Alumni Awards

At Reunion, it has become an annual tradition to celebrate special accomplishments by alumni from the year’s Reunion classes. Nominations are made by fellow alumni to select those who will receive three distinctive awards: the Loyalty Award, the Humanitarian Award, and the Achievement Award.

Alumni Achievement Award
Established in 1986, to pay tribute to an alumnus/a who demonstrates outstanding contributions in a particular career or field of interest.

Alumni Humanitarian Award
Established in 1994, to honor an alumnus/a who demonstrates extraordinary contributions or service to humankind.

Alumni Loyalty Award
Established in 1981, to honor an alumnus/a who demonstrates an extraordinary commitment of time, energy, and enthusiasm to Thayer Academy.

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2017 Achievement Award: Kelly Amonte Hiller '92

• Nine-time NCAA Champion (seven as coach, two as player)
• Five-time IWLCA National Coach of the Year
• Seven-time American Lacrosse Conference Coach of the Year
• Career coaching record of 229-40
• Record-holder, NCAA Tournament wins and winning percentage (36-4, .900)
• 2012 U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductee
• 2009 Italian-American Hall of Fame Inductee
• 18 former players or assistants coaching in Division I women's lacrosse
• Two-time NCAA National Player of the Year (1995, 1996)
• 1996 ACC Female Athlete of the Year
• Three-time participant in IFWLA World Cup
• 2005 All-World Team selection
* 2001 Thayer Academy Hall of Fame recipient

Back in May of 2005, Kelly Amonte Hiller etched her name in the annals of college athletics when she guided her upstart Northwestern team to an undefeated season and the first lacrosse NCAA Championship ever won by a team outside the Eastern time zone.

Since then, Amonte Hiller has turned what was an etching in the NCAA record books into one of the most stunning, compelling and awe-inspiring chapters ever written on the topic.

After resurrecting a Northwestern program that had not competed at the varsity level in more than 10 years, Amonte Hiller has led the Wildcats to a remarkable seven women's lacrosse national championships in the last 10 years, reaching the national semifinals 10 years in a row from 2004 to 2014 and tying an NCAA record with eight straight title game appearances in the process. Northwestern's dominance since its breakthrough 2005 season has been nothing short of legendary: a 226-26 (.897) overall record, 10 American Lacrosse Conference championships and a 39-6 (.867) record in NCAA Tournament play, making Amonte Hiller the winningest coach in Tournament history.

Amonte Hiller's stunning success as the architect of the Northwestern Lacrosse program comes on the heels of one of the most outstanding playing careers the sport has ever seen. The Massachusetts native won back-to-back national player of the year awards while starring for the University of Maryland, and continued her career as a standout for the United States National Team for nearly a decade. In 2012, Amonte Hiller reached the pinnacle of her sport when she was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in recognition of her achievements as a player.

Northwestern's rapid rise to national prominence under Amonte Hiller — particularly in an area of the country rarely associated with women's lacrosse — has caught the eyes of many, in and out of lacrosse. In 2011, ESPN The Magazine named Amonte Hiller one of the 20 best recruiters across all college sports, joining the likes of other multiple-time NCAA champion coaches Mike Krzyzewski of Duke (men's basketball) and Anson Dorrance of North Carolina (women's soccer). In 2012, the Big Ten Network profiled the NU head coach as one of 12 Big Ten coaching icons in the conference's history, putting her in the company of Big Ten legends such as Bobby Knight (Indiana), Bo Schembechler (Michigan) and Dan Gable (Iowa).

Amonte Hiller was named to Crain's Chicago Business' prestigious "40 Under 40" list for the 2013 calendar year, paying tribute to her relentless efforts to grow participation in and visibility of women's lacrosse at all levels in the Midwest.

In the four years before her arrival at Northwestern, Amonte Hiller held three different assistant coaching posts at the collegiate level. During the 1997 and 1998 seasons, she served as the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Brown. In 1999, Amonte Hiller served in a similar capacity at the University of Massachusetts. In 2000, again as an assistant, she helped guide Boston University to its first top-10 ranking and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Kelly resides in Evanston with her husband and assistant coach, Scott, and daughters Harlee and Lew.

2017 Achievement Award: Robert A. Sunshine '62

Bob Sunshine has played key roles at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) since he first joined the staff in 1976, just one year after its founding. During that period, his work and his leadership have helped to establish CBO as an indispensable source of objective, high-quality budget and economic analysis for the U.S. Congress and as the gold standard for parliamentary budget offices throughout the world.

From 1978 to 1994, Bob served as Chief of the Natural and Physical Resources Cost Estimates Unit in CBO’s Budget Analysis Division, overseeing the preparation of more than three-quarters of the cost estimates that the agency prepared for legislation being considered by the Congress. He became the Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis in 1995 and the Assistant Director in charge of the Budget Analysis Division in 1999. In that capacity, he managed about one-third of the agency’s staff and supervised the preparation of all cost estimates and intergovernmental mandate statements (which identify the costs of federal mandates on state, local, or tribal governments) for legislation being considered by the Congress. He also managed the preparation of CBO's multiyear projections of federal spending that constitute the "baseline" for the Congressional budget process; the agency's annual analysis of the President's budget; and its ongoing estimates of spending for the Congress's budget scorekeeping system. In 2003, he received the James L. Blum Award for exceptional and distinguished accomplishment and leadership in public budgeting from the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis.

In 2007, Bob became CBO’s Deputy Director and served in that position—under three Directors—for almost nine years, the longest anyone had ever held that position. During that time, he was Acting Director of CBO during a two-month period when the Director position was vacant. In those leadership roles, he helped guide CBO through its work for the Congress on analyses related to the financial crisis, health care legislation, and other important national issues; played a major role in ensuring the quality, timeliness, and clarity of CBO’s products in the face of tight legislative deadlines and intense public scrutiny; and testified several times before Congressional committees. Since stepping down from that position last year, Bob has continued to provide guidance to CBO’s staff and careful review of major reports as a senior advisor to the Director.

2017 Humanitarian Award: Dr. Jeremy Goverman '92

Jeremy Goverman, MD '92, Plastic Surgeon and Burn Specialist at Mass General Hospital graduated from Thayer in 1992, and attended Union College. He earned his medical degree from Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine.

Jeremy spent 9 years obtaining specializations that would allow him to provide the highest quality burn care to his patients from the moment of injury to discharge from the hospital, to re-entry into the community.

After a five-year residency in General Surgery, he received additional training in burn surgery, surgical critical care, and plastic surgery. This has afforded Jeremy the unique privilege of treating patients with burns throughout their recovery.

Jeremy is part of the multidisciplinary team of burn care providers at the Sumner Redstone Burn Center and the Fraser Outpatient Burn Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, who can handle the most complex burn injuries. Jeremy was also instrumental in treating some of the burn victims during the marathon bombing tragedy.

2017 Loyalty Award: Dr. Geoffrey C. Goodale '62 P '84, '91, '97

Geoff Goodale graduated from Thayer in 1962. He received his A.B. (1966) and M.A.T (1968) at Brown University and his PhD from Boston University in 1974. He began teaching English at Thayer in 1981. Through the course of his career he served as the Acting Head of the English Department, Secretary to the Cum Laude Society, Junior Varsity Tennis Coach, Middle School Wrestling Coach and Advisor to Black & Orange, Thayer's yearbook. He retired from the Academy in 2013 after 32 years. His wife, Prudence Buckley Goodale, is a member of the class of 1963 and 2003 Hall of Fame inductee. Their three sons, Geoffrey '84, Nathaniel '91, and Douglas '97, all attended Thayer.

Geoff is still very active around campus and has been a valuable and avid member of Thayer’s Alumni Board for the past three years. Geoff says, "Thayer has played a major role in my life, and I would like to keep my connection with the Academy active and productive. The opportunity to serve on the Alumni Board and help strengthen the relationships between the Academy and its alums is an exciting prospect for me."