CNR Announces Honorees for Women of Leadership Gala


New Rochelle, NY, March 10, 2014 – The Board of Trustees of The College of New Rochelle announced the honorees of its 2014 Dorothy Ann Kelly, O.S.U. Women of Leadership Awards at a special gala held this past Thursday evening, March 6, 2014 at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Sr. Dorothy Ann Kelly Scholarship Fund. Sr. Dorothy Ann Kelly was the 11th president of the College.

The 2014 Women of Leadership Awards were given to five College of New Rochelle alumnae: Mercedes Ruehl, award-winning American theater, television and film actress; Patricia Tracey, Vice President of Homeland Security and Defense Services, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services U.S. Public Sector; Sister Alice Gallin, OSU, Educator, Scholar and Historian; Ellen Mooney Hancock, former Chairman and CEO of Exodus Communications; and Aulana Pharis Peters, retired Partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and former Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson, partner with Thompson & Bender, will be the emcee for the event.

“The College of New Rochelle and its Board of Trustees were honored to present the 2014 Women of Leadership Awards to five women who have made extraordinary contributions in each of their fields and who exemplify the same visionary leadership, perseverance, and charism as Sr. Dorothy Ann Kelly,” said Judith Huntington, President of The College of New Rochelle. 

Women of Leadership Awardees:

Mercedes Ruehl received critical acclaim for her role as Ann in the film The Fisher King which garnered her an Academy Award and a Golden Globe award for best actress as well as awards from the L.A. Film Critics and the Venice Film Festival.  Ruehl is also well known for her roles in various movies, including Big, Married to the Mob, Heartburn, Funny People, Last Action Hero, and Another You. On Broadway, she received Tony, Helen Hayes, Outer Critics’ Circle and Drama Desk awards for her role as Bella in Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers. Ruehl’s television series appearances include Frasier, Luck, Entourage, Law and Order, and most recently Monday Mornings. Additionally, she has taught a series of master classes at Julliard. 

Patricia Tracey is the first American woman to be awarded three stars and promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral in the US Navy.  When she retired in 2004, she was the all-time senior-ranking female officer in the United States military. As chief of the Navy’s $5 billion global education and training enterprise, she led a successful revolution in training technology to improve the quality, access, effectiveness and cost of Navy training. Currently serving as Vice President of Homeland Security and Defense Services with the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Tracey is responsible for U.S. Public Sector services in support of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Defense components. A College of New Rochelle alumna, she also holds a master’s degree with distinction in Operations Research, from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Fellowship with the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group, and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Wilson College.

Sister Alice Gallin, a distinguished Ursuline, educator, scholar and historian, graduated from the College of New Rochelle in 1942 and served for more than 25 years at the College in varied roles including a history professor, Acting Dean and Dean of Students. Additionally, Sr. Alice has worked with various international Catholic associations including the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU). In 1990, she worked with the IFCU and the Congregation of Catholic Education to prepare a document issued by Pope John Paul II called Ex Corde Ecclesiae to explain the distinctive perspective, conditions and practices of U.S. Catholic higher education and was part of the delegation to Rome to meet with the Pope. She served as Interim President of St. Bonaventure University, Visiting Research Scholar at the Catholic University of America and Visiting Professor at St. Louis University. Over the years, Sr. Alice has given lectures, written articles, and written six books. She continues as a Scholar-in-Residence at The College of New Rochelle.

Most recently, Ellen Mooney Hancock served as President of Jazz Technologies and President and COO of its predecessor Acquicor Technology from 2005 to 2007. Acquicor, a company she co-founded with former Apple-CEO Gil Amelio and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, was a holding company formed to acquire businesses in the technology, multimedia and networking sectors. Before leaving to form that company, Hancock worked in a number of significant positions in major technology companies. Between 1998-2000, she served in a variety of executive roles including Chairman, CEO, and President of Exodus Communications, a leader in complex internet hosting and managed services. Prior to Exodus she served as Executive Vice President, R&D and Chief Technology Officer with Apple Computer, and as Executive Vice President and COO at National Semiconductor. Hancock launched her technology career at IBM, where over the course of 29 years she served in various staff and line executive positions, including vice president and senior vice president. Currently, Hancock is on the Board of Directors at both Colgate Palmolive and Aetna. She is a Trustee of the Pacific Council and Springboard, and she serves on an advisory board at the RAND Corporation. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Committee of 200 (Women Executives). 

Aulana Pharis Peters, a retired partner from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP was an active litigator involved in general business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on securities litigation. Between 1984 and 1988, Peters served as Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and served by appointment on the Public Oversight Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants from 2000 to 2002. The Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni honored Peters with the William O. Douglas Award for making significant contributions to the development of the Federal Securities Law and to the SEC and Financial Community. Peters also received the Medal of Honor from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for distinguished service by a non-accountant to the accounting profession.  Peters serves on the Boards of Directors of several publicly held companies, including 3M Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation and Deere & Company. Currently, she is a frequent lecturer on topics such as Federal Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance and has authored articles on securities regulation and the financial services industry.