Kate Shannon Boyle ’82 is a top-producing real estate broker in Illinois and Michigan, whose penchant for giving was honed at an early age, thanks to her incredible family. Kate’s parents were all about good works, and taught their kids that there is nothing novel about helping the less fortunate; it is just what you do. At Mother McAuley, Kate was lucky to continue her love of volunteerism, a trait that has continued into her adult life. Kate has served as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Cook County; helped establish the Misericordia Women’s League in 1996 which, to date, has raised more than $15,000,000 for Misericordia’s great works; serves on Misericordia’s Board of Advisors; assists the remarkable Misericordia BUMS Golf Outing every year; chaired the boards of her kids’ schools, as well as Mother McAuley; and led numerous school and community committees and fundraisers. Her career in real estate has afforded Kate opportunities to serve homeless and home-challenged populations, as well: she was on the Board of Coldwell Banker’s CB Cares Foundation, and currently serves as the Vice President of the @givesback Board, the charity arm of @properties.
McAuley Hall of Honor
On Sunday, March 26, 2023, Mother McAuley inducted Kate Shannon Boyle ‘82, Maya-Camille Broussard ‘97, Mary Kean Coffey ‘63 (posthumously), Marti Jatis ‘91, M. Bridget Reidy ‘80, and Ellen Napleton Roche ‘68 into the McAuley Hall of Honor. The day was celebrated with a Mass with celebrant Fr. Tom Hurley, induction ceremony and champagne brunch.
The McAuley Hall of Honor highlights inspiring members of the McAuley family whose stories reinforce the belief that McAuley’s influence provides the foundation to achieve extraordinary things. Induction is a high honor bestowed upon members of The McAuley Family. Each woman is a wonderful example of our Mercy values, and it was our honor to recognize them.
Maya-Camille Broussard ‘97 is the chef, founder, and owner of Justice of the Pies, a bakery that specializes in sweet and savory pies, quiches and tarts. Located in Chicago, IL, Justice of the Pies is a social-mission based bakery that focuses on combating food insecurities. To aid in this effort, the bakery regularly hosts their I KNEAD LOVE Workshop, a one-day experience geared towards elementary school children from lower-income communities, and contributes to The Love Fridge, a Chicago-based organization working to fight food apartheid. Maya-Camille is one of the stars of Bake Squad, which aired its second season in January 2023 on Netflix. She was handpicked by Chef Christina Tosi of Milk Bar and has been anointed the “Flavor Maven” for a keen sense of smell and taste. Broussard was also a Finalist under the Outstanding Baker category for the 2022 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards. In October 2022, Maya-Camille released her book titled, Justice of the Pies: Sweet and Savory Pies, Quiches, and Tarts Plus Inspirational Stories from Exceptional People: A Baking Book, which was named by Food & Wine magazine one of the best cookbooks in the fall of 2022.
Mary Kean Coffey ‘63 had a long and fulfilling career, paying homage to her many loves - education, her Catholic faith, her community, and the English language, to name a few. Mary began her career teaching second grade at St. Germaine before taking time off to raise her four children. In the intervening years, she worked as Communications Director at Kean Bros., Inc., a favorite local business owned and operated by her family since 1931, and founded Birdland Productions. She later began working at Saint Xavier University as an adjunct professor and Assistant to the Dean of Education, receiving the Sr. Isidore Perrigo Service Award in 2008 and 2009, and the Saint Xavier University School of Education George McGuire Award in 2003 for her work. In addition, she founded the Bishop Gorman Institute, which provides outstanding professional development for teachers, principals and leadership teams of Catholic schools. She is also a published author, with several articles in US Catholic and other periodicals. In 2013, she passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Mary is missed daily by her family and friends, but her legacy of “paying it forward” lives on.
Marti Jatis ‘91 has been the Executive Director of Smith Village, a senior living community in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, since 2012. She first began working at Smith Village in 1998 as a Registered Dietician, and worked diligently through the years, taking on more responsibilities in the care of the community’s residents. As Executive Director, she has led her team through a global pandemic and concurrently guided resident care during the $23 million modernization of the rehab and skilled nursing care wing for one of Chicago’s premier life plan communities. Marti acquired her commitment to lifelong learning at McAuley, earning her bachelor’s degree in science at Northern Illinois University, becoming a Registered Dietitian a year later, and in 2002, earning a master’s degree at NIU with a thesis analyzing how employees’ perceptions of management affect quality service at continuing care retirement communities. In 2010, she received a license in nursing home administration. Marti has served as treasurer for the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association since 2018, she faithfully supports PAWS and the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry.
M. Bridget Reidy ‘80 is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Exelon Business Services Company. She has worked for Exelon for 22 years, holding multiple leadership positions, including Senior Vice President of Supply, Senior Vice President of Customer Operations, and Deputy General Counsel of Client Services. Prior to her work at Exelon, Bridget served as Chief Operating Officer of the Chicago Housing Authority; Deputy Chief of Staff to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley; and Director of Lakefront Services for the Chicago Park District. Bridget is a founding executive member of the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance, a sponsor of “Exelon’s Network of Women, a co-founder of Exelon’s Forum of Executive Women, and a member of Morgan Stanley’s Executive Women of Energy. In addition, she currently serves as a Board member for both Energy Insurance Mutual and Navy Pier, is a PGA Reach Trustee, and a member of the Regional Board for the Ireland Funds - Chicago Chapter.
Ellen Napleton Roche ‘68 is a dynamic attorney and staunch supporter of Catholic education, due to the strong foundation laid by her parents. She received her undergraduate degree from Mundelein College in 1972, her Masters in School Psychology and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in 1983 before beginning her career as a self-employed attorney in real estate work. Ellen served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Mother McAuley and chaired the Institutional Advancement Committee. Under her leadership and direction, McAuley introduced a successful parent giving campaign, Cash for Christmas. In addition, her love for golf ignited her to help McAuley expand their annual golf outing, which directly supports scholarships for incoming freshman students. Together, these programs raised more than $500,000 for Mother McAuley during her tenure.
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SPECIAL THANKS TO...
Araceli Pedroza Thiele ‘02
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Maura Moran Vaughan ‘07
Ted Lasso - A Connected Foundation
At their 50th reunion in December 2022, sisters Gina Reynolds ‘70 and Sheila Reynolds Trainor ‘70, and Loretta Wendt Jolivette ‘70 found out they have something unique in common - their nephews are both stars and creators of the popular Apple TV+ show, Ted Lasso.
Turf Field of Dreams
The installation of the new turf field in the summer of 2022 is the latest example of Mother McAuley's commitment to provide state-of-the-art, equitable facilities, opportunities, and funding for all students.
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