The 2020 Distinguished Volunteer Awards Dinner
Save the Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts
Jim Cleary '50, H'93, was founder of the Fides and President's Circle annual giving societies. He was co-chair of the University's first truly ambitious capital campaign, which began in 1988 and well exceeded its goal. Jim was also the creator of our highly successful Pops on the Heights program. His ideas and energy propelled Boston College’s development program to a new level of achievement. Accordingly, this special award is presented to University Advancement volunteers who have distinguished themselves as masters by providing ideas, energy, and leadership.
The 2019 honoree is
Steven M. Barry '85, P'14, '17
Steve is chief investment officer of Fundamental Equity at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, responsible for the overall business management of the global Fundamental Equity franchise. He also serves as chief investment officer of the U.S. equity team, where he is responsible for the portfolio management and investment research process of the firm’s U.S. large and mid-cap strategies. Steve has 34 years of investment experience. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2001 and partner in 2004.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Steve spent 11 years as a vice president at Alliance Capital Management. He began his career as an associate at E.F. Hutton.
Steve serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston College and co-chair of the Wall Street Council.
Steve earned a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Boston College in 1985.
The highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association, this award was created in 1936 in honor of its first recipient, William V. McKenney '15. The award recognizes a Boston College graduate whose outstanding service to a chosen profession, community, or cause reflects honor on the University.
The 2019 honoree is
Javier J. Rodriguez '93, P'22
Javier hosted the Denver Chapter’s Always an Eagle event this fall, attracting more attendees than any of Boston College’s previous Denver events. Since graduating in 1993, he has played an active role in supporting the Salvadoran economic development service trip led by Fr. Richard McGowan’s, MDiv’83, and Boston College Athletics. Javier’s son Xander is a student in the Carroll School of Management.
Javier is president and CEO of DaVita Kidney Care, a Fortune 500 company that provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the U.S. and abroad. DaVita delivers dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease and strives to improve patients’ quality of life by innovating clinical care and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams, and convenient health-management services.
Since joining DaVita in 1998, Javier has held several different operations and management positions: He was senior vice president of operations for DaVita’s northeastern region before being promoted to president of DaVita Kidney Care in 2012 and named CEO of the company in 2014. Currently, he oversees all aspects of the company’s kidney care operations, which encompass more than 2,300 dialysis centers, 199,000 patients, and 67,000 teammates.
Prior to joining DaVita, Javier worked for Baxter Healthcare Corporation in finance and also served as director of operations for CBS Marketing Inc. in Mexico City.
Javier earned a B.S. in finance and marketing from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He also completed an executive program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
He serves on the board of directors for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Javier and his wife, Jodi, live in Englewood, Colorado with their three children: Alexander, Nicolas, and Emily.
The Curley Award honors an outstanding volunteer who has committed both time and resources to advance the efforts of Boston College and especially the Athletic Department. The award is named for BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame member John P. Curley '13, who is widely acknowledged as having brought BC athletics into the modern era.
The 2019 honoree is
William V. Campbell, H'12, posthumously
(Eileen Bocci Campbell will accept the award on behalf of her husband)
Bill Campbell, who made a name for himself in the business world as a mentor to tech titans in Silicon Valley, passed away on April 18, 2016. Despite his career successes, he never forgot his humble upbringing in Homestead, Pennsylvania, or his coaching career start as an assistant football coach at BC from 1968 to 1973. He recruited and coached numerous Eagles who went on to play in the NFL before he left BC to become head coach at his alma mater, Columbia University.
Bill maintained personal relationships with many of the student-athletes he coached during his time at BC and made sure to give to BC Athletics with generous donations, including a $5 million pledge to help build Fish Field House, endow the William V. Campbell Director of Athletics position, and support the Flynn Fund. Bill also created the William J. Flynn Endowed Scholarship. Bill’s personal playbook, which was all about giving back, in big and small ways without fanfare, was a model for all of the BC community to use as a guide for philanthropy.
In 1983, Bill joined a young Silicon Valley company, Apple Computer, as vice president of marketing, and eventually became the CEO and COB of Intuit, the maker of the software applications Quicken and TurboTax. Along the way Bill “Coach” Campbell made a name for himself as a mentor and a savvy management guru to Steve Jobs of Apple, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, and Jeff Bezos of Amazon. Bill was known as “The Coach of Silicon Valley”—a shrewd, salty, bighearted, exuberant, high-octane mentor.
Since 1990, the National Football Foundation has selected a top NCAA football student-athlete every year to win the coveted William V. Campbell Trophy. The award recognizes the best football scholar-athlete in the nation, with all candidates winning post-graduate scholarships and attending an awards dinner where the winner is honored.
Named after John J. Griffin, Sr., '35, H'72, who was one of the University's most dedicated contributors, this award recognizes the crucial role that volunteers play in Alumni Association programming, which is a cornerstone of the University's advancement efforts. The Griffin Alumni Association Award is presented to an outstanding volunteer whose meritorious service on behalf of Boston College contributed to the advancement of the academic mission of higher education in the Jesuit tradition at the grassroots level of the alumni organization.
The 2019 honorees are
Neeraj R. Prathipati '11 and Brendan N. Feinberg '11
Neeraj graduated from the Boston College in 2011 with a degree in economics. He is currently working in private equity at The Beekman Group, where he is focused on investments across the health care industry, primarily within the services and technology subsector. Prior to this role, he held various finance roles, including that of an investment banker.
In 2014, Neeraj worked with Brendan Feinberg to bring Boston College Technology & Entrepreneurship Council programming, networking, and educational events to the New York City area.
Neeraj also sits on the Boston College Alumni Association Board of Directors, where he works with the rest of the board to help advance BC’s goals and support alumni engagement strategies.
Neeraj lives in Manhattan and is originally from Irvine, California.
In 2014, Brendan worked with Neeraj Prathipati to bring Boston College Technology & Entrepreneurship Council programming, networking, and educational events to the New York City area. Brendan also sits on the Associates Council for Let's Get Ready, a nonprofit organization that provides low-income high school students with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling, and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college.
Brendan graduated from the Boston College Carroll School of Management in 2011 with a degree in management and concentrations in finance and economics. He is currently a community director at WeWork, where he oversees the company's business in downtown Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn. Prior to this role, he held various finance and strategy roles at WeWork and has prior professional experience as an investment banker, a venture investor, and a startup operator.
Brendan lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Marina, whom he met during their senior year at BC.
A benevolent donor and a remarkable volunteer who inspired countless alumni to become engaged in the life of Boston College, Philip J. Callan, Sr., '25 devoted himself not only to volunteer service, but also to the enlistment of others so that the base of Boston College volunteers could grow. In 1977, in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to Boston College, Mr. Callan was posthumously awarded the William V. McKenney Award for bestowing honor and glory on his alma mater.
The 2019 honoree is
Kaitlyn M. McGillycuddy '14
Kaitlyn’s thirst for alumni involvement began while she was still a senior at BC. She worked to secure funds and over 70 percent class participation for the 2014 Senior Class Gift. Since her freshman year, Kaitlyn has been an active member of the Council for Women of Boston College, participating in various engagement panels, supporting events in New York City, and serving as a mentor. Additionally, Kaitlyn has been a dedicated member of the GOLD Leadership Council, volunteering and co-organizing donor “thank you” happy hours and Eagles football and basketball game watches in New York City. She has also served as a Wall Street Council young alumni table ambassador.
An 1863 and Neenan Society donor, Kaitlyn has also traveled to Dublin with Boston College celebrating events such as the Sesquicentennial and supporting the Eagles on the football “pitch” in the Emerald Isle Classic.
Kaitlyn has spent four years at Turbonomic, Inc., a private software company co-owned and operated by Bain Capital Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners, Highland Capital Partners, and ICONIQ Capital. Kaitlyn currently works as a senior enterprise engagement manager, overseeing and consulting Fortune 500 franchises through various IT transformation projects. Kaitlyn has achieved both Microsoft and Amazon certifications. On behalf of Turbonomic, Kaitlyn has spent time recruiting at Boston College career fairs, hosting current students in Turbonomic’s downtown offices, and speaking to various undergraduate classes to promote careers in technology for arts and sciences students.
Kaitlyn graduated from the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences with a major in history and minor from the Carroll School of Management in management and leadership. In the midst of planning her fifth reunion, Kaitlyn looks forward to continuing her high level of involvement with BC.
A dedicated volunteer, James F. Stanton '42 worked with the students of Boston College in the 1960s to establish the first Senior Class Gift program, with the goal of inspiring lifelong giving to Boston College. In recognition of his efforts, Mr. Stanton earned the William V. McKenney Award as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 1963, and he received the Presidential Bicentennial Award "Rale Medal" in 1976. The Stanton Award is presented to a past member of the Senior Class Gift Committee in recognition of outstanding volunteer service and leadership. The award honors a graduate whose work on the committee exemplifies the many efforts of James F. Stanton '42 on behalf of Boston College.
The 2019 honoree is
Jacqueline Elizabeth Lacovara '18
Jacqueline loved her Boston College experience and recognized the value and fond memories it gave her. She joined the Senior Class Gift Committee to give back to BC, the place that had given her so much.
Throughout her four years at BC, she was involved with the First Year Service Program, first as a volunteer in the Edison School in Dorchester, then as a reflection leader for the organization, and eventually as an administrative leader. She also held a work-study job at BC’s Campus School.
Jacqueline served as a greeter, an Eagle for a Day volunteer, and a tour guide for the Student Admission program. The summer before her senior year she worked as an orientation leader for incoming freshmen. She loved her experience working with freshmen, so during her senior year she went on to work as a teaching assistant for freshmen in the Courage to Know program. She also served as a fellow in the Career Center’s Endeavor program.
She graduated from Boston College in 2018 with a degree in international studies, concentrating in ethics and social justice, and a minor in Hispanic studies. Now, she is volunteering full-time in rural Costa Rica. She works as an English teacher to young adults looking to better their current life situations by gaining employment at local hotels and businesses where basic to intermediate levels of English are required. She remains an active member of the BC alumni community and is a member of the GOLD Council.