Alumni of the Year

Celebrating the impact of esteemed PCDS alumni

Each year, Phoenix Country Day School recognizes a particular member of its growing alumni base for his or her impact on the school and the world beyond (See sidebar for a full list of past Alumni of the Year).  PCDS is proud to announce that the 2019 Outstanding Alumna of the Year is Kimberly Yamanouchi '74.

Dr. Yamanouchi was one of the first students to attend Phoenix Country Day School, having started in the first grade shortly after the school opened its doors. At PCDS she was a student leader whose interests ranged from athletics to publications to the arts; she graced the stage for many theater performances and took advantage of all that our young school had to offer.

After PCDS, Dr. Yamanouchi earned bachelors’ degrees in biological sciences and psychology from Southern Methodist University before earning both a medical degree and a master’s in public health from Tulane University. Notably, she was one of the first female graduates of PCDS to become a physician, enjoying a trailblazing career as a highly regarded anesthesiologist; Dr. Yamanouchi served as an associate professor of anesthesiology and pain management at the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for almost 25 years.

Beyond her significant professional achievements, Dr. Yamanouchi has always dedicated herself to supporting her community. She serves on the boards of Camp John Marc, the Dallas Summer Musicals, and Children’s Health System of Texas, and has had leadership roles with St. Mark’s School of Texas, Chi Omega Fraternity, Children’s Medical Center, and the Salvation Army, among others. Dr. Yamanouchi is also active with SMU, and in 2015, the Junior League of Dallas honored her as Sustainer of the Year.

In addition to her remarkable accomplishments both personally and professionally, Dr. Yamanouchi has been a supportive and active member of the Phoenix Country Day School alumni community since graduating in 1974. We are delighted to honor her with this award at a special luncheon on April 26th. The entire PCDS parent and alumni community will have the opportunity to congratulate her during the 7th Annual Bridge-the-Gap Celebration on Saturday, April 27th.

Past Recipients

2018 The Louis Family


Stanley Casselman ‘81
2016 Christopher Walker ‘65
2015 Bob Simonds ‘81
2014 The Honorable Mae Sue Talley, Founder
2013 Herb Stratford ‘83
Mukesh Vidyasagar ‘93
2012 Leora Romney ‘82
John Schupbach ‘06
2011 Eric Felten ‘82
Matt Rollings
Stanley Casselman ‘81
Jacques DeLisle ‘78
Peter Spiegel ‘88
Apichai Shipper ‘87
Paul Wernick
Rhett Reese ‘87
2010 Kirstin Gormly Ghaster ‘89
Margi Woods Brown ‘85
2008 Rebecca Moran ‘95
2007 Ana Maria Lopez ‘78
2006 Joan Hay ‘67
2005 Arden O’Connor ‘96
2004 Peter Spiegel ‘88
2003 Barbara Jones Hirvela ‘70
2002 Laurie Wray ‘80
2001 Tom Kempner ‘71
2000 Clarissa Simek Robinson ‘88
1999 Fritz Henze ‘67
1998 Ann Brook (honorary)
1997 Cathy & Herman Lewkowitz ‘79
1996 Jim O’Connor ‘77
1995 Mike Pachtman ‘70
1994 Carolyn Polson O’Malley ‘65
1993 Robin Mullen Waldmann ‘72
1992 Cleve Jones ‘72
1991 Steve Talley ‘69
1990 Nick Sakellariadis ‘69