Mark O’Hanlon’s Blue Sky
Nov10

Mark O’Hanlon’s Blue Sky

Mark O’Hanlon really loves “blue sky days.” As operations branch manager for FEMA Region III, he has seen his share of disasters and has experienced many deployments to crisis-response areas. He recognizes that being deployed to a disaster site makes him a better emergency management professional because he is able to “feel what the survivors feel.” He explains that you cannot be an emergency manager from afar. With Delaware,...

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Kristin Menna is Prepared for Anything
Sep29

Kristin Menna is Prepared for Anything

Accustomed to assisting people when help is needed most, Kristin Menna is continuing on that path but taking a different road. After spending 18 years as a police officer in Chester County, Menna knew she wanted to work in the emergency management field, including the disaster response/recovery aspect. Currently, she is a property adjuster for Travelers Insurance where she can help people who have experienced a disaster or been a...

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From Scranton to Detroit to Immaculata
Sep20

From Scranton to Detroit to Immaculata

Three degrees from three Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) schools certainly can’t just be by chance, could it? “The funny thing is,” she says, “I’m not even Catholic but people just assume I am.” Growing up in Sunbury, PA and attending public schools, LeeAnn Ritchie initially decided on Bloomsburg University for her first year of college. Starting a little later than her classmates—and married with children—she saw a TV commercial...

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A Pathway to Retention
Sep06

A Pathway to Retention

There aren’t many things more exciting than move-in day on a college campus. Students bursting with anticipation of their newly independent lives and parents beaming with pride and visions of graduation day, temporarily blurred by tears. Nothing but green lights and endless possibilities. Somehow the hard reality of how difficult this transition can be during the first year gets lost in those magical moments. Retaining students at a...

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A Place Only Peru Can Fill
Aug28

A Place Only Peru Can Fill

As she stood in front of 62 first-grade students, all girls, Jacki D’Amico ’18 realized she was engaged in the ultimate student-teaching experience in Peru. Addressed by the girls as Miss Jacki, she spent six weeks at Colegio Villa Maria in Miraflores teaching the students and working with their teachers to develop the curriculum. D’Amico felt satisfied that she had made progress—the students were learning what she was teaching...

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Destigmatizing Mental Illness One Story at a Time
Aug10

Destigmatizing Mental Illness One Story at a Time

Everyone has a story. Everyone feels insignificant at times. Everyone has challenges. Everyone will experience both bad and good. Everything we experience and go through is a part of us, but it doesn’t have to define us. And, most important: Others have been where you are; you are not alone. From The People You Meet in Real Life, 2013, Brighton Publishing LLC Melissa Hopely Rice was back on the Hill and she felt great, although she...

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