E&H Alumni Association Honors Five

Posted on: Monday, April 11th, 2016 by Leah Prater
The Emory & Henry College Alumni Association recently recognized four of E&H graduates and one professor for their distinctive service to the college, their careers and their communities.

The Emory & Henry College Alumni Association recently recognized four of E&H graduates and one professor for their distinctive service to the college, their careers and their communities.

Pictured above are Dr. Laura Hainsworth (James A. Davis Faculty Award Winner), Jon Crutchfield (Selfe Distinctive Service to E&H Award winner), and Pam Kestner (Distinguished Achievement Award Winner. Dr. McMorrow and Mr. Reisinger were unable to attend the event.

The individuals were honored during the annual E&H Founders Day, which celebrates the formation of the college in 1836. 

James A. Davis Faculty Award
Dr. Laura Hainsworth is an associate professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies at Emory & Henry College. She serves the College as Director of the Bartlett-Crowe Field Station and as the College's Director of the Environmental Studies Program. She has held the Hull Chair in the Natural Sciences, and served as Chair of the Chemistry Department. She has a bachelor of arts degree from SUNY Potsdam College and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland's Analytical, Nuclear and Environmental Chemistry Division. In 2012 she won the United Methodist Church Exemplary Teaching Award. She and her husband, Mark, have two children, Ellie and Joe.

A.L. Mitchell Young Alumnus Award
William Reisinger graduated magna cum laude from Emory & Henry in 2005 and earned his law degree at Ohio Northern University's Claude W. Pettit College of Law in 2008. He works for the Richmond law firm GreeneHurlocker, PLC, with a practice focused on energy law, utilities regulation, and commercial litigation. Before joining GreeneHurlocker, Will served for over four years as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a member of the governing board of the Virginia State Bar's Administrative Law Section and serves as a Distinguished Visitor in Natural Resources Law at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia. In 2015, he was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve on Virginia's first Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency. Will regularly offers pro bono work at legal aid offices in Richmond.

Fred Selfe Distinctive Service to Emory & Henry Award
Jon Crutchfield graduated from Emory & Henry in 1991. He serves as an administrator for Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, Virginia. He has served the Franklin County system as associate principal, director of operations, teacher, coach, and athletics coordinator. He has also served as an adjunct professor for James Madison University. He has served on the Staff/Parish Committee of Redwood United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount, is a member of the Franklin County Recreation Advisory Board, and is a past member of the Emory & Henry Alumni Board of Directors. He and his wife, Anne Wright Crutchfield (E&H '89) have three daughters, Haley (E&H '15), Emily and Maggie.

Distinguished Achievement Award
Pam Kestner graduated from Emory & Henry in 1983. She received a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1988. She served the Council for Community Services in Roanoke as Director of Community Resources for 14 years, and then as President and CEO of that organization for 12 years. She served on the Board of Directors for the Roanoke Valley Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the National Association of Planning Councils and the Virginia Alliance of Information & Referral Systems (on which she continues to serve). Previously, she was a Juvenile Probation Officer for the 29th District Court Services Unit in Lebanon, Virginia. In 2011, she was honored by Emory & Henry College with a Charter Day Citation. In 2012, she was tapped by the governor's administration of the Commonwealth of Virginia to serve as Virginia's Homeless Outcomes Coordinator. She continues to serve the Commonwealth in that capacity, while also serving as Special Advisor on Families, Children and Poverty. Pam has one daughter, Olivia (E&H '15).

Carl and Ruth Looney Humanitarian Award
Dr. Greg McMorrow graduated from Emory & Henry in 1968. He received a medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine in 1972, and is now a retired physician from Nephrology Associates in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a member of Broadway Christian Church in Lexington Kentucky and has been a medical volunteer for Christian Flights International missions teams for over 30 years. He and his wife, Linda, have two grown children, Brian and Meredith, and three grandchildren.

Nominations for alumni awards are invited and may be done through the E&H Alumni and Friends webpage.


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