Since 1956, each year at Homecoming the Gordon College Alumni Association hosts an event to honor alumni of Gordon and Barrington College. These alumni have impacted their workplace, community or the lives of those around them. Join us in honoring the recipients of the 2017 awards.
Head of Systematic Strategies and ETFs, Hartford Funds
The Alumnus/a of the Year Award is given for embodiment of the Gordon mission through a life of leadership and service.
Ted Lucas took his Gordon education and applied the knowledge and skills gained in a number of influential positions, largely in investment and management—in 2007, Ted founded Lattice Strategies, where he is now a managing partner. He makes an effort to influence and invest in the lives of local business leaders by organizing a weekly meeting for faith-based and non-faith-based leaders to talk and socialize. Ted takes leadership seriously and seeks to be a good steward, helping people to flourish. This is especially evident in his involvement with the San Francisco City Academy, serving youth in the Tenderloin District where crime, drug use and violence are high. “Watching people grow and do things they didn’t think they could accomplish—and experience a resulting sense of joy and purpose,” Ted says, “is a really beautiful thing to participate in.”
Executive Director, Virginia Literacy Foundation
The Jack Good Community Service Award is given for faithful, outstanding service and model of Christian servanthood in the local community.
Mark Emblidge has secured prestigious grants and established opportunities for research and development projects in literacy, and worked with U.S. Senator Mark Warner and former U.S. Senator George Allen to found and direct Communities in Schools of Virginia, which helps prevent at-risk students from dropping out of high school. Mark has served as the Democratic party national finance director (1982–83) and as a member of President Obama’s transition team (2008–09). He is also a U.S. Department of State Franklin Fellow, serving as a special education advisor in the Office of the United States Special Envoy to Sudan.
Executive Director and Senior Chaplain; Assistant for Programs & Development, New England Seafarers Mission
The A. J. Gordon Missionary Service Award is given for faithful service with integrity and maintaining a steadfast commitment to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Together, Stephen and Sharon Cushing serve the many who risk their lives to make a living and keep world markets afloat, through the New England Seafarers Mission (NESM). Stephen is executive director and senior chaplain, and Sharon is assistant for programs and development for the maritime mission that provides relief for hardworking crew members who come ashore in South Boston. In addition to ensuring that NESM provides necessities, Stephen and his fellow chaplains serve communion onboard when the crew is shaken from storms or if a member has died in an accident. Some need medical assistance, from tuberculosis to major injury. Before their calling to NESM, Stephen worked in small business then attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Sharon was a writer, nursing assistant and mother.
Director of Middle and Upper School, The Master’s School
The Winifred Currie Award in Education is given for outstanding service to the education field and the community, and for serving as a distinguished role model to peers, friends and students.
As director of the middle and upper school, student life advisor and overseer of the National Honor Society at The Master’s School, Mina Deckert transforms the lives of young men and women through learning. She is invested in helping students think critically, personally and meaningfully through her work in the classroom, encouraging their transformation into mature adults and responsible Christians.
CAO and Assistant Secretary of Human Resources, MassDOT and MBTA
The Young Alumni of the Year Award is given for a life of servant leadership and significant contribution to the workplace and community.
At the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Jessie Saintcyr oversees workforce policy, operations, compliance and communications. She takes her talents and knowledge into policy sectors that impact people on the macro-level of the legal system and government. She was a member of the former Career Services Advisory Board at Gordon and currently serves as a volunteer for the Professional and External Relations Advisory Council.
COO & Co-founder at Educents
The Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year is given for exemplary vision, charisma, courage, determination, resourcefulness, hard work, creativity and innovation.
Through Kaitlyn Trabucco’s creative confidence and grit, thousands of students are accessing educational tools they wouldn’t have otherwise. After graduating from Gordon, Kaitlyn created Educents, a unique platform for parent-inspired educational materials. Along the way, Educents has become a role model among a growing number of female-led startups seeking venture capital from the “big boys” in Silicon Valley.