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National Alumni Association Awards

The Providence College National Alumni Association celebrates the achievements of our honored alumni with the National Alumni Association Awards, presented each year during Reunion Weekend.

Awards were presented at the Golden Friar Dinner on Friday, May 31, and the National Alumni Association Awards Brunch on Saturday, June 1, as indicated below.

See a list of past recipients.

The following honorees will be recognized at the Golden Friar Dinner on Friday, May 31, 2019:

 

Faithful Friar Award

The Faithful Friar Award recognizes extraordinary and long-time dedication to Providence College with a consistent and distinguished record of service and loyalty to the institution along with a commitment to giving of time, talent, and financial support.

Albert B. West, Esq. ’54, ’84P, ’87P, ’14GP, ’15GP, & ’18GP

Albert B. West, Esq. ’54, ’84P, ’87P, ’14GP, ’15GP, & ’18GP
Albert West has been a dedicated volunteer to Providence College for the past 65 years. Viewed as a true leader by his classmates, Al has served the National Alumni Association as a class ambassador, reunion committee chair, and phon-a-thon volunteer. Al can always be found in attendance at College events, including Reunion Weekend, Golden Friar events, and Friar Explorations international trips. He has managed the Class of 1954 Facebook page for several years, serving as one of the first Golden Friars to lead his classmates in social media communication. Now retired, Al graduated from Georgetown University’s LLB program and operated his own law practice from 1957-2019. Al further contributed to his alma mater by teaching business law through PC’s School of Continuing Education for 30 years. He and his wife, Irene, live in Westport, Mass., and are parents of Albert West, Mary West ’84, David West ’87, ’14P & ’18P, and Tricia West Fraser ’15P. They are also grandparents to Julia West ’14, Kaitlyn Fraser ’15, and Peter West ’18.  

Faithful Friar Award

The Faithful Friar Award recognizes extraordinary and long-time dedication to Providence College with a consistent and distinguished record of service and loyalty to the institution along with a commitment to giving of time, talent, and financial support.

Paul J. Sears ’59, ’86P, ’88P, ’93P, ’95P, ’18GP, ’21GP, & ’23GP

Paul J. Sears ’59, ’86P, ’88P, ’93P, ’95P, ’18GP, ’21GP, & ’23GP
When four of your children and three of your grandchildren decide to enroll at PC (so far), you know that Providence College has positively impacted your life. A chemistry major, Paul Sears received a master’s in industrial administration from Yale University. He built his career in real estate in the Springfield, Mass., area, leading housing rehabilitation projects in the inner city as executive director of the Micah Corporation, and then opened Sears Real Estate, a residential and commercial firm that has sold more than 1,000 properties. Paul has been a member of the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley for 45 years and has served as president of the Greater Springfield Association of Realtors. He is the past director of the Springfield Library and Museum Association, a corporator of Wesson Hospital and the Children Study Home, and a vice president of the Forest Park Civic Association. Dedicated to the Springfield community he calls home, Paul has been active in local politics, serving on the City Council. In 1992, the National Alumni Association honored Paul with a Diamond Torch award in recognition of his volunteer service in the Greater Springfield area. Four years later, he and his wife, Josephine, established the Sears Family Scholarship, which supports a PC education for deserving students. Paul and Josephine have six children, four who have attended PC: Josephine Rodriguez ’86, Patrick ’88, Kevin ’93, and Brian ’95. They are also grandparents of three Friars: Anne Rodriguez ’18, Timothy Sears ’21 and Joshua Sears ’23. 

Personal Achievement Award

The Personal Achievement Award recognizes Providence College graduates that have attained an exceptionally high level of achievement in their respective career, chosen vocation, and/or in areas of human service.

Dr. John V. Monsour ’69Dr. John V. Monsour ’69
John Monsour has dedicated his life to guiding people to a better future through mental health counseling. After earning his bachelor’s degree in history, John earned advanced degrees in 
psychology and pursued post-graduate studies at famed psychology institutes in Zurich and Washington, D.C. He founded and served as the executive director of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Tampa, Fla., from 1980-2008. After his wife, Kay, died, John took a counseling position in the northernmost Inuit native villages of Alaska. He worked for the Alaska Disaster Medical Assistance team for five years and served as a cross-cultural counseling specialist for the North Slope Native Corporation for four. In Alaska, John married and worked alongside his second wife, Betty, who died a few years later. The combination of those losses, along with the desire to leave a legacy, inspired John to establish the Dr. John V. Monsour Endowment for Counseling Education at Providence College in 2017, which assists master’s students entering the field of counseling. Now retired, John lives on the edge of the Mohave Desert in St. George, Utah, and provides volunteer support for the Huntsman World Senior Games, and DocUtah, an international film festival. 

Faithful Friar Award

The Faithful Friar Award recognizes extraordinary and long-time dedication to Providence College with a consistent and distinguished record of service and loyalty to the institution along with a commitment to giving of time, talent, and financial support.

Robert L. Newbert, Jr. ’69

Robert L. Newbert, Jr. ’69
Bob Newbert is an accomplished advertising professional whose professional achievements are amplified by positive contributions to his community and to his alma mater. A humanities major at PC, Bob earned a master’s in public relations from Boston University. He enjoyed a 35-year career with Duffy & Shanley, Inc., an advertising, marketing, and public relations agency, serving as executive vice president, partner, CEO, and eventually chairman, before retiring in 2009. Bob has been a consistent supporter of PC since graduation. Currently the co-chair for his 50th reunion committee, he has been instrumental in identifying and onboarding committee volunteers and setting the strategy for Reunion Weekend plans and promotions. He also leads the Class of 1969 fundraising initiatives in honor of the 50th Reunion. Bob’s volunteer service outside of the College includes leadership roles as the chairman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies New England Council, the president of the Rhode Island Advertising Club, and vice president of the Public Relations Society of America. He has received numerous awards for his professional and volunteer achievements, including the Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island’s Leadership Award, the “Person of the Year” Rhode Island Advertising Award, the “Providence 350 Award” as one of Providence’s 350 most outstanding citizens, and the “Man who Makes a Difference” award from the Women’s Resource Center of RI. Bob and his wife, Mary Jane ’77G, have a daughter, Marcia, and live in Bluffton, S.C. 

Faithful Friar Award

The Faithful Friar Award recognizes extraordinary and long-time dedication to Providence College with a consistent and distinguished record of service and loyalty to the institution along with a commitment to giving of time, talent, and financial support.

David C. Novicki, D.P.M. ’69 

David C. Novicki, D.P.M. ’69
David Novicki is a skillful health care provider whose dedication to his career is only matched by his commitment to his alma mater. He has been a member of the Alumni Association since his graduation, receiving the Veritas Award from the New Haven Alumni Club in 1997.  An assistant professor of surgery at Yale University’s School of Medicine in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, David is also chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He is the past president of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, as well as the past president of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. A dedicated community advocate, David is a founding board member of Shepherds Inc. of Connecticut, a scholarship and mentoring program for disadvantaged inner-city high school students, and was granted the Knights of Honor Award from Notre Dame High School. David and his wife, Lynn, have been generous supporters of the College, most recently endowing the Dr. David and Lynn Novicki Scholarship Fund for Providence College students who are graduates of Notre Dame High School. They have three sons, Theodore, Alexander, and Nicholas, and live in Orange, Conn. 

The following honorees will be recognized at the National Alumni Association Awards Brunch on Saturday, June 1, 2019:

Exemplary Citizenship Award

The Exemplary Citizenship Award recognizes alumni for their development, implementation and/or involvement in social action programs that have contributed to improving the lives of others.

Leonard N. Alsfeld ’74Leonard N. Alsfeld ’74
Co-chair of the Class of 1974 reunion committee, Lenny Alsfeld has served the College in many capacities. He has been involved in the NOLA Service Immersion program since 2007, and he has been an ambassador for Louisiana admissions since 1992. He was awarded the College’s first St. Joseph Medal, which recognizes strong examples of fatherhood in today’s world, in 2018. Lenny has worked in the financial service industry for 40 years, now serving as the managing director and senior vice president of investments for Raymond James + Associates. Prior to this role, Lenny was president, CEO, and founder of FBT Investments, Inc., FBT Advisors, Inc., and FBT Film & Entertainment. He was inducted into the New Orleans City Business Money Maker Hall of Fame in 2015. An active philanthropist, Lenny is a founder and director of A Child’s Wish of Greater New Orleans, a board member for the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra, and a member of the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Council. The former Friar men’s hockey and tennis player helped found and coach the Crescent City Hockey League and the LSU ice hockey team, and he was head coach for the 2003 World Champion AAU Junior Nationals team. Lenny is a father of four and lives in Metairie, La., with his wife, Cynthia. 

Personal Achievement Award


The Personal Achievement Award recognizes Providence College graduates that have attained an exceptionally high level of achievement in their respective career, chosen vocation, and/or in areas of human service.

Reginald A. Nunnally ’74Reginald A. Nunnally ’74 
Reggie Nunnally has spent his life and career in support of causes that allow disadvantaged individuals to grow socially and financially through economic development opportunities. Reggie is the former executive director of the Supplier Diversity Office for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a position to which he was appointed by the former governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick. In this role, Reggie was responsible for implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Technical Assistance Program. Now retired, he continues to provide business consulting services to businesses and agencies in the New England area, including the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts. He also provides consulting services to Drew Companies in the Boston Seaport district. Widely applauded for his community contributions, Reggie’s has received the NAACP Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner Small Business Award; the Berea Seventh Day Adventist Community Appreciation Award; the AMBE Government Advocate of the Year Award; and the Small Business Administration’s Minority Business Advocate of the Year Award for New England. He is an active member of the PC community, most recently serving as the keynote speaker for the Boston Business Breakfast in 2018. He lives in Stoughton, Mass., with his wife, Kathlean. They have two adult children and one grandchild.   

Service to the Alumni Association Award

The Service to the Alumni Association Award recognizes alumni with long and outstanding records of service in behalf of Providence College and the National Alumni Association. The recipient is held in high regard as one who gives of their time and talent to further the mission of the Alumni Association through volunteer leadership.

Mary Pat Larkin Caputo ’79 & ’12PMary Pat Larkin Caputo ’79 & ’12P
A former National Alumni Association Council president, Mary Pat Caputo has served the College admirably since she graduated 40 years ago. While at PC, she was involved with
Student Congress, the Junior Ring Weekend Committee, the Commencement Committee, and the Class Events Committee. She has served on the National Alumni Association Council since 2011. She is an active volunteer beyond her commitments at PC, serving on the board of directors for the Saint Matthew School and the finance committee for Saint Matthew Church, among others. She has received several community service awards, including the St. John Neumann Award for Volunteer Service from the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Bristol Boys and Girls Club/The Family Center Bristol PLUS Award. Mary Pat works as the director of marketing and publications at Southern Connecticut State University, a position she has held since 2010. Prior to that, she worked in marketing for the Bristol Hospital and Health Care Group and the Peabody Hotel Group. She and her husband, Gene, live in Madison, Conn., and have a daughter, Sarah ’12.
 

Personal Achievement Award

The Personal Achievement Award recognizes Providence College graduates that have attained an exceptionally high level of achievement in their respective career, chosen vocation, and/or in areas of human service.

Stephen Taylor ’84 & ’14P Stephen Taylor ’84 & ’14P
Stephen Taylor currently serves as chief financial officer of BMO Financial Group’s U.S. operations, where he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial operations and processes. His contributions to BMO go beyond his job responsibilities: Steve has also been an active participant in the development and implementation of the company’s business strategy. Before joining BMO, Steve was most recently with Citizens Financial Group, where he served as chief financial officer for the Consumer & Business Banking segment. Prior to Citizens, Steve had been with Fleet Boston Financial Corp., where he held a number of positions, including director of finance. An accounting major at PC, Steve began his career at KPMG and was a senior manager in that firm’s banking practice. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to his volunteer service with PC, Steve serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago. Steve was an outstanding hockey player at PC, playing key roles on the 1981 ECAC championship team and the 1983 Friar team that advanced to the national semifinals. He and his wife, Katie (Rossi) Taylor ’85, reside in Chicago. They have a son, Peter, and a daughter, Erin ’14.

Faithful Friar Award

This award recognizes extraordinary and long-time dedication to Providence College with a consistent and distinguished record of service and loyalty to the institution along with a commitment to giving of time, talent, and financial support.

Eileen (Harkins) ’90 and Gregory Christenson ’89Eileen (Harkins) ’90 and Gregory Christenson ’89
Eileen (Harkins) ’90 and Greg Christenson ’89 have provided ongoing support to their alma mater and its School of Business, fortifying an institution where faculty, students, and alumni are invested in each other’s success and development. Eileen and Greg established the Christenson (Greg’s parents), Harkins (Eileen’s parents, William ’65), and Healy (Greg’s uncle, the late Tom Healy ’68) Family Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2016. That commitment followed sponsorship of a Torch Scholarship, a four-year, termed scholarship that provided Eileen and Greg with the satisfaction of enabling a student to have the same experience that meant so much to them. This scholarship is given to sophomores, juniors, or seniors who have reached certain academic success and need a financial bridge to complete their education at PC. Greg and Eileen also established the PCSB Success Fund, which helps students within the School of Business with costs not normally covered, such as interview clothes, travel to interviews and internships, books, and computers. Among his many volunteer activities at the College, Greg serves as a member of the School of Business Advisory Council, a position he has held since 2013. He retired in 2018 as the chief financial officer and executive vice president of Amplify Snack Brands after its sale to Hershey. Previously, Greg was the CFO at WhiteWave Foods and Oberto Brands after spending 14 years at Kraft Foods. He recently has been consulting with various private equity firms and is a board member for Evergreen (formerly UPSIDE Commerce) and Arbor Media Service. Eileen retired three years ago after serving as a CFO for a number of healthcare companies including Care Synergy, Home Health Investment, and PRCN. She has been generous with her time, volunteering at various nonprofit organizations, including Sister Carmen, PEO, and Boulder Country Club. She has also participated in PC’s Alumni Admission Ambassador program. Greg and Eileen live in Boulder, Colo. Their son, Will, works at Reign Designs, and daughter, Courtney, is entering her junior year at Marquette University.

Personal Achievement Award


The Personal Achievement Award recognizes Providence College graduates that have attained an exceptionally high level of achievement in their respective career, chosen vocation, and/or in areas of human service.

Stephen Gallucci ’89Stephen Gallucci ’89
Stephen Gallucci has had a 30-year career at Deloitte, advising some of that firm’s largest and most complex clients. Currently, Steve is the managing partner of Deloitte’s New York practice. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy and direction of Deloitte activities and its 5,000 employees in the New York marketplace. Steve is also the co-leader in charge of Deloitte’s Greater Tri-State audit and assurance group. In this role, he is responsible for the hiring, retention, training, and deployment of all audit professionals across New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. In addition to his professional achievements, Steve is an active member of his community. He serves on the boards of the Americares, the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, and the Posse Foundation. The College greatly benefits from his altruism. Steve has served as a member of the Business Advisory Council since 2013 and chaired the Council since 2016. He is a member of this year’s class reunion committee and a St. Dominic Society member. He previously co-chaired the PC in NYC Dinner, and served on the Our Moment: The Next Century Campaign for Providence College committee. He lives with his wife, Maura (Zottner) ’89, and their four children in Westchester County, New York. 

Rev. Philip A. Smith, O.P. Award

The Rev. Philip A. Smith, O.P. award recognizes an outstanding “Friar of the Last Decade” for exceptional achievement and significant contributions to their profession, community, and to Providence College. It is intended to honor those who seek to increase alumni engagement and are viewed as truly inspirational to others.

Andrea (Urrutia) ’09 and Christopher J. Hessenius, Jr. ’09Andrea (Urrutia) ’09 and Christopher J. Hessenius, Jr. ’09
The love between Andrea (Urrutia) and Christopher J. Hessenius is deeply interwoven with their love for Providence College. The couple met at a Campus Ministry retreat when they were first-year students, began dating in their senior year, and were married at St. Dominic Chapel in 2013. They show their devotion for their alma mater in the active roles they play as college volunteers. They both have worked with FOLD (Friars of the Last Decade), the Young Alumni Leadership Council, the Boston Alumni Club, and Career Education. They have served on the planning committees for many large events and programs, including the fifth and tenth reunion committees and gift committees, A Night in Black and White, and the Friar 5K. The previous secretary of the National Alumni Association Council, Andrea also organized the 2018 Boston Alumni Club Business Networking Breakfast. An active participant in the Career Education division of PC, Chris has been instrumental in providing students with professional internship and job-shadowing opportunities. The couple are loyal donors to the College and have given back every year since graduation, in appreciation of the financial support they both received while at PC. Currently in the process of relocating to Charlotte, N.C., Andrea, a former energy analyst, is taking time off to raise their family, and Chris, an actuary, works with PartnerRe. They have a son, Christopher III.