The Distinguished Alumni Citation recognizes those alumni who, in thought and deed, embody the highest ideals and aspirations of a Ripon College education. Candidates may be selected on any one of the following criteria: distinction in his/her chosen field or profession (distinctive achievement); rendering outstanding service to his/her country, state or community (outstanding service); or rendering outstanding service to, and demonstrating a loyal and active interest in Ripon College (meritorious service).
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes and honors recent Ripon College graduates (10 years or less from graduation) who have, through personal efforts and commitment to the College or their local communities, distinguished themselves among their peers.
Both citations are awarded annually during Alumni Weekend. To be involved, please use the Nomination Form.
2018 Award Recipients
Distinguished Alumni Citation
Guy R. Henshaw ’68 of Danville, California, is a founder and managing partner of Henshaw/Vierra Management Counsel LLC. He received his master’s of business administration from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to establish an extensive history of excellence in consulting and financial work. He also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.
Throughout his life, Guy has founded, lead and improved a variety of businesses. In the beginning of his career, he was a banker in San Francisco and London, working in retail banking, capital markets, bank investment portfolios, and mergers and acquisitions. In the 1980s he founded and became president of a bank holding company. He has been a member of the board at Neomorphic, a privately held computational genomics company, as well as at Fair Isaac and Company, a data analytics company based in California. Guy has helped found both the Henshaw/Vierra Management Counsel LLC and iSystems LLC, a human resources application service provider.
At Ripon, Guy participated in forensics, College Days, ROTC and Sigma Chi. He served on the Ripon College Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2015, participating in the investment, audit and trusteeship committees, and in 2016 was named an Honorary Life Trustee. He is married to Susan Siegel Henshaw ’68 and has two daughters, Christine and Victoria. Guy and Susan are charter members of Partners in the Legacy and have served as Ripon College regional event hosts and volunteered on the Class of 1968 reunion committee for decades.
Jean Kirkpatrick Lederer ’73 of Bonita Springs, Florida, is dedicated to the advancement of nonprofit causes. Although she is retired from a career as a loan counselor, Jean still serves as guardian ad litem for foster children in the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida. She acts as the voice of children in the dependency court system, helping each child to have as normal a life as possible. She has long supported and advocated for programs serving children with special needs and was named “Friend of the Year” by Marklund, the nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities that cares for her oldest son.
Jean has an extensive list of past community involvement, including with the Fox Valley Girl Scout Council and Baker United Methodist Church. While working with preschoolers in Swaziland, she subsequently raised funds to educate 12 students so they could attend a private Christian school.She also has served Ripon College in a wide variety of volunteer capacities, having been the Class of 1973 Class Agent for more than two decades and organizing reunion celebrations since 1997. Jean is instrumental in keeping alumni engaged with the College. She is married to Gary Lederer ’72, and they have three children, Andrew, Beth and Stephen. Jean and Gary have supported Ripon College annually for 45 years and hosted several Ripon events at their home.
Jose M. Aleman ’78 of Panama City, Panama, is a founder and partner at Arias, Aleman & Mora Law Firm (1987). Jose is a founding director at Multibank Inc. (1989) and is also the chairman of Multibank Seguros S.A. He received his J.D. degree from Tulane University (1981). Jose also has a strong history in Panamanian politics, having joined the movement to return democracy to Panama in 1981.
He has served the government in various capacities; he was the undersecretary of government and justice (1991), secretary of state (1999-2003), and a member of the Foreign Relations Council (2009-11 and 2014-present). In 2004, he ran unsuccessfully as government candidate for the presidency of Panama, receiving 16 percent of the vote in a multiple-candidate election. Jose married his wife, Vicky, in 1983, and the couple have two children, Miguel and Felipe.
Erika L. Doss ’78 of South Bend, Indiana, is a professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She received a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Minnesota and is a respected author with a variety of publications. She has received several Fulbright awards and held fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her most recent book, American Art of the 20th-21st Centuries, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017 and has been lauded as both accessible and informative.
Erika’s work has been published in multiple media. Memorial Mapping: Transnational 9/11 Memorials, is “a digital humanities scholarship venture dedicated to geographically locating memorials around the world.” At Ripon College, she was a member of College Days, the External Affairs Committee and Phi Beta Kappa society. The daughter of Professor of Philosophy Emeritus Seale Doss, she is married to Geoffrey Thrumston ’78 and has two children, Zoe and Devon.
Outstanding Young Alumni
Joshua D. Frey ’09 of Aberdeen, Maryland, is a Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Strategic Planner for the U.S. Army. He has received master’s degrees from Troy University in Alabama and Webster University in Missouri.Josh has served as an Army Commissioned Officer for nine years in locations around the country and globe. He has received the Bronze Star Medal and the Department of Energy Secretary’s Achievement Award, and he recently was accepted to the Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling Program for completion of a master’s of science degree in nuclear engineering.
He is also a member of several groups and societies, including the Order of the Arrow (Boy Scout National Honor Society), the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, the U.S Cavalry and Armor Association, and the Chemical Corps Regimental Association.
At Ripon, Josh was a member of ROTC, Sigma Pi Sigma honor society, Physics Fun Force, and “the only person to use the shower in Farr Hall.”
Rachel S. Resop ’08 , currently of Washington, D.C., is a postdoctoral researcher at George Washington University. She has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her research in developmental hematology, the study of blood, and the effect of HIV on the immune system. Rachel has worked internationally with the American Association of Immunologists, the European Congress of Immunology, and the International AIDS Society. She has presented her research in Rome, Vienna, Malaysia and South Africa. She participated in a number of public service projects, including the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, the UCLA Mobile Clinic Project and the California HIV/AIDS Research Project, and has volunteered on medical/ service trips to Romania, Ghana and Central America.
She completed a public policy fellowship with the American Association of Immunologists this year, advocating in Washington, D.C., for funding for biomedical research. She aspires to continue a career in global health research and policy. At Ripon, Rachel was a member of the varsity soccer team and Beta Beta Beta and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. She graduated summa cum laude with majors in biology and spanish. She spent a semester abroad in Seville, Spain, as part of her major. She is engaged to Dr. Dimitrios Vatakis, originally of Xios, Greece, whom she met while performing her Ph.D. research at the University of California, Los Angeles.