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Every year since 2003, Carol Morgan School honors an alumnus or an alumna who has demonstrated leadership skills and contributed meaningfully to society.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient addresses the graduating Senior class during the Senior Alumni Reception, motivating them to serve as leaders in society, and encouraging them to keep Carol Morgan School close to their hearts. Distinguished Alumni Award recipients join a notable group of alumni who have been presented with this recognition in the past.

Please read the requirements to nominate a fellow classmate and the selection process for this award.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients:

2017 Máximo R. Vidal Espaillat, Class of 1975
BS degree in Business Administration with Magna Cum Laude Honors from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and an MBA from Xavier and received a full merit scholarship for his academic achievements. Máximo began his career at Citibank Dominican Republic as Management Associate in 1982, and served in different capacities such as Review Officer, Corporate Bank Head, Country Risk Manager, Senior Credit Officer, and CCO, in USA and Latin America. Since 2005, he’s served as Citi Country Officer for Citi Dominican Republic.

Máximo is a board member of different associations, including the Banks Association of the Dominican Republic, the American Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Foreign Investment Companies, Junior Achievement Dominicana, and the executive committee of the National Council for Private Enterprise. Maximo demonstrates a high degree of commitment and leadership towards social issues and he works for a more just society for all.

2016 Georges Santoni Recio, Class of 1977
Law degree, cum laude, from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU). Certificate in United States Law & Legal Institutions from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Masters in commercial Law from L'Universite de Droit, d'Economie et de Sciences Sociales de Paris. Member of Dominican Bar Association, IDEMPRESA, FINJUS, EDUCA, CED which led the successful campaign of "4% para la educación". Managing partner at dominican firm, Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti. Actively involved in various Dominican and international civic organizations with considerable contributions to the fields of public education, institutionality and the rule of law and electoral process.

2015 James Henry Willig, M.D. M.S.P.H. Class of 1991
Doctor in Medicine, Master of Science in Public Health. Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease in the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Director of Medical Informatics UAB with research in Biomedical informatics (use of information technologies to improve quality of care) and in HIV outcomes.

2014 Jaak E. Rannik - 8th Gr. Class of 1960
Business Degree from the University of Miami.  Served in the US Coast Guard from 1969 to 1972. In 1980 took over the presidency of Baez & Rannik, where he served for the next 33 years.  In 1986, he and his brother restructured the company and branched out into several commercial fields.  Made great contributions to the field of marine operation and the growth of Dominican exports.

2013  Ramon Cáceres Rodríguez - Class of 1979
Ph.D. in Computer Science and M.S. in Computer Science from University of California at Berkeley.  B. Eng. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University. Current Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs working on research in human mobility.  Shares eight granted patents and other nine pending. Has worked to promote the careers of women and under-represented minorities in computer science.

2012  Steven J. Puig - Class of 1978
Master's degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management of Arizona, and a degree from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service,Washington, D.C.  He is Vice President for the Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations at the Inter American Development Bank (IDB).  Mr. Puig has been responsible for coordinating the IDB Group's private sector and non-sovereign guaranteed operations.

2011  Gregory Castleman – Class of 1972
Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from  Webb Institute of Naval Architecture. Has developed new designs for floating oil and gas production platforms, floating and self-elevating drilling platforms, and wind turbine maintenance vessels, as well as, designed for a variety of state-of-theart tugboats, high speed crewboats, container carriers, and tankers.

2010 José Rafael Yunén – Class of 1990
MD, Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Fellow, Surgical Critical Care  Fellow, Critical Care Medicine Attending  Montefiore Medical Center, Moses  Division Cardiothoracic and Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Liver Transplant Team  Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, New York  (2008-Present).  Director of Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Director of Intermediate Care Unit, Co-Director of Infectious Diseases & Microbiology at CEDIMAT, Plaza de la Salud, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2008-Present).

2009 Mary Fernández – Class of 1974
Partner and Founder of Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández. Head of the Legal Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic  (AMCHAMDR) and the Board of Directors of the Asociación Dominicana de  Propiedad Intelectual, Inc. (ADOPI).

2008 Todd J. Martinez – Class of 1985
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Professor at Stanford University, Ph. D., Recipient of several awards as researcher.

2007 Ligia Bonetti – Class of 1986
Vice President Business Development, Kimberly Clark products for Mercasid, S.A. Vice President Consejo Nacional de la Empresa Privada, Recipient of several  awards as a distinguished female leader in Dominican Republic.

2006 Julio Santos Munné – Class of 1984
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and a B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science from  the University of Notre Dame, and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from  Northwestern University. Had a major role in the mechanical design of the entire  Cobotics product line Inventor of image guided surgical and interventional systems.

2005 Manuel Grullón – Class of 1970
CEO Grupo Popular

2004  Juan Batlle – Class of 1972
Doctor in Ophthalmology, President National Committee for the Prevention of Blindness, Dominican Society of Ophthalmology (SDO) (President 1987-1988).

2003  Simon Suárez – Class of 1968
President of the Caribbean Hotels Association and Executive Vice President of Coral Hotels. First Alumni to become Board President of Carol Morgan School.


  • Must be living at the time of nomination.
  • Must have attended CMS for 5 years or more or graduated from the school.
  • At the time of nomination, must have graduated from CMS 5 years ago or more.
  • Must be an individual with demonstrated outstanding success in scholarship and distinction in his field.
  • Must have provided voluntary contributions and service to the community.
  • Must exemplify positive attitudes about life and uphold principles of morality, ethics and other character skills.
  • Must have demonstrated leadership and reliability while working with or for others, voluntarily or in their profession.
  • You cannot nominate yourself. You can nominate more than one alumnus or alumna.
  • The Selection Committee doesn't select nominee by the number of votes. One nomination is enough for the alum to be taken into consideration.

Candidates for this distinction are nominated by their fellow alumni, and the Selection Committee decides amongst these nominees according to strict criteria set up for these purposes regarding leadership, dedication and service

Click here to nominate a fellow classmate who meets the requirements for this award.

Selection Process
After the nomination period ends, the candidates are requested to submit their CV’s which are then evaluated by the Selection Committee, composed by the Alumni Association Executive Committee, former alumni chairs, and the actual alumni chair.