Alumni of the Year

Established 22 years ago, the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award has recognized outstanding alumni, and their commitment to the goals and objectives of Bishop McGuinness. It highlights the importance of what it means to be a person for others through their actions not only in the Irish community, but also in their community and church.

You may nominate as many outstanding alumni as you wish. We just ask that the nominees have served the school, their church and/or community well during their postgraduate time. The 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented in May during graduation. If you have any questions about nominations, please email Stephanie Ledet, alumni coordinator.


Dr. David Chansolme '89 has been selected as the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. He was recognized during the graduation ceremony on May 19.

“This year’s alumni award is presented to someone who could not be more deserving, especially during the last year,” said Carly Wilson, Bishop McGuinness Alumni Executive Committee President. “David Chansolme has demonstrated Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School mission statement: to be a person for others, a million times over.”

Dr. Chansolme cares for those in the community on a daily basis through his work at the hospital, educating the community with social media videos, volunteering at church, Bishop McGuinness, and the many boards he serves on. He is never afraid to take a phone call, give advice or take on a leadership role. Dr. Chansolme supports many causes and often does so anonymously. He does these things not for recognition but with a giving and caring heart because he truly cares. Those experiences have grounded him in the Catholic faith and supported his involvement in the Catholic community.

Award Recipients
1999    Fr. William M. Eichhoff ’56 
1999    Larry Shaw ’55
2000    Linda Cavanaugh Clark ’69
2001    Greg Burns ’65
2002    Dr. Louis V. Lepak, Jr. ’61
2002    Dr. William H. Bernauer ’65
2003    William R. Cathey ’76
2004    Judy McCarthy Love ’55
2005    Michael J. Milligan ’73
2006    Jerry Kelley ’70
2007    Tom Ward ’65
2008    Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic ’67, U.S. Navy
2009    Dr. J. Peter Kierl ’72
2010    James A. Connelly, Jr. ’73
2010    Jack  O’Meara ’66
2011    Lil Ross ’56
2012    Fr. Joseph Uhen ’76
2013    David Riesenberg ’75
2014    Carol Scanlon Lester ’74
2015    Richard Tuohy ’69
2016    Chris Engel ’78
2017    Greg Love ’80
2018    Amy Feighny ’86
2019    Ryan Maxwell ’98
2020    Bentley Edmonds ’81
2020    Lisa Ruffin Edmonds ’82
2021    Dr. David Chansolme ’89