ACAAP

Recognition Awards

ACAAP Recognition Awards are designed to publicly acknowledge individuals and organizations for their extraordinary commitment to Catholic school, parish, and institutional philanthropy. Whether board members, advancement or admission professionals, corporations or foundations, recipients of these awards have set the standard for service and dedication. They bring prestige and honor to the Catholic institutions they support and inspire others by example. 

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ACAAP Recognition Awards honor Steven Tenaglia, Rick Goulding, Mary Taylor, Vianna Alcántara, David Erwin, Allison Rivera

ACAAP Recognition Award Winners Are Honored

During the awards ceremony at ACAAP of New England's Spring 2019 Conference the following ACAAP Recognition Award winners were honored for their extraordinary commitment to Catholic school, parish, and institutional philanthropy.  These individuals are an inspiration to us all!

William A. MacNeill Award
Allison Rivera
Saint Martin de Porres Academy
New Haven, CT 06519

The Joseph Simonson Award
David Erwin
Central Catholic High School
Lawrence, MA

The Sister Ann Moynihan, CSJ, Rising Star Award
Vianna Alcántara
Central Catholic High School
Lawrence, MA

The Support Staff Distinguished Service Award
Mary M. Taylor
Xaverian Brothers High School
Westwood, MA

The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award
Rick Goulding
Boston College High School
Boston, MA

The Board Member of the Year Award
Steven Tenaglia
St. John Paul II High School
Hyannis, MA
&
John J. Regan
Catholic Schools Foundation
Boston, MA

Nominations for ACAAP Recognition Awards can be submitted using the online form around December and are due prior to February.  There are eight different award categories recognizing different ways people can express their dedication.

The 2018 ACAAP Recognition Awards

Congratulations to our 2018 Honorees!

ACAAP Spring 2018 Recognition Award Winners

The Catholic Philanthropist of the Year Award

Dr. Jeremiah J. Lowney, DO

Saint Bernard School, Uncasville, CT


The Board Member of the Year Award

Michael Byrnes

Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield, CT


The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award.

Carrie Reny

Central Catholic High School, Lawrence, MA


The Support Staff Distinguished Service Award

Christina Salzillo

St. Mary School, Milford, CT


The Sister Ann Moynihan, CSJ, Rising Star Award

Elizabeth Murphy

Notre Dame Academy, Worcester, MA


Thank you to all those who submitted nominations!

Awards Committee Chair - Rick Blain, CFRE

Distinguished Past Honorees & Award Description

The Catholic Philanthropist of the Year Award

The Catholic Philanthropist of the Year Award honors a philanthropist who has made an extraordinary contribution to our Catholic institutions. 

Past Award Recipients

  • Dr. Jeremiah J. Lowney, DO (2018), Saint Bernard School, Uncasville, CT
  • Keith Boissoneau (2017), St. Leo School, Leominster, MA
  • Joseph Healey (2014), Senior Managing Partner, Healthcor Management LP 
  • Robert & Maureen O’Keefe (2012), St. Joseph High School, Trumbull, CT
  • Mr. Frank Ward & Mr. Paul Birmingham (2011),
  • Pope John II High School
  • Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cusson (2010)
  • Edward W. Santos (2007), President, Plymouth Industrial Development Corporation
  • Patrick and Lillian Carney (2006), President and Chairman, Claremont Companies
  • Richard L. Lafrance (2005), President and CEO, Lafrance Hospitality Corp.
  • Tom and Pam Saunders (2004)
  • James Donovan (2003), Retired President, Amerifee
  • Mr. John J. Remondi (2002), President, Adopt A Student Foundation, Inc.

The Board Member of the Year Award

The Board Member of the Year Award honors a board member or trustee who has exhibited exceptional commitment and leadership in developing support for his or her Catholic institution. 

Past Award Recipients

  • Michael Byrnes (2018), Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield, CT
  • Thomas Harkins (2017), Bishop Hendricken H.S., Warwick, RI
  • Paul Daoust (2016), Nativity Preparatory School, Jamaica Plain, MA
  • William J. Midon (2014), Bishop Feehan High School, North Attleboro
  • Dorothea Coderre (2014), St. Joseph School, Fairhaven
  • Audrey Sullivan (2012), President/Board of Trustees, Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody
  • Patrick Maraghy (2011), Treasurer, Board of Directors, Central Catholic High School, Lawrence
  • Sister RoseMary Brennan, CSJ (2010), Jackson Walnut Park School, Newton
  • Rev. Msgr. Paul V. Garrity (2007), St. Mary’s High School, Lynn
  • John Chemaly (2006), Lowell Catholic High School, Lowell
  • Bill Connors (2005), Pope John Paul XXIII, Everett
  • Mary Lou Keenan (2004), Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro
  • Sharon Gallagher (2003), Boston Archdiocesan Choir School, Cambridge
  • Mr. Richard Felteau (2002), St. John the Evangelist School, Beverly

The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award

The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award recognizes an exceptional volunteer for their long-term commitment to his or her school, parish, or institution. 

Past Award Recipients

  • Carrie Reny (2018), Central Catholic High School, Lawrence, MA
  • Jacinte Grise (2016), Ste Jeanne D'Arc School, Lowell, MA
  • Michael Reddy (2014), St. Mary’s High School, Lynn 
  • Kelly Doherty (2012), Central Catholic High School, Lawrence
  • Laura Wall (2011), Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody
  • Julie Weeks (2010), Immaculate Conception School, Marlboro
  • Gerry Maloney (2007), St. John the Evangelist School, Beverly

The Corporation/Foundation of the Year Award

The Corporation/Foundation of the Year Award recognizes a corporation or foundation for its long-term contributions to Catholic institutions. 

Past Award Recipients

  • The Catholic Schools Foundation (2010)
  • The George W. Mergens Foundation (2006)
  • The James W. O’Brien Foundation (2005)

The Support Staff Distinguished Service Award

The Support Staff Distinguished Service Award applauds one exceptional support staff member for their long-term commitment to his or her school, parish, or institution. 

Past Award Recipients

  • Christina Salzillo (2018), St. Mary School, Milford, CT
  • Marjorie Greco (2017), St. John's School, Wellesley, MA
  • Mary Jane Maturo (2016), Sacred Heart Academy, Hamden, CT
  • Ellen Mastroianni Gallivan (2012), Associate Director of Advancement Cathedral High School, Springfield 
  • Sr. Judith Nee, SND (2011), Development Associate, Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody
  • Jackie Langenfeld (2010), St. Christopher School, Nashua, NH
  • Carol Rioux (2007), Bishop Guertin High School, Nashua, NH
  • Shirley Rogers (2006), Central Catholic High School, Lawrence
  • Eric Scholl (2006), St. Thomas Aquinas School, Derry, NH
  • Kathie Flatley (2005), St. John’s Prep School, Danvers
  • Cathy Melanson (2005), St. Joseph School, Fairhaven
  • Kelli O’Brien McKinnon (2004), Holy Family School, Rockland
  • Joanne Tone (2003), Notre Dame High School, West Haven, CT
  • Libelia Santos (2003), Espirito Santo School, Fall River
  • Cheryl Meaney (2002), Executive Assistant, St. Pius X School, Lynn

The Joseph Simonson Award

The Joseph Simonson Award recognizes distinguished service to ACAAP and is presented to a member who has exhibited an extraordinary devotion of time and energy to ACAAP affairs, which have benefited members professionally and personally. The award honors Joseph Simonson, a former NEACDO/ACAAP President. 

Past Award Recipients

  • Julie Purcell (2014), Marian High School, Framingham 
  • Sue Giovanetti (2012), Director of Advancement, Sacred Heart High School, Kingston
  • Kathy Wielk (2011), Vice President of Advancement, Notre Dame High School, West Haven, CT
  • Cindy Fusco (2010), Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford, CT
  • Connie Morency (2007), Principal, St. Mary of the Annunciation School, Danvers
  • Matt Fitzsimons (2006), Grace Academy, Hartford, CT
  • Larry Furey (2005), Partners in Mission, Westwood
  • Suzanne Burke (2004), Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth
  • Monique Letendre (2003), Ste Jeanne D’Arc School, Lowell
  • Robert Hawking (2002), Bishop Guertin High School, Nashua, NH

The Sister Ann Moynihan, CSJ, Rising Star Award

The Sister Ann Moynihan, CSJ, Rising Star Award recognizes the accomplishments of a new advancement or admissions professional (one to three years of experience) whose early success promises future leadership and achievement. Past recipients are individuals whose performance demonstrated innovation and professionalism and who possessed leadership qualities. You may nominate yourself or a colleague. The Award is named in memory of Sister Ann Moynihan, a former NEACDO/ACAAP President. 

Past Award Recipients

  • Elizabeth Murphy (2018), Notre Dame Academy, Worcester, MA
  • Julie Davis (2017), St. James School, Stratford, CT
  • Carolyn Coutant (2016), Greenwich Catholic School, Greenwich, CT
  • Agnes Hayes (2014), Sacred Hearts School, Bradford
  • Kathleen L. Roy (2002), Director of Development, Our Lady of the Angels School, Worcester
  • Christopher Merrill (2012), Director of Admissions, Central Catholic High School, Lawrence
  • Melissa Kane (2011), Advancement Director, St. Bernadette School, Northboro
  • Jill Dalfonso (2010), St. Mary’s High School, Lynn 
  • Jessica Hutchins (2007), Director of Planned Giving, Boston College High School 
  • Julie Purcell (2006), Director of Advancement, Immaculate Conception School, Marlboro
  • Justin Holmes (2005), Director of Communications, Boston College High School
  • Karen Trainor (2004), Director of Advancement, St. Peter School and Parish, Cambridge
  • Dorothy Dolan (2003), Director of Advancement Operations, St. John’s Prep School, Danvers

The William A. MacNeill Award

The William A. MacNeill Award is presented to a current member of ACAAP whose contribution to a member organization(s) and/or to the profession encompassed by the membership reflect honor on ACAAP, its mission, and its purpose. The recipient will have served in the advancement or admissions profession for a reasonable length of time and be honored for a pattern of service and performance rather than for unusual success in a single event. The award honors William MacNeill, the first President of the New England Association of Catholic Development Officers (NEACDO) for his 30+-year commitment to Catholic school advancement and for the inspirational example of leadership and knowledge he had embodied to all in the profession. 

Past Award Recipients

  • Thomas Burns (2017), Immaculate H.S., Danbury, CT
  • Jane Danahy Foss (2016), Presentation of Mary Academy, Methuen, MA
  • Mary Flaherty Carlucci (2014), St. John the Evangelist School, Beverly 
  • Mike MacNeil (2012), Director of Institutional Advancement, St. Mary’s High School, Lynn
  • Christopher Servant (2011), President, Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro
  • Mary Creeden Risio (2010), Xaverian Brothers High School, Westwood
  • Sister Mary Murphy (2009), President, Sisters of St. Joseph, Brighton 
  • Sister Ann Moynihan, CSJ (2007), Director of Mission Advancement, Sisters of St. Joseph, Brighton
  • Sister Mary Black, CSJ (2006), Director of Donor Relations, Cathedral High School, Boston
  • Michael Newhall (2005), Chief Advancement Officer, St. John’s Prep School, Danvers
  • Sean Cahillane (2004), Director of Development, Cathedral High School, Springfield
  • Jack Dunn (2003), Director of Public Affairs, Boston College 
  • Ralph LeDuc (2002), Director of Major Gifts and former Principal, Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody