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Spring Scholarship Gala

2018 Saint Mary High School
Distinguished Patrons of the Year

Marty McGonigle
Class of 1959

Graduated Saint Mary’s High School, Rutherford, NJ in 1959; graduated from Saint Peter’s College (now University), Jersey City, NJ in 1963 with a BS in Marketing; US Coast Guard Reserve 1963-71; married Lynne Ehrle of Clifton, NJ in 1964; 4 children, Brian, Kelly, Dan and Sharyn; 12 grandchildren; will celebrate our 51th Anniversary in September 2013; have lived in Mahwah since 1972; I retired in 2003 as did Lynne as a RN working for a private OB/GYN practice in Ramsey, NJ; I spent 40+ years in the packaging industry as VP Sales & Marketing with various companies including Zapata Industries, PA, Aquatnautics Corp., CA, and 30 years with American Can Company, Greenwich, CT. Have enjoyed retirement immensely and deeply involved in anything and everything that involves the grandchildren, get-aways to our homes in Naples, FL and the Jersey shore, golf, travel, hiking, book club, umpiring, internet correspondence and especially gatherings with friends and classmates both old and new. Proud member of the Saint Mary’s High School Board of Directors since 2005; past president and officer of Activities Unlimited, Wyckoff, NJ; former Board member of the US Closure Manufacturers Association, Washington, DC and the New York State Soft Drink Association, Albany, NY.

Nancy Scannell D'Agostino
Class of 1973

Nancy S. D’Agostino is Vice President of Community Patient Services. She is responsible for Calvary@Home, the Hospital’s comprehensive home care and hospice care for adult patients suffering from advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Ms. D’Agostino joined the nursing staff of Calvary Hospital in 1981. She is a prolific author and sought-after presenter at healthcare industry conferences. She has been active in groups such as the American Nurses Association and Oncology Nursing Society. She graduated from Mount Saint Mary College (NY) and Seton Hall University (NJ). Ms. D’Agostino has been on the faculty at Columbia University and the City University of New York. She resides in Long Island, NY.

Dan DiFilippo
Class of 1976

Dan DiFilippo is PwC’s Consulting Clients & Markets Leader for China and Hong Kong. Dan has worked with many of our global clients in the US and around the world developing and implementing solutions in areas such as strategy and operations, risk management and compliance, people and change management, finance, and technology.

In addition to his client work, Dan has also led several global and national practices including Global & US Data and Analytics Leader, Global Technology, Infocomm, and Entertainment & Media Leader, Global Advisory Markets Leader, and Global Consulting Leader. Dan is a member of the Rutgers University Foundation Board of Overseers, a member of the Rutgers-Newark Dean’s Cabinet, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey. He is also actively involved with many of PwC’s diversity initiatives and is a partner champion for diversity programs for minorities and women.

The Daniel and Deborah Moran
Family Legacy

Daniel & Deborah were raised in Rutherford, and both attended St. Mary Elementary and High Schools.  Their lives crossed paths often throughout the years.  Upon graduation Dan found work at nearby Berlin & Jones while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University at night school. Deb attended Englewood Cliffs Junior College followed by Seton Hall University.

Dedicated to his career at Berlin and Jones Company, Inc., he became Vice President of Manufacturing and Owner.  Deb worked for several years in publishing and later stayed home for 18 years when raising their four children.  She is currently the administrative assistant for Rev. Michael J. Kreder, Pastor of the Church of Saint Mary.

In story book fashion, they married at St. Mary church in 1978. True Gaels, the couple began their volunteer work at their alma mater. Dan answered Principal Mary Lanni’s call for help to save SMHS; his devotion never wavered for decades. He joined a team of alumni and became a member of the high school School Board who formulated a plan of action. The next few years were critical to the school’s future. Thanks to Dan’s business experience, the steady leadership of principal Mary Lanni and Ed Ryan’s financial expertise, St. Mary high School began its historic comeback.

At the same time Debbie was heavily involved in doing the same with our elementary school, recruiting a new Rutherford base of families whose support and commitment to the school’s catholic mission and our parish was fresh, vibrant, and strong. She was PTA and School Board Presidents while working tirelessly with these families which provided the bridge connecting the old SM families and traditions with the new families of Gaels.  As a result we had some of the strongest graduation classes of both the elementary and high school in years.

Danny and Debbie were the much needed spark that our dying schools needed. They did all this while raising a beautiful family of four; Daniel Jr. ’98,  Erin ’00, Meghan ’03, and Caitlin ’07 – all SMES & SMHS alumni and the next generation of staunch St. Mary supporters.  All four children attended and graduated from Catholic universities as well.

Daniel is Manager, Sales and Service for the East Region of Aetna International.  Erin is a first grade teacher in the Leonia School District.  Meghan is Director of Alumni Affairs at Caldwell University and Caitlin is a Channel Development Specialist for Hewlett-Packard.

Danny’s passing in 2016 saddened our entire school and parish community.  There has been an overwhelming response from the Class of ‘72.  They have formed the Daniel M. Moran Memorial Scholarship to forever remember his life and the legacy he has bestowed to all of us.