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Congratulations to the 2012 Alumnae Award Recipients!


Alumnae Citation Award:

The Alumnae Citation Award is given to an alumna in recognition of continuous support and significant service to Lincoln School.  It honors the alumna who has accepted responsibility in a variety of ways, demonstrated a loyalty to the School and a desire to perpetuate its commitment to excellence in all areas of education for young women.

This year, we celebrate the dedicated service of
Nancy Nahigian Tavitian ’82.

Nancy has been a faithful and generous supporter of Lincoln School, serving on the Board of Trustees since 2008 and volunteering in many roles, including Class Agent, Alumnae Association Treasurer and 25th Reunion Chair, for more than 20 years. Nancy embodies the spirit of Lincoln. While at Lincoln, she was co-captain of the field hockey team and played softball and basketball. She was captain of the Green Team, a member of Student Council, and a member of the Lincoln Green literary magazine. Nancy is a graduate of Brown University where she received a BS in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. She also has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. After a long career at FleetBoston Financial, where she was the Managing Director of Corporate Strategy and Development, she is currently an independent consultant in the financial services industry.

Nancy has brought her natural enthusiasm, intelligence, and devotion to all her volunteer roles at Lincoln. She is currently Secretary for the Board of Trustees and Chairs the Committee on Trustees. Through her leadership, Nancy has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to girls’ education and Lincoln’s mission to foster leadership and confidence in young women. She has worked tirelessly as an informed and passionate advocate for Lincoln among our alumnae body to increase engagement and support for Lincoln, its students and faculty. The Lincoln School Alumnae Association is honored to bestow the 2012 Alumnae Citation Award on Nancy Nahigian Tavitian ’82.


Distinguished Service Award:

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an alumna whose life and accomplishments exemplify that inner light which the School has traditionally sought to foster.  It honors an alumna whose contributions to the quality of life around her have made the world a finer, better place.

This year, we are honored to recognize Diana Scott Beattie ’52, Helena Buonanno Foulkes ’82 and Judith Lovering Kramer ’62.

Diana Scott Beattie ’52 has distinguished herself in the field of health sciences for the past sixty years, domestically and internationally, as a teacher, scientist and administrator. Her professional career began as a faculty member at Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she rose through the ranks and was promoted to Professor. After 17 years at Mount Sinai, she became the Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at West Virginia University in 1985. As the first woman to chair the department of Biochemistry at West Virginia University, she was a pioneer in this field of science and academia for women. Throughout the years, her research activities, supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health involved bioenergetics resulting in more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, she served on panels that reviewed research proposals for the government and was a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Diana has been an international leader in the field of medicine and medical training in the Middle East in her longstanding role as dean of the Oman Medical College. In the past year, the government has doubled the enrollment in the medical and pharmacy programs and she has worked tirelessly to expand the faculty and facilities to meet the new demand for medical training.

Throughout her career, Diana has displayed remarkable self-confidence to face challenges and to make decisions without hesitation. She shares that her Lincoln education gave her “leadership roles and confidence in my intellectual abilities in the safe all-girl environment.” The Alumnae Association is honored to bestow the 2012 Distinguished Service Award to Diana Scott Beattie ’52.

Helena Buonanno Foulkes ’82 is the Executive Vice President and Chief Health Care Strategy and Marketing Officer for CVS Caremark, a company ranked 18th on the Fortune 100. Over the course of a twenty-year career at CVS Caremark, Helena has amassed an extensive background in retail and health care marketing and strategy and is regarded to be one of the leading female executives in the State of Rhode Island. At CVS Caremark, she focuses on enhancing the experience for consumers in healthcare and is reinventing how the company works with all of its outside stakeholders.  She has responsibility for enterprise branding, communications, community relations, charitable giving, health care reform strategy, government relations and marketing. Larry Merlo, former Lincoln parent and trustee, and currently the president and CEO of CVS Caremark, has described Helena as “a highly regarded executive who, as chief marketing officer, led the launch of innovative programs such as ExtraCare, Maintenance Choice and Pharmacy Advisor in both our retail and pharmacy benefit management businesses.”

For the community, Helena oversees CVS Caremark’s significant charitable giving programs that support children with disabilities, the uninsured and under-insured and those in need in RI and across the United States. In 2012, she was instrumental in the launch of Project Health, a wellness program delivering more than $21 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities through more than 1,000 individual events. Helena has also been deeply involved in helping to improve the economic environment in the state of RI and serves in leadership roles for many local charities. The Lincoln School Alumnae Association is proud to recognize Helena’s leadership and service to her community as a 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.


Judith Lovering Kramer ’62 had a distinguished career in independent education for 39 year as both a teacher and college counselor. Most recently she was Director of College Counseling for fourteen years at Buffalo Seminary, a girls’ school in Buffalo, NY. An exceptionally sensitive, yet aggressive advocate of well over 600 young women and their families, Judy was beloved by graduates and students. She has markedly elevated the exposure and reputation of The Buffalo Seminary at highly selective colleges and thus has had a dramatic influence upon where Seminary graduates now matriculate.

Retired in 2011, she founded and chaired the Seminary’s Judicial Review Committee, which adjudicates violations of the School's Honor Code and spent eight years as the chair of the Nichols School Student Conduct Committee. The Lincoln School Alumnae Association is proud to recognize Judy’s leadership in women’s education as a 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.


Young Alumna Award:

The Young Alumna Award recognizes an alumna who, through her college experiences and/or post-college employment and/or volunteer efforts, has demonstrated leadership, initiative, and service in an exceptional way.  This alumna personifies Lincoln's mission of confidence, achievement, success, and a life-long love of learning.

This year’s recipients are Casey Brennan McLaughlin '95 and Stefanie Casinelli Taylor ’97.

Casey Brennan McLaughlin ’95 has always exemplified the tenets of Lincoln School and its spirit. Casey and her spouse, Major Shannon McLaughlin of the Massachusetts National Guard, are the lead plaintiffs in a case filed by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). Through this case, they seek to defend the civil rights of all service members. The plaintiffs, each legally married, want the armed services to recognize their families and seek the same family support and benefits for their same-sex spouses that the services and Department of Veterans Affairs provide to opposite-sex spouses. The Alumnae Association is proud to recognize Casey Brennan McLaughlin ’95 for her leadership as Young Alumna Award recipient as she is seeking to make this world a better, finer, fairer place for all.

Stefanie Casinelli Taylor ’97: President of Gennaro, Inc., a third generation family owned and operated global costume jewelry company. As President, Stefanie has successfully reinvented the company’s diverse product line, strengthened business partnerships with oversees vendors, and has been the driving visionary in growing the company’s annual sales by over 300%. In 2012, Stefanie was named one of Providence Business News’s distinguished 40 Under 40 honorees. As a working mother, Stefanie is a wonderful role model to other working women as she has in incorporated a sense of balance between her personal and professional life. Passionate about giving back, Stefanie supports many causes and volunteers her time in soup kitchens to feed the homeless. The Alumnae Association is proud to honor Stefanie Casinelli Taylor ’97 with the 2012 Young Alumna Award.  

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for information on how you can nominate an alumna for an award in 2013.

Please click here for a list of all our past Alumnae Award recipients.

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