SJU Honors Alumni for Commitment to Service

Monday, September 27, 2010

PHILADELPHIA (September 27, 2010) – Whether it is providing medical care for impoverished families in South Jersey or establishing a culture of community service at one of America’s largest corporations, Saint Joseph’s University alumni Lesly A. D’Ambola, D.O. ’82 and Daniel P. Gallagher ’94 are using the Jesuit values instilled in them as students to change lives in their local communities and beyond. In recognition of their outstanding service, loyalty and dedication, the Saint Joseph’s University Alumni Association honored them on September 26 with the Rev. Joseph S. Hogan, S.J. and Ignatius Awards, respectively.

“Lesly and Dan have truly lived lives as men and women for others,” said Gina Mazzulla ’90, SJU Alumni Association President. “They have embraced the Jesuit ideal of service and used it to impact the lives of countless individuals both at Saint Joseph’s and in their local communities.”

D’Ambola received the Hogan Award, given annually to the alumnus or alumna who best exemplifies Christian principles and outstanding service to the University, for her work with underserved populations in New Jersey. For the past decade, she has served as medical director at St. Luke’s Catholic Medical Services, which provides a full range of medical and health services for the poor, uninsured, and under-insured in Camden, N.J. After graduating cum laude with a degree in psychology from SJU, D’Ambola spent two years working with Catholic Community Services in San Jose, Calif., as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. After returning to North Jersey, she earned a mayoral citation for her work directing homeless programs in Jersey City. She has remained active at both her alma maters, teaching as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine, where she earned her medical degree, and serving terms as both vice president and president of SJU’s Medical Alumni Chapter.

The Ignatius Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna from the last 20 years who has devoted effort in the service and promotion of SJU while living a life of service consistent with the principles of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Given to Daniel Gallagher, this year’s award honors his nationally recognized use of service learning as a leadership development strategy for the Comcast Corporation, where he serves as Vice President of Learning and Development Operations.

Like D’Ambola, Gallagher, who as a student served as the Hawk mascot, has remained intimately connected to his alma mater, since he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1994. He completed a master’s degree in training and organizational development in 1999 and served as associate director of alumni relations at SJU. During that time, he launched the first alumni website, e-newsletter, and the HawkMates program. He has taught as an adjunct professor, served as a reunion class volunteer and was a member of the inaugural National Alumni Board. As chair of the NAB’s Program’s Committee, he helped design the National Community Day pilot in 2008 and still leads the initiative today.

Away from the office, the Havertown, Pa. native remains committed to service. In 2006, Gallagher co-founded Generous Generations, a community organization that connects families with service opportunities. Recently, he was selected as a regional finalist for the 2009-2010 White House Fellowship program, launched Gallagher Leadership, LLC, and in 2011 he will publish a leadershipbook from which all proceeds will go to City Year, an AmeriCorps program.

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