Fall 2013

Marywood Alumni Award Winners

Dr. Mary Anne Merkel Fedrick, B.A. ’68, M.S. ’72, M.A. ’80
2013 Sister Denis Donegan Award for Long Term Service

Dr. Mary Anne Fedrick recently retired from her position as Dean of the Reap College of Education and Human Development, after 42 years of distinguished and dedicated service, in various capacities, to her alma mater. A three-time alumna, Mary Anne earned an undergraduate and two graduate degrees at Marywood. Later, she added her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Penn State University. She began her official career at Marywood as a librarian in 1971 and eventually became Director of the Learning Resources Center. She also served in leadership positions that encompassed enrollment management and admissions before becoming dean. A distinguished educator, Mary Anne was involved in research in technology integration, organizational culture, and organizational change. She also became the ultimate “go to” individual for questions about university policies, practices, and almost everything else. Throughout her tenure at Marywood, she has continued to serve the University as a faithful volunteer.

Daniel Simrell ’88
2013 Award for Excellence for Creative and Performing Arts

Dan Simrell has, since his student years, been active and creative in his profession. With the ink barely dry on his diploma, Dan started VideoLab, a video production company, serving businesses and advertising agencies in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. He later expanded his resume by accepting a position as marketing director for CCI, a national healthcare consulting company based in Pittsburgh. With the experience he gained, he formed Dan Simrell Advertising, a full-service agency. Through his creative, unconventional approach to marketing, Dan has earned a reputation for fresh, innovative, and highly successful campaigns.

Paula C. Rochon Mackery ’93
2013 Award for Excellence in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Paula Mackery is the exceptional journalist/entrepreneur, publisher, and owner of Happenings Magazine, the popular full-color, smartly designed publication dedicated to showcasing the fascinating people, places, and events of Northeast Pennsylvania. Thanks to networking, she already had a job with Happenings lined up before she graduated. Paula had plunged right in with the magazine, doing “a little of everything,” until, a few years later, when the opportunity arose for her to buy out the operation. Paula balances a career as a hard-working publisher with the role of wife and mother, plus she still finds time for involvement with community and professional organizations.

Colonel Lorraine Rupp Breen ’78
2013 Award for Excellence in Health and Human Services

From the moment she walked off the Marywood University campus in the spring of 1978 as a Nutrition and Dietetics magna cum laude graduate, Colonel Lorraine Rupp Breen immediately demonstrated her potential for leadership success in the health care, food service, and military professions. That step from the Rotunda 35 years ago would be the first of 19 moves she would make in that same period, traversing the nation numerous times and around the world, while performing in positions of senior health care leadership in both the civilian and military sectors.

Today, she is the Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. The one thread in all her assignments has been her ability to lead large and small organizations while mentoring literally hundreds of people throughout her career. Reflecting Marywood University’s mission to prepare tomorrow’s leaders, Colonel Lorraine Rupp Breen has been a shining example for others to emulate.

Therese M. Redmond Dempsey, B.S. ’73, M.S. ’77
2013 Award for Excellence for Education and Human Development

As a teacher, peace advocate, and volunteer for many, many causes, Terry Dempsey’s impact has been profound. She and her husband, Dr. Jody Dempsey, also a Marywood graduate and clinical child psychologist, devised a Peace Camp with support and space from their Vestal home parish, recruiting teens from the area as counselors. Almost 2,000 children have attended the annual camp since its founding, often bringing friends and siblings. A special education teacher in Vestal, New York, with almost four decades of helping thousands of struggling children from preschool through high school, Terry’s impact on youth has extended far beyond academic and developmental concerns.

Jason Muskey ’98
Recent Graduate Award for Excellence for Professional Achievement

As a student athlete who competed on Marywood’s men’s cross country and basketball teams, Jason Muskey was certainly on the ball. Today, as a successful entrepreneur, owner of his own independent financial services agency, he is still very much on the ball. Jason kicked off his professional career as an agent and manager with the Prudential Insurance Company, and then became a manager at MetLife. With solid experience behind him, in 2005, he formed Muskey Financial Services, which he now operates as owner and general agent. This year, he also became co-owner of a second firm, Prevailing Wage Consultants. Jason has teamed up his fondness for sports with his commitment to community service, and his winning attitude sets a standard for future students.

To read more about the award winners, please visit alumni.marywood.edu.

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