Outstanding Alumnae of 2015

Linda Kay Hudson McGowan ’65

Service to the College

Linda Kay Hudson McGowan ’65 began her service to the college during her time as a student, when she served as class president. After graduating, she served as class president for 10 years, and also served as president of the Alumnae Association from 2008 to 2010. During her tenure, she oversaw the revision of the bylaws of the Alumnae Association and restructuring of the Alumnae Board’s committees. McGowan served as a trustee of the college from 2008 to 2012.

McGowan’s employment at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began in 1984, and she has used her connections to provide internships and work-study opportunities in the field of public health for Agnes Scott students. Her contacts at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health helped Agnes Scott faculty negotiate opportunities for students to take courses at Emory during their senior year. Linda Kay and John McGowan created the McGowan Family Fund for Student Excellence in Public Health, which provides financial support to Agnes Scott public health majors.

Lucia Howard Sizemore ’65

Service to the Community

Lucia Howard Sizemore ’65 has been an active community volunteer wherever she has lived since graduating from Agnes Scott.  Her many interests have led to projects addressing the well-being of children and youth, the care of those unable to care for themselves, and to enriching the lives of others through teaching and learning about the broader world in which they live.  She loves to watch an idea come to fruition when people come together to create positive change in difficult situations.

She has given her energies to the boards of Decatur Cooperative Ministry, Agnes Scott Alumnae Board, DeKalb History Center, Leadership DeKalb, Oakhurst Community Garden (now Wylde Center), DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, the Junior League of DeKalb and the Mary Gay House Endowment Board.  She has served as an elder in three different Presbyterian Churches, and enjoyed working with children and youth in all of them.   As an Agnes Scott woman, she has endeavored to “think deeply, live honorably and to engage the social and intellectual challenges of [her] times.”

Lily Chan ’75

Distinguished Career

Lily Chan ’75 graduated with honors and a B.A. in Biology from Agnes Scott and then completed her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Illinois. Since 2006, she has served as the CEO of NUS Enterprise at the National University of Singapore, overseeing industry collaborations, business ventures, and innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives for the university.   She was previously the Managing Director, Investments, 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. Chan holds three issued U.S. patents in the field of infectious diseases, utilized as commercial products in the diagnostic arena.  She also sits on several national-level committees on enterprise and innovation.

Ann Teat Gallant ’68

Distinguished Career

Ann Teat Gallant ’68 majored in French literature at Agnes Scott, and obtained her master’s degree in romance languages from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She then earned her master’s degree in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management. She rose to become the director of marketing communications at the Baltimore Sun. During her time at the Sun, she developed the “Bags of Plenty” program, which raised over $5 million to feed the hungry in Baltimore while she was involved. More than 20 years later, it remains a key part of the Baltimore Food Bank’s collection efforts and has served as a national model. Gallant then served as vice president of corporate communications for CareFirst/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland. She has been selected three times as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, and in 2006 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Relations Society of America, Maryland Chapter. She is currently a partner in Synergies Consulting Group, a marketing and communications consulting group, and president of Gallant Marketing Solutions Inc. 

Tayyeba Ahmad Ali ’02

Young Alumna

After graduating magna cum laude from Agnes Scott, Dr. Tayyeba Ahmad Ali ’02 received her M.D. from the Emory School of Medicine. She completed her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She received a fellowship in cornea care and a second fellowship in uveitis at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. She makes annual trips to Guatemala to provide eye care to the poorest communities, and spent her honeymoon volunteering in Peru. She is currently co-director of the Gift of Sight program through Humanity First, an NGO that has raised funds to open a clinic and ambulatory surgical center in Guatemala. She plans to return to Arkansas to practice in underserved areas.