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Alumni Association


Who We Are

The Mercy Alumni Association, founded in 1923, currently serves more than 9,000 graduates from St. Vincent School of Nursing, Mercy School of Nursing, Mercy College of Northwest Ohio, and Mercy College of Ohio.

Every graduate is considered a member of the Association. Honorary membership may be conferred upon persons who have rendered service to this association or upon any individual whom the association wishes to honor. Such memberships are conferred by a majority vote of the Alumni Board.

What We Do

The association is organized for charitable, educational, and social purposes to support both the College and our alumni. Activities include:

  • Fall Mass for alumni and friends,
  • Annual meeting and banquet held at Alumni & Friends Weekend in the Fall which honors especially our members of 10, 25, 50 years,
  • Scholarships awarded annually to current students of Mercy College; alumni have the opportunity to designate their gift to the Annual Fund for Alumni Scholarships,
  • Distinguished Graduate Award presented at the Alumni Banquet. Members may nominate themselves or another alumnus for this award. (See link to the nomination form and listing of awardees to date),
  • Mercy News, published electronically several times a year, updates members on the latest news of the Association, its members, and the College.

Alumni may utilize College resources including career services and the library.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Alumni Weekend 2023

Alumni and Friends of Mercy College are encouraged to join the Alumni Association for Alumni & Friends Weekend on September 23-24. Events include a Mercy 1-Mile Walk, Mass, and an Awards Lunch. View more information and RSVP Now!

The Alumni Association is also selling Alumni shirts, 50/50, and Cooler Raffle tickets (two chances to win over $1,500 in prizes)! Purchase Now!

Alumni Board

Governance of the Association

The Association is governed by a Board and follows the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association.

There are no annual dues for members. However, members are asked to make a contribution through the College’s Annual Fund held in fall each year. Gifts from alumni may be designated by the donor to support the work of the Alumni Association including the awarding of scholarships annually.

Any member of the Association may volunteer or be invited to serve on the Alumni Board. Contact may be made with any Board member or by contacting Hannah Bohn at the contact information below.

Alumni Board 2021–2022

PresidentKaren Turpening DziengelweskiClass of 2013
Vice President

Nikki Wilkins

Class of 2006, 2018
SecretaryTheresa O'DonnellClass of 1980
TreasurerMarie Archambeault MasztakClass of 1964
Other MembersKaty Bulger SampsonClass of 2016, 2018

Tim Frank

Class of 2015, 2018, 2022

Dawn HathawayClass of 2009, 2015
Cynthia Heins

Class of 2004

Rhea HernandezClass of 1989
Nicholas Hollinshead

Class of 2019

Michelle PollaufClass of 1991, 2019

Distinguished Graduate Award


To recognize the humanitarian, professional, and philanthropic accomplishments of Mercy Alumni.


Alumni of the Mercy School of Nursing or Mercy College of Ohio who have graduated at least ten (10) years ago and who have demonstrated commitment to the Mercy Values of compassion, excellence, human dignity, justice, sacredness of life, and service are eligible. Alumni may self-nominate or submit a nomination for another Mercy graduate. You may print the PDF nomination form out, fill it out, and return it, or you may just fill out the form below.

Award YearAwardeeYear of Graduation
1996Charlotte Baron1929
1997Sister Patricia Ann Dalke, RSM1957
1998Marty McGeein1959
1999Nancy Nusbaum Hammon1950
2000Kathy Shadle James1978
2001Patricia Wagner1950
2002Claudella Achambeau Jones1959
2005Carol A. Whittaker1972
2006Helen Mae Dickman1939
2008Rosemary Szymanowski Shugar1984
2009Sister Rita Mary Wasserman, RSM1952
2010Ruth Rohr Pio1953
2011Rosemary Daniel Butzer1960
2012Irene Held Brooks1962
2013Maria Nowicki, Ph.D1970
2014Marie Archambeault Masztak1964
2015Marsha Hailman Brown1967
2016Rev. Neil Kookoothe1982
2017Bernadette Knetchel Butler1958


Marilynne R. (Mansfield) Wood, PhD, MSN, RN1966
2019Kathleen Burkey Welter1963
2021Kathleen Moriarty Lilly1981
2021Carol Annesser1980
2022Samantha DiBlasi2011
2023Joseph Szczerbiak1972

The 2023 Distinguished Graduate Award will be presented/recognized during Alumni and Friends Weekend September 23-24.

Mercy College Advocate Award


To acknowledge a person or person(s) who have significantly impacted the growth and development and/or advanced Mercy College of Ohio and its alumni association.


Alumni, faculty, staff, administration, current students, and friends of Mercy College may self-nominate or submit a nomination for another individual. This individual must display commitment to support the efforts at Mercy College of Ohio to benefit the students and the organization.

Questions? Contact Hannah Bohn.