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Alumni Achievement Awards


Alumni Engagement, Office of Advancement

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401


888-566-9265 (Toll Free)


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Knox will celebrate the 184th anniversary of its founding with a virtual presentation of Alumni Achievement Awards on Friday, February 12, 2021.

2021 Alumni Achievement Award Presentation

Amy Carlson '90

  • Actor, director, singer, and community activist.
  • Community activist whose focus centers on women’s rights and health.
  • She has worked tirelessly with lobbyists to bring awareness, to educate, and to fight for those with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).

Otto "Casey" Jones '87

  • Lifetime service as a nurse, educator, community activist, fundraiser, and Peace Corps volunteer.
  • Most recently served in Uganda with the Global Health Service Partnership, a collaboration between Seed Global Health, the Peace Corps, and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. In addition, he taught the first and second classes of nursing students at Muni University in Uganda.
  • Participated in a Knox College Medical Alumni/Student Career Networking event.

Regine Rousseau '95

  • Entrepreneur, business owner, author, motivational speaker, and mentor.
  • CEO of Shall We Wine, an African American business owner. She was named as one of the Top 40 under/Over 40 Tastemakers in 2017 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and as one of the Top 40 African-American Tastemakers worldwide by wine writer, Sabrina Jackson.
  • Author of a book of poetry, as well as numerous articles for wine magazines, and a blog called Champagne Diaries.
  • She was the keynote speaker for Knox’s Career Impact Summit on two separate occasions.

Virginia Steen '69

  • Pioneer in systemic scleroderma research and co-creator of the first worldwide medical registry for systemic scleroderma patients which became the prototype for various disease registries across the world.
  • President of the Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium, which is an international consortium representing the majority of researchers and clinicians in the field.
  • Recipient of two highly prestigious awards for her research. The National Scleroderma Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and The Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award from the American College of Rheumatology.
  • Panelist for the Knox College Chemistry/Biochemistry Panel in 2019.

2021 Young Alumni Achievement Award Presentations

Leah Heister Burton '08

  • Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation where she oversees fundraising for all areas of the museum.
  • Serves as a part-time lecturer at Columbia University in the Master of Nonprofit Management program.
  • Leah is a recipient of the National Young Professional of the Year Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
  • Young alumni campaign volunteer, alumni relations volunteer, and as a K Club volunteer.

Melati Nungsari '10

  • Assistant professor of Economics at the Asia School of Business in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, research affiliate at MIT Sloan School of Management, and an applied micro-economist.
  • Serves as an activist for refugee communities. She organizes collaborations among NGOs, and local and international governmental agencies for the betterment of refugees.
  • Because of her expertise in economics and her experiences with refugees, she is a frequent commentator for newspapers and radio interviews.

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