Dr. Glynnis Garry '11 of the Dallas Club Named 2020 Domer Dozen Honoree

The Notre Dame Alumni Association announced its second annual Domer Dozen cohort, honoring 12 graduates ages 32 and younger in recognition of their significant contributions in their fields, as well as in service to others.

Notre Dame Club of Dallas member Dr. Glynnis Garry ’11 was included in this year’s group of honorees. She is a cardiovascular physician-scientist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who is researching the regeneration of the injured heart, while treating patients suffering from heart disease. Garry studies a process called cardiac reprogramming, whereby scientists can force scar cells into functional heart cells in an attempt to therapeutically cure heart failure. Beyond her work in the laboratory, Garry is committed to the advancement of women and minorities in STEM, promotion of medical trainees in science through the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation, and support of local Catholic education through her work as outreach director for the Notre Dame Club of Dallas. 

The Domer Dozen program is the signature initiative of YoungND, the Alumni Association’s newest affinity group. This year’s honorees include alums who have excelled in health care, childhood education, international aid, faith, cultural advocacy, gender equity, and space exploration, among other areas. They were chosen by a selection committee consisting of the YoungND board, University officials, and Alumni Association staff, who reviewed more than 140 nominations this past fall and evaluated them based on a weighted ranking system and their dedication to at least one of the four core pillars of the association’s mission — faith, service, learning, and work.

The 2020 Domer Dozen honorees are:

  • Sara Abdel-Rahim ‘17: Breaking barriers for refugee and asylum-seeking chefs

  • Nate Alexander ‘17: Saving time and expanding the reach of life-saving organ transplants

  • Jessica Binzoni ‘15 J.D.: Empowering displaced people in the Middle East

  • Glynnis Garry ‘11: Revolutionizing the treatment of heart disease

  • Katarina Goitz ‘16, ‘18 M.A.: An inspiration to a deeper connection with faith

  • Maria Hinson Tobin ‘14 M.S.: Combating gender inequity in global agriculture

  • Terrell Hunt ‘19 MBA: Serving the country in pursuit of a better world

  • Ashley Kalinauskas ‘13 M.S.: Innovating to help pets with cancer

  • Bill Kennedy ‘17: Enabling humanity's search for truth through space exploration

  • Alexandria Kristensen-Cabrera ‘16: Advocating for healthcare equity among underserved communities

  • Kara Strass ‘11: Revitalizing Myaamia language, culture, and traditions

  • Jasmin (Simmons) Tow ‘11: Providing innovative educational solutions in low-income schools

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