Distinguished Alumnae Award

The Distinguished Alumnae Awards are bestowed upon alumnae who have distinguished themselves by giving witness to the mission of The Academy of the Holy Cross and exhibiting the ideals of an alumna of the Academy in their daily lives.

Recipients of this award:

  1. Demonstrate the characteristics of a graduate of the Academy, by being women of courage, compassion, and scholarship.
  2. Demonstrate unusual professional or personal accomplishments that embrace the social, spiritual, and intellectual challenges of the world.
  3. Distinguish themselves as caring, Christian women.

The 2016 Distinguished Alumnae Recipients 

Rosalie Whitlock ’64

Dr. Whitlock spent nine years on Children's Health Council's Board of Directors—two of those years as Chairman—before becoming Executive Director.

In her 25+ years' experience, Rosalie has become a leader in learning.  As Head of Charles Armstrong School for 11 years, she led the development of cutting-edge curriculum to help kids with learning differences succeed based on their strengths.  Rosalie’s experience has given her an intimate understanding of parents’ concerns and the impact on the whole family when a child struggles with learning differences, anxiety, ADHD or autism. 

Rosalie is a former member of the International Dyslexia Association’s Board of Directors, is a founding and current board member of Parents Education Network (PEN), and was the executive director of the Accelerated School Project at Stanford University in their School of Education.


Maureen Kelly Flatley ’66

Maureen is a Boston based government relations and media consultant.  Before moving to Massachusetts in 2002, her firm was headquartered in Washington, DC for nearly 30 years. Her areas of expertise include government reform and oversight of adoption and child welfare as well as child exploitation and child trafficking. Using a broad bi-partisan array of relationships on Capital Hill she has focused her attention on the nexus between individual justice and large scale system reform. In that capacity she has advised public and private agencies, corporations and non-profits, attorneys, families and children.

Maureen was recently awarded the prestigious Congressional Angel in Adoption Award. For the past 30 years, Maureen has almost exclusively devoted her work to advocacy on child welfare and adoption issues. Those efforts have resulted in many major bills in Congress, where Maureen continues to advance ideas and initiatives.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Leary Sanford ’74

Having worked for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 26 years, Betsy is presently serving as a management analyst in the Office of the Commissioner, Office of Pediatric Therapeutics (OPT), a Congressional mandated office within the FDA. The primary mission of the OPT is to assure access for children to innovative, safe and effective medical products. Working in support of programs designed to promote medical safety for our nation’s children holds a special meaning for Betsy. Her son Joe was diagnosed with a childhood brain tumor at the age of seven and ultimately passed away at the age of 10. After Joe’s death and with the help of family, friends and neighbors, Betsy formed “Joe’s Ride & Stride,” an annual bike and walking charity which has donated over $250,000 to many organizations over the years.


Mary-Beth Buckley Cooper ’78

Mary-Beth recently became the 13th president of Springfield College in Massachusetts, bringing experience from a long and distinguished career in higher education administration and community leadership. Dr. Cooper is the first woman to lead the college since its founding in 1885. 

She firmly believes that education can be the answer to creating a prosperous, successful community of thinkers and doers.  In addition to her administrative leadership, she takes seriously her role as a mentor to and advocate for women, students, and athletes. Prior to her arrival at Springfield College, Mary-Beth served as the senior vice president of student affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York, dean of students at the University of Rochester, and vice president for student affairs at St. John Fisher College, also in Rochester.

The Rochester Business Journal named Mary-Beth one of Rochester’s most influential women in 2005.

Suzanne Rich Folsom ’79

As general counsel, chief compliance officer and senior vice president for government affairs, Suzanne oversees U.S. Steel’s legal, regulatory, compliance, corporate governance, environmental affairs, security, aircraft, and labor and employment matters. Along with other previous employ, Suzanne was also counselor to the president of the World Bank Group and director of its Department of Institutional Integrity, where she led that organization’s global anti-corruption program.

Among her earlier positions, Suzanne was chief of staff to Her Majesty Queen Noor of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; special assistant to First Lady Barbara Bush, chief of staff to the late Maureen Reagan, then Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee; advisor to the chair of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women; and advisor to the 1985 U.N. World Women’s Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

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