Congratulations to Our

2023 Inductees
Lexi Mestas '12

Jeni Herrera-Mullar '01

Justine Herlihy Bixler '07
Carter Albrecht
Alana Babington
Jeb Boudreaux
Cooper Brown
Jared Holloway
Jordan Huff
Chanel Krause
Lindsay Landry
Mackensie Mosley Turner
Bradley Padgett
Robby Shelton
Bryan Slater
Kylen Towner
Mackensie Williams

Nominate an Alumni

Nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award are open to alumni with outstanding accomplishments in his/her professional field, civic leadership and who have won the respect, confidence and affection of their community.

Nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award in the Arts category are open to alumni with outstanding accomplishments in Art, Music, Theater, or Writing.

The Distinguished Service Award category gives us an opportunity to recognize exemplary service in the community and/or to St. Paul’s performed by an individual or organization. 

If you would like to nominate someone for any of these awards, please fill out the form on this page. Please contact Blair Gewin at 251-461-2191 if you have any questions.

Nomination Form

Past Recipients

List of 13 items.

  • 2022 Recipients

    David Gauld ‘74

    Rebekah Phillips Webb ‘02

    Carrie Norris ‘00

    Mr. Irvin Rentz Sr.
    Ms. Robin Sears

    Jorim Albrecht-Früh
    Emily Messer Anderson
    Dr. Lexus Andrews
    Mary Ball
    Lacey Dent
    Dan Drew
    Madison Floore
    Jack Gilmore
    Joe Goodwin
    Josh Harrelson
    Grace Rebarchak
    Dalton Rentz
  • 2021 Recipients


    Rachel Bickert
    Rachel Bickert lettered in Varsity Softball at SPS 2007-2011. She made the All County from 2008-2011 and the All District 2011. She was the SPS Team Captain 2010-2011 and won the Softball Leadership Award 2011. An athlete and a scholar, Rachel won the Writing Seminar Award in 2009. She was also active in Chorus, Photography, Art classes at SP. She continued her athletic career playing Division 1 Softball for Samford University on scholarship, where she graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design. Rachel earned a Fellow Scholarship from Chapman University and earned an MFA in Film Production. She is a freelance cinematographer in the film industry in Los Angeles California. She currently shoots music videos, commercials, short films and documentaries.

    Christopher Boudreaux
    Chris Boudreaux lettered in Football and Track & Field from 2009-2011. Chris earned both individual and team state championships. Chris earned a football scholarship first at the Air Force Academy where he played from 2011-2013 and then from Wofford College 2013-2016. He Graduate from Wofford College with a BA in Business Economics. Chris is currently a Technology Consultant for Prime Surgical. He lives in Mobile with his wife, Julia.
    Jacob Coker
    Throughout his high school career Jake Coker lettered in Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track and Field. He was recognized as Honorable Mention All-State Football and 1st Team All-State Basketball. He was also the 2011 Javelin State Champion, helping the Saints pull in a Track and Field State Championship for that year. Jake played football at Florida State University before transferring to The University of Alabama, where he ended his collegiate career as the Captain of the 2015 Alabama National Championship Team. He was recognized as the College Football Playoff Semi-Final MVP of the Cotton Bowl. From The UofA he earned a BS in Public Administration and then a Masters in Marketing. Jake currently lives with his wife Sarah, also a SPS graduate, and their 20 month old, Palmer, in Mobile. He is a Commercial Lines Producer at BSX Insurance.

    Stuart Graham
    Stuart Graham lettered in Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track from 2005-2011. He received honors from his coaches for both Rookie of Year and MVP. Stuart earned the title of State Champion for Cross Country in 2010 and in the Track 1 mile and 2 mile in 2011. His contributions helped the Saints win State Championships in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2011. Stuart was well-rounded at St. Paul’s. He was a member of the NHS, Chorus, FCA, and served as a class officer. Stuart received at Track and Cross Country scholarship from Furman University, for which he competed from 2011-2013. At Furman he majored and earned a masters in Chemistry. He then moved to Chicago, where he earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is currently an Associate with McKinsey & Co. in Chicago.
    Mary Angela Martin Griffith
    Mary Angela Martin Griffith lettered in Varsity Tennis grades 7th through 12th. She was the 2011 Press Register’s Female Tennis Player of the Year. She was also lauded as the Rotary Club Female Tennis Player of the Year years 2009-2011. She helped the Saints win State Championships six years and won State Championships herself in Singles and Doubles five years. A well-rounded student Mary Angela also participated in NHS, Chorus, FCA, Interact club, and Spanish club. She also served as a class officer. Mary Angela played tennis for South Alabama, where she earned a full scholarship. She was awarded the Bruce David Lubel Female Tennis Player of the Year and was the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Champion. Mary Angela earned a Masters in Elementary Education. She currently holds of the position of tennis pro at the Country Club of Mobile. Mary Angela lives in Springhill with her husband Hunt.

    Dennis Johnson
    DJ Johnson lettered in both Varsity Football and Baseball while at SPS. He led his baseball team in hits during his sophomore year. DJ was also a member of the FCA. DJ continued his athletic career at William Carey University, where he earned a baseball scholarship. He graduated with a major in International Marketing and is currently an Electrical Technician at Pulau Corporation in Fort Hood, Texas.
    Taylor Krause
    During his time at St. Paul’s, Taylor Krause lettered in Track and Field. He currently holds the Pole Vault record at St. Paul’s. He was runner-up State Champion in Pole Vaulting in 2011 and helped the Saints capture the state title that year. Taylor earned a scholarship from The University of South Alabama, where he continued to run track. He graduated from South where he majored in Information Technology and minored in Business. He is currently a Web Developer for Ball Aerospace.

    Wilson Lester
    During his time at St. Paul’s, Wilson Lester lettered in both Varsity Track and Field and Football. He received much recognition for his athletic abilities including St. Paul’s Athlete of the year in 2010, Most Improved in Track and Field in 2009, and St. Paul’s Sportsmanship Award in 2011. He also made the Mobile All County Track Team in 2011. He won the state championship for Discus in both 2010 and 2011, helping St. Paul’s to capture the state championship title for Track and Field both years. Wilson was also active in Show Choir, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Robotics, and Key Club.
    Tanner McGill
    Tanner McGill lettered in both Varsity Baseball and Football at St. Pauls. Among his many accolades, Tanner was a part of The Press-Register’s 2011 Baseball All- Region First Team. He won the Algebra III/Trigonometry Award (2010-2011) and he was an Alabama North-South All Star Baseball team nominee. A well-rounded student Tanner was also involved in Men’s Chorus and Key Club and volunteered at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. At Birmingham Southern College Tanner continued his athletic career, where he played baseball from 2011 to 2013 and was named Academic All-Conference. Tanner majored in Biological Sciences and graduated from the University of Alabama. He went on to complete his education at University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He is currently a physician at the University of Florida in emergency medicine.

    Cameron Mobley
    Cam Mobley lettered in both varsity football and track and field. He was the varsity football team captain and lead the team to be District Champions in 2010. Cam also contributed to the Saints winning a football State Championships in 2007. In 2010 and 2011 he helped the Track team capture the state title as well. While at SPS Cam was an active member of FCA. Cam earned a scholarship to The Citadel where he played football. He was lauded as Southern Conference All Freshmen Honorable Mention and 2nd Team All-Conference. Cam earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing. He then graduated from Georgia State College of Law. He is currently an attorney with Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
    Margaret Harkness Morgan
    Margaret Morgan lettered in Varsity Cross Country and Track all 4 years of high school. She holds the SPS record for the 1600 m and was award Runner of the Year 2009-2011. She won Cross Country Runner up in 2009 and 2010 for the 1600 m and was State Champion for the 3200 m. She helped bring State Championships home for the Saints 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Margaret participated in many extracurricular activities and clubs including, NHS, class officer, chorus, and FCA etc. She received an athletic scholarship from the University of Mississippi, where she was recognized on the SEC academic Honor Roll six times. Margaret graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a major in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a Senior Client Representative for Equity Valuation Partners and lives in Mobile with her husband, Zach, and their six-week-old, Miller.

    Nathan Morris
    Nathan Morris lettered in both Varsity Baseball and Football during his time at St. Paul’s. He was recognized as Baseball Underarmour All American. He also competed as a high school player for the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals Scout Teams. Some of his other high school accolades include Perfect Game Ranked #1 Short Stop in the state of Alabama and Perfect Game Ranked #33 Short Stop in the Nation. He recorded a 17-1 record as a pitcher the last two years of high school. Nathan continued his baseball career at Pensacola Junior College playing 3rd Base, at Chattahoochee Valley Community College as a Shortstop/Pitcher, University of Central Florida as Pitcher, and ended his college career as an Outfielder for The University of South Alabama. He graduated with a major in Exercise Science from South. Nathan then earned a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Midwestern State University. Nathan and his wife Mallory live in Ft. Collins, CO, where he is a Colorado State Football Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach.
    Katherine White
    Katherine J White lettered in Varsity Volleyball and Track & Field from 2009-2011. She earned the AHSAA class 5A MVP award at the State Championship, the Mobile Press Register volleyball player of year, and the second team all-AHSAA honors in 2010. In 2011, she was recognized as a Mobile Press Register Athlete. She won the Mobile Country Track & Field Champion in high jump, triple jump, and 400-meter dash.

    Katherine received a guaranteed 4-year full ride athletic scholarship to the University of Alabama, where she competed for the Tide in both volleyball and track and field. She was recognized for 2013 Hampton Inn Bama Bash All-tournament team and 2013 Black Knights Invitational All-tournament team. Katherine graduated in 2015 with a BS in Human Environmental Sciences. She currently works for Resurgens Orthopaedics in Mobile.
  • 2020 Recipients


    Ashley A. Balentine
    Ashley was a valuable asset to the St. Paul’s Softball program from 2006-2014. She contributed to the school community as a yearbook editor and a member of the chorus program. After graduation, she attended Pensacola State College on a softball scholarship, where she pitched for two years while earning a degree in Healthcare Management. Ashley served as a graduate assistant for two years and played one season on a Swiss National Team. She attended graduate school at the University of South Alabama, where she studied Occupational Therapy. Ashley and her husband Ryan currently reside in Houston, Texas where she works as an occupational therapist for Cranial Technologies.

    Victoria M. Ball
    An extremely gifted soccer player from an early age, Tori Ball lettered in Varsity soccer in 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010. She was St. Paul’s Rookie of the Year in ’05 and was named team MVP in ‘06, ‘09, and ’10. She also received the Golden Boot award in ‘09 and ‘10 and was named the Mobile Press Register All-Region Player of the Year in ’09 and Kiwanis Player of the Year in’10. Her other accolades include being named to the Birmingham News All-State Team three times, the Mobile Press Register All-Region Team three times and receiving Mobile County All-Star recognition four times. Tori was named the 2009 AHSAA South All-Star Team MVP and still holds SPS records of 39 goals and 24 assists. While at St. Paul’s, Tori was very active in the Community Service program and continued that passion in college and beyond. She was a key player on the 2009 state championship team and continued her soccer career at Auburn University with recognition as a four year letter winner, 2012 Most Improved Player, ESPN Player of the Week, SEC Player of the Week, team captain in ’13 and ’14, and was named to the Academic Honor Roll four years. She also received the 2014 Golden Boot award and was a member of the 2011 SEC Tournament Champion team as well as the 2012 SEC Community Service Team. Tori was awarded the SEC Brad Davis Award, a community service scholarship. She graduated from Auburn with a B.S in Physical Activity and Health majoring in Fitness, Performance, and Conditioning while minoring in Sustainability. It is no surprise that Tori’s passion for soccer as evolved into a coaching role. She currently serves as Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

    Dr. Adam R. Dyas
    Adam was an integral part of the football and track and field teams during his time at St. Paul’s. He excelled in both, being awarded Football Team Captain in 2009, pre-season All-Area in 2009, and Track and Field Team Captain in 2010. Adam led the Track and Field Team to a State Championship in 2010 and was a crucial part of securing the 2008 Track and Field State Championship as well as the 2007 Football State Championship. In both NHS and Key Club, Adam served as Vice President. At Auburn University, Adam played collegiate football on the team that won the Southeastern Conference Football Champion in 2013. After graduating from Auburn with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biomedical Science, Adam attended graduate school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Currently based in Aurora, Colorado, Adam is a Surgical Resident Physician at the University of Colorado.
    Dominick J. Francia
    Dominick was a member of the Varsity Baseball and Football teams during his tenure at St. Paul’s and contributed to the football state championship in 2007. He received the senior Sportsmanship Award in 2010 and continued his baseball career with a scholarship to be a Ragin’ Cajun at the University of Louisiana Lafayette then Belhaven College. Dominick currently resides in Mobile with his wife Jennifer where he works as a driver for UPS.

    Palmer B. Kennedy
    Palmer Kennedy was a member of St. Paul’s Varsity basketball team as a sophomore, junior, and senior and played soccer as a sophomore as well. He was a pivotal leader of the school being part of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Key Club. He received the Chad Saucier Memorial Scholarship, the Mostellar Award, and the Alumni Award. He went on to attend Auburn University where he received a Presidential Scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology. He furthered his education at the Beeson Divinity School at Samford University where he was awarded a Dean’s Scholarship and the Most Distinguished Student award, and earned his Master of Divinity in Theology. He attends UCL Institute of Education at the University of London and works as the Chaplain of Ascension Episcopal School and Associate Priest at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. Palmer resides in Youngsville, LA with his wife, Hayley, who is expecting a baby boy in February.

    Spencer A. Kerns
    Spencer was an ardent and successful swimmer during his high school career from 2006-2009. In the ’08 season, he won the 2x500 Freestyle State Champion Title and runner up for the 1x200 IM state title. The following season he won both the 2x500 Fr and the 1x200 IM state championships. Just as he was a leader of the swim team, he led academically as well serving as president of the National Honor Society. He graduated in 2010 as Class Salutatorian receiving the A.S. Mitchell Award. Spencer went on to swim at the collegiate level at Auburn University where he received the Stanley Louis Sugar Memorial Award three times. He was also a four-year letter winner (2010-2014), two-time SEC Champion (2011, 2012), Athlete of the Year (2014), 2012 US Olympic Trials qualifier (200 individual medley), and the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Winner. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Chemistry and Spanish. He continued his education at the University of Texas at Austin and received a PhD in Chemistry. He now resides in Costa Mesa, California where he works as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California-Irvine.
    Wilson J. McDonald
    Wilson was a tremendous asset to the St. Paul’s golf team and was a member of the 2009 and 2010 State Championship teams. He was named to the All-State team his entire golfing career at St. Paul’s from 2006-2010. He received runner up as an individual in the 2010 season. He went on to UAB on a golf scholarship where he had two collegiate wins, two professional wins, and was on All-CUSA First Team and All-Region First Team. He played in the National Championship twice and also played on a PGA tour in Canada. He graduated from UAB earning a degree in Industrial Distribution and minoring in Medical Supplies. He currently resides in Mobile with his wife, Neal, and works as an appraiser for Tisher Appraisal, LLC.

    Dr. Andrew S. Mcgee
    Andrew was a talented football, tennis, and track athlete, lettering in all three. He helped win the Football State Championship in 2007 and was named football Coach’s Choice Award recipient in 2009. In tennis, Andrew was both a Singles and Doubles State Champion in 2009, Rotary Club of Mobile County Male Tennis Player of the Year in 2010, and was a crucial member of the Tennis State Championship team in 2009. Andrew also placed fourth individually in triple jump at the Outdoor Track and Field State Championship in 2010, which contributed to the team winning the Championship in that same year. Andrew also participated in Key Club at St. Paul’s. For his outstanding athletic and academic accomplishments, Andrew was awarded the AS Mitchell Male Athlete of the Year in 2010 and graduated from St. Paul’s with honors. He went on to graduate from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. Andrew pursued medicine at UAB School of Medicine and graduated with the class of 2019. He currently serves as an Orthopaedic Surgery Resident at UAB Hospital and lives with his wife Keeley Porter McGee and his 8 month old son Lovell (pronounced “Love-ul”) Sullivan McGee in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

    Patrick W. Myles
    Patrick was a key asset to the St. Paul’s football team from 2007-2009 as part of the 2007 State Championship team, as well as winning Defensive Player of the Year the following season. Also on the Headmaster’s List, Patrick excelled in the classroom just as much as on the football field. Patrick attended West Point, earning a degree in economics while minoring in civil engineering. Patrick currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio and works for GE Aviation in the Junior Officer Leadership Program of Finance while attending Ohio State University to earn his Master’s degree in Business Analytics.
    Jane Stephens Owenby
    Jane Owensby was an incredibly accomplished tennis player. She exhibited her mastery of the sport as a five year Varsity player, lettering from 2005 to 2010, winning individual State Champion all five years, and helping her team win the State Championship all five years as well. From 2006 to 2010, Jane was also named to the Mobile All-County Tennis team. This passion for tennis also extended into service and academics, as Jane was part of NHS. After St. Paul’s, Jane graduated from the University of Alabama with a Communications degree in Advertising. She currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband Jared Owensby, and is an Art Director for Peter Mayer.

    Jennifer Percy Heckathorn
    Jennifer was a valuable member of the St. Paul’s swim and volleyball teams. During her two year high school swim career, Jennifer was named Mobile All-County and All-State swimmer both years. During her four years on the St. Paul’s volleyball team, Jennifer was named Mobile All-County, All-State, and All-Tournament volleyball player, was on State Championship teams in 2006, 2007, and 2008, as well as State Runner-Up in 2009, and was ranked as the #69 volleyball recruit in the U.S. in 2010. Jennifer’s exceptional athletic accomplishment was recognized by St. Paul’s in 2010 when she received the Co-Athlete of the Year award. Attending Georgia Tech on a full ride for volleyball, Jennifer continued her extraordinary athletic career. She was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team, ACC All-Academic Team, ACC Honor Roll, and was Team Captain for two years. An exemplary student and leader, Jennifer earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in marketing. Jennifer now lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband Kyle and continues her legacy of leadership and excellence as the Director of Strategic Accounts and Team Leader at Commissions, Inc.

    Malise Collins Star
    Malise played a vital role in the success of the Cross Country Team, as well as the Indoor and Outdoor track and field teams while she was at St. Paul’s. She contributed to team state championships in Track and Field in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, as well as runner up trophies for the Cross Country team in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Malise served as team captain on the Cross Country and Track and Field teams, and she earned an individual state runner up title for Pole Vault in 2010. While at St. Paul’s, she earned academic awards for Art and Math, was a member of the National Honor Society, and served as the Chaplain for the Student Government Association. Malise was a Presidential Scholar at Auburn University, where she earned a degree in apparel design and production management with minors in business and international studies. She and her husband, Adam, reside in New York City, where she works as an Account Executive for Rails.
    Dr. David L. Steadman
    David participated in Tennis, Football, and Soccer while he was at St. Paul’s. He was named the St. Paul’s Soccer Team’s Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player, and he was awarded the St. Paul’s Coaches’ Award. While David excelled on the court and the field, he also maintained an impressive GPA, and was a leader in the classroom, being inducted into the National Honor Society. He was the valedictorian of the class of 2010, and he continued his education at the University of Alabama where he earned degrees in Psychology and Biology. David attended medical school at the University of South Alabama, and he currently resides in Nashville, TN, where he is working as a third year resident in Psychiatry at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

    Nedra G. Stephens Byrd
    Nedra was an avid and talented tennis player during her high school career. She brought home both individual State Championships in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 in singles and doubles as well as team championships each year. Nedra was a runner up in doubles in 2006, contributing to a team championship that year as well. While at St. Paul’s, she was a member of the National Honor Society and she continued her education at the University of Alabama, where she earned a degree in English while minoring in Philosophy. Nedra attended graduate school at the University of Alabama School of Law, and she currently resides in Mobile, AL.

    Lt. Dr. John M. Wyatt
    John was an accomplished tri-sport athlete and scholar, competing in football, basketball, and track and field as well as receiving many academic honors during his time at St. Paul’s. He was an integral part of the 2007 Football State Championship team and the 2010 Track and Field State Championship team while winning numerous individual merit awards. John’s awards and recognitions include the All-Academic Player of the Year in 2009, Crichton Optimist Club Scholar Athlete, National Honor Society, National Merit Scholar, and Most Improved Defensive Player in 2008. These elite academic and athletic awards were coupled with participation in NHS, Key Club, and Men’s Chorus to paint the picture of a well-rounded student-athlete. John’s accomplishments earned him admission to the University of Alabama, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biology before attending the University of Alabama School of Medicine. John currently resides in Norfolk, Virginia, and is an Orthopaedic Surgery Resident for the United States Navy.

    Anna-Marie C. Babington
  • 2019 Recipients


    Anne Vella Mostellar ‘80
    Anne Maxwell Mostellar Vella was born to John and Phyllis Mostellar on January 12th, 1962. She is the second of four girls and has spent a majority of her life in Mobile, AL. She attended St. Paul’s Episcopal School for 11 years, graduating in May of 1980. From there, Anne attended the University of Alabama, and graduated in 1984 with a bachelor of science degree in child development and a minor in psychology, concentrating in child life therapy. She didn’t know it at the time, but this was only the beginning of her educational career. A month later, in June of 1985, Anne was accepted into the masters program at the University of South Alabama, and graduated from there in June of 1986 with a Master of Science degree in agency counseling. From there, she was accepted into Auburn University’s doctoral program for Counselor Education in the fall of 1986, where she would begin the journey to obtaining her doctoral degree in counselor education.

    In September of 1987, Anne married her long time friend David Randall Vella. They have one daughter, Murray Maxwell Vella, who was born on February 6, 1993. Amidst working on her doctoral degree at Auburn, Anne received a Master of Education degree in elementary education from The University of Alabama in 1988. In addition to that, she received additional master’s level certifications in counseling and guidance (October 1990) and school psychometry (October 1991).

    With the help of Cathy O’Keefe, who is here this evening to introduce her and share in this celebration, Anne went on to be an instrumental part of developing the Mobile County Public School System’s hospital school program at USA’s Children and Women’s Hospital. She began teaching kindergarten through 12th grade students at Children and Women’s hospital in August of 1990. In March of 1996, after completing all required coursework and successfully writing, defending, and presenting her dissertation titled “The Effect of Family Responsibility Patterns on Diabetes Control in Children and Adolescents with Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus,” Anne received her Doctorate of Education degree and became Dr. Anne Maxwell Mostellar Vella.

    Today, she is in her 29th year of teaching at the hospital school, called “Class Act,” that she created. Anne teaches kindergarten age children through fourth grade children that are admitted to USA Children and Women’s Hospital.

    She would like to thank Eliska Morgan for her nomination of this honorable award, Cathy O’Keefe for her undying and unwavering help and support in establishing the Class Act, her coworkers for being here to support her, as well as her husband David’s constant love and loyalty through everything this process has entailed. Without her friends and family, none of this would have been possible.


    Julia Greer Fobes ‘03
    Julia Greer Fobes started her artistic journey at St. Paul’s Episcopal School where she learned so much from so many including her high school art teachers Beth Compton, Leigh Brown and Julie Kogan. They helped Julia curate her portfolio which gained her a scholarship to the University of Mississippi. While there she received a bachelors degree in art with a focus in theatre costume design and technology.

    After college, Julia moved home and for the next eight years worked with three local artists, Mike Nall, Bruce Larsen and Ron Barrett, developing skills in mixed media fine art, sculpture, floral design and Mardi Gras regalia design. During those years she also learned how to turn her art into a business and career.

    Julia began working for herself and running a business out of her home studio in 2016, creating custom floral installations for weddings and corporate events throughout the year, as well as designing and creating Mardi Gras Regalia for the Mobile Carnival Association and Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association courts. In 2020, Julia’s home office in midtown will be fully transitioned into a studio and workspace. Julia and her husband Gray are the proud parents of their 3.5 month old son, David Gray Fobes III.

    Patricia Parnell Powe ‘00
    Patricia (Parnell) Powe grew up in Mobile, Alabama and has recently moved back from Tuscaloosa with her husband, Garrett, and two children, Hilton (3.5 years) and Mary Stuart (9 months). She attended St. Paul’s Episcopal School from PreK to 12th grade, graduating in 2000. She attended The University of Alabama in 2000 where she received her Bachelor of Science in 2004 and Master of Accountancy in 2005. After college, she became a CPA specializing in tax and audit in Birmingham, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa. She then was employed at The University of Alabama in 2013 as the Finance Manager at the Student Health Center then later became the Director of Finance of the College of Education. Patricia joined Russell Thompson Butler & Houston, LLP, CPA firm, in July of this year when she returned home.

    Back in Tuscaloosa, she was a member of Christ Episcopal Church where she was Treasurer of the Vestry, Usher, Lector and Sunday School teacher. She was Treasurer for the Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa, Vice-President of Finance for the Junior League, and on the Executive Board for the United Way Young Leaders Society. She was also the top seller for the Chamber’s 4th Quarter Drive the past two years. Patricia was honored with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, the West Alabama Young Leader Award from United Way and the Women’s Leadership Award and Volunteer of the Year Award from the Junior League of Tuscaloosa.

    Patricia and her family currently attend St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where she is a Sunday school teacher and Confirmation class mentor. She also is a Sustaining member of the Junior League of Mobile, a member of the Colonial Dames and the Rotary Club of Mobile. When she is not volunteering or working, she enjoys time with her family and friends.


    Ebie Wilson Forwood
    Ebie lettered in tennis all four years at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. She earned the Sunrise Rotary Player of the Year award from 2007 to 2009 and became a five star recruit her senior year. She also holds the three time national doubles championship title in tennis. Ebie received an athletic scholarship to Louisiana State University and was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll from 2010 to 2013. In 2011, Ebie was able to obtain a spot on the All-Louisiana First Team. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and minored in biological science. After, Ebie successfully completed her masters at The University of South Alabama and serves as a physician assistant at the Alabama Medical Group.
    Patrick Forwood
    Patrick lettered in basketball during his tenure at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. From 2007 to 2009, Patrick played for the Saints and ultimately became the team captain during his senior year. He received The Sportsmanship Award during his senior year and obtained the Mobile County Player of the Week Award. Patrick also served as a coach during the summer basketball camps and for the intramural team at St. Paul’s. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a major in psychology and a minor in computer science. He currently serves as a medical sales rep for Baxter. Patrick is married to Ebie Wilson Forwood, who is also recognized in the St. Paul’s Hall of Fame this year.
    Joe Gilmore
    Joe lettered in varsity football, junior varsity football, and varsity basketball at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. He was voted team captain in both sports during his senior year, served on the Second Team All-Area football team, earned the MVP of The Eddie Holmes Basketball Tournament, and was recognized as the Most Improved Football Player during the 2007 season. Perhaps most notable, Joe helped lead the Saints to the state championship during the 2007-08 season. He went on to graduate from The University of Alabama, receiving a bachelor’s in education with concentration in physical education, and ultimately advancing to The University of South Alabama to receive his masters.
    Bowman Givhan
    Bowman lettered in tennis from 2005 to 2009 at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Bowman helped lead the boys’ tennis team to the state championship in both 2008 and 2009, earning the state championship title in 2009. He also served as the president for the National Honor Society and was active in Youth Judicial. He went on to graduate from The University of Alabama, majoring in political science with a minor in history. Bowman graduated from Georgetown Law and is now serving as an associate attorney at Jackson Walker, LLP in Dallas, Texas.
    DJ Gonzales
    DJ lettered in soccer from 2005 to 2009, and was varsity starter all five years at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. During his tenure at St. Paul’s, DJ was instrumental in helping lay the foundation for the resurgence of the St. Paul’s soccer program that has lasted for over 16 years. DJ earned a position on The Battle of the Bay team from 2006 to 2009 and the All-Metro Team from 2007 to 2009. He was also First Team All-State, and earned the defensive MVP award, in 2009. He held the team captain position on the Saints soccer team from 2008 to 2009. He also led the team to three Elite Eight appearances and to the first Final Four appearance in over 15 years. DJ attended the University of Illinois and earned a degree in electrical engineering. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Bri, and works at Sai Advanced Power Solutions as an engineer.
    Zack Goodwin
    Zack lettered in soccer from 2006 to 2009 and served as a midfield powerhouse for the St. Paul’s Saints. He earned a varsity letter all four years and served as a varsity starter in over 80 games. Zack was also instrumental in the Saints’ soccer program and helped transform the program into what it has become today. He earned a position on The Battle of the Bay team from 2006 to 2009 and the All-Metro Team from 2007 to 2009. He was also First Team All- State, and earned the midfield MVP award, in 2009. He also held the team captain position on the Saints soccer team from 2008 to 2009. Zack led the team to two Elite Eight appearances and to the first Final Four appearance in over 15 years. He attended University of the South at Sewanee and majored in physics. Zack currently lives in Rockland, Maine and works as the sous chef at Sammy’s Deluxe Restaurant.
    Courtenay Martindale Harvey
    Courtenay lettered in varsity basketball, varsity volleyball, and varsity track during her time at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Courtenay lead the volleyball team to the state championship in 2006, 2007, and 2008. In basketball, she helped lead the team to the state Final Four in 2006. In 2009, she earned the state championship in 4x800m, and earned the state championship in varsity track from 2005 to 2009. Courtenay also received the French Award, Headmaster’s List, and the Sportsmanship Award as a Saint. She graduated from The University of Mississippi with a B.S. in accounting, and a Master’s of Accountancy and CPA. She serves as a Manager of Internal Reporting at Greystar. Courtenay is married to William and they reside in Charleston, SC.
    Kaleigh Floore Hudson
    Kaleigh lettered in both softball and soccer during her tenure at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. She earned First Team Super 12 in softball for the Mobile Press Register in both 2007 and 2008, Second Team in 2006, honorable mention in both 2004 and 2005, and became an All Star Team member in 2008. She also helped lead the soccer team to the state championship in 2009. She accepted a softball scholarship and played for the University of South Alabama Jaguars. Her college career includes three Sun Belt conference championships from 2010-2015, and the Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll from 2012-2015. She earned a B.S. in biomedical science and nursing and currently works as a registered nurse at Mobile Infirmary Hospital. She is the wife of Alex Hudson and proud mother of Reece and Dexter.
    Challey Legg
    Challey lettered in soccer from 2004 to 2009 during her time at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. She earned Rookie of the Year in 2004 and went on to lead the Saints to the state championship title in 2009. Challey earned the AHSAA 5A State MVP Award and the Captains’ Award at the state championship. She holds the school record for having spent the most years on the soccer varsity team and most games played. Challey holds the Golden Boot and Most Goals Award from 2005 to 2008. She was also selected for the All-County Team from 2006-2009. Challey attended Auburn University where she majored in human development and family studies. She currently works at Songspace as the Director of Client Services and Operations.
    Ashton Krause
    Ashtonl lettered in track and field all four years, and participated in football during his freshman year, at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. He achieved All State and All State Decathlete classifications during his high school career. He earned the championship in high and long jump at the LSU Invitational and was a nine time runner up at the state competition. Ashton continued his track and field momentum at The University of South Alabama, where he lettered eight times. He is currently a licensed real estate agent in both Alabama and Florida and works for the Army National Guard. He is married to Rachel Krause.
    Todd Martin
    Todd lettered in basketball during his sophomore, junior, and senior year at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. He earned the All State, All County, Mobile Optimist Club Player of the year in basketball. He also served on the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Key Club at St. Paul’s. He attended both The University of South Alabama and Spring Hill College. At South Alabama, Todd helped lead the team to receive the Sun Belt Conference All-Academic Team Award. At Spring Hill College, he majored in accounting, with a concentration in finance, and became a NAIA Scholar-Athlete and led the team to an All-Division Team award. He also received his Master’s in Tax Accounting from the University of Alabama. Todd is currently a tax manager at Warren Averett and coaches the JV basketball team at St. Paul’s. He is the husband of Mrs. Cindy Martin and the proud father of Ella, Thomas, Libby and Mary.
    AJ McCarron
    AJ lettered in baseball, basketball and football and played at the varsity level all four years at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. He is the all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns and received the US Army All American Football Award. AJ helped lead St. Paul’s to their first football state championship. He received a full scholarship to The University of Alabama and holds 18 records in the football’s program history. AJ holds a 36-4 career record and was a three time BCS Champion. He was the first ever quarterback to win back to back championships in the BCS era. In 2012, he earned the MVP for the BCS and earned The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He was the first runner up to win the Heisman Trophy and won the first Maxwell Award at the University of Alabama. AJ was drafted to the NFL in 2014 to the Cincinnati Bengals. He currently plays for the Houston Texans. AJ has successfully played in the NFL for six years. He is married to Mrs. Katherine McCarron and is the proud father of Tripp and Cash.
    Neal Tisher McDonald
    Neal lettered in indoor track, outdoor track, and volleyball at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. During her tenure as a Saint, she received the Alabama Gatorade Athlete of the Year Award and set a record for pole vault, 300m hurdle, 4x100m, and 4x200m. Her state championships include: pole vault (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009), 100m hurdle (2009), 300m hurdle (2007, 2008, 2009) and Heptahedron (2009). Neal attended the University of Mississippi and earned the 2010 SEC All Freshman Team award, and was an All American, and broke the record for pole vault. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2013 with a B.A. in psychology, and received her doctorate in medicine in 2017 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is currently a resident at UAB in emergency medicine. Neal is married to Wilson McDonald, ‘10.
    Andrew Miller
    Andrew Miller lettered in baseball and football at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. He was a three time Louisville Slugger, three time earner of the High School All American ASWA All- State and was named to the Deadly Diamond Team. Andrew helped lead the Saints to a state championship victory in football in 2007. He went on to play baseball for the University of Alabama, earning the Freshman All-SEC award, the All American award, and is a two time All- SEC Selection award recipient. He earned his B.S. in human and environmental science and is currently an operator at SSAB.
    Catherine Rebarchak
    Catherine lettered in both volleyball and basketball during her time as a Saint. She helped lead the lead the volleyball team to a two time MVP state championship in 2008 and 2009. She was All State Honors and All County Honors. Catherine also earned MVP of the North- South game and broke the high school kill record. She received a scholarship to play volleyball at Purdue University. There she helped lead her freshman team to All Big Ten and earned Honorable Mention AVCA All Northeast Region. She made two Elite 8 appearances and two Sweet 16 appearances during her tenure at Purdue. She majored in sales management, with a minor in organized leadership. She is currently a Regional Sales Manager at Mike’s Pies.
    Ross Sheridan
    Ross lettered in tennis during his tenure at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. He helped the tennis team earn the state championship titles in 2005 and 2006, and won the doubles state championship in 2007. The team competed in the state championship in 2004 and 2009, of which Ross helped earn the team runner up titles. He was a member of the National Honor Society. Ross went on to graduate from The University of Alabama, majoring in business, with concentration in management and marketing, and a minor in computer science. He is the owner of Sheridan Construction.
    Nancy Taylor Webster
    Nancy played volleyball for the Saints from 2006 to 2008. She helped earn the team state championship in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Nancy accepted a volleyball scholarship to Nicholls State University and majored in biology with pre-med as her focus. She is currently a physician assistant at the Greater Mobile Urgent Care. Nancy is married to Seth Webster and is a proud mother of Sam.
    Angel Watson-Wilson
    Angel lettered in track and field during her time at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. She won state titles for indoor track in 55m, 400m, 4x400m, and 4x200m title in 2007, and became the outdoor state champion in 2009 for the 200m. Angel is a record holder for 55m, 200m, 4x100m, and 4x200m at St. Paul’s and became an All-American in 2013. She participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, the Interact Club, Sierra Club, and was a mentor to other students. Angel accepted a track and field scholarship to The University of Alabama in Birmingham and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in social work. She currently works at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • 2018 Recipients


    Maxmillian Angerholzer III ‘96
    Maxmillian Angerholzer III is Executive Vice President of the Institute of International Education (IIE). Headquartered in New York, IIE is the world’s premier non-profit global education organization with 18 offices and more than 700 employees worldwide. Since its founding in 1919, IIE has sought to advance scholarship, build economies, promote greater cultural understanding, and protect scholars and students at risk. IIE partners with governments, multinational corporations, universities, and foundations to design and manage more than 200 educational and leadership programs – including the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Scholarship and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Language Flagship – and serves as the leading source of research and analysis on international education trends. Mr. Angerholzer previously served as President & CEO of the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) in Washington, D.C. A non-partisan policy organization established in 1965, CSPC applies lessons of leadership and history to current domestic and international challenges and promotes cooperation between The White House, Congress, and the private sector. Mr. Angerholzer was also Managing Director of the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, a New York philanthropic institution that awards grants to support scientific and medical research, as well as science and technology policy, education, international relations, and security programs. Mr. Angerholzer serves on the Advisory Board of Radius Ventures, a New York venture capital firm that invests in expansion-stage health and life science companies. Previously, he was Special Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., Advisor to the CSIS Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA), and a U.S. Senate Doorkeeper. Mr. Angerholzer is originally from Mobile, Alabama, where he graduated from St. Paul’s Episcopal School with honors and was inducted into the St. Paul’s Athletics Hall of Fame. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) in Political Science from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and a Master of Arts in International Science & Technology Policy from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and currently serves on the boards of the Washington National Cathedral, the Salvation Army of the National Capital Area, the Lounsbery Foundation, and CSPC. Before joining the IIE staff in 2017, Mr. Angerholzer served on its Board of Trustees.

    Charles Walker Hayes ‘98
    A graduate from the class of 1998, Walker has built a successful career as a singer-songwriter and producer. Walker graduated Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in piano performance and has put his talents to work in Nashville’s world of country music. Hayes’ current single “90’s Country” made its debut on Good Morning America and references 22 90’s country songs. It was written by Hayes, Shane McAnally and LYRX, and co-produced by David Garcia, McAnally and Hayes. In December 2017, Hayes released his debut album Boom, which he co-produced with Grammy Award winning producer and songwriter, McAnally. The 10 track album includes the RIAA certified Platinum hit, “You Broke Up With Me” as well as fan favorites “Halloween” and “Beautiful”. Tracks from the album were nominated for Radio Disney Country Favorite Song (“You Broke Up With Me”), CMT Breakthrough Music Video of the Year (“You Broke Up With Me”) and AIMP Song of the Year (“Craig”). Hayes is currently on the road headlining club dates across the country. Earlier this year, he headlined his first ever tour, Good As Gold, and has previously toured with Kelsea Ballerina, Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion and more. Walker lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife, Laney, and their six children, Lela (12), Chapel (11), Baylor (9), Beckett (7), Loxley (5), and Everly (3).

    Mae Coley Winters ‘88
    A graduate of the class of 1988, Mae has distinguished herself as an accomplished financial advisor and as a service-minded volunteer in her commitment to her alma mater. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration from The University of Alabama in 1992, she moved back to her hometown of Mobile and began her career as an accounting clerk with Roy Lewis Construction Corporation. Within two years, she was hired by a locally owned embedded software company, Accelerated Technology, Inc., as a Staff Accountant where she was ultimately promoted to Controller. ATI was acquired by Mentor Graphics in February of 2002 and Winters then served as Financial Analyst for the Embedded Systems Divisions. With over 20 years of experience in Accounting, Mae joined DocRx, Inc. as Controller in December 2013. Mae’s dedication to St. Paul’s shines in her steadfast work to organize parents and alumni to develop and sustain the activities, committees, and programs that unite the St. Paul’s family. Mae has served as room mother, grade level representative, and has been elected to chair of several committees, including: Saint’s Night Out, Teacher Appreciation, Graduation Sensation, and Veteran’s Day Breakfast. Mae has also worked to direct Homecoming events and has led both Lower and Upper School Parent Council as the council chair. Mae credits the people she volunteers alongside for creating a welcoming and supportive atmosphere between alumni and parents, and her dedication to the mission of St. Paul’s distinguishes her as not just a leader, but a community builder. Mae married her college sweetheart, Scott, in 1995 and they are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, both of whom attend St. Paul’s.
    The Hearin-Chandler Foundation
    The Hearin-Chandler Foundation was created in 1963 by Ralph Chandler, then Publisher of The Mobile Press Register, as the donor and naming William J. Hearin, his successor as Publisher of the newspaper, as the sole Trustee. The foundation was fully funded at Mr. Chandler’s death in 1970 and began making grants in the community the following year. In 1995 Mr. Hearin contributed substantial financial assets of his own to the foundation and changed the name to The Hearin-Chandler Foundation. At his death in 2001 he left a major part of his estate to the foundation and named Luis M. Williams as his successor trustee. Mr. Williams served as sole trustee for six years retiring at the end of 2006. Thomas B. Van Antwerp became the trustee in January, 2007 and presently continues in that role. Over its 55 year history, The Hearin-Chandler Foundation has contributed over $33,000,000 in grants to many worthy causes primarily in south Alabama. There is no restriction on the focus of its grants and monies have been given for health care, environmental conservation and protection, social services, the arts, education, museums and many other excellent programs and projects.

    Charles Joseph Barber II
    Chase was a key contributor to the baseball team, lettering his junior and senior years and helping lead the team to back to back semi-final appearances in the two years he competed. Chase was recognized as a TPX Top 100 prospect and invited to compete in both the North/ South All-Star Game and the Samford Showcase. Off the field, Chase was active in the Big Brother-Little Brother mentoring program. Chase considered scholarship offers from BSU, Huntington, and Delta State and chose to compete as a Statesman in Cleveland, Mississippi. Chase graduated from Delta State with a degree in social science education and then went on to graduate from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Chase practices law in Mobile as an attorney with Greene & Phillips Personal Injury Law Firm and lives with his wife, Sarah, and their son Charlie (2) in Semmes. The couple is expecting their second son, Carson, in December of this year.
    Mark Cortez Barron
    Mark was a living legend in Alabama long before he soared onto the professional sports scene as the 7th overall NFL draft pick in 2012. Affectionately called “Superman” by his teammates, Mark dominated his competition as a multi-sport athlete, competing for the football team and both the indoor and outdoor track teams. Mark’s high school gridiron accomplishments as a Saint foretold greatness: A total of 27 touchdowns his junior and senior years, the MVP award in the 2007 state championship game he won alongside his teammates, and a 5A first-team All-State spot as a senior. What’s more, in the year that Mark competed for the indoor and outdoor track teams, he captured state titles in events ranging from shot put to triple jump, awing spectators and opponents alike with his unparalleled athleticism and strength. Mark received the A.S. Mitchell award for his excellence at St. Paul’s and launched his college career on scholarship as a top recruit at the University of Alabama. Mark wasted no time proving his promise on special teams and at safety, playing in all 14 of Alabama’s games as a true freshman to claim 18 tackles and a sack. Mark’s sophomore season saw him emerge as one of the nation’s top pass defenders with 7 interceptions and 17 passes defended, earning First-Team All-SEC honors and Third-Team All-American honors that year. A formidable defensive leader during his junior and senior years, Mark was a cornerstone of Alabama’s competitive success and climbed to even greater competitive heights to earn the coveted title of All-American for both years on top of his All-SEC recognition. Mark battled and overcame injury to earn a spot at safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, breaking the University of Alabama’s record in becoming the highest selected defensive back in the school’s history. With 568 tackles, 8 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 8 interceptions in the league, Mark has already proven himself a stalwart contender in his sport’s highest levels of competition and now sets his sights on a Super Bowl as a starting linebacker for the St. Louis Rams. Off the field, Mark proudly represents not only St. Paul’s, but the Mobile and Prichard communities with honor by organizing free football camps and food drives alongside his former teammate Chris Rogers through Rogers’ Together Assisting People (TAP) organization, a uniquely impactful Alabama non-profit that provides invaluable mentorship and support to youth athletes and their families across the state. For those children and their parents, Mark is a super hero indeed.
    Ryne Wilson Baxter
    An unwavering contributor to the football team’s success, Ryne was a key member of the historic 2007 5A state championship team and earned all-state honorable mention as an offensive lineman his junior and senior years. A dual athlete, Ryne also played for the baseball team, lettering all four years. Off the field, Ryne also sang in the chorus. Ryne kept his talents local and attended South Alabama on scholarship and became a seasoned tight end who started consistently and helped the Jaguars average over 150 yards per game his junior year. Ryne graduated with a degree in physical education and put into motion his plans to coach high school. Ryne has returned to teach his passion at his alma mater and now coaches the next generation of Saints in PE, football, and softball. Ryne is engaged to Payton Rascoe and lives in Semmes.
    Johnnie Pearl Borries
    A late transfer to St. Paul’s from Mississippi, Johnnie wasted no time making an unforgettable impact as a Saint on the track and volleyball teams. An invaluable and uniquely versatile asset on both the track and the field, Johnnie struggled to find an event not to dominate, proving the extraordinary breadth and depth of her athletic talent with sixteen individual state championships in events ranging from the 55m hurdles to the heptathlon (itself a daunting seven-header) and special recognition as the indoor and outdoor team’s MVP in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Off the track, court, and field, Johnnie was an active member of the NHS and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Johnnie’s talent and diligence carried her to athletic scholarships at UGA and USA, where she graduated with a degree in communications. During her collegiate career as a track and field athlete, Johnnie’s strong academic performance earned her a spot on both the SEC and Sun Belt academic honor rolls. Johnnie works as assistant project manager at Woodward Design & Build and lives in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She and her family recently welcomed baby Jesse Ray (10 months) to the world.
    Mary Windham McCarthy Brock
    A peer leader through and through, Mary Win’s time running cross country and track was characterized as much by her competitive success as it was her sportsmanship. A high achiever in cross country and track, Mary Win went from “rookie of the year” to earn All-County honors, the Bryant Jordan Regional Achievement Award, and a state championship for her leg of the 4x800m relay. Mary Win’s diligence, tenacity through injury, and commitment to her team, however, were her most remarkable contributions, and for her integrity Mary Win was honored with the Mostellar Sportsmanship Award her senior year. Mary Win was also a leader on campus, and her extracurricular commitments ranged from the SGA where she served as a class senator, to NHS where served was the Society’s vice-president, to Youth Leadership Mobile where she was an actively engaged member. Mary Win graduated from Auburn University with a degree in interior architecture and works as senior interior architect for the ASD Design Firm. She and her husband Bennett live in Atlanta, Georgia with their baby boy, Ellis (1).
    Corey James Fountain
    Corey was a key asset for the baseball team as a skilled left-handed pitcher and a heavy hitter, helping the team reach the semi-finals in 2007 and 2008. Corey’s success at bat and on the mound marked him as a 5A talent. In addition to being selected as a TPX Top 100 player, he was ranked 5th in 2008 for 5A career runs scored – and persevered to tie for the unfortunate title of “most times hit by a pitch in a season.” A dual-sport athlete, Corey also contributed to the success of the football team and played for the historic championship winning team in 2007. Off the field Corey sang in the chorus and was an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Corey’s success led him to the University of Mobile on an athletic scholarship where he went on to an impressive pitching career, holding the rank of 3rd in all-time career innings pitched and 5th in all-time career strikeouts. Corey also led the team as its captain his junior and senior years, and his strong academic performance as an accounting major earned him a spot on the SSAC All-Academic team. Corey works as a regional estimating manager for Performance Contractors, Inc. and lives in Mobile with his wife, Kaitlin, and their children Cade (2) and Kennedy (5).
    John Marshall Gilmer
    John joined his twin brother Lee in distance running as a sophomore and became an essential member of the state championship-winning cross country and track teams. As a Saint, John earned 5A All-County recognition in cross country and track and earned a state champion title for his 4x800m relay leg. A determined competitor and a devoted teammate, John was recognized with the Mostellar Sportsmanship Award his senior year. Outside of athletics, John was an avid writer and an eager student, penning articles for the newspaper, co-editing the yearbook, and earning the Senior Awards for history and English. John founded the Save Darfur Club to raise awareness of global crimes against humanity, and his other commitments included active membership in the NHS, SGA, the French Honor Society, and Scholar’s Bowl. John was also a National Merit Finalist and shared the William Bradshaw Radcliff Memorial Award with his brother. After St. Paul’s, John ran alongside teammate Patrick Platzer as a track and cross country athlete at Sewanee and became one of the team’s top performers. John earned All-Region and All-SCAC honors in cross-country and was recognized for his commitment to service as a featured SCAC Character and Community athlete and received All-Academic honors for his success in the classroom. For his four years of competition, John received the Michaux Nash Award for excellence in men’s track his senior year and graduated with a degree in French Studies and English Literature. John received his MA in English Literature from the University of Alabama and works as a coordinator of field education for the University Alabama’s School of Social Work in Tuscaloosa.
    William Lee Gilmer
    Lee was a tenacious competitor as both a track and cross country athlete and emerged as a preeminent 5A competitor, leading the boy’s team to a string of victories between 2005 and 2008. Lee’s robust contributions to both the track and cross country teams include eight individual state championships in the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m races as well as seven team titles between cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. For these exceptional accomplishments, Lee received the A.S. Mitchell Award for excellence in athletics and was twice honored by The Mobile Press Register as the city’s male runner of the year. Also a leader off the track, Lee was an active member of Key Club, NHS, and the Spanish Honor Society, co-edited the newspaper and yearbook, and shared the William Bradshaw Radcliff memorial scholarship with his brother John in 2007. Lee’s athletic career continued at Furman University, where he earned an athletic scholarship to compete in both track and cross country. Lee achieved remarkable success there on the track and in the classroom equally, twice qualifying for the NCAA National Track Championships in the 1500m race and earning recognition as Furman’s student-athlete of the year in 2011 and NCAA Second Team All-Academic honors. After graduating with a double major in History and Philosophy, Lee competed as a founding member of Furman Elite, a professional running club sponsored by the College, and his success there earned him a postgraduate NCAA scholarship to support his studies at the University of Alabama School of Law. Lee now works as an associate attorney in Birmingham for the firm White, Arnold, and Dowd P.C.
    Charles Hunt Griffith
    A team leader and power hitter, Hunt proved essential to the baseball team’s success and helped take his team to the semi-finals in 2007 and 2008. Hunt’s impressive senior year stats include a batting average of .506, one home run, 15 doubles, and 35 RBI’s. For his achievements, Hunt was named to the All-State First Team as a senior. A multi-sport athlete, Hunt also lettered in basketball for two years and football for one. Outside of athletics, Hunt was active in NHS, sang in chorus, and served as the president of Key Club. Hunt’s talent took him to the University of South Alabama where he walked on as an infielder. His diligence and tenacity paid off over time, however, and he was offered and accepted a scholarship his senior year in recognition of his exceptional fielding and consistent hitting. Hunt was also named team captain that year and graduated with a double major in accounting and marketing. Hunt now works as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley and lives in Mobile with his wife, Mary Angela.
    Destin Dwane Hood
    A phenomenal young talent at bat and in the outfield, Destin’s top caliber play drew MLB scouts well before graduation. During his time competing as a Saint, Destin earned some of the highest honors available to a student: AFLAC All-American status in 2007, recognition as 5A player of the year in 2008, and inclusion as a member of USA Today’s High School All- American team that same year with a .485 batting average, 17 stolen bases, and 8 home runs. A versatile multi-sport athlete, Destin also helped to lead the Saints to their 2007 historic 5A state championship in football as a wide receiver. Destin declined athletic scholarships at the University of Alabama in both baseball and football to pursue a career in the MLB as a second round draft pick (55th overall), signing with the Washington Nationals soon after his 18th birthday. As a professional, Destin has fought his way from a top ten prospect in the Nationals organization to debut in the major leagues with the Marlins in 2016, where he cracked his first league home run off of pitcher Max Scherzer. Since then, Destin has continued to improve his game and has regularly received recognition for his tenacity and diligence as he hones his talent across leagues. Destin now plays outfield in the Texas Rangers organization and lives in Mobile with his wife, Lauren Hood, and their children, Reece (8) and Daelyn (9 months).
    Robin Anne Jackson
    A talented member of the volleyball team, Robin lettered for three years and was a key contributor for its championships in 2007 and 2008. On the court, Robin was a team leader and known for her passion for the sport and commitment to her teammates. Off the court, Robin was active in NHS. Robin graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in accounting and a minor in economics. She then went on to graduate from University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and currently serves in Englewood, Colorado as a deputy district attorney in the Denver DA’s Office.
    Mary Carleton Johnston
    Even as early as 8th grade, MC was a dominant talent in track and cross country in lower Alabama, consistently earning recognition as the best 5A girl’s distance athlete and as a top competitor in the state. Her accomplishments during her time as a leading Saint are extraordinary: 30 individual state championships in races ranging from 800 to 3200 meters, 14 team championships, six separate titles as Mobile Press Register’s female athlete of the year, the A.S Mitchell Award, and special recognition as a Gatorade Athlete of the Year for the state of Alabama in 2007. MC even found time to compete for the varsity swim team, proving both her versatility as an endurance athlete and her remarkable work ethic. MC accepted a scholarship to run for Duke University where she graduated with a degree in evolutionary anthropology and a minor in chemistry. During her time competing at Duke, MC defied injury to help her team qualify for NCAA nationals in cross country where they finished 8th. Individually, MC earned All-ACC honors and regional qualification for her performance in steeple chase, and her accomplishments in the classroom earned her All-ACC academic honors. A graduate from UAB School of Medicine, MC currently works in Buffalo, New York as a resident physician in Ob/Gyn.
    Tyler Marcus Kennedy
    A powerful, versatile thrower, Tyler proved a force to be reckoned with as a field athlete. Though perhaps better known for his record-setting work with rod and reel, Tyler made his mark his junior and senior year with discus and javelin, taking runner-up and winning a state championship in discus in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Tyler was also an integral member of the 2007 state championship football team, and he lettered for all four years. Tyler’s skill and discipline landed him a track and field scholarship in javelin with Auburn University where he studied chemical engineering. His success continued at the collegiate level, and Tyler was named to the All-SEC Freshman team in 2010 and was NCAA Regionals qualifier in 2011 and 2013. Tyler now works as a project manager for Shell Oil Company in Mobile.
    Sarah Lynn Kitzmann
    A top performer in volleyball, Sarah was an essential part of her team’s dominant state championship streak from 2005 through 2008. Named the MVP of the Mary Montgomery Tournament for three consecutive years, Kiwanis Player of the Week twice, and 5A First Team All-State her junior and senior years, Sarah’s leadership and talent were vital in securing a state championship each year she played. Off the court, Sarah excelled and sought out a variety of extracurricular opportunities. She was on honor roll every semester in high school, worked on the yearbook staff, sang in the chorus, and was an active member of Interact Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Sarah declined volleyball scholarship offers from Loyola, Faulkner, UAH, and BSU to attend South Alabama, where she graduated with a degree in nursing. Sarah now works as registered nurse at USA Children and Women’s Hospital and lives in Mobile.
    Joshua West Lancaster
    A fierce dual-sport competitor, Josh left a lasting legacy as a leader on both the football and track teams. As a linebacker, Josh made his presence known, earning all-area honorable mention in 2006 and serving as the historic 5A state championship team’s captain in 2007. Perhaps most memorably, however, Josh’s leap to block a Briarwood extra point sealed the team’s victory, a stunning moment that launched the crowd and his teammates into jubilation. On the track Josh put his speed and toughness to work, winning an indoor championship for his leg of the 4x400m relay. Josh’s talent took him to Ole Miss where he played inside linebacker. Although he walked on to the team, Josh’s tenacity and drive paid off as he honed his skill, and he was awarded a full scholarship his fifth year. Off the field, Josh majored in biology with minors in English and psychology, and his performance in the classroom earned him a spot on the SEC Academic honor roll for three of his seasons. Josh passes along his passions at Ocean Springs High School in Mississippi where he teaches science and coaches football and Olympic weightlifting.
    Daniel Scott Martin
    A diligent multi-sport athlete, Scott put his discipline to work as a Saint for the football, basketball, and track teams, finding success with each. Scott emerged as a team leader for the football team, co-captaining it his senior year and earning Second-Team All-Region honors for his skillful defensive performance, including a record-setting interception for a touchdown that tipped the scales for his team during their 2007 state championship win. On the basketball court, Scott was recognized for his achievements in the classroom as a member of the All- Academic team, and he contributed to the track team’s championship success his junior and senior years. Outside of athletics, Scott was a member of NHS and sang in the chorus. Scott graduated from Auburn University with a degree in public administration and works for Enterprise Rent-a-Car as a management assistant. He and his wife, Kate, live in Charlottesville, Virginia.
    Ivan William Matchett
    Ivan was a top offensive performer at running back during his time playing football as a Saint with 1,416 yards and 22 touchdowns. His Junior year he made the FirstTteam All-Region with 1492 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns. His Senior year he made the First Team All Region, All American Honorable Mention, and Taco Bell Co-Player of the Year. He totalled 2200 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns. Ivan was a key member of the state championship winning 2007 team and accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Alabama. He was also a member of the track team where he was a part of the 4x 100m relay. He holds the third fastest time in St. Paul’s history and he is the school’s all time rushing leader. Ivan currently works in business development at United Johnson Brothers in Mobile. He has a daughter, Jalesa, with his fiance Allison.
    Lauren Ashley Metzger
    Lauren was a powerhouse on the soccer field as both a defender and team leader. For her accomplishments during her first year on the varsity team, Lauren was named MVP and earned First-Team All-County honors, and her three years of club soccer through the New Orleans Soccer Association saw her club team earn three State cup championships and finish third in Region III, ranking the team 37th nationally. Lauren’s talents also made their way on to the basketball court, where she lettered for all four years. After graduation, Lauren played soccer at Birmingham-Southern and distinguished herself as a student athlete and a servant leader while its captain. Lauren earned the team’s “Unsung hero award,” an honorable mention on the NSCAA Scholar All-South Region team in 2010, recognition as defensive player of the year for three years, and SCAC All-Conference Second Team honors for her two final years of competition. Lauren received a degree in Biology from BSC and went on to attend the UAB School of Dentistry and the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.Lauren is currently completing her periodontal residency at The University of Colorado and lives in Denver with her wife, Veronica Ferris-Metzger.
    Patrick Platzer
    An indispensable member of the cross country and track teams, Patrick set aside his love of soccer to focus on distance running. As a Saint, Patrick was a dogged competitor who overcame injury to become and remain one of the top performing distance runners in both sports. Patrick scored on all three state championship cross country teams and holds the school record for his leg of the 4x800m relay and the third fastest time in the 3200m race. Patrick continued his athletic career at Sewanee with teammate John Gilmer and became an asset to the men’s track and cross country teams until chronic injury finally took its toll his junior year. Patrick graduated with a major in German and a minor in pre-med biology, then went on to graduate from DO school at Lincoln Memorial University’s Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patrick is now a resident physician in internal medicine at The University of Tennessee and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
    Hayley Catlin Praytor
    A vital part of the softball team, Hayley proved a driven and dedicated player, competing at the varsity level from 8th grade through graduation. Hayley’s success earned her recognition as an All-County Team member in 2007 and 2008 and the Senior Softball Award. She helped lead her team to a strong 3rd place finish her senior year. In fact, Hayley was so committed to her team that she chose to miss her graduation ceremony to compete (Headmaster Lester kindly organized a special private ceremony afterwards). Hayley’s commitment to others reached far beyond the baseball diamond, and she received the Service Leadership Award in recognition of her volunteer work in the Mobile community. She was also highly involved on campus, dividing her time between the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Special Olympics Committee, yearbook, Interact Club, and the Culinary Club. After graduation, Hayley accepted a scholarship to play softball for Huntington College, where she quickly became a key contributor in outfield and at bat. During her time at Huntington, the team placed second in the Great South Athletic Conference in 2011 and won their conference, The USA South Athletic Conference, in 2012. She graduated from Huntington with a degree in exercise science. Hayley currently lives in Statesville, North Carolina and works as a senior support representative for TruBridge RCM.
    Hugh Thomas Praytor IV
    Thomas “Moose” Praytor was a contributor to St. Paul’s football success, but his greatest talent played out on the race track. Racing was always in Thomas’ blood, and he inherited from his father both the know-how and the love of the sport that would become his passion. Thomas’ youth career roared to life in 2003, where his dominant racing landed him in the winner’s circle as Track Champion at Sunny South Raceway and Alabama State Champion in the Bandolero Division. His success continued in 2006 where he secured the title of US Army Rookie of the Year and repeated that achievement in 2007 at Pensacola’s 5 Flag Speedway in the Super Stock Division and yet again in 2008. After graduation, Thomas took his racing to the next level, placing 5th and consistently placed in the top 10 championship standings of Mobile and Pensacola. Thomas debuted as a competitor in the Automobile Racing Club of America in 2012 and by 2013 had secured a spot with Hixson Motorsports and twice placed in the top 10 competing for them at the Championship level. In 2015, however, Thomas struck out on his own, founding a Mobile-based team, the city’s first to compete full time in a National Touring series. Thomas finished 8th in the championship standings his first season, 5th in 2016, and 7th in 2017. Thomas also earned the honorific of Ironman (or “Ironmoose”) for his 105 consecutive races over a six-year span with the Series. On and off the track, Thomas is known as much for his toughness as his integrity and was awarded the HG Adcox Sportsmanship Award in 2013. Thomas lives in Mobile and brings his skills to the classroom by teaching as a college instructor at Bishop State’s Truck Driving School.
    Marshall James Walton
    Marshall was a force of nature on the soccer field as a fiery, fleet-footed forward who found the net 62 time in his four years lettering in varsity soccer. Among the best to play as a Saint, Marshall’s exceptional talent soon distinguished him from his peers as he climbed from Second Team All-Metro in 2006, to the Alabama All-Stars South Team in 2007, to the Alabama-Florida All-Star Team in 2008. With recognition from the Birmingham News as a 5A All-Star and Mobile’s Sunshine Rotary Club as the city’s player of the year, Marshall was truly a driven and passionate competitor whose success up front inspired his teammates and impressed his coaches. More than a competitor, however, Marshall was a loyal friend to his teammates, sharing pointers and laughter at practice and on long bus rides to away games. Off the field, Marshall was active in Students Against Drunk Driving, the Sierra Club, and the computer club, and he attended Ole Miss after graduation. Marshall is remembered by his friends and family as a teammate, a friend, a brother, and a son.
    Louis Teddy Watson
    A potent competitor on both the track and gridiron, Louis blended speed and fortitude to become a top performer as a sprinter and a defensive back. On the track, Louis blazed past opponents in both the 400m race and the 55m dash to win three individual state titles and anchored the ever-competitive 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams. Louis was an essential part of the team’s championship-winning success in both indoor and outdoor track and earned consistent All-State honors. On the football field, Louis was an exceptionally talented multi- role player, recording 65 tackles, pulling in six interceptions during his senior year alone, and offering a glimpse of his future offensive success in in the running back position. Louis was a key part of the team’s 2007 state championship victory, and these impressive achievements earned him, among many other awards, an invitation to the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game and 5A First-Team All-State honors. Outside of athletics, Louis was a dedicated volunteer and mentor, serving with the Junior League, the Toys for Tots campaign, and the Mobile Special Olympics. Louis overcame injury and accepted a football scholarship to Mississippi State University where he found success as a special teams player. Louis proved a reliable defensive back reserve, hitting his stride his junior year to play in all thirteen games, particularly on coverage teams and during kick-offs. Off the field, Louis was a strong student-athlete, earning All-SEC academic honors for all four years and graduated with a degree in kinesiology. Louis went on to earn his MS from MSU in workforce educational leadership and works for Sodexo as a supervisor at the Goodfellow AFB. Louis came back to coach footballand track and field from 2013 through 2015. Track and field won state championships all three years, and football won state championships in 2014 and 2015. Louis knows how it feels to win both as a player and a coach. Louis lives in San Angelo, Texas with his wife, Melissa, and their sons Kepler Acosta (16) and Eli Emmanuel (6 months).
  • 2017 Recipients


    Jacob Edward Peavy ‘99
    Jacob Edward Peavy is a 1999 graduate of St Paul’s who led the Saints to a state baseball championship under Coach Andy Robbins. Jake was named Alabama high school player of the year in 1999 and declined an offer to pitch for Auburn University in order to accept a major league baseball contract from the San Diego Padres. He played with the Padres farm teams, including the Mobile Bay Bears until 2002. He won the 2007 Cy Young Award after recording the Pitching Triple Crown that year. He has played for the Chicago White Sox and in 2013 for the Boston Red Sox where he helped win a World Series title. In 2014 he was traded to the San Francisco Giants where he also helped win a World Series title. He became the first starting pitcher in Major League history to win two consecutive World Series with two different teams in two different leagues. An avid Crimson Tide fan, Jake was a guest on ESPN’s College Game Day in 2013.

    Jake is known for being a leader both on and off the field, and his spirit for giving back to others resulted in the 2012 creation of the Jake Peavy Foundation. Through his Foundation Jake hopes to positively impact lives and strengthen the local communities where he has had the privilege of playing baseball. His recent work, Focus Forward: A financial literacy program, was awarded the 2017 Education Innovation Award by NASDAQ.

    He has also been instrumental in the development of music venues in downtown Mobile, such as Ten Sixty Five. Jake’s love of music inspired him to learn to play the guitar and with his group, The Outsiders, to perform at benefit concerts. He also maintains a close partnership with the Boys and Girls Club and Create Change: A Mural Arts Program.

    Jake enjoys life on his family property, Southern Falls Plantation in Wilcox County. He is the proud father of four sons, Jacob, Wyatt and Judd St. Paul’s students, and Waylon who is two.


    Leigh Jordan Brown ‘78
    Leigh Jordan Brown is a graduate of St. Paul’s class of 1978. After graduation, she attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she graduated with a degree in political science and French. Leigh’s plan was to attend law school after college, until her senior year when she took a photography class and discovered her passion.

    Leigh’s love for photography continued after graduation leading her to a job at PMT Publishing doing photography for Alabama Magazine and Business Alabama. After having children, Leigh decided to do freelance photography before landing her dream job teaching photography at St. Paul’s. After teaching part time for a couple of years, Leigh began full time in 1998 and has loved every minute of it.

    Along with Leigh’s love of photography, she chose to teach rather than further her freelance career for a reason; she enjoys instilling a purpose in her students to be creative in whatever career they choose for their future. She is proud of her students that follow their passion and love of photography. Leigh resides in Mobile with her husband, Paul. They have two daughters and a son-in-law, Jordan Brown and Caitlin and Mike Marshall, who are also St. Paul’s graduates.


    Lydia Knizley Johnson ‘01
    After graduating from St. Paul’s in 2001, Lydia Knizley Johnson attended Auburn University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Communication. Lydia is currently the Director of Christian Education at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. In 2012, Lydia helped create and implement the Raise the Roof Project with a colleague. Raise the Roof Project is a home repair ministry partnership of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mobile. They connect people in need with groups willing to repair roofs and build relationships in the South Broad Street community of Mobile. Lydia has also been a Diocesan Commissioner for youth and young adults since 2015.
    While serving the Mobile community, Lydia has also been an avid volunteer for St. Paul’s. She has been involved in many alumni activities as well as a volunteer coach for the Junior Varsity Track and Cross Country team and Girls on the Run. Most recently, Lydia helped establish a scholarship at St. Paul’s in memory of her classmate, Josh Justice. Last spring, with the help of some classmates and the Justice family, the first Josh Justice Memorial Scholarship was awarded to a rising senior who showed interest, promise and desire to explore in the performing arts. The student was also sought to embody characteristics that bring people together and bring out the best in others, much like Josh demonstrated during his lifetime.
    For her commitment to her community, Lydia was a member of the 2012 Mobile Bay Monthly’s 40 under 40 class. She further serves our community through her involvement with Ransom Ministries, Salvation Army Mother Daughter Tea, and Sunset Rotary Club. Lydia and her husband, Wyatt, reside in Mobile with their son, Will, and their daughter, Lisee, who is due September 27.

    The E. E. Delaney Foundation, Inc.
    The E.E. Delaney Foundation, Inc., was established in 1982 in honor of E.E. “Bill” Delaney, the founder of Delaney Development, Inc. Its purpose is to give back to the Mobile community in the form of charitable contributions and services. The Foundation currently supports the American Cancer Society, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, the Infirmary Foundation, the Mitchell Cancer Institute, the Village of Spring Hill and St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Many of the partners of Delaney Development, Inc. continue to be an integral part of St. Paul’s. The Delaney/Frost families are alumni, current parents, grandparents, parents of alumni, Board of Trustee members and, of course, volunteers. The Foundation acknowledges St. Paul’s for providing the basis for students to develop, learn, grow and ultimately better Mobile. The Foundation has supported St. Paul’s in athletics for decades with the E.E. Delaney Stadium, press box and scoreboard and the Jim Tate Field House. Most recently the Foundation extended its support to the new Student Commons Building with a generous gift. St. Paul’s is indebted to the Delaney Foundation and families for their continued support and service.


    Meghan Elizabeth Austin
    Meghan was an enthusiastic and vital part of both the basketball and track and field programs at St. Paul’s. Meghan was recognized as a St. Paul’s Bryant-Jordan Recipient, A.S. Mitchell Female Athlete of the Year, St. Paul’s Athlete of the Year, and received both All-State athletic and academic honors. Meghan’s four-year letterman basketball career included over 1000 points scored, all area and all regional basketball teams, serving as basketball team captain for two years, as well as being St. Paul’s Gatorade Rookie of the Year in 2004. Meghan was selected to represent Team USA in the National Scholastic Sports Federation International Competition in Puerto Rico and placed 1st in javelin. She was 2005-2007 state champion in javelin, as well as a runner up in discus in 2006 and 2007. She currently holds the all-time, all-classification state high school record in javelin with a throw of 150-02. She received All-County and All-State track team selection for three years, as well as all metro outdoor track team selection for 2007. Meghan went on to accept a track and field scholarship to The University of Alabama where she continued to excel in athletics. She received repeated NCAA recognition for Outdoor All-SEC 2008 through 2011, All-SEC All-Academic Honor Roll, Outdoor SEC Championships Runner Up in javelin, selection for NCAA Mid-East Region Team, and All-American. Meghan is currently ranked #3 All-Time in school history for women’s javelin at The University of Alabama. Meghan graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in exercise and sports science minoring in nutrition. She continued her education in graduate school at the University of South Alabama earning her Master’s in Exercise Science. Meghan now lives in Mobile, where she continues to positively impact others, working for The American Heart Association as their Youth Marketing Director, or as most know her, “The Jump Rope for Heart Lady.”

    Shawn Michael Collins
    Shawn was a valuable part of both the baseball and football programs at St. Paul’s, winning the Mostellar Award in 2007, and being recognized as the 1st & 10 Club’s Defensive Player of the Week in 2005. He was also named Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Defensive Player of the Week in 2006, and Most Valuable Special Teams Player in 2005. Shawn was an explosive player with a positive impact on his teams. Shawn went on to receive baseball and football scholarships from Birmingham-Southern College. He is currently working as a CNA at Grand Bay Convalescent Home and Assistant Manager of DJ’s Diner. Shawn resides in Grand Bay with his wife, Bethany and their one year old daughter, Kennedy.

    Jordan McMullan Diaz Ledesma
    Jordan was an integral member of the volleyball and soccer programs at St. Paul’s throughout her high school experience. In 2006, Jordan was part of both a runner up volleyball State Championship team and a State Championship track and field team. While excelling athletically, Jordan was also a talented asset to the strings program, playing violin for the duration of middle and high school. Jordan went on to play volleyball at the University of South Alabama where she was a defensive specialist and received a degree in business with a concentration in human resources. She also attended graduate school to earn her MBA with a concentration in HR. Jordan resides in Mobile with her husband, Yadier. She currently works as a Human Resources Business Partner with Chevron Corporation.

    Morgan Johns Eddins
    Morgan participated in track, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. While an all-around athlete, she was most recognized for her impactful role on the St. Paul’s volleyball team. Morgan was a part of the First Team All-State and All-State Tournament Teams both her junior and senior years. She was recognized as a Super 12 player her senior year, and was selected to play on the South’s team in the North/South Volleyball All Star Game. In 2006, Morgan was a part of an outstanding St. Paul’s volleyball team that brought home the State Championship for the first time since 1995. Morgan received a scholarship to play volleyball at Auburn University, where she continued to gain recognition on the volleyball court and studied communications and public relations. She went on to be 2010 volleyball team captain, was awarded MVP on her team of 23 players, was selected by the SEC to the All SEC Team, and helped lead the Auburn Tigers volleyball team to their FIRST NCAA tournament in history, making it to the top 16. Morgan now resides in Mobile with her husband, Bart and their three year old son, Knox.

    Richard Mark Foster
    Richard was an impactful asset to the basketball team while he was at St. Paul’s. Lettering in basketball for 2004-2007 as well as serving as the Varsity Basketball Career Assist Leader. Richard was also involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Key Club, and Chorus. He graduated from Auburn University where he earned a degree in Accounting. Richard currently resides in Fairhope and works as a Physical Therapy Technician at Azalea City Hand and Rehab, and a Personal Fitness Trainer at Crossfit Saraland.

    Carter Owen Franklin
    Owen was an asset to the St. Paul’s golf team and was a part of the 2004 State Championship team. Owen was also involved in the St. Paul’s Student Government Association, as well as The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After graduation, Owen went on to play collegiate golf at Birmingham-Southern College, earning a degree in mathematics. He continued his education at Auburn University where he received a degree in mechanical engineering. Owen and his wife, Tiffany, now reside in Huntsville where he serves as President of Franklin Creative Solutions, LLC.

    Haley Wilson Goodman
    Haley was an avid and talented tennis player during her high school career. She received recognition as All-County from 2002 to 2007. Haley brought home both individual and team State Championships for 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007; as well as runner up for both individual and team in 2003. Haley was involved in National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish National Honor Society, and more, all while maintaining Headmaster’s List status. Following graduation, Haley attended The University of Alabama, where she earned a degree in elementary and special education. She continued her education at The University of West Alabama, earning her Masters in elementary education. Haley and her husband, Parker, reside in Southaven, Mississippi where she works as a reading specialist at Horn Lake Intermediate School.

    Hannah Lynn Griffin
    Hannah Griffin was an asset to the St. Paul’s softball program from 7th grade through her senior year. She was named to the All-State Softball Team and the Mobile Press Register Super 12, along with earning 4A/5A All-County honors for the third time during her senior campaign. She went on to play softball at The University of Southern Mississippi and at The University of West Alabama, where she graduated with a degree in physical education and special education. She attended graduate school and coached at Union College in Kentucky. Hannah currently serves as Head Softball Coach at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.

    Angelica Elyse Howard
    Angelica played a vital role in the success of the volleyball team, as well as the indoor and outdoor track and field programs during her time as a Saint. Angelica’s accomplishments are endless and include being named Mobile All-County Track & Field, as well as Mobile All-County Volleyball for 2006 and 2007. Angelica was an A.S. Mitchell Award recipient for Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year, a two-time recipient of The Optimist Club Athlete of the Week, as well as All-State Selection for both volleyball and track and field for 2006 and 2007. Angelica earned four individual state titles for her shot put and discus talents in indoor and outdoor track, as well as an individual runner up State Championship placement in 2006. Angelica played a role in five team State Championships and one runner up State Championship, including the indoor and outdoor track and field State Championship titles of 2006, a runner up volleyball State Championship in 2006, the indoor track and field State Championship of 2007, outdoor track and field State Championship of 2007, and the volleyball State Championship in 2007. She served as Junior Class President, was involved in chorus, SGA, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She went on to accept a track and field scholarship from The University of Alabama where she was an SEC champion, team captain, All-SEC 1st team, SEC Honor Roll, Dean’s List, and an SEC Championship Silver and Bronze medalist. Angelica earned a degree in telecommunication and film, minoring in mass communications. She has furthered her education at the University of South Alabama, earning her Master of Arts in communications. Angelica currently resides in Mobile and is self-employed as a communications consultant and entrepreneur.

    Jory Kennedy Johnson
    Jory participated in both basketball and football while he was at St. Paul’s. He served as team captain in football and received the Crichton Optimist Club Scholar Athlete Award in 2006 and was named 5A All-County and All-Academic in basketball for 2006 and 2007. While Jory excelled on the court and the field, he also maintained an impressive GPA and was a leader in the classroom, being inducted into the National Honor Society. Jory went on to play football at the University of Connecticut, where he continued to be recognized for his leadership and athletic abilities. He started in 28 of the 46 collegiate football games that he played. During his football career at UConn, he served as a team captain, was named Defensive Player of the Week, and received the Scholar Athlete Award in 2012. He was also named Big East All-Academic from 2010 through 2012. He went on to play in the Indoor Football League for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. During his professional career, he started in 24 of the 26 games he played and received honorable mention for player of the week three times consecutively in 2014. Jory now resides in Mobile working in sales.

    Omar Montrez Johnson
    Omar has always been an avid athlete with a strong drive to win. He participated in varsity football, as well as varsity indoor and outdoor track for the duration of his high school athletic career. He received recognition as an Optimist Club Player of the Week, as well as Honorable Mention for All-Region. In 2004, Omar began his track career with St. Paul’s as a runner-up at state in both indoor and outdoor track. Later in his career, Omar was a part of multiple State Championships with both of those teams. In 2007, he placed as an individual runner-up in the State Championship 4x400 competition. Omar was also involved in Key Club, and mens chorus. He went on to Samford University to play football and earn a degree in political science. While at Samford, Omar was recognized for his excellence on the field as a defensive captain and a team captain in 2011. Omar was involved in Mixed Martial Arts where he also found success. Omar is currently a professional MMA fighter ranked #18 lightweight in North America, titled Atlas Fights Lightweight Champion, FFI Lightweight Champion, and Strike Hand Welterweight Champ. He resides in Birmingham with his wife Kayla and their two year old Kyler.

    Kalin James Krause
    Kalin participated in multiple sports at St. Paul’s and was consistently recognized for his strength, commitment, and leadership. He was part of the wrestling team in 2002 and was an asset to the football team for the duration of his high school career. He played a role in the runner-up state championship team for indoor track in 2006, and won a state championship in outdoor track that same year. Kalin received numerous accolades including, but not limited to, being a part of the 5500 lb club, being recognized as The Optimist Club’s Player of The Week, and Defensive Player of The Year for 2006. Kalin went on to utilize his skills on and off the field at the United States Naval Academy, playing football for one year, earning a degree in history, and currently serving as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. He and his wife, Kelly, reside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kalin plans to begin graduate school in 2018 at Penn State to earn a degree in engineering management.

    William Morrow Latta
    William participated in wrestling, cross-country, indoor track, and soccer while at St. Paul’s. He was named All-County and All-State for both soccer and cross-country. Bringing a consistent determination and competitive spirit to everything he did, William also received recognition as most improved MVP for cross-country and MVP Offensive Player of the Year for Soccer. While at St. Paul’s, he was involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Ultimate Frisbee Club and the Sierra Club. William earned a degree in civil engineering from Auburn University. He now resides in Mobile with his one year old son, Scotty and works as a civil engineer for Clark, Greer, Latham & Associates.

    Michael Wardell Rebarchak
    Michael was a dynamic part of the St. Paul’s basketball program during his high school career. He lettered in basketball from 2005 to 2007, was recognized as an Optimist Club Player of the Week, was selected to the All-Mobile County Team for 2006-2007, and was a consistent positive asset to his team and their performance. Michael excelled academically as well, earning induction into the National Honor Society. Michael went on to letter in basketball at Birmingham-Southern College from 2007-2009, where he earned a degree in accounting. He and his wife, Brooke, reside in Birmingham.

    Allison Kneip Stanford
    During high school, Allison exceeded in her cross country and indoor and outdoor track career. She received countless honors, including but not limited to: ten All-County selections, four All-Metro selections, nine All-State Awards, and the 2007 Mitchell Award for Female Athlete of the Year. She is an eight-time recipient of the Optimist Club Runner of the Week award. Allison gained individual recognition as a State Champion, placing first in the 800 meter run multiple times in both indoor and outdoor, 1st in the 3200 meter relay all four years, 1st in the 1600 meter relay in 2005 and 2006, as well as several 2nd place finishes in those same events. Allison was a valuable part of the cross-country teams’ State Championship victories from 2002 to 2006, a runner-up indoor track team placement in 2005, the 5A State Championship indoor track team win for 2006 and 2007, as well as a track and field State Championship in 2006 and 2007. Allison maintained Headmaster’s List grades for all of her years at St. Paul’s. She served as her Freshman Class Vice President, Sophomore Class President, Junior Class Vice President, National Honor Society President, and was a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, St. Paul’s Strings Program, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Junior Interact and Interact clubs. She went on to accept an academic and athletic scholarship for track and field from the University of Mississippi, where she continued her dedication and success to earn induction into the M-Club for both cross-country and track, four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll and Chancellor’s Honor Roll among other honors. Allison earned a degree in biology with a minor in psychology and continued her education at The University of Alabama- Birmingham earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy. Allison and her husband Drew currently reside in Madison, Alabama, where she is a physical therapist at Johnson and Hayes Physical Therapists.
  • 2016 Recipients


    Mrs. Susanne Smith McAvoy '89

    Susanne Smith McAvoy '89 is the executive vice president of marketing, creative, and communications for Crown Media Family Networks, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, which is owned and operated by Hallmark Cards, Inc. Based in New York, McAvoy reports to Bill Abbott, president and chief executive officer.

    McAvoy's oversight includes every facet of marketing and communications initiatives and social media strategies for both networks. She also leads the company's creative services team and was responsible for spearheading the rebrand of Hallmark Channel in 2012 to include a new look and tagline, "The Heart of TV", as well as the 2014 brand transition of Hallmark Movie Channel to become Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

    In 2016, McAvoy was named one of Advertising Age's Women to Watch as well as Marketer of the Year by Cablefax. In addition, she was included on the 2016 Cablefax 100 List as a part of "Crown's Dream Team". McAvoy was also honored by Multichannel News as a 2015 "Woman to Watch" and has been named as one of Cablefax's "Most Powerful Women in Cable" for four consecutive years (2012-2015). In addition, she was designated to Multichannel News' "40 Under 40" list in 2011. Her many industry accolades include PromaxlBDA Awards, CTAM Mark Awards, the Ad Council Silver Bell Award, a Cable Advertising Bureau Award, and two ACC (Association of Cable Communicators) Beacon Awards.

    Currently, McAvoy is serving her fourth year as director-at-large on the national board for Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT). Recently, McAvoy was director-at-large for the New York WICT board and served 8 years as a board member for the New York Chapter. She joined the board as the membership chair, and served a two-year term as chapter president, followed by a two-year stint as immediate past president. McAvoy is also an active member of PromaxlBDA.

    McAvoy began her tenure with Crown Media Family Networks in 2007 as vice president of ad sales marketing. Previously, McAvoy has held positions at Bravo, Comcast, Oxygen Media and MTV. McAvoy began her career with Turner International in Hong Kong.

    She graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in human development. She is also a Betsy Magness Leadership Institute graduate, Class XXIV. McAvoy resides with her husband and two children in Darien, Connecticut.


    Mrs. Sarah Haas Otts ‘03
    Sarah Hass Otts is a profound local artist whose art is sold not only in galleries in the Mobile Bay area but also in Atlanta, Dallas, and New Orleans. For as long as Sarah can remember, becoming an artist has been her clear and main objective and the ideal career choice. After graduating from college in 2007 with a BFA in painting, Sarah moved back to Mobile, AL where she began to establish herself as a working artist. As an artist, she is motivated by the Abstract Expressionist movement. With highly energetic, impulsive brush strokes, she uses fluid lines to develop a foundation from which she builds her many layers. There are no preliminary sketches, just gestural, reactive markings. A finished painting is composed of layers of texture and color that have been repeatedly eliminated and rebuilt. By scraping and washing away areas of the painting, she is able to reveal portions of its original structure and various stages along the way. Each series she develops is a focused reaction to a personal emotion and experience. In recent years, the joys and challenges of being a mother have been a heavy influence on her art. Sarah resides in Mobile with her husband Robert two children Lelia and Sonny.


    Mrs. Erin Burns Schwant ‘98
    Erin Burns Schwant successfully established the Early Education Center (EEC) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church which opened its doors in 2013. The EEC was founded with the goal of providing children with a safe, loving and nurturing environment where they can grow spiritually, emotionally, physically and academically. As the EEC Director, this is exactly the type of environment Erin has created. In less than one year of operation, under Erin’s direction, the unique, cutting-edge learning environment was voted “Mobile’s Best Nursery School” and has since expanded to serve 90 families.

    Before opening the EEC, Erin graduated from Rollins College with a Psychology degree that emphasized child development. After college she obtained a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Following graduate school, Erin remained in Jackson and maintained a private practice where she counselled individuals and families and provided play therapy for children. Erin was a member of the 2014 Mobile Bay Monthly’s 40 under 40 for her commitment to the community and the EEC. She further serves our community through her involvement with Mirror Lake Racquet Club, Adoption Rocks and St. Paul’s Church. Erin has also served on the St. Paul’s Alumni Council. Erin and her husband Troy reside in Mobile with their four sons Jack, Charlie, Sam, and Robert and baby number five on the way.

    The Dr. Monte L. Moorer Foundation
    The Dr. Monte L. Moorer Foundation’s mission is to provide funding to support the operations of innovative programs that improve the health and quality of life for children and citizens in the surrounding area. Throughout St. Paul’s history, the Dr. Monte L. Moorer Foundation has supported the school in various ways. By providing grants to assist in the construction of building projects and renovations, the Dr. Monte L. Moorer Foundation has assisted St. Paul’s in becoming the school it is today. Most recently, the Foundation provided a grant to fund the construction of the new Student Commons Building. The building will feature the new technology and innovation lab, a writing center, admissions office, guidance and counseling offices, community service space, the campus store and the cafeteria. Not only does the Foundation have a profound impact in the St. Paul’s community, but it supports the greater Mobile area by providing assistance to hospitals, schools, universities, colleges and numerous community organizations, making our region stronger.
  • 2015 Recipients


    Dr. Colby Jubenville '90
    Colby Jubenville, a 1990 graduate, was honored as the 2015 St. Paul’s Episcopal School Distinguished Alumnus at the third annual Athletic Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Banquet on October 15, 2015. Over 150 people gathered at the Country Club of Mobile to celebrate Colby and the other honorees. Colby was honored for his career achievements and community contributions. Colby's acceptance speech gave tribute to his coaches, his teachers and his parents for guiding him in his path in life.

    Colby B. Jubenville, Ph.D. is an accomplished author, speaker, professor, entrepreneur and inventor. He holds an academic appointment at Middle Tennessee State University as Special Assistant to the Dean for Student Success and Strategic Partnerships and is Principal of Red Herring Innovation and Design, an agency specializing in helping people and organizations become better known, better understood for their unique value. In 2015, Colby accepted an invitation from the Washington Times to write about self-reliance and developing the entrepreneurial mindset teaching people how to “go their own way”. Also, in 2015 he received the Nashville Emerging Leaders Impact Award presented by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Nashville honoring those who have made a significant impact on Nashville’s YP demographic. He regularly speaks on his book Zebras & Cheetahs which teaches others how to look different, run faster and stay agile in the business jungle. In addition, Jubenville has published over 35 peer-reviewed trade articles and is the founder of The Journal of Applied Sport Management. Also in 2015, Colby secured a $1,000,000 gift and launched The Center for Student Success and Coaching, a high-profile student success initiative focused on coaching students, enhancing professional preparation and developing soft skills. He serves as the Director of the Center.

    Colby and wife Katie live in Murfreesboro, TN and have two children, Jack and Mary Burke.


    Michael Knight
    The 2015 Distinguished Alumni in the Arts was presented to Michael Knight from the Class of 1988. Michael is the author of two novels (Divining Rod and The Typist), two collections of short stories (Dogfight and Other Stories and Goodnight, Nobody) and a book of novellas (The Holiday Season). His most recent novel, The Typist, was selected as a Best Book of the Year for 2010 by The Huffington Post and The Kansas City Star, among others. His fiction has appeared in magazines and literary journals such as Esquire, The New Yorker, Oxford American, Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Saturday Evening Post and The Southern Review. In addition, his work has been included in Best American Mystery Stories and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. He is the recipient of a Special Citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation (1999) and the Robert Penn Warren Award for fiction (2013). Michael teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he lives with his wife Jill and their two children Mary and Helen.


    This year, two alumni were the recipients of the Distinguished Service Award. Ashley Graham Brown, from the Class of 1984, was recognized for her service to St. Paul’s and her community. Ashley is actively involved in the community and has served on the Providence Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Flower Committee and served as Chair for two years. She was also the Junior League of Mobile’s Christmas Jubilee Chair, the American Heart Association’s Heart Gala Chair, Mobile Ballet’s Nutcracker Ball’s Silent Auction Co-chair, and the Hurricane Katrina Relief Housing Chair at her church. She is also actively involved at St. Paul’s. Ashley has served as a grade level representative for many years, an Academic Boosters’ volunteer, a Teacher Appreciation volunteer, the Saints’ Night Silent Auction Co-chair for four years, and the Middle School/Upper School Parent Council Chair. She is on the Used Uniform Committee and is serving as the Campus Store Volunteer Chair this year and is working part-time in the St. Paul's Campus Store. Ashley is married to Dr. Chris Brown, also a graduate of the Class of 1984. She has two children, Madelyn and Mary Stirling.

    The Distinguished Service Award was also being presented to Dr. Grant Zarzour from the Class of 2002. Grant is currently Chief Resident at the University of South Alabama Medical School in Orthopaedics with an expected graduation date in June 2016. Grant was the Corporate Relations Chairman for Hearts Everywhere Reaching Out (H.E.R.O.) for Children from 2003-2006. He helped raise over $300,000 and established the largest collegiate philanthropy in the Southeast while focusing on quality of life improvement for the over 9,000 children affected by HIV/AIDS. He participated in a four-person panel at an international conference on HIV/AIDS that included Vice-President of World Bank, Vice President of the George Soros Foundation, and Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (AIESEC) Kenya President and planned and managed a meeting of over twenty AIESEC African presidents. From 2008 to 2009 Grant was the chairman of the “Gumbo Chili Showdown” for the Regan Robinson Young Scholarship Fundraiser. He managed 10 committees, recruited 42 teams, and raised $15,000 in 2008 and $30,000 in 2009. In 2011, he was an ambassador for the Addo Institute where he planned and strategized to create trips to Cuba for cultural understanding and service. Currently, Grant is the marketing director for the GO Kickball South Alabama which engages over 2,700 young professionals a year through athletic activities. He is the organizer of an exploratory committee for the Mobile Chamber of Commerce Innovation PortAL. The group aims to create a downtown incubator space to attract new business growth. He is also Co-founder and Chair of the Executive Board of the Fuse Project, a non-profit based in South Alabama that significantly benefits specific children’s projects. To date, Fuse Project has raised $350,000 with a goal of $1,000,000 annually by 2020. Grant lives in Mobile with his wife Brie and son Wyatt.
  • 2014 Recipients


    Michael Allen '91

    Michael Allen, a 1991 graduate, was honored as the 2014 St. Paul’s Episcopal School Distinguished Alumnus at the second annual Athletic Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Banquet on October 23, 2014. Over 185 people gathered at the Country Club of Mobile to celebrate Michael and the other honorees. Michael was honored for his achievements in his career and for his service to our country. Michael's acceptance speech gave tribute to St. Paul's for preparing him to excel in his career and life.
    Michael served in the White House for seven years in a variety of national security policy and legislative roles. At the National Security Council, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counter-proliferation Strategy from June 2007 to January 2009 under National Security Advisor Steve Hadley. As Senior Director, he contributed to the development of the U.S. Government’s policy on counter-proliferation issues, including the Iranian, Syrian, and North Korean nuclear files; missile defense; civilian nuclear cooperation including the U.S.–India Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Agreement; U.S. exports controls; bio-defense; WMD and terrorism. From 2011-2013, he served as the Majority Staff Director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Michael was also the Intelligence Team Leader for the “Romney for President” Transition Team. He is the author of Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence After 9/11.

    Presently, Michael is a Founder and Managing Director of Beacon Global Strategies, LLC in Washington D.C. Michael and his wife Diana reside in Washington D.C. with their three sons, Joe, Will, and Henry.


    Zoe Fishman Shacham
    This year the Alumni Council introduced several new awards at the Athletic Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Banquet. The Distinguished Alumna in the Arts Award was presented to Zoe Fishman Shacham from the Class of 1994.

    Shacham is the critically acclaimed author of Driving Lessons, Saving Ruth, and Balancing Acts as well as a writing instructor and coach. She worked in the New York publishing industry for years in the Random House Editorial Department, the Simon & Schuster Rights Department, and later as an agent for two boutique literary firms.

    In Zoe's speech, she recognized the impact St. Paul's and in particular her English teachers had on shaping her life as an author. In Zoe's words, " Thank you so much to St. Paul’s for this lovely dinner and surreal honor. To be recognized twenty years after graduating by the very school at which my writing voice was nurtured is a gift for which I am very grateful.

    I also have to thank my parents, Ethan and Sue Fishman, without whose encouragement, support and careful planning I would not be here tonight. As a relatively new parent myself, I am now, more so than ever, infinitely appreciative of the sacrifices they made for my education and the values they worked so hard to instill in me.

    I came to St. Paul’s late, in my junior year of high school, and was immediately impressed and intimidated by its rigorous academic standards. The teachers were smart and sharp, and the way in which they imparted their knowledge made me want to be a better student. English had always been my strong suit, and both of my English teachers, Mrs. Strachan and Mr. Courie further cemented my interest and passion. Both of them provided me with invaluable insight into the works of some of the greatest authors and poets of our time, and taught me how to thoughtfully critique their writing; a skill that, as an English major in college, proved incredibly useful. Furthermore and perhaps most importantly in regard to this award, Mrs. Strachan motivated me to submit a short story to The Friends of the Mobile Public Library contest. To my great surprise, I won. Although I had always loved to write, I had never before been publicly recognized for it. Her encouragement made a huge impact on my life, and gave me the confidence needed to plant the seeds of my dream - to one day become a published novelist. After many stops and starts, that dream has come true, and for the role she and St. Paul’s played in its realization, I am truly thankful."

    Zoe resides in Atlanta with her husband, Ronen, and son, Ari. She is currently at work on her next novel which will be published in 2016.


    The J. L. Bedsole Foundation
    The J. L. Bedsole Foundation is one of the recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The Foundation ’s mission is to ensure the continuing health, welfare and prosperity of the citizens of Southwest Alabama by providing greater post-secondary educational opportunities for our worthy youth and by supporting expanded civic, cultural, artistic and economic development opportunities for all citizens of our area.

    Throughout St. Paul’s history, the J. L. Bedsole Foundation has supported the school in various ways. By providing grants to assist in the construction of building projects and renovations, the J.L. Bedsole Foundation has assisted St. Paul’s in becoming the school it is today. Most recently, the Foundation provided a grant to fund the Lindamood-Bell® Reading program. The Lindamood-Bell® instructional programs strengthen reading, comprehension, and math skills by developing the sensory-cognitive functions that form the foundations of learning. Not only does the Foundation have a profound impact in the St. Paul’s community, but it supports five counties of Southwest Alabama by providing assistance to hospitals, schools, universities, colleges and numerous community organizations, making our region stronger.

    Louise Glover Houston
    Louise Glover Houston, a 1976 St. Paul’s alumna, is also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. She is actively involved in the community and most recently served as the Chairman of the Alumni and Parent Tennis Tournament raising over $5,700 for the St. Paul’s Girl’s and Boy’s Tennis Teams in addition to supporting alumni activities. Houston serves on the Ethelyn Hays Foundation Board which is partnered with Mitchell Cancer Institute. She is currently a member on the American Cancer Society Board of Trustees, and was the Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2012. Houston also volunteers with the Realtor Community Relations Committee. Houston has been a realtor for 24 years and is currently a Sales Associate with LLB&B Real Estate. Louise and husband Robert have two daughters, Hill Houston Aeiker and Frances Houston Wilkinson, both graduates of St. Paul’s. Louise is a member at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Her hobbies include tennis, golf, sewing, painting and caring for her granddaughter, Lila Aeiker.
  • 2013 Recipients


    Mr. Alan I. Franco ’80

    Mr. Alan I. Franco ’80 was honored at the annual Alumni Luncheon as the St. Paul’s Episcopal School Distinguished Alumnus on April 10, 2013. The Culinary Club under the direction of Elizabeth Galanos Gregory ’99 catered the event where Alan’s former classmates and teachers, the St. Paul’s Alumni Council, Board of Trustees and friends celebrated Alan’s achievements.
    Alan continues to support St. Paul’s with special interest in the Community Service Program where he was instrumental in creating the Rutledge Fellows of Philanthropy, a unique and special group of students who serve as the ambassadors for community service and philanthropic endeavors school-wide. The group was named in recognition of former headmaster Bob Rutledge who spearheaded the creation of the Community Service program.

    Alan addressed the group with a heartfelt speech alluding to his years at St. Paul’s, Bob and Martha Rutledge, Mrs. Marsh and Roger Miller. He thanked his mother Reita, wife Diane, Martha Rutledge, Leslie Lerner, the faculty and staff at St. Paul’s, and his friends from the Class of 1980. “I never dreamed the Rutledge Fellows would become such an integral part of the life of St. Paul’s. But then again, I am not surprised that it has. For this School, in talking about educating the complete person, realizes that it isn’t just about what takes place in the classroom, it is the total experience that makes the young men and women who walk through these doors.”

    Mr. Tom Davis, former president and CEO of the Community Foundation of South Alabama and husband to St. Paul’s Lower School Director Anne Davis, was the guest speaker at the luncheon and expressed how honored he was to be a part of the Foundation to award a grant to St. Paul’s to start the Community Service program 12 years ago. He is proud of how St. Paul’s students and teachers change the lives of others.

    The luncheon was hosted by the Alumni Council, the Rutledge Fellows of Philanthropy and the Culinary Club.

    About Alan I. Franco
    Alan is co-Chairman of Goldring Family Interests in New Orleans, which oversees interests in Real Estate, Beer Distribution, Distilled Spirits manufacturing, and other investments.

    Born in Atlanta in 1962, Alan spent his formative years in Jacksonville Florida, San Juan Puerto Rico and Mobile Alabama. He is a graduate of St. Paul’s Episcopal School where he attended from 1974–1980, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

    Moving to New Orleans in 1997, Alan has been active in numerous community and civic activities. He currently serves as President of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. Alan has served on numerous community boards, including AIPAC, The Jewish Community Center of New Orleans and the National World War II museum. Alan also co-chaired Jewish Leadership Forum, a series of programs that dealt with next generation philanthropy in 2005-2006 and 2010.

    Alan is married to Diane, and is the proud father of Eli, age 4.

    Dr. Chris Park
    Dr. Christopher A. Park, a 1993 graduate, was honored as the 2013 St. Paul’s Episcopal School Distinguished Alumnus at the inaugural Hall of Fame Banquet on September 26, 2013. The banquet was held at the Country Club of Mobile where Chris’ family, former classmates and teachers, the St. Paul’s Alumni Council, Board of Trustees and friends celebrated his achievements.

    Chris is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon in Mobile. He is the owner/president of Mobile Plastic Reconstructive Surgery and Dermatology, The Park Clinic for Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, and the Medspa at the Park. He continues to support St. Paul’s Episcopal School in many capacities and was instrumental in the development of the recently dedicated Robert H. Rutledge Memorial Athletic Complex.

    Chris addressed the group with a heartfelt speech describing his years at St. Paul’s and his special relationship with Bob Rutledge. When trying to decide where to live after medical school, Chris said, “Obviously my kind family and my wonderful friends as well as my now fulfilled hopes of a sweet and talented staff, all of whom are sitting here tonight, ran through my head as we contemplated the options of where to live. But in my head, memories of Mobile are best characterized as a warm and happy glow, that joy and comfort is very strongly rooted in the Experience that was St. Paul's for me. St Paul’s is Mobile to me. I loved St. Paul's then and I love St. Paul's now.”
    When talking about being honored for his work on the Bob Rutledge Memorial Arch, Chris said, “I know I'm also being recognized for my contributions to the Rutledge Memorial. However, I can only say that that was a team effort and easy work to perform. As great as what we have done is, I still will always think that even more should be done in recognition & honor from St. Paul’s and its alumni for what Bob Rutledge built. In terms of school character, morale, leadership, and heart. We and St. Paul’s would not be what we are today without him.”
    About Dr. Christopher A. Park

    Chris was born in Wichita Falls, TX but moved to Mobile as an infant. After graduating from St. Paul’s (1980-1993), he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia as an Interdisciplinary Echols Scholar. He returned to Alabama for medical school at The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine. Chris then trained as a resident and Chief Resident at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in all aspects of Plastic Surgery including Reconstructive Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery with additional traveling fellowships in breast reconstructive surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, and body contouring. Chris then returned to Wake Forest University School of Medicine and served as faculty, educating plastic surgery residents and performing cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery during which time he expanded the comprehensive reconstruction program to include the latest options for breast reconstruction.

    Chris’s practice of plastic surgery is multifaceted including the full breadth of cosmetic surgery, nonsurgical aesthetic services, and the reconstruction of defects due to cancer, trauma, and degeneration. While he does enjoy the general cosmetic surgery components of plastic surgery, he spends much of his time and achieves great personal satisfaction with his extensive work in helping many through difficult times by reconstructing patients to normal form, especially those patients afflicted with breast cancer, skin cancer, congenital deformities, and traumatic/burn defects.

    Chris and his wife Elizabeth have lived in Mobile since 2009. Their children, Ashley and Alden both proudly attend St. Paul’s.

  • 2012 Recipient


    Dr. Sidney Ball Brevard '79

    On April 25, 2012, Dr. Sidney Ball Brevard '79 was selected as the Distinguished Alumnus for the year. Sid Brevard was raised in Mobile and graduated from St. Paul’s in 1979. He was the senior class president and was on the football and wrestling teams, and participated in numerous extracurricular activities, from being a charter member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honorary to the Senior Class Play. He attended Birmingham-Southern College and graduated cum laude in 1983, and was commissioned an officer in the United States Air Force. He returned to the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and graduated in 1987. Sid began his surgical training at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He completed his residency in general surgery at Louisiana State University in Shreveport in 1992.

    From 1992 until 1999, Sid was assigned to military bases in Portugal, Germany, and Florida. During this time, he was deployed to Africa with United Nations troops in response to the genocide in Rwanda, cared for troops injured in the “Black Hawk Down” situation, and treated victims from the ethnic war in the Balkans. In 1999, Sid became a flight surgeon with the Air Force Special Operations Command. In 2001, he was appointed the Group Surgeon for the 353rd Special Operations Group. During his 4 years in special operations, he was deployed across the world in the Global War on Terrorism. This included deployments in Afghanistan, Oman, the Philippines, the African Coast, Korea, India, the Middle East and other locations. In 2002, he was named the Special Operation’s and the U.S. Air Force Global Health Officer of the Year. In 2003, Sid assumed command of the 15th Medical Operation Squadron and became the Chief Operating Officer of a clinic providing health care to 10,000 military personnel and their families at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

    Sid returned to his surgical background in July of 2005 and started a fellowship in trauma surgery and critical care at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Just two months later, Hurricane Katrina struck and Dr. Brevard and his wife, Jennifer, an Air Force Reserve Nurse, spent the next five days in Charity Hospital taking care of patients with no electricity, no water, no toilets, and limited supplies of food and medicine, an experience that was chronicled by another St. Paul’s alumnus, Eddie Curran, in an article in the Mobile Press Register.
    The entire St. Paul’s family thanks Dr. Brevard for his service to our country and setting the greatest example for our students of the difference that one person can make in our world.
    Sid’s family has a long history with the School; his sister Adair was in the first graduating class of St. Paul's Episcopal School in 1974, and his sister Anne is an alumni and former intermediate school teacher. Sid’s mother, Liz was also a substitute teacher here for many years.

    In 2010, Sid and Jennifer chose the Mobile area to settle in and raise their children, Brandon and Meena, who are now 5 years old. Sid and Jennifer have been married for 14 years. He joined the surgery department at the University of South Alabama Medical Center as an Associate Professor. His current duties involve teaching medical students, training surgical residents, and providing trauma care for the citizens of the Gulf Coast. He was recognized by the graduating medical students with the “Scarlet Sash Award” which recognizes the attending physicians who had the most meaningful input into the student’s education.

    After 27 years in the military, Sid retired as a full colonel in 2010. His retirement ceremony, on May 27, was also the retirement ceremony for his wife Jennifer, a highly decorated Lt. Col. in the Air Force. During his time in the military, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, six Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation medal, and several more. Sid was also part of a surgical team that responded to the earthquake in Haiti.

    After completing his fellowship, Sid was appointed the director of the Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills. His program was responsible for preparing Air Force medical personnel to take care of casualties in war zones. In addition, he trained civilian surgeons to be trauma qualified and was selected the Attending Trauma Surgeon of the Year in 2009. While at the center, he deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and was the Chief of Trauma for all US troops in Afghanistan in 2008. Under his watch, 99% of troops injured in combat survived their injuries, the highest percentage in the history of warfare.
  • 2011 Recipient


    Robert “Robbie” Baker, Jr. ’83

    In 2011 the Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to G. Robert “Robbie” Baker, Jr. ’83 at the 6th Annual Alumni Luncheon May 5, 2011. Robbie is South Alabama region president and senior vice president for Whitney National Bank. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award, among others. He earned a master of business administration degree from Tulane University in 1994. Robbie received Whitney’s Golden Clock Award for Management Excellence in 2001. He is active with the United Way of Southwest Alabama, the Rotary Club of Mobile Sunrise, Mobile Arts and Sports Association and the Mobile Touchdown Club. Robbie is currently chairman of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Chamber’s Board of Advisors. He is the treasurer of Vestry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and serves on the St. Paul’s Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees. Robbie is married to Melissa Hayes Baker, former Lady Saints Basketball Coach and current Lady Saints Tennis Coach, and is the proud father of Ellie (Class of 2021) and Hayes (Class of 2025).
  • 2010 Recipient


    M. Kathleen “Kathy” Miller ‘74

    The first St. Paul’s Episcopal School Distinguished Alumni Award recipient was M. Kathleen “Kathy” Miller ‘74. The Valedictorian of the first graduating class, Kathy has been St. Paul’s greatest advocate. Her dedication, love and affection for our school are without compare. After graduating from St. Paul’s in 1974, she graduated from Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1978 and the Tulane University School of Law, cum laude, in 1980. She began her practice with the Armbrecht Jackson law firm in 1980 and is the managing partner there now. Her professional affiliations include the Alabama State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Mobile Bar Association (President 2007), Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Maritime Law Association of the United States, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and the Paul W. Brock Inn of Court (Past President). Her dedication to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is best evidenced by her service as Senior Warden, Secretary and member of the Vestry, and she has served as the Chancellor for the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. She serves on the Board of the Mobile Bar Foundation, was the first female President of the Rotary Club of Mobile, and is a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Mobile. She has served on the Board of Trustees of St. Paul’s since 1981 and has served two terms as the Board Chair. Her desire to see the school progress, to get better in every way, has challenged all of us to make St. Paul’s what it is today. Kathy is married to Charlie Fleming and they have two daughters Maggie (Class of 2010) and Mary Bryant (Class of 2013).

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