2020 E&H Distinguished Alumni Awards Announced

Posted by Rachael Wilbur
In lieu of Founders Day being canceled, we are working to find a way to celebrate and honor our award winners in other ways at later date.

In February 2020, the E&H Distinguished Alumni Award Selection Committee met to choose the 2020 recipients of our annually presented alumni awards. 

This year’s honorees are as follows: 

The Rev. Carl and Ruth Looney Humanitarian Award: Kris Sheets ’02

Kris was chosen for the award because of the selfless community service she practices for the community of Saltville.  She is Branch Supervisor of the Saltville Public Library, and serves with a host of community leadership organizations.

Distinguished Achievement Award: Harold Craw ’99

Harold was chosen for his distinctive work as an executive in minor league baseball.He is the general manager for the Jacksonsville Jumbo Shrimp and in 2017 he became the first African American to be named Executive of the Year for any league in Minor League Baseball. 

Fred Selfe Service to Emory & Henry Award: Bobbie Frentz Larkins ’03

Bobbie was chosen for this award in recognition of her commitment to making real-world work connections for E&H students.

A.L. Mitchell Young Alumnus Award:  Josh Stamper ’07

Josh is assistant principal at Virginia Middle School and has recently published a book that is helping explain the Trauma Informed Care movement in our public schools. The book is entitled, Ugly Me.

James A. Davis Faculty Award:  Dr. Lou Fincher

Dr. Fincher was chosen for her success in establishing the E&H School of Health Sciences as an important partner in health care in our region.


College Citations

Anita T. Coulthard, in recognition of her accomplishments as a talented performer, director, administrator, and advocate for the visual and performing arts at the College and throughout the region.

Bishop Richard C. Looney, Class of 1954, for his extraordinary leadership in The United Methodist Church and for his lifelong commitment to Christian discipleship and ministry.

  • Founders Day

More News

  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1379-got-a-minute-find-out-how-traveling-abroad-changed"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/131,0,571,440/8573_Chris_Burnett.rev.1600966949.JPG" alt="Chris Burnett, E&H Class of 2008." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="440" data-max-h="440"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1379-got-a-minute-find-out-how-traveling-abroad-changed">Got a minute? Find out how traveling abroad changed Chris Burnett’s life.</a></h4></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1554-amanda-gravatt-porter-is-the-coo-for-girl-scouts"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,56,744,800/9085_Amanda_Porter.jfif" alt=" Amanda Gravatt Porter, Emory & Henry Class of 1997. " class="lw_image" width="345" height="225"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1554-amanda-gravatt-porter-is-the-coo-for-girl-scouts">Amanda Gravatt Porter is the COO for Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">If you’ve ever been involved with Girl Scouts, you probably thought a troop of 8 was a lot to handle. But imagine being responsible for 10,000 Girl Scouts. <a href="/live/news/1554-amanda-gravatt-porter-is-the-coo-for-girl-scouts" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1378-got-a-minute-find-out-how-stephen-gunter-got-his"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/129,321,2316,2507/8569_7AA73ECC-4777-46C2-8D31-501118F2DD3E.rev.1600903019.jpg" alt="Stephen Gunter, E&H ’04, at the 2019 Homecoming football game." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/129,321,2316,2507/8569_7AA73ECC-4777-46C2-8D31-501118F2DD3E.rev.1600903019.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/129,321,2316,2507/8569_7AA73ECC-4777-46C2-8D31-501118F2DD3E.rev.1600903019.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2187" data-max-h="2186"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1378-got-a-minute-find-out-how-stephen-gunter-got-his">Got a minute? Find out how Stephen Gunter got his career on track.</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Hear that train a’comin’? It could be Stephen Gunter (E&H Class of 2004). <a href="/live/news/1378-got-a-minute-find-out-how-stephen-gunter-got-his" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1200-putting-employees-first"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/231,0,844,613/8014_Doug_Dalton.rev.1586654328.jpg" alt="Doug Dalton, E&H Class of 1994." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="613" data-max-h="613"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1200-putting-employees-first">Putting Employees First</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Doug Dalton (E&H ’94) has a lucrative business that is taking a hard hit during the pandemic: but he’s looking out for his employees. <a href="/live/news/1200-putting-employees-first" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1101-new-namesame-great-spirit"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/119,0,839,720/7243_gary_2.rev.1576356486.jpg" alt="Curtis Burkett, Gary Jones, and Keith Graham, E&H fraternity brothers, prior to seeing a VT m..." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/119,0,839,720/7243_gary_2.rev.1576356486.jpg 2x" data-max-w="720" data-max-h="720"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1101-new-namesame-great-spirit">New name...same great spirit</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Gary Jones (E&H ’83) had to figure out how to maintain a tradition he started. <a href="/live/news/1101-new-namesame-great-spirit" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/579-an-opera-about-locusts"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/731,0,1659,927/5662_Christin_Colvin.rev.1542301199.jpg" alt="Cristin Colvin (E&H '09) performing in the opera “Locust.”" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/731,0,1659,927/5662_Christin_Colvin.rev.1542301199.jpg 2x" data-max-w="928" data-max-h="927"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/579-an-opera-about-locusts">An Opera about Locusts?</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Cristin Colvin can even make insects glamorous. <a href="/live/news/579-an-opera-about-locusts" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/53-the-other-side-of-the-striped-shirt"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,499,543/565_bronie.rev.1505403379.jpg" alt="Bronie Reynolds (E&H '84) poses with Mike Young (E&H '86)" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="499" data-max-h="543"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/53-the-other-side-of-the-striped-shirt">The Other Side of the Striped Shirt</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Bronie Reynolds (’84) is one of the people who get to pick the country’s best referees. <a href="/live/news/53-the-other-side-of-the-striped-shirt" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1182-serving-america-in-a-time-of-need"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,263,342/7887_Bodenhorst_2.rev.1585598935.jpg" alt="Jeoff Bodenhorst, Sr., E&H Class of 1975" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="263" data-max-h="342"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1182-serving-america-in-a-time-of-need">Serving America in a Time of Need</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Jeoff Bodenhorst, E&H Class of 1975, has turned his business into a factory that is making supplies for front-line health officials battling COVID-19. <a href="/live/news/1182-serving-america-in-a-time-of-need" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1369-got-a-minute-catch-up-with-veteran-teacher-mary"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,222,1788,2011/8545_image0000001.rev.1600188531.jpg" alt="Mary Lampkins, E&H Class of 1988." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,222,1788,2011/8545_image0000001.rev.1600188531.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,222,1788,2011/8545_image0000001.rev.1600188531.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1788" data-max-h="1789"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1369-got-a-minute-catch-up-with-veteran-teacher-mary">Got a Minute? Catch up with veteran teacher Mary Lampkins (’88)</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Mary Lampkins (E&H ’88) says her older siblings had to endure her “playing teacher” when she lined them up for pretend school as early as when she was five years old. But she has used an impressive career in education to prove that she wasn’t just playing. And in 2020, Mary retired after 32 years of teaching in the Washington County, Virginia, school system. <a href="/live/news/1369-got-a-minute-catch-up-with-veteran-teacher-mary" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1545-isaiah-rodgers-lands-big-job-with-odac"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/369,0,680,309/9069_Isaiah_Rodgers.rev.1606915126.jpg" alt="Isaiah Rodgers, Emory & Henry Class of 2018." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="311" data-max-h="309"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1545-isaiah-rodgers-lands-big-job-with-odac">Isaiah Rodgers Lands Big Job with ODAC</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Turns out, it’s not just about polishing trophies. <a href="/live/news/1545-isaiah-rodgers-lands-big-job-with-odac" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/788-trollinger-named-citizen-of-the-year"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/38,0,514,475/6285_Richard_Trollinger.rev.1554994277.jpg" alt="Richard Trollinger, E&H Class of 1971." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="476" data-max-h="475"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/788-trollinger-named-citizen-of-the-year">Trollinger Named Citizen of the Year</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Richard Trollinger (E&H ’71) has been named Danville, Kentucky, citizen of the year. <a href="/live/news/788-trollinger-named-citizen-of-the-year" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1193-laken-brooks-op-ed-piece-featured-on-cnn"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/75,0,249,173/7902_Laken_Brooks.rev.1586134728.jpg" alt="Laken Brooks, E&H Class of 2017" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="174" data-max-h="173"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1193-laken-brooks-op-ed-piece-featured-on-cnn">Laken Brooks’ Op-Ed Piece Featured on CNN</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Laken reminds us to be mindful that a face mask makes communication more difficult for the hearing impaired. <a href="/live/news/1193-laken-brooks-op-ed-piece-featured-on-cnn" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/377-give-us-emory-henry-in-the-city"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,960/3728_EHCITY_SACREMENTO.rev.1522090608.jpg" alt="Senator Toni Atkins ('84) and Pam Kestner ('83) stole the show with their Patrick Henry Poses!" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,960/3728_EHCITY_SACREMENTO.rev.1522090608.jpg 2x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="960"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/377-give-us-emory-henry-in-the-city">Give Us Emory & Henry In the City!</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">“E&H in the City” has become part of the E&H lexicon! <a href="/live/news/377-give-us-emory-henry-in-the-city" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/156-eamph-alumnus-gary-reedy-named-ceo-of-american"><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/851_alumni-gary-reedy.rev.1507730801.jpg" alt="Reedy, class of 78, speaks on campus." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/851_alumni-gary-reedy.rev.1507730801.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="666"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/156-eamph-alumnus-gary-reedy-named-ceo-of-american">E&H Alumnus Gary Reedy Is CEO of American Cancer Society</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Gary M. Reedy serves as the chief executive officer of the <a title="American Cancer Society Homepage" href="http://www.cancer.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">American Cancer Society</a>, placing the 1978 Emory & Henry graduate atop one of the most influential non-profit organizations in the nation. <a href="/live/news/156-eamph-alumnus-gary-reedy-named-ceo-of-american" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1270-stephanie-armbrister-strutner-eamph-02-is-an"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/3,51,1184,1238/8133_Strutner_9-27-18.rev.1588619481.png" alt="Stephanie Armbrister Strutner at the White House when she was called to make a report to the West..." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/3,51,1184,1238/8133_Strutner_9-27-18.rev.1588619481.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/3,51,1184,1238/8133_Strutner_9-27-18.rev.1588619481.png 3x" data-max-w="1181" data-max-h="1187"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1270-stephanie-armbrister-strutner-eamph-02-is-an">Stephanie Armbrister Strutner (E&H ’02) is an Epidemiologist</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">But that may not mean exactly what you think. <a href="/live/news/1270-stephanie-armbrister-strutner-eamph-02-is-an" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>