Annual Awards Gala

2016 Award Recipients

2016 Award Recipients

At a recent ceremony, the Alumni Association of Immaculata University honored two alumnae and the University honored a local Chester County family.

Below are the recipients with a brief bio:

 

Clarita Landaiche ’61 of Glen Mills, PA – Alumni Medal

The Alumni Medal is presented in recognition of outstanding volunteer service and support to Immaculata. The recipient exemplifies the goals and ideals of Immaculata in his/her particular life and through devoted service advances the mission of the alumni Association of Immaculata University.

Clarita Rapagnani Landaiche graduated from Immaculata in 1961 with a B.S. degree in Home Economics Education but her dedication to her alma mater did not end there. While raising three children and subsequently caring for aging parents, Landaiche participated in and helped with various campus activities. She became an active member of the Delaware County Chapter of the Alumni Association and often hosted events in her home. In addition, she has spent over 35 years on the Alumni Fund Raising Committee.

“I am vocal about all the accomplishments at Immaculata and not afraid to say so,” she noted.

 

Patricia Bomba ’72, M.D., FACP of Pittsford, NY – Amethyst Award

The Amethyst Award is presented to an alumnus in recognition of his/her outstanding contribution to, or achievement in, a church, community, or professional activity. The recipient supports and exemplifies the goals and ideals, and demonstrates the values of an Immaculata education.

Dr. Patricia A. Bomba is a nationally recognized expert in palliative care and is passionately focused on educating the medical community, and the public at large, with a goal of improving the quality of life for seniors and their families. Currently she is the vice president and medical director for Geriatrics for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Raised in upstate Pennsylvania, Bomba’s family emphasized faith and community. She attended Marian Catholic High School and then majored in Pre-Med at Immaculata before attending the University of Virginia where she was one of seven women students in a class of 120. She conducted her residency at the University of Rochester. Throughout her professional career, Bomba has shared her expertise by serving on numerous boards and in leadership roles within various associations including serving as a New York State delegate to the White House Conference on Aging. She was the first woman to join the Rochester General Medical Staff Board and eventually served on the corporate board of the Rochester area BlueCross BlueShield for 13 years.

“Leadership skills acquired during my years at Immaculata helped shape my medical career, as medicine was a male-dominated profession when I started,” she stated.

 

Mary Anne Bensinger Gearing ’63 of Pine Beach, NJ – Mother M. Camilla Maloney Award

The Mother M. Camilla Maloney Award is presented annually to those who demonstrate leadership and vision to sustain the future of Immaculata through service – including volunteerism, counsel, and philanthropic support – to carry on the mission and vision of Mother Camilla.

Mary Anne Bensinger Gearing graduated from Immaculata in 1963 with a degree in Education. She secured her first teaching job at Deerfield Elementary School in New Jersey and eventually earned a master’s degree from Kean University as a reading specialist. After 43 years, Gearing recently retired from teaching but remains active in her local community.

Having served as her class rep for Immaculata for over 50 years, Gearing also served on the Board of Governors and was a frequent volunteer during telethon.

She has noted, “You knew when you graduated from here [Immaculata] that you were going to be something.”

The Parsons Family of Chester County – the Mother M. Camilla Maloney Award

The Mother M. Camilla Maloney Award is presented annually to those who demonstrate leadership and vision to sustain the future of Immaculata through service – including volunteerism, counsel, and philanthropic support – to carry on the mission and vision of Mother Camilla.

When Donald and Bette Parsons moved to Chester County, the family (including all eight children) would volunteer and participate in various types of activities including supporting SS. Philip and James Parish and Bishop Shanahan High School. In 1975, Donald and his sons founded Communications Test Designs, Inc. (CTDI), which has since grown into a thriving international leader in the global communications service industry and is one of the largest employers in Chester County.

The Parsons family has always supported Immaculata with their time, talent, and treasure. They are members of several gift societies and have supported the annual fund and capital campaign projects. Sister Judith Parsons, IHM, associate professor of Philosophy at Immaculata, is their sister and the family created the Judith K. Parsons Charitable Foundation to fund the annual Edith Stein Lecture Series at Immaculata. The Parsons family also founded the Foundation for Catholic Education that supports elementary and secondary education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.

Author: lszyjka

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