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STAC to Induct 21st Annual Hall of Fame Class

Jan 10, 2018

STAC to Induct 21st Annual Hall of Fame Class

St. Thomas Aquinas College's Alumni Association will induct seven alumni and one 2018 Spartan Award honoree into its prestigious Alumni Hall of Fame on January 26, 2018 at The HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center (Palisades, NY), announced Karen Wright, vice president for institutional advancement at the College.

St. Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Hall of Fame honorees are alumni and honorary alumni of the college, who have carried out the mission of our Alma Mater - “Enlightening the Mind through Truth.” The Spartan Award (non-alumni) recipients are those who have made meaningful and exceptional contributions and have shown a true enlightened spirit in support of the College’s mission.

“We are proud of the variety of individuals who have either graced our campus as students or taken a keen interest in our growth as friends of the College,” said Wright. “We look forward to inducting the 2018 Class and celebrating their accomplishments with family and friends. They are invaluable members of our community.”

The following individuals will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame:

Sr. Elizabeth Ehlers, O.P. (Westbury, NY), a member of the Class of 1968, is a consultant in palliative care, ministering to the dying and bereaved.  She was formerly a co-director of palliative care and director of pastoral care at St. Joseph’s Hospital (Flushing, NY), and Regional Director of Pastoral Services at St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens.

Dr. Susan K. Loew Heiferman (West Nyack, NY), a member of the Class of 1969, is the founder of Reinvention Consultants and a former teacher, principal and superintendent of schools. She is a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas College President’s Council.

Patrick McFadden (West Nyack, NY), a member of the Class of 1981, is a 20 year veteran of the FDNY.  He is currently a health and physical education teacher, department chair of physical education, and varsity basketball coach at Albertus Magnus High School (Bardonia, NY).

Stephanie and Roger Paulmeno (Old Greenwich, CT), are members of the Classes of 1980 and 1982, respectively. Stephanie, a registered nurse, is president of both the Connecticut Nurses’ Association and Communities 4 Action, a prevention council of the Connecticut department of mental health and addiction services.  Her husband Roger is the recently retired chair of the White Plains Vet Center and a member of the Selectman’s Veterans’ Council.

Kevan Ottochian (Goshen, NY), a member of the Class of 2007, is a social studies teacher for the Warwick Valley Central School District.

Kimberly DeLorenzo (Valley Cottage, NY), a member of the Class of 2009, is a reading teacher at Lime Kiln Elementary School, in the East Ramapo School District.

The STAC Alumni Association's 2018 Spartan Award will be presented to Gerry Oswald (New City, NY), Athletic Director at St. Thomas Aquinas College. 

collage image of hall of fame inductees

From left to right, top to bottom: Stephanie and Roger Paulmeno, Sr. Elizabeth Ehlers, O.P. , Kevan Ottochian, Dr. Susan K. Loew Heiferman, Gerry Oswald, Kimberly DeLorenzo, and Patrick McFadden. 

St. Thomas Aquinas College's Alumni Association will induct seven alumni and one 2018 Spartan Award honoree into its prestigious Alumni Hall of Fame on January 26, 2018 at The HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center (Palisades, NY), announced Karen Wright, vice president for institutional advancement at the College.

St. Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Hall of Fame honorees are alumni and honorary alumni of the college, who have carried out the mission of our Alma Mater - “Enlightening the Mind through Truth.” The Spartan Award (non-alumni) recipients are those who have made meaningful and exceptional contributions and have shown a true enlightened spirit in support of the College’s mission.

“We are proud of the variety of individuals who have either graced our campus as students or taken a keen interest in our growth as friends of the College,” said Wright. “We look forward to inducting the 2018 Class and celebrating their accomplishments with family and friends. They are invaluable members of our community.”

The following individuals will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame:

Sr. Elizabeth Ehlers, O.P. (Westbury, NY), a member of the Class of 1968, is a consultant in palliative care, ministering to the dying and bereaved.  She was formerly a co-director of palliative care and director of pastoral care at St. Joseph’s Hospital (Flushing, NY), and Regional Director of Pastoral Services at St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens.

Dr. Susan K. Loew Heiferman (West Nyack, NY), a member of the Class of 1969, is the founder of Reinvention Consultants and a former teacher, principal and superintendent of schools. She is a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas College President’s Council.

Patrick McFadden (West Nyack, NY), a member of the Class of 1981, is a 20 year veteran of the FDNY.  He is currently a health and physical education teacher, department chair of physical education, and varsity basketball coach at Albertus Magnus High School (Bardonia, NY).

Stephanie and Roger Paulmeno (Old Greenwich, CT), are members of the Classes of 1980 and 1982, respectively. Stephanie, a registered nurse, is president of both the Connecticut Nurses’ Association and Communities 4 Action, a prevention council of the Connecticut department of mental health and addiction services.  Her husband Roger is the recently retired chair of the White Plains Vet Center and a member of the Selectman’s Veterans’ Council.

Kevan Ottochian (Goshen, NY), a member of the Class of 2007, is a social studies teacher for the Warwick Valley Central School District.

Kimberly DeLorenzo (Valley Cottage, NY), a member of the Class of 2009, is a reading teacher at Lime Kiln Elementary School, in the East Ramapo School District.

The STAC Alumni Association's 2018 Spartan Award will be presented to Gerry Oswald (New City, NY), Athletic Director at St. Thomas Aquinas College. 

The event also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the St. Thomas Aquinas College Class of 1968. Patricia Stark, class of 1988, former television anchor and current media trainer and presentation coach, will be the evening’s mistress of ceremonies.


For more information about the annual Hall of Fame event and Alumni Affairs at the College, contact Jennifer Tanis, Director of Alumni Affairs at 845-398-4045 or jtanis@stac.edu, or visit the Hall of Fame page.

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part-time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education(NCATE); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).