OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD
Doug Small serves as the President and CEO of Experience Grand Rapids, an organization that brings tourism and conventions into Grand Rapids to find new ways to attract people to the city. He has received state and national acclaim for the work he has done and continues to do that directly reflects the mission of Siena Heights. Doug partnered with others to create a hospitality and tourism academy focusing on assisting and empowering disadvantaged high school students. This wonderful program aligns with the Siena values Doug exemplifies and received the Governor’s Award in 2020. The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes alumni whose outstanding professional achievements and/or volunteer contributions promote Siena positively to the community; who demonstrate strong leadership characteristics; who serve as significant role models for others; and who embody the spirit of Siena Heights University.
HONORARY ALUMNI AWARD
Sister Beth Butler was a criminal justice professor at Siena in the 1980’s. Her students found her straightforward method of teaching inspiring and worthy of respect. Sister Beth served as a ‘mom’ away from home and mentored students far beyond those within her criminal justice classroom. Relationships from her days as a Siena professor have been maintained and cherished by her students as Sister Beth is always celebrating their success, therefore embodying the spirit of Siena. The Honorary Alumni Award recognizes non-alumni of Siena Heights who demonstrate exceptional commitment to and support for the mission and spirit of the University. Individuals selected for honorary alumni status shall be inspirational role models who have made a significant difference for Siena Heights by sharing themselves through generous and sustained gifts of time, talent and/or treasure.
SISTER ANN JOACHIM AWARD
After Jeremy Romer graduated from Siena, he earned his Juris Doctorate and LLM in Taxation from the Cooley Law School. Jeremy has since risen quickly through the ranks within the Dearborn Law Department by successfully taking on difficult cases and tasks. Jeremy serves in several different roles within his work for the City of Dearborn, yet handles the challenges with skill, diplomacy and dignity resulting in positive outcomes. The Sister Ann Joachim Award is presented in memory of faculty member Sister Ann Joachim, OP, and recognizes significant contributions to the University and/or community through activities that demonstrate strong leadership, the ability to get things done, and the capacity to confront issues head on while maintaining the image and spirit of the University.
RECENT GRADUATE AWARD
Tammy R. McCrory is a Public Health Project Leader and Entrepreneur, a venture that allowed her to open the McCrory Center, a case management clinic, while managing a team of social workers and clinical professionals to help mothers and infants in Oakland and Wayne counties. As the current CEO, McCrory supports families and children with psychological conditions. As a result of her terrific accomplishments within her community, McCrory was acknowledged as a 2023 Crain’s Notable Leader in Behavioral Health and one of the “Oakland Together 40 under 40” members for 2023. The Recent Graduate Award recognizes alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years, and whose professional achievement, community involvement and/or civic commitment demonstrate dedication to Christian values and the spirit of Siena Heights University.