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President’s Message

Spring 2011



oday is a day of mixed emotions. As I write this message at Philadelphia International Airport, I am waiting to fly to Chicago to attend the funeral of my dear friend, Pam. We have been friends since she met her husband, A.J., whom I have known for years before college. Like most good friends of my generation, we experienced all of life’s major events, weddings, kids, christenings, picnics, parties, dinners, celebrations, careers, travel, more weddings (only now for our kids), loss, grief and so much more. Earlier today, I attended a wedding shower for a daughter of another friend. It was an occasion of great celebration at a Center City Philadelphia location filled with friends of both mother and daughter. We enjoyed delicious food; trendy drinks; good company; great conversation; and a parade of china, stemware, cookware, linens and more. The bride’s friends asked each of us to write down one piece of advice for the engaged couple, which would be compiled into a scrapbook. For me, the assignment triggered a reflection on the meaning and experience of the gift of friendship. In my experience, one of the extraordinary joys of life’s journey includes the friends you make along the way. Some friends go all the way back to childhood. These are the ones that you may not see for years, but as soon as you are together, you pick-up as though your last meeting was yesterday. Other friends might first come into your life as acquaintances in high school, college, work, church, clubs, sports and the like. Over time, your shared values and common experiences deepen into a trusted friendship. It’s always a special treat to reconnect with these friends to relive and reflect on shared experiences, as well as to talk about plans and hopes for the future. During my years at Gwynedd-Mercy College, I have always been delighted to learn about the strong and lasting friendships that have started here. I have heard many stories from alumni who are regularly in touch with classmates with whom they have developed lifelong friendships. I have been privileged to attend various alumni reunion events and to experience the authenticity and warmth of valued friendships – be it the jubilee reunion of the Class of 1960; the 2002 NCAA baseball-tournament players’ reunion; or the all-nursing reunion in 2009 on the occasion of our 50th anniversary of nursing education at GMC. Of course, I would be remiss not to also mention all the then-students who have met their now-spouses at Gwynedd-Mercy College. One of the wonderful aspects of friendship is the connection that true friends enable. If you were a friend of my friend, Pam, I would already feel connected to you. I love this aspect of friendship. It lets us bypass all the preliminary formalities and delve into what’s really meaningful. At Gwynedd-Mercy College, we are blessed with friends who know us directly and those who know us through their connections to the wider world of Mercy. No matter the source of your connection, I am grateful to call you “friend” of Gwynedd-Mercy College, and for this, our GMC community is truly blessed.

Kathleen Owens, PhD President


Contents Gwynedd-Mercy College Today is published twice a year for the alumni and friends of the College. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Giving Parents a Reality Check 2 Philadelphia’s Mural Sheds New Light on GMC Nursing Program 4

Gerald T. McLaughlin Vice President for Institutional Advancement Charlene DiSarlo Director of Public Relations & Marketing

Sculpting the Mind 6 The Importance of Art in Education

Editor: Megan Gilmore Assistant Editor: Anthony Stipa Creative Director and Production Manager: Donna Smyrl


Design: Kim Austin Graphic Design

On the Cover: Gwynedd-Mercy College’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing is represented in a new mural in Philadelphia. It features portraits of current students and alumni, including Matthew Naldzin ’10 and Sakinah Ferguson ’10 (pictured).

President’s Message Features & Campus News

Contributors: Charlene DiSarlo Megan Gilmore Rebecca VanderMeulen Nikki Zaffiri-Boland ’11

Photography: Shannon Bruno Jill Dow Megan Gilmore Andrea Hollingsworth Kaiser Permanente® Hunter Martin Chris Panter Jim Roese Donna Smyrl Robin Thompson ’76 Bernadette Walsh



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Alumni Profiles Evidence of Faith Robin (Hildebrand) Thompson ’76


Greater Pursuits Joe Donahue ’97 and Tom Elliott ’97


Enjoying Life’s Journey Nancy (Tornetta) Russell ’61


Class Notes




GIVING PARENTS A REALITY CHECK s you flip through channels with your remote, you’ll notice a variety of reality TV programs. This genre of television programming presents unscripted situations and usually features ordinary people instead of professional actors. One of the most popular reality TV shows in recent years has been “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” filmed in Pennsylvania. The program followed the Gosselin family, Jon and Kate with their young twin daughters and sextuplets, during their everyday routines. While children who appear in reality television often spend a significant amount of time filming these shows, Pennsylvania law does not currently define this as work that is subject to child labor laws.


In 2010, state Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) became curious about child labor laws after watching a TV special about former child stars and their experiences with stardom. He contacted one of the featured stars, Paul Peterson from the “Donna Reed Show,” to discuss how the laws in Pennsylvania compare to those in California, which has some of the strictest child labor laws in the country. Murt learned that the state laws were not as good as they could be, so he began the journey to enact better laws to protect child actors, including those who appear in reality television. In addition to expanding the definition of child labor to include this previously unrepresented group, Murt was also responding to the need to update

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Pennsylvania laws in response to the increasing number of television shows and films that are being produced in the state. In 2002, approximately 30 films were shot in Pennsylvania and that number increased to 175 by 2008. Murt, who was awarded a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania instructional teaching certificate from Gwynedd-Mercy College, contacted the College to obtain expert representation in child psychology as he began the process of updating the commonwealth’s child labor laws. Assistant professor Rebecca Gullan, PhD, was recommended by the head of the College’s Behavioral and Social Sciences division because of her clinical psychology specialization in children and families. In April 2010, Murt hosted a hearing of the House Republican Policy Committee with panel representation. In addition to Dr. Gullan, the panel included former child actor Paul Petersen, Gloria Allred, attorney and civil rights advocate, Kevin and Jodi Kreider, relatives of reality television stars, and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Labor Law Compliance. As a child development expert, Dr. Gullan presented testimony on the role of children in reality television from a developmental perspective. Her testimony described the social, emotional and cognitive needs of youths during different stages of childhood.

“The role of the individuals behind the camera can be confusing to children and provide them with inconsistent feedback on their own behavior as well as their general schema of appropriate social interactions,” Dr. Gullan said. “For example, do cameramen laugh with children when something is funny? Correct incorrect grammar? Pick them up when they fall? One must also take care to determine how inappropriate behaviors that might make ‘better television’ are encouraged or discouraged by either parents or the individuals involved in producing the show.” Murt proposed House Bill 2515, which would require all minors to have work permits issued by the State Department of Labor and Industry. Subsequently this would ensure all adequate provisions have been made under this bill for the minor’s educational instruction and supervision of health and welfare. A certified set teacher would be required on the set of any production to serve as an advocate for the minor’s health, education and moral safety on the set and to monitor working conditions to ensure they are appropriate for the minor’s age, strength and stamina. The proposed bill would also require that 15 percent of a child actor’s gross earnings be set aside by the employer in a trust fund with at least one parent or legal guardian as a trustee. A critical point in this legislation is including rights for children participating in reality television.

Though the bill has not yet become law, Dr. Gullan agrees with its contents. “I am particularly pleased to see that the law addresses children in reality television, as this includes an increasingly large yet previously overlooked segment of youth and that, in the case of youth involved in television or other entertainment productions, there is a provision for a “studio teacher” to oversee the educational and emotional well-being of the child,” she says. The bill was referred to the Labor Relations Committee in June and another committee meeting was held during September in Harrisburg. While the house did not vote on the bill in the last session, Murt intends to reintroduce it this year. To check the status on this legislation, go to Murt’s Web site at ❂

(Opposite page) Assistant professor Rebecca Gullan, PhD, and Rep. Thomas Murt are anticipating an improvement in child labor laws through the proposed House Bill 2515.

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Philadelphia Mural Sheds New Light on GMC Nursing Program undergraduate students Jillian Conicelli ’09/’11, RN, ASN, and Kevin Mohan ’03/’11, RN, ASN, graduate student Chunyu Lin, RN, alumna Sakinah Ferguson ’10, RN, ASN and alumnus Matthew Naldzin ’10, RN, ASN.

Gwynedd-Mercy College’s nursing program is represented in a new mural named The Evolving Face of Nursing. It was unveiled in October on a building located at the corner of Broad and Vine Streets in Philadelphia. The mural draws inspiration from stories of area nurses starting with the earlier times of starched uniforms and caps to their ever-evolving role at the center of the health care profession.

“I am glad to be part of the nursing mural to show the importance of nursing and how the profession has evolved throughout the years and will continue in the future,” says Conicelli, who currently is in the BSN program and works as a registered nurse in a pediatrician’s office.

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program commissioned nationally-renowned muralist Meg Saligman to design the mural. “Everything in the mural is drawn from the Philadelphia nursing community,” Saligman says. More than 100 nurses from the region were interviewed about their profession. Their words and images are reflected in the mural. “Nurses are extremely dedicated,” Saligman says. “The more I talked to nurses the more I wanted to paint this.” The 6,500 square foot mural, animated with lights, is unlike any other piece of public art that has been created. It uses LED lights and paint to create the illusion of two

different murals by day and night. As light shines on the mural at night, faces appear and disappear. Portraits of five current students and alumni of the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing represent Gwynedd-Mercy College on the mural. They are current

The opportunity to participate in the mural came on the heels of the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing’s 50th Anniversary. “We have been part of the proud tradition of nursing and the Sisters of Mercy in this region for more than a century,” says Andrea Hollingsworth, PhD, who has served as dean of the School for the past nine years. “It is wonderful to know that our recent alumni and current students will be part of this tribute to the nursing profession for many years to come.” ❂

(Above) Andrea Hollingsworth, PhD, dean of the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing (middle) with Sakinah Ferguson ’10, RN, ASN, and Matthew Naldzin ’10, RN, ASN, who are two of the five faces representing Gwynedd-Mercy College in the mural.

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NewTrustees Sister Mary Ann Dillon, RSM, PhD, recently retired as president of Mount Aloysius College, a four-year liberal arts Catholic college sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy located in Dallas, Pa. Previously, Sister Mary Ann was the dean of general education at Saint Francis University in Loretta, Pa. Prior to her tenure at Saint Francis University, Sister Mary Ann was the provincial administrator (regional community president) for the Sisters of Mercy of Dallas, Pa., as well as a general administrative team member for the Sisters of Mercy of the Union in Potomac, Md.

Sister Mary Ann’s leadership roles also include her position as one of the founding members of the Executive Committee of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE), and chair of the Board of Directors for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), among others. Sister Mary Ann brings a wealth of experience in higher education to the Board. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from College Misericordia (now Misericordia University) in Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Canada, and a doctorate in systematic theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. At this time she also received a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Ethics.

Linda Ann Galante, Esq., is an attorney and partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, located in Philadelphia. She is also the co-chair of the Banking & Financial Services Practice Group. Galante has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® consecutively since 2004 and was included in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Galante has been recognized for her leadership roles in the community, serving on boards for many Philadelphia organizations. She served as a board member and chair of the board of directors for Drueding Center/Project Rainbow, board member for the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute, and a board member and member of the executive committee for St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, among others. In the fall, she was also recognized as one of the 25 Philadelphia Business Journal 2010 Women of Distinction winners. As an alumna of Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, she was awarded the Margaret Beirn Barger distinguished alumna award last year. Galante is a summa cum laude graduate of Temple University and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania.

Three new members appointed to the Gwynedd-Mercy College Board of Trustees Sister Virginia Hasson, RSM, PhD, serves as the grants writer for the Sisters of Mercy, Mid-Atlantic Community, in Merion, Pa. Prior to this appointment, Sister Virginia served as regional programs and human resources officer for the Jesuit Refugee Service in South Africa where she had responsibilities in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Previously, Sister Virginia taught in elementary and special education schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She then served as an associate professor of education, chair of undergraduate education, chair of graduate education and director of testing at GwyneddMercy College. She also held faculty positions at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J., both as professor of education and interim dean of the graduate school. Sister Virginia has served on many boards for organizations such as the Mercy Health System, Project H.O.M.E. and the Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE), among others. She earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Villanova University, a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Marywood University, both in Pennsylvania, a doctorate in educational administration from Fordham University in New York, and an honorary degree (Doctor of Pedagogy) from Gwynedd-Mercy College.

2010-2011 GOLF TOURNAMENT The 24th Annual Gwynedd-Mercy College Golf Tournament was held on October 11, 2010 at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club in Fort Washington, Pa. Participants enjoyed lunch, a beautiful day on the course and an awards ceremony that featured numerous raffle and door prizes. The event raised more than $69,000 in support of the College’s scholarship program. Many thanks to all who participated in order to make the outing a success, especially our tournament sponsors, Peter Carlino and Turner Construction Company. The committee members for the 24th Annual Gwynedd-Mercy College Golf Tournament were co-chairs Mark Craney, Vice President, Crescent Vending Company, and Jay Haenn, President, Lansdale Chrysler Jeep; John Collins, CSsR, Chaplin, Gwynedd-Mercy College; Regina Lowrie, President and CEO, Vision Mortgage Capital/Senior Vice President, Continental Bank; Mia McGlynn, Director of Annual Giving; Helen Nelson, Copernicus Society of America; and Donna Smyrl, Creative Services Specialist, Gwynedd-Mercy College. The 25th Annual Gwynedd-Mercy College Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, September 19, 2011 at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club. For information, please contact Mia McGlynn at 215-641-5568.

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Sculpting the Mind The Importance of Art in Education The term “liberal arts” has its roots in the Middle Ages, when it referred to the study of arithmetic, grammar, rhetoric, logic, geometry, astronomy and music. Today, it refers to the idea of a college education that prepares students to function in a diverse, complex world, gaining knowledge in a range of subjects and learning how to solve problems, analyze information and view life from different perspectives. “Liberal arts in general makes you literate for society,” says Michelle Kulp McEliece, PhD, chairperson of Gwynedd-Mercy College’s biology division. And one critical piece of the liberal arts is, well, art. Longtime GMC English professor Carol Breslin, PhD, says the arts are a vital component to the very idea of higher education. Students’ purpose in college isn’t just to get a degree so they can secure a good job, she says – it’s to develop an understanding of civilization and the meaning of humanity. Art’s impact on campus and in the community Sophomore Ashley Scheiber came to

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Gwynedd-Mercy College to study nursing. She soon switched her major to English, deciding that she would rather cultivate her love of reading and writing and turn that into a career. That’s just one example of what the college experience is supposed to be about: students identifying what they are good at, what they enjoy and how that connects to what their life’s work should be. This, she says, is why all students should be exposed to the arts, perhaps through a required class or two. “Maybe they’d be able to discover things about themselves,” Scheiber says. “In order to find your calling, I feel, you have to explore every possibility.” During his nearly half-century of teaching at the College before retiring in 2008, Jules Tasca, DA, created fond memories for countless students by directing a play on campus every fall in addition to teaching courses in cinema, drama and creative writing. Tasca, who has more than 125 published plays to his credit, wrote some of the Valley Players’ productions himself, tailoring them to the performance venue and the number of males and females taking part each year. It would be a different show every time.

A live theater performance is something everyone on campus can enjoy and learn from, says Tasca, who introduced a theater concentration in the English department during his time at GMC. “To me, the arts are the soul of a college, because they’re dealing with what makes us human,” he says. “When you’re watching a play, you’re watching us being human – if it’s a good play.” Similarly, the Voices of Gwynedd, a choir made up of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, has traveled the world sharing its musical talents. “The group is one of the best ambassadors for the College,” says Lisa Coughlin McGarry, PhD, interim dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. The Voices of Gwynedd has performed at Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles and Flyers games and appeared on tours in locales like Alaska, Italy and Ireland. People throughout the community know about Gwynedd-Mercy College because of this talented ensemble, whose Carol Nights fill the Julia Ball Auditorium each Christmas season. But one of its most meaningful performances took place in November at the Crossroads Hospice in Horsham, Pa.

The hospice grants patients’ wishes for a special day, and an elderly patient had asked for the Voices of Gwynedd to sing for her. So one Saturday, Carol Evans, MM, assistant professor of music/education and director of the choir, gathered 20 singers to perform at the hospice. Their repertoire included religious songs like “River in Judea,” Motown hits and a traditional Irish blessing. “She just cried the whole time we sang,” Evans recalls. Junior Brandon Ellis says singing tenor in the Voices of Gwynedd gives him a much-needed break from his studies along with the chance to continue the love of singing he developed as a member of his high school choir. “It helps get away from the stress of writing 15-page papers,” says Ellis, a psychology major. The same is true for visual arts. Adjunct faculty member Karen Kieser, MFA, says a lot of students take her four art classes because they are looking for something fun and different. Gwynedd-Mercy College doesn’t offer a major in art and students here might not have the same expressive abilities as one might find at an art school, but Kieser’s aim is to teach the same fundamentals that art majors learn. She starts with teaching the basics of drawing, using concepts like proportion, ratios and perspective. Many students find they have an aptitude for art that they didn’t know about.

Assets for future careers Because visual art uses the intuitive right side of the brain rather than the logical left side, Kieser says students who are literate in it can more easily find creative ways to solve problems. As an illustration she mentions the TV drama House, in which a team of experts, led by an unconventional physician, uses its creativity to solve medical puzzles in each episode.

special education. During his senior year in high school, he remembers, his English teacher would play music in the classroom and ask students to write journal entries with the songs as inspiration. He looks forward to taking courses where he can learn techniques for using music as an instructional tool in his own classroom someday.

GMC students majoring in scientific fields are seeking minors in disparate subjects like art and Spanish, McEliece notes. These subjects also add a different dimension to the knowledge students take to their future jobs, she says, giving the example of aspiring dentists learning how to sculpt and applying these skills to work with teeth.

Kieser uses art as an instructional tool of her own. Students who learn the fundamentals of artistic expression learn a different way of communicating their ideas. Since she asks students to assess each other’s work, they learn how to accept constructive criticism. Spending hours on a project provides practice in persevering and completing tasks by themselves.

“A large part of what they need to do is fine motor manipulation,” McEliece says. “Part of dentistry is art in itself.”

“We need people to work in teams,” Kieser says. “We also need to be able to take a thought and explore it deeply.”

Acting on stage is another way for people to express themselves and learn how to speak in public. Tasca, whose son is an attorney, points out that lawyers use stage presence techniques in the courtroom – just think of football legend O.J. Simpson’s 1995 double-murder trial, which dominated TV screens nationwide.

Besides serving as an outlet for students’ creativity and a way to stay involved in artistic interests they may have developed in high school, McEliece says that art could make students more attractive applicants to employers and professional schools. “There’s a greater emphasis on being well-rounded now than there ever was before.” ❂

Sophomore Matt Agos, an education major and tenor in the Voices of Gwynedd, plans to incorporate music into a future career in

(Opposite page) Carol Evans, assistant professor of music and director of the Voices of Gwynedd, leads some of the choir members during practice. Adjunct faculty member Karen Kieser teaches students the fundamentals of drawing.

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A rather unorthodox communication professional who’s traveled and lived in many places, Janis Chakars, PhD, has found a new home in Philadelphia. The coordinator of Gwynedd-Mercy College’s new communication program shares his winding road to where he is today. His educational, professional and life experiences are a melting pot of history, politics, culture, journalism and punk rock (yes, really).

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What’s in a name? I often think that if my parents had not named me Janis, I would have had a very different life. The name’s origin is from Latvia, which made me curious about the country. My first experience of living abroad was in Latvia in fall 1991. I left on a Soviet visa and by the time I got there, the USSR had recognized Latvian independence. Then the Soviet Union itself dissolved at Christmastime. Watching that had a major impact on my life. It became the focus of later research, but it also made me really want to see what happens in the world with my own eyes. Today, I am on the board of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, the premier organization for the study of that region.

Old stomping grounds Like a typical New Yorker, as a kid growing up in Brooklyn, I knew little of the wider world and assumed it was like New York only smaller and slower. Later, I learned how wrong I was.

He’s (still) got the punk My band, Citizens Arrest, met through attending shows at CBGB’s in the late ’80s. We played there once before we started playing often at an art and activism center called ABC No Rio. This place became notable for turning around a music scene that had previously exhibited some nasty social problems, chiefly youth violence. The early ’90s punk scene resulted in a new collective characterized by commitment to social justice. The band reunited in fall 2010, including our first singer, Ted Leo, who now plays guitar with us and became an indie rock star while I was becoming a professor. I was a bit self-conscious when my students discovered this secret identity of mine, but I tell them that if you think about it, the Mercy mission of compassion, service and social responsibility exists in punk, too. Further, one thing we should get out of GMC is a commitment to Mercy that can manifest itself in all of our activities even if it isn’t at first obvious how.

Leaving, but not forgetting, his roots After graduating with my bachelor’s in

political science from Hunter College, City University of New York, I worked in academic publishing in the field of mental health. This lasted about a year before another band that I was in got signed. I spent one summer as a professional musician doing nothing else. Watching it all fall apart, I decided to go to graduate school. I went to Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., for solitude and thoughtful contemplation, a change of pace from New York. There, I pursued a master’s degree in Russian and East European Area studies.

The bull’s eye of his studies When my wife wanted to pursue a doctorate in history, I knew that we would be in Bloomington a while longer. I had always worked in things on the edges of journalism. I worked in publishing full time during college and after. I wrote and edited newsletters for Indiana University during graduate school and I had done some freelance writing. So, I thought to pick up some professional training in journalism. Then I took a class called “Media and Society” with Professor Maria Elizabeth Grabe, and I decided right then and there that I had to do a doctorate in mass communication. Professor Grabe convinced me of the centrality and importance of media to modern (even post-modern) life.

A worldly citizen I have been lucky to visit a lot of places without being a tourist. I think you learn more about the world when you get to live with ordinary people, go to the supermarket, and stay in apartments rather than in hotels. I always encourage students to study abroad. In 2001, I lived in Mongolia, where I served as the English language editor for the state news agency, Monstame. It was a “real life” education for me. The agency was struggling to adapt to a new environment of globalization, democracy, capitalism, new technology, and difficult budgets. The journalists were sincere and the culture fascinating as a crossroads region, like many other places I have been attracted to, such as the Baltics and East Europe or Siberia. Between visits to Latvia in my graduate school years, I spent nine months in Russia. People laughed, especially the Latvians,

when I announced I was going to Siberia voluntarily. Yet, Buryatia is an excellent place to challenge your assumptions about the world and watch the impact of centralized political power. I taught communication theory and advanced English at the East Siberian State Technological University from September 2004 to May 2005. We had few computers and I had no books. Yet this is the country that was first in space. I did my main dissertation research in Latvia in 2003-2004. I interviewed notable people from the independence movement that had captivated me years earlier. I dug into archives and read lots of old newspapers in a language most people consider obscure. I watched Latvia join the European Union. In the music days, I slept on couches, floors and even in a few abandoned buildings from California to Poland. I have learned from spending time in many places that there is something beautiful and fascinating in every place.

No regrets I think my less than straight road to being a professor in the communication field benefited me. I always say that communication study is important because it is about everything, and I think that, as a teacher, I want to model that for my students. I think that my education, as well as my teaching experience in the English Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, helped make my professional and teaching career maximally interdisciplinary in a way that suits a liberal arts education at a place like Gwynedd-Mercy College. In his latest career Chakars has taught ten distinct courses in communication, but is also an active researcher. He has presented at major national and international conferences. His most recent published work has appeared in Journalism History and the Central European Journal of Communication. His latest project involves children’s literature and displaced persons at the end of World War II. His journalistic writing has appeared in a variety of publications ranging from the Moscow Times to the Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.). He may also be the only person ever to have published in both Military History and The Nonviolent Activist magazines. ❂

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Men’s Soccer

Field Hockey

Gwynedd-Mercy College (4-16, 3-6) qualified for the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Playoffs for the second year in a row as the Griffins secured the last seed in the tournament. Senior midfielder Tim Munsey was named a second-team all-conference selection after leading the team in scoring while junior defender Tom Petroski earned honorable mention status. It was Munsey’s game-winning goal in overtime in the regular season finale on October 30 that gave GMC its playoff berth. Senior Ryan Murray was selected to the CSAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

Gwynedd-Mercy College advanced to the CSAC Championship Game for the first time since the 1999 season to highlight a 13-8 and 7-1 conference record. Their only league loss was to Cabrini College, who they would face in the title game again. With their success, the team was selected for postseason play, competing in the ECAC Tournament for the second year in a row. Freshman Maria Karidas was named the CSAC Rookie of the Year to go along with six other Griffins being honored on the all-conference teams. Junior Casey Dellostretto and sophomore Kelsey Deveney joined Karidas on the first-team. Sophomore Katie Blankenstein and freshman Sarah Jackson were named to the second-team while sophomores Erin Gorenflo and Kaylin Bassett were honorable mention selections. Freshman Brianne Kline was chosen to the CSAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

Women’s Soccer The Griffins placed five players on the all-conference teams en route to a fourth-seed in the CSAC Playoffs finishing with a 9-10-1 and 7-3 league record. Junior forward Gwen Conte earned her third-straight first-team all-conference nod after leading the squad in points. Junior Kasey Reid notched second-team honors while sophomores Justine Bednarz and Christine Michalski were selected as honorable mention. Senior Maria Bailey was chosen to the CSAC All-Sportsmanship Team. The team claimed the inaugural Griffin Classic in September hosted by Gwynedd-Mercy College when they defeated Delaware Valley College and DeSales University. Reid was selected as the tournament MVP.

Volleyball The GMC volleyball team road tripped to tournaments in Virginia Beach, Va., during Labor Day weekend and also visited Wesley College and Richard Stockton Colleges as the Griffins posted a 7-24 and 5-6 league mark. Junior Rachel Lambert was named a second-team all-conference pick after being among the league leaders in hitting percentage and kills while junior Maria Stilwell was named to the CSAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

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Women’s Cross Country

Men’s Cross Country Senior John Watts closed out his collegiate career on top as he became the third Griffin to win a CSAC Individual Championship and the first Griffin in the program’s history to be named NCAA All-Mideast Regional. Head Coach Mike Dager was named the CSAC Coach of the Year as the squad easily captured their third-straight conference team championship. Joining Watts on the first team were freshmen Brett Kubiak and Joe Kubiak, junior Matt VanDenHengel and Brendan Sharp, and sophomore Tyler Rooke. Junior Mark Ziegler earned second-team all league, giving the Griffins seven total. Another team highlight came on October 16 as the men captured the small school team title at the University of Delaware Blue & Gold Invitational.



The GMC Women’s Cross Country Team finished runner-up in the CSAC Championships. Individually, junior Katherine Klinges also finished runner-up in the 5k race. For her efforts, she was a first-team all-conference selection. Four other Griffins also garnered accolades as juniors Erica Matticola, Regina Sellman, along with senior Julie Glendinning, and freshman Colleen Dalton, were named to the second-team.

Women’s Tennis Gwynedd-Mercy College won its third consecutive CSAC Team Championship and finished with an unblemished conference record for the third year in a row. The Griffins (14-2, 10-0 CSAC) will participate in the NCAA Division III Team Tournament which begins in May 2011. Individually, freshman Rachel Fein earned two major awards, claiming the CSAC Player and Rookie of the Year Awards. Fein, along with sophomore Chelsea Jones were first-team all-conference choices. Earning second-team honors were seniors Chelsea Donde and Heather Morgan, junior Jessica Scarpello, and sophomore Cori Wessner. In January, Head Coach Jim Holt was honored with the prestigious USTA National Adaptive Community Service Award on behalf of his own “Touch of Tennis” program based here on campus during the summer months. The award recognizes a program or program leader that demonstrates continued excellence, dedication and service in tennis for special populations.

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Seniors Help a Three-Peat Seniors Chelsea Donde and Heather Morgan have seen the women’s tennis team through the Griffins’ first three-peat victory in College history. On Saturday, Oct. 23, the team captured its third-straight Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Team Title as the Griffins defeated Cabrini, 5-0, in the finals.

tournament in May. Though their season is over, the tournament will give them one last opportunity to play together as a team before Donde and Morgan graduate on May 14.

“It feels good, especially because tennis is an underdog sport,” Donde says. “We don’t get as much recognition as other sports.”

The team won’t know where the tournament will be until a few days before they’re scheduled to leave. The winners of every conference at all Division III schools in the country will play in the tournament.

“There are no words to describe it,” Morgan says about breaking the college record. “It’s amazing.” The two teammates and close friends are anticipating the bittersweet NCAA

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“I was really excited because I wasn’t ready for it to end yet,” Donde says.

When reflecting on their college tennis career, the teammates agree that there is one common denominator in their success: Head Coach Jim Holt.

“I’ve really progressed here because of Jim,” Morgan says. “I came in as a subpar player and now I have three championships under my belt.” The education major never imagined winning a college championship when she was in high school. “There were much better teams in our high school conference, so our wins were few and far between,” she says. Coach Holt saw the potential in Morgan when he was recruiting for the team, and although she wasn’t a strong player, he felt that she could really foster her tennis skills at the College. Morgan took advantage of the opportunity that Coach Holt gave her and worked hard at improving her game. In October 2010,

says about Donde. “She has been a star on a championship team!” Coach Holt has influenced his players beyond the courts. Donde says that he is the main reason why she attended Gwynedd-Mercy College and stayed, while Morgan is grateful that Coach Holt helped her come out of her shell. The team has developed a family-like vibe during the last few years. Morgan refers to Donde as “like a sister,” and they call Coach Holt’s father, who is the assistant coach, “Papa.” “We are like a family,” Morgan says. “I will miss the girls and the bond that we’ve built as teammates. It makes a big difference when you’re playing a sport with a team that you love.” ❂

Though academics are the primary focus for Gwynedd-Mercy College student-athletes, playing in the NCAA Division III gives them the opportunity to compete and grow in their sport. They play for the love of the game and get the opportunity to compete in national championships. While practicing and playing, Division III athletes learn valuable life lessons of teamwork, discipline, perseverance and leadership that allow them to become a better student and a more responsible person in their community.

Chelsea Donde

GMC offers 19 NCAA Division III sports for men and women in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

she was happy to cross off one of 100 things on her “bucket list” when she became CSAC player of the week. “Heather really has made so much progress since she started here four years ago,” Coach Holt says. “I am grateful for what she has done for the team.”

“Many of our student-athletes are talented enough to play at a higher level but they choose Gwynedd-Mercy College because of the balance we have between athletics and academics,” according to Athletic Director Keith Mondillo. “That balance shines through on the playing field and in the classroom.”

Donde, a business administration major with an option in management, has also played for the team since her freshman year. Her biggest personal achievement was winning the gold medal for the individual tournament during her first year, which she describes as a really special moment. “It has been an honor to have had such a terrific young lady play for me,” Coach Holt

The mission of NCAA Division III is to govern competition in a safe, equitable and sportsmanlike manner and to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount, according to This mission supports Gwynedd-Mercy College’s core value of academic excellence, as well as learning outcomes established for our students, such as communication skills, professional competency, moral and ethical judgment, problem solving, critical thinking and leadership in society.

Heather Morgan

To learn more about Division III sports and to view a video on the Division III experience for student-athletes, go to

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s she frantically approached the scene of the crash, Robin (Hildebrand) Thompson, RN ’76, immediately knew that her daughter, Ashley, hadn’t survived. Beyond the flashing lights and the blur of people, Robin saw the 1998 Jeep Cherokee crushed against a tree. Robin dropped to her knees, and her world as she knew it collapsed with her.


She couldn’t make sense of what happened. Her 16-year-old, who bounded down the stairs of their Virginia home that morning and exchanged “I love yous” with Robin before leaving for school, was responsible and level-headed.

Evidence of Faith

The crash took place on a sunny, June afternoon in 2003. Ashley had a free seventh period in school, and decided to leave early to start her homework before her usual five hours of gymnastics practice each night. While driving, she hadn’t been talking on the phone, speeding, or under the influence. She was within blocks of her home. The only known factors that played into the tragic ending of Ashley’s life were her inexperience (she had received her license only two weeks prior) and that she was driving an unfamiliar vehicle, borrowed from a friend. As the days and weeks trudged on, Robin read every single piece of literature about teen driving that she could find. “I talked with researchers in the field, and they wanted to teach me just as much as I wanted to learn,” she says. As a nurse, Robin believes in evidence-based practice, she says. Driver education classes haven’t changed much since 1930. Research proves that we need to make more of an effort, so that teen car crashes are viewed as preventable rather than inevitable. In fact, the term “accident” should not be used. Robin stresses that it promotes the misconception that these incidents are unavoidable and largely out of one’s personal control, when indeed they are highly preventable. Inexperience and distractions are the leading cause of teen driving fatalities, particularly for 16 and 17-year-olds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, ages 15 to 20. They kill more

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teenagers than drugs, alcohol, suicide and homicides combined (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2009). “The numbers speak for themselves that we’re not doing our job,” Robin says. “If we are going to allow 16-year-olds to drive in this country, then we owe them better training.” The knowledge that Robin came upon during the weeks following the crash motivated her to turn Ashley’s death into something purposeful. “Ashley’s accident had nothing to do with being a good kid,” Robin says. “This is a skill issue.” Hence, three months after Ashley’s death, Robin established The ART of Driving, an educational outreach program of the Ashley Renee Thompson Memorial Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit. Its mission is to increase awareness among teens and parents about the unique risks that young, novice drivers face and to advocate for improved training, increased supervised time behind the wheel and increased parental involvement.

She named the nonprofit organization after Ashley, while also representing Awareness, Responsibility and Training. The foundation also offers a college scholarship to a deserving female senior from Fairfax County each year. Robin hopes to one day reach every teen through the program. “It is where my passion is now. It is what I need to do.” The program has come a long way, but it still has a long way to go. With the exception of help from her son, Brian, Robin runs the foundation single-handedly, on top of her full-time job as a school nurse at William Ramsey Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia, and her part-time job as an advice nurse for Kaiser Permanente. Nevertheless, the ART of Driving has garnered much recognition. It won the Governor’s Transportation Safety Award for Youth Traffic Safety for the Commonwealth of

Virginia, has been recognized nationally with appearances on the “TODAY” show and Catholic Radio, and has won the Kaiser Permanente National Community Service Award. There are three components to The ART of Driving: Teen Awareness Responsibility Training, Parent Awareness Responsibility Training and its Teen Task Force, which uses behavioral science theory to empower teens to take ownership of the issue and work together to keep each other safe. Robin encourages teens to “find their voice” and speak up when faced with an unsafe driving situation and to not only be a safe driver, but a smart passenger. Robin presents the program to high schools, youth groups, and at various community events. She also

(Opposite page) Robin Thompson established The ART of Driving, an educational outreach program of the Ashley Renee Thompson Memorial Foundation. (Left) Robin’s daughter, Ashley Renee Thompson.

A group of teens complete training through the ART of Driving.

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volunteers one Saturday every month to present at the youth driving program for the Fairfax County Police Department. During the past year, Robin has added health care providers to her audience, an important but underdeveloped resource. She has presented at nursing conferences and at state public health symposiums. “I believe it is the health care community who can make a positive impact on this national health crisis,” she says. Just as in other areas of health promotion and injury prevention, we can take the lead, she adds. “If this were a disease claiming thousands of teen lives every year there would be no end to what we would be attempting to do.” When Robin speaks to groups, she begins by showing a brief film that conveys Ashley’s story and the unique risks that teen drivers face. Then Robin introduces herself as Ashley’s mom. “I feel really strongly that the program makes an impact because they hear it from me,” she says. Following one of her presentations, a young man approached her and said, “I never stopped to think about what this would do to my parents.” Robin wants every parent to have the tools to prevent such a tragedy. At first, Robin thought that she had taught Ashley everything she would need to be a safe driver. It never even entered her mind that Ashley would consider borrowing a friend’s car. Robin helps parents understand all risks through the program. “Parents have to help their young drivers recognize hazards,” she says. Our teens have underdeveloped visual scanning abilities and therefore do not perceive hazards as being hazardous. Robin teaches one coaching method in which parents verbally state everything they are seeing, thinking and doing while they are driving.

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This is called a “running commentary.” They then reverse roles with their teen. Teens quickly realize how much thought and decision making goes into the driving process and they become more aware of hazards. We make it look so autopilot, but we have to show teens how to pay attention while driving, as well as model safe driving practices, Robin says. Robin’s ambition to spread awareness and target prevention requires her to relive the heartbreak of her daughter’s sudden death on a regular basis, and many wonder how she can continue with the program. Admitting that it’s very difficult, Robin explains that the pain and memories are never far from her thoughts. She credits her strength to God. “My faith has really sustained me through this,” Robin says. “Otherwise, I could not get up every day to do this if I didn’t have His guidance and strength.” Robin also has a very unique experience to rely on for comfort. When she was living in Germany during her time in the Air Force, Robin and her family traveled to Rome on a Catholic pilgrimage. Ashley was 6 months old at the time. They awaited the arrival of Pope John Paul II, and as he approached their family, he motioned for his driver to stop. The Holy Father reached out and cupped the left side of Ashley’s face. “I could not believe what had just happened. How blessed we were,” Robin says. It wasn’t until 16 years later that she would understand the magnitude of that moment. When the Holy Father’s health was declining a few months after Ashley’s accident, Robin wrote to him. She included the photos of them together on that day

in 1987. And she was stunned when he wrote back. “That letter became a life preserver for me. It gave me strength and the perseverance I needed,” she wrote in an article in the Arlington Catholic Herald. Robin believes in allowing good to come from her suffering, and continues to honor Ashley’s memory by doing good and positive things, just as God and Ashley would have wanted. When Robin attended Gwynedd-Mercy College for what she refers to as an “authentic Catholic education,” she couldn’t have realized just how important this spiritual background would be in her life. In hindsight, Robin realized how significant it is to give back to the community, just as the College had taught her and continues to teach its students. “Yes, it’s the Catholic way of living, but it’s just the good way of living,” she emphasizes. So, Robin keeps giving back, hoping to save even just one life. “If by keeping Ashley’s memory alive I can keep just one teen alive, then I’ve done my job.” ❂

Learn more about the ART of Driving

Pope John Paul II touches Ashley’s face during a Catholic pilgrimage in Rome in 1987.



Friends Joe Donahue ’97 and Tom Elliott ’97, who have been each others’ roommate, classmate and teammate, bonded over the “American Dream” upon attending Gwynedd-Mercy College in 1994. The foundation of their friendship (and success) After high school, Joe Donahue ’97 and Tom Elliott ’97, who were not yet friends, veered from the path to college and jumped right into the working world. Joe became a sheet metal mechanic and Tom a restaurant manager. Though grateful for their job opportunities, they felt a lack of reward and connection with their work. Joe decided that he wanted more out of a career and, at 25, pursued furthering his education. Gwynedd-Mercy College met his expectations of a reputable computer program, a strong academic tradition with ties to the community, and also the opportunity to play intercollegiate athletics. Plus, attending the College somewhat runs in the family since his mom and two aunts were GMC graduates. Joe jokes that his years as a GMC student were his “second tour-of-duty,” the first being when his mom was pregnant with Joe during her senior year. “My family, having gone to Gwynedd, proved to me that it was a valuable education,” Joe says. And at age 20, Tom decided that Gwynedd-Mercy College’s basketball program would foster his love for the sport as he pursued his degree in accounting. Joe and Tom’s paths crossed upon attending the College in 1994, when they were assigned as roommates in Loyola Hall. They shared the commonalities of being athletes, non-traditional students, and the minority gender at GMC. Plus, Joe and Tom were both trying to establish themselves, searching for their place in the professional world.

They quickly became close friends. Tom even convinced Joe to join the newly established soccer team, despite Joe’s lack of experience. “I kick with my toe, so they made me the goalie,” Joe laughs. The two say that sports were a big part of their GMC experience. “Being a student-athlete gave us the opportunity to develop close friendships with teammates,” Tom says. After graduating from Gwynedd-Mercy College, Joe and Tom continued to live together during the beginning of their professional lives before a career opportunity moved Joe to the West Coast. Now, nearly 3,000 miles apart, the two friends still share a strong bond.

Achieving the Dream: Joe Donahue Joe was fascinated by the quick evolution of computers and he knew that he wanted to be part of it. Windows 95 had launched when Joe was in college. “Computers were the way of the future,” he says about his decision to major in computer information sciences. “It was such an emerging field with so much activity. There were so many possibilities.” Joe’s first job out of college was at a start-up consulting company in Philadelphia. But when he was offered a position for International Networking Services in Silicon Valley in California, he couldn’t turn it down. Joe was more than willing to

trade-off on location for optimal career opportunities. Lucent Technologies bought the company that Joe worked for in California, leading Joe to relocate as a Distinguished Member of the Consulting Staff for the company in Indianapolis. Here, he settled for a few years to complete his Master of Business Administration. It was at the Kelly School of Business at Indiana that he met his wife, Lisa. In 2002, Joe took an opportunity to work for Microsoft in Washington, D.C., with the Department of Defense. Three years later he transferred to Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash., where he currently works as the principal program manager for Windows Phone. “In my role, I put the plans together and build the technology that Windows Phone needs to expand internationally,” he says. “Windows Phone is the most critical component to long-term success of Microsoft,” Joe adds. The Microsoft campus is like an incubator for new technologies and ideas, an environment in which Joe thrives. “It’s energizing…the thought that you need to put into it and the opportunities to impact millions of people,” Joe says while scrolling through applications on his own phone. “To see my wife use the phone that I work on and to lead teams to sell phones in countries that it wouldn’t be sold in if it wasn’t for me is just, really exciting.” (Top) Joe was Tom’s best man for his wedding. Joe (#4) and Tom both played basketball at GMC.

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that often include complex legal, tax and accounting issues to be very rewarding.” After graduating, Tom also found time to keep up with his love for basketball. He played in a handful of basketball leagues, including some with former teammates at GMC, he says. Tom tried his hand at coaching for a few years. He coached seventh and eighth-grade travel basketball teams before his daughter, Olivia, was born in 2005. Forever staying active, Tom has run eight marathons since 2007, including the Boston and Philadelphia Marathons, and is currently training for a half Ironman event this spring. Tom lives in Cinnaminson, N.J., with his wife, Melanie, and 5-year-old daughter Olivia.

Passing the Baton

Joe lives in Woodinville, Wash., with his wife and three children, William, 7, Maddie, 6, and Hollins, 3.

Achieving the Dream: Tom Elliott Tom has been with the same company since graduating from Gwynedd-Mercy College. In December 2010, he was named Chief Financial Officer of Resource America, which is a specialized asset management company located in Philadelphia, while also retaining his position as Senior Vice President. He is involved in all of the financial and operational decisions of the company. “It’s a high energy, entrepreneurial environment that has always maintained a family culture,” Tom says about Resource America. He actually came about the opportunity to get his foot in Resource America’s door because of adjunct GMC faculty member

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Chris Cusatis. Chris taught most of Tom’s senior-level accounting courses. “He was helpful in providing direction to students as they searched for internships and ultimately full-time jobs,” Tom says about Chris. While Chris was teaching evening classes at Gwynedd-Mercy College, he also worked full time as the controller of Fidelity Leasing, a subsidiary of Resource America at the time. Though it wasn’t a public accounting position, Chris thought that Tom would be a good fit for the company. Tom agreed, joining Chris’ company as a staff accountant in May 1997 just after graduation. Tom quickly climbed the corporate ladder, becoming the director of asset securitization and treasurer of the company within three years, and subsequently the vice president of finance in 2001. “In the 13 years that I’ve been with the company, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with the purchase and sale of multiple companies, two IPOs and numerous debt and equity transactions,” Tom says. “I find the challenge of being involved and helping structure transactions

Joe and Tom’s stories of success are a result of hard work and determination, as well as the supportive nature of Gwynedd-Mercy College. They felt welcomed and accepted as non-traditional students in the college community. GMC was able to financially and academically guide Joe and Tom to achieve their dreams. “I consider myself very fortunate for being able to attend college,” says Tom, who was granted full tuition through the Presidential Scholarship. Not everybody is ready to go to college at age 18 or 19, Joe says. But this doesn’t mean that they will never be ready. Joe and Tom’s careers have developed into major life achievements, even when they started off on a different foot. They see themselves in other prospective students who are hoping to establish themselves as professionals. That’s why it was important to Joe and Tom to help provide others with the opportunity to attend Gwynedd-Mercy College. In fall 2010, they established an award to recognize outstanding students who attend the College and find their place in the American Dream, just like Joe and Tom. ❂

Joe, on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash., is the principal program manager for Windows Phone.

Nancy Russell, CEO, and her son Doug, president, at their family business, KRYTAR.

Enjoying Life’s Journey Nancy (Tornetta) Russell ’61 has had a whirlwind life, but that’s the way she likes it. Nancy, originally from Norristown, Pa., has lived in London, New York, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and San Francisco, where she currently resides. Her first husband, Jim Hagan, moved around for different job opportunities, and she, of course, went with him. This also led Nancy to many interesting life and job experiences of her own. Immediately after graduating with an Associate of Science from Gwynedd-Mercy College, where she was Class President, Nancy landed a job at UNIVAC (now UNISYS), and remained there for three years. This is where she met Jim, who worked for the International Division of the company. They married, and Nancy’s “adventure” continued with Jim for 20 years.

When they lived in London, Nancy worked for the U.S. Embassy, but they only stayed there for one year before Jim was transferred back to New York. Eventually, Jim left UNIVAC for a software company in Minneapolis. Shortly after this, Jim’s friend offered him a job in San Francisco with a consulting firm that was instrumental to the establishment of MasterCard and Visa. Knowing that moving so often can take its toll on a family, Jim asked Nancy where she wanted to live. But Nancy insisted that she liked the adventure of moving, and didn’t feel the need to settle in one place, yet. “I never liked having a rigid plan for my life,” she says. The couple had their first son, Jeff, while living in San Francisco. Though the family kept their flat in the city, they briefly moved to Salt Lake City (where Nancy enjoyed skiing twice every week) and then in the summer, to Phoenix (where Nancy only had one word to describe it, “hot”).

Finally, the family settled back in San Francisco and had their second son, Doug. They bought a house in The Marina District of the city, just two blocks from the bay where many other families lived. Plus, the flatness of the area along the bay made it pleasant and much easier to walk with the stroller, Nancy pointed out. In the late ’70s, Nancy had been working as a secretary part time for Western Pacific Railroad for three years when a vice president recommended that she take an open managerial position. Western Pacific Railroad was preparing to merge with Union Pacific which happened eight years later. “Women were not in managerial positions (then), especially at the railroad – a male-dominated industry,” Nancy explains about taking the job. “I had to do it.” So, Nancy went from being a part-time secretary on Friday to having a private office and a secretary on the following Monday, she explains, still with a little disbelief.

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Nancy found her niche as a manager, and moved into a position as director of risk management for Southern Pacific. “I felt I really had to prove myself,” Nancy says. Southern Pacific was a much bigger organization than Western Pacific. “We all need to have a break somewhere, and I got my break.” She stayed with the company for nearly 20 years.

“Where I am today, I have been preparing for most of my life, and I didn’t even know that I was preparing for it,” Nancy says about her surprise in becoming a CEO. “Leadership roles in high school and college, volunteering, running non-profit events, all of those things prepared me for where I am today. These things mold you for the future.”

In 1987, when Nancy was no longer married to Jim, she met Tom Russell. Tom had founded the company KRYTAR, which specializes in the manufacture of ultra broadband microwave components and test equipment for both commercial and military applications.

Eventually, Nancy needed someone to replace the retiring president of KRYTAR in 2006. She had both of her sons in mind for prospective candidates. Jeff had an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Master in Business

“Tom was a very gifted engineer, an inventor, a brainy, studious kind of guy,” Nancy says endearingly. “Microwaves and computers interested him.” In the 1970s, he had a design idea and worked on it at his kitchen table. When Tom thought that he had developed a product that he could sell, he hired a machinist. Not long after, KRYTAR was born in Sunnyvale, Ca., and its Silicon Valley neighbor, Hewlett Packard, was his first customer. KRYTAR, though small, took off and has grown just about every year since. Tom obtained seven patents throughout his leadership of KRYTAR. Sadly, Tom’s health declined in the early ’90s, and an important decision had to be made about what would happen to KRYTAR. “We talked about the business so much, and I enjoyed it,” Nancy says. When Tom died in 1994, Nancy met with a few key people about plans to move ahead with keeping the company. Nancy became Chairperson and CEO, while also remaining in her position at Southern Pacific Railroad for two more years.

On top of the work that Nancy does for KRYTAR, she is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, comprised of women from all over the world. She is also a member of the Women President’s Organization. Nancy has contributed countless hours of volunteer service to the San Francisco community and other non-profit boards including the San Francisco Food Bank, California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific Vision Foundation, The San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, Kara Grief Support Foundation, and currently, Family House.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to work together to tackle the challenges of leading a business, especially when you can share the same values of hard work and customer focus mixed in with some good laughs.” – Doug Hagan Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Doug had an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School. He was working for Netgear at the time and was more familiar with the field. He accepted the position as president of the business. “I am Italian and very family-oriented, so we are just continuing that tradition,” Nancy says. “It’s great,” Doug says about working for his mom. “I am really proud of all she has accomplished in business and life, and working with her at KRYTAR has been gratifying both professionally and personally. Her initiative, drive, and dedication to the business have been instrumental in the growth of the company.”

Family House provides free temporary housing for families with seriously ill children that receive treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. “Family House has my heart and soul,” Nancy says. After hearing a story from a husband and wife about Family House, in which they were so grateful for its support when their child was dying, Nancy felt compelled to be involved in the organization. There is a theme of compassion and charity in Nancy’s life, as she also goes on humanitarian missions with the Order of Malta. In April 2010, Nancy traveled to Lourdes, France, to spend a week with the seriously and terminally ill. She was paired with a “malade,” the French term for one who is sick. They spent time together as part of a spiritual healing process for the malades. Because of her business and humanitarian achievements, Nancy received the Hall of Fame Award from Norristown High School, her alma mater, in 2006. In the pinnacle of Nancy’s humility, she will be officially inducted as a Dame of the Order of Malta, Society of St. John this June. ❂

(Left to right) Nancy’s son Jeff, granddaughter Madeline, daughter-in-law Katie, son Doug, grandsons Will and Colin, daughter-in-law Alison, granddaughters Anna and Sophie, and Nancy.

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Mar y Ellen Tagliaferri, of Princeton Junction, N.J., is a proud grandmother of nine grandchildren.

Kathleen Goldman, of Waterford Works, N.J., has spent the last year getting to know her two grandchildren born two days apart.



Patricia Kiefer, of Fort Washington, Pa., is retired and reads stories as part of the Head Start Program.

Karen Pirolli Cramer, of Little Egg Harbor, N.J., welcomed another grandchild, Lucas, in February 2010.



Kathleen Fluss, of Princeton, N.J., has a 2-year-old granddaughter named Aubrey.

Honorable Maureen Fitzpatrick, of Newtown Square, Pa., recently retired from her position as the Delaware County Common Pleas Court judge.

1968 Gail Kolb, of Glenside, Pa., has two daughters who were recently married – one in September and the other in January. Kathleen Thygeson, of Hatboro, Pa., has a grandson, David John Schivell, born on October 21, 2010.

1969 Rosemar y Ryan, of Abbott Park, Ill., celebrated the birth of her first grandchild, Collin Steven Ryan, in October 2010.

1971 Kathleen Lynch, of Havertown, Pa., is the proud grandmother of Jack, age 2, and Patrick, 6 months.

Deborah Mattes, of Lansdale, Pa., was recently given the North Penn Superintendent Achievement Award. Theresa Sweitzer, of Wyomissing, Pa., has a granddaughter, Leah, who was born on January 18, 2011.

1977 Helen Marcarelli, of Lansdowne, Pa. retired in June 2008. Loretta Tabasco, ’56/’77, of Ventnor City, N.J., has one great grandchild and five grandchildren.

1978 Kristin King, PhD, of Huntington Valley, Pa., was selected to serve as interim president of Bryn Athyn College.

From the Director of Alumni Relations, Shannon Bruno... Alumni Association Board Nominations The Office of Alumni Relations is currently accepting nominations for the 2011-2012 Alumni Association Board. Nominees must be active members of the GMC Alumni Association, able to attend quarterly meetings, willing to participate on a subcommittee, and interested in enhancing and promoting activities for alumni. Please submit nominations to or call 215-641-5554. All nominations will be reviewed and decided upon by the current Alumni Association Board.

Alumni Benefits Gwynedd-Mercy College alumni can receive a special group discount of up to 20 percent on auto, home and renters insurance through Group Savings Plus from Liberty Mutual. With Group Savings Plus, members can enjoy the ease and convenience of paying premiums through checking account deductions with no down payment or finance charges. Fast, easy round-the-clock claims service and a variety of discounts including multi-car, multi-policy, safe-driver, passive restraints and anti-theft device discounts are some of the many benefits. For a free, no-obligation quote from Liberty Mutual, call Joseph O’Gara at 215-641-0400, ext. 50931, or request a free quote online.

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Theresa Ledet, of Mays Landing, N.J., is a medical physicist in the radiation oncology department at AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute. Dorothy Sweet, of Hazleton, Pa., has a son, Joey, who graduated in December from Gwynedd-Mercy College’s School of Business.

1979 Peter Angelini, of Philadelphia, Pa., is attending ITT Technical Institute for computer network technology.

Acknowledging Alumni Achievement

On Friday, September 24, 2010, Gwynedd-Mercy College celebrated outstanding alumni during the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the College’s highest alumni honor. It acknowledges the achievements of exceptional alumni whose personal lives, professional achievements and community service embody the objectives of their alma mater. Alumni honored were: • Commander Sarah Arnold ’91, for her tireless work to provide medical care to her fellow soldiers and to the people living in impoverished nations around the world. • Reverend Susan Kiely ’70, for her entrepreneurial, philanthropic and humanitarian spirit in her work with Women With a Cause. • Ruth Daller ’83, RN, MSN, CRNP, for her outstanding work in the nursing field, and for her efforts with the Daller Family Charitable Trust. • Veronica Collins Harrington ’77, BS, MEd, for her extraordinary devotion to the field of education as an educator and administrator over the last 25 years. • Janet Kelly ’60, for her professional and philanthropic endeavors with Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, Inc., a company she founded with her husband, Frank, through which they support many charitable organizations. Also presented that evening was the Ann Fitzpatrick Murray Alumni Award for Distinguished Service. This award is given to those alumni who make significant contributions in the area of public service by sharing or volunteering his or her talent, time and resources in the spirit of Mercy service. Sean McMahon ’93/’97/’00, RN, MSN, was recognized as this year’s recipient for his compassionate care for those in his own community and around the world through volunteer missions with Global Health Ministry.

(Top, left to right) Sean McMahon, GMC President Kathleen Owens, PhD, Commander Sarah Arnold and Reverend Susan Kiely

(Right) Sandra D. Mangano, EdD, dean of the School of Education, Veronica Collins Harrington and Dr. Owens

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Georgine Russell, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., is a student at University of Massachusetts Boston in the family nurse practitioner program. Janet Snyder, of Oakford, Pa., has a son who is a freshman at Notre Dame University. Ann Zsiga, of Edison, N.J., has a new granddaughter, Kaelon, born June 16, 2010.

1980 Mar ybeth Farquhar, of Sterling, Va., was recently named vice president of research and measurement at URAC, a leading health care accreditation and education organization. Melissa Hartman, of Fleetwood, Pa., is now an empty nester. Her daughter, Keely, graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa., and is now employed by the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Her son, Keefe, graduated from high school and is now in the U.S. Navy to become a medic.

1981 Mar y Elizabeth McGovern, of Blue Bell, Pa., works at Macy’s as the counter manager for Clinique and Estee Lauder. Maureen Staudt, of Souderton, Pa., obtained her Pennsylvania license in massage therapy and has a practice as a nurse massage therapist. She was accepted into the teacher training program of Zero Balancing technique and plans to graduate in spring 2012.



Joan Cunningham, of Lansdale, Pa., retired after working for 35 years at Merck & Co., Inc. She was an administrator in the IT department.

Elizabeth Ligato, of Warrington, Pa., works in special education for the School District of Philadelphia. She attained National Board Certification as an exceptional needs specialist in 2010.

Elaine McElroy, of Yardley, Pa., has been teaching anatomy and chemistry for 12 years at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia.

1983 Roberta Altenor, of Boyertown, Pa., retired from the PA Office of Mental Health.

1984 Livia West, of Glenside, Pa., has a son, Billy, who is currently a junior at Gwynedd-Mercy College majoring in criminal justice. Frederick Winner, of Womelsdorf, Pa., took part in the 2011 Florida Winter National Wood Art Expo and Competition in Fort Myers, Fla. He placed third in the Advanced Class, Shorebird Category with his carved “Puffin.”

1987 Elizabeth McCarty, of Phoenixville, Pa., is attending Montgomery County Community College to obtain an associate degree in health care.

1988 Pamela Rock ’78/’88, of Emmaus, Pa., is a respiratory therapist at Lehigh Valley Hospital. She is also a happy grandmother of three children.

1989 Barbara Thompson, of Lansdale, Pa., has a daughter, Sue Kunz, who is receiving her master’s degree in business management in May 2011.

GMC on the ROAD:

MARYLAND Gwynedd-Mercy College cordially invites you to attend an evening with GMC alumni in the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia area.

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hunt Valley, Md. Featuring: Kathleen Owens, PhD President Gwynedd-Mercy College Hosted by: Janet (DeMaine) Kelly ’60 Invitation with further details to follow. Please call Shannon Bruno, Director of Alumni Relations, with questions 215-641-5554 or e-mail

Make the connection and rediscover the Gwynedd-Mercy College Members of the Class of 1960 gathered for a reunion Mass and luncheon in Assumption Hall on Sunday, November 14, 2010. Pictured from left to right, back row: Eileen (Govan) Dabich, Janet (DeMaine) Kelly, Judith Boyd, and Rosalie (Yarchick) Pasquini; front row, Bonnie (Burdick) Waldron, Mary Ann (Nemchik) Pappano, Johanna (Sutjak) Malinowski, and Mary Rita (Berry) Bennetts.

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Congratulations! Engagements, Marriages and Anniversaries Francis J. Bowe Jr. ’06, of Phoenixville, Pa., is engaged to Marie Crouse. A July 9, 2011 wedding is planned. Anthony DiMarzio ’03, of Gilbertsville, Pa., married Maranda Taylor DiMarzio on October 23, 2010.

Dawn A. (Coe) Meyer ’07, of Lansdale, Pa., married Bruce Meyer on May 1, 2010. Tina Mandarano ’05/’09, of Bethlehem, Pa., is engaged to Michael Recchiuti. A June 18, 2011 wedding is planned and three GMC alumnae will be bridesmaids: Alysha Martindale ’05, Lauren HumphriesDangelmaier ’05 and Jen Walsh ’05.

Heidi Wright ’86/’89, of Southampton, Pa., has been a nurse practitioner for the past 15 years. She is attending Jefferson to attain her doctorate.

1990 Genevieve McAndew Poladian ’87/’90, of Lincolnwood, Ill., works in the quality risk management department at La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago. In January 2010, she graduated from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She has four children and her oldest is a freshman at Northwestern University studying to become a doctor.

1992 Ida Draugh ’91/’92, of Trumbull, Conn., is a manager at Benit Cancer Center and Cyber Night Center at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut.

Anthony and Maranda DiMarzio

Tina Franklin, of Bluffton, S.C., became national board certified for secondary math for the second time.

1993 Tina Mandarano and Michael Recchiuti

Kevin Dougherty ’09, of Warrington, Pa., is engaged to Kate Goffredo ’09. A July 2011 wedding is planned. Gina Marie Ferriola ’05, of Morton, Pa., is engaged to Timothy Jon Smith. A May 2011 wedding is planned.

Mar y Palumbo-Janda ’84/’86, of Ewing, N.J., is engaged to Terry Miklox. Stephanie Rooney ’06/’10, of Hammonton, N.J., is engaged to Christopher Pistone. A September 2011 wedding is planned.

Kimberly Kearns, of Lebanon, Pa., recently received her certification to work as a clinical research coordinator. Lynn Grasso Moon, of Willow Grove, Pa., is director of tax at GMAC Mortgage where she has worked for ten years. She is married with two children, Erin, 8, and Kyle, 5.

1994 Donna (Jacquinto) Palmieri ’70/’94, of North Wales, Pa., was recognized as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2010 Women of Distinction and was also recently named as interim CEO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross. Gina Marie Ferriola and Timothy Jon Smith Stephanie Rooney and Christopher Pistone

Ryan Herrmann ’06, of Phoenixville, Pa., married Kristen Cairns ’05 in December of 2008. The best man was his college roommate, Christopher Rapone ’06. Marie Hohenwarter ’51, of Venice, Fla., recently celebrated her 55th wedding anniversary by flying to Ireland and sailing Today back24 on the Queen Mary.

Richard Smith, ’07, of Hatfield, Pa., was married in July 2010. William J. Smith Jr. ’03, of Philadelphia, Pa., is engaged to Lindsey E. Brod. A September 2011 wedding is planned.

1995 Janice Stearns, of Rosyln, Pa., earned a master’s in education with a reading specialist certification.

1997 Tracy Kelso, of Trumbauersville, Pa., was named as shareholder of Dunlap & Associates, P.C. in Chalfont. John Robinson, of North Wales, Pa., is employed as an information assurance manager.

1998 Marc Rowe, of Glenside, Pa., is a manager at Merck. He received a MBA in 2007. In 2006, he married and now has two children.

2000 Jennifer DeCaro, of Springfield, Pa., is an assistant professor of allied health and the medical assistant program director at Delaware County Community College. Paul Meehan, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., was recently named as acting principal at William Penn Middle School.

2001 Kyle Longacre, of Harleysville, Pa., was named acting vice principal for Souderton High School in Souderton, Pa.

Jillaine Ross, of Woodbridge, Va., is a resource specialist at Prince William County Public School. She completed her master’s degree in education curriculum assessment and instruction in December 2009. Jill Zielinski, of Horsham, Pa., was introduced by the Arc Advocacy Services as the new county director of advocacy.

2004 Carol Brown, of Blue Bell, Pa., received a master’s degree for holistic spirituality in health care from Chestnut Hill College in 2009. Leslie Donnell, of Lansdale, Pa., was recently promoted to assistant communications manager in the public affairs department at Citizens Bank in Philadelphia. In 2010 she also completed her second master’s degree in human resources.

2005 Kári D. King-Hill, of Collegeville, Pa., was recently appointed principal of Crooked Billet Elementary School in Hatboro, Pa.

2006 Jonathon Cole, of North Wales, Pa., is graduating from medical school in May 2011. T.J. Gretchen, of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., is the dean of students and athletic director at the Paxon Hollow Middle School in the Marple Newtown School District. Kaitlyn Kalita, of Holland, Pa., currently works as a nurse in the oncology unit at Abington Memorial Hospital. Michael Kennedy, of Hatfield, Pa., is a teacher at Frankford High School. Amanda Lipira, of Hamilton Square, N.J., is a nurse in the Emergency Room at St. Francis Medical Center. Amanda Stewart, of Boothwyn, Pa., traveled to Ghana, Africa, for four months with the Volunteer Corps. She is currently attending graduate school at Villanova University. Katrina Stokes-Johnson, of Philadelphia, Pa., is currently working as an auditor at the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in Philadelphia.

Susan A. Smith, of Drexel Hill, Pa., was named principal of the Upper Moreland Primary School in Willow Grove, Pa.

2002 Daniel Heffernan, of Harleysville, Pa., recently returned home from serving in Iraq. Nathaniel Robinson, of Willow Grove, Pa., is an assistant principal at Southeast Delaware County School District.

2003 Jason Garnett, of Philadelphia, Pa., has been working as a full-time lecturer in English at La Salle University since fall 2009. Luciann Gavin, of Telford, Pa., opened a new family business called Lighthouse which sells solar electric systems. Harr y Latsch, of Yardley, Pa., has been working as a nurse at Capital Health Systems in Trenton, N.J., for the last five years.

“GMC Sorority” A group of GMC alumnae from the class of ’62 and ’63 who refer to themselves as the “GMC Sorority” get together monthly for lunch. This photo was taken at the Jersey shore in 2009. Pictured standing from left to right are: Peggy Craig Ehlinger ’63/’76, Sue Moran Holloway ’63, Marg Parham Schwab ’63 and Terry Wolf DeCamara ’63. Seated from left to right are: Patsy John Kelly ’63/’75, Lee McCallion Krumenacker ’62/’81, Maryanne Bodziock Doyle ’63, Kathy Doyle Dougherty ’63, Mary McLaughlin Herczeg ’63, Sue Parham Hovancik ’62 and Sandy Eyth Johnson ’63/’96. Not pictured is Marianne Milligan McDermott ’63.

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Congratulations! Griffin Babies David Bickle ’10 and Laura McFarlandBickle ’97, of Jeffersonville, Pa., a daughter, Morgan Siobhan Bickle, on July 26, 2010.

Katherine Doll ’83, of Lansdale, Pa., recently adopted twins, Caitlin and Alexis. Elizabeth Haegele ’08, of Perkasie, Pa., a son, Grayson, on September 30, 2010.

Robert Veight, of Philadelphia, Pa. is a business teacher in the Abington School District. He obtained a master’s degree in classroom technology from Wilkes University in 2009 and his principal’s certification from GMC in 2011. He married Jillian Egan ’06 in October 2009.

2007 Donna Gill, of Allentown, Pa., is currently a school nurse and plans to enter Eastern University to study for a master’s in education. Anastacia Kontz, of Linden, Pa., is working as a registered nurse in a NICU. Beverly Slifer, of Sellersville, Pa., is studying to become a registered nurse. She is the grandmother of two children, Abraham and Josephine, both ages 3.


David and Laura Bickle’s daughter, Morgan Elizabeth Haegele’s son, Grayson

Christina (Braccio) Caruso ’06, of Blue Bell, Pa., a son, Trevor Ryan Caruso, on December 30, 2010.

Karen Entenman Harris ’01, of North Wales, Pa., a son, Michael, on October 16, 2010. Kristen Hindley ’96, of Philadelphia, Pa., a son, Evan, on May 10, 2010. Amy Roche ’95, of Macungie, Pa., adopted a girl from China, Emma Grace, in April 2010.

Joseph Bamberski, ’07/’08, of Philadelphia, Pa., is attending Drexel University for a master’s degree in nursing education. Michele Forbes Borai, of Collegeville, Pa., has a son, James, who was born on April 4, 2009. She also has a grandson, born November 29, 2010. Megan Brozena, of Trenton, N.J., is a case manager at Catholic Charities. She married Ronald in June 2009. She is currently attending Rutgers University to obtain her master’s in social work. Eileen Dadon, of Lansdale, Pa., is starting her own pet care business.

Christina Caruso’s son, Trevor

Dawn DellaBarba ’04/’08, of Collegeville, Pa., was recently hired as the accounting coordinator at the Indian Creek Foundation.

Megan A. (Wiley) Brosso ’01/’05, of Hatboro, Pa., a son, Zachary, on June 1, 2010.

Amy Roche’s daughter, Emma Grace

Mar y (Mansolino) Spencer ’98/’00, of Hatboro, Pa., a girl, Sophia, on December 13, 2010. Amy Webb ’10, of Berlin, N.J., a son, Michael Christopher, on December 23, 2010. Megan Brosso’s son, Zachary

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Ashley King ’06/’08, of Philadelphia, Pa., has been working for the last six years at Lincoln Hospital of Labor and Delivery. Cynthia Koons, of Warrington, Pa., is a principal at St. Albert the Great School in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. She is also expecting her first grandchild in March. Frank Mayo, of Newtown, Pa., was named Pennsylvania K-12 Business Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Business Education Association (PBEA).

Margaret Place, of Pipersville, Pa., was named principal of Jarrettown Elementary School in Dresher, Pa.


Daniel Ream, of Baltimore, Md., recently returned from an interfaith delegation trip in Israel and Palestine where he explored issues relevant to the young people who live there.

Amy John, of Bethlehem, Pa., is a registered nurse at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Sandra Suhy, ’04/’08, of Ambler, Pa., works in oncology at Abington Memorial Hospital. She is also chemotherapy certified. Catherine G. Tipson ’04/’08, of Glenside, Pa., was appointed vice president, credit administration, for Conestoga Bank, located in Philadelphia.

Danielle Kehoe ’09/’10, of Horsham, Pa., is currently working as an RN at Fox Subacute. She is planning on getting married in July. Cassandra Lloyd ’08/’10, of Horsham, Pa., works at Rittenhouse Pine Center Genesis Healthcare. She is also the secretary of Sigma Theta Tau, GMC’s National Honor Society.

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Rebecca Lohwasser ’07/’09/’10, of Lansdale, Pa., works at Montgomery Hospital.

2009 Shanoel Booker, of Philadelphia, Pa., is attending graduate school at St. Joseph University, where she studies criminal justice with a concentration in behavioral analysis. Christine Harrison, of Havertown, Pa., is a special education teacher in the Pennridge School District. William James, of Langhorne, Pa., is a program specialist at Barc Developmental Service Vocational Workshop for adults with special needs. He is currently finishing his master’s degree at Gwynedd-Mercy College. Rick Khan, of Seattle, Wash., has an 18-month-old daughter and now lives in Seattle. Ruth McDevitt, of North Wales, Pa., is currently a kindergarten teacher in the North Penn School District.

Jessi McConaghy ’09/’10, of Oaklyn, N.J., is a registered nurse at Kennedy Hospital in Warrington Township, N.J. Jenna Nagele ’09/’10, of Conshohocken, Pa., was recently hired as a labor and delivery nurse for the University of Pennsylvania. Megan O’Brien ’10, of Exton, Pa., was named the new assistant daybreak director at The Birches at Arbour Square. Lauren Schadley ’09/’10, of Norristown, Pa., is a registered nurse at Main Line Health. Mar y Tha, ’08/’10, of Las Vegas, Nev., is currently director of Kindred Healthcare. Venus Whitehead, ’09/’10, of Philadelphia, Pa., was recently promoted to administrative technician with the City of Philadelphia Office of Human Resources.

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Jeanette Scally, of Philadelphia, Pa., recently welcomed a new grandchild.

Upcoming Reunions November 2011 Gwynedd-Mercy College will hold a Mass and luncheon to honor the 25th and 50th reunions for the classes of 1986 and 1961. Today 27

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In Memoriam Elaine Goldberg 1989-2010 On Nov. 3, 2010, nursing student Elaine Goldberg died suddenly in Philadelphia. Elaine, of Northeast Philadelphia, was the beloved daughter of Joseph and Darrah (nee Smith) Goldberg and loving sister of Kristie (Alan), Jaime, Stephen, Careen and Joey. Elaine’s brother, Stephen, is also a Gwynedd-Mercy College student. “Elaine was a bright student who had a strong desire to be a nurse,” says Andrea Hollingsworth, PhD, dean of the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing. “I admired her perseverance and enthusiasm for the nursing profession. I am deeply saddened, as is the whole college community, about Elaine’s death. We lost someone with so much potential.” Pamela Minnichbach 1986-2010 On Nov. 28, 2010, Pamela Minnichbach, a nursing graduate living in Warrington, Pa., died after a lengthy illness. “Pam dedicated herself to becoming a nurse,” says Dona Molyneaux, associate professor of nursing. “She was goal driven and nothing could stand in her way. I never knew anyone who tried harder than Pam to achieve her dream. Most students would have given up -- not Pam. She had a wonderfully supportive family.”

Sandra I. (Sharpe) Burritt ’65, of Tempe, Ariz., passed away on October 9, 2010.

Kathleen P. Collins ’73/’08, of Havertown, Pa., passed away on June 13, 2010.

Theresa V. Felix ’50, of Elkins Park, Pa., passed away on October 20, 2010. Cleo M. Gaston ’96, of Willow Grove, Pa., passed away on October 13, 2010. Peggie Gillis Johnson ’00, of Chalfont, Pa., passed away on October 30, 2010. Mar y Jane Lewandowski ’83, of Hatfield, Pa., passed away on January 25, 2011. Denise (Molnar) Paul ’95, of Audubon, Pa., passed away on January 18, 2011. Arlene Quinn ’86, of Downingtown, Pa., passed away on January 18, 2011. Mar y Jane (Connor) Ryan ’54, of Wayne, Pa., passed away on July 27, 2010. Margaret (Liotta) Savaro ’76, of Blue Bell, Pa., passed away on January 21, 2011. Barbara Ann Willison ’88, of Townsend, Del., passed away on January 20, 2011. Susane J. Zamitis ’85, of Oaklyn, N.J., passed away on June 20, 2010.

Mandeep (Rana) 1985-2010 On Nov. 14, 2010, Mandeep Rana, an international student living in Glenside, Pa., died as a result of an automobile crash. Mandeep was enrolled as a business administration major with a concentration in marketing and was on track to graduate in August 2011. Mandeep’s family donated all of his organs so that others may live through the Gift of Life Donor Program, located in Philadelphia. “Mandeep was the type of student all teachers hope for, the student who sits in the front of the class,” says Stephen Mumford, assistant professor of business. “He was dedicated to learning and did not spare any effort in attaining that knowledge. Mandeep was a good classmate as well, willing to share anything he could with other students. I think he enjoyed his interactions with his fellow students as much as he enjoyed learning.” Barbara Rex 1941-2011 On Jan. 15, 2011, Barbara Rex, a college employee from Dresher, Pa., died while in Abington Memorial Hospital. Barbara worked in the housekeeping department at Gwynedd-Mercy College for nearly 40 years. She performed housekeeping tasks for the Sisters in the convents before doing similar duties in the Lourdes Library. “Barbara was very dependable, conscientious and friendly to all the staff. She will be missed by the College community,” says Bridget Smith, office manager of Lourdes Library.

Are You a Secret Admirer? Many alumni and friends have included Gwynedd-Mercy College in their estate plans but haven’t had the opportunity to tell us. Why not let us know? We often talk about how giving really makes a difference here. Your future commitment to GMC will assist us in the preparation of distinctive Mercy graduates. Contact Jill Dow at or 215-542-4661 to share your secret. 28 Today

HOMECOMING WEEKEND September 23-25, 2011


Mark your calendar for Homecoming Weekend The 2011 Homecoming Weekend will include an All Alumni Reunion, FallFest, sporting events and more! A special tribute will be held to honor the 10-year anniversary of our 2001 champions in baseball, women’s basketball and women’s soccer and the five-year anniversary of our 2006 champions in women’s basketball. For updates, visit and Gwynedd-Mercy Alums on Facebook.

Changing Lives

Supporting the Annual Fund Nearly every campus initiative that makes a significant impact for our students is supported by the Annual Fund, including scholarship support for those students who need it most. Last year, Gwynedd-Mercy College awarded $12.6 million in scholarships, which benefited more than 92 percent of our students. The future of our campus is bright with the help from caring alumni like you.

Support Gwynedd-Mercy College students with a gift to the 2010-2011 Annual Fund today.

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