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2017 Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

  Distinguished Alumni


Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Ph.D.’16

Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, Ph.D.’16, is a national managing partner at KPMG LLP, focusing on governance issues in their Board Leadership Center. She serves as the global lead partner for Caterpillar and Boeing. She is also the national president and chairman of the board of Girls Scouts of the USA.  

Hannan began her career at KPMG in 1985. She became an international tax partner in 1994 and has held many leadership positions at the firm including vice-chairman of Human Resources, Chicago, Midwest Area Tax managing partner, and national managing partner as the firm’s chief diversity and corporate responsibility officer. 

Hannan has been a passionate trailblazer and advocate for women in the workplace. She founded the KPMG Women’s Advisory Board and the KPMG Network of Women, which became the model for all other such networks. Hannan served as the chair of both the Women’s Advisory and Diversity Advisory boards. She also served as a member of the board of trustees of The KPMG Foundation. 

A frequent speaker, Hannan has also been recognized for her work by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2000 as a “40 under 40” executive and as the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants’ 2003 Woman CPA of the Year. She also received the 2006 Athena International Award, the Anti-Defamation League Women of Achievement Award, the 2011 Illinois Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, the 2012 YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Outstanding Business Leader Award, and Diversity Woman magazine’s annual Mosaic Woman Leadership Award. 

Hannan is very engaged in philanthropic and community work and currently serves on several other not-for-profit boards including the Women Corporate Directors Foundation’s Advisory Board and Catalyst. She serves on the boards of the Adler Planetarium, the Metropolitan Planning Council and the Committee for Economic Development.  

As a Native American and member of the Ho-Chunk Nation Tribe, Hannan served on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Employment Rights Office Commission, and the board and advisory council of the American Indian Center Chicago.

N. David O’Malley, American Institute of Architects (AIA) member 

N. David O’Malley and his wife, Deborah, live in St. Helena, Calif. He is a practicing architect who with his wife, a restoration architect, continues a planning and design practice. 

O’Malley began his professional career as a designer in the office of Charles and Ray Eames before ascending to the position of managing director of the East Coast office of Gruen Associates. He then formed a partnership with Frank O. Gehry, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), before serving as president and CEO of Welton Becket and Associates, Architects and Engineers. Later, he was hired by the estate of Howard Hughes to manage the planning and annexation of its California real estate, including the largest privately owned undeveloped property in a major U.S. city, the 1,200-acre Playa Vista. 

Since 1990, he has led his own design and consulting practice, focusing on urban design, community planning and large-scale development in the United States, India, Haiti and Lebanon. 

His involvement in education includes his appointment as a Harvard University Loeb Fellow of Advanced Environmental Studies, and as a lecturer at the University of Maryland, the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., Pepperdine University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 

O’Malley is also deeply involved in community service, serving as chairman of the board of directors of the Braille Institute of America; and serving on the board of trustees of St. John’s Medical Center, Jackson, Wyo.; the board of trustees of the UCLA Foundation; the board of directors of the Fraternity of Friends, the Music Center in Los Angeles; and as chairman of the board of directors of the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation. He has also served as the chairman of the Deans Council, UCLA graduate school of Architecture and Urban Design; as a member of the board of directors of Pacific Public Radio; and on the executive committee, and the ArtCenter College of Design. He is past president of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects; past president and founder of the Neighborhood Design Center, Baltimore (a non-profit advocacy planning group); and a former member of the board of directors of the Maryland Society of Architects. 

O’Malley graduated from St. Procopius Academy in 1956.

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