2019 Alumni of the Year Award Recipients

The Alumni Association salutes University of Arizona alumni for their achievements, public service, advocacy for education, volunteerism and service to students, the colleges and the university.

Click on each award winner's name to watch a video about their career and accomplishments.

Natalie LaHood


Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Natalie A. LaHood ’12 ’14

Leader in the global health arena with a passion for helping the underserved.


Jannick Rolland-Thompson


James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences
Jannick Rolland-Thompson ’90

Pioneer in the field of optical sciences with extraordinary technical achievements, distinguished service, volunteerism, and commitment to the next generation with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

Alok Patel

The Honors College
Alok Patel ’07 ’12

A practicing pediatrician, entrepreneur and health care visionary utilizing his innovative communication skills and talent to make a tangible difference in the lives of people.

Daniel Derksen


Collegeof Medicine – Tucson
Daniel Derksen ’79 ’84

Nationally renowned health care policy and rural health expert with a passion for leading efforts to improve health of underserved populations.

Scott Pask


College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture
Scott Pask ’90

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning scenic designer with a talent for creating built environments to enhance the spirit of a story.


Sue Roe


College of Nursing
Sue Roe ’68 ’72

Highly respected professional and community leader, skillful facilitator, an accomplished administrator and change agent.

Walt Zipperman


Eller College of Management
Walt Zipperman ’69

Business executive dedicated to improving student experiential learning who is playing an integral role in developing tomorrow’s business leaders.

Brad Slater


College of Fine Arts
Brad Slater ’96

Entertainment industry executive with a large portfolio of highly successful actors who finds time to give back to students by providing curriculum advice and real-world training outside of the classroom.

Laura N. Banks-Reed


College of Education
Laura N. Banks-Reed ’43 ’66 ’70 ’81

A born leader and pioneer for diversity and civil rights in Tucson who has distinguished herself and the university throughout her career in education, community engagement and philanthropy.

Dana Vandersip


College of Humanities
Dana Vandersip ’88

Successful philanthropist and culture-setting executive, leading teams involved in making a difference in areas of great human interest to positively impact society.

Jani C. Ingram


College of Science
Jani C. Ingram ’90

Scientist with an impressive career as an educator and in research with a commitment to investigating environmental health factors and servicing underrepresented populations.

Dave Schechter


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dave Schechter ’90

Business executive and community leader who is committed to assisting future generations who have typically been underserved.

Steven Russo


James E. Rogers College of Law
Steven Russo ’75 ’78

Arizona law firm principal widely known for his contributions to the legal profession and a longstanding philanthropist with a passion to help shape the next visionaries and community pillars.

Mike Hoover


College of Engineering
Mike Hoover ’83

Business executive dedicated to the construction and engineering communities at local and national levels, and a champion for the university.

F. Ronald Rayner


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
F. Ronald Rayner ’64

A fourth-generation farmer and a key player in the transition and sustainability of Arizona’s agribusiness sector.