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2014 Awards & Recipients

2014 Awards & Recipients


Coffey Award

Named for M. Justitia Coffey, BVM, the first president of Mundelein College, this award honors a Mundelein College alumna for her leadership in the community, accomplishments in industry, and service to others.

Dr. Judith A. Mayotte, MUND '62 

Judith A. Mayotte has been an internationally recognized leader in global refugee resettlement since the 1980s. As a television and documentary producer, she traveled around the world documenting the world’s displaced people.  She has won an Emmy, and a MacArthur Grant. She has served as a special advisor to the U.S. Department of State on refugees; and as a college professor organized Marquette’s successful immersion program in South Africa.











Felice Award

Named after the founding director of the John Felice Rome Center, this award is given to a JFRC alumnus(a) who has shown exemplary leadership in business and community and support to the Rome Center.

Dr. Philip R. O'Connor, JFRC ’68-'69, BA '70


Phillip R. O'Connor is a successful business person with background in the insurance field and the energy field.  He has provided strong direct service to the JFRC in conceiving of, writing the curriculum for, writing the text for, and providing the instruction to the students for the World War II study trip that exposes them to Italian sites that played an important role in World War II.  Phil has also been a public servant during various points in his career, particularly serving the U.S. Embassy to Iraq in 2007-2008.

Damen Awards

Named for Loyola University Chicago's primary founder, Arnold Damen, S.J., this award is granted to an alumnus(a) from each of Loyola's schools and colleges. It recognizes the qualities of leadership in industry, leadership in community and service to others.

College of Arts & Sciences
James V. LoBianco, BA ’94, JFRC Spring '93 

James V. LoBianco is the Executive Director of StreetWise, Inc. Jim LoBianco has a long history of helping improve the lives of the overlooked and underserved by empowering them with the tools and resources they need to get back on their feet. He is dedicated to supporting and serving the Chicago homeless community. In April, 2013, Streetwise launched Neighbor Carts, a new "job creation opportunity that combines workforce development with healthy eating in an attempt to combat food disparity around Chicago neighborhoods.”

Quinlan School of Business
Mark K. Satkiewicz, MBA ’95 

Mr. Mark Satkiewicz is President of SmartWool Americas, an “apparel brand whose products are inspired by living and playing in the mountains.”  He has worked to shift the company’s culture into one that “directly integrates employees into decision making [and has implemented] elected employee committees formed around sustainability, service, culture, and advocacy.” The company’s advocacy committee triggered SmartWool to donate over $1.6 million to organizations that encourage outdoor recreation for kids. In an effort to “promote an engaged workforce,” Mr. Satkiewicz also provides employees 40 hours away from the office each year for volunteering and closes the office twice a year for employees to conduct additional service work.  He is a member of the board of the Outdoor Industry Association, the leading trade association of the outdoor recreation industry, and philanthropically supports the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, Yampa Valley Medical Center, and the Children’s Cancer Association. Mr. Satkiewicz holds an MBA from Loyola University Chicago and a BS in Finance from Miami University in Ohio.

School of Communication

Susan Candiotti, BA ’76, JFRC '73-'74 

Susan Candiotti is a distinguished alum with a national reputation in the field of broadcast journalism. Currently a national correspondent for CNN, she has covered several prominent national news stories including Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake and the Oklahoma City bombing investigation. She has contributed to Emmy and Peabody Award winning reports, and was part of a CNN team honored with the National Headliner Award for continuing coverage of the Sept. 11th attacks.

School of Continuing &
Professional Studies
Carmen Velasquez, BS ’63 

Carmen Velasquezthe founder and executive director of Alivio Medical Center, has a consistent track record of dedication to the working poor, and particularly the Latino community. In all, Alivio has health centers in Pilsen, Berwyn and Cicero, and has multiple school based health centers as well. Ms. Velasquez has received numerous national and local awards in recognition of her impact on the community.

School of Education
Carl A. Grant, MEd ’62 

Carl A. Grant is the Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Teacher Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University Wisconsin-Madison. A former classroom teacher, administrator and Fulbright Scholar, he was the President of the National Association of Multicultural Education from 1993-1999. Awarded several honors for his leadership and dedication to social justice, Mr. Grant has co-authored multiple books that explore issues of race, class, gender and disability, and his work has significantly informed culturally responsive curriculum development. 

Institute of Environmental Sustainability
David E. Miller, BS '75, JFRC '73-74


David E. Miller is the President of Midwest Organic Farm Management. David views education as the primary key to changing the nature and health of our current food production system. He is committed to transforming Illinois farmland by building an organic farm business that could compete with conventional farms. His has utilized his expertise in real estate financial management and restructuring alternative real estate investments to form Iroquois Valley Farms, the first private company in the US to connect investors with organic farmland and family farmers. Now, through Midwest Organic Farm Management, he and his business partner help investors buy farmland and transition it to an organic operation. 

The Graduate School
Dr. Deborah C. Hockman, PhD '82 

Deborah C. Hockman is Vice President of Global Environment, Health and Safety at Owens-Illinois, Inc. Dr. Hockman’s career has been characterized by industry, leadership, mentorship, educational commitment and service. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and is widely published in the areas of laboratory automation, robotics, environmental policy, analytic methods and science education. She serves on several boards including the International Association of Environmental Testing. She was featured in Crain’s Chicago Business’ Forty Under Forty Publication. 

School of Law
Joseph A. Power Jr., JD ‘77 

Joseph A. Power, Jr. has been nationally recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America, every year since 1987 while being a dedicated advocate for the seriously injured, neglected, and for the families of those wrongfully deceased. He was instrumental in uncovering and disclosing the trucking license for bribe scandal in the Office of Secretary of State which resulted in 76 criminal convictions including the former Governor. He has been a close friend to the School of Law with general support and by establishing an endowed scholarship, and to the University by serving on the Board of Trustees for nine years. 

Stritch School of Medicine
Dr. Nancy S. Hardt, MD ‘77 


Nancy S. Hardt is a Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Of Florida College Of Medicine, Director for Health Disparities and Service Learning Programs, and the Associate Director of the school’s Family Data Center. Her work with community leaders to address local health equity issues shows her commitment to serving at-risk and under-served populations. She is also involved in UF’s School Health Interdisciplinary Program and she co-founded UF’s Intimate Partner Violence Clinic in conjunction with the College of Law, in which law and medical students learn together how best to meet the needs of victims.

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Dr. Barbara M. Brodie, BSN ’57 

Barbara M. Brodie spent 30 years as a Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia. She is the former Director of the Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry and in retirement acts as the Associate Director. Brodie is recognized throughout the University of Virginia and the nursing profession for her many academic accomplishments, including the authorship of numerous publications, presentations, and research on pediatrics, nursing history, nurse practitioners, and doctoral education. She is a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Nursing, and serves on the editorial boards of several nursing journals and publications. 

Institute of Pastoral Studies
Dr. Terrence C. Nelson-Johnson, BS '80, MPS ‘82 


Terrence C. Nelson-Johnson served on the faculty of Loyola Academy Jesuit High School for eighteen years, and is the founder and executive director of Soul-Play, LLC, an experiential, theological, educational enterprise serving congregations, families, schools and adult retreats.  Dr. Nelson-Johnson is a prolific writer, and his reflections and essays have been widely published in local and national publications.

School of Social Work
Antwan A. Turpeau, MSW ‘11 

Antwan A. Turpeau is one of three founders of the Struggling Youth Equals Successful Adults (SYESA), an organization recognized by the Illinois House of Representatives as being the first non-profit youth organization in the state to be founded by 3 former foster youths.  SYESA works to give youth and young adults the tools, connections, resources, and motivation they need to overcome the past obstacles in their life to succeed.  A former ward of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Turpeau’s youth experience included violence, multiple home environments, battles with illegal substances, and gang activities. He overcame these incredible challenges and has dedicated his life to helping other disenfranchised youth live better lives. 


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