2019 Alumni of the Year

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

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Natalie LaHood

Natalie A. LaHood ’12 ’14

Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

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

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Jannick Rolland-Thompson

Jannick Rolland-Thompson ’90

James C. Wyant College of Optical Science

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.

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Alok Patel

Alok Patel ’07 ’12

The Honors College

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.

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Daniel Derksen

Daniel Derksen ’79 ’84

College of Medicine – Tucson

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

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Scott Pask

Scott Pask '90

College of Architecture, Planning and  Landscape Architecture

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

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Sue Roe

Sue Roe '68 '72

College of Nursing

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

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Walt Zipperman

Walt Zipperman '69

Eller College of Management

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

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Brad Slater

Brad Slater '96

College of Fine Arts

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.

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Laura Banks-Reed

Laura N. Banks-Reed '43 '66 '70 '81

College of Education 

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.

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Dana Vandersip

Dana Vandersip '88

College of Humanities 

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

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Jani Ingram

Jani C. Ingram '90

College of Science

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

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Dave Schecter

Dave Schechter '90

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 

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

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Steven Russo

Steven Russo '75 '78

James E. Rodgers College of Law

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.

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Mike Hoover

Mike Hoover '83

College of Engineering

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

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F. Ronald Rayner

F. Ronald Rayner '64

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences  

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

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