PATRICIA DILLMAN, RN '67 - Alumnae Award
In 1966, Patricia Dillman moved to New Jersey when her father was transferred from Philadelphia just as she was beginning her junior year in high school. Although a change at that point in life is difficult, Pat soon came to see that Mother Seton Regional was the perfect place for her. After she completed her senior year, she earned her BSN at Rutgers and began what would become her lifelong commitment to caring for critically ill children. For a quarter of a century, she worked with them at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey/United Hospitals Medical Center in Newark. She began as a staff nurse, directly caring for children while continuing to hone her expertise. Over time, she gradually earned advanced certifications and a Master’s Degree in Nursing with a specialization in Pediatric Critical Care from Seton Hall University. This training equipped her to gradually take on roles with more responsibility such as Nurse Manager, Pediatric Educator, Pediatric Infection Control Practitioner, and Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). As she moved to University Hospital in Newark and then on to Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in New York City, Pat continued to work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the PICU where she was an integral member of the team of physicians and other professionals who orchestrated the treatment of the critically ill children and adolescents in their care. Since 2004, Pat has held the position of Educator at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, NY, a long-term rehabilitative and palliative care facility sponsored by the New York Sisters of Charity. Here, Pat’s influence extends to the entire staff as she offers them the benefit of her training and experience through clinical orientations and ongoing education for employees, patients, and families in the spirit of Saint Elizabeth Seton. In 1971, Pat Dillman began her ministry to children and their families at the darkest moments of their lives. Almost five decades later, she has come full circle, working at a Seton-named Institution with Sisters of Charity. We honor Pat’s lifelong gift of herself and her talents as we induct her into the Mother Seton Regional Hall of Fame as a recipient of the Alumnae Award.
FRIEDA E. LEWIS, MD '92 - Alumnae Award
Frieda Lewis was interested in science even 30 years ago when she first applied for admission to Mother Seton Regional High School. During her four years at MSR she was an outstanding student who excelled in all of her classes, but she particularly enjoyed math and science. She belonged to the School’s Environmental Club, and she participated in interscholastic competitions with the Math League, the Physics Team, and the Junior Engineering Technical Society at a time when many young women elsewhere were discouraged from pursuing such interests. Frieda was not one-dimensional though—she enjoyed her time as a ballet dancer, and she served her classmates on the Student Council, ultimately as president in her senior year. Her election to the National Honor Society showed that the Faculty admired her character and her leadership qualities as well. After she graduated from MSR, Frieda’s excellent performance as a chemistry major at Rutgers University led to a four-year scholarship to The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) where she earned her medical degree. As she served her residency at UMDNJ, her star continued to rise: She received the Berlex Resident Teaching Award in 2002, and she was named Resident of the Year in 2004. Now, Frieda is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is a partner in the Lifeline Medical Associates Group with offices in Parsippany and Sparta, NJ. Later this year, she will be honored by Healthy Living Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top doctors. In addition to her busy medical practice, Frieda is a coach with Girls on the Run, an organization which supports and empowers girls in grades three through eight as they strive to realize their full potential. She also volunteers with her local PTA and serves as Class Mom. In recent years, Frieda has generously given her time and talent to our Alma Mater to help our current students to better understand themselves and their changing health needs as they mature. All the while, at the center of Frieda’s busy life is her family. She makes her home in Sparta, NJ with her husband and three children. We are privileged to induct Frieda Lewis, M.D. into the MSR Hall of Fame as an alumna who truly lives the values of a Mother Seton education in all aspects of her life.
PATRICIA SCHMIDT CAMPOS - Faculty Award
Patricia Schmidt Campos knew early in life that she wanted to teach. She earned her B.A. degree in Social Studies and Education from the College of New Jersey in the days when it was known as Trenton State College. After graduation, she taught U.S. History and Introduction to Business at Kawameeh Junior High in Union before stepping away from the classroom to raise her family. In 1987--when the time was right--she accepted a position in the Social Studies Department at Mother Seton, and fortunately for us, the rest of her career has been devoted to the young women of Mother Seton Regional High School. Along the way she earned both a Master’s in Education and a Certificate in Information Technology from Seton Hall University, and she attended numerous workshops over the years to further educate herself about such topics as economics, slavery, and Caribbean cultures. At Mother Seton, she has taught World, U.S., and European History, World Geography, and Reading and Skill Development, and for the last nine years, she has been the go-to technology person on the faculty. She has participated in and moderated numerous extra-curricular activities, and she is remembered by many as a favorite homeroom moderator and a beloved yearbook advisor. Her achievements have been recognized by external groups such as the Archdiocese of Newark and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her name appears consistently on lists of Mother Seton’s best teachers, and it is a rare graduate of the last 30 years who does not speak fondly and admiringly of Mrs. Campos. Many credit her with cultivating the habits of mind that served them in later academic and professional pursuits, and her influence led a fair number of graduates to follow her into a Social Studies major. A critical thinker, a lifelong student, a caring mentor, a woman of integrity, and a teacher par excellence, Patricia Schmidt Campos is the embodiment of Seton Spirit. We honor her contributions to hundreds of Mother Seton students and to the fabric of our Alma Mater as we present her with the Faculty Award and induct her into the Mother Seton Regional Hall of Fame.
SISTER MARY ANNE KATLACK, SC - Faculty Award
A Sister of Charity for 60 years, Sister Mary Anne Katlack has served in a variety of ministries in a variety of settings. She began her service as a fifth grade teacher at St. Peter’s in New Brunswick while continuing her education. After completing her studies in History at the College of Saint Elizabeth, she began teaching History, Economics, and Religion at East Orange Catholic High School in 1964, just five years after its founding. She remained at EOCH for 15 years, taking on the role of Vice-Principal in 1966 and moving to Principal in 1972. Her impact on the young women of East Orange Catholic is clearly evidenced by the number of graduates who maintain contact with her and the intensity of their affection for her. In 1979, she joined the faculty of Mother Seton Regional as a History teacher. She became a well-beloved member of the Social Studies Department during the next nine years before moving back into Secondary School Administration at Marylawn of the Oranges, a Catholic girls’ high school in South Orange. In 1993 she answered a call to enter Congregational government of the Sisters of Charity, serving over the next 10 years as Assistant Provincial of the Southern Province, General Secretary of the Congregation, and Assistant General Superior of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. Her duties during this period included representing the Congregation at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and at stockholders’ meetings of various corporations. There she voiced the Congregation’s positions on such pressing social and moral issues as Apartheid and tobacco sales to children. When her work in Congregational leadership was completed in 2003, she returned to Mother Seton, this time as the Director of Campus Ministry, a position she continues to hold. During her years as an educator, she has also taught CCD in various parishes, and she has been a literacy instructor at Josephine’s Place in Elizabeth. As a role-model and mentor, she has involved current MSR students in fundraising, tutoring, and other projects to benefit the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. Sister Mary Anne's Master’s Degrees in Administration and Supervision from Montclair State University and in Theology from the College of Saint Elizabeth provided her with the academic and professional preparation to fulfill the roles she has played in her life, but it is her personal qualities—gentleness, wisdom, faith, sense of humor, compassion, prayerfulness, and more—that have endeared her to so many during her long ministry, particularly at East Orange Catholic and at Mother Seton Regional. On behalf of all of those she has touched, especially the young women we used to be, we present Sister Mary Anne Katlack with the 2017 Faculty Award and induct her into the Mother Seton Regional Hall of Fame.
EAST ORANGE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION - Friend of Mother Seton High School Award
East Orange Catholic High School was established in 1959 to serve the young women of Essex County. From that time until its closing in 1980, EOCH was staffed by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. Even though the school no longer existed, its graduates established the official EOCH Alumnae Association in 2000. In an effort to express their gratitude for all that their EOCH education gave them, the members of the group continue to support the educational ministry of the Sisters of Charity: To date, they have collected and distributed almost $100,000 to young women who attend Sister of Charity high schools in the Archdiocese of Newark. The students at Mother Seton Regional have benefited enormously from this generous spirit. With deep gratitude, we are proud to name the Alumnae Association of East Orange Catholic High School--our Seton Sisters--as a Friend of Mother Seton Regional and to induct the organization into our Hall of Fame.