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A Trio of Excellence: Celebrating the 2019 Alumnae Award Recipients

Thirty-five years ago, Lincoln School presented its first Alumnae Award, honoring Martha Curit Hough ’60 and Joan Ress Reeves ’50 with the Alumnae Citation Award. Since then, two additional awards–the Distinguished Service Award and the Young Alumna Award–have been added, and 105 alumnae have been recognized for the impact they have had on our school, on their communities, and on the world. 

On October 4, three more women–all nominated by fellow alumnae–will join this distinguished group as the 2019 recipients of the Alumnae Awards. While their life paths are fascinatingly different, they share a spirit of excellence and a passion to contribute to their communities that is inspiring. 

Congratulations to…

Mih-Ho Cha Neenan ’81, recipient of the 2019 Alumna Citation Award
Boston, MA
Strategic Advisor for Individuals, Companies and Organizations
Alumnae Board Member

In nominating Mih-ho for this award, which is given in recognition of continuous support and significant service to Lincoln School, Allison Gelfuso Butler ’96 wrote, “Mih-Ho showed members of our alumnae network the value of the Alumnae Association and, most importantly, that each and every alumna is important and welcome. She led our board with grace and confidence while modeling Quaker values and inspiring us to serve others. Mih-Ho leads humbly and by example, holding herself to high standards of excellence that inspire others to be better and do better. She is savvy and bold, and she is thoughtful and reflective. The Lincoln School Alumna Citation Award is perhaps the highest honor that can be bestowed on a Lincoln School alumna, and no one is more deserving than my friend, Mih-Ho Cha Neenan.”

Mih-Ho, a 14-year vet of Lincoln, graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After Brown, she moved to New York City and began a 26-year long career in book publishing, overseeing publicity campaigns for award-winning and best-selling authors at Ballantine Books and Little, Brown & Company; as well as at Putnam and Riverhead Books where she was V.P., Director of Publicity. Author campaigns she’s overseen include those for former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer Scott Berg, Patricia Cornwell, Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur Fellow Junot Díaz, John McEnroe, Alice Hoffman, Khaled Hosseini, Mark Kurlansky, Anne Lamott, Chang-rae Lee, James McBride, Dan Rather, Amy Tan, and Sarah Vowell. 

In recent years, Mih-Ho has reconnected with Lincoln through the Alumnae Board, serving as its president from 2017–19 and spearheading several initiatives, including the Alumnae Day of Service. During that time period she was also the alumnae representative on the Board of Trustees. She currently lives with her husband in Boston, Massachusetts, and is passionate about her volunteer work as an English for Speakers of Other Languages teacher at Rosie’s Place, the country’s first shelter for homeless and poor women.

Teena Shetty ’91, recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award
New York, NY
Neurologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery–Triple Board Certified in Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine, and Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Alumnae Board president Catherine Syner Shaghalian ’96 nominated Teena for the Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an alumna whose life and accomplishments exemplify that inner light which the school has traditionally sought to foster. She shared, “A few months ago, I happened to see an interview with Teena Shetty on an episode of 60 Minutes discussing trauma suffered by U.S. diplomats abroad in Cuba and China. During the interview, her position as a consulting neurologist for the New York Mets and New York Giants was also highlighted. I immediately remembered Teena from Lincoln. As a Lincoln alumna, I was incredibly proud to see a fellow alumna appear as an expert in her field on a national news program. I was also inspired by the work that she does as a neurologist, particularly with respect to concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Given her exceptional accomplishments in medicine and neurology, she is most deserving of this award."

In her work, Teena specializes in sports neurology, concussions, neuromuscular diseases, myopathies, peripheral neuropathy, intraoperative monitoring, and spine disorders. At the Hospital for Special Surgery, she is the founder and director of the Concussion Clinic. In addition to seeing patients, Teena is also an assistant professor of neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College.

A Fulbright scholar who received her medical degree and bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University, Teena also attended Oxford University and then later the University of Cambridge, where she received her master of philosophy degree in medicine. Her residency was completed at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and she received her fellowship training in neuromuscular diseases at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital. Soon after, she continued her fellowship training at the Hospital for Special Surgery in neuromuscular diseases and intraoperative monitoring.

Teena is the mother of three daughters, Mia, age 8, and twins, Ila and Parvati, age 11. They’ve followed in their mother’s footsteps, and attend Brearley, a school for girls in Manhattan. 

Andrea Rickey ’09, recipient of the 2019 Young Alumna Award
Chicago, IL
Associate Director, People & Performance at The Kraft Heinz Company

In nominating Andrea for this year’s Young Alumna Award, which recognizes an alumna who has demonstrated leadership, initiative, and service in an exceptional way, Maggie McNamara ’13 wrote, “During my freshman year of college, Andrea reached out to invite me to a Lincoln Boston event. As a new alumna, I really appreciated Andrea making the effort to include me and we all had a very fun night. The women in the room that night had such a love and appreciation for Lincoln and I remember Andrea leading many of those conversations. 

Since Lincoln and Harvard, Andrea has been working at Kraft Heinz working in Talent. Through social media, I have been able to learn of her various career milestones, which have included a multi-year move to Canada(!), and I think the Lincoln community would really benefit from learning more about her story.”

Andrea graduated from Harvard University with a degree in psychology and government, and was also a member of the Radcliffe Varsity Heavyweight Crew during her time in Cambridge. After graduation, she moved to Pittsburgh to join Kraft Heinz in the Corporate Management Trainee Program. During her time at Kraft Heinz, Andrea has led Human Resources functions across the U.S. and Canadian businesses, including Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, University Relations, Talent Management, and HR Business partner teams. Today, she is the associate director of People & Performance, where she serves as the strategic partner for the presidents and leadership teams of two U.S. Commercial Business Units. In this role, she is responsible for the HR operations supporting 260 employees, across four geographies and five functions, generating more than $10B in revenue for the organization.

Andrea currently resides in Chicago alongside classmates Abbey Canning ’09 and Corey Fitzgerald ’09. She’s an avid traveler, and is still cheering on the Lincoln crew team from afar. She previously served as a member of the Lincoln Alumnae Association, and her sister Lisa Rickey ’07, is also a Lincoln alumna.

Want to join us in celebrating Mih-Ho, Teena, and Andrea? Click here to learn more and register for the October 4 event. Interested in the history of the Alumnae Awards? Click here for more info.