2017 Laker Legends Scholarship Gala Honorees
Distinguished Alumni for Career — Major David Matteson, M.D., M.S. ‘01
Anesthesiologist at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Instructor and Director of Simulation Education at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH
Asst. Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Asst. Professor of Anesthesiology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD
Active Duty, Medical Corps, 711th Human Performance Wing
Distinguished Alumni Award: This award recognizes an outstanding alum who has achieved a high level of success in his/her career while being generous in support of Mercyhurst Seminary/Preparatory School.
As the titles above indicate, David has been on an accelerated career path since before he entered into the Master’s program in applied anatomy at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2005, the same year he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He earned his MD in 2009 and completed an anesthesiology residency at West Penn Allegheny Health System in 2013.
As a Critical Care Air Transport Physician, David worked with critically ill or wounded patients from the Middle East to Germany and from the West Pacific to Hawaii in 2014-15. In 2016 he headed a humanitarian and training mission with an orthopedic hand surgery team in Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic. He is currently the lead anesthesiologist for a “flying operating room” on a C-17 cargo plane, tasked to provide anesthesia and critical care to the President of the United Sates, where needed world-wide.
David has received numerous military awards, the most recent being the Meritorious Service Medal in 2016 and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award in 2014 and 2015. In 2013 and 2012 he received the Resident Academic Award: Highest in-Training Exam Score in Program.
David is a published author and lecturer and also the creator/author of high-fidelity anesthesiology resident simulations, which enable him to not only use his medical talents but his creativity as well.
When asked about his Mercyhurst Prep education David said, “It is commonly said that medicine is equal parts science and art, so it’s no surprise I chose a career in medicine since MPS excels at each. I credit the excellent science program and teachers at MPS for first piquing my interest in both the physical and biologic sciences. In particular, the biology and anatomy classes played a significant role in directing me towards medicine. The humanities and art classes and all of their teachers taught me creativity and critical thinking, both of which are vitally important for being a good physician and leader.
The Air Force has three core values: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. For some, realigning one’s life to those values requires some effort. To me, these were just natural extensions of the values I first learned and practiced at MPS.
Finally, the emphasis on a Catholic education taught me the importance of serving and caring for others and trusting in God’s plan. As a senior at MPS, I could not have imagined I’d be where I am today. I have been given the gift of taking care of some of our nation’s most badly injured and most critically ill service members. Now, I teach others how to do the same.”
Distinguished Alumni Award for Service – Judy Zimmerman Rosatti ’80
Manufacturer & Business Association
Distinguished Alumni Award for Service: This award recognizes an outstanding alum who has achieved a high level of success in his/her career while being generous in support of Mercyhurst Seminary/Preparatory School.
If “service” was a middle name, it would belong in Judy’s title. Since the late 80s she has been involved serving on boards of numerous organizations such as the Lake Erie Ballet, Blessed Sacrament School, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Mercyhurst Preparatory School and the Mercyhurst Prep Alumni Association.
For over 30 years, she has volunteered her time and talents in myriad capacities. Whether she was working as the president of the Parent Teacher Council, Eucharistic minister, cheerleading coach or confirmation class moderator, her response to help was always “of course” or “yes” since negative responses are not included in her vocabulary.
Judy was the alumna who proposed the idea of the MPS courtyard to the development committee in the early 2000s and worked closely with Sr. Domenica DeLeo, RSM and Dan Dahlkemper on its design and implementation. Not only is the courtyard a beautiful, inspirational haven for students and community members, but it still has the capacity to raise money. In its first year, it raised over $60,000.
She is an ardent supporter of the MPS Alumni Association and has been involved in some capacity since her high school graduation. In fact, she has organized every 1980 class reunion since that time.
Judy was named the Vendor of the Year at Metro Health Center, and to the Million Dollar Club at DeRoyal. She was the Sales Rep of the Year at Buffalo Hospital Supply and also received the Circle of Mercy Award.
Speaking of her Mercyhurst Prep education, Judy said,”Mercyhurst Prep has held a special place in my heart since I started my freshman year in 1976. The experience and friendships developed and nurtured transcended anything I experienced before or after. I knew kids from three years ahead of me and three years behind me. The teachers felt more like friends, and that sense of community continued long after graduation. Shortly after graduating college I came back to MPS to see how I could get involved in helping to continue that sense of community for the next generation and beyond. I found my home again. I was beyond pleased when my twin daughters, who often tagged along with me to functions or just visits to Mercyhurst, selected Mercyhurst for their high school experience; it did not disappoint. The values experienced at Mercyhurst my four years and then again 32 years later for my daughters have molded our lives forever for the better.”
Mercy Award – Dr. Jamie Borowicz
Head MPS Girls Soccer Coach
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.”
A quote from Albert Einstein, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge,” elucidates the abilities of an exemplary teacher like Dr. Borowicz, who is in his 34th year of teaching at MPS.
People who know him well refer to Jamie as “The Renaissance Man” since he is considered a master of art, a scholar, an archaeologist, an athlete. His numerous travels help to make his classes extremely interesting through his incorporation of enriched stories of his travel experience, his broad-based intellectual knowledge and his photographs. Some students find him a bit intimidating (which he encourages), but he expects nothing but the best from every student.
He received grants to travel to Italy and China respectively, from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the Freeman Foundation, with both trips focusing on studying art and culture. Jamie has also taught art appreciation and Mesoamerican prehistory as an adjunct professor at Mercyhurst University.
He has worked on digs with some of the most notable experts worldwide, and his archaeological illustrations have been published in numerous journals and books in the U.S., Mexico, UK and Guatemala. He has executed 20 solo exhibitions of art over the last 38 years and participated in 70 exhibitions and invitationals.
He has been the MPS head girls soccer coach of 16 years and was just named the AA Girls Soccer Coach of the Year by the Pennsylvania Coaches Association. He was also inducted into the Mercer High School Athletic Hall of Fame for Basketball.
Jamie has additionally produced public art for the community through Erie Art Museum’s Go Fish and Leap Frog projects, an example of which graces our front lawn.
His drawing was used for the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Guatemalan site, Quirigua (Mayan), and became the official image of the park this fall.
Speaking of his experience at MPS, Jamie said, “I have been at MPS for 34 years and it’s the first and only “real” job I have ever had. I have coached at MPS for 21 years, boys, girls, JV and Varsity. MPS is interwoven into every aspect of my life – my day is defined by MPS – my year is defined by MPS. I met my wife at MPS, my children went to MPS, most of my friends I met at MPS, 15 of my colleagues are former students, I coached the mothers of 5 of my players, I coached against four of my former players and have inadvertently run into former students in Spain, China and Italy. In retrospect, I find it somewhat amusing that it was only supposed to be a one year gig, but it has been an entertaining and fascinating journey every step of the way.”
We’re proud to have this gentleman on our faculty and to honor him with the Mercy Award.
Laker Legend Philanthrophy Award – Louise Hufstader Courtelis ’50 and Kiki Courtelis
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.
Louise Hufstader Courtelis is a 1950 graduate of Mercyhurst Seminary. Kind and caring, she keeps up to date with life at Mercyhurst Prep as a dear friend to MPS and a long distance member of the MPS Advancement Committee. Her thoughtful suggestions have helped in many ways, including the idea for this year’s Kentucky Derby theme!
With her late husband Alec, Louise co-founded Town & Country Farms, which now occupies 321 acres in picturesque Georgetown, Kentucky. Town & Country Farms is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and sought after thoroughbred racehorses. One favorite is “Mercy Ann” named by former MPS president and honorary alumna Sr. Mary Ann Bader on a recent visit.
Daughter Kiki is now CEO of Town & Country Farms. Her knowledge and passion for horses and dogs is unsurpassed. Both Louise and Kiki have been involved with advancing causes in which they believe.
Mercyhurst Prep is grateful that these generous wonderful women sincerely appreciate the top-notch education our students receive at MPS and, as a result, have played a significant role in furthering their opportunities here through scholarships and technology.
Mercyhurst Prep is grateful beyond measure to Louise and Kiki. We are proud to present them with the Laker Legends Philanthropy Award.
Honorary Alumnus – Thomas C. Guelcher
Properties Director for the Sisters of Mercy/Erie
Honorary Alumnus: Honorary alumnus status is for individuals who are not alumni of Mercyhurst Seminary or Mercyhurst Prep, in recognition of their proven friendship and service to the school.
We are designating Tom as an Honorary Alumnus because he embodies the characteristics and virtues of Mercy that support the mission of the Sisters of Mercy and Mercyhurst Preparatory School.
He has given generously of his time and expertise to our community by serving on our Board of Trustees and/or committees since 1996. Tom has been most influential on the finance committee, which he has chaired more than once, as well as the strategic planning and the buildings and grounds committees.
Tom earned an MS in statistics from Western Reserve University and an MBA from Gannon University. In addition to helping our school community, he has lent great support to a number of civic and charitable organizations by serving as a board member of PBS (WQLN), Gannon University, Mercy Terrace Apartments, Erie Independence House and the Community Resources for Independence.
He has been the recipient of the Gannon Distinguished Trustee Award and the Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice Award.