Distinguished Alumni Award
This award honors alumni who demonstrate the Stevenson tradition of excellence through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, and humanitarian service.
Tammy Schneider '98
Since her graduation from Villa Julie College, Tammy Schneider has worked in public accounting for 20 years, rising to the principal level. In January 2016 she started her own firm, Taurus CPA Solutions, a boutique tax and accounting firm. Throughout her career, Schneider’s accomplishments have been recognized in publications such as The Daily Record, The Baltimore Business Journal, and most recently, Smart CEO Magazine. She is dedicated to increasing the role of women in business and has demonstrated her commitment to the greater community by serving on various local and national boards.
Schneider views Stevenson University as a strong institution and looks forward to seeing the continued commitment to students, to education, and to the community.
Alumni Loyalty Award
This award is presented to alumni who continually demonstrate loyalty and commitment to the Stevenson University community by devoting their time and talent to enhance the overall success of the University.
Fran Gunshol '67
Fran Gunshol’s decision to attend Villa Julie College was encouraged by her family. She was involved in various extracurricular activities and looks fondly upon her student experience, noting that her professors and the sisters affirmed her abilities and gave her great confidence. Throughout her career, Gunshol has been responsible for moving organizations forward, raising funds and friends for non-profits, and connecting people and projects. She returned to campus where she thrived in her role as the Director of Alumni Relations, serving as part of the team behind many major achievements for the University.
Gunshol is impressed with the growth of Stevenson and hopes that the University will continue to adapt, grow, and stay loyal to its mission as it has faithfully done since the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded VJC in 1947.
Young Alumni Award
This award recognizes graduates from the past 10 years who have achieved success while remaining engaged with the University.
Lauren Humphries '08
While attending VJC, Lauren Humphries was an accomplished and active student-athlete. As a graduating senior, she was the recipient of the Elizabeth McWethy Award, the Fighting Heart Award, and the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
As a marketing professional, Humphries recognizes that the skills she acquired as a business communication major have served her well professionally and in her volunteer efforts. At the request of her college mentor, Chip Rouse, Associate Professor, Business Communication, and other faculty and staff, she has visited campus several times post-graduation to participate in panel discussions and networking events with current students.
Humphries has inspired others through her personal accomplishments. In 2015, she modeled in the first fashion show featuring women with dwarfism during New York Fashion Week and was the first person with dwarfism to run the Chicago Marathon.
Humphries appreciates the opportunities that Stevenson has created to engage alumni and values the importance of supporting future generations of Stevenson students.