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Cornelia Regetz Pepoy 1962 spoke on the topic "Florence Nightingale: So Much More than the Lady with the Lamp" to the Woman's Literary Club of Holland, Mich. Nov, 20, 2018.


Carol Awkard Neyland 1973 was invited to be a panelist for the Women2Women National Conversation Tour in Pittsburgh, Pa. in April 2019. Women2Women is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to engaging women across the country in a discussion about shared concerns and goals. Neyland is Senior Vice President of Community Development at Dollar Bank and active on a number of Pittsburgh-area nonprofit boards.

Deborah Diorio Zajac 1974 received a distinguished award for her years of service to Mercy College, St. Elizabeth Health Center School of Nursing in Youngstown, Ohio. The Misericordia Et Cura Award has only been presented three times in the hospital's history. Zajac received the award as she retired from a 30-year teaching and management career at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Heidi Hylton Meier, DBA, CPA 1977 was named a Fulbright Scholar and completed a Fulbright assignment to Nagindas Khandwala College in Mumbai, India in September 2018. During her assignment, Meier was the keynote speaker at the International Risk Management Conference and conducted seminars for faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students in risk management, fraud and disruptive technologies. Meier currently serves as professor and chair of the Accounting Department within the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University, where she was named the Outstanding Faculty of the Year for 2017 2018 by Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting Association students.

Denise M. Petras, DNP 1979 received honorable mention in Pittsburgh Magazine's 2018 Excellence in Nursing Awards in the Leadership/Executive category.


Jacqueline A. Collavo, MA, BSN, RN, NE BC 1983 was honored by Pittsburgh Magazine with a 2018 Excellence in Nursing award in the Leadership/Executive category.

Cynthia Blohm Palombo 1989 received honorable mention in Pittsburgh Magazine's 2018 Excellence in Nursing awards in the Community category.


Barbara Knaus Mistick, PhD 1990 will step down from her post as President of Wilson College at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year. She will join the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) in September 2019 as President.

Charleeda A. Redman, MSN, RN 1995, 2000 was appointed to the national board of directors of Community Health Charities, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of and resources for health and well-being. Redman is Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Population Health, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia and the recipient of numerous honors.

Theresa Vella Reese, MBA 1995 has enjoyed a successful career in healthcare reimbursement and celebrated 20 years of service with UPMC in August 2018.

Theodore W. Johnson 1997 was appointed chairman of the Board of Probation and Parole by Pennsylvania Gov, Tom Wolf. Johnson most recently served as deputy director of The Program for Offenders, Inc. and an adjunct professor at Point Park University.

Angela E. Dastolfo, MS, BSN, NCSN, RN 1998 received the 2019 Regional School Nurse Excellence Award for the Southwest Region from the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners. Dastolfo has been a school nurse for the Burrell School District for 25 years.


Melissa Otis, PhD 2001 published Rural Indigenousness: A History of Iroquoian and Algonquian Peoples of the Adirondacks in October 2018. After earning an MS in professional leadership at Carlow University, Otis earned a PhD in history of education from the University of Toronto. Her book is available through Syracuse University Press.

Vanessa Gross Dodds 2004, 2008 began her own firm, Connections 4 Success, which provides business strategy consulting for small- to mid size businesses, nonprofits and the public sector. Her firm presents bi-monthly Nonprofit Academy breakfast workshops geared toward nonprofit leaders in Carlow University's University Commons.

Deborah L. Rice Johnson 2008 was a winner of a 2019 Fox Rothschild Outstanding CEOs and Top Executives award. She is president of Highmark Health Plan & Diversified Business, where she is responsible for providing senior leadership and strategic direction for Highmark's core health insurance business.

Michelle Seman Sultan 2008 received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Mississippi College of Law in May 2019. Sultan received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Carlow. She will practice medical law.


Rebecca Gediminskas, DNP 2011 was recognized by Westmoreland County Community College as Outstanding Teacher of the year. Gediminskas previously received the award, which faculty present after considering nominees submitted by students, in 1999 and 2010.

ChardaƩ Jones 2011 was appointed interim mayor of Braddock, Pa., replacing John Fetterman, who was sworn in as Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor Jan. 15, 2019. Jones is a business analyst who grew up in Braddock and has volunteered extensively there. The borough council unanimously chose her from five candidates.

James Myers Jr. 2012 was recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP with a 2018 40 Under 40 Award. The awards recognize 40 outstanding individuals under age 40 whose creativity, vision and passion enrich the Pittsburgh region. Myers began a new role as Director of Community & Business Development for the Riverside Center for Innovation in June 2018.

Deborah L. Mitchum, DNP, CRNP 2014 received honorable mention in Pittsburgh Magazine's 2018 Excellence in Nursing awards in the Academic category.

Joshua Allenberg, JD 2015 accepted a position as a Lead Analyst at BNY Mellon, Pittsburgh in December 2018.

Alison Davis, MSN, MBA 2018 was honored by Pittsburgh Magazine with the 2018 Excellence in Nursing award in the Emerging Leader category.


Adrienne Wafer 1996 welcomed the birth of her second grandson, Syed Ciaran Hasib, July 9, 2018.


Ryan Stemple 2010 and Danielle LaCava 2008 were married Oct. 27, 2018.

In Memoriam


Sara M. Rooney 1942, Dec. 9, 2018.

Regina Jernstrom Wagner 1943, June 30, 2018.

Mary Jane Mayleben Young 1946, April 24, 2019.

Sister Kathleen Helbling, RSM 1947, Dec. 2, 2018.

Gloria Brash Civitarese 1949, April 1, 2019.


Anne Killeen Schratz 1950, March 21, 2018.

Sister Mary Paul Hickey, RSM, PhD 1951, Jan. 16, 2019. Sister Mary Paul founded The Campus School of Carlow University in 1963.

Marie Igercich Hredzak 1951, Nov. 26, 2018.

Kathleen Hanzas Mohl 1951, Dec. 13, 2014.

Jeanne Landgraff Young 1951, Jan. 26, 2019.

Mary Grace Ruffing Charron 1953, Dec. 1, 2018.

Sister M. Frances Jacko, OSF 1953, March 17, 2019.

Sister M. Julia Jacko, OSF 1953, Dec. 11, 2018.

Bernadette "Bunny" Mumaw Sagul 1953, March 18, 2019.

Alice Ann Brieck Boehm 1958, Oct. 8, 2018.

Patrice Flaherty Mahon 1956, March 15, 2019.

Mary A. "Tim" McCartan Sheedy 1956, Feb. 28, 2019.

Sister Rosemary Laboon, RSM 1957, Jan. 7, 2019.

Yvonne MacDonald Kirscht 1958, Dec. 9, 2018.

Barbara Grden Box, EdD 1959, Dec. 25, 2018.


Sister Rosemarie Barrett, RSM 1960, Feb. 18, 2019. Ann Brice Dice 1960, Dec. 10, 2018.

Sister Helena McCormick, RSM 1960, Nov. 9, 2018.

Maria Klemencic 1961, June 21, 2017.

Sister Mary Rose Krystopolski, SHS 1961, Feb. 12, 2019.

Sister Elenita (Helen) O'Callaghan, RSM 1961, Feb. 1, 2019.

Magdeline "Maggie" Pogozelec Busse 1962, Feb. 26, 2019.

Irene Kozak Weireter 1963, Nov. 19, 2018.

Mary Flaherty Artuso 1964, Sept. 30, 2017.

Judith Wehs Gillespie 1964, Dec. 2018.

Audrey M. Hurray 1965, Feb. 11, 2019.

Sister Eleanor P. Loftus, RSM, PhD 1965, Nov. 2, 2018.

LaVerne Flaherty Todd 1968, Oct. 9, 2018.

Charlotte Fonana Draper, PhD 1969, Nov. 4, 2018.

Sister Ida Mularikal, HC 1969, Nov. 2018.

Mary Ann "Meg" Rehm 1969, Feb. 19, 2018.


Shirley Ann Potoczak 1970, Sept. 21, 2018.

Janet Elston Birch 1971, Dec. 1, 2018.

Sister Regina Marie (Therese) Melucci, CSJ 1973, March 30, 2019.

Catherine A. Flaherty 1973, Jan. 8, 2019.

Sister Ruth Weiss, CSJ 1973, Feb. 14, 2019.

Carol Nowicki Andrews 1976, March 16, 2019.

Camille Farnum Goern 1978, March 29, 2019.

Elaine Emery Kennedy 1979, Feb. 3, 2018.

Mary Jan Waters 1979, Jan. 30, 2019.


Nancy C. Lowe 1980, Jan. 23, 2018.

Cynthia Bittner Barron 1981, Feb. 10, 2019.

Margaret Duggan DuBois 1981, Feb. 7, 2018.

Diane M. Huber 1984, Aug. 27, 2017.

Maureen Cusack 1986, April 5, 2018.

Eda Colleen Gillett 1986, Dec. 29, 2018.

Evelyn Kay Glass 1986, Oct. 27, 2018.

Susan M. McGinley 1988, April 9, 2019.


Evelyn R. Ging 1992, March 3, 2019.

Genanine White Oglesby 1992, Oct. 31, 2018.

Rosemary Morelli 1993, Feb. 18, 2018.

Elizabeth Helgerman 1994, Jan. 16, 2018.

Janet Coldren Gailey 1995, Aug. 17, 2017.

Thomas A. Jarusinski 1997, July 29, 2017.

Marjorie Davis Maple Bickerton 1999, April 22, 2018.


Linda S. Kleiman 2000, Feb. 1, 2019.


Carol Massaro, Carlow University 1996 Woman of Spirit, Dec. 27, 2018.

Sympathy To


Regina McDonough Theisen, MEd 1953 for the loss of her husband, Gerard, March 2, 2019.

Mary Ann Hanzas McElvogue 1955 for the loss of her sister, Kathleen Hanzas Mohl 1951, Dec. 13, 2014.

Maureen Hauf Kane 1957 for the loss of her husband, W. Barry Kane, Jan. 13, 2018.

Faith Valentine Drabant 1958 for the loss of her husband, John, June 1, 2018.

Rosanne Reilly Poden 1958 for the loss of her husband, Robert, Feb. 1, 2017.

Sister Joan Laboon, RSM 1959, for the loss of her sister, Sister Rosemary Laboon, RSM 1957, January. 7, 2019.


JoAnn Skowronek Kerr 1960 for the loss of her husband, Howard Kerr, July 22, 2018.

Ava Maria Bazzano Dlubak 1966 for the loss of her husband, Frank, Nov. 25, 2017.

Karen Cameron Scanlon, EdD 1966 for the loss of her brother, Dennis Cameron, Sept. 27, 2018.

Teresa Kochmar Goodwin, MEd, BSN 1967 for the loss of her husband, Richard, Jan. 22, 2019.


Rebecca Mullaney Bertoni 1974 for the loss of her husband, Christopher, in 2018.

Elizabeth Waters Crow 1979 for the loss of her sister, Mary Jan Waters 1979, Jan. 20, 2019.


Pamela Reicher Levy 1982 for the loss of her stepfather, Milton Fine, March 27, 2019.

Kathleen Schratz Reed 1985 for the loss of her mother, Anne Killeen Schratz 1950, March 21, 2018.

Linda Whitehead Carter, MSN, AOCN 1986 for the loss of her brother, Harry Burke Whitehead, Nov. 2, 2018.

Sharon Cusack 1987 for the loss of her sister, Maureen Cusack 1986, April 5, 2018.


Lugenia Davis Bracero, DNP 1995 for the loss of her mother, Juanita Davis, April 4, 2017 and her father, Lugene Davis Sr., Nov. 7, 2018.

Amy A. Dlubak 1998 for the loss of her father, Frank, Nov. 25, 2017.


Jaiquette Dennison, MEd 2012 for the loss of her son, Jonathan D. Freeman, Jan. 9, 2019.

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