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Alumni Awards Inspire 2021

College of Education Award Recipients


JohnsonDistinguished Alumna of the Year Award
Dr. Adanna J. Johnson, Grad ’01, ’05 
Takoma Park, Md.

As the associate vice president for student equity and inclusion at Georgetown University, Dr. Adanna Johnson works as a servant-leader to break down barriers.
VarekaCounselor Education and Counseling Psychology Achievement Award   
Kristen C. Vareka, Grad ’08    
Wauwatosa, Wis. 

Kristen Vareka’s official title may be clinical services manager at the Guest House of Milwaukee, but a more apt title is “agent of hope.”

CocoranEducational Policy and Leadership Achievement Award   
Bryan S. Corcoran, Arts ’97    
Milwaukee, Wis. 

Middle school can be a time most people would like to forget – it’s generally recognized as a time of awkwardness, puberty and growth spurts – but Bryan Corcoran has dedicated himself to middle school students for more than 23 years as a sixth grade teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

HirchakYoung Alumna of the Year Award
Dana Bellich Hirchak, Arts ’09    
Chicago, Ill. 

Dana Hirchak has dedicated the past 10 years of her career as a servant-leader at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School in Chicago helping some of the most vulnerable students in Illinois and throughout the country – those struggling with severe mental health challenges.