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Reunion 2017 Award Winners

Award Descriptions and Past Reunion Awards Recipients

The CSB Alumnae Board, on behalf of College of Saint Benedict, presents Reunion Awards to outstanding alumnae from reunion years whose daily lives reflect and honor the Benedictine tradition and mission of our alma mater. Nominations are accepted each year. For more information regarding the nomination process, please contact the Alumnae Relations Office.

Reunion 2017 Award Winners

Denise DeVaan

Jackie Boucher ’87

Distinguished Alumna Award honors an alumna who has distinguished herself for outstanding achievements in her chosen profession and has made a lasting contribution in her field as a role model and leader for all alumnae.

Alumna Profile: The most successful people approach their careers with a blend of intellect and heart. It would be difficult to find someone who embodies that blend more wholly—or literally—than Jackie Boucher ’87, MS, RD, CDE. This year’s Distinguished Alumna Award winner is a scholar, advocate and executive whose research and leadership has effected profound change in the health care arena. [Read full profile]

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Debby Bradley

Kimberly Ebert Colella ’82

Benedictine Service Award honors an alumna who has made a significant impact on those around her for her continued commitment and contributions to community service and social justice at a regional, national or international level. Also demonstrates a commitment to the Benedictine spirit of giving hospitality, love of others, listening and social stewardship.

Alumna Profile: The Benedictine Service Award is intended for individuals who make a significant impact on those around her. For Kimberly Ebert Colella ’82, “significant impact” might not be strong enough. The owner of Body Sacred Therapy, Kim is a healer in every sense of the word. She is a professionally trained practitioner of a breadth of massage and therapeutic modalities. With offerings including individual coaching, massage therapy, classes, retreats, photography and writing, Kim’s goal is to help others birth their spirit more fully into the world. [Read full profile]

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Megan Peterson Christofield ’07

Decade Award honors an alumna who is recognized by her peers as a great role model and leader for younger alumnae because her outstanding career achievements, representing global consciousness and community involvement in her chosen profession.

Alumna Profile: The Decade Award is reserved for alumnae who have demonstrated, among other things, global consciousness during the 10 years since graduation. Megan Peterson Christofield ’07 met that criteria long ago. By the time she graduated from Saint Ben’s, Megan had already collaborated with fellow classmates to organize an experiential learning trip to Uganda. The trip turned out to be the first of many to Uganda for Megan—and for the school. (The trip that Megan helped spearhead is now regularly offered through the college.)  [Read full profile]

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Telzena Coakley ’62

Sister Emmanuel Renner Award honors an alumna for her service to the College of Saint Benedict and recognizes her contributions as a leader, steward and volunteer to her alma mater.

Alumna Profile: Among unique elements that enrich the community of the College of Saint Benedict is the extraordinary relationship with the Bahamas. This robust partnership, which has drawn many Bahamian students to Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s, is largely attributable to Telzena Coakley ’62. Telzena co-founded Saint Ben’s Bahamas Extension Program in 1974 and worked tirelessly to foster connections between the Saint Ben’s community and both the public and private school educators in the Bahamas. Under Telzena’s guidance, the relationship between these communities (climatically disparate but equally warm in spirit) flourished. [Read full profile]

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