Texas Children's Hospital Executive Gets Law School's Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service

Ann Barnett Stern, executive vice president of Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service from the University of Texas School of Law on April 15.

The award honors a School of Law graduate who brings credit to the legal profession by exemplary service. The award recognizes superior educators, outstanding lawyers in government service, or those who have had a significant role as a community volunteer.

Stern is a 1982 graduate of the law school. She began work at Texas Children's Hospital in 2003 as vice president and general counsel and was promoted to executive vice president in 2008.

Stern is vice chair of the Board of Trustees at St. John's School, and will be board chair in June 2011. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch, and the Board of Directors of Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative. Among her many volunteer achievements, she is a past president of the Junior League of Houston Inc. and has served on the Board of Trustees at Texas Children's Hospital, the Minority Task Force of Greater Houston Partnership, the Board of Directors of Park People, the Board of Trustees of St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities and the Board of Directors of the Phi Beta Kappa Houston Chapter.

Her husband, Karl Stern, is also an attorney and they have two children.

Other award winners include Judge Sam Sparks of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award; Wayne A. Reaud, who received the Honorary Order of the Coif; and Thomas M. Susman, who received the Outstanding Alumnus Award.