Outstanding Alumni Awardees
The CALS Alumni Association's Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes alumni who demonstrate outstanding and uncommon achievement in their professional field and/or distinguished civic or public service. Recipients are committed and proven leaders who are a positive reflection of CALS and Cornell.
Jessica Lattman ’90 and David Rosenberg ’89 MD ’93
Dr. Jessica Lattman was born and raised in New York City by Michelle ’63 MA ’64 and Norman Lattman. She graduated with honors in biology from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1990 and received her medical degree from New York University in 1994. She completed her ophthalmology residency training at The Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital in 1998 and then went on to an advanced fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery.
After her surgical training, Jessica opened her private practice, specializing in oculoplastic surgery in New York City. She is now a leading expert in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyes. Jessica currently serves on the CALS Advisory Council and is a member of the Cornell University Council.
Dr. David Rosenberg graduated from CALS in 1989 having majored in biology. He then went on to Weill Cornell Medical and earned his degree in 1993. Afterward, David entered a six-year training program in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, based at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital where, on the first day, he first met Jessica.
During this residency program, David spent a year and a half at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Jessica and David wed, and they had their first child, Alexandra, CALS ’21. After graduating, David performed an advanced facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship which concluded in the year 2000.
At this point, David opened his Manhattan-based private practice. His goal was to provide understated and beautiful facial plastic surgery outcomes with the shortest recovery time possible. This was at a moment in time when the most prolific plastic surgeons in New York created the “tightest facelifts”. David recognized natural facial beauty as soft, authentic and balanced, not severe or tight. His work reflected this aesthetic and it struck a chord with an ever-expanding pool of patients.
After two years of practice, Jessica and David’s second daughter, Samantha (now 17), was born. Then in 2006, their son Zachary (13) arrived and completed their family. Over the years, Jessica and David have shared their love of science, learning and exploring the natural world with their children. As a family, they love to travel, cook, hike the trails of Westchester County and explore the waterways of eastern Long Island.
In 2013, Jessica and David opened a boutique ambulatory surgery center, Manhattan Facial Surgery Suites, where all their operations now occur. They work together in their state-of-the-art, private surgical center. They often operate together, combining their specialties to give their patients the highest level of surgical care.
Both Jessica and David are not only medical professionals, they are artists as well. When they first launched their practice with its customized medical space, there were many uncovered walls. Instead of purchasing art, David set out to paint all the works that now decorate the office. Without a formal art education, but with endless hours spent working with his hands, David created paintings that bridge abstraction and conceptualization. This autumn several of these works are being shown at the Sponder Art Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida.
While David is doing his art, Jessica enjoys being a musician and songwriter. She plays multiple instruments, sings and performs her original songs at venues throughout New York City. She has recorded her music with multiple Broadway singers, at studios in Nashville and with other talented musicians and producers in NYC. Jessica also plays the keyboard and sings in a band that features her original songs.
Mark ’78 and Lisa Sellew ’79 MBA ’82
Mark and Lisa Sellew own Prides Corner Farms, a large, diversified wholesale nursery in Lebanon, CT, with satellite operations in Cromwell, CT and Ledyard, CT. It is the largest agricultural employer in the state of Connecticut, with 550 employees during peak times. Prides Corner grows more than 2,200 varieties of nursery stock, perennials, roses, trees, herbs and vegetables, and supplies plants to independent garden centers, landscapers and landscape distributors throughout the northeast quadrant of the country, from Maine to Virginia and west through Ohio. In addition, Prides Corner also grows and supplies a pre-vegated green roof system called LiveRoof®, which is designed to grow plants on rooftop environments, and is installed on the rooftop of the newly renovated Warren Hall.
Mark joined his father in the start-up phase of the operation in 1980 and has been running it ever since. Lisa’s first career was in commercial banking and real estate lending in both NYC and Hartford, CT. She joined Prides Corner on a part-time basis in 1990 and then full time in 2006.
During the course of his career, Mark has served on the board of directors of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association, the New England Nursery Association, the Wholesale Nursery Growers of America and AmericanHort. In addition, Mark served on the CALS Dean’s Advisory Council. He also recently served as a USDA- Farm Service Agency State committee member.
Lisa is currently in her second term as a member of the board of directors of Farm Credit East, which serves the ag credit and financial services needs of producers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. In addition, she recently served on the Agriculture Policy Committee for Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s transition team.
Mark and Lisa have been married for 35 years and raised three sons in Glastonbury, CT. Paul (Bowdoin ’10) works for Salesforce.com in Boston, MA. Ben ’13 and Jack ’15, both CALS graduates, are working with their parents at Prides Corner.
Peggy Koenig is chair of Abry Partners, LLC, which is a top-ranked, North American private equity investment firm focused solely on investing in the media, communications, information and business services industries. She was a 2018 fellow in Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Program.
Abry has completed over $80 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity investments. The firm manages buy-out, growth equity and senior debt funds. Koenig joined ABRY in 1993 as a partner when the firm organized its first $250 million buyout fund. During her tenure as co-CEO, she was responsible for the oversight of the firm’s employees. She initiated a myriad of professional development activities to enhance the firm’s employee base. She also co-chaired the firm’s investment committee and was responsible for raising nearly $7.5 billion of capital.
Prior to ABRY, Ms. Koenig was a vice president, partner and member of the board of directors of Sillerman Communications Management Corporation, a merchant bank making investments principally in the radio industry. She participated in the formation and success of SFX Broadcasting, a publicly traded radio industry consolidator. Earlier in her career, she was involved in motion picture financing (Columbia and TriStar Pictures), investment banking (Thomson McKinnon Securities), and the magazine publishing industry (Savvy and American Photographer magazines).
Koenig is a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, where she is chair of the Research and Innovation committee and a member of the Executive Committee. She is a member of the Board of Overseers of Cornell’s New York Tech Campus and a member of the Board of Advisors at the Millstein Program in Technology and Humanity. She is a member of the national board of the non-profit Cradles to Crayons and a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum. She is a founding member of the World Frontiers’ Forum, member of Citi Private Bank North American Advisory Board and a member of the Advisory Board of the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Recipients Prior to 2019
|Last||First||M.I/Maiden||Class Year||Year Won|
|Ambrosia||Lynn||Vacca||79, MBA '81||2013|
|Bishop III||C. Morton||1974||2005|
|Dalrymple||Dana||G.||54, MS '56||2015|
|Fenstermacher||Gary||D.||1961, PhD '70||2008|
|Grainger||Mary||1979, MPS '87||2017|
|Han||In Kyu||PhD '65||2003|
|Herendeen||Nathan||R.||1964, MS '69||2004|
|Hicks||Alfred||H.||1962, MBA '63||1998|
|Joh||Sun Paik||MS '77||2011|
|Kornet||Mitch||1976, DVM '79||2012|
|Lele||Uma||MS '63, PhD '65||2008|
|Mackey||Catherine (Kitty)||1977, PhD '83||2017|
|McGonigal||Jane||50, PhD '84||2014|
|Nozzolio||Michael||F.||73, MS '77||2015|
|O'Connell||Frank||J.||1965, MBA '66||2006|
|Preger Sellew||Lisa||1979, MBA '79, MBA '82||2019|
|Resnick||Gene||D.||1970, MD '74||2009|
|Rosenberg||David||1989, MD '93||2019|
|Simon Gross||Lorette||1989, MBA '90||2018|
|Ten Eyck, II||Peter||G.||1960||1997|
|Westring Pike||M. Elizabeth||PhD '83||2016|
|Wilkerson||L. John||MS '67, PhD '70||2003|