2021 Alumnae Achievement Award

Mattie Carolyn Hall ’67, ’69

Mattie Carol Hall

Mattie Carolyn Hall ’67, ’69 earned an A.A. and a B.A. in Fashion and Design from Stephens College, followed by graduate studies at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. In addition to her fashion and retailing classes at Stephens, Carol chose to take several Black Studies classes from the University of Missouri that enriched her overall college experience. She and other Stephens Black students began meeting informally and formed a Black Students Union (BSU). Her fondest memories of Stephens include: meeting and interacting with girls from all over the country, listening to, respecting and learning from our differences, learning to play golf on Stephens’ nine-hole golf course, and being part of a national network for outstanding women.

After graduate studies in New York, Mattie Hall chose to become professionally known as “Carol Hall,” prior to her first position in television as a reporter and anchor at WHBQ Channel 13, ABC-TV, Memphis. Carol is an award-winning communications, marketing and public relations consultant with wide-market, cultural diversity, and inter-generational experience, with a focus upon baby boomers and senior citizens. Currently, she’s president and managing consultant of Carol Hall & Associates (CH&A), a Los Angeles-based firm, established in 1986. 

CH&A has marketing and public relations expertise in the areas of cultural, market, workforce and supplier diversity; and offers a unique and demonstrated ability to receive, synthesize, organize, creatively and cost-effectively communicate complex information via various media “platforms,” regarding products or services, issues or ideas. 

Carol Hall’s expertise was honed while garnering extensive experience in television news. For nearly twenty years, she daily had time-sensitive assignments and consistently delivered, accurate, fact-filled, interesting and lively stories garnering good audiences and ratings. 

Born in Kirkwood, MO, a suburb of St. Louis, Carol currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Carol has wide-market experience garnered by living and working in Memphis, TN; New York, NY; Washington, DC; and Pittsburgh, PA. 

Where she has lived, Carol has brought that good ole Missouri, “show me” spirit to whatever the task, opportunity or challenge. Through her faith in God, love of people, education, experiences, expertise and ability to listen, empathize and work collaboratively with others, she can attest that spirit helps her maintain focus on a project objective to achieve results that make positive contributions and differences in the lives of people.

Beyond her business, Carol is a wife, married for over thirty years to Cliff Holliday. She’s raised one daughter, and has a step-daughter and son, all adults. She has two brothers and several longtime, very dear friends — like sisters in her life. Although semi-retired from her consulting business, Carol enjoys local & global travel, gourmet cooking, live theatre and on Sundays attending prayer, praise and worship services at her church, and remains very active in the Los Angeles arts community. 

Carol values education and has been a life-long learner. However, she credits foremost God’s love and grace for all of the blessings in her life, including her family beginning with her wonderful parents, both now deceased. Carol’s father, Rev. William E. Hall, was a WWII Army veteran and appointed by President Harry S. Truman to be the first African American Protestant Chaplain, and served at Jefferson Barracks, MO, VA Hospital; he was also a dynamic, beloved St. Louis Public Schools teacher and the Pastor of Corinthian Baptist Church. Carol’s mother, Mattie Mae Faucette Hall, was the epitome of grace and elegance, and loved children and teaching in the Kirkwood Public Schools and on Sundays served as organist for Chapel services in the Jefferson Barracks, VA Hospital Chapel. Carol was blessed, lovingly taught and learned her lifelong core values: “To love God and all people; to always do the right thing and to do it right.” Carol is grateful and also attributes her success to countless people in the many communities where’s she’s lived, worked and served.

 

2020 Alumnae Achievement Award

Jennifer Svrcek ’90

Jen Svrcek

Jennifer (Jen) Svrcek ’90 earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Stephens College, a B.A. and M.A. in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Cambridge, and has completed the Women’s Leadership Development Programme at the University of Oxford Said Business School. While at Stephens, she was a member of the Alumnae Association Board and Club Officer. Jen was also a Stephens Scholars member, Office of Study Abroad volunteer, and a member of Kappa Alpha Phi Sorority. While at the University of Cambridge, Jen was president of the college rowing club and a member of the May Ball Leadership Committee. Jen is committed to developing women leaders and to promoting inclusion and diversity. She is an optimist and lives by the motto, “Life is not a dress rehearsal.”

Jen is an international brand and marketing leader with 25+ years’ experience in creating and growing commercially powerful businesses within advertising agency and corporate environments. She has held numerous positions in marketing, business development and client management spanning the U.S., U.K. and New Zealand.

From Young & Rubicam and Publicis to American Express, Microsoft and now Philip Morris International, Jen, through her leadership in growing brand equity and creating innovative marketing initiatives, has contributed to business growth and game-changing performance in global brand and marketing organizations. As head of creative operations at Nokia, Jen transformed a team of 60 into a 30-strong best-in-class internal operation. After Microsoft acquired Nokia, Jen led the London-based team, working closely with the Seattle-based global advertising and media team, in translating creative and media strategy and led the new “Empowering Us All” brand roll-out. At Philip Morris International, Jen’s focus is helping to deliver on the vision of a smoke-free future, as the company transforms to a dedicated organization in creating a more sustainable future for all.

Volunteering with organizations associated with animal and human rights is one of Jen’s many passions. She works with an organization that engaged in hands-on monitoring of Africa’s endangered species and habitat conservation work, as well as volunteer work as an ambassador for human rights.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Jen has lived most of her adult life in the U.K. She currently resides on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband and beagle. The mountains are her refuge and inspiration where she pursues all manner of high adrenalin sports. 

Stephens is proud of Jen’s outstanding commitment to developing women leaders, service to her community, and her many professional and civic achievements.

For all Jen has contributed to the professional field of marketing and team management, she received the Alumnae Achievement Award.

 

Past Alumnae Achievement Award Recipients

 

2019

VADM Nancy Brown USN (RET) ’73 

 

2018

Donna Ensign Marshall ’58

 

2017

Melanie May ’77

 

2016

M. Anne Murphy ’78

 

2015

Toni Leach Reinis ’67

 

2014

Ginny Hawley McSwain ’73

 

2013

Alanna Nash ’72

 

2012

Jill Griffith ’72

 

2011

Becca Ayers ’96

 

2010

Deborah Hamilton ’63

 

2009

Leslie Foster ’79

 

2008

Doris Painter Littrell ’58

 

2007

Mary Josie Cain Blanchard ’67

 

2006

Ying Li-Oshrin ’89

 

2005

Katherine Henry

 

2004

Corky Hale Stoller

 

2003

Teresa Rouse-Maledy ’78 

 

2002

Bonneau (Bonnie) McElveen Hunter ’72

 

2001

Jean McFaddin ’62

 

2000

Toni Grant Verstandig ’74

 

1999

Alana Smith Shepherd ’49

 

1998

Mary Mel French ’58

 

1997

Tomima Edmark Polley ’79

 

1996

Wendy Manasse Wiese ’81

 

1995

Annie Potts

 

1994

Laura Steele Evans ’71

 

1993

Paula Zahn

 

1992

Catherine Barton Para ’77

Anne Louise Wallace ’82

 

1991

Judith Doyen Taylor ’73

 

1990

Sonja Dabkovich Caproni ’62

Sally Bullard Thornton ’53

 

1989

Sally Morgan Fitzgerald ’35

 

1988

Ann Wrobleski ’73

Joyce A. Mitchell ’72

 

1987

Jill Butler ’64

Margaret Elizabeth McIntosh ’77

 

1986

Janet Fowler Shaw ’57

 

1985

Peggy S. Gott Ph.D. ’64

Jean Muir (hon. ’73) ’79 

 

1984

Joyce McClure ’69

Ardys Hogle Thayer ’45

 

1983

Nell Plopper Euruch Lazarus ’39

Dawn Wells

 

1982

Jeannette Korab Kalogridis ’71

Lorraine Chambers-McCarty ’40

 

1981

Leila Bromberg Andrews ’58

Bettye Maxwell Krolick ’46

 

1980

Laurelle Sheedy Mathis ’70

Sylvia Stone ’55

 

1979

Kathryn Myer Budzak ’59

Anna Siegelbaum Moldafsky ’50

 

1978

Madolyn Youse Babcock ’44

M. Susan Hays-Stern ’66-’68

Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick ’46

 

1977

Patricia Craddock ’57

Lucille Garber Ford ’42

Margaret A. Kilgore ’55

Anita Marie Martini ’58

Martha Naset ’68

Martha Fuller Owens ’51

 

1976

Diane Lain Murray ’53

Phyllis Walden ’68

Gerridee Stenehjem Wheeler ’47

 

1975

Sabra Eagan

 

1974

Bernice Linderman Williamson ’32

 

1973

Sara Mumma Harral ’32

Jackie Fleisher-Wood ’69

 

1972

Barbara Rippel Gordon ’63

Marion Cox Lichty ’35

Mary Louise Green Madigan ’42

Peggy Hitchcock Ransom ’47

 

1970

Doralys Arias ’50

Selma Jeanne Cohen ’39

Geneva Drinkwater ’15

Dorian Hunter ’52

 

1968

Eleanor Cleveland Anderson ’35

Mary Ellen Stribling Bouldin ’50

Genevieve Miller Esgar ’48

Beatrice Burton Middleton ’18 

 

1967

Ann Case Drummond ’28

Virginia Ralles Parker ’51

Betty Goetz Lall ’45

Eualine Uhl Wright ’31

 

1966

Mary Ann Calcott D.D.S. ’58

Helen Gregory ’25

Kathryn Wilson Jordan ’28 

Patricia Spaulding ’42

  

1965

Ruth Bundy Armsby ’23

Anita Farlow Blakeslee ’42

Irene Meinershagen Bleckschmidt ’26

Jeannene Thompson Booher ’56

Mary Adelaide Gardner ’40

Janet Garlough ’41

Wilda Tinsley Moening ’34

Wanda Yvonne White ’45 

 

1964

Adrienne Adams Anderson ’25

Wally Funk ’58

Virginia Neville Robertson ’33

Mary (Mimi) Allen Smitten ’43

 

1963

Patricia White Barry

Dorothy Harcourt Hickerson ’39

Frances Lea McCurdy ’25

Gerda Mehwald Picco ’50

 

1962

Mary B. Anderson ’29

Nell Plopper Eurich Lazarus ’39

Beulah Winstel Dechert ’37

Margaret Sandzen Greenough ’28

Janet R. Kern ’43

Vivian Saunders Kleinkopf ’54

Jean Clinton Roeschlaub ’44

 

1961

Phyllis Joan Burline ’48

Madeline Darling Harp ’31

Mildred Benjegerdes Hays ’45

Irmgard Grossman Johnson ’35

Esther Replogle ’23

Helen Ross Staley ’41

Kay Johnson Williams ’24

 

1960

Margaret Barbee ’18

(Mary) Jane Smisor Bastien ’55

Martha Brian ’50

Shirley A. Field ’42 

Gloria Kenney Jones ’44

Carla Shriner Williams ’40 

 

1959

Susanna Laun Alexander ’36

Virginia Carpernter Christ-Janer ’33

Helen Froelich Holt ’32

Marilyn Ellis Keene ’38

Jeanne Butcher Shaffer ’44

 

1958

Margaret Wolf Dagen ’38

Esther Winifred Daley Kaasa ’30

 

1957

Betsy Snyder Dew ’37

Olivia Noel Robertson ’22

 

1956

Frances Jenkins Holter ’44

Jean Cravens Leyda ’20

 

1955

Evalyn King Joachim ’29

Eudora Vance Scott ’37

Glad Robinson Youse ’20

 

1954

Eugenia Moore Anderson ’28

Ethlyn Wisegarver Bott ’18 

Cordelia Trimble Robinson ’22

 

1953

Ardenia Chapman ’13

Ina Estes Hubbard ’13

Ruth Lovelace Courteol ’19

 

1952

Marie Kuhns Hardy ’20

Pauline Brannock Moore ’23 

 

1951

Alice Jones Ewing ’27

Dorothy Currigan Sevedge ’25

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