Local Residents Among Mount Saint Mary Honorees

WATCHUNG – Two local residents have been chosen for induction into Mount Saint Mary Academy’s Hall of Honor, the Catholic school announced this week.  Donna M. Lombardi, Esq. of Edison and Denise E. Materia of Clark, will be recognized on Saturday, May 18 in a special ceremony on the Academy campus along with Sister M. Kathleen O’Halloran, RSM of Keansburg.

Lombardi, a graduate of the Mount Saint Mary class of 1974, is the Vice President of Senior Corporate Liability Claim Counsel at Chubb & Son.  She has managed litigations ranging from Hurricane Katrina property losses and insurance disputes arising from the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 to reinsurance proceeds resulting from the 2001 Enron case.  She is an alumna of Villanova University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Capital University Law School.  Lombardi is a dedicated member of the Mount Saint Mary Academy Alumnae Association and the mother of a Mount alumna.

Materia has served as Mount Saint Mary Academy Athletic Director since 1985.  In that time, she has guided the athletic program to 10 NJSIAA Championships, 12 Independent School State Championships, nine Somerset County Championships, and 17 conference championships in the Mountain Valley and Skyland Conferences.  Under her leadership, the Athletic Department added 16 new programs, including nine new sports, five junior varsity teams, and two freshman teams.  Materia also served as Health and Physical Education Department Chair for 14 years and taught Physical Education, Health, and Driver Education for 15 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health Education from Montclair State University and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Kean University.  Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, she will assume the role of Assistant Directress in charge of Athletics, Facilities, and Security.

A graduate of the Mount Saint Mary class of 1957, O’Halloran serves as Director of Client Services of Project Paul, a community outreach ministry in Keansburg, New Jersey which serves the poor, hungry, and unemployed.  Prior to arriving at Project Paul in 1989, O’Halloran worked at the McAuley Center, a ministry serving homeless women and children in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  In 1979, she was elected to the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of New Jersey and served for two terms.  She is a former teacher at St. Mary’s High School in South Amboy, St. Mary’s High School in Perth Amboy, and Mount Saint Mary Academy, where she was Director of Novices and a French instructor.  O’Halloran, who entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1957, holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgian Court College and a Master of Arts in French from Middlebury College.

Honorees were nominated by members of the Mount community and chosen by a selection committee comprised of one member of the Board of Trustees, one member of the Administration, the Associate Director of Institutional Advancement, the Alumnae Relations Coordinator, one faculty member, and one representative from the Alumnae Association.

The Mount Saint Mary Academy Hall of Honor was established in 2006 to recognize and honor life achievements that reflect the Mercy Core Values of justice, respect, compassion, integrity, and service as lived by the various members of the Mount community. The Hall of Honor also serves to recognize those who have made the Academy a priority in their lives. All nominees for the Hall of Honor must demonstrate philanthropic efforts toward the Mount, must promote the Mercy Core Values in an exemplary manner, and have strong leadership and character attributes.

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