Spirit of Maryville

(POSTPONED – DATE TBA) 2020 Spirit of Maryville

Spirit of Maryville

The Spirit of Maryville awards recognize those who give generously of their time and talents to Maryville and to the community at large, as well as those whose work brings distinction to their profession. For more information, or to attend, please call 314.529.9673



The Walker Medal recognizes outstanding contributions or achievement in the field of Health and Wellness.

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  • Nurses for Newborns

    Nurses for Newborns was born out of a need to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect in low-income neighborhoods where resources are scarce. It was founded in the early 1990s.

  • Wings of Hope

    Wings of Hope is an aviation nonprofit organization that delivers humanitarian programs to impoverished communities to help them become more self-sufficient through improved health, education, economic opportunity and food security.


  • Michael DeBaun

    Michael R. DeBaun, MD, MPH, is the JC Peterson Chair in Pediatric Pulmonology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Previously he served as the Ferring Family Chair in Pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

  • Lynn Britton

    Lynn Britton joined Mercy in 1992, and was named president & CEO in 2009. Through his innovative leadership, vision and knowledge of the organization, he has presided over Mercy’s growth and the role it plays in the health and welfare of our community.

  • Myrtle E. Walker and Earl E. Walker

    The Myrtle E. And Earl E. Walker Medal was presented to Myrtle Walker and posthumously to the late Earl Walker. Maryville’s state-of-the-art building and home to the College of Health Professions is just one example of the Walkers’ impact in the field of healthcare.



The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes volunteers who have made significant contributions to the University within the past year.

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  • Scott W. Denney

    Scott Denney owns Denney Lumber Company, a family business he began with his late father, Les Denney. But Denney has carried his dad’s legacy into another “family business” too: the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic at Maryville University.

  • Betty C. Hayward

    Betty Hayward, ’82, currently serves on Maryville’s Executive Committee of the National Leadership Council and Duchesne Society. Betty volunteers at the Siteman Cancer Center’s Infusion Center and American Parkinson Disease Association.  

  • Ann Geis Boyce and Don Boyce

    Service is a way of life for Ann Geis Boyce, ’68, and her husband Don, who share the honorary title of Volunteer of the Year. The Boyces have become the go-to couple when an extra hand is needed or a leadership role needs to be filled.

  • Paul Kravitz

    It is rare for someone who is not an alumnus to be recognized as “Volunteer of the Year.” Paul Kravitz has facilitated new partnerships including connecting Maryville with the Maccabi games, which Maryville hosted in 2016.

  • Al Hammerman

    Al Hammerman, MD, a versatile composer and on-stage talent, helped launch Kids Rock Cancer, Maryville’s unique music therapy program for children with cancer and other blood disorders.

  • Lonnie Folks

    The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Lonnie Folks, ’82, ’98, director of athletics for Richard Stockton College. He has served Maryville and the Saints athletic community with distinction for two decades.



The Heart of Maryville Award, formerly Centennial Award, recognizes a lifestyle best exemplifying the values of the Sacred Heart tradition.

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  • Barbara Lamy Cooney

    Barbara Cooney exemplifies a life of service through the arts, the Society of the Sacred Heart and more. After earning a Bachelor of Arts at Maryville, she earned a master’s in English literature and a teaching certificate elsewhere.

  • Jacque Thaman Niekamp

    Jacque Thaman Niekamp, ’66, has always quietly gone about her work. Never seeking recognition, her steadfast purpose, strength of principles, loyalty, faith and integrity embody the values of the Society of the Sacred Heart.


  • Peggy Padberg McGarry

    The Heart of Maryville Award recognizes a lifestyle best exemplifying the values of the Sacred Heart tradition. Peggy Padberg McGarry is, literally, a lifelong member of the Maryville family.

  • Rosemary O’Neil

    Rosemary O’Neil, ’46, first discovered Maryville through the network of Sacred Heart schools when she attended a Sacred Heart high school in her native Chicago.

  • Evelyn Chiao Yuan

    Evelyn Chiao Yuan was the first student from China to attend Maryville on a scholarship. Yuan commemorates her experience by annually endowing the Evelyn Yuan Scholarship, awarded to an academically gifted Asian student.

  • Janet A. McMahon

    Janet A. McMahon, ’62, serves as director of a foundation begun by her father in the turbulence of the 1960s to provide food and clothing for the needy. She recently retired as bookkeeper with her family’s hotel business.



The Young Alumni Award recognizes young alumni who bring distinction to their professions, their community and their alma mater.

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  • Greg Schwartz

    Life has been sweet for Greg Schwartz. Not only did he discover his career interest as a student at Maryville; he also met his wife, Tracey Schrock Schwartz, ’09, on campus. His career path also took him to the “Sweetest Place on Earth”: Hershey, Pa.

  • Tyler Mathews

    Tyler Mathews, ’09, ’12, is the executive director for Venture Cafe STL, which enhances and accelerates the innovation process through spaces, programs and conversations that encourage individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships.


  • Stephanie Stegman

    Stephanie Stegman earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Maryville in 2008. She has never looked back, except to remember the positive experiences and supportive relationships she developed while on campus.

  • Minyu Cao

    Minyu Cao, ’13, was a multicultural scholar and co-president of the Maryville Cultures Connect program. In 2012, she was the only student in the nation to receive the Actuary of Tomorrow-Stuart A. Robertson Memorial Scholarship.

  • Cuong Dang

    Cuong Q. Dang is the co-founder of Enliven, a creative technology company in St. Louis focusing on user experience on web and mobile technologies. As Enliven’s CEO, Dang directs business strategies and leads user experience work.

  • Jenny Bristow

    As a full-time student, Bristow earned her BS in e-marketing, while also working full-time. Bristow was named Maryville’s e-marketing Student of the Year in 2006.



The Dean’s Award recognizes graduates and others who bring distinction to their profession, to their community and to Maryville within the field of Arts and Sciences.

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  • Daniel Abebe

    How does a kid with a 2.8 high school GPA wind up at Harvard Law School? The road begins at Maryville, according to Daniel Abebe, PhD, JD, now vice provost at the University of Chicago Law School. Abebe chose Maryville at the urging of his parents.

  • Nicole Sahin

    Nicole Sahin, ’01, launched Globalization Partners with a mission to eliminate the hurdles that come with managing a global workforce. She has led her organization to a ranking of No. 33 on the 2017 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies.


  • Kathryn Cox

    Kathryn Cox, ’91, has enjoyed a successful career in actuarial science at RGA, where she first began as a Maryville student intern. As senior vice president of business development, Cox works with client companies on the front lines.

  • Nikki LaBruyere Mamuric

    Nikki LaBruyere Mamuric, ’00, has been on a fast-track since receiving her BA from Maryville. After earning an MBA from Washington University, she moved into marketing with Proctor & Gamble, Church & Dwight and L’Oréal.

  • Kathleen “Kay” Quinn-Malone

    Kathleen “Kay” Quinn-Malone is the anchor of KSDK NewsChannel 5’s First at Four program and co-anchor of NewsChannel 5 at Six. Prior to these roles, she anchored the weekend evening newscasts.

  • Stacey Corbet Morse

    Stacey Corbet Morse, ’89, earned her BFA in studio art after first considering a career in business. These are two fields she has successfully combined since her Maryville days.



The Dean’s Award recognizes graduates and others who bring distinction to their profession, to their community and to Maryville within the field of Business.

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  • Michael Reth & Sergey Abrosimov

    Michael Reth, CEO of Axiom Product Administration, and Sergey Abrosimov, CTO, are riding the success that comes from creating a company that disrupts traditional and outdated business practices.

  • Stephen Kitts

    Stephen Kitts, ’83, is EVP of investment banking at UMB Bank. His dedication to building outstanding teams and empowering individuals are the cornerstones of his success as a leader.


  • Robert Tucker

    Robert E. Tucker, MD, MBA, AIF, has enjoyed two successful careers. He was an orthopedic hand surgeon for more than 25 years and served as medical director of the St. Louis Orthopedic Institute.

  • James Eberlin

    In 2015, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon awarded Jim Eberlin the Governor’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, in recognition of his success in founding not one, but three start-up companies.

  • Susan Rowold Brueggemann

    Susan Rowold Brueggemann is a human resources leader, talent management expert and director of human resources for Jim’s Formal Wear LLC.

  • Mary Pfanstiel Heger

    Mary Pfanstiel Heger is CIO and vice president of information technology and the Ameren Service Center for Ameren Services, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation.



The Dean’s Award recognizes graduates and others who bring distinction to their profession, to their community and to Maryville within the field of Education.

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  • Charlotte Ijei

    Charlotte Ijei, EdD, is director of pupil personnel & diversity for the Parkway School District. Her passion for moving the district toward educational equity has been both personal and professional.

  • Rodney Lewis

    As the principal at Ballwin Elementary, Rodney Lewis, EdD, ’11, has positively influenced the lives of thousands of elementary students in the Parkway, Valley Park, Ferguson-Florissant and Rockwood school districts.

  • Patrick Sly

    Patrick J. Sly retired in 2016 following a 26-year career with Emerson. Most recently he served as executive vice president, managing the Emerson Charitable Trust and the company’s community relations.

  • Patrick McPartland

    Patrick McPartland, ’14, earned his master’s in education at Maryville. For the past 25 years, he has served as a social studies educator at Parkway South High School.

  • Jason Adams

    Jason Adams, EdD, is the principal of Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary in the Maplewood Richmond Heights (MRH) School District. Adams earned each of his four degrees at Maryville University.

  • Michael Dragoni

    Michael Dragoni has a long academic association with Maryville University. He earned his bachelor’s in art education followed by a master’s in educational leadership.



The Dean’s Award recognizes graduates and others who bring distinction to their profession, to their community and to Maryville within the field of Health Professions.

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  • Cy Woodrome

    Cy Woodrome has built a nontraditional career in a field dominated by traditional methods. Having already earned a degree in anatomy & physiology, he enrolled in Maryville’s Weekend and Evening College to become a cardiothoracic nurse.

  • Shani Johnson

    Shani Johnson, ’05, is a life strategist, coach, author and motivational speaker. In 2013, she launched SCJ Enterprises which serves as a vehicle for women of all ages to become empowered and inspired.

  • Rubel Brothers (Greg, Matt and Jason)

    Physical therapy is sort of a “family business” for the Rubel brothers: Greg, ’97, Matt, ’00, and Jason, ’03, ’04. It’s no surprise that all three have developed successful careers marked by increasing responsibilities over the years.

  • Charles “Michael” Roth

    Mike Roth is both a skilled administrator and a compassionate advocate for seniors. These combined qualities have contributed to his successful career with Alexian Brothers Sherbrooke Village for 25 years.

  • Christine Crain

    Christine Crain is the COO for Mercy Kids, a division of Mercy. In this role, she serves as executive leader for strategic and operational initiatives related to pediatric and neonatal services across Mercy’s four-state region.

  • Crystal Weaver

    Crystal Weaver earned her BA in music therapy and her MA in rehab counseling. She is the senior music therapist at SLU Cancer Center and is also responsible for fostering community partnerships with the St. Louis Symphony.