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2018 Alumni Award Winners

Mary Lou Belli (’78 B.A. Theatre) is a two-time Emmy Award winner who has been directing television for more than 20 years. She has directed episodes of “NCIS New Orleans,” “Bull,” “Station 19,” “Pitch,” “Monk,” “Dynasty,” “Famous in Love,” “Devious Maids,” “The Quad,” “American Woman” and “Hart of Dixie,” as well as “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Sister, Sister,” “Girlfriends” and “The Game.” Her short film, Straight Eye for the Gay Guy, won Best Mini-Short at the California Independent Film Fest, where she also premiered I Heard Something, a thriller that went on to play festivals internationally. 

Mary Lou has done ground-breaking, award-winning work on web series. Her most recent, “The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club,” is currently on the festival circuit, as well as her provocative short, “America,” about racial profiling.

Mary Lou is the co-chair of the Women’s Steering Committee at the Directors Guild of America (DGA), where she also serves on the Western Directors’ Council and the Leadership Council PAC. She is an honorary board member of the Alliance of Women Directors and Women in Media, and a longtime member of Women in Film. Mary Lou is the co-author of three books: The NEW Sitcom Career BookActing for Young Actors and Directors Tell the Story, which she co-wrote with fellow DGA member Bethany Rooney. She is currently at work on her fourth book, PERFORM: Acting for the Screen, for Focal Press.


Katherine Bentz (’03 Ph.D. Art History) is an associate professor of art history and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.  She specializes in the painting, sculpture and architecture of Renaissance and early modern (16th–17th-century) Europe, particularly Italy. Her research centers on early modern gardens and villas; the history of art collecting; the artistic and urban history of Rome; and the ways in which early modern ideas about medicine and health influenced architecture and landscape design.

Katherine teaches a variety of courses at Saint Anselm College, from introductory survey courses on the history of art and history of architecture and landscape to courses on Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art. She previously taught at Columbia University, Emory University and Penn State’s Study Abroad Program in Todi, Italy. 

Katherine has won research fellowships and grants from several institutions, including Dumbarton Oaks, Columbia University and the Mellon Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS). From 2013 to 2014, she was Rush H. Kress Fellow at the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy. Her article, “The Afterlife of the Cesi Garden: Family Identity, Politics, and Memory in Early Modern Rome” (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 2013), received the 2016 Essay Prize of the Landscape History Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. 


Annie Burridge (’00 B. Music) has been the general director and CEO of Austin Opera since October 2016, following a nine-year tenure at Opera Philadelphia. At Austin Opera she has led the development of a new strategic plan and launched an artistic initiative—Opera ATX—which brings groundbreaking artists to unexpected and unique venues throughout Austin. She has also increased the company’s endowment funds by 50 percent.

Before switching her focus to administration, Annie performed with numerous opera companies and orchestras, and was a young artist with Des Moines Metro Opera. She holds a graduate certificate in nonprofit administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and master of music degrees in voice performance and opera studies from the New England Conservatory.

As managing director at Opera Philadelphia, Annie was responsible for the implementation of the company’s business plan and directed oversight of the development, marketing and communications departments. While leading the company’s rebranding campaign, she oversaw a comprehensive consumer research study, the largest ever conducted in the opera field, which led to the development of the company’s programming model and the creation of the O17 festival, a large-scale celebration of opera in Philadelphia. During her tenure as Opera Philadelphia’s chief development officer, the company’s contributed income increased almost 200 percent. 

Annie graduated as marshal of the College of Arts and Architecture, earning a bachelor of music degree in voice performance with a minor in business administration. She is an alumna of Wharton’s Women’s Executive Leadership Program and OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive Program, and was a 2017 Emerging Nonprofit Leadership Fellow at the Aspen Institute.


Kelly Gutshall (’84 B.S. LArch.) is president of LandStudies, Inc., an ecological restoration and design firm providing engineering, construction and maintenance services throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland since 1989. 

As a landscape architect, Kelly has championed the firm’s science-based approach to planning and design. During her 34-year career, she has gained extensive knowledge and experience in sustainable-site planning, open-space planning, watershed planning, creating and managing ecologically diverse plant communities, alternative stormwater management and restoration design. She has guided LandStudies as the firm explored and found solutions to some of the most challenging problems of our generation, most recently working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop a Smart Green Corridor Blueprint that considers energy, water, transportation, recreation and community in a holistic plan for Pennsylvania’s watersheds. 

In 2015, she was recognized for her environmental contributions and named a Watershed Champion by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, where she also currently serves on the board. Kelly has received myriad other awards over the years, most recently the 2016 Central Penn Business Journal Women of Influence Award and 2015 Exceptional Leadership Award (awarded by Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association). She volunteers her time to numerous organizations, including the Lancaster County Conservancy, Penn State Ag Council (as delegate) and Pennsylvania Riparian Buffer Advisory Committee. In addition, she has written and co-authored numerous articles in professional publications and presentations.

Deaf from the age of 35, Kelly has also been active as a mentor with the National Bionic Ear Association and as an advocate for the challenges of the hearing impaired in the work place.  


Christine Ballengee Morris (’95 Ph.D. Art Education) is a professor in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at The Ohio State University, where she also serves as the American Indian studies coordinator and is the interim director of the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise Faculty. 

Christine was the founding director of the Multicultural Center at OSU, a unit that changed how diversity was defined, represented and supported for and by students, faculty and community at Ohio State. She served as editor for ArtEducation, has been part of several editorial boards and is a past president of the United States Society for Teaching through Art.

During her career in education, Christine spent 14 years in the public school system and 20 years as an artist-in-residence in public schools and five countries. She has been in higher education since 1992 and has spent time teaching abroad. She is co-author of Interdisciplinary approaches to teaching art in high school (NAEA Publications, 2007); Stand(ing) Up for Change with Kevin Tavin (2012); Visual culture, representations, and misrepresentations (2015);and Contemporary American Indian Art, Pedagogy, and Research (2018).

She has received the 2008 National Art Education Association Higher Education Western Division Award; the 2007 Ziegfeld Award for Diversity; the 2006 National Art Education Association Grigsby Award (research in and commitment to diversity); 2000 OSU Newark Research and Service Award; and NAACP Licking County, Ohio’s Young Native American Woman Leadership award.


Marilia Rodrigues (’02 B.Arch.) is a principal at KieranTimberlake, an internationally recognized architecture firm noted for its commitment to research, innovation and invention. With a dedication to process, she integrates her pursuit of design excellence with a commitment to innovation, collaboration, and technology. 

Practicing with KieranTimberlake for 16 years, Marilia brings multiple voices and talents together to achieve award-winning designs with great technical aspirations.She brought this sensibility to the Edgar N. Putnam Pavilion at the Michener Art Museum, the renovation and addition of Pendleton West at Wellesley College, andDilworth Park, a transit hub that features two 18-foot pavilions made entirely of self-supporting glass.

As project architect for Loblolly House, one of KieranTimberlake’s seminal works, Marilia piloted the use of BIM software to explore the precision of offsite fabrication and increased collaboration with building trades and suppliers. She currently leads KieranTimberlake’s Detail and Systems Review Group, a team charged with gathering, developing and disseminating technical expertise to drive and support design.

Marilia is currently overseeing several projects that transform the East End of the Washington University campus in St. Louis, including a new building for the Art and Architecture school and an expansion of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

Marilia has taught architecture at Philadelphia University and participated in lectures and juries at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State and the Catholic University of America. Her writing has been featured in publications including the AIA Architectural Graphic Standards, 11th Edition and the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Journal of Building Information Modeling. Marilia serves on the Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates Board of Directors and the Penn State Architecture Alumni Group. 


Karin Satrom (’01 B.S. Graphic Design/Photography) is the design director at the Metropolitan Opera, where she oversees and creates the concepts and designs of all print and digital materials to promote the more than 25 operas held each season. Additionally, Karin reorganized the design team to create an “in-house agency,” the Met Opera Studio, and implemented a digital project management and request system. 

Prior to her time at the Metropolitan Opera, Karin was design director at The O Group, an independent branding and creative agency headquartered in New York City, where she led the design and execution of digital and print collateral. She was responsible for on-set art direction of still, model and video shoots as well as designer recruitment. Before joining The O Group, Karinworked at a variety of agencies and was the art director at DMA United, freelance designer at Carbone Smolan and designer at Design Machine. She was also part of the founding team at BigShot Magazine.

Karin has volunteered as AIGA/NY Mentoring Program co-coordinator, where she was responsible for overseeing 40 pairs and provided programming and support throughout the school year. During her tenure, the program partnered with Debbie Millman, Etsy, Makerbot, Triboro Design and The Green Patriot Poster Project.

Her work has been recognized by The Dieline, Rebrand Showcase, Creative Quarterlyand Graphis. She was also named a Young Gun by The Art Directors Club of New York.