2009 AYA Leadership Award Recipient Bios

Monty Freeman '73 for his accomplishments over the past 25 years at organizing and advancing the mission of Yale GALA, a pioneer among SIG groups at Yale.


Linda Pellico '89 MSN for her dedicated service as AYA and School of Nursing board leader, and her passionate devotion as a faculty member to sharing her knowledge and fun with countless alumni and children audiences.


David Sanchez, '84 MA, '84 MPhil for his pioneering leadership of the first Global Yale Day of Service and his renewal of the Yale Club of Miami.


John Scales '54 for his drive and enthusiasm in pursuing new initiatives – like the community service programs – with the Yale Club of Pittsburgh. He is one of our new “super” regional directors or the Day of the Service and has shared his expertise in alumni organizing to international audiences through YaleGALE.


Baiju Shah '93 for creating and developing the Bulldogs on the Cuyahoga program in Cleveland, and then raising the bar by forming Summer on the Cuyahoga, a unique summer internship program open to students of Case Western, Colgate, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Smith, University of Chicago and Yale.


Linus Travers '58, '59 MA for being the jack of all alumni SIG trades – organizer, communicator and producer for the Yale Class of 1958, the Yale Club of Boston, the Yale Glee club Associates, the Yale Alumni Chorus, and the Whiffenpoof Alumni Association.