Giving Thanks

In the spirit of tomorrow’s Thanksgiving holiday, all of us on the Holy Cross Admissions staff felt it important to share what we are thankful for this year.

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I am thankful for many things in my life: my husband, my children, and most importantly health for my entire family. But for this week…..I am thankful for Drew for thanking all of us for the work that we do and for making each and every one of us feel special.

Doreen Haverty, Administrative Assistant

I’m thankful for all of my AWESOME colleagues who have patiently answered all of my questions and made me love my new job!  

Ashley Johnson, Admissions Counselor

I’m most thankful for many things at this time of my life. First, I’m thankful for God and his abundant Grace that he pours out on my life each day. Second,  I’m thankful for my husband. Third,  I’m thankful for family & friends. Fourth, and most importantly, I’m extremely thankful for our Freedom and our Soldiers!

Trina Patten, Administrative Assistant

I am thankful for my wonderful staff!

Ann McDermott, Director of Admissions

I’m thankful for my health, my family, my special one and only granddaughter, my friends, and a roof over my head.

Pat McKeen, Receptionist

I am thankful for my children and grandchildren.  They bring a lot of joy to my life.

Gloria Villa, Operations Manager

I’m thankful for my family.

Katie Vadnais, Clerical Assistant

I am most thankful for my family (brothers and sisters as well as my children and husband).  I depend on them as much as they depend on me.

Eileen McCarron, Clerical Assistant

I’m thankful for the opportunity to be back on The Hill with the admissions team, my health, and my family. Oh, and of course, my dogs!

Madison Hebert, Admissions Counselor

I am thankful for students that have the guts to incorporate honesty, passion, and humor into their essays. 

Julia Sanders, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

All of my Family, especially my son, Nicholas. My home. Second chances in life. Unconditional Friendships. The community and students of The College of the Holy Cross. Our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Shari Labovites, Administrative Assistant

Thankful I am healthy and still breathing!

Fr. Markey, S.J., Associate Director for Jesuit Relations

I’m thankful for my fellow admissions counselors, some of the coolest people I know. Thanks to them for inspiring me with their smarts, their creativity, and their dedication; for their support and encouragement when I take on new projects; for always making me smile and laugh, even after a long travel season or a tough day in committee. Because of them, I love what I do and look forward to coming to work every day.

Kate Gimourginas, Assistant Director of Admissions

I am thankful for all of the current students who donate their time to greet, give tours, and interview our prospective students and their families. Their willingness to share their experiences and love of the College reminds me daily that we are a part of a truly special community here at Holy Cross. 

Diane Soboski, Associate Director of Admissions

I’m thankful for the kind Holy Cross student who watched out for my 2-year-old in Hogan after he accidentally rode the elevator by himself from the 3rd to the 5th floor.

Lynn Verrecchia, Associate Director of Admissions

I am thankful for being a part of the Holy Cross Admissions team! 

Xiaofeng Wan, Assistant Director of Admissions

Thankful to work with creative and positive colleagues.

Dan Weagle, Assistant Director for Community Outreach

I am thankful for the work I do in the Admissions Office with fun and supportive co-workers; the Holy Cross students who stop by my office to chat and catch-up; the Perspectives Overnight Program memories and laughs; the friends, family, and food I’ll enjoy over the holidays; and the baby my husband and I are expecting in January.

Nancy Nelsen, Assistant Director for ALANA Recruitment

I’m thankful for co-workers that inspire, overtime victories and blue-frosted cupcakes.

Drew Carter, Associate Director of Admissions

All those in my life who laugh at my jokes, seek my advice, include me in their plans, and listen to my ideas. Oh, and the wonderfully magical power of coffee.

Zach Wielgus, Assistant Director of Admissions


From all of us in Holy Cross Admissions, have a safe, relaxing, and delicious Thanksgiving!

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