2014 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.
Alumnus Mike Sheehan ’82 has been known to say that all he ever wanted to do was write. He’s taken this desire all the way to the CEO’s office of The Boston Globe. Read more about his view from the top »
Marc LaForce ’60 receives Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award »
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) selected the Saint Anselm chemistry alumnus for the award, which is presented annually to an individual who has had a positive impact on the health of humankind. Previous recipients include Bill and Melinda Gates, former president Bill Clinton, John D. Rockefeller IV, Ted Turner, and General Colin Powell. Former president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, were the first recipients, when the award was established in 1997.
Alumni Association Awards: Six alumni and one dedicated staff member were the recipients of 2014 alumni awards. These awards are presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievement or contributions to the college »
Jim McDonnell ’81 elected to lead Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department »
More than 10 million people are directly or indirectly protected by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD). The department has primary policing responsibility for 42 of the 88 cities, as well as the unincorporated areas, that make up L.A. County. The LASD manages the nation's largest local jail system, with a housing capacity of nearly 20,000 inmates, and also protects the largest court system in the nation. A Boston native, McDonnell served for 29 years on the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and was chief of police for Long Beach, a city of nearly half a million people 20 miles south of Los Angeles.
John Stewart and Michael Skelton ’04 recognized for their service to N.H. »
Criminal justice major John Stewart owns Bedford Martial Arts Academy, and has received many commendations for his service to the community. He founded a charity-based martial arts program, Karate to Institute Confidence in Kids and Individuals Needing Guidance (KICKING) that serves non-profit programs dedicated to helping children. His academy hosts charity events and fundraisers. Stewart also volunteers at Saint Anselm, offering a self-defense class every year at new student orientation.
Michael Skelton, a politics major, is the spokesperson for Public Service of New Hampshire. He is involved in many volunteer activities, and focuses on urging young people to attend college in New Hampshire or return to the state after college to raise their families. He recently stepped down from the board of the Manchester Young Professionals Network after seven years, and is co-chair of the Stay, Work, Play organization, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the state as a desirable place for young workers and recent college graduates.
Epidemiologist Ashley Conley ’06 prepares New Hampshire’s second largest city for disaster »
Conley’s is a working world of worrying about and preparing a community of about 200,000—the Nashua Public Health Region covers 13 municipalities—for its response to an outbreak of infectious disease, a foodborne illness, the next flu pandemic, the natural disaster of a hurricane or blizzard, even a bioterrorist attack. Hefty responsibilities for a Saint Anselm grad who turned all of 30 in February.
Scott O’Donnell ’96 leads N.H. FBI field office »
Before returning to New Hampshire, O'Donnell served as the supervisory special agent for the Boston Division's Organized Crime Task Force. During the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and the search for the perpetrators, he was the investigative operations supervisory special agent.
Prominent business owner Alexandra Puglisi ’11 featured in New Hampshire Magazine »
Puglisi, a recent graduate of Saint Anselm College with a new degree in business, opened Café la Reine in the spring of last year. “I wanted to open my own something,” she recalls, “and coffee is one of my passions, so it seemed like the right choice.” Puglisi wrote out the business plan, gathered a few trusted palates for an intense round of coffee tasting, found an empty storefront right across from City Hall, and, with support from family, friends, former employers and the wider community, got her dream up and running.