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

2021: This year two alumnae were presented with The Distinguished Young Alumnae Award.

Joyhdae Albert  ’01
Mary Dooley  ’03

Joyhdae Albert currently serves as office manager in the New York City office of Roth Capital Management. Following graduation from SBS, she earned a degree in Business from Tufts University, where she was a Goldman Sachs Scholar. She continued her education at Berkeley College in New York, NY, earning an Associate’s Degree in Business-Administration Marketing. Joydhae has also held positions at the Harlem Arts Alliance, the 40/40 Club, and the Hall Company. At SBS, she was a member of Student Council, was part of the Debate Team, sang in Octet, served as a Blue Key Guide, and was chosen as Sweater Girl. Joyhdae served on the SBS Alumnae Board and is a founder of FundBLACKWomen, an organization that crowdfunds and counsels black women founders.

Mary graduated with a PhD in School Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill. Her dissertation, titled “We’re Here Too: The Black Female Experience in North Carolina Schools,” explored systemic, institutional, and direct racism these students face with the least amount of support. She is a pediatric psychologist in integrated primary care settings, working within the community and schools to support marginalized and oppressed children and families. She is an advocate for structural, systemic changes. Mary presents at conferences, in schools, and for a variety of organizations, focusing on topics including abuse, mandated reporting, trauma, anti-racist/anti-bias practices, and white supremacy.

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.