The Catherine McAuley Award for Nursing Excellence was first awarded on June 11, 1999 to four women – two honored as distinguished friends of Mercy College and two alumni. Since that time, list of honorees - and their disciplines - continues to grow and reflect the diverse ways that Mercy College alumni and friends have impacted the lives of others through their careers and other interests in service to their communities and Mercy College. 

The award is now called the Catherine McAuley Award for Professional Excellence to honor alumni and friends from any academic program associated with Mercy College of Health Sciences.

Listed below are the honorees in order of the year they were recognized. Names in parentheses are maiden names.

Year Honoree

Michael Bohl, RT(R), MHA
Class of 1980

Michael Bohl
2017 Mary Schemmel, RN, MSN
Class of 1976
Mary Schemmel
2016 Shirley Beaver, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
2015 Barb Bybee, R.N. Barb Bybee
2014 Joanne (Hurd) O'Gara, R.N.
Class of 1964
Joanne O'Gara
2011 Deborah (Richmond) Willyard, R.N., M.S.N.
Class of 1979 & 1998
Deborah Willyard

Janice (Sinek) Turcotte R.N.
Class of 1954

Janice Tourcotte
2010 Joan McCleish, R.N., Ph.D.
Class of 1980
Joan McCleish
2009 Rosemary Holland (Anderson), R.N., B.A.
Class of 1956
Rosemary Holland
2009 Mary Carol Cryer (Clark), R.N.
Class of 1964
Mary Cryer
2009 Debra Shriver (Schiefelbein), R.N., M.S.N. 
Class of 1979
Deb Shriver
2008 Kathy Olmstead (Pottebaum)
R.N., B.S.N, OCN
Class of 1981 & 2003

Helen Roberts, Ph.D.
Friend of Mercy College


Ann Valdez, R.N., B.S.N.
Class of 1982

2007 Kathy (Dinsmore) Comito, R.N., B.A., M.H.A.
Class of 1964
2007 Sister Mary Rocca, CHM, R.N., B.A.
Class of 1975
2006 Barbara (Kent) Allen, R.N., B.S.N., N.C.S.N.
Class of 1969
2006 Lynne (Trafford) Kinseth, A.R.N.P., M.S.N., A.O.C.N.
Class of 1983
2006 Elizabeth (Betty) Hammes, R.N., B.S.
Class of 1951
2006 Joann (Nizzi) Olson, A.R.N.P., C.P.N.P., C.N.E.
Class of 1968
2005 Sandra (Detrick) Caligiuri, R.N. M.S.
Class of 1963
2005 Joan (Crawford) McMartin, R.N.
Class of 1961
2005 Joanne (Forret) Sassatelli, R.N.
Class of 1951
2004 Linda (Hitchcock) Carey, R.N., C.H.P.N.
Class of 1966
2004 JoAnn (Galezzi) Humphreys, R.N., M.S.N.
Class of 1968
2004 Patricia (Wright) Jablonski, R.N., C.O.H.N.
Class of 1964
2004 Anne (Lane) Roush, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.W.
Class of 1951
2003 Katherine (Kleber) Aller, R.N., Ed.D.
Class of 1970
2003 Judy (Stevenson) Frizzell, R.N.
Class of 1977
2003 Jean (Kirschbaum) King, R.N., M.S.N.
Class of 1965
2003 Suzanne Mains, R.N., M.S.
Class of 1964
2002 Joan Beard, R.N., B.S.N.
Class of 1981
2002 Louise Brady, R.N.
Class of 1943
2002 Barbara (Holland) Paul, R.N.
Class of 1951
2002 Leona Sweeney, R.N.
Friend of Mercy College
2001 Jill (Harry) Coghlan, R.N.
Class of 1976
2001 Joyce Hutchison Carpenter, R.N.
Class of 1961
2001 Inie Johnson, R.N.
Class of 1954
2001 Mildred (Farr) Walker, R.N.
Class of 1934
2000 Mary Ann (Waterhouse) Adams, R.N.
Class of 1975
2000 Ronald F. Caulk, C.R.N.A.
Class of 1959
2000 Marilyn Russell, R.N.
Class of 1952
1999 Gladys (Bowery) Black, R.N.
Class of 1930
1999 Rose Marie (Vecchi) Cunion, R.N.
Class of 1966
1999 Sr. Mary Zita Brennan, RSM, R.N.
Friend of Mercy College
1999 Sr. Mary Sebastian Geneser, RSM, R.N.
Friend of Mercy College