Women of Influence

    New Alumnae Association Award
Honors Professional Achievement,
Community Influence

Five accomplished alumnae were among the first to receive the prestigious new Woman of Influence Award, the newest honor bestowed by the Russell Sage College Alumnae Association.


“Russell Sage College has celebrated women of influence since it awarded its first degree 90 years ago,” said Mary Ann Oppenheimer, immediate past president of the Alumnae Association. “This new award is a way to formally recognize the Russell Sage alumnae who positively and substantially influence their professions, their communities and issues affecting society at large. As the first recipients of the Women of Influence award, these alumnae set high standards for future honorees.”

Mary Brizzell ’65

Mary Brizzell, the first woman supervisor of the Town of Colonie (N.Y.), has held that position since 1995 and has served in elected office for more than 20 years. She is involved with multiple organizations contributing to the economic, cultural and educational development of upstate New York’s burgeoning Tech Valley. A former teacher, she is a founding member of the Colonie Community Partnership, dedicated to sustaining a safe community for Colonie’s adolescents.


Julia L. Greenstein ’77
Boston biotech leader Julia L. Greenstein Ph.D. is a pioneer in the study of the transplantation of cells, tissues and organs from one species to another. In addition to consulting with biotechnology and
pharmaceutical companies in the area of research planning and new project acquisition, she devotes a portion of her time to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


Susan Harris ’69

Susan Harris, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences within the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia, is an internationally respected advocate for client-centered
care in the health professions. In 1996, Harris—a breast cancer survivor—collaborated with Don McKenzie, M.D., to launch the first dragon boat racing team of all breast cancer survivors. Today, the team of five boats competes internationally.      


Pamela Noe ’69

Retired CIA officer Pamela Noe is an instructor at the CIA’s Sherman Kent School of Intelligence Analysis, George Washington University, and the FBI Academy at Quantico. Throughout her career, she has been a champion of women’s rights in the predominantly male-run government intelligence community and in 1996 she was selected by her peers as an “Outstanding Woman of the CIA.”


Ann Wolcott Wheat ’57

San Francisco restaurateur Ann Wolcott Wheat’s Millennium Restaurant has been featured in media from Bon Appetit and the Wall Street Journal to The Food Network. Her volunteer activities include co-directing an activity program for residents of half-way houses and working with environmental and cultural organizations to make resources and enrichment programs accessible for people with special needs. New Alumnae Association Award Honors Professional Achievement, Community Influence