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Honoring the Past and Celebrating the Future: Lincoln’s Alumnae Awards

A Senior Advisor and Gender Justice Program Officer at Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights.

A Juvenile Probation Officer at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.

A Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinician at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center.

Each fall, Lincoln School and the Alumnae Association honor three women whose exceptional accomplishments and passion-driven lives have had an impact on our school, on their communities, and on the world.

Last September, we presented awards to three alumnae with vastly different but equally impressive backgrounds. They shared their beliefs, their stories, and their passions with those gathered at the Alumnae Luncheon, and their words serve as a constant reminder of the power of Lincoln women and their desire to create change in our world.

Does this make you think of a classmate or fellow alumna? We are now collecting nominations for the 2019 Alumnae Awards! Learn more about each of the three honors (and the 2018 award recipients!) below, and complete this form to nominate her!

Distinguished Service Award
In 2018, this award–which recognizes an alumna whose life and accomplishments exemplify that inner light which the school has traditionally sought to foster–was presented to Alana Esposito ’03 by Donna Paolino Coia ’70.

Alana has a bachelor’s degree in foreign service and culture and politics from Georgetown, as well as a master’s degree in international relations and affairs from Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris A former United Nations correspondent on gender equality, the rights and needs of women in conflict, and related topics, she is currently the Senior Advisor and Gender Justice Program Officer at Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights, a non-profit that supports survivors of gender-based violence. Additionally, she is an independent writer and editor, and a contributing editor at A Women’s Thing.

In her own words:

“So we’re having these [at the Athens Democracy Forum, hosted by The New York Times in Greece] discussions about the rule of law, democratic values, and commitment to truth and liberal ideals in this setting, and it's pretty inspiring. More so than a conference room, I have to say. So anyways, I was sitting there and I was looking at these columns and listening to this incredible presentation in front of me, and I was thinking back to learning about the inner light at Lincoln. In a way, I think that probably sparked something in me–a way of thinking, a desire to be connected to the world around me. I probably couldn’t have articulated it then, but it has stayed with me ever since...To bring it all back to Lincoln, I am truly honored for the education I got here. It continues to inform me every day, whether I’m conscious of it or not. And I believe the best thing we can do in order to make sure that in another 100 years, people will be sitting under those same beautiful columns and talking about these incredible ideas and values, is to invest in the next generation of women, which is exactly what Lincoln is doing.”

Alumnae Citation Award
In 2018, this award–which is given to an alumna in recognition of continuous support and significant service to Lincoln School–was presented to Kilah Walters-Clinton ’95 by Catherine Syner Shaghalian ’96.

Kilah, a member of Lincoln’s Board of Trustees from 2012-18, has also served on the school’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and as the assistant field hockey coach. Her daughter, Bella Rose Clinton ’30, is following in her footsteps and is currently in Grade 1 in the Lower School. Kilah has a bachelor’s in social science and a master’s in counseling education from Providence College, as well as a doctoral degree in leadership and education from Johnson & Wales. She has worked at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections since 2007, and currently serves as a Juvenile Probation Officer.

In her own words:

“I know why you guys come back. I know the feeling that you feel when you are here within Lincoln walls. It’s that synergy, it’s that energy you feel when you get to collaborate and work with other Lincoln women, faculty, staff, and students. I feel the same way...Our Lincoln girls are wired differently. We thrive when you give us a challenge. We want to succeed. We want to excel. And I felt, until I came back to Lincoln, that I was missing a little bit of that. Luckily, Connie Worthington, Class of 1962, popped up, and decided to ask me to serve with her...As soon as I met her, this woman that I didn’t know, that energy came back. We were excited to start to work together, and to tackle different projects as part of Lincoln’s Board...The standard that we have at Lincoln exceeds any institution anywhere...This school creates muscle memory that stays with you. We are built to take on challenges, and that muscle memory will give you the strength, compassion, and confidence to be able to go anywhere.”

Young Alumna Award
In 2018, this award–which 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–was presented to Carlene Ferreira ’08 by Ana Sofia De Brito ’08.

Carlene, a member of Lincoln School’s Alumnae Board has a bachelor’s in international relations from Boston University, and a master’s in clinical social work from Simmons College. Currently, she works as a Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinician at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center.

In her own words:

“Accepting this award means that I am living my purpose, and that I have been since as far back as, at least, junior year of high school. My time at Lincoln, and the wonderful staff and faculty, helped equip me with the tools to begin living out my purpose through experiences like the 2B1 Club, Morgan Stone ’00 Day, International Women’s Day, and the Senior Service Trip, to name a few. Despite how difficult being a social worker can be, it’s part of who I am and has been part of who I am. And I can confidently say I like myself, I like what I do (most of the time!), and I like how I do it.”