Each year, the alumni body is invited to submit nominations for two alumni awards: the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Young Alumni Service Award. Any member of the Academy community (alumni, family of past or current students, faculty, staff, or current student) may nominate anyone who attended Albuquerque Academy. Nominations for the 2018 awards must be submitted by March 1, 2018. For more information or to submit a nomination, click here.
Distinguished Alumni Award
The Alumni Council presents the Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of extraordinary achievement or service that exemplifies the principles and values of Albuquerque Academy. It may honor an individual for one noteworthy act, or for many years of effort and accomplishment.
The intent is to recognize members of the Academy community making significant contributions to society, more than to highlight persons merely on the basis of human interest or fascinating and unusual life stories. Presentation of the award will occur on an annual basis.
Young Alumni Service Award
Created by the Alumni Council to recognize notable service to the community and society that exemplifies the spirit of the Albuquerque Academy mission, the Young Alumni Service Award will be presented annually during Alumni Weekend to one recipient who is 35 years of age or younger at the time of nomination, and who has made significant personal achievements in serving the local, national, or international community.
Nominees for this award must:
- demonstrate dedicated volunteer service to others;
- have developed, implemented, or participated in a program, event, or special outreach effort that improves the lives of others;
- exhibit leadership and creative ability in addressing and solving societal problems;
- embody the ideals of the Academy mission
Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Stacey Epstein ’87 attended Albuquerque Academy and went on to receive her BA in English from Emory University in 1991, where she was a four-time First Team All-Conference and two-time All-South goaltender for the Women’s Varsity Soccer Team. Stacey began her career as an administrative assistant at Oracle, where she quickly rose the ranks, and went on to hold a series of sales and marketing roles at various technology companies in Silicon Valley. Stacey was most recently Chief Marketing Officer at Banjo, following a 6-year tenure as CMO at ServiceMax (acquired by GE for $1B), and 5-year term as Global VP of Marketing at SuccessFactors (acquired by SAP for $3.4B).
Stacey Epstein is CEO of Zinc, an enterprise communication platform that connects deskless workforces with the people and knowledge that drive business results. She’s a passionate advocate for the advancement of women in the workplace, and has extensive experience generating demand, fueling growth and building companies from stealth startup to brand name, global technology organizations. Outside of the office, Stacey is mother to two young daughters and is a prolific writer about her perspective concerning women in business, entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation. Her pieces have appeared in Inc., Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Recode, among others.
Katie Ogawa is a fourth year medical student at University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Born in Wisconsin but raised in New Mexico, Katie considers herself a New Mexican. She graduated from Albuquerque Academy in 2010 and then left the state to attend college at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. At Trinity, she majored in Biology and started the first service learning community, HOPE Hall (Homelessness Outreach Pursuing Education) which connected students to service opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness.
Since back in Albuquerque, Katie has continued to serve individuals experiencing homelessness by volunteering at a weekly clinic held at the Albuquerque Opportunity Center and working to connect men into primary care. She currently serves on the boards of Heading Home and Manzano Day School.
Katie is committed to making Albuquerque a healthy community for all and will pursue a residency program in Family Medicine upon completion of medical school.
Brent Carey entered Albuquerque Academy as a ninth grader in the fall of 1975, the last “all boys” ninth grade class. Upon graduation in 1979, he was awarded “The Faculty Prize” (then awarded to a student by a vote of the faculty) and the Congressional Certificate of Merit.
Brent earned a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in economics from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA in finance from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, where he was named a William Howard Keenan Fellow and a Jones Scholar.
His first foray into Academy athletics began during ninth grade when he started video-taping the basketball games. Over the next four years, he helped then-athletic director, Joe Armijo, in nearly all sports, typically running the clock, filming, or scorekeeping. When he returned to Albuquerque after college (1983) he began announcing football games. Over time, that role expanded to soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball games, as well. With the exception of football, he generally runs the scoreboard/clock while announcing games. He is also the starter for track and cross country meets, and has recently been the starter for the state high school track championships and other regional meets in Albuquerque.
Moving beyond athletics, Brent joined the Academy Alumni Council in the early 1990s, eventually serving as Alumni Association president from 2003-2005. It was during that time that the Distinguished Alumni Award was conceived and first awarded. As Alumni president, he also served on the school’s Board of Trustees for those two years, including serving as chair of the budget committee his second year.
Brent Carey founded Financial Strategy Group, Inc., with Susan Buchroeder in 2003, bringing more than ten years’ experience in business valuation and financial consulting to the firm.
Brent has two daughters, both of whom attended Albuquerque Academy. Alexis ’14 is entering her senior year at American University in Washington, D.C. Rachel ’17 begins at Colorado School of Mines in Golden this fall.
Distinguished Alumni: Christopher Schmidt-Nowara ‘84
Young Alumni: Christopher Marianetti ‘99
Distinguished Alumni: Kristine Hain ’85 Rollinson
Young Alumni: Tomas Atencio Pacheco ‘99
Distinguished Alumni: Gary Gordon ‘79
Young Alumni: Kristen Clauss ‘07
Distinguished Alumni: Ian McKinnon ‘85
Young Alumni: Tara Perea ’06 Palomares
Distinguished Alumni: Joshua Ramo ‘87
Young Alumni: Beau Hilland ‘06
Distinguished Alumni: Norman Bay ‘78
Young Alumni: Neely Crane-Smith ’02 Heubach
Distinguished Alumni: Jonathan Wolfe ‘88
Young Alumni: Consuelo Gonzales ‘04
Distinguished Alumni: David Eagleman ‘89
Distinguished Alumni: Tom Casey ‘93
Distinguished Alumni: Laura Hood ’89 Watchman
Deborah Cantrell ‘78
R. Martin Chavez ‘81