College of Liberal Arts

Plan II Honors Alumna Wins Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award for Professional Achievements

Fri, May 9, 2014

HOUSTON, Texas - Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women has awarded Ann Barnett Stern (Plan II Honors, ’79) with a Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award in honor of her professional achievements.  

The Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award is presented annually to distinguished alumnae of Pi Beta Phi who exhibit excellence and outstanding leadership in their career or volunteer service to their communities. The award is named for past Pi Beta Phi Grand President Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg, who was instrumental in forming Pi Beta Phi Foundation during her term from 1985 to 1991. Crucial Fraternity initiatives, like leadership development programs and academic scholarships, are supported through the stewardship of the Foundation. 

Barnett Stern is president of Houston Endowment, a philanthropic foundation that improves life for the people of greater Houston through its grants to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. The foundation donates approximately $75 million each year to organizations that support and promote arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services.  

Previously, she served as the first general counsel for Texas Children’s Hospital and was later named Executive Vice President. In these roles, Ann managed inpatient clinical operations and administration and oversaw the development of the Pavilion for Women and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, the world's first basic research institute for childhood neurological diseases.  

 Ann has practiced law with Beck, Redden & Secrest and Andrews Kurth, and she taught business law at the University of St. Thomas. She earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.  

Currently, she chairs the St. John’s School Board of Trustees and serves as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She is a recipient of the University of Texas School of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service.  

“It means a lot to receive this award from my Pi Phi sisters,” Barnett Stern says. “I think one of the best things about Pi Phi sisterhood is while we share a special bond with each other, we represent a wide and wonderful range of talents and abilities. I’ve had many opportunities in my professional life and volunteering in my community, and I’ve tried my best to make a difference. But it’s important that as Pi Phis we continue to celebrate each other’s achievements, whatever form those achievements may take.”  

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