Jim and Cathy Gavin to Receive 2021 Lead On Award

Marywood University’s eighth annual Community Leadership Celebration, Inspiring Social Justice, will honor Jim and Cathy Gavin. The celebration will take place on the University’s campus in the Motherhouse and Seminary Morgan Memorial Garden on Thursday, June 10,  where they will be awarded the 2021 Lead On Award.

Inspiring social justice is a theme that unites Jim and Cathy, the Gavin and Walsh families, and the IHM Congregation in common purpose. In furtherance of that common purpose, Marywood University sets the standard for educating and preparing our youth for a successful and meaningful role in society. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gavin  have a lifelong relationship with the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation beginning in grade school at Chapel and Holy Rosary schools in the 1950s. This relationship has flourished over seven decades.

Mr. Gavin graduated from the University of Scranton in 1971, following three years of active military service. He earned graduate degrees in Social Work and Management from Marywood in 1973 and 1985. A professional social worker, Mr. Gavin worked in the behavioral health field for 47 years in clinical as well as management positions. He recently retired after 21 years as President/CEO of Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, a UPMC insurance company, and is currently a Senior Advisor to executive leadership. 

Elected to the Marywood University Board of Trustees in 2014, Mr. Gavin is a member of various committees serving as Treasurer and Chair of Finance since 2016.

Mrs. Gavin began a lifelong career in the restaurant business at Stirna’s Restaurant in 1967. After a short stay at The Scranton/Lackawanna Human Development Agency, she returned to her true passion, Stirna’s Restaurant. In 1980, with the support and assistance of a friend and attorney, she purchased the business and remains its sole proprietor today. 

During the next 40 years, Mrs. Gavin began and managed what is today a thriving catering business. She also negotiated and managed the food service contract for Lackawanna College. In 2008, on the 100th anniversary of Stirna’s Restaurant, with the help of her son Michael, she totally renovated the West Market Street facility. 

During Jim and Cathy’s 50 years of marriage, their focus has been on family, church, and community. They have two children, Kate and Michael, and two grandchildren, Gavin and Grace. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gavin are active on numerous boards dedicated to the health and welfare of the citizens in Lackawanna and Allegheny counties.

For information on the celebration, to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, or to buy tickets to the event, please visit marywood.edu/clc, or call 570-348-6238.

Marywood Honors Patrick Fricchione for Community Leadership

Marywood Honors Patrick Fricchione + Sr Mary Persico IHM

Patrick Fricchione, M.D., honoree at Marywood University’s Fourth Annual Community Leadership Celebration; is shown with Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood University.

Marywood University will host its fourth annual Community Leadership Celebration on Thursday, May 4, in the Center for Athletics and Wellness on Marywood’s campus. The event will honor Patrick Fricchione, M.D., with Marywood’s Lead On Award, in recognition of his enthusiastic dedication to his profession and to his community, as well as his selfless, ongoing commitment to Marywood University and its students.

Dr. Fricchione worked in emergency departments in and around the Philadelphia area, eventually coming home to Northeast Pennsylvania, where he worked in the emergency departments at Moses Taylor Hospital and at the former Community Medical Center. Dr. Fricchione was the first board-certified emergency medicine trained physician at CMC.

He also established the Northeastern Occupational Medicine & Rehabilitation Center, P.C. in Dunmore,  and the Northeastern Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre Twp., and became a consultant and Medical Director for several Fortune 500 companies.

He developed special interests in the fields of forensic drug testing and disability and impairment evaluations. Dr. Fricchione was one of the first physicians in the state to be trained and certified by both the American Academy of Medical Review Officers (AAMRO) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) as a Medical Review Officer.

In the community, his work has focused primarily on the arts and education, having served as a past president at the Scranton Cultural Center and presently on the executive board at Marywood University. Dr. Fricchione’s connection to Marywood grew from his family’s association with the institution. The Fricchione Daycare Center, established in 1991, was the first large named philanthropy initiative at Marywood, as well as the first of many capital projects that would follow in subsequent years. Dr. Fricchione became a Marywood trustee in 2011.

In recent years, Dr. Fricchione has served as a Principal at his family’s business, Simplex Industries and Cornerstone Building Solutions, and he has developed special interests in renewable energy, particularly solar. He focuses much of his time in real estate acquisition and development and is presently working on the integration of automation in housing construction.

Proceeds from this year’s event will support the President’s Innovation Fund, which supports growth and educational opportunities at Marywood. Hundreds of business professionals, community leaders, and friends of Marywood University will come together to help make a difference in the name of Marywood. In its first three years, the Community Leadership Celebration has helped the University secure over one million dollars toward enhanced learning opportunities for students.

For  information on the Fourth Annual Community Leadership Celebration, to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, or to buy tickets to the event, visit www.marywood.edu/clc or call 570-348-6238.

 

Marywood hosts Community Leadership Celebration

marywoodMarywood University will host its third annual Community Leadership Celebration on Thursday, May 5, in the Center for Athletics and Wellness on Marywood’s campus. The event will honor Northeastern Pennsylvania natives Gerard and Marie Terotta Roche, currently of Chappaqua, N.Y., with Marywood’s Lead On Award.

Gerard Roche, a graduate of The University of Scranton, is a former Marywood Trustee and Chairman Emeritus at Heidrick & Struggles, a worldwide executive search firm. With more than 40 years as an executive recruiter, Mr. Roche has worked with hundreds of corporations and their boards, identifying top executives throughout the world in almost every function and industry, and placing more CEOs than any other recruiter.

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Marywood University’s Lead On award will be presented to Gerard and Marie Terotta Roche on Thursday (May 5) at the third annual Community Leadership Celebration.

Marie Roche, a Marywood graduate, has led her own successful career in the arts as a critically-acclaimed singer, actor, dancer, and radio personality. She began singing with her late sister, Joan Terotta Costa, as the “Terotta Sisters.” They performed nationally as featured vocalists, took part in countless radio programs, and even starred in their own TV show. Currently, Mrs. Roche directs The Chappaqua Singers of northern Westchester County, N.Y., an ensemble of female singers she founded 30 years ago.

The group has performed in Romania under the auspices of the Romanian Government and the Friendship Ambassadors Organization. They have also sung in Washington, D.C., by special invitation during national celebrations and during the September 11th observances in New York, N.Y. For the past 17 years, Mrs. Roche has also directed the Loblolly Singers of Hobe Sound.

Proceeds from this year’s event will support Marywood University students through scholarships and programs that enhance the academic experience in the IHM tradition. Hundreds of business professionals, community leaders, and friends of Marywood University will come together to help make a difference in the name of Marywood. In its first two years, the Community Leadership Celebration has helped the University secure more than $700,000 toward enhanced learning opportunities for students.

For additional information, please visit 100.marywood.edu/community, or call (570) 348-6238.