Presented ByThe Martin Family
Award CriteriaWILLIAM & MARY
TRIBE CHAMPION FOR LIFE AWARDThis award is given to an alumna of
the College for whom competitive athletics at William and Mary was
an influential factor in achieving a distinguished career, becoming
a leader in an impactful philanthropic
endeavor, or achieving a personal triumph with a lasting
impression on others.
The nominee must demonstrate leadership, integrity, fortitude
and excellence in her personal, professional and/or
The nominee must have been a William & Mary varsity
The nominee must have graduated from the College of William
& Mary at least 15 years prior to the Celebration of Womens
ONE TRIBE AWARDThis award honors a student-athlete who has
inspired others through contributions to her local community and/or
The nominee must show a high level of dedication and initiative
to help others grow, develop and achieve their goals.
The nominee must be a William & Mary Young Guarde alumna (05
The nominee must be a varsity letter-winner.
Welcome to the sixth annual Celebration of Womens Athletics at
William & Mary sponsored by the Martin family!
The Celebration of Womens Athletics (CWA) was created in 2010 to
highlight the impact of Title IX on womens athletics at W&M,
and to recognize the 50 years of transformative leadership of our
own Millie West. Former Director of the Womens Athletics Department
and the Associate Athletics Director of the combined (coed)
Department, Millie guided W&M into the modern era of
competitive, post Title IX athletics. The principal architect of
womens sports at W&M, Millie continues to influence us today as
an active fundraiser, advocate for athletics and inspiring
In that spirit of mentorship, todays event includes a
professional networking session for our student-athletes. TRIBE
W.I.N.S., Tribe Women In Network through Sport was created to
foster personal and professional relationships between athletes,
alumnae and Tribe supporters. Your participation today will help
TRIBE women to Teach, Renew, Inspire, Build and Empower one another
to WIN in life!
The 2015 CWA is proud to honor two exceptional alumnae, Jeri
Daniels-Elder 82 and Kelsey Nawalinski 11 whose intercollegiate
athletic experiences helped to shape their personal, professional
and charitable lives. We also welcome back Julia Martin 09 who will
receive special recognition for her NACWAA Athletics Administrator
of Tomorrow Award. And, we are delighted to welcome Cathy Bessant,
one of the most powerful women in banking as our keynote speaker.
The philanthropic and professional accomplishments of each of these
women extend far beyond the W&M campus. I encourage you to read
their bios and listen closely for their words of wisdom.
Thank you for your participation as we celebrate the
accomplishments, life values, and lasting relationships that we
have established through sport. May the conversations and
presentations today inspire you and nurture your life-long
connection with William & Mary.
We are honored to have you as our guest today. Tribe Pride!
Peel HawthorneAssociate Athletics Director for Student Services
Senior Woman Administrator
Celebration of Womens AthleticsWILLIAM & MARY
Program12:30 p.m. Reception - Heavy Hors Doeuvres
1:00 p.m.Welcome and RemarksTerry Driscoll, Athletic
Taylor Reveley, PresidentPeel Hawthorne 80, Associate A.D. for
Kelly Buckley 05, Assistant Director of Student Career
1:15 p.m. Networking Session
2:00 p.m. Keynote SpeakerCathy Bessant
Global Technology & Operations Executive, Bank of
Award PresentationsNACWAA Award
Julia Martin 09
One Tribe AwardKelsey Nawalinski 11
Tribe Champion for Life AwardJeri Daniels-Elder 82
Closing RemarksPeel Hawthorne 80, Associate A.D. for Student
WILLIAM & MARY
Cathy Bessant, Keynote Speaker Catherine P. Bessant is a Global
Technology & Operations executive at Bank of America and a
member of the companys executive management team. Since 2010,
Bessant has been responsible for delivering end-to-end technology
and operating services across the company through a team of more
than 110,000 employees and contractors in 34 countries. Bessants
team also oversees the companys business continuity and information
security strategies and policies. Prior to her current position,
Bessant was president of Global Product Solutions and Global
Treasury Services; chief marketing officer; president of Consumer
Real Estate and Community Development Banking; National Small
Business Segment executive; and president of Bank of America,
Florida. She joined Bank of America as a corporate banker in Texas
in 1982. Bessant currently ranks No. 6 on American Bankers 25 Most
Powerful Women in Banking list. She was named one of Computerworlds
Premier 100 IT leaders, and also was No. 3 on the 2014
Institutional Investor Tech 50 list of financial services leaders
in technological achievement and innovation.
ParticipantsWILLIAM & MARY
After graduating, Julia Martin, a native of Woodside,
California, served as an assistant director of media relations in
charge of photo and video production. During her tenure in the
Tribes Media Relations Department, Julia created and executed a
wide range of branding initiatives for the athletics department.
Additionally, she served as the key departmental contact for each
of the 23 varsity sports for all video and photographic services,
including the conceptualizing and creation of marketing posters and
In the fall of 2011, Martin served as the department liaison for
the womens lacrosse team, executing all the responsibilities
typical of a head coach while the team was in a leadership
transition. In the fall of 2012, she began her masters degree
program in Organizational Dynamics at the University of
Pennsylvania while also becoming a volunteer assistant coach for
the Quakers womens lacrosse team. During her time with head coach
Karin Brower-Corbett (W&M 92) and her staff, the Quakers won
two Ivy League championships and two Ivy League Tournament titles,
reaching the NCAA Tournament both seasons. Julia earned her masters
degree in May 2014 and was hired in July 2014 as the Coordinator of
Athletics for the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate
Athletics at Penn, where she continues to work today.
Martin, a kinesiology major and art minor, was a four-year
member of the William and Mary lacrosse squad and a key contributor
on teams that finished at the top of the Colonial Athletic
Association regular season standings in back-to-back seasons (2008
and 2009). She served as a co-captain for her senior season and
helped lead the team to a 6-1 league record and the top-seed in the
Julia Martin 09, NACWAA Recipient
Kelsey Nawalinski 11
One Tribe AwardWILLIAM & MARY
Kelsey Nawalinski graduated from William & Mary in 2011.
While an undergraduate, she earned her varsity letters in field
hockey and captained the squad in 2010. She earned numerous
accolades in her playing career, including the Tribes Presidents
Award, given annually for Sportsmanship, Citizenship, and
Leadership. She was named to the Colonial Athletic Associations
Academic All-Conference Team in 2010 and was a member of the CAAs
All-Rookie squad in 2008. Off the field, Kelsey volunteered as a
youth leader at the Williamsburg Community Chapel and made dual
trips to Nicaragua to serve at a childrens home in Managua. She
graduated from W&M with a degree in neuroscience and is
currently working at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
as the Neurosurgery Clinical Research Coordinator.
Prior to her current role, Kelsey was the assistant field hockey
coach at her alma mater Villa Maria Academy in Malvern, and then
worked internationally at the Banharnjamsaiwittaya School 1 in
Donchedi, Thailand. There she taught English and started the first
girls soccer league for the area. After Thailand, she spent time in
India where she tutored math and science in a childrens community
program and volunteered at a school for disabled children. She
remains active in her current community, where she serves Sunday
meals to the homeless and is a team leader in the Back on My Feet
program of Philadelphia. In this role, Kelsey leads 5:30 AM runs
three times a week with the goal of inspiring transformation in the
lives of residents of Philadelphias transitional housing
facilities. For her efforts she was named the BoMF Non Residential
(Volunteer) Member of the Year in 2014.
This past summer Kelsey served as a trip leader for Putney
Student Travels, where she led a group of high school students on a
community service trip on the island of Dominica. In this role, she
worked closely with the local Village Council to coordinate
projects and plan cultural activities.
In the short time since Kelseys stellar career at W&M ended,
her passion for servant leadership has benefitted communities
literally around the world. Her journey will continue this fall as
she enters nursing school in Philadelphia.
To nominate award candidates please contact the Special Events
Office at (757) 221-1552
Jeri Daniels-Elder 82Jeri Daniels-Elder 82 was a four-year
member of the William and Mary Track and Field team and a four-time
AIAW All American in the shot put and discus. In 1982, she was the
US National Champion in the shot put and was selected as the
Southland Corporation Olympia Award Recipient. Daniels-Elder held
the W&M school record in both shot put (47-7.25) and discus
(147-4) for more than 20 years.
After college, Daniels-Elder enjoyed a very successful coaching
career as an assistant at Penn State (84-94) and served several US
teams. She was the USA Throws Coach at the 1990 and 1992 USA vs
Great Britain meets, the USA Head Womens Coach at the 1996 Junior
Championships in Sydney, and the Throws Coach at the 1999 World
Championships in Seville, Spain. Jeri notes the highlight of her
career was coaching throws at the 2004 Olympics in Athens,
Daniels-Elders contributions to field events went far beyond
coaching. From 1988 to 2004 she served as the Womens Hammer Throw
Development Coordinator. In this role, Jeri helped bring acceptance
of the event to national and international levels. Womens hammer
was included in the World Championships for the first time in 1999
and in the Olympic games in 2000. Also in 2000, Jeri produced a
hammer throw instruction video that is still in use today. She
served as the President of the Womens Track and Field Coaches
Association from 1990-92 and was instrumental in helping inspire
young women to enter the collegiate coaching ranks.
Upon return from the 2004 Olympic Games, Daniels-Elder promised
her children (then ages 9 and 6) that she would focus on their
activities and development. So she stepped away from her
involvement with USA Track and Field and devoted her time and
energy to the local community. She has since played leadership
roles in many organizations including the American Association of
University Women, the Child Birth Education Association, Girl
Scouts and Special Olympics. Presently, Jeri is a member of State
College Area School District Fine Arts Booster Club and the 4H
Jeris achievements in athletics, leadership, and philanthropy
are truly outstanding. In 1994 she was elected to the W&M
Athletic Hall of Fame.
Tribe Champion for Life AwardWILLIAM & MARY
To nominate award candidates please contact the Special Events
Office at (757) 221-1552
Where We StandWILLIAM & MARY
Number of endowed womens scholarships given by former female
Former female athletes who gave $1,000 or more last year57
Percentage of women who donated back to their sport last
Women who donated back to their sport last year815
Former male athletes who gave $1,000 or more last year 256
Number of endowed mens scholarships given by former male
Men who donated back to their sport last year 1518
Percentage of men who donated back to their sport last year
By The NumbersWILLIAM & MARY
NCAA tournament appearances by W&M womens teams72
W&M womens National Team Championships2
W&M female All-Americans377
CAA W&M womens Scholar-Athletes of the Year19
Percentage of women coaching womens sports today40
Number of W&M female athletic scholarships available prior
Percentage of women coaching womens sports in 1974 90
Past Phi Beta Kappa inductees 143
Conference championships won by W&M womens teams 78
W&M womens National Players of the Year 3
W&M womens individual National Champions 12
Alumni Giving ChallengeWILLIAM & MARY
AS OF JUNE 30, 2014
William and Mary admits 24 women, becoming the first
coeducational state college in Virginia. The class includes Martha
Elizabeth Barksdale, who became the Mother of W&M Womens
Athletics before retiring in 1962.
Basketball, field hockey and tennis teams are established.
Varsity swimming begins for the women with a 49-match winning
streak that would last until 1970.
The Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) is
formed, sponsoring its first national championships.
Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act is passed by
Field Hockey takes fourth at the AIAW Division I National
Tennis places third at the Small College National Championships,
and lacrosse and field hockey each place fifth in Division I AIAW
Mary Catherine Murano (tennis) wins the Division II singles
Womens golf captures the AIAW Division II national title for the
first womens national championship in school history. The tennis
team places fourth in Division II. Soccer begins an NCAA-best
streak of 33 consecutive winning seasons that continue through
The NCAA sponsors womens championships, leading to the
dissolution of the AIAW within a few years. Tennis finishes second
at the AIAW Division II Championships, and lacrosse takes fifth in
Division I. Individual champions abound as well, with Cherie Dow
(tennis, singles), Jeri Daniels (outdoor track and field, shot
put), and Erin Sheehey (swimming, 100 breaststroke) all winning
AIAW Division II titles.
Gymnastics wins the NAIA National Championship. Five Tribe
athletes earn All-America status on the bar alone.
The volleyball team wins a record 56-straight games against CAA
teams. The streak would encompass seven-straight conference
championships. At the time, the winning streak is the fifth-longest
ever in Division I volleyball.
W&M merges the Mens and Womens Athletic Departments. Millie
West is named the Associate Director.
Gymnast Jeanne Foster wins the NCAA Division II all-around
title, advancing to the Division I Championships as well.
Soccer reaches the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time. Megan
McCarthy is named the National Player of the Year in soccer.
Natalie Neaton becomes the second Tribe player to be named
National Soccer Player of the Year.
Tennis ranked a best-ever No. 8 in the year-end polls. The Tribe
would also reach No. 8 in 1998 and 2003.
Lauren Nikolaus is named National Player of the Year in
Swimming wins the CAA Championship, the first conference title
in school history for either mens or womens swimming. Megan
Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic (tennis) finish second in doubles
at the NCAA Championships.
Tennis, track and field, and cross country all win CAA titles
and advance to the NCAA Championships. Elaina Balouris is an
All-American in both cross country and track and field, and
teammates Emily Stites wins two U.S. Junior national titles in
cross country and track as a freshman. Stites also captains the
U.S. Junior team at the World Cross Country Championships.
Milestones in Womens AthleticsWILLIAM & MARY