2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

In 1984, the Trocaire College Distinguished Alumni Award was established to honor and acknowledge those Trocaire alumni who are making a difference in their community and/or profession.

Trocaire College president, Paul B. Hurley, Jr., and alumni president, Henry Mumme, RN, Class of 2001, presented the awards at a dinner ceremony recently at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant.  Six distinguished alumni received the 2012 Trocaire College Distinguished Alumni Award.

Sr. Mary Ann Schimscheiner, RSM, ’67, is the Local Leader of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, NyPPAW Communities.  Schimscheiner received an associate degree in nursing from Trocaire, and earned a B.S.N. from D’Youville College and a B.S. in education and an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from Canisius College.  Schimscheiner has served on the boards of Mercy Flight, Mercyhurst and Trocaire College, and Notre Dame High School in Elmira.

After earning her RN degree from Trocaire in 1972, Kate M. Callahan, Ph.D., continued on to earn a baccalaureate degree from the University of Miami, and a master’s degree in City Planning and Health Care Policy from Harvard University.  Callahan, Executive Director for the South Florida Health Information Exchange, also earned a Ph.D. from Barry University in South Florida.  Callahan is a volunteer for the Commission on Aging with Dignity and a board member of Camillus Health.

Kathy Endres Popielski graduated from Trocaire in 1974 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Medaille College.  Popielski currently serves as the director of communications at Trocaire College, having held positions in the admissions and alumni departments.  Popielski volunteers her time for the Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support group and is an active member of the Trocaire Alumni Association.

After earning her RN degree from Trocaire in 1980, Mary Ann Long joined Roswell Park Cancer Institute as a staff nurse and was later named Assistant Director of Nursing.  Long, Director of Patient Care Services at Roswell Park, earned a B.S. in nursing from SUNY at Buffalo and a master’s degree in nursing from D’Youville College.  Mary Ann is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and is an active member of numerous boards and committees throughout Western New York.

Tracey Costanzo Maw ’94, is a dedicated member of the healthcare industry, having worked over 17 years at Elderwood Senior Care, most recently as the ImageSenior Director of Administration.  Maw continued her education earning a B.S. in nursing from SUNY at Buffalo and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix.  Maw is currently devoting her efforts to the establishment of her own consulting business.

After earning his associate degree in hospitality management at Trocaire in 2009, Brian J. Becker continued his education at Niagara University, achieving a B.S. in hospitality management.  Becker’s energy, enthusiasm and professionalism have helped him excel in the hospitality industry.  Last year Becker was selected from a list of the top candidates in the hospitality industry to become the Food and Beverage Manager at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.

This event was dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the first graduating class of Trocaire College.

(Photo l to r (front) Kate M. Callahan, Sr. Mary Ann Schimscheiner, RSM, Kathy Popielski, (back) Tracey Costanzo Maw, Brian J. Becker, Mary Ann Long)