Distinguished Alumni Awards, 2019
Ms. Susan K. Garrison ’74
Owner of Garrison Law
Susan founded Garrison Law in 1986. Since that time, she has built a prominent career as the firm’s leading attorney, specializing in tax-exempt organizations, estate and trusts, power of attorney, and taxes. She earned her Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Villanova University’s School of Law.
In addition to her work as an attorney, Susan has dedicated much of her life to non-profit organizations that support women. She was both a founding trustee and a pro bono executive director for The Center Foundation, an organization that empowers women in transition, teen parents, and at-risk teen girls through mentoring, education, and support. She is now the board president for this foundation. Susan has also served in various roles for the Friends of the Delaware County’s Women Commission, which supports local women and girls, and the National Association of Commissions for Women, which promotes women’s commissions in their work to promote equality and justice for all women and girls.
At Gettysburg College, Susan pursued a degree in sociology with a minor in English. She was the editor-in-chief of the College’s literary and arts publication, The Mercury, and an editor of the school’s tri-collegiate magazine, The Rhombus. She also was an active member of the Gettysburg College Choir.
Mr. Dann C. Leibig ’76 P '10
Former Senior Executive Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency
Dann served in a wide variety of positions both at home and 22 years abroad within the CIA throughout the course of his distinguished career. Well-versed in numerous foreign environments and intelligence-related disciplines, he was recognized broadly for his superb ability to identify challenges and work effectively with a team to surmount them. In honor of his exceptional leadership and mentorship within the agency, Dann was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal in 2011.
Following his graduation from Gettysburg College, and later the University of Pennsylvania, Dann continued to give back to his alma mater through his involvement on the Reunion Committee and as Reunion co-chair for the Class of 1976. Additionally, he was a guest lecturer for the Eisenhower Institute and various classes in the Political Science Department.
While attending Gettysburg, he pursued a degree in biology. He was actively engaged on campus, most notably as a member the honor commission, club sports teams, and the social fraternity Sigma Chi, for which he served as president.
Ms. Lynn Purnell Leibig ’76 P '10
Retired Senior Staff Operations Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency
Lynn dedicated 29 years of her career to the CIA, where she served in several positions with a specialty in counterintelligence. She spent more than 10 years abroad in Europe and the Middle East, occasionally stationed in high-threat and warzone areas. Her duties have varied from supervising officers, interacting with policymakers, and preparing written memos on intelligence topics. Lynn has been recognized by the CIA with the Merit Citation in Counterintelligence Award, the Career Commendation Medal, and the Officer of Excellence in Leadership Award.
Lynn is a dedicated community servant, volunteering for organizations such as Boxing for Parkinson’s Disease; Habitat for Humanity; Oysters for the Bay; and Special Riders, a therapeutic horse-riding center for those with disabilities. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Talbot Historical Society in Easton, Maryland.
Since her graduation from Gettysburg with a degree in history and a certification in education, Lynn has remained actively engaged with the College through her work on the Reunion Committee and as Reunion co-chair for the Class of 1976. The Leibigs’ daughter, Caitlin, is a 2010 graduate.
Dr. Melissa L. Zook ’94
Family Physician at London Women’s Care
Melissa has spent the entirety of her remarkable career working in medicine. She currently serves as a family physician at London Women's Care in London, Kentucky, which is a full-time outpatient practice specializing in addiction medicine, mental health, HIV, Hepatitis, chronic disease management, and pediatrics.
She is triple-board certified in family medicine, HIV medicine, and addiction medicine, making her the only physician in Kentucky with this combination of knowledge. Melissa has treated more than 1,000 patients with substance-use disorders and remains the single-largest provider of HIV care in Southeast Kentucky. She serves on the board of several medical advocacy organizations, as well as on the faculty of the University of Kentucky.
After graduating from Gettysburg College with a double major in history and Latin American Studies with a minor in Spanish, Melissa completed a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Bryn Mawr College. She then completed her doctorate of medicine at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey.
At Gettysburg, she was the president of Alpha Phi Omega, the chair of the Social Justice Committee, the treasurer of the Catholic Campus Ministry, a teaching assistant, an orientation leader, and an active member of the Center for Public Service.