30th Anniversary Awardee Portraits

In celebration of the Roth Endowment’s 30th anniversary in 2017, we are producing a series of twelve awardee portraits featuring the stories and accomplishments of our incredible awardees. We encourage you to visit this page monthly to view our latest portrait.

Monica and her immediate family April Portrait – Monica Alcalde

Our April Portrait features Monica Alcalde, who won our Gill Jacot‐Guillarmod Award for Locally Engaged Staff in 2015. Monica, who has recently retired after forty years of service, writes: “My new life in the south of Chile is to work with my husband in an ecological adventure. We now live next to the Alerce Andino National Park in the Lake Region. I have changed my nice office clothing for jeans, boots and a warm jacket and look forward to new challenges and serving the community in this beautiful area of my country . . . read more

Photo: Patrick Phillips  March Portrait  – Patrick Phillips

This third of twelve portraits in 2017, honoring alumni from thirty years of Roth Endowment programs, features noted author Patrick Phillips. Read about his publications to date at www.patrickthemighty.com! Patrick won a Project Support Award to Denmark in 2014 to help him undertake research for his next book project. He teaches creative writing, literature and literary translation at Drew University, where he also directs the Creative Writing Program.The winner of many fellowships and honors, he has published three volumes of his own poetry . . . read more

Erika LarsenFebruary Portrait – Erika Larsen 

This second of twelve portraits in 2017, honoring alumni from thirty years of Roth Endowment programs, features photographer Erika Larsen. You can see Erika’s amazing work at www.erikalarsenphoto.com. Erika won a Project Support Award while she was a Fulbrighter in Sweden in 2010, working on a photography project on the social world of reindeer herding among the Sámi people of northern Scandinavia. Her Roth Endowment award helped her take advantage of a series of opportunities to share her work . . . read more

Mary YatesJanuary Portrait – The Honorable Mary Carlin Yates 

Mary won the Lois Roth Award in 1997 for her performance as a Cultural Affairs Officer in Kinshasa from 1993 to 1995. During her years in Zaire, Mary established relationships with new political groups and the Zairian intellectual community with creativity and ingenuity. Her work not only assisted the US in regaining its former status as a force for justice and the promotion of democracy in the region, but also made a lasting impact on the nature of American-Congolese relations . . . read more