2017 Founders' Alumni Award presented to:
Brittney (Hoffman) McCabe '99
Presenter: AdriannaTruby, Academic Dean
As a student at Palmer Trinity School, Brittney is remembered as an excellent and engaging student, involved with many areas of school life. She thrived in the most challenging courses while balancing leadership positions in student activities and cheerleading. After graduating from Smith College with a degree in Political Science, she earned a master's degree in Gender Studies at George Washington University. Brittney served for many years in the social justice and nonprofit sectors before returning to Palmer Trinity as a passionate educator. She teaches sixth grade World Cultures and brings her depth of experience and insight to the classroom.
Brittney always remained close to her Palmer Trinity schoolmates, to her teachers, and to the fledgling Alumni Office. For over a decade, she has volunteered for nearly every Alumni opportunity offered, including Alumni College and Career Day, the Admission Advisory Committee, as a Class Agent, the Alumni Annual Fund and ultimately serving on the inaugural Alumni Association Board. Brittney and her wife, Kara, have one child and they reside in Miami.
2017 Head of School's Alumni Award presented to:
Jan (Risi) Field '77
Presenter: CraigZimmett '77
Palmer School was newly-founded when Jan and her classmates attended. With her engaging personality and involvement in school activities, Jan gained respect from her classmates and teachers. She truly helped to shape the close-knit community of Palmer. After graduation, she earned a double major from DePauw University and a Master's degree from UCLA.
Jan began a career in agri-business and commodities. She worked for large- and small-scale companies before identifying a niche in the market where she could make a difference with a new business. In 1996, she began her own company, Independent Purchasing Cooperative, now a global leader in the quick-service food industry. As CEO and President, Jan oversees the purchasing for 78,000 Subway franchises all over the world.
Jan has been recognized by her alma mater De Pauw University and by the Miami Herald as a "great visionary" in her business. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Coral Gables Trust and gives back of her time to mentor young people interested in her business. As a former Palmer Pirate, Jan has volunteered to plan and host reunions for our Alumni from the 70s. Jan and her husband, Jim, have one grown son and live in Pinecrest.