Celebration 2016 Honorees
The Catherine McAuley Leadership Award
Kelly O’Connor Heneghan ’95 is an executive Board Member of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and a co-chair of the Chicago Chapter of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. Kelly’s interest in curing spinal cord injury was influenced by her brother, Jon, who became a quadriplegic in 2001. Jon passed away in 2013, but prior to his death, he and Kelly co-chaired the Reeve Chicago committee to raise over $1 million in five years and instituted the first “Christopher Reeve Day” in Chicago. She also serves as a Director at NextSteps Chicago, the first nonprofit exercise facility devoted to the rehabilitation and overall wellness of Chicago-area spinal cord injury (SCI) victims.
Kelly is President of O.C.A. Construction, Inc. (OCA), a Chicago area General Contractor since 1993 serving commercial and public clients. OCA is a Women Business Enterprise certified company for project management with the City of Chicago. Kelly is active with the Federation of Women Contractors. In 2013, Kelly was recognized by the Irish Echo newspaper as a top “40 Under 40” honoree and was presented with its Giving Back award. Kelly lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Patrick, and their two sons.
Carole Intrieri Wilson '68 carried her creative spirit, which was ignited at Mother McAuley, to her careers in marketing and the visual arts. She worked as a marketing executive in the banking industry for 18 years before joining Little Company of Mary Hospital as marketing director. Carole left the corporate world to realize a lifelong dream of owning and operating a gift shop, which provided her the freedom to pursue art. Since 2001, she has worked as an integrative therapy artist and certified guided imagery practitioner at Little Company's Cancer Center where she assists patients and survivors on their cancer journey. An award-winning watercolor artist, Carole serves as an officer and director of the LaGrange Art League. Grateful for her Mother McAuley education and wanting to pay it forward, she served on the Board of Trustees for eight years.
Sister Susan Sanders '69, RSM, Ph.D.
Following her graduation from Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, Sister Sue entered the Sisters of Mercy, a ministry that beckoned her return to McAuley where she taught social science and interdisciplinary courses. Soon after, graduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley followed, as did working with the McAuley Housing Institute and the Mercy Coordinating Center. Throughout, Sister Sue kept close to McAuley, serving on and later chairing the Board of Trustees. In 2002, McAuley honored her with the Distinguished Alumna Award.
In 1991, Sister Sue earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, then returned to teaching as an associate professor of public services at DePaul University, where she was recognized for her outstanding teaching. In 2001 she transitioned to administration at St. Xavier University where she founded the Center for Religion and Public Discourse, for which she received Cook County’s Unsung Heroine Award. An accomplished author, Sister Sue collaborated with seven all-girl Catholic high schools in the Chicago area to design a teen dating violence intervention curriculum and later published “Teen Dating Violence: The Invisible Peril.” Currently, Sister Sue serves in elected leadership for the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community in Omaha.