Saint Joseph’s Recognizes Distinguished Alumni

Awards ceremony celebrates accomplishments of the College’s alumni

Saint Joseph’s Recognizes Distinguished Alumni

Awards ceremony celebrates accomplishments of the College’s alumni

Julie Ford Bailey ’88
Catherine McAuley Award

This award, named for the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, is reserved for an individual or group who, through their selfless service to those in need, reflect the values and spirituality of Catherine McAuley. Catherine had a strong commitment to service and making a difference, creating a home for women and children where they could find shelter and education.

Since 2012, Julie has served as the vice president of the Board of Directors of New Generation, a homeless shelter for women and their babies that provides shelter, guidance, education, and employment services. She is involved with Birthright International and serves as the secretary of the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund.  She created the Vita et Caritas Award in memory of her mother, Ruthie Ford, which recognizes individuals who serve women and their children. Julie is currently a full-time nurse recruiter at Exeter Hospital.

Shannon Fitzgerald Cavanaugh ’12
Greg Cavanaugh ’10
Emerging Leader Award

This award is presented to a Saint Joseph’s graduate who has made an early, significant impact in their profession and/or community.

Both Greg and Shannon Cavanaugh share a passion for teaching and coaching, and this is reflected in the time they invest in their local community and the children they mentor (be it in the classroom or on the field). They each pursued service-based careers as special education teachers (Greg working at Biddeford Middle School and Shannon at Dayton Consolidated School). Outside of the classroom you can find them leading Kennebunk High School’s boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams. Greg and Shannon have become embedded in local youth soccer programs as club team coaches (Kennebunk Clash). They also serve on the Kennebunk Soccer Club Board of Directors and established “Cavanaugh Coastal Coaching” as an affordable alternative for youth players and parents within York County and the Kennebunks. As a testament to their desire to strive for excellence, the Portland Press Herald named Shannon the 2018 Maine High School Coach of the Year after she led Kennebunk girl’s soccer team to their first regional final in program history.

Stephanie Tutlis Briggs ’98, MBA ’14
Monk Spirit Award

This award recognizes an alum who demonstrates the “spirit” of Saint Joseph’s through their interactions and continued involvement with the College.

Stephanie is the Associate Director of Partnerships and Special Programming at Saint Joseph’s College and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and her MBA in Leadership. She has been employed by the college since 1998 and has served in numerous roles. In 2013, she was the liaison for her class of 1998 for their 15th year reunion. In addition, Stephanie is on the All-College Strategic Directions Committee and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Task Force, and is a College Buddy to new staff. 

She has served on the Alumni Board since 2013, and is currently vice-chair. During her six years on the Board, she has been an enthusiastic supporter of all our fundraising events. On a personal note, Stephanie mentors others with cystic fibrosis who are going to have a transplant, as well as individuals who are post-transplant. She also volunteers with Maine Lost Dog Recovery program.

Todd Hamilton ’99
Professional Excellence Award

The Professional Excellence Award honors an alum who has best distinguished himself or herself professionally in such a way as to positively reflect on Saint Joseph’s College and its core values.

Dr. Todd Hamilton ’99 was the first chair of the Saint Joseph’s College Alumni Association, as well as a founding member of the Royal Blue Club. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from SJC as well as a bachelor’s degree in ocular science and a doctoral degree in optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Todd is a partner at Maine Optometry P.A., which serves southern Maine’s primary eye care needs with seven locations. He is a member and past president of the Maine Optometric Association, and has been involved with the Iris Network, where he worked with the visually impaired.