Congratulations to the 2022 Alumni Award Recipients

This year’s Alumni Awards recipients represent a group of Marywoodians who embody Marywood’s core values in their achievements, commitment to the University and others, and willingness to serve. Each of these members of our strong alumni community has made Marywood uniquely and distinctly proud by taking the motto of living responsibly in an interdependent world and applying it in every facet of their lives. For these alumni, Marywood’s core values aren’t just an ideal to strive for, but rather the compass which directs their every decision. We are proud to call them alumni and thank them for their dedication to this institution, example for current and future Pacers, and commitment to making the world a better place.

Current Alumni Award Categories

Sr. M. Denis Donegan Award for Long Term Service to Marywood

The Sr. M. Denis Donegan Award for Long Term Service to Marywood is the most prestigious award bestowed by the Marywood Alumni Association. It is bestowed on alumni of Marywood who have provided a minimum of 25 years of service to Marywood and who, through their personal and professional contributions, have visibly embodied Marywood's mission by using their Marywood education in ways that demonstrate the University's call to live responsibly in a diverse and interdependent world.

Award Criteria
A graduate of Marywood’s undergraduate, graduate or doctoral programs, with a minimum of 25 years of service to Marywood.

  • A history of providing volunteer hours to Marywood in support of institutional advancement, education, alumni or community engagement programs.
  • Through the various volunteer and financial components, has supported the Marywood mission for at least 25 years or more.
  • Has lived the core values of Marywood in his or her daily life through visible demonstration of one or more of the Core Values:
    • Catholic Identity: Has displayed a visible commitment to spiritual, ethical, and intellectual values in the context of a faith community.
    • Respect for Each Person: Has visibly displayed in word and deed, a respect for the value of each human being, for diversity in the context of vibrant community and for the earth and all creation.
    • Empowerment: Has displayed tangible support for education that enables access and empowers the underserved to take a full role in the life of the broader society.
    • Service: Has tangibly demonstrated communal leadership by serving others in the local, national and/or global community.
    • Commitment to Excellence: Has visibly displayed his or her commitment to excellence through their personal and/or professional contribution to society.

The Marywood Alumni Association may bestow the Sr. M. Denis Donegan Award for Long Term Service to Marywood each year providing that evidence exists to support that the alumni meets all of the stated award criteria. The Association may choose not to bestow this prestigious award in any given year if a qualified member of the alumni cannot be found.

Golden Marywoodian Award
The Marywood Alumni Association bestows the Golden Marywoodian Award upon a member of the 50th honor year class who has demonstrated a commitment to community and civic service. The recipient should have distinguished themselves in their career and/or professional field with a record of making a difference in the lives of others, demonstrating engagement through volunteerism (such as, mentorships, local, national and international service and inclusion efforts), as well as set a standard for lifelong excellence which embodies the Core Values of Marywood.

Award Criteria

  • A graduate of Marywood’s undergraduate, graduate or doctoral programs, celebrating their 50th honor year.
  • Demonstrated a commitment to community and civic service.
  • Distinguished themselves in their career and/or professional field with a record of making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Demonstrated engagement through volunteerism (such as, mentorships, local, national and international service and inclusion efforts).
  • Set a standard for life-long excellence which embodies the Core Values of Marywood. The Core Values include: Respect for Each Person, Empowerment, Service, and Commitment to Excellence.

Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award is bestowed by the Marywood Alumni Association upon alumni who have achieved distinction through their professional accomplishment and contributions, which embodies the core values of Marywood.

Award Criteria
A graduate of Marywood’s undergraduate, graduate or doctoral programs.

  • Excellence in achievement in their professional lives by utilizing their education and experiences at Marywood and serving as a role model for current and future students and alumni.
  • Excellence in service to the local, national, and/or global community by tangibly demonstrating the core values of Marywood in their day to day lives.
  • Excellence in dedication to serving the Marywood Community thereby encouraging others to witness the potential of becoming active and serving the institution through example.
  • Excellence in leadership by displaying the ability to live responsibly in a diverse and interdependent world.

Outstanding Recent Alumni Award
The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award will be given to an alumna/us, within 15 years of graduation, who has demonstrated significant achievements which embodies the core values of Marywood.

Award Criteria
A graduate of Marywood’s undergraduate, graduate or doctoral programs from within the most recent 15 years.

  • Excellence in achievement in their professional lives by utilizing their education and experiences at Marywood and serving as a role model for current and future students and alumni.
  • Excellence in service to the local, national, and/or global community by tangibly demonstrating the core values of Marywood in their day to day lives.
  • Excellence in dedication to serving the Marywood Community thereby encouraging others to witness the potential of becoming active and serving the institution through example.
  • Excellence in leadership by displaying the ability to live responsibly in a diverse and interdependent world.

New Alumni Awards for 2022:

Alumni Community Achievement Award
The Alumni Community Achievement Award is bestowed by the Marywood Alumni Association upon alumni who have made an impact in their community through service, philanthropy, and/or advocacy.

Faculty and Staff Alumni Impact Award
Awarded to a current (10 years or more), retired, or emeritus member of the Marywood faculty or staff, in recognition of their contributions to student success and their demonstration of the institution’s Core Values. Recipients have made a significant impact on the Marywood community and have worked to mentor future alumni leaders, advance the University’s mission, and enhance the integrity of the University.

Alumni Award Winners 2022

It is with great pride that we announce our 2022 Alumni Awards recipients

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The Sr. M. Denis Donegan Award for Long Term Service to Marywood is the most prestigious award bestowed by the Marywood Alumni Association. It is bestowed on alumni of Marywood who have provided a minimum of 25 years of service to Marywood and who, through their personal and professional contributions, have visibly embodied Marywood's mission by using their Marywood education in ways that demonstrate the University's call to live responsibly in a diverse and interdependent world.

Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., brings out the best in people. Her gifts of encouraging others and engaging them in positive ways were fostered in her youth, and it is from her loving family of origin that her life of service, her relational skills, and her style of leading took root. Upon attending Marywood, she realized her true passion and purpose—joyfully loving and serving others as an IHM Sister. In her junior year at Marywood, she entered the IHM community and finished her studies as a candidate.

Sister Mary values education and leadership, and she is at her best when given the opportunity to demonstrate the significance of both. After earning her undergraduate degree in education and French from Marywood, she went on to earn a master’s degree in French from Assumption College and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. Sister Mary has been a teacher, an administrator, and, above all, a leader in educational, health care, and congregational settings. She was the Treasurer, then the President, of the IHM Congregation, serving eight years in each role. As IHM President, Sister Mary demonstrated her gift of bringing people together in shared purpose, as well as her phenomenal fundraising expertise, when she initiated and completed the construction of a $23 million dollar elder care home for the Congregation. Following her congregational leadership, she went on to serve as an Executive Vice President at Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation.

Her lifetime of leadership and service to Marywood University was brought full circle when she became the institution’s 12th President in 2016, a role to which she felt called and a role in which she has thrived by guiding Marywood through tough, but prudent, decisions to position the University for the 21st century. Marywood has prospered under her leadership, even when facing unforeseen challenges like the pandemic.

For her abiding and longstanding dedication to her alma mater and its core values, the Marywood Alumni Association is pleased to recognize Sister Mary Persico IHM '69, Ed.D. with the 2022 Sister M. Denis Donegan Award for Long Term Service to Marywood.

healey.jpgThe Marywood Alumni Association bestows the Golden Marywoodian Award upon a member of the 50th honor year class who has demonstrated a commitment to community and civic service. The recipient should have distinguished themselves in their career and/or professional field with a record of making a difference in the lives of others, demonstrating engagement through volunteerism (such as, mentorships, local, national and international service and inclusion efforts), as well as set a standard for life-long excellence which embodies the Core Values of Marywood.

Born and raised in Scranton, The Honorable Anne Healey ‘72, proudly serves in the Leadership of the Maryland House of Delegates as Chair of the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee. She has represented District 22 in the Maryland state House since 1991. She was educated by IHM Sisters at St. John the Evangelist in South Scranton, Chapel School in the Hill Section, Cathedral Grade School, and Cathedral High School. She chose to attend college at Marywood, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972. Her blue-collar family, along with her early life experiences and interests, shaped her future path in public service.

As a young girl, Anne was moved by stories of the Civil Rights Movement and was inspired by President John F. Kennedy. She became active in Democratic politics in 8th Grade, working on a mayor’s race in Scranton. After graduating from Marywood, she moved to the Washington area to attend graduate school at The Catholic University of American, where she earned a Master of Arts degree, and then began a career in journalism. She started as a reporter for The Catholic Standard, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Washington, and later became editor of three different weekly newspapers: The Catholic Review in Baltimore, The Prince George’s Post-Sentinel, and The Prince George’s Post. Anne and her husband, Neal, have lived in the same house in Old Hyattsville since their marriage in 1979. The parents of two children, they have always been active in their church and community.

In her years as a member of the House of Delegates, Anne has been a trusted leader in promoting education, public safety, and economic development in Maryland. She has sponsored successful legislation on a wide range of issues, from protecting vulnerable adults from domestic violence to making the tax code fairer and more progressive. She has been an outspoken advocate for working people, for the needy and vulnerable and for Prince George’s County, and her tireless work on behalf of others has merited recognition such as the Legislative Champion Award and inclusion in Maryland's Top 100 Women, among other accolades.

For her considerable commitment to service in the community, along with her exemplary professional record of excellence and empowerment, framed always by her deep faith and her respect for others, the Marywood Alumni Association is pleased to recognize The Honorable Anne Healey '72 with the 2022 Golden Marywoodian Award for the Class of 1972.

trunzo.jpgThe Distinguished Alumni Award is bestowed by the Marywood Alumni Association upon alumni who have achieved distinction through their professional accomplishment and contributions, which embodies the core values of Marywood.

Dr. Joseph Trunzo '93 is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Bryant University, where he has worked since 2002. He also is the Associate Director (founding) of Bryant’s School of Health and Behavioral Sciences and serves as the Director of the University’s Center for Health and Behavioral Sciences. In addition to his Bryant faculty appointments, Professor Trunzo has maintained an active private practice as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Providence, Rhode Island, since 2002. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Marywood in 1993 and then earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from MCP Hahnemann University (now Drexel University College of Medicine) in 1997 and 2000, respectively. He was named an Outstanding Student in Clinical & Health Psychology at MCP Hahnemann University and held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. He also held an adjunct research faculty appointment at Brown University through a National Cancer Institute funded grant.

Dr. Trunzo, who is a TEDxBryantU presenter, has written two books, Long-Haul COVID: A Survivor’s Guide: Transform Your Pain & Find Your Way Forward and Living Beyond Lyme: Reclaim Your Life From Lyme Disease and Chronic Illness. In addition, he has published extensively in professional journals, contributed expertise to top media outlets, authored and co-authored a comprehensive array of refereed papers, and has made 38 presentations at professional conferences across the United States, Canada, Europe and, recently, in Thailand. Dr. Trunzo is a member of several professional associations, has participated in over two dozen professional development workshops, retreats, and programs, and has facilitated a number of continuing education workshops and seminars, covering a wide range of topics.

With proud acknowledgement of, and grateful appreciation for, his distinctive leadership, service, and professional accomplishments, which embody the core values of Marywood University, the Marywood Alumni Association is pleased to recognize Dr. Joseph Trunzo ’93 with the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award.

freeman.jpgThe Distinguished Alumni Award is bestowed by the Marywood Alumni Association upon alumni who have achieved distinction through their professional accomplishment and contributions, which embodies the core values of Marywood.

Dr. Amy Freeman '98, MSW '07, MBA '22 is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has 24 years of professional experience in the human services field. She received her Bachelor of Science from Marywood University in 1998, and her Master of Social Work in 2007. She earned her Doctor of Social Work in 2019 from Millersville University. Additionally, she received her MBA degree from Marywood in 2022.

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Freeman has specialized in program development and the clinical treatment of traumatic stress. Designated a Diplomat by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, she serves as incumbent Specialty Social Work Supervisor at the Wilkes Barre VA Medical Center. Dr. Freeman also has served as an adjunct professor in Marywood University’s School of Social Work. She is married to William Freeman and lives in Dalton, Pa.

With proud acknowledgement of, and grateful appreciation for, her distinctive leadership, service, and professional accomplishments, which embody the core values of Marywood University, the Marywood Alumni Association is pleased to recognize Dr. Amy Freeman '98, MSW '07, MBA '22 with the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award.

nice.jpgThe Outstanding Recent Alumni Award will be given to an alumna/us, within 15 years of graduation, who has demonstrated significant achievements which embodies the core values of Marywood.

Dr. Matthew Nice, M.S. '15 is an assistant professor with the Department of Counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a 2012 graduate of King's College, where he received a bachelor's degree after double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. In 2015, he attained a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education PreK-12 from Marywood University. Dr. Nice earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Duquesne University in 2020.

Professionally, he has published articles on the college-going experience in young adults, school counseling preparation for college readiness, and assessment and measurement invariance. He was selected as part of a national committee to revise the School Counseling Praxis exam, taken by thousands of students across the country. Dr. Nice also is the incoming President of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association and President-Elect of the Association for Adult Development and Aging. Currently, he resides Pittsburgh, Pa., and enjoys running, hiking, and participating in obstacle racing with friends.

To his numerous accomplishments, the Marywood Alumni Association is pleased to add its own recognition, by presenting Dr. Matthew Nice, M.S. '15 with the 2022 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.

luke.jpgThe Alumni Community Achievement Award is bestowed by the Marywood Alumni Association upon alumni who have made an impact in their community through service, philanthropy, and/or advocacy.

After working for several rewarding years in the human services field, Kristinia Beckage Luke '11 decided to pursue her dream of flying and enrolled in Marywood University’s Aviation Program, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Aviation Management.in 2011 and achieved her goal of becoming a pilot.

While at Marywood, Kristinia was an active member of the Marywood Aviators Club, where she was first inspired to use aviation as a means to help others. Since graduation, Kristinia has been fortunate enough to combine her aviation skills with her passion for service. She was a mission coordinator with Angel Flight East, a volunteer pilot organization that flies people in need of distant medical care at no cost. She later joined Patient AirLift Services recruiting, onboarding, and training volunteer pilots for humanitarian flying, and she was instrumental in the formation of its nascent disaster relief program, PALS SkyHope.

Her avid support of public benefit flying and keen knowledge of the sector has led to her current role as Executive Director of the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations dedicated to community service. Kristinia serves on the board of directors of the Alliance for Aviation Across America and contributes to numerous committees and local charitable endeavors. Additionally, she is a member of Women in Aviation International and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. A native Scrantonian, she now resides in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband, Dan–a fellow Marywood Aviation graduate–and their two loving children.

Adding to these accomplishments, with grateful appreciation for all she has done to lead by example and to embrace service to others through her humanitarian efforts, the Marywood Alumni Association is pleased to recognize Kristinia Beckage Luke '11 with the 2022 Alumni Community Achievement Award.

richards-palmiter.jpgAwarded to a current (10 years or more), retired, or emeritus member of the Marywood faculty or staff, in recognition of their contributions to student success and their demonstration of the institution’s Core Values. Recipients have made a significant impact on the Marywood community and have worked to mentor future alumni leaders, advance the University’s mission, and enhance the integrity of the University.

Lia Richards-Palmiter, Ph.D. '09 earned her Ph.D. in Human Development with concentration in Social Work from Marywood University. She is the BSW Director in the School of Social Work at Marywood University. She is the past Director of Student Equity and Inclusion and past Director of Diversity at Marywood University. She teaches in the Social Work, Psychology, and Strategic Leadership departments. Dr. Richards-Palmiter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her full CV can be found at www.helpingfamilies.com.

Dr. Richards-Palmiter has provided trainings and discussion forums bringing people together for authentic, healing dialogue focused on self awareness and dismantling the underpinnings of a hierarchy of human value based on racism, discrimination, social injustice, and inequity. These trainings have been given to community partners, religious organizations, schools, college/university campuses, and mental health providers. She has provided these trainings for over 20 years.

Adding to these accomplishments, and with grateful appreciation for all she has done to lead by example in respect for and in service to others through her equity, inclusion, and awareness efforts, both on campus and beyond, the Marywood Alumni Association is pleased to recognize Lia Richards-Palmiter, Ph.D. '09 with the 2022 Faculty and Staff Alumni Impact Award.