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2017 Alumni Award Recipients

There is no greater testament to Webb’s values and culture of service and leadership than our extraordinary alumni. Through our annual Alumni Awards program, the Alumni Council and the Board of Trustees honor select alumni whose service and achievements truly exemplify everything The Webb Schools represent.
 
We are pleased to announce the six distinguished recipients of the 2017 Alumni Awards:

Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award
Garland Reiter ’72
Katy Carr White ’87

If you like fresh berries in your cereal or fruit salad, Garland Reiter ’72 has probably touched your life. Berries have been the Reiter family business ever since his grandfather, Joseph (Ed) Reiter, and his cousin, R.O. Driscoll, established the Sweet Briar strawberry farm back in 1904. Today, Reiter Affiliated Companies (RAC) is the world’s largest fresh berry producer, with farms in five countries and customers around the world.

Although its roots stretch back more than a century, the business's modern success is due in no small part to Reiter's bold leadership. After his Webb graduation, he began working summers in the family business to understand its many aspects. He joined full-time in 1976 after graduating from the University of Santa Clara. In early 1977, the untimely death of his parents left Reiter and his brother Miles to run the business alone. Miles assumed the presidency of Reiter Berry Farms in Watsonville while Garland expanded the business to Southern California as president of Reiter Brothers, Inc., in Oxnard. Reiter eventually became president and CEO of Reiter Affiliated Companies and recently transitioned to the role of executive chairman.

Success in farming requires insight, determination, and humility. “There’s so much you can’t control,” Reiter says. Since he can’t change the weather, he has focused instead on reinforcing the foundations of RAC’s business and its corporate motto: “Honesty, Fairness, and Respect.” Reiter has worked hard to promote those values in his company’s operations and in its treatment of its workforce. One of his achievements was making RAC the first U.S. agribusiness to offer a network of health clinics for farmworkers. Reiter has also placed great emphasis on community service through RAC’s corporate philanthropy program.

Reiter has been an active part of Webb’s alumni community for about 30 years and helped to organize his 35th class reunion in 2007. He has remained keenly interested in Webb’s commitment to developing leadership and character, which have meant so much to him and to his company. “Integrity was a core value to my parents and Webb deeply strengthened that,” he says. 

Katy Carr White ’87 first considered becoming a doctor while she was still in grade school, but says it was her time at Webb that gave her “the confidence that I could do whatever I put my mind to” and the courage to think “outside the box.” Today, she’s a family practice physician who has devoted her career to bringing medical care to those less fortunate.

Between her Webb graduation and her enrollment in UCSD School of Medicine, Carr White took two trips that had a profound impact on her life: a trip to India while an undergraduate and later a mission trip to Mexico with Operation Serve, which confronted her with humbling examples of poverty and desperation.

After earning her M.D. and M.P.H. (Master’s in Public Health), Carr White helped found HOPE Ministries out of her family church in Paramount and became a physician at South Central Family Health Center in Los Angeles. In 2009, she became a family practice physician for Los Angeles Christian Health Centers (LACHC), which has two clinics and 11 satellite sites throughout greater L.A. She’s now LACHC’s chief medical officer. Last year alone, LACHC served more than 10,000 patients — most of them desperately poor, many of them homeless.

Carr White is originally from Upland and her older sister, Christine ’84, was part of the first-ever VWS graduating class. (Their younger sister, Keely ’96, later followed in their footsteps.) As a student, Carr White sometimes complained that Webb was hard, but it prepared her well for premed classes and later for medical school. She was part of the Honor Cabinet and active in ASB, serving as president of her freshman and junior classes and later as student body president.

Living in Southern California, Carr White has made frequent visits back to campus. She’s part of the Hastings Society through her consistent support of The Webb Fund and has given several chapel talks. She has warm memories of her time at Webb, crediting Laurence McMillin for teaching her “to appreciate each person as an individual.” Webb also left her with “an appreciation of multiculturalism and diversity of opinion, background, culture, and class” that continues to inform the selfless generosity of her service.

Colborn Distinguished Service Award
H. Earl "Bud" Hoover ’52
Kimball McCloud ’67
Janel Henriksen Hastings ’87

H. Earl "Bud" Hoover II '52 followed a well-rounded program as a Webb student. In his senior yearbook, Bud was described as "one of the most amiable personalities on campus." During his time at Webb, Hoover served as a dorm counselor and dorm prefect, worked on Blue & Gold and El Espejo, and competed in track and field. He served on the Honor Committee and struck up a friendship with Les Perry that ultimately lasted over 50 years.

Hoover earned his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College (then Claremont Men’s College); served two years in the U.S. Army; and then went into banking, eventually becoming a vice president with First Interstate Bank. He has also worked in law enforcement, an interest encouraged by Howell Webb, a former FBI agent. Today, Hoover is extensively involved with nonprofit organizations, including the L.A. chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Historical Society, The Living Desert Reserve in Palm Desert, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and Santa Fe’s Museum of Fine Arts, to name just a few.

He served as a Webb trustee from 1969 to 1980 and as chairman of the board from 1973 to 1975. He also served as President of the Alumni Council from 1967 to 1969.  Hoover, who lives in Palm Springs with his wife Barbara, is a Life Trustee and a generous supporter of The Webb Schools. He’s a member of the Thompson & Vivian Webb Society and has established an endowment at Webb, the H. Earl Hoover II Fund, to provide scholarship support to students, a legacy that will contribute to the schools for generations to come. His grandson, Christopher Hoover Brophy ’04, is also a Webb alumnus.

Kimball McCloud ’67 is living proof that the Webb community is truly a family, sometimes in a literal sense as well as a figurative one. McCloud’s immediate family includes five other Webb alumni — his brothers Kelly ’70, Mark ’71, and James ’80 and his daughters, Casey ’95 and Ashley ’96 — as well as a Life Trustee: McCloud’s wife, Claire.

McCloud grew up in Argentina, where his father, a Kaiser Industries executive, was president of the automaker Industrias Kaiser Argentina (IKA). Since his parents were expatriate Californians, they wanted their eldest son to return to the U.S. for high school. On a tour of boarding schools in 1963, the kindness of Headmaster Fred Hooper led McCloud to choose Webb. His Webb experience, which included a laudable soccer career, a term as president of the Chapel Guild, and some memorable photography for Sage magazine and Blue & Gold, convinced his parents to also send his younger brothers to Webb.

Because of that family connection, McCloud remained in close contact with Webb even after he went on to Menlo College and then Stanford University, where he met Claire and earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology. His burgeoning career in the cement industry took them out of Southern California for a time, but after returning to the L.A. area in 1984, he joined the Alumni Association, becoming its president from 1989–1991. From 1991 to 2006, he was a member of the Board of Trustees and served as Chairman of the Board from 2000 to 2004.

The McClouds have continued to support Webb in innumerable ways, giving generously both financially and of their time. They believe so strongly in Webb’s mission that when their daughters were preparing for high school in the early ‘90s, the McClouds actually built a new home in La Verne so that Casey and Ashley could attend Webb as day students. When Casey enrolled in VWS, Claire joined the Affiliates board, becoming its president from 1994 to 1996. She later joined the Board of Trustees, serving from 2006–2016. The McClouds have hosted many dinners and volunteered for a long list of strategic committees and task forces.

Although McCloud now lives in Las Vegas, where he is president and CEO of Mitsubishi Cement Corporation, he remains a constant and enthusiastic supporter of Webb and everything it has meant to his family for over 50 years.

Janel Henriksen Hastings ’87 was the first VWS alumna to become president of the Alumni Council. She has worked tirelessly to support, organize, and encourage Webb students and alumni at every level.

Henriksen Hastings grew up in the Claremont area and attended VWS as a day student. Even before her freshman year began, Webb’s beloved fine arts teacher, the late Christopher Trussell, accepted her for the Chamber Singers. He later allowed her to join the previously all-male barbershop quartet and presided over her stage debut in The Sound of Music.

Although she planned to attend UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, Henriksen Hastings instead pursued a career in education, earning her M.A. in student affairs administration and policy analysis at Stanford and her Ph.D. in higher education and organizational change at UCLA. She later became director of the Office of Planning & Research at Scripps (where she earned her B.A.) and then assistant VP of institutional research at Harvey Mudd College. Until her family moved to London last month, she was admissions director for Foothill Country Day School.

Henriksen Hastings has been involved with alumni events almost from the start. She went on to volunteer for her 20th and 25th reunions and joined the Alumni Council, serving a three-year term as a Member-at-Large before becoming president in 2009. In 2012, she brought her humor and vision to the Board of Trustees, where she will serve until at least 2021. Henriksen Hastings has rallied alumni support for Webb events and strategic campaigns, developed new alumni activities, and hosted social events. She continues to lend Webb her considerable expertise in institutional research and student affairs.

Her leadership style has always been personal and inspirational. After attending a VWS performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Company in 2007, she emailed the entire cast with her enthusiastic congratulations. In her 2012 VWS commencement address, she encouraged new alumnae to embrace the spirit and “quiet yet essential leadership” of the remarkable woman whose name their school bears.

In an emotional email to the Webb community last November, Henriksen Hastings wrote, “Today, I was reminded of just how fortunate I am to be part of Webb.” We can confidently say that Webb is also very fortunate to have her.

Rising Star Award
Jessica Dholakia ’07
The Young Alumni Rising Star Award recognizes recent alumni (alumni of the past 15 years) who have used their success to bring good to the world, demonstrated exceptional achievements in their chosen field, and have a particular affinity for Webb.

Jessica Dholakia ’07 embodies all of those characteristics. Her affinity for The Webb Schools began early on. She attended her first young alumni event in 2009 and returned for her 5-year class reunion in 2012. Less than a year later, she became an at-large member of the Alumni Council, where she still serves today. Despite her young age, Dholakia’s ongoing generosity in supporting Webb has already earned her a place in the Hastings Society.

Dholakia attended George Washington University (GWU), where she studied international relations and learned about the global flow of capital through internships and a project fellowship with the Pacific Council on International Policy. That fellowship gave her the opportunity to discuss important international issues with luminaries like former Defense Secretary William J. Perry and Gen. James Mattis, now the current U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Dholakia has since found her calling in marketing, a talent she cultivated while still an undergraduate. In 2013, she joined Independence Bank as a marketing specialist and a year later took a similar role at Direct Commerce. In August 2015, she became marketing manager for San Francisco-based Taulia Inc., a B2B supply chain finance company that supports small, medium, and large businesses around the world.

Dholakia’s leadership and strategy enabled her team to boost revenues by 630 percent in only one year, earning Taulia the 2017 Commercial Marketing Team of the Year award from Marketo, Inc. “She dedicates her day to day helping companies finance their business needs,” explains Dholakia’s younger sister, Monica ’12. “It is rare to find someone so impassioned about preserving small business.”

Monica also has high praise for her sister’s integrity and strength of character, values Dholakia learned at Webb. “Not only does she embody these characteristics,” Monica says, “she often challenges those around her to do the same,” extending Webb’s values and mission with each encounter.

Alumni Awards Ceremony
All members of the Webb community are invited to attend the Alumni Awards Ceremony, which takes place Saturday, October 21 at 5:30 pm in the Liu/Cheung Theater. For more information, please contact the Alumni Office at alumni@webb.org or (909) 482-5206.
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