The 4th Annual Lasallian Founder's Alumni Awards Celebration will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2022. 

To nominate a Bishop Kelley alumnus for a Lasallian Founder's Alumni Award, please review the information below and complete the online nomination form. 

Each year, Bishop Kelley High School honors alumni who embody the values of St. John Baptist De La Salle. These alumni are outstanding in their fields of endeavor and have made a significant impact on their community. Our Lasallian Founder's Alumni Awards recipients represent the very best of Bishop Kelley.

Four award winners are selected annually: 

  • A Distinguished Alumnus who is over the age of 35 and has accomplished amazing things in his or her field and community
  • A BK alumnus who has shown amazing service to the poor and social justice
  • An alumnus who has dedicated his or her life to education
  • An Outstanding Young Alumnus (age 35 and under) who has reached high levels of achievement in his or her field and community

2020 Award Recipients

Left to right: Paul Tomasi '86, Marcella Hankins Ahern '87, Eileen Ryan Bradshaw '81, Dr. Sarah Kauble McClanahan '04


Paul M. Tomasi '86
Distinguished Alumni

Since graduating from Bishop Kelley in 1986, Paul Tomasi has become a successful and compassionate entrepreneur. He founded E-Risk Services, an insurance underwriting company, and he continues to serve as the company’s president. When a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, Paul and his wife Lisa donated supplies and money toward the reconstruction of the most destroyed areas. However, they were frustrated by the difficulties of transporting goods to nonprofits and the people who needed assistance immediately. Two years later, Paul and Lisa created YouGiveGoods, an online platform for supply drives that ensures goods arrive quickly, safely, and efficiently. He is currently on the Board of Directors of United Aid Foundation. He and Lisa have four girls, and Paul’s family has close ties to Bishop Kelley.


Eileen Bradshaw '81 
Concern for the Poor and Social Justice

Eileen has dedicated much of her career to assisting the poor and vulnerable in Tulsa. She has demonstrated the qualities of a selfless and strong leader, working as the director of Emergency Infant Services and later the director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. She currently serves as the director of LIFE Senior Services and its affiliate organizations Vintage Housing and LIFE PACE. Outside of her work, Eileen seeks to raise awareness of the poverty and problems that the poor face in Oklahoma, such as food deserts and lack of food security. She often spends evenings speaking to different civic and religious groups in Tulsa about how to assist food banks.


Marcella Hankins Ahern '87
Dedication to Quality Education

Relying on her Catholic faith, professional experience, and education, Marcella Ahern aims to improve the lives of as many people as possible. While she attended Bishop Kelley, Marcella participated in many student organizations, became a National Merit Finalist, and studied Spanish language and culture. After BK, she dedicated many years of her life to pursue a career in education. Marcella strives daily to provide quality education to the diverse immigrant population in her town of Alexandria, Virginia. Marcella utilizes her Spanish knowledge to help her Spanish-speaking students, and she often spends hours outside of the classroom providing extra assistance and mentorship. She became the assistant principal of her school last year with unanimous support of the school’s faculty. When the COVID-19 crisis began, Marcella took immediate action to ensure internet access, nutrition options, and online learning platforms for her students. She was named Teacher of the Year by her school. She is very active in her Catholic parish, participating in many volunteer projects and leadership roles.


Sarah Kauble McClanahan '04
Outstanding Young Alumni

Sarah felt her call to medicine early in her life. During her four years at Bishop Kelley, she was an athletic trainer for the football team and boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, and she was chosen as an All-State Athletic Trainer when she was a senior. Sarah participated in Campus Ministry, Comets for Christ, and National Honors Society. She pursued a career in psychiatry, and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University and from Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine. Helping those suffering from severe mental illnesses, Sarah is the medical director for the OU IMPACT program, which provides extra services such as housing assistance, arranging appointments, managing medication, applying for federal services, and more for those with serious mental illnesses in Oklahoma. Sarah is the psychiatric consultant for the Mental Health Association’s Community Health and Wellness program, and is a faculty member at the OU Health Science Center in Tulsa.


PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS

2019

Distinguished Alumni - Bill Lissau '61

 

Concern for the Poor and Social Justice - Melissa Bryce Gamble '00

 

Dedication to Quality Education - Maria Copp '08

 

Outstanding Young Alumni - Rev. John Fincher '11

 

2018

Distinguished Alumni - Eugene Megysey '63

Click here to watch a video of his acceptance speech.

Concern for the Poor and Social Justice - Sr. Mary Servant of the Cross (Angela Kmetz) '01

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Dedication to Quality Education - Dr. Curt Adams '91

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Outstanding Young Alumni - Kelsey Ritchie '13

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2018 Lasallian Founder's Awards Indroduction

2018 Lasallian Founder's Awards Closing Remarks