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Lake Forest Academy Announces 2022 Hall of Fame Class and Woman of Distinction Ahead of Alumni Weekend & Reunion

Lake Forest Academy welcomes alumni, family and friends to campus for the annual Alumni Weekend & Reunion on Sept. 23-24. Highlighting the weekend is the annual Woman of Distinction honor and the Hall of Fame induction class.

The Hall of Fame and Woman of Distinction Induction Ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at The Cressey Center for the Arts at Lake Forest Academy. Registration is required. For more information on LFA’s Alumni Weekend & Reunion, a complete schedule of events and to register, visit

2022 Hall of Fame and Woman of Distinction

David Andreas ’67 (posthumous) – Service to Society

  • Steadfast supporter of many causes that promote educational equity, opportunity and justice.
  • Retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of National City Bancorporation.
  • Earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Denver and master of arts in anthropology from Minnesota State University.
  • Four nephews and a niece graduated from LFA.

Alex DeBrincat ’16 – Achievement in Athletics

  • Beginning his sixth season in the National Hockey League and plays for the Ottawa Senators.
  • Played the first five seasons of his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks where he was named a NHL All-Star last season.
  • Alex followed his brother, Andrew DeBrincat ’12, to LFA before transitioning to the Ontario Hockey League for three seasons prior to being selected by the Blackhawks in the NHL draft.

Mark Dryfoos P’96, ’00 – Service to the School

  • Director of performing arts at Lake Forest Academy for 35 years and also coached boys hockey, boys and girls lacrosse and boys and girls soccer.
  • Served as dormitory parent with his wife Amy in Bates, Durand, Ferry, Field, McIntosh and Warner Hall and they are parents of two LFA graduates, Mark ’96 and Laura Heatley ’00.
  • Oversaw 200 plays, musicals, one-acts and sketches in his career at LFA while receiving four awards from Illinois High School Theater Festival Performance.
  • Holds a bachelor's degree in history from Gettysburg College and a master's degree in theater and film from Dartmouth College.

Peter Goulet ’62 – Service to Society

  • A professor emeritus of management at the University of Northern Iowa where he taught for 34 years before retiring.
  • As a student at Lake Forest Academy was highly involved as a tennis player, a member of the sailing team and as manager of the swim team. He also managed the Tuck Shop as a student.
  • Following LFA, he earned a bachelor's degree with honors in economics and English from Denison University before an MBA and doctorate, both in finance, from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.
  • He has been a contributor to LFA while establishing two endowed funds for the school.

Sheri Kersch Schultz ’72 – Woman of Distinction

  • Co-founded the Schultz Family Foundation in 1996 with her husband, Howard Schultz, interim CEO and chairman emeritus of Starbucks Coffee Company.
  • The Seattle-based foundation largely invests in teenagers (“Opportunity Youth”) and veterans. 
  • The foundation focuses on innovative solutions that can bring together the philanthropic, government and private sectors and form collaborative partnerships to create greater opportunity, accessible to all.
  • Graduated from the University of Denver with a bachelor's degree in political science after attending Ferry Hall.

Kelly Perine ’87 – Achievement in the Arts

  • Enjoys a successful acting career in film and television for over 25 years including appearances on “E.R.,” “Seinfeld,” “The Practice” and “Mad About You” among many performances on screen and in national ad campaigns while also being an award-winning writer, director and producer.
  • In addition to acting at LFA and doing film work in Chicago he also earned 10 varsity letters as a Caxy in wrestling, baseball and soccer.
  • Earned a bachelor's degree in film studies at Pomana College before a Master of Fine Arts degree in drama from the University of California-Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

Steve Ryder P’15, ’17 – Service to the School

  • Taught French, Russian and Latin at Lake Forest Academy for 37 years in addition to coaching soccer, serving as a member of the Academy’s residential staff and supporting international trips for LFA students.
  • Founded the student-faculty rock band “Fax Plus” in 1986 that later changed its name to Co-ax.
  • An LFA family established the Stephen C. Ryder Endowed Visiting Artist Series in honor of his service to students. .
  • Steve and his wife, Christine, LFA’s assistant dean of advancement, are the parents of two LFA alumni, Madeleine ’15 and Andrew ’17. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in modern languages from Cambridge University in England.

Amish Shah ’92 – Service to Society

  • Serves as CEO at Elkhart, Ind.-based Kem Krest after joining the company in 1986. Kem Krest is a certified Minority Owned Business providing total program management of parts, chemicals and accessories on behalf of manufacturers in the U.S. and Canadian automotive, agricultural/industrial, power sports and defense industries.
  • Volunteers with many organizations around the Midwest and has been recognized along with the most influential business leaders in Indiana and by General Motors.
  • Graduated from Indiana University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in public finance and earned an Executive MBA from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Lori Rewick Simon ’70 – Service to Society

  • Served in non-profit leadership positions with Junior Achievement Arizona, WalkAmerica, March of Dimes and Casting for Recovery before joining the North American Nature Photographer Association Foundation where she is currently the executive director.
  • The award-winning nature photographer, she is a member of the Professional Photographers of America, a Master Photographer, a certified professional photographer and volunteer on numerous non-profit boards.
  • Graduated from the University of Southern California following Ferry Hall and went on to the Hallmark Institute of Photography after USC.