Bellarmine University will honor seven individuals who have distinguished themselves through professional accomplishments, community service and demonstration of attitudes consistent with Bellarmine’s values at the 58th Annual Alumni Association Awards Dinner. The dinner takes place Friday, February 14, 2020, in the Amelia Brown Frazier Convocation Hall on Bellarmine’s campus. Tickets are $60 per person. To register or purchase a table, call 502.272.8333 or visit alumni.bellarmine.edu.
Alumnus of the Year
Steve Mullins ’84 MBA
Retired President, ClearArc Capital (subsidiary of Fifth Third Bank)
Previous leadership positions at Lanier Asset Management, Mainstream Investment Advisors, and INVESCO. Served on boards and committees for Bellarmine University (trustees), Archdiocese of Louisville, Louisville Free Public Library Foundation, Metro United Way and Kosair Charities. Bellarmine Gallery of Distinguished Graduates, 2013.
Scarlet & Silver Society Inductee
Dr. Pat Carroll ’79
Dentist, Exceptional Dentistry
Accomplished leader in the field of dentistry. Team Dentist for Bellarmine Athletics and the Louisville Bats. Co-founded the University of Louisville Advanced General Dentistry Program. Named to the Louisville Magazine Top Docs Hall of Fame, as voted on by professional peers. Former University of Louisville Dental School faculty member.
Msgr. Alfred F. Horrigan Distinguished Service Award
Tina Kauffmann ’13 MAC
Associate VP of Development & Alumni Relations, Bellarmine University
Tireless advocate for Bellarmine, representing the university and serving the needs of alumni and donors for 30 years. Past chair and board member of the Council for the Support and Advancement of Education, District III. Served on the CASE International Board. Former co-chair of the National Kidney Foundation of KY Board and member of the House of Shine Board of Directors.
Accounting Alumna of the Year
Teresa M. Riggs ’80
Retired President, BATUS Japan
Honored at the Bellarmine Accounting Alumni & Student Awards Luncheon on Oct. 3.
Previously with Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company, achieving the role of divisional vice president of finance. After more than 20 years with BATUS Japan, retired as president. Served on boards and committees with St. Xavier, Mercy Academy, Nazareth Home, Gilda’s Club and St. Leonard.
Gallery of Distinguished Graduates
Kevin Brown ’84
Retired CFO, Ports America
Previously held leadership positions with Ford Motor Co. in the United States and Europe, then served as CFO for Donnelly Corporation, Harman Becker and Harman International. Retired from Ports America, the largest port terminal operator in the United States.
David Elder ’69
Regents Professor of Law Emeritus, Northern Kentucky University
Served in the Navy JAGC and taughtfor two years at U.S. Naval Academy, then for 34 years at NKU. Published extensively and consulted on defamation and privacy law. Retired to Charleston, S.C., and restored an award-winning 1814 home.
Chris Sternberg ’87
Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Sun Tan City and Planet Fitness Louisville, LLC
Member of executive leadership team operating and franchising second-largest tanning salon chain in the U.S. with 270 salons in 22 states, and Planet Fitness franchisee with 32 clubs in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee. Previously general counsel and senior vice president of Corporate Communications with Papa John’s International. Served as Judge Advocate General (JAG) attorney in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring with the rank of Major.
Martha Pfaadt Tedesco ’94
Principal, Assumption High School
Principal since 2014 and employee since 1994. Held numerous leadership roles at Assumption: assistant principal, dean of studies, dean of student activities, dean of recruitment and admissions, assistant dean of studies, student activities director, field hockey coach and English and social studies teacher.