Alumni Awards 2016

The Alumni Council honored seven Anselmians at the 2016 Alumni Awards Dinner on September 30, for their inspiring achievements and generous contributions to the college and their communities.

2016 Alumni Award recipientsL to R: Abbot Mark Cooper, Tucker Mullin, Katie Brandt and her son Noah, Tricia Therrien, Bernadette Madara, Lucille Janatka, Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, Ken Merrifield, and Dianne Martel and her children William and Catherine. Photo by Kevin Harkins.


TRICIA (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 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 (BELLAVANCE) 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 Columbia 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. Madara 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 (ANDOLINA) 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.

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 (McMULLEN) 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 ’02 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 posthumously 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 cancer 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.