By Kelsey Littlefield
On Friday Sept. 30, five College of the Holy Cross alumni were honored with the Sanctae Crucis Award in a special ceremony held in the Hogan Ballroom. The award is the highest non-degree recognition bestowed by the College upon graduates who continue to live out the Holy Cross mission well after graduation. The individuals honored—Thomas H. Carey ’66; AnnMaura Connolly ’86; Cheryl A. Martin, Ph. D. ’84; Rev. James D. Mathews ’58; and Jonathan Racek ’95—are leaders in business, professional or civic life; they live by the highest intellectual and ethical standards; and they are committed to the service of faith and promotion of justice.
Thomas H. Carey ‘66 is the former executive vice president of Omnicom Group Inc., a global marketing and corporate communications holding company, where he led the strategic development, networking, resourcing and integration of Omnicom companies for the benefit of major clients, including Daimler Chrysler, Mars and PepsiCo. He is a former Trustee of the College and a key member of the College’s Alumni Marketing Advisory Group—a group of alumni who convene to discuss and prepare descriptive themes that distinguish the Holy Cross experience as part of the Become More campaign.
AnnMaura Connolly ’86 is the chief strategy officer and executive vice president of City Year, Inc.—a national youth service corps dedicated to helping urban schools and students succeed, and co-founder and president of Voices for National Service—a coalition committed to expanding opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve and volunteer. At City Year, she has directed the organization’s public policy, public affairs, and international work, and, as a co-founder and president of Voices for National Service, she has led the effort to expand and strengthen the federal investment in national service, playing a key role in the development and passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which was signed into law in 2009.
Cheryl A. Martin, Ph. D. ’84 is a member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum and responsible for the Forum’s industry agenda. She joined the Forum in March 2016 from the consulting firm, Harwich Partners, which she launched to work with public and private sector entities to identify critical drivers that would accelerate the adoption of new technologies into markets. Martin is a non-resident fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and serves on the board of Enbala—an early stage company focused on making the electric grid more sustainable by harnessing the power of distributed energy.
Rev. James D. Mathews ’58 has served as the pastor at St. Lucy’s Church in Syracuse, N.Y., for more than 25 years and continues to remain the force behind the parish and its impact on the surrounding community. Located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country, St. Lucy’s welcomes members from all walks of life, beginning with a banner that reads “Sinners Welcome” hanging over the church’s entrance. Father Mathews has served the parish’s inner-city neighbors through everything from American Sign Language Masses for deaf community members and transportation to the local prison for families to visit their loved ones, to job training, computer skill, and ESL classes for refugees and weekly free lunches served to hundreds of community members.
Jonathan Racek ’95 is the executive director of Play360—a nonprofit that trains organizations to build low-cost educational resources throughout the developing world, and a senior lecturer at the apparel merchandising and interior design department at Indiana University. After completing his sociology and anthropology degree at Holy Cross, and four years of teaching through Teach for America in Los Angeles, Racek earned a masters of architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2004 and established a successful high-end furniture design firm. His architectural work turned towards community engagement and empowerment when he traveled to Thailand to build playgrounds for fleeing refugees along the Thai/Burmese border.