On March 9, 2013, more than 350 alumni and friends gathered together at the Saint Mary’s University Center in Minneapolis for the All-Program Centennial Reunion. With a sold-out crowd, the university kicked off the start of a second century of excellence in its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs (SGPP). The emcee, John Cosgrove, led the audience through a distinguished and entertaining program that included remarks from Dr. Marcel Dumestre, Jr., vice president of the SGPP, and Mike Dooley ’66, Centennial Honorary Co-Chair.
The Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, each of whom credits their Saint Mary’s education for expanding their knowledge and their network, addressed the audience with moving stories about how their degrees helped them move to a deeper level of understanding of their professional and personal capabilities.
This year’s SGPP award recipients include:
Kathy Wilde M’92
Kathy Wilde graduated in 1992 from Saint Mary’s with a master’s degree in Health and Human Services Administration. She currently serves as the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Hennepin County Medical Center, and she has more than 39 years of experience in nursing and the healthcare field. She has held a variety of roles in nursing that include staff nurse, nurse clinician, nurse manager, director, and senior vice president. Her vision and passion for patient and family centered care and quality and safety has inspired nursing and medical staff to strive for achievements like the Beacon Award for Nursing Excellence in Critical Care and Minnesota Hospital Association awards for best workplace and for charge nurse leadership model.
Scott Thomas ’97, M’05
Scott Thomas earned his master’s degree in Education (Teaching and Learning) from Saint Mary’s in 2005, and he currently serves as the executive director of the Magnet Schools of America in Washington, D.C. He began his career in education in 1999 as a middle and high school social studies teacher, and served for seven years as the Educational Equity coordinator for one of Minnesota’s largest school districts. Thomas was appointed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to serve on the state’s Integration Revenue Task Force. He has served on numerous boards including Magnet Schools of Minnesota, where he served as its first president and co-founded the Minnesota Integration Council.
Janeé Harteau ’03, M’06
Minneapolis Chief of Police Janeé Harteau received her bachelor’s degree in Police Science and a master’s degree in Public Safety Administration from Saint Mary’s. Harteau joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 1987, and she worked her way through the ranks beginning as a patrol officer in both north and south Minneapolis and to the SWAT team as a hostage negotiator. Prior to becoming chief in 2013, she served as assistant chief and before that the deputy chief of the Patrol Bureau where she was responsible for all Minneapolis Police Department 911 response personnel and the department’s emergency services units. Recently, she has met with President Barack Obama on two occasions on issues related to gun control and public safety.
Holly Hall M’11
Holly Hall received her master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s in 2011, and she currently serves as the Features Editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Hall joined the publication in its first year and has been covering fundraising and related issues for more than two decades. She writes about such topics as how fundraising is affected by economic cycles, efforts to raise money internationally, unethical fund-raising practices, career pressures faced by fund raisers, and how top-performing charities raise money.
Pablo Gaito M’06
Pablo Gaito received his master’s degree in Human Development from Saint Mary’s in 2006, and he currently serves as the vice president of Human Resources for Tartan and IT. Tartan’s purpose is to enable connectivity across Cargill’s 75 businesses and accelerate the growth of both the business and the employees. A native of Argentina, Gaito joined Cargill in 1991, moving to the United States a year later. He has held a variety of roles in the financial markets, strategy and business development, general management and commercial arenas.
Feature photo caption: Brother William congratulated recipients of the SGPP Distinguished Alumni Awards including, from left: Kathy Wilde, Pablo Gaito, Scott Thomas and Holly Hall