Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner

Please join us at a reception and dinner to celebrate the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award winners!

The Holland Hall Alumni Association and its board are pleased to announce Dr. Jay Wohlgemuth ’88 as the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, and Dr. Kara Beair Butler ’02 as the 2017 Young Alumni Achievement Award winner.

When: Thursday, October 5
5:30–6:30 pm — Cocktail reception in the Commons
6:30 pm — Dinner and awards ceremony

Where: Upper School Barnard Commons

Cost: $10/student, $20/adult, $150/table (seats 10)

RSVP: by September 29

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus/a of Holland Hall. It recognizes an alumnus/a who demonstrates exceptional service on a local, state, or national level, exhibits a high degree of character and integrity, exemplifies accomplishment in his or her profession, and whose achievements, affiliations, and career(s) have honored the legacy of excellence at Holland Hall.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes the alumnus/a from the last 15 years who excels in his or her profession or pursuit of higher education and has made a significant mark on the community in which he or she lives.

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Dr. Jay Wohlgemuth, M.D. is Senior Vice President, R&D, Medical and Chief Medical Officer for Quest Diagnostics, located in San Juan Capistrano, California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard College and his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, where he also served a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine.

Dr. Wohlgemuth entered into the healthcare field because of his interest in science and medicine from an intellectual perspective. As his career has progressed, he developed an appreciation for the impact healthcare has on people’s lives. Dr. Wohlgemuth says, “It’s nice to work on science and make a contribution, but I get so much more satisfaction from developing and implementing real-world healthcare solutions which enable many people to prevent disease or improve their care.” Throughout his career, Dr. Wohlgemuth has observed that while we know a lot about how to prevent and treat disease, the right care is rarely delivered and consumed by the people who need it most. As a result, he is motivated to help deliver proven medical care to people who need it which can have a big impact on population health.

Of being named the Distinguished Alumni Award winner, Dr. Wohlgemuth says, “I am honored to be recognized by Holland Hall as a distinguished alum. Thinking back, I did not appreciate fully what a great education I was getting. Between 9th and 10th Grade, my teachers sparked in me true intellectual curiosity and a love of learning… From then forward, I was self-motivated and ultimately able to develop a career in healthcare where I could be fulfilled and make a difference. I only wish I had the appreciation then that I do now of the opportunity I had and the inspiration that was coming from my teachers.”



Dr. Kara Beair Butler ’02, D.O. is Associate Vice President of Health Affairs at the University of Tulsa and Medical Director at the Alexander Health Center and Hurricane Health Clinic. She earned her bachelor of arts in Pre-Medicine / Liberal Arts from Oklahoma City University in 2006 and her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in Rural Health from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathy in 2011.

Dr. Butler recognized her calling in life at a very early age. Coming from a family of faith and believing God had a very specific purpose for her life, she has wanted to be a doctor since the age of three. However, it was her brother’s diagnosis with Diabetes that truly solidified her goals of loving and serving others in this capacity. Recognizing how fortunate her family was to have the resources and support available to treat her brother’s disease, Dr. Butler became acutely aware of what so many individuals and their families did NOT have. She says, “I wanted to extend a hand to those less privileged. As a little girl, I began serving alongside my family members, who were true advocates for those in need. Through the mentorship of incredible physicians and healthcare team members, I developed an ability to identify and meet the needs of patients from all walks of life.” Dr. Butler was further inspired to take a role in the academic arena through the realization that if she could positively influence at least one student in the way she had been, she could truly make a difference.

Of being named the Young Alumni Achievement Award winner, Dr. Butler says, “I am humbled to have been chosen for this prestigious award, which I would consider to be one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a Holland Hall alumna. I know there were no doubt many young alumni deserving of such recognition. It is truly an honor to be part of the select group of individuals chosen for this award over the years.”