Outstanding Alumnae of 2017

Susan Stevens Hitchcock ’67

Service to the College

Susan Stevens Hitchcock '67A native of Franklin, Ky., Susan Stevens Hitchcock ’67 received her B.A. in psychology with honor from Agnes Scott. During her 24-year career with Southern Bell/BellSouth Corporation, she held numerous leadership positions. As the first or only female leader in certain management roles, Susan championed advancement opportunities for other women. In 1992, she joined the Turknett Leadership Group as vice president of client services and executive director of women’s initiatives. She serves on the TLG Board and as the founder and director of TLG’s “Women in Leadership” seminar series, now in its 15th year. In her “SHEroes” project, Hitchcock interviewed and profiled 60+ women of achievement in a variety of fields and in 2012 she was inducted into the Womenetics Hall of Fame for her ongoing support of women and girls. 

Hitchcock’s other passion is Agnes Scott College. She has served on the Alumnae Board since 2008, was president of the Alumnae Association 2014–16 and is currently the National Alumnae Fund Chair. Hitchcock has also served on the Board of Trustees since 2014, is a member of the Executive Committee and chairs the Student Life Committee. As an active mentor of current and past students, she invites them to monthly leadership seminars and other high-profile events, reviews resumes, connects on social media and helps find internships and jobs. Other roles include class secretary, 50th Reunion Steering Committee member and member on two ASC search committees. Hitchcock is also a strong champion of SUMMIT, encouraging alumnae participation in recruitment and mentorship.

Hitchcock enjoys traveling with her husband, Garland, and is “Xanna” to four teenage grandchildren.

Ann Stein Alperin ’58

Service to the Community

Ann Stein Alperin '58Ann Stein Alperin ’58 graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Agnes Scott and is a full-time community volunteer engaged in trying to live the Judaic concept of “tikkun olam” (Hebrew for “repair the world”) to make the world a better place.

As a founding board member and then long-term executive director of Young Audiences of Atlanta (YA), Alperin created a statewide educational arts organization that developed professional artists into teaching artists, helping millions of young people learn about—and through—the arts, in innovative ways she called “sneaky education.” After she retired, Alperin continued to serve YA as the volunteer “den mother” for the Atlanta Junior League volunteers who supported arts programming in local schools.

Currently, Alperin is vice president of the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra board, and she co-chairs Leadership DeKalb’s Community Service Projects Committee and the Marketing/Communications Committee of Ahavath Achim Synagogue, where she also serves on the board of directors. Past volunteer leadership positions include at the Atlanta Public Schools, Westminster Schools, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestra, Medical Association of Atlanta Auxiliary, the Girl Scouts, The Link Counseling Center, Metropolitan Atlanta Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Ossabaw Island Cultural Taskforce, Epstein School, Georgia Coalition for Arts Education, trustee of Agnes Scott, having served 12 years on the board, during which she chaired the Committee on Trustees and served on the Executive, Student Life and Faith and Learning committees.

Alperin is married to Herb, a retired pediatrician. Their family includes grandchildren Yoel and Shira, granddog Bogart and children Jeff, Steve, Anat and Moose—the sneaky daughter who submitted this nomination.

Margaret L. Moses ’64

Distinguished Career

Margaret L. Moses '64Margaret L. Moses ’64 is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Agnes Scott. She earned an M.A.T. at Harvard, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in French at Indiana University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She is a professor of law at Loyola University

Chicago School of Law, where she serves as the director of the International Law and Practice Program. A scholar in the field of international commercial arbitration, her treatise on international commercial arbitration, The Principles and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration, was published by Cambridge University Press (3rd ed. 2017) and is widely used by scholars, students and practitioners around the world. She has also published numerous law review articles on both domestic and international arbitration. She is frequently invited to give lectures at U.S. and foreign universities and at international conferences. Her teaching and writings are informed by her participation as an arbitrator in arbitrations under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration and the American Arbitration Association’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations.

Before joining the Loyola law faculty, Moses practiced law in New York, New Jersey, Paris and Milan. She has worked with clients doing business in many parts of the globe, including Europe, North Africa, South America and China. In addition to arbitration, her areas of interest and research include international letters of credit, international business transactions and international trade finance. Moses also directs the Vis Moot Arbitration Program at Loyola, sending law students to compete each year at the Vis Moot International Arbitration Competition in Vienna and Hong Kong.

Married for 37 years to the late Michael J. Zimmer, Moses has two children, Michael, a screenwriter and filmmaker in Hollywood, and Lanier, a Luce Foundation scholarship recipient currently living in Myanmar.

Keri Payne Norris ’02

Outstanding Young Alumna

Kerry Payne Norris '02Keri Payne Norris, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.C.H.E.S. ’02, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies from Agnes Scott, a Master of Public Health in health administration, management and policy from Morehouse School of Medicine, a certificate of graduate

studies in gender and women’s studies from the University of South Carolina and a Doctor of Philosophy in health promotion, education and behavior from the University of South Carolina. She is currently the chief of health policy and administration at The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (owner of Grady Health System). Norris has been an instrumental part of the growth of The FDHA’s efforts to eliminate gaps in health care access and care in Fulton and DeKalb counties. She has worked with commissioners and community-based organizations to address mental health, violence, HIV/AIDS, sex trafficking and opioid abuse in the metropolitan area and to come up with viable solutions.

Norris has earned numerous awards; she was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health in 2012 at the University of South Carolina and was recognized for dedicated service as an outstanding alumni nominee at Morehouse School of Medicine in 2015. Norris is also a motivational speaker and author. Her book, "The Other Side of Thru" (pen name Payne Nickerson), focuses on the challenges of poverty, childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and survival. She is on the boards of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and Haven of Light International, where she works alongside other advocates to make changes in domestic violence policy, raise awareness and create prevention opportunities. Her work and experience led her to speak at the NCADV Awards reception before members of Congress, White House Violence Against Women Act staff and other leaders in anti-domestic violence/sexual assault advocacy. Norris is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Leadership DeKalb Class of 2017. She has one adult son and a grandson.