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October 28, 2021

La Roche University to Honor Distinguished Alumni on Saturday, Nov. 6

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 28, 2021 – La Roche University will induct 24 individuals into its Distinguished Alumni Circle during a special dinner and reception on Saturday, Nov. 6.

The event will kick off in La Roche’s Zappala Campus Center at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards ceremony.

La Roche grants the Distinguished Alumni Award to graduates whose outstanding success at work and in the community reflects the mission of the University. After receiving nominations from alumni, parents, friends and other members of the La Roche community, a committee comprised of a diverse cross-section of La Roche constituents selected the following alumni as recipients:


Joe Blair II, M.S. ’05
CRNA/Director of Detachments - Region II
Jefferson Medical Center, West Virginia University Medicine
Expeditionary Medical Facility, Bethesda

Suzanne (Postava) Gilch ’72, M.S. ’84
Lay Minister (Retired)
Diocese of Pittsburgh

Gloria Katuuku ’03, MBA
Principal Information and Communication Technology Officer, Research and Development
Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Uganda

James Koshar, M.S. ’93, DSL
Adjunct Professor
Shepherd University

Joanna Lewis-Creegan ’05, M.S.
Manager, Technology Services, Patient-Centered Endpoints

Sara Makin ’13, M.S.Ed., LPC, NCC
Makin Wellness

Elizabeth OGrady ’79
VP, Channel Management Team (Retired)
ABB Inc.

Veronica Oswald-Hrutkay ’90
Director of Women, Peace and Security Studies
U.S. Army War College

Danay Rivero ’10
National News Correspondent
Univision Network

Don Sedei ’72
CEO and Author
The Amusement Park, LLC

Amy Marie Sula ’99, M.S.
Manager of Integration Support
Allegheny County Department of Human Services


Gary Hammer ’79 
Co-Founder and Senior Principal 
Hammer Design Associates/HDA-Pacific

Michael Hassett ’11, Ph.D. 
President & Co-Founder 
Friends of Tonga Inc.
Budget Analyst 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Judy Henry ’95, ’02 (Posthumously) 
Study Coordinator, Division of Medical Genetics 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Becky Jenkins ’98 
Partner, Vice President of Construction 
Mobley Homes

Antoine Kanamugire ’04, M.D. 
Medical doctor, psychiatrist 
Antoine Kanamugire M.D. Inc.

Robert Koehler ’93 
Associate Partner 

Marilyn Marousek ’81, ’86 
Associate Professor of Human Resources (Retired) 
Interim Program Director, Adrian Dominican School of Education 
Barry University

Patricia Meyer-Battiston’97, ’00 
Nurse Practitioner Supervisor 
UPMC Passavant

John Napolitano ’81 
The Lann Companies 

Danielle Shearer ’03 
Vice President and General Manager 
Howard Hanna Insurance Services

Cynthia Stauber ’84 
Unit Director 
UPMC Passavant

Cadwell Turnbull ’09 

Alene Valkanas ’68 
Founding Executive Director (Retired) 
Illinois Arts Alliance

A full biography of each awardee is available at

Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D., president of La Roche, also will recognize Antoine Kanamugire ’04, M.D. and Joe Blair ’05 as recipients of the Sister Kathleen Angel Award for Distinguished Career Services in the Life Science and Medical Professions. Presented annually to alumni of La Roche’s biology and health professional programs, the award honors alumni for leading distinguished professional careers of leadership and public service. Awards are nominated by alumni peers or colleagues.

Along with UPMC Health Plan as the premier sponsor, supporting sponsors for the Distinguished Alumni event include: DRS Architects, Littler Mendelson, Passavant Hospital Foundation, Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel and Tristate Capital Bank.

About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,300 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.