Alumni Association Recognizes 10 Recent Alumni
October 16, 2017
In the second year of its 10 Under 10 program, the Saint Anselm College Alumni Association is proud to celebrate and showcase the successes of young alumni who are already having a profound impact on their communities while positively influencing the future. This year, the recognition program highlights recent graduates who are involved in impressive and meaningful work across a wide range of disciplines and vocations, including education, counseling, and service in the United States military.
2017 10 Under 10 Recipients
Christopher Ahearn '08
B.A., International Relations, minor Spanish
M.Ed., Education, Franklin Pierce University
Ahearn is an outgoing, sincere, and passionate advocate for positive educational change. He is the Director of Partnerships at Reach the World, an organization in New York City. Reach the World aims to inspire students to become curious and confident global citizens through the application of a digital platform used in the classroom. Ahearn is also the Strategy Director of Wright School in the Greater Boston area, which is centered around design-based thinking.
Melissa DeLury '10
M.Phil., International Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
DeLury has traveled widely on service projects designed to improve the lives of others. Most recently, she won a Fulbright Research Award to conduct research in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. The grant allows her to evaluate the Indian Right to Education Act (RTE), and to discover the barriers that prevent children in the country’s rural areas from attending school. DeLury previously worked as a program assistant for Molloy College and the City University of New York’s School of Professional Studies.
Courtney Gray Tanner '11
B.A., Latin, Business Administration
J.D./M.S.W., University of New Hampshire School of Law
Tanner is the Executive Director at Hope on Haven Hill in Rochester, N.H., a residential recovery facility for pregnant and parenting women and their babies. She is also the Board President for the Partnership for Drug-Free New Hampshire, and a member of the New Hampshire Insurance Department’s Behavioral Health and Addiction Services Advisory Committee.
Aileen Hickey '13
Hickey is a Research Manager at T1D Exchange, a company with an innovative model to help type one diabetes researchers collaborate with patients, physicians, and other researchers. She helps to improve outcomes for both patients and their families in clinical studies that advance therapies and improve clinical care. Hickey previously worked as an in-home counselor, where she provided individual and family therapy to adolescents and their families. She has worked directly with a broad spectrum of clinical diagnoses ranging from depression and anxiety to substance abuse, attention deficit, mood and personality disorders.
Alexandra (Puglisi) Horton '11
Horton is the owner of Café la Reine in Manchester, N.H., which has received accolades as a Best of New Hampshire business (2014) and Best Manchester Coffee Shop (2015). She also serves as the Chairperson of the Manchester Young Professionals Network and a member of the Manchester Transit Authority committee. She has been recognized for her entrepreneurship and community service as Manchester’s Young Professional of the Year (2015), the New Hampshire Union Leaders’ 40 Under 40 (2015), and WZID’s 20 Outstanding Women (2015).
Stephanie Kearsley Dahlberg '14
Dahlberg is an Outreach Coordinator for Supportive Services for Veteran Families at Harbor Homes, where she has an instrumental role in the company’s mission to help end veteran homelessness in the Nashua region. Dahlberg works tirelessly with homeless veterans suffering from a variety of mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and health issues. She works to connect these veterans with sustainable housing, medical and mental healthcare, jobs, and other community resources in order to help them live safe, peaceful, and fulfilled lives. Dahlberg also coaches high school track and field and will graduate with her master's in social work from the University of New Hampshire in May 2018.
Michael McGee '14
B.A., Criminal Justice
McGee is a police officer for the Manchester Police Department. During an officer-involved shooting in November 2016, he bravely protected fellow officer Matthew O’Conner from gunfire during an exchange with an armed suspect while administering a tourniquet to O’Conner’s wounded leg. For his heroism and valor, McGee received the Life-Saving Medal, which is awarded in recognition of an officer’s performance of duty while disregarding their own safety in order to act promptly and offer medical aid. He also received the Meritorious Service Medal for showing extreme professionalism and courage in the pursuit of the armed suspect.
Kathryn O’Loughlin '10
M. Phil., International Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin
O’Loughlin is the Associate Director of Mission and Ministry for the College of Mount Saint Vincent, where she has transformed their program by encouraging countless students to spend their academic breaks serving others. O’Loughlin has traveled to remote places both in the United States and abroad to accompany and aid the poor and marginalized.
Kevin Powers '08
M.A., Education, University of Notre Dame
M.Ed., Education Leadership, DePaul University
After graduating from Saint Anselm College, Powers taught in elementary and middle schools before becoming principal at Saint Margret of Scotland in Chicago, Ill. Most recently, he was appointed Superintendent of Catholic Community Schools (CCS), a newly-formed consolidation of eight elementary schools and one high school in the metro area of Saint Cloud, Minn. In his new role, Powers is serving over 1,950 students from preschool to the 12th grade. He is eager to assist and nurture his students as they grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Cpt. Evan Weaver '10
Weaver is a Captain and Logistics Officer in the United States Army. He earned his commission through Army ROTC at the University of New Hampshire while studying politics at Saint Anselm College. Over the past seven years, he has served at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of Army logistics, including three deployments. Currently, Weaver is serving with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in New York.
Nominate an Alumnus/a
In order to highlight all of the exceptional contributions in business and community service provided by Saint Anselm young alumni, the Office of Alumni Relations requests that you take the time to fill out a nomination form for any deserving candidate. A separate form must be completed for each nomination. The Alumni Council’s Recognition Committee will review all applications received before August 1, 2018 to select 10 honorees, who will be announced in the fall of 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (888) 444-1889.