10 Under 10 Awards Recognize Alumni Accomplishments

October 4, 2018

By Kerrin Norton '19

On Friday, September 21, the Saint Anselm College Alumni Association proudly recognized ten recent alumni as part of the third annual 10 Under 10 Recognition Program. The awards program was established in 2016 as a way of highlighting the success and accomplishments of young alumni who have already made a profound impact on their communities while positively influencing the future. Award winners were presented with a clock by Alumni Association President, Michaela Rocha Scott ’09 at the annual Alumni Awards dinner held during Homecoming Weekend.

2018 10 Under 10 Recipients

Matthew Bourque ’11
B.A. History
M.Ed., Providence College
After his graduation from Providence College’s PACT Program, Matthew Bourque went on to teach middle school social studies and religion in the Diocese of Fall River, and became chairperson of the Diocesan Social Studies Committee. Today, Bourque is the principal of St. Mary’s Catholic School in Mansfield, Mass., where he works tirelessly to further the school’s mission of academic excellence and dedication to the Catholic faith and values.

Brittany Card ’10
B.A. International Relations
Brittany Card is an assistant professor in the U.S. Naval War College's Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program. Through her work with militaries, universities, and humanitarian organizations, Card aims to improve civilian-military coordination during humanitarian emergencies. After graduating from Saint Anselm in 2010, she earned her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she specialized in human security and gender analysis in international studies. During her studies at Fletcher, she spent a month in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories meeting with humanitarian, human rights, and government actors to learn about humanitarian access and negotiation challenges in complex environments.

Pat Casey ’12
B.A. Communication
In November 2017, upon receiving the most votes among thirteen candidates, Pat Casey became a town councilor in his hometown of Franklin, Mass. On the council, Casey worked to balance the town’s budget, ensure clean water, and lead the charge on joining an opioid crime litigation. His fresh perspective and willingness to challenge the status quo has been welcomed by many in the town. Presently, Casey is running to be the next State Representative for the 10th district of Norfolk County. In his campaign, Casey intends to focus on fighting the opioid epidemic, bringing accountability to power brokers, and solving the Affordable Healthcare dilemma.

Catherine Drennan ’09
B.A. International Relations
M.P.A. Northeastern University
Driven and compassionate Catherine Drennan is the senior manager of public affairs at The Greater Boston Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in New England. In her role, she helps those at risk of hunger in Massachusetts directly by leading the advocacy efforts for statewide funding to purchase food. Over the last two years, Drennan has led a statewide advocacy campaign and created the Rise and Shine Massachusetts coalition to pass legislation that would increase access to school breakfast for more than 150,000 low-income students and leverage more than $25 million in federal money to schools across Massachusetts.  

Jennifer (Kelly) Porter ’10
B.S. Nursing
C.R.N.A. Boston College
After graduating from Saint Anselm, Jennifer Porter briefly worked in a community hospital for nine months before she was accepted into the New Graduate RN Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Joining a group of 32 new and experienced nurses for training, Porter spent eight months in the intensive care unit (ICU), before being part of the opening of a new ICU. During her five years at MGH, Porter maintained several advanced certifications and trained other new graduate nurses. Upon completing a 27-month full-time master’s program that included intensive course and clinical work, Porter earned her M.S. in nurse anesthesia from Boston College in 2017. Currently, she is working at MGH as a nurse anesthetist in the operating room and at off-site anesthesia locations.

Christina Palmieri '11
B.A. Biology, Spanish
B.S. M.S.N. MGH Institute of Health Professions
As an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, Christina Palmieri ’11 works as a hospitalist at Spaulding Hospital for Continued Medical Management in Cambridge, Mass. Palmieri works clinically on an inpatient floor and manages medically complex patients from admission to discharge. In her free time, she is devoted to her fourth degree, a doctorate in nursing practice through Vanderbilt University. Palmieri’s doctoral project is focused on the evaluation of an electronic record handoff tool for providers; she is passionate about how to improve the inpatient transitions between providers with a goal of subsequently improving patient care. When not working on her doctorate or at Spaulding, Palmieri is likely volunteering at Massachusetts General Hospital helping out with patient discharges—as she has for the past six and a half years—or cooking, exercising, or hiking. Next up? Rocky Mountain National Park this fall.  

Nicole Thorspecken ’09
B.A. History
J.D. University of New Hampshire
A strong advocate for the integration of law enforcement and technology to fight cybercriminology, Nicole Thorspecken currently heads the cybercrime unit at the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office in New Hampshire. Thorspecken prosecutes cases in both Manchester and Nashua that involve possession and distribution of child sexual abuse images and online solicitation. She believes that it is vital that prosecutors understand how technology is used to facilitate crime and how to use said technology to prevent and effectively respond to crime, especially in her field of online child exploitation.

Aaron Vigneault ’10
B.A. Financial Economics
MBA, Boston College
Since graduating from Saint Anselm in 2010, Aaron Vigneault has spent his entire career working his way up the ladder at Fidelity Investments. Most recently, he was selected to Fidelity’s General Management Apprentice Program, a firm-wide, two-year long rotational program designed to accelerate young leaders into management roles within the company. Vigneault and his fiance, Lianne Henderson ’10, currently live in Westborough, Mass.

Molly White '15
B.A. Theology
M.A. Theology
Upon graduation, Molly White earned her master’s in theology from the University of Notre Dame and through Echo, their Parish Apprenticeship Program, was placed at Our Lady of Hope Parish in the Diocese of Camden, N.J. In 2017, she began her current role as the director of peer ministry in the Office of Campus Ministry at Providence College. As a campus minister, White supports and fosters young adults as they grow in faith. She also works directly with 52 student leaders in the college’s Peer Ministry Program

Carly Wilson ’09
B.A. Criminal Justice
MSW, Boston College
Carly Wilson is a social worker (LICSW) with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Mass. Currently, Wilson works with homeless and incarcerated veterans. Through the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program, she assists veterans experiencing imminent and literal homelessness transition into temporary and permanent housing in the community. Through her work with the Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) Program, she aids in helping incarcerated veterans formulate a plan for reentry into the community, in an attempt to reduce recidivism and reincarceration. In addition to her reentry duties, Wilson runs weekly psychoeducation groups at Billerica House of Correction’s specialized veterans unit (HUMV), which helps to prepare the veterans on this unit for release and engagement with VA and local community resources post-incarceration. Her work at HUMV was recently featured on the HBO show “VICE News.”

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