Alumni Awards

Recent award recipients

Is there someone you would like to nominate for an alumni or faculty award? Click here for the MBAA Award Nominations Form. For a list of all MBAA Award Recipients, please click here.


The 25th Reunion 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.

Ethan Ruby ’93

Since graduating from MB, Ethan Ruby has launched multiple companies, received a U.S. Patent, raised millions of dollars for charity, and delivered our 2008 Commencement Address. As the Founder and CEO of Theraplant, a leading producer of medical marijuana in Connecticut, Ethan is at the forefront of the evolving medical cannabis industry. In 2000, he endured an injury to his spine and was paralyzed from the chest down. With perseverance, courage, and resilience, Ethan has continued to thrive personally and professionally.  He continues to give back and delivers presentations on topics such as resiliency, disability, and medical cannabis. He received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Ethan was a star 11-season varsity athlete at MB (with a .500 junior and senior batting average), who later won the 1995 Ivy League Championship in baseball at UPenn. The Ethan Ruby Most Courageous Athlete Award is given annually to an MB athlete who has experienced a significant set-back, yet has distinguished him or herself despite adversity, and Ethan comes to Providence most years to present the award in person.


The Distinguished Alumnus/a 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 distingushed service to the public welfare, thus honoring Moses Brown School.

Richard Sauber ’68

Richard Sauber, a partner with Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck,
Untereiner & Sauber, is one of the top-rated white collar crime attorneys in Washington, D.C. He’s tried dozens of criminal and civil fraud cases and appears regularly for clients in congressional hearings and government
agency proceedings. Before this, Richard was a federal prosecutor, and was appointed by President Reagan to form and lead the first multi-agency task force to pursue fraud in government contracts. He also is a professor at Georgetown Law School, teaching classes on national security crimes and evidence, and has argued before the Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is general counsel at Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world, and serves on the board at Children’s Hospital in Washington.

Dick graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a master’s from Oxford University (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar) and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law.


The Faculty/Staff Member of the Year Award

Each year, the Moses Brown Alumni Association honors a member of the faculty and staff for his or her impact on the school community. Chosen from many fine teachers and staff members, the recipient is recognized as an outstanding professional, educator, mentor, and friend.

Joe Ribeiro

Joe Ribeiro is a beloved member of the MB Athletics Department, serving as MB’s Athletic and P.E. Equipment Manager. He joined MB in 2003. He is a proud native of the Azores.

In 2005, the graduating class dedicated their yearbook to Joe, saying Joe is “a member of the Moses Brown community who has selflessly committed himself to those around him. His care for every student and his dedication to our school have been deeply felt.”

His kind, helpful, and warm personality is appreciated by students and coworkers alike. He is always ready to share conversation, a smile, or a ‘hello.’ Joe provides a positive impact on all of the students he comes in contact with.

Joe is also one of MB’s most loyal supporters and is a member of The Grove society for his regular, consistent support of MB, year in and out. Joe is being recognized for his care and concern and consistent willingness to go out of his way to help all members of our community.


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.

Jacob N. Fain ’01

Jacob is a proud member of the Class of 2001, brother of Irving Fain ’98, and son of Nancy Lerner and Lyle Fain ’63 and was a “13-year veteran” at Moses Brown.

Jacob is the Senior Vice President of A&R and Head of Global Analytics & Research at SonyATV Music Publishing, based in New York.  He began his career at RCA Records and then Republic Records in the A&R department. When Jacob had the opportunity to transition to music publishing, he jumped at the chance, as he always loved songwriting and believes it’s at the core of the music industry. Since starting at SonyATV almost 10 years ago, Jacob has signed such artists as The Chainsmokers, Cage the Elephant, Russ, Of Monsters and Men, Leon Bridges, Passion Pit, Chase Rice, Parson James, and The Kongos.  Jacob also oversees the Analytics and Research department which incorporates data into the signing and development process of artists and writers. Jacob brought this rapidly expanding, new area of music, to SonyATV and is a leader in the use of new technologies and data in the industry.

Jacob graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005.  In October, Jacob was named to Billboard’s 40 Under 40: Music’s Top Young Power Players.



Moses Brown School Alumnus/a Service to Alma Mater Award

The Moses Brown 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. His or her work not only has forwarded the mission of Moses Brown School, but also has made a lasting difference in the community.

Habib Gorgi ’74 P’08 ’10 ’12 ’17

Habib’s commitment to MB runs deep.  A member of the class of 1974, brother of Michael, class of 1981, and the parent of four alumni, Kate ‘08, Joe ‘10, Alex ‘12 and Maddie ’17, Habib has been a dedicated volunteer leader for 25 years.  He has served on reunion committees, hosted, attended and sponsored countless alumni events, been a tireless fundraiser and advocate, and served on the Board of Trustees for the last 15 years.  For the past decade, Habib was the Clerk of the Board, helping to lead MB to its most ambitious strategic plan and fundraising campaign in school history – MB Believes The sheer magnitude of Habib’s time commitment is remarkable. Conservatively, he has spent 1,250+ hours in more than 500 Board-related meetings.   Habib has unquestionably been among the school’s most dedicated and generous volunteer leaders and his wife, Suzie, has shared his passion for MB every step of the way.

Professionally, Habib is a founder of Nautic Partners and its predecessor firm Fleet Equity Partners.  Nautic is a leading middle market private equity firm that currently manages approximately $2.5 billion. The firm specializes in the healthcare, outsourced services and industrials markets.  Habib graduated from Brown University and Columbia Business School.

Habib presently serves on the SquashBusters Board and chairs the SquashBusters Providence Council.

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