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Alumni of Distinction

Holy Cross alumni have translated their liberal arts education into meaningful careers spanning all fields and industries. These individuals are among our accomplished alumni. 

Bill Abbott '84 - President and CEO, Crown Media Family Networks (Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel)

David P. Anderson '51 - Sports columnist, The New York Times; recipient of Pulitzer Prize in 1981

Doug Baker Jr. '81 - Chairman and CEO, Ecolab Inc.

Michael Barrett '84 - CEO, Rubicon Project, a leading technology company automating the buying and selling of advertising

Erika Bearman '03 - Former senior vice president for global communications for Oscar de la Renta; strategic consultant in communications and branding

Aimee Bell ’88 - Vice president, editorial director, Gallery Books Group 

Mary G. Berner '81 - President and CEO, Cumulus Media Inc.

Col. Tyree Blocker '74 - 22nd Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police

Theresa Bresten '78 - Vice president and treasurer, H.P. Hood

Leigh Ann Brodsky '80 - Executive vice president, Discovery Global Enterprises at Discovery Communications

Hon. Peter Brown '84 - Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut

Joseph A. Califano Jr. '52 - Founder and chairman emeritus, Center on Addiction; former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare

Hon. Bob Casey '82 - U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania

Brendan J. Cassin '55 - Co-founder, The Drexel Fund, a national fund providing start-up capital for new, high-quality, financially sustainable faith-based and private schools and founder of Cassin Educational Initiative to establish Catholic college-preparatory middle and high schools in economically-challenged communities throughout the country

David J. Castellani '78 - Senior vice president, New York Life Insurance; chairman of board, QV21 Technologies, a cloud-based software firm

Matt Chmura '03 - Vice president of marketing and communications, Boston Bruins

Ashley Codianni '07 - Executive producer for social and emerging media, CNN Worldwide

Billy Collins '63 - Former U.S. Poet Laureate; member, American Academy of Arts and Letters

James J. Collins '87 - Termeer Professor of Bioengineering in MIT's Department of Biological Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering & Science; recipient of the MacArthur Fellow in 2003

AnnMaura Connolly '86 - Chief strategy officer and executive vice president, City Year; president, Voices for National Service

Rebecca Connolly '88 - Co-founder and managing partner, Tiger Iron Capital, LLC

Shawn Feddeman Cronin '95 - Vice president of communications, NBCUniversal owned television stations

Bob Cousy '50 - Basketball legend and NBA Hall of Famer; led the Boston Celtics to an unprecedented five straight NBA titles

Michael Daniels '76 - Retired senior vice president and group executive, IBM Global Technology Services

Michael Days '75 - Editor, Philadelphia Daily News

Deanna de Arango '04 - Director, global marketing, The Estee Lauder Companies

Mark DeSaulnier '74 - Member of U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat from California

Ann Dowd '78 – Emmy-award winning actress whose credits include "The Handmaid’s Tale," "The Leftovers," "Compliance" and "Marley & Me" 

Anthony Fauci, M.D., ’62 - Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health; recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Jon Favreau '03 - Political commentator; former director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama

Maria Eugenia Ferré Rangel ’89 - CEO, GFR Media 

Anne Fink '85 - President, PepsiCo Global Foodservice

Francis "Chip" Flaherty '86 - President, Londonderry Films; executive vice president, Londonderry LLC

Jackie McCauley Ford '91 - CFO, America's Test Kitchen

Joanna Geraghty '94 - President and chief operating officer, JetBlue; chairperson of the board, Concern Worldwide

David J. Grain '84 - Founder and managing partner, Grain Management Group

Stanley E. Grayson '72 - Former vice chairman and chief operating officer, M.R. Beal and Company; former deputy mayor for finance and economic development in Mayor Ed Koch administration

Clint Greenleaf '97 - Co-founder and CEO, Moonshot Brands

Jason F. Hall, M.D., MPH '96 - Chief, colon & rectal surgery, Boston Medical Center; co-director, Dempsey Center for Digestive Disorders

Julie A. Halpin '84 - President of marketing strategy company Next Step Strategic Services; founder and former CEO of Geppetto Group, a youth and family creative agency and strategic consultancy

Jack Hanlon '06 – Vice president of analytics, Jet.com; co-founder and vice president of product at Kinetic Social

​Robert A. Harrington, M.D. '82 - Chair, Stanford University Department of Medicine and the Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor of Medicine

Pedro Heilbron '79 - CEO, Copa Airlines

Thomas W. Heinsohn '56 - Former Boston Celtics player and coach; fourth person to be elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of fame as a player and a coach

John J. "Jack" Higgins '76 - Editorial cartoonist, Chicago Sun-Times; winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1989

Mark G. Holowesko '82 - Founding partner and CEO, Holowesko Partners, Ltd, an investment firm in The Bahamas; co-sponsor of the Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team registered with USA Cycling as a UCI Continental Team

Peter Jankowski '86 - Producer, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago Justice," "Chicago Med," "Chicago P.D."; president and chief operating officer, Wolf Films

Molly Taylor Jolly '88 - Senior vice president, finance and administration for the Los Angeles Angels

Edward P. Jones '72 - Author who was recognized with the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his book "The Known World;" recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004

Thomas P. Joyce ​​Jr. '82 - President and CEO, Danaher Corporation

Carol Donovan Juel '95 - Executive vice president and chief information officer, Synchrony Financial

Helen E. Jurado '98 - Senior director of content sales for Latin America, A&E Television

Susan Jurevics '89 - President of Bare Escentuals Beauty; former CEO and board director, J.K. Rowling's Pottermore 

Brian Kelley '83 - Partner at investment firm Lindsay Goldberg; former CEO of Keurig Green Mountain coffee

Capt. Thomas G. Kelley, USN (ret.) '60 - Recipient of the Medal of Honor in 1970 from President Richard Nixon for his actions during the Vietnam War; president of the Medal of Honor Society

Capt. Joseph P. Kerwin, M.D. USN (ret.) '53 - Physician and former NASA astronaut who was the first physician to be selected for astronaut training and served as science-pilot for the Skylab 2 mission in 1973

​James W. Keyes '77 - Chairman of Wild Oats; former CEO of Blockbuster and 7-Eleven; founder of Education is Freedom Foundation

Marc S. Lampkin '86 - Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Deirdre Latour '95 - Former chief communications officer, GE

Paul O. LeClerc '63 - Director, Columbia Global Centers in Paris; former president and CEO, The New York Public Library

Pete Lescoe ’99 – CEO, Plant Snacks; founder, Food Should Taste Good

Edward J. Ludwig '73 - Former chairman of the board and CEO, Becton, Dickinson and Company (global medical technology company)

Victor Luis '88 - CEO, Tapestry

Meg Maggio '82 - Director, Pékin Fine Arts contemporary art gallery

Burke Magnus '88 - Executive vice president of programming and scheduling, ESPN

Cheryl A. Martin '84 - Member of the managing board of the World Economic Forum

Chris Matthews '67 - Journalist and host of MSNBC's "Hardball With Chris Matthews”

Mary Cahoon McGinnity '77 - Executive director, The Ignatian Volunteer Corps

​Ann McElaney-Johnson '79 - President, Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles 

Joseph E. Murray, M.D. '40 - Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1990 for the first successful kidney transplant; elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and was a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which advises the Vatican on science issues.

Kevin O'Connor '90 - Host, "This Old House" and "Ask This Old House;" co-host of DIY Network’s "This New House"

Sean O'Scannlain '86 - CEO, Fortune Fish and Gourmet

Joyce O'Shaughnessy, M.D. '78 - Medical oncologist, Texas Oncology-Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center

Hon. Rupal Shah-Palanki '95 - Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut

George Paletta, M.D.'84 - Head orthopedic physician, St. Louis Cardinals

James David “J.D.” Power III '53 - Founder, J.D. Power and Associates

Carolyn Risoli '86 - Former president, Marc by Marc Jacobs; currently fashion industry consultant

Francine Rosado-Cruz ’94 - Practice management director, global diversity and inclusion at Microsoft

Paola Rovelo '04 - Partner, Mindshare (WPP advertising agency)

Daniel E. Shaughnessy '75 - Sports columnist, The Boston Globe; author of "The Curse of the Bambino"

Bartlett Sher '81 - Theatre and opera director who won the Tony Award in 2008 for Best Direction of a Musical for his Lincoln Center production of "South Pacific"

Mark Shriver '86 - President, Save the Children Action Network

Bill Simmons '92 - Sports columnist, analyst, author and host of The Ringer, a sports and pop culture website and podcast network

Jim Speltz '97 - President, Luxury Brand Holdings, parent company of Ross-Simons and Sidney Thomas jewelry brands

Steven J. Stack ’94 - Emergency physician and past president, American Medical Association (AMA)

Kieran Suckling '88 - Founder and executive director, Center for Biological Diversity

Kerry Sullivan '78 - President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation

K.C. Sullivan '00 - President and managing director, CNBC International at NBCUniversal Inc.

Justice Clarence Thomas '71 - Associate justice of the Supreme Court

Amb. Harry K. Thomas Jr. '78 - Chairperson of the QBS Learning Board; former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe (2016-2018), the Phillippines (2010-2013) and Bangladesh (2003-2005) 

Hon. Peter Welch '69 - Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat from Vermont

Theodore V. Wells Jr. '72 - Partner and co-chair of Litigation, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, New York

Hon. Gary J. White '76 - Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut

Maggie Wilderotter '77 - Telecommunications executive; former CEO and executive chairman of Frontier Communications

Robert C. Wright '65 - Founder and chairman, The Suzanne Wright Foundation, founded in memory of his wife Suzanne to accelerate pancreatic cancer research through awareness; co-founder of Autism Speaks with Suzanne Wright; retired vice chairman of the General Electric Company and chairman and CEO of NBC Universal (1986 to 2007)

Tina Ziemek '03 - Founder, Last of Five Game Company