The Catlin Gabel alumni board recognizes distinguished alumni through an annual awards program. In 2008, the alumni board revised the annual awards program to honor three alumni with diverse professional, civic, and service achievements. The honorees are recognized at the Celebration of Leadership and Service event each fall. We welcome nominations from our community.
Cynthia Johnson Haruyama ’77
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Granted to Catlin Gabel graduates or former students for significant accomplishments in business or professional life.
Cynthia Johnson Haruyama is recognized for raising the quality of life in Portland through decades of leadership in developing and managing public gardens. She currently serves as Deputy Director of the Portland Japanese Garden, where her primary focus over the past five years has been creation of the recently completed Cultural Crossing, a project that added five acres of new gardens and four new buildings. Previously, Cynthia served as Executive Director of Lan Su Chinese Garden (2008-12) and Hoyt Arboretum (2001-08), where she led financial turnarounds that enabled both institutions to flourish. Her interest in public gardens and non-profit management began after practicing corporate and business law with Davis Wright Tremaine, followed by her role as General Manager and Sales Director for garden equipment manufacturer A.M. Andrews Co. Cynthia graduated with honors in East Asian Studies from Princeton University and received a law degree from Columbia University.
Se-ah-dom Edmo ’94
Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Granted to Catlin Gabel graduates or former students for extraordinary service to their community, state, nation, or the world.
Se-ah-dom Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock, Yakama, Nez Perce) is a published author, scholar, and program designer with over 10 years of experience in creating, developing, and implementing, program activities related to Tribes, and empowering underrepresented groups in the fields of education, medicine, science, and public policy. Her writing and work are centered around action research and engagement, including her most recent book, American Indian Identity: Citizenship, Membership and Blood. (2016). Se-ah-dom was instrumental in Oregon’s successful ban of race-based Native American sports names in K-12 schools, as well as the campaign to win the Freedom to Marry in Washington State. She currently serves as the Movement Building Director at the Western States Center, and previously was Director for the Oregon Tribal Histories and Sovereignty Curriculum Design Project, helping to create a state-wide Indian Histories and Sovereignty curricula aligned to Oregon curriculum standards.
David Recordon '04
Distinguished Younger Alumni Award
Granted to Catlin Gabel graduates or former students who have achieved much in the arena of professional accomplishments or social service before the age of 40.
Since graduating from Catlin Gabel, David Recordon has built and led engineering teams in a variety of organizations, including Facebook and the White House. He joined Facebook in 2009 and served as Engineering Director until 2014, when he was appointed as the first Special Assistant to the President and the Director of White House Information Technology by President Barack Obama. In this role, David led the teams responsible for all of the technology used by the President, Vice President, and White House to support the American people. This work included major modernization efforts, such as upgrading from 2011-era BlackBerries to iPhones, deploying Wi-Fi, migrating to broadband internet aboard Air Force One, and replacing almost all computers and phones. Since leaving the White House, David has returned to Facebook where he now leads the software engineering teams engaged in bringing internet access to the un- and under-connected parts of the world.
Karen Selden, M.D.
Joey Day Pope '54 Volunteer Award
Granted to a Catlin Gabel community member in appreciation of outstanding service to the school.
Karen Selden, M.D. grew up in Santa Cruz, California and attended college at UC Berkeley. She later worked as a veterinary nurse and researcher at UC San Francisco. After receiving her medical degree at Harvard Medical School, she completed residency training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan. Karen practiced medicine for several years in Portland before retiring. Her volunteer efforts at Catlin Gabel have included coordinating the Middle School Surgery Day for many years, serving as a PFA grade level representative multiple times, volunteering for the Catlin Gabel Annual Fund committee, and participating in the Upper School Robotics Program as a parent volunteer. Karen lives in Portland with husband, kids, family members and several pets.
“Under Dr. Karen Selden’s leadership these past eight years, hundreds of hours and many thousands of dollars of supplies, equipment and expertise have been donated to Catlin Gabel to provide this priceless experience for our children. The 6th grade teachers have neither the ability nor time to do this. Without Karen’s expertise and leadership, Surgery Day couldn’t happen.”
- Larry Hurst, Middle School Science Teacher
In 2013, the athletic hall of fame launched to celebrate Catlin Gabel's exceptional alumni athletes. The people who have inspired our community with their dedication and skills and who serve as role models for today's student athletes. We aim to increase awareness and pride in Catlin Gabel's athletes past and present. Go to Athletics for information and to submit a nomination. Go Eagles!