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Alumni Award Nominations

The Distinguished Alumni Award was created to recognize Grace School alums who are living lives of service and discipleship.

The criterion for the award are simple: recipients 1) are recognized by their peers and 2) embody the mission and values of Grace Lutheran Church and School.

Nominations may be emailed to alumni@graceriverforest.org or mailed to Alumni Award at Grace Lutheran Church and School, 7300 Division St., River Forest, IL 60305. Nominations should include a name, the nominee’s graduation year (if known), contact information for both the nominee and the person making the nomination, and a brief statement on how the nominee fits the criteria for the award. Nominations for this year’s award, are due by November 15, 2014.

Award recipients will be recognized at this year's A Graceful Evening benefit on March 7, 2015.


Distinguished Alumni Awards 2014

The Distinguished Alumni Award is a new award created to recognize alumni of Grace Lutheran School who are living lives of service and discipleship. The criteria for the award are simple: recipients are recognized by their peers and embody the mission and values of Grace Lutheran Church and School. This evening we thank and praise God for their accomplishments of these recipients of the Grace Lutheran School Distinguished Alumni Award.

The Rev. Stephen Bouman currently serves as Executive Director of Evangelical Outreach and Congregational Mission (EOCM) for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He and his staff facilitate the efforts of congregations, synods, and related institutions and agencies in reaching out in witness to the gospel to people in all contexts and cultures. Steve is a graduate of Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He earned a master of sacred theology degree and a doctorate in ministry from New York Theological Seminary, New York. Ordained in 1973, Steve served congregations in New York and New Jersey and served as bishop of the ELCA Metropolitan New York Synod from September 1996 through January 2008.

He is the author of several articles, curricula, devotionals and books, including “From the Parish for the Life of the World” (2000) and “Grace All Around Us” (2007), an account of his experiences in ministry in the aftermath of September 11 in New York City. Steve and his wife, Janet, are the parents of three adult children.

Joan Rohlfing is president and chief operating officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a mission to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and the spread of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. She also co-directs the secretariat for the Nuclear Security Project, led by former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and former Senator Sam Nunn, assisting in their effort to galvanize global action to reduce urgent nuclear dangers. Before joining NTI, she held senior positions with the US Department of Energy and served on the staff of the US House Armed Services Committee and at the US Department of Defense. Rohlfing holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as a member of the executive circle for Women in International Security (WIIS).

Noelani Ho graduated from Grace School in 2009 and from Oak Park River Forest High School in 2013. Her passion for sharing her love for ballet led her to start a ballet program for students at KidzExpress in Austin, where she and other young people from Grace Church volunteer as tutors. Last spring her design for a longer-lasting, less expensive and more supportive ballet pointe shoe won first place in the Chicago Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Loyola University. Noelani studied dance at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park. She is currently a freshman at Duke University. Noelani is the daughter of Mary Paulson and Sherwin Ho. Her siblings Christiana and Gabe also graduated from Grace School, and brother Ben is in eighth grade at Grace.