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Meet the 2020 Honorees

Continuing to recognize professional achievement, outstanding leadership, and volunteer commitment to Fairfield, this year’s Fairfield Awards will honor:


Clinton A. Lewis, Jr. ’88

Alumni Professional Achievement Award

Former Executive Vice President and Group President, Zoetis, Inc.
As executive vice president and group president responsible for International Operations, Commercial Development and Lifecycle Innovation, Global Genetics, Aquatic Health and Human Medical Diagnostics, Lewis is responsible for all markets outside the United States for Zoetis, a global animal health company that delivers quality medicines, vaccines, and diagnostic products. Lewis also oversees the company’s global commercial development and new product strategy. Among several distinctions throughout his career, Lewis has been recognized by Black Enterprise magazine as one of its 300 Most Powerful Executives, and by Savoy magazine as one of its Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.


H. Bart Franey ’67

Alumni Service Award

Retired Co-Founder & Principal at Wellness Environments, Inc., President of Friends of Fairfield Rugby
Franey retired in 2015 as co-founder and principal of Wellness Environments, which manufactures and installs clinical spaces for new hospital construction or renovations. He is also a founding member of CHER, the Coalition of Health Environments Research, whose mission is to promote, fund, and disseminate peer reviewed research contributing to effective and improved healthcare facility environments. Franey graduated with degrees in business and psychology from Fairfield, where he was involved in rugby from the early beginnings of the University’s rugby club, holding the role of president for the 1966 and '67 seasons. He is currently president of Friends of Fairfield Rugby, working to raise funds to support the men’s and women’s rugby teams as well as the Ciacci-Pascale Scholarship Fund, which provides financial aid for rugby student-athletes.


Paul F. Lakeland, PhD

Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award

Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Chair in Catholic Studies & Professor of Religious Studies
Teaching at Fairfield for the past 38 years and now the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Professor of Catholic Studies, Dr. Lakeland has served as chair of the department of Religious Studies, director of the University Honors Program, and for the past fifteen years, director of Fairfield’s Center for Catholic Studies. He is also the author of 10 books and the editor or co-editor of two more, as well as a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Theological Society, the College Theology Society, and the Catholic Theological Society of America (of which he was president in 2018-2019).


Claire and Woody Knopf, P’16

Parent Leadership Award

Chair of the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation Board and former Chairman and current consultant of Knopf Automotive (respectively)
Claire Knopf currently serves as chair of the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation Board and co-chair of the Women's Council for the Leon Hess Cancer Center Council at Monmouth Medical Center, and is a past community vice president of the Junior League of Monmouth County in New Jersey. She has been a member of Fairfield University’s Board of Trustees since 2016, having served on the Infrastructure and Student Life committees. Woody Knopf is the former chairman and a current consultant of Knopf Automotive in Red Bank, New Jersey. Founded by Woody’s father in 1945, the company is the oldest core supply network in the world. Additionally, Woody serves on the board of trustees of Monmouth Medical Center. He also served on the Transportation Transition Team for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and was appointed commissioner on the New Jersey Sports Authority in June 2019.

2020 Awards Dinner Committee


Patricia E. Glassford ’85
(Fairfield University Board of Trustees member, retired from GE as vice president and CFO)
Adrienne A. Johnson ’91
(managing director and chief transformation officer of AXA Equitable)

Serving as this year’s co-chairs are Patricia E. Glassford ’85 and Adrienne A. Johnson ’91. Glassford, a returning Fairfield Awards Dinner co-chair and member of the University’s Board of Trustees, worked at General Electric for more than 30 years and retired as its vice president and CFO. Johnson currently serves as the managing director and chief transformation officer of AXA Equitable; the 2020 Fairfield Awards Dinner is the first of her two-year term as co-chair.


Jessica L. Baehr ’04, MBA’11
Michael P. Bentivegna ’82
Robert Berchem, Esq, ’62, P’92
Katherine A. Black ’14
Kara A. Brady ’15, MS’16
Robert Z. Brandy ’15
Victor M. Clavelli ’94
Thomas Clements ’09
Jocelyn E. Collen ’06
William H. Connolly, Jr. ’69
John K. Courtmanche ’88
Marc D’Angelillio ’06

Jordan J. Freeman '13
Michael S. Guarnieri ’84
Kevin J. Guinan ’95
Craig W. Hanrahan ’89
James M. Knopf ’16
Matthew C. Kramer ’96
Tracy Lai MBA’11
Bryan L. LeClerc, Esq, ’84
Andrew S. Leone ’17
Anthony J. Luongo '96, MBA '03
John J. Manganiello ’97
Anif I. McDonald '16
Matthew C. McLaughlin ’89

Kristin Dodge McMahon ’87, P’21, ’20
Claretta S. Mills ’16
Lindsay E. Muldoon ’04
John R. O’Neill ’71, P’08
Dominic J. Paolino ’14
John G. Phelan Jr. ’89
Gary J. Raniolo ’09
Thairis R. Rivas '14
Paul E. Sheridan ’87
Thomas K. Sheridan ’87
John M. Sweeney ’94
Terrence F. Tangney ’87

Meet Our Scholarship Recipients

Brayan Elvir ’21

Major: Chemistry
Minor: Physics, Mathematics

Brayan loves how Fairfield’s size has allowed him to create strong connections with his professors. He feels fortunate to have experienced mentors guiding him during his time at Fairfield and expanding his knowledge through chemical research projects. On being a scholarship recipient, Brayan says, “I am completely grateful for this honor. It means so much to me that someone believes in me to the point where they are willing to sacrifice money for my future. This has only been more motivation to keep moving forward and succeeding.”


Zaid Aparicio ’19

Major: Nursing

The featured speaker at the 2019 Fairfield Awards Dinner, Zaid has since passed his nursing boards and is now working at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in West Haven, CT. He is participating in the VA’s post-baccalaureate residency program, caring for patients and training in a variety of healthcare disciplines. He loves his profession and finds it extremely rewarding to help people. He remains grateful to his professors at Fairfield and donors to the scholarship who helped make his education possible.


Anita Sebabi ’21

Major: Communication and International Studies

Anita values the many opportunities that Fairfield offers its students, crediting the University’s resources in her personal growth. She serves as Associate Director of the Diversity and Inclusion Board on FUSA, a Community Advocate and Relationship Educator (C.A.R.E.) team leader and was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award in the spring of 2019. In acknowledging the benefactors of the Alumni Multicultural Scholarship Fund, Anita says, “With a heart of gratitude, I would like to thank my scholarship donors for giving me the change to continue to obtain the quality education offered here at Fairfield. It encourages me to continue to prosper academically and every other way.”


Past Award Recipients

The Awards Dinner annually recognizes members of the University community who have exemplified Jesuit values in their communities, careers, and commitment to Fairfield.

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