The Alumni Council and Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Alumni Awards: Louis Mayberg '80, Dick Lynas '55 and Micol Issa '05. Webb's alumni awards program aims to recognize alumni who represent the best of Webb through their exemplary achievements. An Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. during Alumni Weekend. Congratulations to our 2015 recipients.
Louis Mayberg '80
Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award
This award recognizes an alumnus/a for their significant success and prominence in their professional career or vocation, bringing honor to themselves and to Webb. They also have demonstrated exemplary service to the local, national or global community.
Louis Mayberg ’80 is co-founder and principal of the Advisor to ProShares and ProFunds, the Exchange Traded Funds and Mutual Funds where he served as president for 15 years until March 2012. Mayberg has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services and investment industries and has started or rehabilitated numerous companies. Among his recent activities is W2Fuel, a multi-state bio-chemical refinery and Convergence Development which focuses on inner-city urban renewal through home ownership by placing low-income working families into new affordable homes at a lower cost than renting. Previously, in 1986, he co-founded National Capital Companies LLC, a Bethesda-based investment bank specializing in mergers, acquisitions and equity underwritings in the financial services industry. He also managed National Capital's financial services hedge fund.
An active community volunteer and philanthropist, Mayberg has served on a variety of international, national and local boards and currently serves as Hillel board president at his alma mater, George Washington University. He has a preference for entrepreneurial philanthropy and counts among his most impactful initiatives Securing America’s Future Energy and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
In 2005, Mayberg established the Louis M. Mayberg ’80 Scholarship Fund providing financial aid to Webb students with high financial need. Mayberg lives with his wife Manette and has four children plus a new son-in-law.
John R. "Dick" Lynas '55
Colborn Distinguished Service Award
Named in honor of Ken Colborn ’47, this award recognizes distinguished and significant volunteer service to The Webb Schools or Alf Museum.
John R. “Dick” Lynas ’55 has devoted thousands of hours to the Alf Museum over the past two decades and served on the Museum Board of Trustees since 2004. His volunteer work has varied from cataloging fossil specimens to reworking the collections database. Lynas has acted as a maintenance expert, at times assisting with exhibit repairs and modifications. He is responsible for installing the security camera system in the exhibit halls – having purchased, installed and wired all of the equipment himself. He also developed a photo archive database of peccary trips, participated in countless field trips in support of research efforts, and created a technically-correct sheet music version of the Peccary Song. As Museum Director Don Lofgren states, “Dick’s fingerprints are everywhere in the museum.”
Lynas spent seven years in the Navy, making two tours as a naval aviator during the Vietnam War. He also spent 25 years working as an instructor and field engineer on military flight simulators. Lynas lives in Imperial Beach, CA with his wife Sally.
Micol Issa '05
Young Alumni Rising Star Award
This award honors an alumnus/a of the last 15 years who demonstrates exceptional achievements in their chosen field or who has used their success to bring good to the world.
Micol “Mimi” Issa ’05 has worked as an educator since 2010, most notably in Haiti, where she spent four years. At the Haitian Education and Leadership Program, an organization that provides scholarships to university-bound Haitians, Issa was the English Program Manager, creating a curriculum for those pursuing careers in medicine, engineering, business, education and more. Issa also taught an advanced English course based in literature and media studies and developed a leadership program based on Webb’s honor code. Her good work empowered hundreds of Haitian youth, giving them the necessary skills to help launch their careers, and her programs are still in place today. At Ecole Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haiti, Issa designed and led an intensive English program to prepare students for intermediate-level course work in computer science and business/economics.
Issa completed a Bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College, and this summer, she participated in an intensive Arabic program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She has shown her dedication to The Webb Schools as a consistent donor and co-chair of her 10-year reunion. This fall Issa is teaching 8th grade English at Brookhurst Junior High School in Anaheim.