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The Alumnae Association seeks nominations for the awards from all alumnae and members of the St. Joseph's Academy community. A committee made up of members of the Alumnae Council reviews the materials submitted for each candidate and selects those persons whose achievements most closely fit the criteria for the award and who are deemed most deserving of recognition. The names of those selected are then recommended to the Alumnae Council and the administrative team for approval. In 2005, the alumnae awards program was expanded to recognize more alumnae each year and their notable contributions.

2019 Distinguished Alumnae Award Recipients

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  • Excellence in Leadership Award - Kristin Folkl Kaburakis ’94


    The purpose of this award is to recognize a “values-driven woman leader,” a characteristic St. Joseph’s Academy strives to foster in its alumnae. The award will be given to an alumna who:
    • Maintains a leadership role within her professional, social, civic, or religious communities;
    • Has promoted significant success or progress through her leadership;
    • Influences others with confidence, compassion, and respect; and
    • Exemplifies the values of St. Joseph’s Academy through her leadership.
  • In Service to the Academy Outstanding Class Representative Award - Mary Catherine McDonnell Finnegan ‘45

    The purpose of this award is to recognize an alumna who serves as a class representative and has made sincere contributions to her class and to the Academy.  The award will be given to an alumna who:
    • Has demonstrated her loyalty and dedication to St. Joseph’s Academy and the Alumnae Association;
    • Influences her class with compassion and respect;
    • Exemplifies the values of St. Joseph’s Academy through her service to the Academy.
     
     
  • Mary Lawless Denness ’56 ‘Not I, But We’ Award - Mary Beth Garr Schwarz ’82


    The purpose of this award is to recognize a selfless alumna who embodies the St. Joseph’s Academy motto “Not I, but We” by contributing her unique gifts to benefit the greater good. The award will be given to an alumna who:
    • Has shown outstanding commitment to carrying out the St. Joseph’s Academy motto “Not I, but We” through her compassionate nature and selfless acts benefiting others; and
    • Exemplifies the values of St. Joseph’s Academy through her self-sacrificing service.
  • Professional Achievement Award - Christy Gunn Ambrose ’05


    The purpose of this award is to recognize an alumna who has accomplished significant professional achievement in her field or organization. The award will be given to an alumna who:
    • Positions herself to carry out the St. Joseph’s Academy mission of “making a profound impact in the world”;
    • Has demonstrated success in her professional or entrepreneurial endeavors;
    • Has “broken barriers” or otherwise promoted significant progress/innovation in her field or organization;
    • Influences others with confidence, compassion, and respect; and
    • Exemplifies the values of St. Joseph’s Academy through her contributions to her field or organization.
  • Service to the Academy Award - Mimi Nusrala Meskill ’81


    The purpose of this award is to recognize an alumna who has made significant contributions of her time, talent, and treasure to The Academy. The award will be given to an alumna who:
    • Has demonstrated her deep loyalty to St. Joseph’s Academy and her dedication to The Academy’s continued development and advancement;
    • Contributes significant time, talent, and treasure to St. Joseph’s Academy or the Alumnae Association; and
    • Exemplifies the values of St. Joseph’s Academy through her service to The Academy.

Alumnae Awards Over the Years

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  • Past Recipients

    1980 - 1981
    Marianne McNeive Goedeker ‘55
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1982 – 1983
    Mary Lawless Denness ‘56
    Alumnae of the Year Award 

    1983 – 1984
    Berenice Hall Donahue ‘25
    Alumnae of the Year Award
    Carol Tschopp Groneck ‘55
    Alumnae of the Year Award
    Joan Amendola Coulter ‘69
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1984 – 1985
    Nancy Nordmann LaVigne ‘63
    Alumnae of the Year Award
    Janet Fernau Horn ‘55
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1985 – 1986
    Kathleen Felke Baalmann ‘55
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1986 – 1987
    Margaret B. Flaven ‘25
     Alumnae of the Year Award

    1987 – 1988
    Rosemary Ward Wellington ‘38
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1988 – 1989
    Patricia Flood ‘74
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1989 – 1990
    Nancy Picraux Mueller ‘55
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1990 – 1991
    Cecilia Reichert Paszkiewicz ‘33
    Alumnae of the Year Award
    Peggy Murphy Nestor ‘46
    Alumnae of the Year Award
    Mary Virginia Downey Cline ‘51
    Alumnae of the Year Award
    Rosemary Mantia Quigley ‘63
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1991 – 1992
    Sr. Mary de Paul Berra (honorary)
    Alumnae of the Year Award 

    1992 – 1993
    Jane Fowler Walsh ‘62
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1993 – 1994
    Kitty Jordan Williams ‘67
     Alumnae of the Year Award

    1994 – 1995
    Anne F. Lamb ‘37
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1994 – 1995
    Patricia A. Walsh ‘39
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1995 – 1996
    Susan Niemeier Paster ‘62
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1996 – 1997
    Kathleen Nestor Frey ‘71
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1997 – 1998
    Mary Cay McDonnell Finnegan ‘45
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1998 – 1999
    Deborah Bird ‘78
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1999 – 2000
    Anne Nestor Blind ‘73
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    1999 - 2000
    Bonnye Brimmer Perry ‘59
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    2000 - 2001
    Patricia McLaughlin O’Brien ‘80
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    2002 - 2003
    Kathleen McLaughlin Armstrong ‘84
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    2003 - 2004
    Mary Jo McLaughlin ‘81
    Alumnae of the Year Award
     
    2004 – 2005
    Mary Noel Brueggestrass Donovan ‘81 
    Alumnae of the Year Award

    2006
    Megan Lane Siebenman ’91
    Not I, But We Award
    Julie Goessling Matheny ’79 
    Serving the Dear Neighbor Award
    Henrietta Binder Osterholt ’41 
    Pioneering Spirit Award

    2007
    Connie Boschert Diekman ’68
    Excellence in Leadership Award
    Roseanne Cook, CSJ ’57 
    Serving the Dear Neighbor Award

    2008
    Susan Eisenhart Conrad ’83
    Excellence in Leadership Award
    Laura Hoemeke ’82 
    Pioneering Spirit Award
    Ruth O’Neill Stroble ’48 
    Serving the Dear Neighbor Award
    Rosemary Ward Wellington ’38
    Not I, But We Award

    2009
    Helen Petropoulos ’58
    Serving the Dear Neighbor Award
    Mary Petropoulos ’60
    Serving the Dear Neighbor Award

    2010
    Mary Lawless Denness ’56
    Not I, But We Award
    Heidi Cerneka ’83
    Serving the Dear Neighbor Award

    2011
    Helen Antoine ’81
    Excellence in Leadership Award
    Elizabeth Tomber ’01
    Pioneering Spirit Award

    2012
    Mary Laurent Duggan, CSJ ’37
    Excellence in Leadership Award
    Erin Hopmann ’99
    Pioneering Spirit Award

    2016
    Carolyn Cassani Ring ’60
    Service to the Academy Award
    Wendy Hermann Steele ’81
    Community Service Award
    Jessica Linck McElman ’94
    Professional Achievement Award
    Susanne Noonan Taylor ’82
    ‘Not I, But We’ Award

    2017
    Patty Fagan Briguglio ’71
    Professional Achievement Award
    Marlise Schmitz Albert ’93
    Excellence in Leadership Award
    Mary Clare Byrne Darland ’84
    Community Service Award
    Jeanne Wilson ’75
    Service to the Academy Award

    2018
    Dr. Angela DeMichele ’83
    Professional Achievement Award
    Nicki Klinkhamer Burke ’96
    Excellence in Leadership Award

    Mary Barnes Sauer ’84
    Community Service Award
    Jill Slay Garlich ’80
    Mary Lawless Denness ’56 ‘Not I, But We’ Award
    Lynda Langhi Wright ’58
    Service to the Academy Award

    Deceased

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