Alumni Activities

Summer 2018



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Geraldine Pociboreck Petrack ’64 was chosen to represent retirees for the Presidential Selection Committee for Wright State University. The committee helped to select the first female president in the university's history.

Anita Sammartino Dacal ’69 retired on December 1, 2017 as the Executive Director of Philanthropy for the Carlow University Office of University Advancement after 36 years of loyal and dedicated service to her alma mater.


Susan E. Kral ’70 led a service project to Zambia, Africa, in July 2017 through the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and in partnership with Kasisi Children's Home, which is located just outside the capital of Lusaka. Kasisi was founded in 1926 and is operated by nuns from the order of The Little Servants of Mary Immaculate.


John M. O'Donnell, DrPH, MSN, RN, CRNA ’83 was named a 2017 Nurse Educator of the Year by Pittsburgh Magazine. Dr. O'Donnell is professor and chair of the Department of Nurse Anesthesia and director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. O'Donnell has received numerous honors and awards, including the Pitt Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award (2011), Cameos of Caring Nurse Educator Award (2010), and the AANA National Program Director of the Year (2006). He was the lead author of the 2009 AHA Structured and Supported Debriefing Course and developed the GAS Debriefing Tool; this debriefing method was adopted in the AHA Core Curriculum for ACLS and PALS.

Susan Wallace Carnes, CRNP ’85 was named the Clinical Director of the Health and Wellness Center at Penn State Behrend.

Linda Whitehead Carter, MSN, AOCN ’86 retired from UPMC Home Health on March 1, 2015. Following retirement she taught Life Science at the East End Cooperative Ministry and volunteered at the Sheep, Inc. free health clinic in Monroeville, Pa., for patients without health insurance. She also continues to be a learner through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Barbara Luccino, RN ’87 celebrated 30 years of working in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Mercy.

Lisa Paugh Mathey ’88 was promoted to the associate director of NewFound Families in Virginia, the statewide adoption, foster, and kinship association. 


Mia (Hendricks) Bailey ’03 was recently selected to be a part of the Presidential Management Council Interagency Rotation Program. Prior to this honor, Mia was a part of the Excellence in Government Fellows Program. To top it off, she recently celebrated one decade as a federal government employee.

Lachelle N. Binion, MBA ’03, ’11, ’13, Alonna J. Carter ’08 and Briana L. White ’06 were named in the distinctive Fab 40 list for 2018 by the New Pittsburgh Courier.

Keri Rebuck Cimarolli ’03 accepted a position as energy services division manager at The Markosky Engineering Group, Inc. in Canonsburg, Pa., in January 2018. She has a wealth of experience in the environmental consulting industry working for both public and private clients, including many oil and gas companies. Her responsibilities at Markosky include providing oversight and technical guidance to the Energy Services Department staff, monitoring financial performance, and cultivating new client relationships and business opportunities.

David Onufer, Jr. ’04 was nominated for the 2018 Junior Achievement Young Professionals Luncheon and Inspiring Success Awards.

Renee Ingel, PhD, MSN ’05 became director of Carlow University's Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Science in Nursing Education and Leadership programs in January 2016.

Brianna L. White ’06 was honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of Pittsburgh's 50 Finest at the foundation's annual gala on August 12, 2017. Misti McKeehen, MS ’07 became executive director of the Center for Social Concern at Johns Hopkins University.

Megan Walsh ’08 was named director of consulting at Sisterson & Co., LLP in January 2018, making her the youngest person to hold the title of director in the company's history. Walsh has spent nearly 10 years rising through the ranks of consulting services at the accounting firm.

Erica Fields Pullen ’09 published a children's book in February 2018 titled, Believing in Myself!, based on a dark-skinned, African American girl who refuses to give up on her dream despite rejections from multiple auditions. Pullen plans a second book geared toward boys to be penned at a later date.


Debra Brewer ’17 attended the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing conference in Ireland to present her work "Standardized Reporting of Functional Loss in Disability Examinations." Debra is a nurse practitioner in the VA Medical Center.

Jessica Fiori Huber, MSN, RN ’10 was honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of Pittsburgh's 50 Finest at the foundation's annual gala on August 12, 2017.

Jacqueline Dixon ’11 established the Jackie Dixon Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded through the NEED Foundation to a student pursuing higher education at either Carlow University or Alabama A&M University. Dixon has been selected by Get Involved, Inc. as a Woman of the Year. Get Involved!, Inc. provides leadership and development programs and initiatives that engage, energize, educate, and empower students, young professionals, and lifelong learners to make a positive difference in their communities and to become civically engaged. The award was presented on March 27, 2018 at the 9th Annual Pittsburgh Service Summit.

Terri Shields ’12 established JADA House International, Inc. in October 2014. This faith-based, community outreach, nonprofit ministry provides a space for people of all ages—adults, teenagers (13-17), and juniors (6-12)—to discuss their social and spiritual challenges. There are no judgments or judging inside of fellowship together. They eat, share, heal, and learn, as Terri fervently works to improve the wellbeing of her community.

Ginny Jacob ’13 was among the "The 20s of 2018 Pittsburgh" featured in the April issue of Whirl Magazine. Jacob is the executive assistant at Visit Lawrence County, where she helps promote the area for tourism and residential growth. She is also the treasurer of Young Professionals of Lawrence County and sits on the local committees of Donut DAZE, Mardi Gras Masquerade, and New Visions for Lawrence County.

Heather Kaczorowski ’13 was among the "The 20s of 2018 Pittsburgh" featured in the April issue of Whirl Magazine. Kaczorowski is a realtor for the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services West/Airport Regional Office where she is a multi-million dollar producing agent.

Rebekah Stern, MEd, JD ’13 earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Colorado's Law School on May 11, 2018, exactly five years after graduating with a bachelor's degree from Carlow.

Jessica Hobson ’14 was nominated for the 2018 Junior Achievement Young Professionals Luncheon and Inspiring Success Awards.

Julie L. Decker, DNP, RN ’15 presented at the Sigma Theta Tau's 28th International Nursing Research Congress, which was hosted in Dublin, Ireland, July 26-31, 2017. Dr. Decker coauthored and presented the research study titled "Understanding the Lived Experiences of Veterans Entering Pre-licensure Nursing Programs in the United States," with Dr. Teresa Shellenbarger, a nursing professor from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Tina M. Boni, PsyD ’16 accepted a position in July 2017 with Meridian Behavioral Health Services (MBHS) in Brentwood, Tenn., as the assistant vice president of quality assurance. Boni completed her residency in Health Psychology at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Pa., and completed her pediatric fellowship at the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh. She has relocated from Pittsburgh to the Nashville area to begin her career with MBHS.

Francis Feld, DNP, CRNA ’16 was recently deployed by the Department of Health and Human Services to Texas for Hurricane Harvey and to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria as part of the National Disaster Medical System. Assigned to NY 4 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, he worked with other team members in providing emergency and primary care to citizens requiring medical treatment. Francis was also named Advanced Practice: Excellence in Nursing Honoree 2017 by Pittsburgh Magazine. Francis works at UPMC Passavant Hospital as a nurse anesthetist.

Stephanie Annarumo Bailey, MSN, FNP ’17 and Shannon Myers, MSN, FNP ’17 began new roles as Family Nurse Practitioners
for Ellwood Medical Center. The recently renovated facility will offer the rural community a pediatrician, gastroenterologist, and gynecologist all under one roof.

Morgan Boyer ’17 published a chapbook "The Serotonin Cradle" by Finishing Line Press.


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Rudi Lynd McLane ’10 and her spouse, Michael, welcomed their first child, Haley Lynn McLane, into the world on March 6, 2018.

Rachel Blonski McKee ’13, ’16 and her spouse, Ryan, welcomed a little girl, Kaylee Rae, in December 2017.



Kristen Marie Kirsch ’09 married John James Baker on October 21, 2017.


Melissa Jackson ’10 married Jake McMillen on March 25, 2017.

Alyssa Pfeifer ’15 married Glenn Moyer on October 13, 2016.

In Memoriam


Alice McKeever Riley ’33, March 17, 2018.

Eileen Entress McVey ’37, October 27, 2017.

Anne Roberts Duff ’38, October 4, 2017.

Rosemary Houlihan Linsley ’38, December 4, 2017.

Sister Jane Scully, RSM ’39, February 17, 2018. 


Lois Brown Gaffney ’41, November 2, 2017.

Sister Mary Schmidt, RSM ’42, February 17, 2018.

Rosemary Mazon ’44, January 18, 2015.

Marjorie Weimerskirch Montgomery ’46, September 22, 2017.

Mary Rowan Capenos, PhD ’48, March 28, 2018.

Helen "Ruth" Crowley Engle ’48, April 5, 2018.

Margaret Carlin ’49, January 19, 2018.

Mary DiLucente Cassinelli ’49, March 15, 2018.


Doris Marie Benzenhoefer Tobin, MD ’50, January 3, 2018.

Patricia Keegan ’50, October 23, 2017. 

Dolores "Dolly" Strauss Kelly ’50, November 25, 2017.

Mary Jean Roth Goehring ’51, October 26, 2016.

Margaret Ann Gordon Herald ’51, July 9, 2015.

Jane Nash Purtill ’51, July 28, 2017.

Sister M. Gretchen Weigl, RSM ’53, November 21, 2017.

Sister Mary Antoinette Popovic, OSF ’53, January 26, 2018.

Sister M. Rosalia Caulfield, CDP ’54, December 23, 2017.

Catherine Mahoney Flanary ’54, October 2, 2017.

Margaret Cauley Kluk ’54, August 9, 2017.

Norma Wandrisco Very ’55, November 7, 2017.

Clara Conte Weiler ’55, August 7, 2017.

Gertrude Geneske Farrell ’56, March 29, 2018.

Sister Carolyn Capobianco, ASCJ ’58, February 13, 2017. 


Marcia Meyer Frack ’60, September 2, 2017.

Sister Barbara Mary Marshall, RSM ’60, November 9, 2017.

Veronca Dobies Scardon ’60, July 19, 2017.

Irene Totin Estocin ’61, December 28, 2017.

Carol Boyle McGinnis ’61, January 28, 2018.

Patricia Slogan Wilson ’62, August 7, 2017. 

Rosemarie Cusano Swiderski ’63, September 5, 2017.

Helen Sivak Lenney ’64, August 8, 2017. 

Sister Francis Xavier O'Neill, RSM ’64, July 30, 2017. 

Eileen McPeak Cook ’65, December 13, 2011. 

Sister Jane Fadgen, RSM, ’65, January 9, 2018. 

Sister Rita Keshock, OSBM ’64, November 19, 2017. 

Diane Piscitelli Warren ’65, July 29, 2017. 

Catherine Grenci McDonough ’66, July 13, 2017. 

Marjorie Ellen Cohen Posner ’67, April 24, 2018. 

Linda Williams Avolio ’68, January 23, 2013. 

Patricia Ann Black ’68, December 14, 2017.

Sister Anne Carville, OSF ’68, February 3, 2018.

Gloria J. Miket ’68, May 7, 2017. 


Sister Eileen Chlebowski, SHS ’72 (formerly Sister Madalyn Francine Chlebowski), March 9, 2015.

Denise Koslin Chapes ’75, May 20, 2017. 

Mary Beth Homer ’75, August 14, 2017.

Glenda Griffith ’76, March 13, 2018.

Joseph P. Miele ’77, March 7, 2018.

Concetta E. "Connie" Rotondo ’78, October 11, 2017.


Patricia Minko Gregor ’81, July 21, 2017.

Norma Jean McClain ’81, December 25, 2014.

Virginia Varley Donihi ’82, December 24, 2015.

Christine Allen Murray ’82, December 12, 2017.

Sharon McCLung Kirk ’85, February 1, 2018.

Cleora Thomas Pugh ’87, October 17, 2017.

Marsha Palmer Roenigk ’88, March 24, 2016.


Mildred Taylor Greene ’92, November 10, 2011.

Janet Salley Rakoczy ’92, February 12, 2018.

Karen L. Davis ’96, ’98, September 8, 2012. 

Debra Karr Jablonsky ’96, September 11, 2017.

Karen Michalski ’96, December 14, 2017.

Beverly Ann Gilbert ’97, October 22, 2017.

Mary Kinney ’98, May 7, 2017.

Stanley R. Mozina, Jr., ’98, October 2, 2015. 


Cynthia L. Grable Davis ’00, October 26, 2017.

Mary Beth Lorenzetty ’02, July 25, 2016. 


Marilyn Pfohl Donnelly, January 7, 2018. Marilyn was a founding member of Madwomen in the Attic and an honoree of The Marilyn P. Donnelly Distinguished Writer in Residence Program Endowment, which was established by her late husband, Thomas J. Donnelly.

Sympathy To


Sister Mary Schmidt, RSM ’42 for the loss of her sister, Catherine Schmidt Williams, October 13, 2017.


Kathleen McClain Lee ’55 for the loss of her daughter, Maria Lee, March 15, 2018.

Joan Alfieri Gannon ’57 for the loss of her husband, Dr. Norbert O. Gannon, August 10, 2017.


Jean Similo Baldwin ’61 for the loss of her husband, Wilmer K. "Bill" Baldwin, December 23, 2017.

Mary Jean Conroy Coughlin ’62 for the loss of her husband, James, February 14, 2018.


Georgia Homer ’70 for the loss of her sister, Mary Beth Homer '75, August 14, 2017.

Virginia "Ginger" Martin Monaghan ’74 for the loss of her husband, E. J. Monaghan, April 5, 2018.

Mary Kathleen Scully ’75 for the loss of her aunt, Sister Jane Scully, RSM ’39, February 17, 2018.

Susan E. Lee ’79 for the loss of her father, George A. Ley, Jr., August 11, 2017.


Barbara Knaus Mistick, PhD ’90 for the loss of her father, William A. "Bill" Knaus, February 25, 2018.

Susan Banaszak Catena ’97 for the loss of her brother, Alan W. Banaszak, February 22, 2017.


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