Laureate Awards 2017



Carlow University has named five distinguished alumni as its 2017 Carlow Laureates, the university’s most prestigious alumni award. The Laureates will be honored during a special luncheon at the Duquesne Club on Friday, May 12, 2017, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

This event is by Invitation Only.

Carlow Laureates are alumni whose work, thought, and action demonstrate the highest standards of professional accomplishment and leadership, whether it is in their chosen discipline, in academics or through community service. Recipients of this award are lasting tributes to their own professional excellence, the transformational education they received at Carlow, and the dynamic environment which helped to fuel their ambitions and their desire to make a difference in the best ways they can.

The 2017 Carlow Laureates are:

David Debenham, JD, a partner in the law firm of McMillan, LLP, in Ontario, Canada, who earned his master of science degree in fraud and forensics in 2013.

Misti McKeehen, MS, the inaugural director of PittServes at the University of Pittsburgh, who earned her bachelor of arts in communication and business in 2007. This award is the inaugural Young Carlow Laureate award presented to alumni who have made an impact in their careers in the first ten years following graduation.

Howard B. Slaughter, Jr., DSc, the president and chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity for Greater Pittsburgh, who earned his bachelor of arts degree in business and communication in 1993.

Donna Marie Vivio, MPH, MS, the former senior newborn health advisor for USAID, who earned her bachelor of science in nursing in 1976. Noted: This award will be presented posthumously to her family, as Vivio died in November 2016, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Rachelle Zomak, MS, director of the Cardiothoracic Transplant Unit at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, who earned her bachelor of science in nursing in 1991.

In addition to being honored at the luncheon on May 12, the Carlow Laureates will take part in Carlow’s commencement ceremony taking place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2016, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.

Contact Information

Primary Contact

Laurie Petty
Director, Special Programs and Events

Date & Location

Date: 5/12/2017
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: Duquesne Club
325 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222