March 23, 2020, Adrian, Michigan – Sister Margaret “Peggy” Coyne, OP, a nurse who currently serves as Health and Wellness Director for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, was elected on March 13, 2020, to a four-year term as Chapter Prioress of the Adrian Crossroads Mission Chapter of the Adrian Dominican Sisters.
The Mission Chapter is based in Lenawee County, Michigan, which includes Adrian. Mission Chapters, part of the government structure of the Congregation, are made up of Mission Groups, Sisters and Associates who meet regularly for Congregation business and community. Each Mission Group elects a delegate, a Sister who serves on the Mission Council with the Chapter Prioress to focus on living out the mission in their particular geographical area.
Sister Peggy will begins her term on July 1, 2020. She succeeds Sister Mary Jane Lubinski, OP.
In a message to Adrian Dominican Sisters and Associates, Prioress Patricia Siemen, OP, affirmed the election, promised and encouraged prayers for Sister Peggy, and thanked Sister Mary Jane for her years of service.
As Chapter Prioress of Adrian Crossroads Mission Chapter, Sister Peggy’s responsibilities include promoting the unity of the Mission Chapter, inspiring the Sisters to fidelity in their life of mission, and discerning life decisions with the Sisters in the Chapter. Sister Peggy will also serve on the Congregation’s Leadership Council with the Prioress, General Council, and other Chapter Prioresses.
“I was awestruck,” Sister Peggy said after the election. “I’m still humbled by this, by the opportunity to work with all those wisdom figures in Adrian Crossroads Mission Chapter.”
Born in 1952 in New York City to Irish immigrants, Sister Peggy studied at St. Clare’s School of Nursing and became a registered nurse. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Siena Heights University in Adrian and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from Regis University in Denver.
'Sister Peggy worked for 15 years as a nurse in the intensive care unit at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, and then at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York. She joined the Hastings (New York) Franciscan Sisters in 1984, and left that congregation in 1995.
Through a friend, Sister Peggy met a group of Adrian Dominican Sisters in Chicago. Through their encouragement, she entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation in 1999. After professing her vows as an Adrian Dominican Sister, she ministered as Director of Behavioral Health at Mercy Hospital Chicago, overseeing the inpatient unit, the day hospital and outpatient programs, and four outpatient satellite units. Since 2015, she has been Director of Health and Wellness for the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Peggy brings into her new position the gifts of patience, fairness, common sense, wisdom, active listening, and a sense of humor. “I understand the challenges of gracefully aging and the limitations associated with doing so,” she told Sisters before her election. “I desire the very best for each Sister as I journey with you.”
She is also willing to meet the demands of being on call for ailing Sisters at all times of the day. Another challenge for Chapter Prioresses, she said, is working with people in difficult situations. “I know that I bring a calm and empathetic presence to such times, as well as the ability to be direct, which helps all those involved come to a peaceful resolution.”
“I’m honored to be working with you,” Sister Peggy told the Sisters. “It gives me great pleasure to walk into the future, into the unknown, with you."
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.