Previous Honorees

Carolyn Curry '64/'66
2014Carolyn Curry

Carolyn Newton Curry received her B.A. in English in 1966. In 1979, she earned an M.A. in history and in 1987 a Ph.D. in history from Georgia State University. During her years of research and teaching, Curry was compelled by women’s stories which ultimately led her to create a nonprofit organization dedicated to the special needs of women.

Her organization, Women Alone Together, was founded in Atlanta in 2002 and works to build confidence and community among the growing number of women who are alone in our culture. Although the group works to encourage women who are alone because of death of spouse, divorce, single by choice or alone in a marriage because of separation or estrangement, all women are invited.

In addition to writing papers on significant women’s issues, she often speaks to various groups around the country on women’s issues and about Women Alone Together. Her service to the community also includes work on the board of directors of the American Heart Association and Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, Ky., where she was also appointed by the governor to the Kentucky Heritage Council. Curry also served on the Board of Trustees of Young Harris College and on the Advisory Council for Action Ministries of The United Methodist Church.

In March 2014, Mercer University Press in Macon, Ga., published her book, Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1834-1907.

Amna Jaffer '90
2012

Amna Jaffer '90

Taking a leap of faith, boarding a flight from Karachi, the city of her birth, Amna Jaffer arrived at Agnes Scott College in the fall of 1986.  It was here Jaffer fully developed a sense of her identity and a vision of her future profession and goals.  Having great and equal interest in the areas of theatre and psychology, Jaffer majored in both.  After completing her MA in Education, Jaffer continued to integrate dimensions from the fields of theatre and psychology by obtaining certification as a practitioner of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. 

Jaffer has learned much from the clients she has served whether working with developmentally disabled adults in Brooklyn, NY  or with women in recovery in Kansas City, MO.  In the past 15 years, Jaffer turned towards teaching and training those who provide counseling services.  She is now a trainer (TEP) in psychodrama and group psychotherapy and is very passionate about working with both undergraduate and graduate students at San Jose State University.  She realizes that she is doing her ‘dream job’ and has had the best of mentors, the first and most important of whom was Dr. Ayse Carden.

Jaffer is a board member of SEMAH, an organization that focuses on prevention and education about domestic violence especially in the south east Asian immigrant community.   She is also a member of the American Association of University Women, specifically engaged in their mentoring program in high schools which she co-chaired. 

On a personal note, Jaffer is a supporter of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and as both her boys ages 8 and 12 are scouts, she has had some camping adventures and lives to tell!  Jaffer and her family presently reside in beautiful bay area of northern California.

 

Layli Miller-Muro ‘93
2010

Lani Miller-MuroLayli Miller-Muro is the Founder and Executive Director of the Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting women from human rights abuses through the provision of legal aid and public policy advocacy.

Ms. Miller-Muro founded the organization in 1997 following her involvement in a high-profile case that set national precedent and revolutionized asylum law in the United States. Prior to joining Tahirih as Executive Director in 2001, Ms. Miller-Muro was an attorney at the law firm of Arnold & Porter where she practiced international litigation and maintained a substantial pro bono practice. Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Ms. Miller-Muro was an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals. The author of numerous articles on female genital mutilation, immigration law, and human rights abuses against women, Ms. Miller-Muro is frequently asked to lecture at universities and conferences throughout the world. She has appeared as a commentator about female genital mutilation, the International Marriage Broker industry, U.S. immigration policy, and women’s right on Fox News, CNN, BBC, NBC Nightly News, PBS, CNBC, NPR, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She is an invited participant at Renaissance Weekend, a former Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of Leadership Greater Washington.  Originally an elementary school social studies teacher, DeCarlo became involved in international economic and justice work at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), developing USCRI's first overseas direct service programs, first for displaced Bosnian refugee youth and then survivors of the Rwandan genocide.

She encountered fair trade while traveling in Mexico in 1999, and soon thereafter became a volunteer with Mut Vitz Coffee Cooperative in Chiapas. Thereafter, she became the director of the newly independent Fair Trade Resource Network in 2001 and led that organization's growth and development before joining Catholic Relief Services in 2005, where she is currently Fair Trade Program Advisor.

Loretta J. Ross ‘07
2009

Loretta RossMs. Ross is the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, a network of 80 women of color and allied organizations founded in 1997 that work on reproductive justice issues.
Ross graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and is enrolled in the women’s studies doctoral program at Emory University.  She was awarded honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from Arcadia University in 2003.

In 2004, Ross was National Co-Director of the April 25, 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington D.C., which brought over one million activists to the capitol.  
Ross was one of the first African-American women to direct the first rape crisis center in the United States in the 1970s.  From 1985 to 1989, she served as the Director of Women of Color Programs for the National Organization for Women, organizing the first national conference on Women of Color and Reproductive Rights in 1987.

Jo Cranford Hodges `00
2008

CranfordMs. Hodges graduated in 2000 with a degree in Political Economy. After several years in a corporate environment, she entered the non-profit sector with CARE USA.  As Deputy Director of Private Support Operations for CARE USA, Ms. Hodges is responsible for providing leadership and strategy for CARE’s private sector fundraising team.  Her team bridges partnerships with private donors that lead to transformational development in advancing CARE’s mission to end poverty.  Through her work, she has visited CARE programming throughout South America, Africa and Asia. In November 2003, the citizens of Hapeville, Georgia elected Ms. Hodges as their Alderman, the highest-ranking official on the City Council, making her the youngest elected official in the City’s history.  She completed her term in January 2008.

Jacqueline DeCarlo `87
2007

Jacqueline DeCarlo Ms. DeCarlo has a Master of Science in Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, a B.A. in Sociology and Certificate in Elementary Education from Agnes Scott College and has experience in education and not-for-profit management. Originally an elementary school social studies teacher, DeCarlo became involved in international economic and justice work at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), developing USCRI's first overseas direct service programs, first for displaced Bosnian refugee youth and then survivors of the Rwandan genocide.

She encountered fair trade while traveling in Mexico in 1999, and soon thereafter became a volunteer with Mut Vitz Coffee Cooperative in Chiapas. Thereafter, she became the director of the newly independent Fair Trade Resource Network in 2001 and led that organization's growth and development before joining Catholic Relief Services in 2005, where she is currently Fair Trade Program Advisor.

Dr. Lily Chan `75
2006

Lilly ChanDr. Chan has a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Illinois Medical Center, a B.A. in Biology with honors from Agnes Scott College, and over 20 years of senior management experiences in the biomedical sciences industry. Recently named CEO of NUS Enterprise at the National University of Singapore, Dr. Chan was previously the Managing Director of Bio*One Capital; Deputy Director of the Bioprocessing Technology Center, a research center funded by the Agency for Science Technology and Research; General Manager of Genelabs Diagnostics and Diagnostic Biotechnology; Quality and Technical Manager of Singapore Biotech, a company involved in Hepatitis B vaccine manufacturing; and she held research positions at Tufts University and the National University of Singapore. During her tenure at Diagnostic Biotechnology and Genelabs, she developed a portfolio of virology products for the company, some of which have become the industry standards for the confirmation in HIV and HTLV infections.

Ruth Feicht `86
2005

FeichtAfter graduating from Agnes Scott with a degree in psychology, Ruth '86 spent almost two years doing research with Dr. Ayşe Carden much of it in Turkey. In 1988, Ruth began her career in telecommunications by joining Bell South where she spent her time working on various aspects of wireless communications.

In 1993, she was invited to join a group of colleagues to start a Personal Communications Services (PCS) company. After two years there she did a brief stint as a consultant before beginning her career in the medical device industry. In 1996, she and three friends founded IBt, a medical device company, in Belgium. In the fall of 2004, she stepped down as President of the US subsidiary to spend more time traveling. She is currently a Director of the US subsidiary helping with sales and regulatory and is on the Board of the parent company. During her spare time, Ruth enjoys travel, sports and all things Turkish.

Amy K Hutchinson MD `86
2003

HutchisonAmy Hutchinson '86 joined the faculty at Emory University as an associate professor of ophthalmology in 2002 after serving on the faculty at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for seven years. Hutchinson, credits her liberal arts background with making her more attuned to patients. "Patients often judge the quality of their physician not by their fund of knowledge or impressive CVs, but by whether or not the physician listens to their concerns and addresses them squarely," she said.

While working with ORBIS International as a volunteer physician, Hutchinson went to Vietnam on teaching missions twice in 2000. On the first mission, she and her colleagues discovered an epidemic of retinopathy of prematurity, which is an eye disease affecting premature babies that can cause blindness if not treated. Amy and her colleagues helped set up a program to prevent childhood blindness with an emphasis on retinopathy.

Zeynep Yalim-Uzun `90
2002

ZeynepAfter completing high school at Robert College in Istanbul, Zeynep moved to Atlanta to attend Agnes Scott College. She completed a double major in economics and psychology graduating in 1990. During her years at Agnes Scott, Zeynep was an active member of Mortarboard and served as president of Chimo.

After graduation, Zeynep returned to Istanbul to work with a large Turkish conglomerate, Koç Holding, as a management trainee. She joined Unilever in 1992 working in various marketing management positions on many of the company’s diverse brands for food, home and personal care products. In 1998 Zeynep relocated to Poland to work as the Regional Marketing Manager for Central and Eastern Europe, where she managed the Rama brand in 22 countries. After returning to Turkey in 2001, Zeynep assumed responsibility for the home care portfolio of Unilever Turkey, which includes five global brands such as Omo, Surf, Snuggle, Cif and Domestos.

Zeynep is married and has a daughter, Deniz. In her free time, she loves travelling, painting and participating in sports such as tennis and yoga. In her youth, Zeynep used to be a licensed sailor and although she doesn’t compete anymore, her love for the sea continues. Zeynep and her family sometimes spend summer vacations cruising on the Aegean.