Presented for the first time at Reunion 2019. The Distinguished Young Alumna Award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in one or more of the following ways and is under the age of 35:

  • Exceptional accomplishment in her chosen field
  • Exceptional contributions to Stoneleigh-Burnham
  • Exceptional service in local, state or national affairs.

To nominate an alumna for this award, please email Kathleen Tuck Fontaine ’83 at alumnae@sbschool.org.

Jessica K. Meese ’04 (R) was presented the Distinguished Young Alumna Award by Alumnae Board President Kate Strousse ’13 during Reunion 2019.

Jessica attended Carnegie Mellon University, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, a Minor in Vocal Music, and a Master’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

After relocating to New York, Jessica found time to continue performing. In 2011 Jessica joined The Blue Hill Troupe, wrote and performed a one-woman cabaret 2013: Don’t Tell Mama, in New York, and in 2015 was invited to join Uncommon Chord: New York.

Having entered a male-dominated field, Jessica’s attention to detail, steadfastness, and dedication has served her well.

  • Field engineer on contracts renovating elevated train stations for New York City Transit, continuing as Project Engineer at Longi Engineering working on the East Side Access project on systems, civil, and architectural contracts from bid to close-out.
  • Part of the Construction Management team on the East Side Access project for Long Island Railroad, building new tunnels and a new concourse in Grand Central Terminal, NYC.
  • Deputy Construction Manager at Jacobs Engineering as part of the team on the East Side Access project for Long Island Railroad, building new tunnels and a new concourse in Grand Central Terminal, NYC.
  • Acknowledged professionally with the 2018 Jacobs Engineering Systems Managers of the Year Award presented earlier this year.