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Alumnae Take Action Amidst the Pandemic
Posted 05/03/2020 10:50AM


This global pandemic may seem overwhelming at times, but we gain strength when we realize that many people are taking positive actions, whether in their jobs or as volunteers. We will indeed all get through this together!  We are pleased to share stories of Ursuline alumnae living out our school motto in the community – "Serviam, I will serve."


THE FRONT LINE - Dedicated Healers

Thank you to the incredibly courageous people, including countless Ursuline community members, serving on the front line of this pandemic. We appreciate their numerous sacrifices and pray for their safety. The Alumnae Association and the Advancement Team have connected with alumnae at several hospitals and arranged to provide meals to the medical workers.


On April 1, 2020 lunch for 40 members of Memorial Sloan Kettering's Urgent Care Center in New York City was delivered. Alumnae Andrea Fufidio '12, Liz Murphy '05 and Danielle DeRosa '05 were on hand to receive the donation and note. Thank you also to Michele Fufidio '09 and Tonia Damiano '09 for helping to coordinate this effort.




It was an honor to deliver dinner to the brave health care professionals at NYU Langone Health on April 19, 2020. Receiving the food were alumnae Maggie Sullivan ‘15 and Meghan Foster ‘15 who work as RNs in Acute Care and Infectious Disease, respectively.  A special thank you to "Happy Kid Lunch" for the extra touches and delivery to ensure our dedicated healthcare workers received their meals.




The night shift on the front line requires strength, endurance and commitment. We were happy to deliver some reinforcements to our alumnae and others working at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on the Upper East Side of New York City on April 28, 2020.






In Massachusetts, public health students are volunteering to help the state's 350 boards of health in the vital work of coronavirus contact tracing. Our alumnae are in leadership roles at Regis College which is one of the universities involved in this critical project. Mary Driscoll, PhD, ’74 is Vice President of Academic Affairs at Regis, a leading Catholic university in Greater Boston. Laura Mignone Burke ’90 is the dean of the Regis College School of Health Sciences. Laura explained the project in a WCVB Channel 5 Boston news report. We invite you to watch the April 2020 WCVB news story at:





To help hospital workers, Alexandra Ferguson Clark '99 refocused her successful pillow company, Alexandra Ferguson, to make special buttoned headbands for medical staff, to protect their ears as they wear masks all day. She's donated 300 headbands to rave reviews and has requests for over 1,000 headbands from hospitals across the tri-state area. Alexandra is now partnering with button manufacturers and overseas factories to secure large donations of buttons and keep growing the project.Those interested in helping or receiving these headbands can contact her at




Patrice McDermott ’84 is the Social Action Coordinator at The Ursuline School.  In that role, she has been coordinating the numerous efforts of Ursuline students and families who are sewing masks for those who are working on the front line during this battle against COVID-19. Patrice has also made masks with Art teacher Pat DiIorio. Our president, Eileen Davidson, has delivered masks to several alumnae who are medical workers, for further distribution at hospitals.  She is pictured below with a delivery to Emergency Care Nurse Andrea Fufidio’12.







Another Koala making us proud is Mar Healy ‘16 who, along with her mother Margaret, an ICU nurse, founded Codefrontline to provide care packages for our dedicated front line workers. The pair have already delivered over 1,500 packages to 25 different area hospitals and organizations.


Their special effort was recently featured on NBC New York. Mary Ellen and @ codefrontline also delivered gift packs to the staff of Calvary Hospice at Home. To learn more about this initiative and how you can help, please contact Mar at and follow on Instagram @codefrontline




Each day brings a new story of how Ursuline alumnae are living out the mission of Serviam in these immensely challenging times. MaryLou LaSala Pagano ‘83 and daughter Caroline ‘18, inspired by their son and brother, a First Lieutenant in the National Guard, created gift bags including snacks and Target gift cards for his unit of 170 men and women who have worked around the clock for one month straight. The Paganos are deeply grateful to the many friends and family members who contributed to this special effort.






Ursuline women are undeterred! Katie Carsky ‘12 ran a solo marathon on April 20, 2020. It wasn’t the Boston Marathon as intended, but Katie took to the iconic Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, running 26.2 miles ending in Van Cortlandt Park.


Katie, a Boston College undergrad, will be virtually graduating from Tulane University School of Medicine in May and will begin her residency for general surgery at Lenox Hill this summer.


Katie was raising funds for Tulane Healthcare Providers Fund to support those on the front line in New Orleans. Katie is literally Serviam in action!







Jenna Russo '03 is Director of Public Relations for Feeding Westchester, the county's leading non-profit, hunger relief organization. They have been feeding families, seniors shut in their homes, and children who rely on free or reduced breakfast and lunch at school. They distribute the food to 300 partners and programs to feed 200,000 people. Their Mobile Food Pantry travels throughout the county as long as it is allowed to, delivering nutritious food. Jenna has leveraged her relationships with media outlets to get the word out about the need and where people can find help.



Here's a link to a video Jenna spearheaded that shows their efforts:


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