November 5, 2020 on Zoom

Tillman Honors

Celebrating Pat’s legacy and the impact of the Tillman Scholars.

Tillman Honors 2020

2020 Tillman Honors will take place Nov. 5, 2020, with a live broadcast on Zoom.

This year, we will honor Jon Stewart and John Feal as our Champion awardees for their leadership and tenacity in advocating for 9/11 first responders, securing health care benefits and a victims’ compensation fund through 2090, as well as their work advocating for veterans with injuries from toxic burn pits. We will also honor 2015 Tillman Scholar Jackie Munn with our Make Your Mark award, for exemplifying Pat’s values of scholarship, service, humble leadership and impact through her work as a public health nurse practitioner and writer.

The event, which brings together hundreds of supporters, will also feature Make Your Mark talks from three Tillman Scholars.

To register or find out how to sponsor, please contact our Development Team.

The Champion Award

The Champion Award celebrates Pat’s legacy and belief that we should always strive to be part of something bigger than ourselves, by recognizing an individual for remarkable civic contributions, extraordinary fortitude and spirit of service.

Jon Stewart and John Feal

2020 Champion Award

This year, we proudly present the 2020 Champion Award to Jon Stewart and John Feal for their efforts in securing healthcare and a victims’ compensation fund for all 9/11 first responders and for their work advocating for the millions of veterans facing toxic injuries from burn pits.

Stewart, the comedian and activist, partnered with Feal, a military veteran and 9/11 first responder who lost part of his foot to an injury at Ground Zero and others, to advocate and pass legislation guaranteeing healthcare and compensation for all 9/11 first responders who lived, worked or went to school in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon and Shanksville until 2090. This effort required more than 15 years’ of lobbying and true grassroots activism. Now, with bipartisan support, they want to ensure health care benefits and support for veterans who suffer from the toxic aftermath of burn pit exposure. 

2020 Champion Awardees Jon Stewart and John Feal
2019 Champion Awardee John McCain

Sen. John McCain

2019 Champion Award

Kamau Murray

2018 Champion Award

Gabrielle Giffords & Mark Kelly

2017 Champion Award

Jon Krakauer

2016 Champion Award

Sebastian Junger

2015 Champion Award

The Make Your Mark Award

The Make Your Mark Award celebrates Pat’s legacy and belief that we should always strive to be part of something bigger than ourselves, by recognizing a Tillman Scholar for embodying the values of service, scholarship, humble leadership and impact in their work and daily life.

2020 Make Your Mark Awardee Jackie Munn

Jackie Munn

2020 Make Your Mark Award

For embodying the values of service, scholarship, humble leadership and impact, PTF honors 2015 Tillman Scholar Jackie Munn with the 2020 Make Your Mark Award. As a public health nurse practitioner, Jackie helps her county’s efforts by caring for low-income and non-insured patients at her public health department and managing the healthcare records for Arlington County’s first responders and public safety officers.

Once the pandemic hit, she also helped her county’s efforts with contact tracing to stymie the spread of the coronavirus, balancing her professional responsibilities with managing remote learning for her son while her husband, a former Green Beret, was away for work.

Munn is a West Point graduate, former Army captain and military spouse turned writer and nurse practitioner working for the Arlington County, Va., public health department.

Working with wounded soldiers in Washington D.C., and vulnerable women and children in Afghanistan had a profound impact on Jackie, and motivated her to pursue a career in the medical field, a passion rooted in providing empathetic care to predominately underserved and vulnerable populations.

She believes that everyone deserves access to quality and affordable healthcare, and as a provider, it is her responsibility to partner with her patients and community to achieve the best health outcomes for those she serves.

2019 Make Your Mark Awardee Adrian Perkins

Adrian Perkins

2019 Make Your Mark Award

Jason Turner

2018 Make Your Mark Award

Chris Roessner

2017 Make Your Mark Award

Kimberly Jung

2016 Make Your Mark Award

Adrian Kinsella

2015 Make Your Mark Award

Service to School:
Tim Hsia & Khalil Tawil

2015 Make Your Mark Award

Make Your Mark Talks

As part of the Tillman Honors program, three Tillman Scholars are invited to present on their work and research. The Make Your Mark talks highlight the range of fields and communities in which Tillman Scholars are making an impact.

2020 Make Your Mark Talks

Karen Gallagher
The Game Will End

Michael Kothakota
Making Personal Finance Work for You

Emily Balog
Ageism in America

2019 Make Your Mark Talks

Pushing Body Armor into the Next Generation

Zeeshan Parvez

In his Make Your Mark talk, Zeeshan explains the current state of the body armor industry, the challenges and roadblocks it faces, and the potential for innovation in the field thanks to new materials and technologies.

Zeeshan Parvez is a 2018 Tillman Scholar and a Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department at UCLA focusing on Materials Chemistry. He served in the United States Marine Corps with the Marine Special Operations Command as a critical skills operator, now known as the “Marine Raiders.” He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, with a mission focus of unconventional warfare and foreign internal defense. He is an active member of the veteran community and is focused on making a positive impact on the protection of our service members who are deployed in harm’s way.

How to Change Your Fate

Katie Piston

In her Make Your Mark Talk, Katie discusses her work on Epigenetics, the study of the biological mechanisms that govern gene expression, and the way this field is changing our understanding of the nature vs. nurture debate.

Katie Piston is a Navy spouse and third year bioengineering Ph.D. student at Syracuse University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University and has six years’ work experience in the medical device industry. Katie’s one overarching goal is to make a measurable impact on world health through both scientific innovation and teaching. In 2019, Katie was selected to receive the highly competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She served two years as a teaching assistant resulting in nomination for Syracuse University’s “Outstanding Teaching Assistant” award. In addition, she has worked as a research mentor for over 20 undergraduate and masters’ students. Katie’s commitment to teaching transcends the classroom as she also shares her passion for health as a fitness coach.

Answering Trauma with Compassion & Connection

Rae Anne Frey-Ho Fung

In her Make York Mark talk, Rae Anne outlines her role in developing an intensive trauma recovery program for children in the Milwaukee area and the personal experiences that raised the stakes for this project’s success.

Rae Anne Frey is a 2013 Tillman Scholar, an Army veteran and a licensed psychologist who specializes in the use of evidence-based interventions to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and co-morbid mental health conditions at Rogers Behavioral Health Hospital in the greater Milwaukee area. Rae Anne’s interest in trauma psychology emerged from her time as an urban teacher and serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has since treated survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual assault, physical abuse, community violence, combat, motor vehicle and industrial accidents, among other traumas. Most recently she was tasked to combine her experience as an urban educator and her knowledge of trauma psychology to develop an Adolescent Trauma Recovery Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program for Rogers Behavioral Health. She currently supervises that program, as well as Adult Trauma Recovery and Mental Health/Substance Use Residential program. 

2018 Make Your Mark Talks

Tara Heidger

Tara discusses how innovative rural and urban planning can be used in post- conflict refugee resettlement.

Jameson Lopez

Jameson explains how data collection on and by Native American people can be leveraged by Native communities to combat invisibility and its subsequent consequences.

Emily Junkins

Emily explains how her research on drug-resistant bacteria, also known as “super bugs”, fits into the current drug discovery pipeline.

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