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Rosarian Appoints Three New Board Members

By Cara Hansen

June 1, 2016, West Palm Beach, Florida – Rosarian Academy’s Members of the Corporation recently approved Jason Guari of West Palm Beach, Darlene Luccio Jordan of Palm Beach, and Alison Mischke of North Palm Beach to serve on the Board of Directors for the school, commencing August 2016. 

Jason Guari is a co-founding partner of the Palm Beach County law firm Murray Guari Trial Attorneys. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in Palm Beach County and has been a member of its Board for the past five years. Both Jason and his wife, Nicole, are active volunteers at Rosarian. He has served on the school’s Finance Committee for the last four years.

Darlene Jordan is the executive director of the Gerald R. Jordan Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports education, health and youth services, and the arts. She is a member of Fordham’s Board of Directors and co-chair of Fordham’s successful $500 million campaign. She currently serves on Fordham’s Executive Committee and is chair of the Development and University Relations Committee and co-chair of the $175 million Financial Aid Campaign. In addition, Darlene is a director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. She is as a member of the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida. She is a trustee of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and Oxbridge Academy. 

Alison Mischke holds over 18 years experience in public accounting, providing tax, accounting, and business consulting services to a diverse range of clients. She serves as the vice chair of Rosarian Academy’s Finance Committee and is a member of the school’s Audit Committee. She attended the 2015 Adrian Dominican Sponsorship Meeting in Adrian, Michigan and is a member of the 2013 Rosarian Academy Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, she is an active parent volunteer and a member of the Rosarian Academy Family Association (RAFA).

As a sponsored institution of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Rosarian Academy is governed through a two-tier model. The General Council of the Congregation serves as the Members of the Corporation, reserving to itself certain powers. The Board of Directors sets policy and holds the responsibility for sound resource management. The administration of Rosarian is responsible for the daily operations of the school that manifest the mission, values, beliefs, and policies of the organization. 

Beginning in August 2016, the Rosarian Academy Board of Directors will include: Mr. John C. Cassidy, Jr., chairman; Mr. Tim Hanlon, vice chair; Mr. Shaun McGruder, treasurer of the corporation; Mr. Guillermo Perez-Vargas, secretary of the corporation; Sister Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP; Mr. Stephen Rubenacker, Head of School; Mr. and Mrs. David Herlong, RAFA representatives; Sister Mary Ann Caulfield, OP; Mrs. Eileen Coates; Mrs. Lissa Dorsey; Mr. Jason Guari; Mrs. Darlene Jordan; Sister Kathleen Klingen, OP; Mrs. Alison Mischke; Mrs. Danielle Hickox Moore; Mr. Randy Randolph; Mrs. Kara Rockenbach; Mr. Joseph Rooney; Sister Jean Williams, OP.

Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong 21st-century academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. The independent, Catholic school is located in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Rosarian is celebrating its 90th anniversary this school year. For more information, visit www.rosarian.org or call 561-832-5131. 

Feature photo: Newly appointed members of the Rosarian Academy Board of Directors are, from left, Alison Mischke, Jason Guari, and Darlene Luccio Jordan.

Regina Dominican Bestows Veritas Award on Assistant Principal

May 6, 2016, Wilmette, Illinois – Dominican Week at Regina Dominican High School culminated with a liturgy in honor of St. Catherine of Siena. The liturgy concluded with a reflection by Dominican preacher Diane Kraemer on women in the Church and the presentation of the Regina Dominican Veritas Award to Ms. Patricia McDonell, Assistant Principal and Academic Dean.

The award was established to commemorate the 800th Jubilee of the Order of Preachers. The faculty and staff nominated a colleague who, like St. Dominic and St. Catherine, exemplifies a commitment to preach the Gospel message boldly and with veracity embrace and encourage a life of service to others. 

Sister Jean Williams, OP, the Director of Mission Integration, shared comments from those who nominated Ms. McDonell. She was recommended her for her daily interaction with students, faculty, staff, and parents. As an outstanding role model for the students, she was acknowledged for demonstrating respect for others, showing compassion, and nurturing students, faculty, and staff in all her interactions. It was noted that her commitment and integrity add so much to the school community. 

Outside of her work at Regina Dominican, Ms. McDonell is a long-time volunteer at Misericordia, a Chicago-based residential care center that helps people with developmental disabilities to live as independently as they can. Ms. McDonell also assists a friend who is homebound, affirming her human dignity and making sure she feels valued. She truly embodies Veritas and Caritas.  

Sister Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP, President, and Ms. Meg Bigane, Principal, presented Ms. McDonell with the Veritas pin, a certificate, books on Saints Dominic and Catherine of Siena, and a school gift. Ms. Patricia McDonell will be the first name on the Regina Dominican Veritas Award Perpetual Plaque in the chapel. 


Feature photo: From left, Ms. Meg Bigane, Sister Mary Margaret Pachucki, Ms. Patricia McDonell, and Sister Jean Williams

Article Submitted by Regina Dominican High School



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