Each year, Gwynedd Mercy University's Alumni Association recognizes the wonderful achievements of select alumni by honoring them with the University's highest alumni award. These individuals have represented the University in their everyday lives, helping elevate the value of a Mercy education.
Earning the distinction in 2014 were seven praiseworthy individuals.
Kathleen Kelly Brogan '65 began her nursing career at Roxborough Memorial Hospital as a staff nurse and spent the next twenty years on the faculty of its School of Nursing. In 1990, Kathie was named director of Education and Quality Improvement for Patient Care Services at Presbyterian Medical Center (PMC) and later named director of Staff Development for PMC and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998, Kathie formed her own company, Brogan and Associates and in 1999, she served as director of Clinical Standards and Education. She is now chief nursing officer for the Network, and President of the NewCourtland Education Center.
Sister Janet Henry, RSM ' 67 received her BA in History and started her career as a high school teacher but later transitioned into hospital and healthcare administration, earning her MBA from Yale University in 1980. Sister Janet has worked in a variety of senior-level administration positions, first at Mercy Catholic Medical Center then at Franciscan Health System in Aston, PA as CEO at the St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Hospital. For more than a decade, Sister Janet worked at Jefferson Health System and the Main Line Health System as VP of various hospitals and departments within the region. Currently, Sister Janet serves as VP of Mission and Ministry for Catholic Health Initiatives at St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, PA. She is currently in process of attaining her Leadership Coaching Certification.
Maureen Kahn '84 earned her degree in Business Administration from GMercyU and went on to receive her Master's degree in Health Care Administration from Hamilton University and a Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. With 24 years of experience, Maureen served as Senior VP of Patient Services at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA and in leadership positions at hospitals in New York and Pennsylvania. In 2001, Maureen joined Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL as Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer and then went on to become the President/CEO in 2005. Maureen was listed as one of the “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know,” recently issued by Becker’s Hospital Review. On October 1st of this year, Maureen will step into yet a new role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Blessing Corporate Services, the parent company of the Blessing Health System.
Matthew D. McHugh '95/97 earned both his ASN and BSN from GMercyU and went on to receive his MSN and PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health, and a JD from The Northeastern University School of Law. Matthew worked as Fulbright Scholar with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe in Denmark, and completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in nursing outcomes research at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Rosemarie Greco Term Endowed Associate Professor in Advocacy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and is the Associate Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at Penn.
Domenic Zampogna '01 completed his master's degree in School Counseling at GMercyU and continued his education at St. Joseph's University where he earned a second master's degree in Educational Leadership. In 1999, Domenic worked as Director of Guidance at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia until 2004 when he became Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at St. Pius X High School in Pottstown. In 2011, Domenic joined Cardinal O'Hara High School as a Guidance Counselor and has since come full circle, re-joining Roman Catholic High School as the Director of Guidance this academic year. He spent more than ten years developing and executing youth and young adult programing for the Philadelphia Archdiocese and co-chaired the Philadelphia Archdiocese Millennium Youth Celebration 2000, a two-day event held here at Gwynedd Mercy University.
Gwynedd Mercy University also honored the recipients of the Anne Fitzpatrick Murray Alumni Award for Distinguished Service, an award given to a person who has made significant public service contributions by sharing or volunteering his or her talent, time and resources in the spirit of Mercy.
Cynthia Gornick '83 earned a BS in Business Administration from GMercyU and was hired as a business office manager at a local nursing home. Within four years, she became a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and began managing her first skilled nursing & rehabilitation center. Her career took her from Gwynedd Valley to all across the country, ultimately landing in Austin, TX— where she has lived for the past 18 years. Inspired to better understand and serve her community, Cyndi to started Gornick Consulting Services, a business that coaches leaders of faith-based ministries, with the mission to meet needs of at risk, poor and underserved people in areas such as affordable housing, education, hunger and healthcare.
Megan McStravick '07 started at GMercyU as an Education major but graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services. Megan went on to complete her Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University School of Social Work in 2008. Since then, Megan has been employed by the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, where she is a Social Worker/Social Services Intake Coordinator. Megan has been heavily involved with community clinics and organizations that advocate for the rights of uninsured individuals and she is a part of leadership teams that educate uninsured individuals and enroll them in affordable health insurance plans.