The Moses Brown Alumni Association Karin Morse ’79 Alumnus/a Service to Alma Mater Award
The Moses Brown Alumni Association Karin Morse ’79 Alumnus/a Service to Alma Mater Award recognizes an alumnus for outstanding service to Moses Brown School. His or her voluntary contributions have been long term, extend beyond the work of most volunteers, and speak to MB’s proud tradition of service to community.
Jane C. Knowles ’81
Jane Knowles has several family connections to MB including her father Lewis Knowles ’36. She joined MB the first year it went co-ed and has fond memories of being one of the three girls in 8th grade that year, as a pioneer of MB co-education. Jane attended Wheaton College and spent 18 years working in public relations, publications, events and alumni relations at Rocky Hill School before transitioning to Cathleen Naughton Associates Inc./St. Elizabeth Community as a companion to senior citizens. Jane also worked as a library assistant at St. George’s School in Middletown before moving to her current position as the Activities and Event Coordinator at The Seasons, an assisted living facility in East Greenwich.This is Jane’s second stint on the MBAA Board. She is presently serving as Recording Secretary, and previously served as Vice President in the 1990s. Jane has continually been involved with her class reunions and annual fund phonathons and also serves on the MBAA Local Committee.
The Outstanding Young Alumnus/a Award
The Outstanding Young Alumnus/a Award honors a recent alumnus for outstanding accomplishments and service in his or her professional, personal, or civic life. His or her achievements inspire young alumni/ae and bring honor to Moses Brown.
Gabriel Amo ’05
Gabe had the course of his career set in his first week as a freshman at Moses Brown when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 9/11. He says MB’s Quaker roots in compassion profoundly affected him that day, influencing the course of his high school experience.Gabe served as Student Senate president in his senior year, before heading to Wheaton College where he majored in Political Science, served as student government president, and was named a Truman Scholar. Gabe also studied at the University of Oxford (England) on a Marshall Scholarship. He has worked on President Obama’s campaigns and on numerous political races in Rhode Island and recently served as R.I.’s Director of Public Engagement and Community Affairs and done local government relations for Home Depot. Gabe serves on MB’s Board of Trustees, the Moses Brown Alumni Association board and the school’s Enrollment and Marketing Committee. Looking back at to his MB days, Gabe says he values MB’s small community and emphasis on being able to present ideas.
Faculty/Staff Member of the Year
Each year, the Moses Brown Alumni Association honors a member of the faculty or staff for his or her impact on the school community. Chosen from many fine teachers, and members of the staff, the recipient is recognized as an outstanding professional, educator, mentor, and friend.
Jared joined the faculty in 1991, has led our middle school since 1999 and has left an indelible mark on very many lives. He began at Moses Brown in 1991 as a math teacher on Team II, has taught English and history, and coached soccer, basketball, baseball, and robotics teams during his tenure. Jared truly understands the middle school years and is simply one of those people who makes MB special. Jared teaches MB’s Holocaust Studies course and serves on innumerable school-wide committees, from diversity to wellness. Keenly attuned to the nuances of middle school life, Jared’s caring and involved presence has guided scores of middle school students (and parents) as they prepare to meet the challenges of the upper school.Jared readily crosses barriers and converses with students, imparting a calm perspective. He once said “The energy, chaos, highly charged emotions and unpredictability of the middle school-age child makes me love coming to work each day”. “No day is like the last; every episode involving a middle school student – positive, negative or neutral – is critical in guiding him or her to be a better self-advocate, a life-long learner, and a confident and caring community member.”
Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award recognizes an alumnus for significant, long-term success in personal and professional achievements, who has made outstanding contributions to his or her profession and has rendered distinguished service to the public welfare, thus honoring Moses Brown School.
Richard Licht ’64
Richard was the Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island from 1985 to 1989 and also served in the R.I. Senate from 1973-1984. Richard has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a JD from Harvard Law, and an LLM from Boston University School of Law. He practiced privately as a lawyer and lobbyist, playing a central role in the expansion of T.F. Green Airport and the construction of Providence Place Mall. He also led Rhode Island’s Department of Administration. In 2014, Richard also took on a new role – as a Superior Court judge, which he said gave him the opportunity to combine his love for the law with a passion for public service. Richard has been an Reunion agent for the Class of 1964 and is a past MB parent as well; his son Jordan is a 1995 graduate of Moses Brown.
25th Reunion Alumni Achievement Award
Since 1966, the Moses Brown Alumni/ae Association has presented the Alumni/ae Achievement Award to a member of the 25th Reunion Class in recognition of professional excellence and outstanding service to the community.
Brian Panoff ’94
Brian is a Senior Venture Principal at Shell, which invests in early-stage energy technologies. He has helped Shell invest in new technology in energy technologies, and focuses on investments in data infrastructure, cybersecurity, and enterprise software. Prior to this, Brian worked at Siemens Venture Capital and Granite Ventures. Brian has been a generous mentor and advisor to many Moses Brown alumni, maintaining an active connection to the school as an MBAA Board member, Reunion agent, and event host. He says, “I benefited enormously from MB and feel that it is important to give back to support the institution and to help ensure that others are able to benefit from a similar experience.” Brian also extends his community involvement as a Board member for Friends of Track and Field at his alma mater, Harvard University.
Hall of Fame Inductees 2019
Laurie Center: Coach
Jeff Sparr ’81: Tennis
Bernie Buonanno ’84: Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse
1984 Boys Baseball Team: Michael Zexter ’85, David Izzi ’85, Jeffrey Durso-Finley ’86, Todd Grant ’84, Eugene Bernardo ’85, Jonathan Scott ’84, Lawrence Carrera ’84, Glenn Sparr ’85, Christopher McLaughlin ’85, John Zienowicz ’84, Christopher Dusio ’85, Stephen Griffin ’84, Anthony Lambrese ’84, Randell Masterson ’84, Anthony Capo ’84, Hugh Madden ’84, Joseph Petrosinelli ’84
Coaches: Paul Donovan, Rex McGuinn, Robert Potter