Distinguished Alumni, cont.
Gregory Kats '74, senior director and director of Climate Change Policy for Good Energies, a global private investment firm in renewable and clean energy technologies, received the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a founder of New Resource Bank and the American Council on Renewable Energy. Greg serves as Chair of the Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group for LEED, the US green building standard, and has published numerous books on clean energy. Greg served as the Director of Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy and co-founded and chaired the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar, his MBA from Stanford, and his MPA from Princeton.
The 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to movie and theater producer Jerry Davis '74, one of the masterminds behind such animated hits as Toy Story, Iron Giants, Robots, and Ice Age. A graduate of the Hammonasset School and Vassar College, Jerry began his career at the Goodspeed Opera House, later working on four successful off-Broadway shows in New York City. Eventually he moved toward animated film, joining Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he helped develop Pixar's first feature, Toy Story. He has also worked at Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, and IDT/Starz Animation.
Lynn Fusco Hughes '67, president of the Fusco Corporation in New Haven, was named the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. A graduate of Windham College, she also serves as president of Fusco Management Company and sits or has sat on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Mystic Aquarium, Albertus Magnus College, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and the Merritt Parkway Conservancy.
In celebration of The Country School's 50th Anniversary, the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award went to two graduates who have served the school in a variety of volunteer capacities: S. Jeffrey Burt '61 and Elizabeth Lightfoot '77.
Jeff, a graduate of the Hopkins School, Franklin College (BA), and the University of Bridgeport (MBA), has more than 30 years experience as a portfolio manager and securities analyst. At The Country School, he served as a trustee for eight years and serves on the Investment Committee and Alumni Association. His lead donation with his wife, Allee, and children Hilary '03 and Taylor '00, established the Founders' Promise Fund, a tuition assistance program aimed at making a Country School education available to students who could otherwise not afford to attend.
Liz served on the Board of Trustees for seven years, during which time she worked with Jeff to invigorate the Alumni Association, served as Board secretary, and chaired the Development Committee and Annual Giving Campaign. A writer who now serves as Communications Director at TCS, Liz graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall, Harvard University (AB), and Columbia Journalism School (MS). In 2008, Liz wrote Michelle Obama: First Lady of Hope, published by Lyons Press. She is the mother of four Country School graduates: Graeme '05, Isabel '07, Alastair '08, and Honor '12 Clements.
The 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Conor Dubin '91, an award-winning movie actor. Conor, who attended Hopkins and then Boston College, received the Best Supporting Actor award at the 2000 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival for his role in Wannabees. Conor has appeared in a variety of movies, including A Tale of Two Pizzas and Tinsel Town, and several television shows, including Without a Trace and Cold Case. Conor is also a published children's book author.
John Burt '71 was the first recipient of The Country School's Distinguished Alumni Award, receiving this honor in 2004. John is a theater producer and arts therapist. His original Cambodian Opera Where Elephants Weep made its debut in Lowell, MA, in April 2007 and in late 2008 was presented in Cambodia. His work was featured in a 2005 New York Times article that called his efforts to record and teach Cambodia's musical arts to a new generation of performers "A Cambodian Buena Vista Social Club." John is a graduate of Hampshire College and received advanced degrees from Lesley University in expressive arts therapy. In addition to his reputation in the art world, he is also a Country School legend: John won the MacLane Poetry Recitation four times during his TCS career.