful for opportunities to gather Cate friends together – in the comfort of a home, restaurant or other venue – in locations in and outside of the U.S.
To become a Class Agent or Cate Fund volunteer please contact Katie Convoy (805) 684-4127 x 266
To volunteer to host a Regional Reception please contact Elana Stone (805) 684-4127 x 288
The first female students were admitted to Cate in 1981, and since then women have come to represent half the student body and more than a third of all alumni. In order to engage this growing population, Cate Alumnae Network (CAN) was founded in 2012 to provide opportunities for alumnae to connect with each other, current students, and the School.
The purpose of CAN is twofold: first, to establish connections among the many constituent groups of Cate women in order to provide professional and social opportunities; second, to enhance the ways in which women can interact with the Mesa by supporting the School in kind and in deed.
Created with a desire to honor the female Cate community, the Cate Alumnae Network (CAN) provides support to the women of Cate’s extended family. CAN is open to all Cate graduates committed to supporting the alumnae and female students of Cate. Discussion and context is about women and for women.
With nearly 600 members and counting, CAN events have been hosted in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Washington, D.C. There have been CAN-sponsored Servons events in Chicago and Palo Alto, and CAN presentations and panels, from public speaking to perceptions of beauty, have been held on the Mesa.
2021-22 C.A.N. Events
For more information, please contact Alumni Inclusion Manager, Elana Stone.