2016 Laker Legends Scholarship Gala Honorees

Distinguished Alumni Award – Dr. Ellen Dailey, M.D. ’71

Physician, Partner with OB-GYN Associates of Erie, PC

Distinguished Alumni Award: This award recognizes an outstanding alum who has achieved a high level of success in her career while being generous in support of Mercyhurst Seminary/Preparatory School.

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Background: MPS graduate 1971 / Michigan State University 1975 – BS Psychology, Summa Cum Laude / Hahnemann University 1979 – MD, Honors / Pennsylvania Hospital 1983 – Obstetrics & Gynecology

Board Certification: Obstetrics & Gynecology, Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Fellow: American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists / Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD) / ISCD – International Society for Clinical Densitometry / A member of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, International Society of Clinical Densitometry and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

Current Clinical Appointments: Chairman, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology UPMC Hamot / Executive Committee UPMC Hamot / Medical Director – Obstetrics UPMC Hamot / Surgical Services Committee Civic/Charitable Activities: Great Lakes United – Director / SOS Great Lakes – Co-founder, VP, Director / Southampton Residents Association – Director / Catholic Charities – Director / Charles A. Dailey Foundation – Director, President

Statement: “I am deeply grateful for the solid and broad education Mercyhurst provided me during a formative time in my life. This is now increasingly evident from the vantage point of over four decades. During my years at Mercyhurst, our country was shaken to the core by social conflict and changes accompanying the Civil Rights movement, the feminist movement and the Vietnam War. In the face of this turmoil, Mercyhurst and the Sisters of Mercy provided stability and guidance for me. Although the school has changed in many ways since I was a student, the core values of respect for human dignity, compassion, and the quest for academic excellence remain the same. The sound habits of decorum, scholarship, and pursuit of life-long learning fostered by MPS served me well during college, medical school, residency, and in professional practice. In our current environment of economic uncertainty, international tensions, and deep cultural divisions at home, a Mercyhurst education continues to be relevant. I am proud to be a member of the Mercyhurst family.”

Distinguished Alumni Award – Sister Mary Felice Duska, RSM ’52

Executive Director of Mercy Terrace Apartments / Choir Director at the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse

Distinguished Alumni Award: This award recognizes an outstanding alum who has achieved a high level of success in her career while being generous in support of Mercyhurst Seminary/Preparatory School.

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Background: Mercyhurst Seminary graduate 1952 / Mercyhurst University 1964 – BA Music Education / Duquesne University 1970 – Master of Arts Music Education / Additional Studies: University of Notre Dame, Maier Seminars (Pittsburgh, PA), and Pedagogy and Liturgical Seminars

Over the years, Sister Felice was an elementary teacher, piano teacher and a choir director at various schools and parishes throughout the Diocese, including St. Catherine School, (DuBois), St. Titus School (Titusville), St. Michael School (Greenville), St. Catherine Parish (DuBois), St. Patrick Parish (Franklin), St. Michael Parish (Greenville), and St. Justin Parish (Pittsburgh). She served on St. Patrick Parish Council in Franklin for 23 years, was a PA Federation of Music Clubs moderator and judge for 38 years and served on the Regional Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of Erie for 13 years.

Current Memberships: Mercyhurst Preparatory School Board of Trustees / Mercy Hilltop Center Board of Trustees / Mercy Terrace Apartments Board of Trustees (ex-officio) / Buildings & Grounds Committee Mercyhurst University Board / National Pastoral Musicians

Past: Mercy Volunteer Corps National Board / Mercy Center of the Arts Board of Trustees / Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees, DuBois Regional Medical Center Board of Directors, Regional Leadership Team / PA Federation of Music Clubs, St. Patrick Parish Council in Franklin.

Statement: “I received an excellent education at the Seminary, which prepared me well for future studies and ultimately for my teaching career. In addition, the seeds of my religious vocation were nurtured there.”

Young Alumni Award – Andrew A. Dulin, Major, USF ’00

Director of Operations in Hanover, MD

Young Alumni Award: The Young Alumni Award is given to an individual who exhibits leadership in his or her personal, professional, or volunteer accomplishments and also in his or her involvement with Mercyhurst Preparatory School. Alumni from the classes of 1996-2006 are eligible for the award.

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Background: MPS graduate 2000 / U.S. Air Force Academy 2004 – BS Geography

Recognitions: Bronze Star Medal / Defense Meritorious Service Medal / Joint Service Commendation Medal / Joint Service Achievement Medal / Air Force Achievement Medal / Joint Meritorious Unit Award / Meritorious Unit Award National Defense Service Medal / Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2) / Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal / Global War on Terrorism Service Medal / Parachutist Badge.

Statement: “My MPS education was absolutely top-shelf. However, what I really learned was how to live a caring, respectful life of service from the MPS Family.”

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Mercy Award – Nancy Zimmerman & Team

International Baccalaureate CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) Coordinator / Community Service Coordinator at MPS / Middle States Internal Coordinator / Co-moderator of Feed the Hungry Club with Terry Healey beginning in 2002, joined by Ruth Imhof later in the ministry.


Mercy Award: 
The Mercyhurst Seminary/Preparatory School Alumni Association presents its Mercy Award to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to the Mercyhurst Preparatory School mission “to prepare students from all religious and ethnic backgrounds for a successful, productive, and compassionate life in an ever-changing and interdependent world.”

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Background: Gannon University 1969 – BA in English

Feed the Hungry is now in its 14th year and the team has never missed one of their second Sunday of the month meals. They serve throughout the year – holidays, summertime, during snow emergencies. Nancy stated, “Our people need a meal, no matter what the circumstances.” Nancy served as past Director of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Food Pantry, past volunteer at St. George Food Pantry, past president of St. George School Board, past Parish Council member at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. George and St. Francis Xavier.

Statement: “I first experienced MPS through the eyes of my two children when we were shown incredible hospitality at Open House in 1993. As my son Dan ’97 and my daughter Casey ’99 attended MPS, I saw the respect that they received, the service they were asked to do, and the justice that was a foundation of school regulations. The Mercy Charism has been clearly in the forefront of the school throughout my involvement.”

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Laker Legend Philanthrophy Award – Marco & Betsy Monsalve

Marco Monsalve – Chairman & CEO McManis Monsalve Associates
Betsy Monsalve – Director/Corporate Secretary McManis Monsalve Associates

Laker Legend Philanthropy Award: This award is presented by Mercyhurst Preparatory School administration to a person, family or business representing the true spirit of philanthropy in their support of the MPS vision and the Mercy charism to the benefit of our students and community.

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Background Marco: Florida International University 1974 – BA/BS Political / Science & Criminal Justice / University of Denver 1978 – MBA in Systems Theory Member Council for Excellence in Government / International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) / American Society for Risk Management, American Society for Quality / Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rotary Club of Erie / Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees / Erie Chamber Growth Partnership Committee / Oblate – Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Vietnam veteran / Fortune Small Business America’s Winning Workplaces – Best Boss Finalist Award 2005 / Top 500 Hispanic owned and veteran owned small business in U.S.A.

Background Betsy: Villa Maria College 1970 – BS in Nursing / Wayne State University 1972 – Adult Nurse Practitioner / Postgraduate work in Workplace Health & Safety and Environmental Science / Former Nurse Practitioner, Retired Certified Industrial Hygienist and Safety Professional / Oblate – Benedictine Sister of Erie / Rotarian – Erie, Pa. / Sustaining Member – Erie Women’s Fund

Note: Betsy & Marco established the Aura Scholarship at MPS in 2006 for Hispanic girls. Through their generosity, one Hispanic freshman girl has been selected each year for eleven years to receive the Aura Scholarship, covering all tuition and fees for four years at Mercyhurst Prep.

Statement from Marco and Betsy: “The Aura Scholarship is the best investment we have ever made. The hopes, dreams, hard work and success of nine bright young women to date have put flesh, joy and meaning for us onto the old maxim “You get more than you give!” The Aura Scholarship experience has shown us that ordinary people – we both come from working class backgrounds – with some planning and partnering, have enough to give to change lives, without extraordinary sacrifice or jeopardizing their own security. Ordinary people can be philanthropists and experience the satisfaction of actually seeing the transformative impact that giving back a premium education can have on young lives now and for future generations. We can think of no better way to honor and perpetuate the life-giving example and blessings we received from our self-educated mothers than to pass them on to young women and future mothers. We can think of no better way to leverage our own blessings into a legacy to leave the world a better place.”

Laker Legend Sports Award – Angie Potthoff ’92

Director of Athletics & Wellness, Chartiers Valley High School / Former Assistant Coach and Associate Director for Operations and Technology at the University of Notre Dame

Laker Legend Sports Award: This award is presented by the Mercyhurst Preparatory School administration to an individual or team who, among with achieving excellence in their chosen sport(s), embodies the true spirit of sportsmanship. Exhibiting the Mark of Pride and Spirit, brought honor to their school as a Laker and continues to do so in their adult life beyond Mercyhurst Prep.

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Background: MPS graduate 1992 / Penn State University 1997 – BS Exercise Science

Recognitions: Penn State – Three-year starter and a Big Ten First Team selection for three straight years, top 10 in scoring and rebounding / Named Kodak All-American 1997 / Gold Medalist in the U.S. World University Games 1997 / Drafted by the Columbus Quest (American Basketball League) / WNBA – two seasons with the Minnesota Lynx / Inducted into the Metropolitan Erie Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame on 2001 / Named the Erie Times-News Female Athlete of the Century

Current Memberships: Member of the Women’s Basketball Coaching Association (WBCA) / Member of the National Association of Collegiate Women (NACWA)

Community Service: Habitat for Humanity / YWCA of South Bend / St. Vincent DePaul / South Bend Food Bank / Secret Sisters Society / MPS Basketball Camp

Notable Quote: “You don’t use the word ‘potential’ with that kid. She’s flat-out good.” Lady Lion coach Rene Portland

Statement: “Mercyhurst Prep played a huge role in who I am today. I am a well-rounded woman with an appreciation for all people and a respect for the Catholic faith and Catholic community.”