2016 in Review: Alumni Success Stories

2016 offered several memorable moments for Saint Anselm alumni as Anselmians around the country were recognized for their skills, talents and contributions to their respective fields. They’ve received awards and promotions, and were featured in the news for their success.


Alumni Association Recognizes Graduates, Friends of the College With Awards

Golden Anselmians and new graduates alike travelled from near and far back to the Hilltop September 30 – October 2 for Homecoming 2016.

The traditional fall weekend return to campus opened with the Alumni Awards Dinner at which graduates were honored for exceptional achievements.

2016 Alumni Award recipientsTricia Guanci Therrien '88 was awarded the Walter J. Gallo '58 Award for her long-time dedication to the College as the Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations. For more than 15 years, Therrien's love for Saint Anselm College inspired her work as she established the strong alumni network in place today. Her efforts helped create countless opportunities for alumni to give back and connect with each other through the Anselmian Volunteer Network, regional alumni programming from Boston to California and across the globe, and numerous events to bring Anselmians back home to the hilltop.

Tucker Mullin '13 received the Young Alumni Service Award. During his time as a student at Saint Anselm, Mullin was a Finance major, a two-time captain of the Men's Ice Hockey team, and co-founder of the Thomas E. Smith Foundation in 2010. In honor of a friend and teammate who suffered two paralyzing injuries that ended his hockey career, the foundation was created to help find a cure for paralysis and to provide support emotionally and financially to those affected by the condition in any way.

Bernadette R. Madara Ed.D. A.P.R.N. '70 was awarded this year's Academic Achievement Award. After graduating with a Nursing degree from Saint Anselm, Madara obtained her Master's in Nursing and in Education, then went on to on to earn her Doctorate in Education from Colombia University while working as a nurse and professor. She has published multiple scholarly articles, two books, and is currently working on a publication to help improve medical research techniques. Madera has also received the Nightingale Award, the highest honor in the nursing profession, for her many contributions to the healthcare field throughout her career.

Lucille Janatka '70 was presented with the Business Leadership Award for her excellence in business management, administration, and leadership in healthcare. Janatka graduated from Saint Anselm's Nursing Program and has gone on to great success in her field, serving as the Senior Vice President of Hartford Healthcare and President of the Central Region, where she is responsible for over 18,000 employees and oversees Connecticut's sole integrated healthcare system. She has received many accolades for her dedication to the healthcare field, including being recognized by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame and named to the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

10 Under 10 Program Introduced

The Saint Anselm College Alumni Association is excited to announce a new recognition program for young alumni who are involved in impressive and meaningful work across a wide range of disciplines. The 10 Under 10 program proudly celebrates and showcases the successes of Saint Anselm's young alumni who are already shaping the future.

The inaugural honorees were recognized during the Alumni Association Awards Dinner. View a complete listing of this year's honorees »

Ken Merrifield '85 was granted the Humanitarian Award. When Merrifield graduated from Saint Anselm with a degree in English, he was presented with the John Julian Ryan Award by his professors. Now, in his 15th term as mayor of Franklin, New Hampshire, Merrifield is the longest-serving mayor in city history. Since his election to Franklin's School Board in 1992, he has dedicated many successful years to serving his community. Merrifield was appointed to the New Hampshire Workforce Opportunity Council by Governor John Lynch in 2011, selected as "Citizen of the Year" by the Franklin Lodge of Elks in 2013, and awarded the "Governor Meldrim Thomson Principle Above Politics Award" in 2015.

Katie Brandt '02 received this year's John F. Barry '40 Spirit of Saint Anselm College Award for her courage and strength through a journey of love and loss. Brandt's husband Michael was diagnosed with Frontal Temporal Dementia (FTD); she cared for him for three years until he passed away in 2012. Soon after, she created the Love is Out There Foundation to raise funds and awareness for FTD and to serve as a resource and spokesperson for those suffering from the disease and their families. Katie has been recognized by The Boston Globe and Mass General Hospital Magazine, amongst others, for her efforts.

William Martel '77 was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit. After graduating from Saint Anselm, he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and became a professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 2014, he was awarded the James Paddock Award for Excellence at their Commencement ceremony. Even while dealing with an aggressive form of leukemia, which eventually claimed his life in 2015, Martel was dedicated to his students as he continued to teach from his home via Skype. He was often interviewed on major television news stations to share his extensive state and national political knowledge. Martel also served as an advisor to numerous U.S. leaders and published many articles and books.


Michaela Scott Named New President of the Alumni Council

Michaela (Rocha) Scott ’09After almost four years of distinguished and devoted service to the Saint Anselm College alumni community, Kevin Fitzgerald '00 announced that he would step down as President of the Alumni Council.

Michaela (Rocha) Scott ’09 has been named the new President of the Alumni Council. She has served on the Council for several years and has been a leader for her classmates and fellow Anselmians since she arrived on campus more than 10 years ago. She brings a broad understanding of the important issues facing alumni and the college community, as well as a focus on working with current students. Michaela currently also serves on the Athletic Director’s Advisory Group, and has returned to the Hilltop to bring the benefit of her experience to students for events such as last spring’s “Soaring to New Heights: Women’s Success Stories” panel presented by the Multicultural Center and Career Services.

“I’m humbled and honored to serve as Kevin’s successor as President,” says Scott. “I’m incredibly proud of the Council’s devotion to our entire Anselmian community, and I’m so looking forward to working with the Council members in continuing to represent our alumni.”

Scott is a Vice President at Boston Partners Financial Group LLC in Boston, Mass., where she has won multiple awards for excellence in client services, including the Five Star Wealth Manager Award by Boston Magazine, an honor presented to less than three percent of the advisors in the Greater Boston area.

PORTRAITS: Read more alumni success stories by visiting the Portraits blog, the online home of Saint Anselm College's alumni magazine.


New Hampshire Union Leader Recognizes Four Anselmians In 2016 “40 Under 40” Class

Four Alumni Named Top “40 Under Forty”“Four Saint Anselm College alumni were named to The Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” list in 2016, which recognizes local citizens for their service and talent to New Hampshire.

Allison Joseph ’07 was honored for her work supporting New Hampshire’s at-risk youth as executive director of MY TURN Inc. In her two years in the role, the former sociology major has opened a New Hampshire headquarters in Manchester and secured $1 million in federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Acts funds. Read the full story »

Brent Kiley, class of 1999, is managing director and private wealth advisor for Rise Private Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. At work, he helps clients to achieve financial life milestones, such as sending their children to college with confidence, and in his free time, volunteers at the New Hampshire Food Bank, Easter Seals Seniors Count Program, and Bedford Little League. Read the full story »

Gina (Rotondi) Powers ’06, a senior government advisor at Rath, Young and Pignatelli serves on the board of directors for Moore Center Services and the Mary Gale Foundation and volunteers at Merrimack Home Health and Hospice through their “Good Grief” youth program. Powers was nominated by her husband, E.J. Powers ’05, a “40 Under Forty” honoree in 2010. Read the full story »

David Tencza ’02, an assistant Hillsborough County attorney, is dedicated to improving the lives of the citizens of New Hampshire. In addition to his work on cyber-related investigations, Tencza was involved in the 2014 creation of the Hillsborough County Superior Court Adult Drug Court and continues to increase public safety through alternative sentencing programs.” Read the full story »