Arlington, VA - Marymount University recently recognized four alumni for their accomplishments and spirit of service. The 2009 Alumni Award recipients are Joseph Greco, Jr., BA '83, MA '85 of Manassas, VA, received the Alumni Lifetime Excellence Award; Carole "Carey" Adams Dudkovsky, BA '94 of Portsmouth, VA, received the Alumni Achievement Award; James Maguire, BBA '99 of Potomac Falls, VA, was presented with the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award; and Maureen McTamney, AA'71 of Berwyn, PA, received the Alumni Appreciation Award.
Joseph Greco, Jr., BA '83, MA '85 - Alumni Lifetime Excellence Award
Upon retiring from the US Coast Guard in 1980, after 28 years of service, Joe Greco, Jr., entered Marymount (then Marymount College of Virginia) on the GI Bill. He earned his B.A. in Communications in 1983 and his M.A. in Liberal Studies in 1985.
As a student, Joe began "giving back" by assisting an elderly couple with such everyday tasks as grocery shopping, transportation, and property maintenance. Eventually, his service to the couple included nursing home visits. It was during this time that Joe realized that his life goals were not about making money, but serving his community and its citizens.
So, after graduation, Joe Greco, a Manassas resident, decided to become a full-time volunteer. For the past 23 years, he has been a reliable and much-valued helper at Prince William Hospital (PWH) and Prince William County Senior Services. His jobs have ranged from "friendly visitor" at the Annaburg Manor Nursing Home (owned by PWH); shopper for an assisted-living facility (also owned by PWH); and lifeline volunteer, installing equipment for homebound patients with disabilities. Joe spent 10 years volunteering at the hospital's information desk, 18 years working Wednesday nights in the ER, and 12 years serving as a screener at the Prince William Free Medical Clinic on Thursday evenings.
His activities have slowed some, but Joe still helps out every day - providing elderly and disabled individuals with transportation to doctor appointments and visiting with homebound friends. Joe also maintains a wonderful marriage with his wife, Lois. He notes with a laugh that she "has never complained that I retired too early and should be out there making money instead of running people around and putting thousands of miles on our cars."
Carole Adams Dudkovsky, BA '94 - Alumni Achievement Award
Carole "Carey" Dudkovsky of Portsmouth, Virginia, earned her bachelor's degree in Fashion Design at Marymount University in 1994. She says that when she visited an orphanage in Ukraine in the mid-'90s, her "mission in life became clear." That mission was to help children in need. In 1997, Carey was able to translate that goal into a reality when she launched the Ukraine Children's Project (UCP).
UCP is a non-profit humanitarian ministry that assists orphans in Ukraine who are in desperate need of medical care and love. The organization's Web site explains that UCP exists to respond to "the overwhelming needs of children left without parental care because of the economic and social problems Ukraine is facing as it grows in independence as a free Republic."
Through UCP, Carey has established a network of individuals who are committed to purchasing medical supplies and equipment. She has also secured the volunteer assistance of people from many walks of life, from construction workers, to educators, to doctors and dentists. Under the auspices of UCP, these volunteers make several mission trips to Ukraine each year, providing vital services and loving support that can transform the lives of orphaned children.
Carey Dudkovsky is also the founder and president of the Children Are Our Hope Foundation, established out of Vinnitsa, Ukraine. She, her husband, and their two young daughters have committed themselves to networking with 36 orphanage directors in Vinnitsa to assist orphans there with their physical and educational needs.
James Maguire, BBA '99 - Outstanding Recent Graduate Award
After graduating from Marymount a decade ago, Jim Maguire went to work at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as an accounting assistant. Within a few short years he rose to the rank of vice president and business unit controller - making him one of the 20 most senior financial officers in the company, and one of the youngest in SAIC's history. During his tenure with the company,he recruited and hired numerous Marymount alumni.
Maguire went on to earn an MBA in Strategic Management from The George Washington University and, after eight impressive years at SAIC, he left the company to become CFO of Kaya, a government defense contractor located in Huntsville, Alabama. He led that company to significant growth and implemented improvements in its financial operations. Recently, Maguire made another career move, joining DRS Technologies' C3 & Aviation Group as a vice president in finance. He and his family (his wife, Rachel, is also a Marymount alum) now live in Potomac Falls, Virginia.
Maureen McTamney, AA '71 - Alumni Appreciation Award
Maureen "Mo" McTamney attended Marymount from 1969 to 1971, majoring in Liberal Arts. Today, she lives near Philadelphia, where she leads a childcare organization. But, wherever she has lived or worked, Mo has never left Marymount behind.
An extremely active alumna, Mo is a familiar face at Marymount events both on and off campus. She has served on the Alumni Association Advisory Board and been a member of her class's Reunion Committee and the Philadelphia Alumni Club. At one point in the 1990s, Mo worked with the University's Advancement Office - first as a volunteer and later as an employee -- coordinating the Portfolio in Motion fashion show luncheon and other major fund raising events.
And Maureen McTameny's volunteerism isn't limited to Marymount. She oversees many fundraising projects for Surrey Services for Seniors, a nonprofit organization in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. She is an active member of that organization's Marketing Board and, in 2007, she raised $140,000 as the Gala Chair for the Survey Services for Seniors' Silver Jubilee Ball. Recently, Mo added a new volunteer activity to her resume -- serving as a docent at the historic Winterthur museum and estate in Delaware.
(left to right): Joseph Greco, Jr.; Maureen McTamney; Carey Adams Dudkovsky; and James Maguire.