Joan Rombach Chisholm Receives Angela Merici Medal


NEW ROCHELLE, NY, July 1, 2014 - Joan Rombach Chisholm of Mattituck, NY, a graduate of The College of New Rochelle (CNR) class of 1959, received the Angela Merici Medal at CNR's 76th Annual Alumnae/i College Weekend in June. Judith Huntington, president of the College presented the Medal, the highest alumnae/i award given by the College.

The Angela Merici Medal is bestowed upon outstanding alumnae/i for their exceptional loyalty to the church and to the College as well as for distinctive achievement in their careers. Since its creation to mark the 50th Anniversary of the College, more than one hundred CNR alumnae/i have received this distinguished award.
Chisholm graduated CNR with a degree in English, taught at the elementary school level, and was involved in religious education programs as an instructor at St. Joseph's in Garden City, NY and Sacred Heart in Cutchogue, NY.

Committed to community involvement Chisholm has devoted time to her local PTA, the Mercy Hospital League, and TWIG (Together With Important Goals) at Winthrop University Hospital. She spent several years as a Girl Scout leader for each of her four daughters. Through her work with the Christian Children's Foundation, Chisholm supported a young Guatemalan girl who recently became a nurse. Chisholm is also involved in supporting the Latino community in the North Fork of Long Island. In this capacity she is working behind the scenes with her current focus on bringing Spanish and English together in one Mass.

In 1996, Chisholm earned certifications as an Inner Healing Specialist and in Spiritual Direction with qualification for Mandala Assessment. Her studies for both were with the National Institute for Inner Healing in the Rich in Mercy program at Mercy Center, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO and the Long Island, NY Mercy Center program. Currently she is using her knowledge in the area of Ancestral Family Healing Ministry and in better comprehending the mentally ill and handicapped.

Chisholm has been an active supporter of CNR and particularly the class of 1959, hosting events at her home, as well as serving as Class Fund Agent and phonathon volunteer. She has also served on the College's Alumnae/i Board and most recently served on the committee for the 2012 Sister Dorothy Ann Kelly, OSU Women of Leadership Gala.