Holy Cross Adds Trustees

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Holy Cross College near South Bend has named two new members to its board of trustees. Margaret Gutierrez and Marilyn Blanchette will each serve a three-year term.

September 12, 2013

News Release

Notre Dame, Ind. -- Holy Cross College is honored to announce the appointment of two new members to the institution’s Board of Trustees: Margaret Gutierrez of Mishawaka, Indiana and Marilyn Blanchette of Oviedo, Florida.

Margaret Gutierrez has dedicated her life to learning and caring for others. Having earned a Certificate in Radiography from Hudson Area School of Radiologic Technologists (Bayonne, NJ) in 1978, Gutierrez went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from Edison State College (Trenton, NJ), and a Master of Science in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Neumann University (Philadelphia, PA). In November 2011 Ms. Gutierrez attended the Synod on Pastoral Care in Vatican City.

"Margaret Gutierrez brings expertise in counseling/pastoral care as well as an extensive career in health care to her service on the Board," said Br. John Paige, C.S.C., President of Holy Cross College. "Her talents will be very valuable as we expand our educational outreach and service to senior caregivers through the Michiana Gerontology Institute at Holy Cross College."

Margaret Gutierrez has over 30 years of work experience in the area of healthcare, beginning as a radiographer with Palisades General Hospital (West New York, NJ) from 1978 to 1995. In 1995 Gutierrez launched a career with GE Medical Systems (Waukesha, WI) where she served as a business manager, corporate trainer, and product specialist for women’s healthcare product lines until 2003. Margaret also has 12 years of experience as a program director and tennis instructor with the EHT Recreation Department (Egg Harbor Township, NJ).

Following a call to the field of pastoral care, Ms. Gutierrez served from 2003 to 2011 at the Church of St. Katharine Drexel in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, where she organized and directed the parish’s Homebound Ministry, trained and assigned volunteers, and distributed Eucharist.

From 2008 – 2011, Gutierrez provided individual and group counseling for children through adults, and conducted loss and grief support groups at Bridge Counseling Services of Seaville, NJ. During this time, she also facilitated grief support groups, life review groups, faith share groups, and individual therapy for residents of Our Lady’s Residence, a long-term care facility in Pleasantville, NJ. Since 2011, Margaret Gutierrez has served St. Joseph Regional Medical Center’s (Mishawaka, IN) Outreach Department where she provides educational support to CPE residents, leads faith based retreats, collaborates on community needs assessment, facilitates focus groups, and leads summer programs for inner city youth. She is a Member of South Bend Anti Violence Commission

Throughout her career, Margaret has conducted technologist training sessions throughout the United State. She has worked with multiple philanthropic organizations in developing funding opportunities and has facilitated numerous faith-based retreats. Ms. Gutierrez is a member of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Margaret, along with her husband, reside in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Marilyn L. Blanchette has been enjoying a career in non-profit advancement for 22 years. Her specialization is in strategic planning, leadership development, communications, and fundraising.

"Marilyn Blanchette has earned a national reputation for her consulting work in non-profit strategic planning and mission advancement," stated the college’s President, Br. John Paige, C.S.C. "Her service to the larger Church and other mission-driven organizations across the country will enhance our own attention and focus on the mission of Holy Cross College as a distinctively Catholic higher education institution."

In 2007 Marilyn was appointed President of the newly formed Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. Prior to this position, Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, then - Bishop of Orlando Florida, appointed Marilyn to design, lead, and implement the Starting Afresh From Christ Synod -- a first-of-its-kind, 18-month strategic planning effort engaging over 1,000 clergy and lay leaders, to help the Catholic diocese forge a new vision and create a plan of action to renew its mission.

In 2008, under the leadership of a newly formed Foundation Board, Marilyn orchestrated the launch of the Diocese of Orlando’s first multi-year capital campaign, Alive in Christ - with a goal of $150 million. This unprecedented effort created a new collaboration between the parishes and the larger Church while continuing the successful execution of an $11.5 million annual appeal.

In January 2011, Marilyn launched L’Etoile Development Services, LLC -- in service to the larger Church and other mission-driven organizations across the country.

A Rhode Island native and graduate of Providence College, Marilyn has been living in Central Florida since 1990. In 2010, she and her husband Gary, established a second residence in Colorado that has made it possible to serve clients from coast to coast.

L’Etoile Development Services accelerates the philanthropic potential of non-profit organizations through a collaborative approach to planning, leadership development, communications and fund raising.

The two new trustees will each serve a three-year term and be eligible for reappointment to a second three-year term in 2016.

Holy Cross College is a Catholic, four-year, co-educational, liberal arts institution founded in 1966 by the Brothers of Holy Cross. With a 13:1 faculty/student ratio, students find personal attention from professors who care about their success and development in mind, body, and spirit. The Four Pillars of the core curriculum include a professional internship, service to others, a global perspective experience, and a senior Capstone presentation which summarizes and synthesizes each student’s learning. Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, Holy Cross College provides the best of both worlds: a close-knit, small college atmosphere with the resources and social opportunities of a large university.

Source: Holy Cross College