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2007 HAA award recipients

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The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Awards were established in 1990 to recognize outstanding service to Harvard University through alumni activities. This year’s awards ceremony will take place during the fall HAA board of directors meeting on Oct. 18.

Janet C. Corcoran A.B. ’79, M.C.R. ’83, of New York City, has long been a devoted volunteer for several Harvard alumni organizations. For the past three years she served as HAA vice president of University-wide affairs and has served as co-chair of the HAA Graduate Schools Committee and as a member of the HAA Awards Committee. Corcoran served the Kennedy School of Government (KSG) as member and chair of KSG’s Alumni Executive Council and chair of the Tri-State council.

She is currently a member of the Radcliffe Institute Alumni Outreach Advisory Committee. Corcoran is president of Common Good, a bipartisan legal reform coalition. Previously, she was president of PENCIL, a nonprofit organization dedicated to generating and coordinating civic support for the New York City public school system. She serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations and is a policy adviser for many national industry groups and trade associations.

Eric L. Eversley Jr. C.A.S. ’73, Ed.D. ’76, of Freeport, N.Y., served on the HAA board of directors for more than a dozen years and served as HAA vice president for University-wide affairs. He was chair of the HAA Awards Committee and was an HAA elected director from 1992 to 1995. Former chair of the Alumni Council for the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Eversley is currently a member of the Visiting Committee for Harvard College. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Harvard Club of Long Island and a former member of the board of directors for the Harvard Club of Chicago.

He has been an administrator and educator for almost 40 years and has been a leader for schools and school districts in Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, and New York. He currently serves as superintendent of schools for the Freeport Public Schools in New York. Most recently, the Nassau County Music Educators Association recognized Eversley as superintendent of the year.

Victoria Franklin-Sisson A.B. ’87, of Birmingham, Ala., was chair of the HAA Alumni Leadership Conference in 2000 and 2001, significantly raising the profile of the conference. From 1998 to 2001, she was the HAA regional director for the Southeastern states. She served as chair of the HAA Clubs Committee from 2002 to 2005 and was a member of the Recent Graduates Committee. Franklin-Sisson is currently a member of the Harvard Club of Birmingham, having previously served in the roles of vice president and secretary. She has been an alumni interviewer for future Harvard students since 1987.

Franklin-Sisson is an attorney at Miller, Hamilton, Snider, and Odom LLC, where she represents corporate and public clients. She is currently chair of the Disability Access Committee of City States.

Kenneth Froewiss A.B. ’67, A.M. ’75, Ph.D. ’77, of Short Hills, N.J., has been an active volunteer for both the College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He has served on his Class Steering Committee and Reunion Gift Steering Committee and as former chair and current member of the Graduate School Alumni Association Council. He is currently serving as an associate chair for the Graduate School Fund. Froewiss has been an alumni interviewer for Harvard College since 1999.

A clinical professor of finance and academic director of Executive Programs at the Stern School of Business in New York City, Froewiss was the co-head of the Financial Institutions Group at J.P. Morgan from 1984 to 1996 and previously worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and at Goldman Sachs. He also served as a Russian language translator in the Army Security Agency.

Michael LeVine A.B. ’52, of Tampa, Fla., has been an active volunteer for Harvard in many capacities. He served as vice president and president of the Harvard Club of Sarasota (Fla.), vice president and president of the Harvard Club of Cincinnati, and president of the Harvard Club of Kansas City. He is also a former director of the Harvard Alumni Association, a former area chair for the Harvard College Fund, and an interviewer for the Schools and Scholarship Committee. LeVine was a member of his 35th, 40th, and 45th Reunion Gift Steering Committees and was associate chair of the Harvard-Radcliffe Parents’ Association.

LeVine is retired from Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, where he was division director of marketing. He spent his entire career at Procter & Gamble, where he also served as division manager of merchandising and vice president of the Folger Coffee Co., a Procter & Gamble subsidiary. He and his wife have two children, both of whom attended Harvard (Marc Jay LeVine A.B. ’80 and Robert LeVine A.B. ’83).

Richard F. Strasser A.B. ’82, J.D. ’85, M.B.A. ’86, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was the HAA co-regional director for Latin America from 2002 to 2007 and served as the co-chair of the HAA Clubs Committee. He has been president of the Harvard Club of Brazil since 2001 and is a member of the Harvard Club of New York City. In addition, Strasser is a member of the Brazil Advisory Group for the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) and served as a director of DRCLAS.

Strasser works for Contrarian Capital Management LLC as director of Latin America. He was formerly an attorney at Shearman & Sterling LLP, where he advised internationalizing Brazilian companies on U.S. legal issues.