Thank you to our Frontline Workers!

In these uncertain times, there is one thing of which we can be certain - McAuley women, true women of Mercy, are out there, serving our community and making a difference in a variety of capacities. Whether alumnae, parents, or friends of Mother McAuley, we cannot thank all those on the front lines enough. We are mighty proud, and grateful. Please share with us stories about alumnae impact and Mac Spirit during these times.

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Kyra Payne Andrews, MD ‘93

Dallas Aramburu '05

Firefighter for the Chicago Fire Department

For the most part, work has been business as usual. We do have to take extra precautions when going on EMS runs to wear the appropriate protective gear, but we are still just as busy as usual and trying to stay positive! If we all keep doing our part, hopefully life will be back to the normal grind soon! Stay healthy and home!  

Sarah Rimkus Borik ‘06

ER nurse at Lutheran General in Park Ridge. She’s always wanted to be a nurse since grammar school. We couldn’t be prouder. She said McAuley had a large role in her nursing education.  

Terry Reninger Brandenburger ‘95 and Kelly Bambrick Meehan ‘98

Nurses at Little Company of Mary Hospital

Alanda Braun '14

Little Company of Mary Hospital closed ICU coronavirus unit

Maya-Camille Broussard '97

Owns Justice of the Pies and is providing meal for frontline hospital workers

Maggie Slosar Burke ‘82

Mercy Hospital  

Lauren De La Torre '04

Known as the “heart and soul” of her unit, registered nurse Lauren De La Torre has taken care of some of the most critically ill patients in Advocate Christ Medical Center’s Adult Heart Surgical Unit. For the past 14 years, she and her team have cared for patients recovering from heart surgery. And when the pandemic began, Lauren’s unit started caring for critical COVID-19 patients, using an innovative heart and lung bypass treatment known as ECMO. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, which has successfully helped patients who have not responded to other traditional forms of treatment.  

Danielle Cortes DeVito ‘82

EMT-Paramedic, Federal Emergency Emergency Management FEMA, "Continuous Improvement Advisor" deployed to Regional Response Coordination Center for COVID-19  

Kim Doeseckle '04, Jean Miller '05 and colleague Moira Gilroy Olson

Working in the University of Chicago coronavirus unit

Courtney Dowling '08 and Emily Dowling '14

ICU nurses at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Sara Duffin '14

Nurse at Rush University Medical Center

Jenna Furlong '14

RN at Advocate Christ Children's Hospital

Alyssa Grimes '13 and Claire Kennedy '13

Working the front lines in the 8th district

Angelic Jones '97

Agency Nurse Chicago

Maggie Rooney Keenan '09, Jenny Phelan '14, Sarah Dunleavy '11, Colleen larkin '06 and Lisa Infelise '06

Christ Hospital Peds ER

Brittany Byrne Kirkel '09

Nurse in the Cardiothoracic ICU at University of Chicago

Megan Kostka '93 and Colleen Canavan '04

Christ Hospital Labor and Delivery

Fiona Lane '10

My name is Fiona Lane and I am a proud alumna of Class of 2010. I work as a nurse at Rush University Medical Center and am a doctorate of nursing practice student there as well. During these crazy days of Covid19, Mother McAuley has helped lift my spirits.

Jenny Lim '80

Doctor at the University of Illinois, just received an NIH R01 Grant for retina imaging research!

Dr. Ximena Llobet '93

Ximena is treating COVID-19 patients in Aurillac, France

Michele McClory '12

Working as an RN at Northwestern Medicine on the covid units

Kaelyn McGury '14

Emergency Department RN at Loyola University Medical Center

Cynthia Munoz '93, BSN, RN, CGRN

RN at Rush University Medical Center

Bridget Mutter '95

LCM, Mammographer/Radiologic Technologist (X-ray Tech)

Patty Nedved '81

Rush University Medical Center, Associate VP and Chief Transformation Officer - Helping lead the COVID-19 response at Rush.  

Shannon Noone-Aardema '98

Shannon is a nurse working at Palos Hospital

Nicole Palafox '10

Working with COVID-19 patients at Mercy Hospital

Carly Reno '18, Clare Nicholas '17 and Maryrose Cleary '17

Working at Smith Village, delivering meals and compassion to residents in Independent Living Assisted Living and Skilled Care as communal dining is not an option due to social distancing.  

Vicki Simmons '08

I’m Vicki Simmons, and I graduated in 2008. I’m currently in my 3rd of 5 years of my general surgery residency at St. John Hospital, which is a level 1 trauma center on Detroit’s east side, with a busy trauma and general surgery case load. 

Mary Fran Perkins Stratis '81

(and co-worker Ana), Mother/Baby unit, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Florida  

Maeve Sweeney '14

Holland Hospital, Michigan, Birth Center

Veronica Vargas '10

University of Chicago, working a COVID floor

Sarah Zwickle '12

Mental health counselor at Christ Advocate