We Want to Hear from You!

Did you graduate from Marywood? Would you like to be featured in our Spotlight? Please e-mail  psarter@marywood.edu and include the following: your name (as you'd like it to appear on the website), a photo of yourself, your graduating class year, your major at Marywood, your current position, a short quote, and a paragraph or two about what you're doing now.


Elizabeth Dessoye

Elizabeth Dessoye

Class of 2007, BS Elementary Education (Valedictorian)
Current Position: Title I Reading Specialist, Riverside School District, Moosic, PA

“Marywood University provided me with a strong, well-rounded education, that helped prepare me for life both in and out of the classroom. I will forever cherish the memories and friends that I made, and am truly grateful for all of the opportunities I had during my time at Marywood.”

Gina Pirozzi

Gina Pirozzi

Class of 2008, BS Early Childhood Special Education
Current Position: : First Grade teacher, KIPP Houston, TX

“I not only received the skills and knowledge to educate what I hope to be the ‘leaders and decision makers of tomorrow,’ at Marywood- but more importantly, I learned what it means to have zest, passion, joy, and love for others; and I am determined to spread that love for life and knowledge as far as my two feet will take me.”

Jennifer Sekol

Jennifer Sekol

Class of 2012,MS in Higher Education Administration
Current Position: Associate Director of Admissions and Transfer Coordinator at Keystone College

“The connections I made at Marywood have proven to be very valuable. I learned just as much from classmates as I did from the coursework.”

Christopher W. O’Brien, PhD, LAT, ATC

Christopher W. O’Brien, PhD, LAT, ATC

Class of 2011, PhD Human Development
Current Position: Assistant Dean, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Seton Hall University, New Jersey

"I am appreciative of the doctoral program at Marywood and the mentoring I received. The faculty and my education have helped me in my career and more importantly have helped me 'to live responsibly in an interdependent world.'"

Colleen Polanin

Class of 2009, BS Elementary/Special Education
Current Position: 9th grade math co-teacher at Caesar Rodney High School, Camden, DE

“At Caesar Rodney, I am one of the class of 2013 sponsors and the Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator.”

Mark A. Wade

Mark A. Wade

Class of 2010, Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility
Current Position: Supervisor of Special Education, Pocono Mountain School District

“Using experience, research, and best practices, I assist in developing policies and procedures to identify student needs and provide Individualized Education Programs (IEP), as well as assist teachers in implementing these plans.”

Joan Cooper Bonczek

Joan Cooper Bonczek

Class of 2011, MS in Higher Education Administration
Current Position: Program Director and Chairperson of the Radiologic Technology Department, Johnson College, Dickson City, PA.

“I can say without hesitation that MU prepared me to excel and lead in my profession. MU allowed me to recognize, develop and advance in my professional career.”

Autumn Chmil

Autumn Chmil

Class of 2007, BA Liberal Arts; MAT English Education 2011

“The degrees and knowledge that I earned at Marywood set the stage for my next big adventure - an opportunity to study in Liverpool, England where I earned another MA in The Beatles, Popular Music, and Society.”

Katie Quist

Katie Quist

Class of 2010 MAT Biology Education
Current Position: 9th/11th grade biology teacher; coach for girl’s basketball and lacrosse teams at Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA.

“Life has been crazy since I left MU - I am so thankful for all that the MU faculty did for me while I was in the MAT program there- truly inspired me to be the best educator I could be.”

Rebekah L. King

Rebekah L. King

Class of 2005, BA Liberal Arts; 2009 MAT English Education
Current Position: 7th-8th grade Writing/Journalism teacher; Department chairperson at Valley View School District, Archbald, PA

Rebekah recently enrolled in Marywood’s school leadership program and plans to complete her principal’s certification by 2014.

Jennifer Yacus

Jennifer Yacus

Class of 2008, BS Special/Elementary Education
Current Position: 3rd grade teacher/ Special education coordinator of Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School, Somerset, NJ

"Marywood was a great experience for me and I am thankful for everything I learned during my four years of study."