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National Alumni Association Awards Presentations

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Providence College National Alumni Association celebrated the achievements of our honored alumni at the 2016 National Alumni Association Awards presentations, recognizing the volunteer commitment, personal achievements, and community contributions of some of our distinguished reunion alumni.​

This year's h​​onore​es

Jam​​es P. Car​ty '61 – Faithful Friar Award

Jim has a long and distinguished record of service to Providence College, most notably through his tenure as president of the National Alumni Association and three terms as president of the Washington, D.C., alumni club. His loyalty, dedication, and support of the College are evident in everything he does, from his regular attendance at reunion to his sustained contributions to the PC Fund to his dedicated involvement with his local alumni club. Jim also was instrumental in cultivating the next generation of Friars by establishing the annual alumni-student welcome reception in the Capital Area.​

​​William J. Christie '61 & '11​​Hon. – Faithful Friar Award

Bill embodies the loyalty, service, and commitment that unite Providence College alumni. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service in recognition of his sustained dedication to his alma mater. His thoughtful leadership and careful stewardship were particularly evident during his eight-year tenure on the Board of Trustees. He has been a steadfast and generous supporter of initiatives that promote the College’s Catholic and Dominican tradition, including the establishment of an endowed chair in the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies. As an admission ambassador, he also has sponsored more than 40 high school students, all of whom have graduated successfully. Bill joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a student at PC and served as a commissioned officer on active duty upon graduation. As president and chief executive officer of William J. Christie Associates, Inc., an insurance and financial services firm. Bill heads up the company with his son and fellow Friar Emmett P. Christie ’93. He and his wife, Maryann, are the proud parents of five and grandparents of 15, including PC alumni Emmett, Kerry Christie McConville ’86 and William J. Christie Jr. ’93. His granddaughter Bridget Hillsman is a member of the Class of 2017.  ​​​

​Jack Flynn '61 – F​aithful Friar Award

Jack has consistently shared his time, talent, and treasure with his alma mater. He has provided guidance, wisdom, and insight to the College through longtime service on the Board of Trustees, the School of Business Advisory Council, and the Liberal Arts Honors Leadership Council. In addition, he served as chair of the Providence College Annual Fund.  He was among the first to participate in the Arts Honors Program and went on to have a distinguished professional career as vice chairman and chief financial officer of Fleet Financial Group. Upon his retirement, he shared his experience and wisdom with the next generation of Friars as the Fleet Executive in Residence at Providence College. ​

​Richard​ A. Gagné​ '66 – Exemplary Citizenship Award

Richa​rd’s deep commitment to service embodies the ideals of the Providence College mission. A wealth management advisor by trade, Richard has devoted much of his own support — and time — to brighten the lives of orphans in Uganda. In partnership with a Catholic order of teaching brothers, Richard has transformed the educational experience for countless students — providing everything from running water and working toilets to science laboratories and libraries where once there were none. His generosity and vision have been particularly impactful at the Mbabaali Memorial School, which serves many students whose parents have died from malaria. There, he funds teachers’ salaries and provides housing and food for orphans — some of whom are 5 and 6 years old and left to care for their younger siblings. One of Richard’s heroes is his adopted Ugandan daughter, Jovia, who was rescued during the Rwandan genocide. Today, she studies at Uganda Martyrs University, where she is thriving.​

​Jim Mulc​ahy '66, '93P, & '96P – Personal Achievement Award

Leadership, action, and vision define Jim’s career and his service to Providence College. Before his retirement in 2013, he enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a managing director and complex manager for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. In that role, he managed more than 300 people in two New York City locations and was responsible for the careful stewardship of more than $24 billion of client assets. At Providence College, Jim was a longtime member of the Board of Trustees. He has continued his engagement with PC as chair of the National Board of Overseers — much to the benefit of the board and its members. He also brings insight and experience to the School of Business Advisory Council. His love for his alma mater has been particularly evident in his work as co-chair of his 50th reunion committee, to which he has dedicated countless hours organizing programs and fundraising initiatives for his class. Jim and his family have demonstrated their commitment to access and opportunity by establishing the Mulcahy Family Scholarship Fund to help undergraduate students with financial need. In addition, he has served the Eastern Province of the Dominican Fathers as a member of its economic council. Jim and his wife, Kathryn C. Mulcahy, are the proud parents of Edward James Mulcahy III ’96, Kathryn Mulcahy Godino ’01, Mark Mulcahy, and Kelly Mary Mulcahy Dolan.

Robert J. Palmisano '66 & '89P – Personal Achievement Award

Robert exemplifies the professional achievements that a Providence College education makes possible. An experienced and respected leader in the medical device industry, he is president and CEO of Wright Medical Group Inc. in Memphis, Tenn., a global orthopaedic solutions company. He previously served as president and CEO of ev3, IntraLase Corp., and MacroChem Corp. He serves on the boards of Avedro, Bausch & Lomb, ev3, Osteotech, and Abbott Medical Options. At PC, Robert’s leadership and dedication are matched only by his generosity. A current trustee who serves on the board’s Financial Committee and Strategic Planning Committee, Robert is invested in ensuring a bright future for his alma mater. To that end, he and his wife, Jane, recently provided consecutive leadership gifts to the Arthur F. and Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies. In addition, he has been instrumental to the planning of his 50th reunion, serving as co-chair of his class committee. He and Jane are the proud parents of Christopher M. Palmisano ’89, Eric J. Palmisano, and Matthew P. Palmisano.

Tickets to the Mass and Dinner are complimentary to all Golden Friars (Classes of 1923-1966) and one guest. The cost for other alumni and guests is $30 each.​

Fr. Kevin D. Robb, O.P. '71 – Bishop Harkins Award 

Fr. Ro​bb’s devotion and dedication to Providence College and the Catholic Church are unwavering. The grand-nephew of Fr. William Dominic Noon, O.P., second president of Providence College, Fr. Robb has served his alma mater and God in a way that honors his uncle’s memory. As associate vice president for Mission and Ministry and associate treasurer for the College, Fr. Robb has tirelessly promoted, guarded, and advocated for the Catholic and Dominican tradition that defines PC. Under his leadership, the Fr. Smith Fellowship Program has encouraged 63 exceptional students to more deeply explore their faith through study and service abroad. His deep love for religious art has made Providence College a more beautiful place for those who teach, study, and work among the crucifixes, paintings, and prints Fr. Robb has curated.​

David E. Roa​​​ch '71 & '02P – Service to Education Award

David was a witness to — and a participant in — educational history. In the spring of his senior year, he and three classmates were recruited by Rev.​​ John Egan, O.P., a Dominican friar assigned to Nesmith, S.C., to teach in the Williamsburg County Schools as part of the federally ordered desegregation. So began his 45-year career as an English teacher, assistant principal, principal and, for 17 years, superintendent of schools. The Corporation for National Service recognized both Massachusetts districts that David led as Service Learning Leader Districts. Upon retiring as a superintendent, he became principal of the Nativity School of Worcester, a tuition-free Jesuit prep school serving young men from Worcester's most under-resourced neighborhoods. Since 2009, six Nativity men have attended and graduated from Providence College. David served on the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education as vice-chair and chair of the Working Group on Civic Education. Currently, he teaches seminars on education policy at the College of the Holy Cross and directs graduate programs on school leadership at Worcester State University.  He is the proud father of three children, including Paul Roach ’02. 

Maryanne Doherty Knott '76 & '11P – Faithful Friar Award

Maryanne and her classmates were among the first generation of women to graduate from PC. Since those pioneering days, Maryanne has maintained a very close relationship to Providence College, serving on the National Alumni Association Board of Governors and sharing her expertise in corporate accounting through the School of Business Advisory Council. As vice president of tax for Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., Maryanne has responsibility for foreign, federal, state, and local taxes for the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins brands. Each fall, she speaks in the Introduction to the Accounting Profession class at PC. It’s no wonder that Dean Sylvia Maxfield appointed Maryanne to a new committee to review the School of Business curriculum. Maryanne is the proud mother of Maura Ladino ’11. Other Friar family members include her father, Robert O. Doherty ’51; siblings Ellen Walsh ’78, Joe Doherty ’80, Peggy Colpoys ’81, Kathy Moloy ’83, and Patti Wade ’86; and nieces Laura Walsh ’11 and Julie Moloy ’13. ​​

Patrick J. Canning '81 – Personal Achievement Award

​​Patrick’s career success and dedication to PC are inextricably linked. A managing partner in the Chicago office of KPMG — the Big Four firm’s s​econd-largest with more than 2,000 partners and employees —  Patrick is a star in the accounting world. He previously served as managing partner in KPMG’s Boston and Providence offices. While on the East Coast, he served on PC’s Boston and Providence President’s Councils and chaired the College’s Executive Career Mentor Program. Today, he continues to serve his alma mater, leading a $1 million fundraising effort for the Our Moment campaign at KPMG, which employs more than 30 Friar alumni. He is known as an approachable and caring leader, a mindset inspired by his own mentor Joseph Cianciolo ’60, a former PC trustee and colleague at KPMG. “Joe would say, ‘Every day you wake up, it’s not about you … you have to make sure everyone else is successful.” ​

Maura '86 and Michael '​​86 Chapey – Faithful Friar Award

Maura and Michael’s love story began at PC — and they’ve kept their alma mater close to their hearts ever since. After Michael served on the committee for a new men’s lacrosse head coach, he and Maura were so impressed by the College’s commitment to the program that they made a generous gift to support Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium, a state-of-the-art lacrosse and soccer complex adjacent to Schneider Arena. The facility was dedicated in 2016. In addition to their philanthropic leadership, the Chapeys have served the College in other ways, most notably through their work on their class reunion committees — this year, they serve as honorary co-chairs of their 30th Reunion Committee — and by hosting fundraisers at their home in support of the Trudi Alagero Memorial Scholarship Fund. “PC has been, and always will be, a very important part of our lives, and we are delighted to give back to an institution that has enriched our lives so much,” Maura says. “Lacrosse was a huge part of Mike’s experience at PC, and the program continues to be a great source of pride for both of us.”​​​

Kelli O’Donohue '11 – Rev.​​ Philip A. Smith, O.P. Award​​​

Kelli started giving back to her alma mater the moment she set foot on campus. As an undergraduate, she served as the inaugural vice president of the Student Alumni Association, was a member of the Friars Club and Student Congress, and served in many other leadership roles. As a young alumna, she continues to find ways to share her time, talent, and treasure. She serves as a member of the National Alu​​mni Association Council and co-chair of the Young Alumni Leadership Council. She also is secretary and young alumni co-chair of the Greater Boston alumni club. Kelli has served on the A Night in Black & White committee and the Friar 5K committee. She is a true role model for Friars of the Last Decade.   ​