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Fairfield Awards Dinner 2019

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Meet the 2019 Honorees

Continuing to recognize professional achievement, outstanding leadership, and volunteer commitment to Fairfield, this year’s Fairfield Awards Dinner will honor:


Sheila Kearney Davidson ’83

Alumni Professional Achievement Award

As executive vice president, chief legal officer and general counsel of New York Life Insurance Company, Davidson leads the company’s legal operations and oversees its compliance, governance, and operational risk functions. Appointed to New York Life’s Executive Management Committee in January 2001, Davidson is also a member of the New York State Bar and serves on the boards of Fairfield University, Madison Square Park Conservancy, the Citizens Budget Commission and the Life Insurance Council of New York. Davidson graduated cum laude from Fairfield University with a BA. She received her JD from George Washington University.


Daniel J. Sullivan Jr. ’73:

Alumni Service Award

Sullivan, president and CEO of Collette Vacations, is a Fairfield graduate with a degree in marketing and holds a degree from Harvard Business School’s Executive Owner/President Management program. He also chairs the Collette Foundation board, Collette’s global non-profit organization aimed at giving children in our global communities the opportunity to thrive through hunger and education initiatives. Sullivan has served on the Fairfield University Center for Faith and Public Life board since 2005, and is an engaged supporter of many non-profit causes including the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Hospice, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and Amos House.


Shannon M. Harding, PhD, P’14,

Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award

Dr. Harding joined the psychology faculty at Fairfield University in 2003, and is currently an associate professor with teaching and research interests in behavioral neuroscience and neuroendocrinology. In 2010, Dr. Harding was recognized as the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teacher of the Year, in part for her service learning course that includes a community partnership with a school in Bridgeport. Dr. Harding also served for eight years as a co-director and faculty mentor for BASE camp, a research and mentoring focused summer science program serving underrepresented high school girls. Recently, Dr. Harding has shown leadership in curricular revision, serving on the Core Curriculum Task Force as part of the Fairfield University 2020 Strategic Plan, and as the Director of the Magis Core since 2017.


Anne Harris, P’18:

Parent Leadership Award

Originally from Wilton, Conn., Harris has been an engaged parent leader who brings her breadth of corporate and higher education development career experience to the Fairfield community at large. Harris's passion for Fairfield University grew as she watched her daughter flourish at the Egan School. A current member of the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies advisory board, Harris also serves on the boards of Kiwanis Club of Waynesboro, Va. and the First Presbyterian Church. Harris has directed a leadership gift to the Egan School because of her strong belief in its mission, its commitment to hire and support the best faculty, and the School's cutting-edge technology and progressive programs.

Meet a few of our Scholarship Recipients

Zaid Aparicio ’19

Major: Nursing
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Bridgeport, Conn.

“My gratitude for your helping hand and making my journey here at Fairfield University beyond what I could have imagined. I cannot thank you enough, but I know one way I can show my appreciation is by following in your footsteps and helping others.”


Hemant Maheshwari ’21

Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics
Hometown: Indore, India

“I would like to thank you for giving me this scholarship. It really means a lot to me. I would not be able to study here at Fairfield University without having this scholarship. It is said that there is always someone behind one’s success, for me it is you, who gave me an opportunity to live my dream to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science.”


Armando Mujica ’21

Major: Finance & Accounting
Minor: Economics
Hometown: San Juan, PR

“One of my greatest experiences at Fairfield University was when I was working for the relief of Puerto Rico. Throughout this period, people were very sympathetic and tried to help in all possible ways. Through this experience, I saw how the University community was one that cares for others. I appreciate the Fairfield University community and I was glad to have the opportunity to become part of this great family.”


Anita Sebabi ’21

Major: Communication and International Studies
Hometown: Bridgeport, Conn.

“With a heart of gratitude, I would like to thank my scholarship donors for giving me the chance to continue to obtain the quality education offered here at Fairfield. It encourages me to continue to prosper academically and in every other way.”


2019 Awards Dinner Committee


Maureen Errity Bujno ’90
Patricia E. Glassford ’85


Jessica L. Baehr ’04, MBA’11
Robert Berchem, Esq, ’62, P’92
Robert Z. Brandy ’15
Victor M. Clavelli ’94
Thomas Clements ’09
Marc D’Angelillio ’06
Andrew M. Davis ’89
Luigi E. DiMeglio ’14
John D. Fallon ’90
Thomas J. Fanning Sr. ’78, P’10, P’06
Catherine J. Fitzpatrick ’11
Michael S. Guarnieri ’84
Kevin Guinan ’95
Adrienne A. Johnson ’91
Edward F. Kiernan III ’92
Matthew C. Kramer ’96
Tracy Lai MBA’11
Mairin J. Lane ’16
Bryan L. LeClerc, Esq, ’84
Andrew S. Leone ’17

Madeline G. Malloy ’17
John P. Mancini ’86
John J. Manganiello ’97
Matthew C. McLaughlin ’89
Kristin Dodge McMahon ’87, P’21, ’20
Andrew C. McMahon ’13
Claretta S. Mills ’16
Marianne Neville ’79, P’11
John R. O’Neill ’71, P’08
Dominic J. Paolino ’14
John G. Phelan Jr. ’89
Gary J. Raniolo ’09
Justin M. Rindos ’05
Paul E. Sheridan ’87
Thomas K. Sheridan ’87
Joseph Solimine Jr. ’89
John M. Sweeney ’94
Spencer R. Thibodeau ’10
John T. Tiene ’11
Michael A. Vitale ’07

Contact Us

For additional information about the Fairfield Awards Dinner, please contact or call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2115.