Each year, Friends School is proud to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves with outstanding professional and personal achievements, and those who have loyally dedicated their time and service to the School. We are happy to announce the 2022 award recipients, who will be honored over Alumni Weekend.
Distinguished Alumni Awards
David Chang ’72, M.D.
David is an ophthalmologist who has maintained a private practice in Los Altos, CA since 1984. Widely recognized as one of the top cataract surgeons in the world, he currently limits his practice to cataract and intraocular lens implant surgery. Dr. Chang regularly lectures to other surgeons in the U.S. and abroad. He has received the highest awards for cataract surgery from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and is well known for his leadership in humanitarian efforts to mitigate the leading cause of blindness (cataract) in developing countries. He has authored 5 best-selling textbooks, and Newsweek ranked him #2 on their list of top ophthalmologists in the US, based on a 2021 Statista survey of his peers.
Teresa Redd ’72, Ph.D.
Teresa is the president and founder of Redd Ed Consulting, LLC, and Professor Emerita at Howard University. Throughout her career, she has tirelessly sought to educate and bring together diverse communities—different disciplines, races, and nationalities. In her field, Dr. Redd has won multiple awards, she is frequently asked to be a featured speaker, and she has published many books and articles. At Howard, she directed the Writing Across the Curriculum Program and founded the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Assessment, an innovative center that attracted delegations from around the country and the world. For her contributions, she received Howard’s Teaching Excellence Award and was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum. Since retiring, she has continued to train faculty to help students communicate effectively across disciplines and racial divides.
Outstanding Alumni Service Award
Amy D'Aiutolo Mortimer ’87
Amy exemplifies the outstanding care and commitment to Friends School. Since her graduation, Amy has passionately served as a volunteer in every area that she could, including the Alumni Association Board as both a member and president, the Athletic Hall of Fame committee, the capital campaign, phonathons, reunion committees, and the Senior Family Gift Committee as a member and chair. In all of these roles, Amy has brought thoughtfulness and kindness to her work. Since 2005, she has employed her expertise as a member of the Admissions Office at Friends. First as Senior Associate Director of Admission, and now as Director of Admission, Amy has helped to enroll and acclimate thousands of students to the community that she loves.
Honorary Alumni Award
Kathryn “Kay” McConnell H’22
Kay is a professional garden consultant with a focus on education and native plants in Baltimore, MD. Since 2005, Kay has been the mastermind, and led the design and development, of the native plant teaching gardens on campus, which have become a symbol of the School’s commitment to sustainability. The gardens have become a signature program for the School and a source of great pride for alumni, who relish garden tours with Kay. In addition, she also serves the School community as an active member of the Sustainability Committee, and serves as a regular resource for teachers in all three divisions. Kay joins her three children, Will ’02, Thomas ’05 and Katie ’10, as one of our newest members of the Alumni Association.
Congratulations to all on these well-deserved honors.