Saint Joseph’s College is proud to announce this year’s Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients for the College’s May 10 graduation ceremony, to be held at 10 a.m. at the College’s campus in Standish.
—Peter Geiger, Philom., Doctor of Humane Letters, Commencement speaker
—Dr. Ann Lemire, Doctor of Public Service
—Maureen McCullough, Esq., Doctor of Public Service
Peter Geiger, Philom., is the editor of the 197-year-old publication Farmers’ Almanac and is the executive vice president of Geiger, one of the largest privately held promotional products distributors in the world. A former Trustee of Saint Joseph’s College, he has devoted much of his life to the advancement of educational and healthcare organizations.
Geiger strongly believes in a hands-on approach to volunteering. He currently serves on the Board of Educate Maine, an organization dedicated to championing college and career readiness and increased education attainment throughout the state. He was a member of the Maine State Board of Education from 1992 through 1997, and was recently reappointed to the Board as vice chair.
In 1988, Peter established an Adopt-A-School program at Montello Elementary School in Lewiston and has championed similar business/school partnerships throughout Maine. Geiger has received numerous awards and accolades for his work, including a Corporate Award presented by the Maine Teachers Association; the Ray Geiger Award, presented by the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce; and the 618th Point of Light award, presented by former President George H.W. Bush in 1991.
Since the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Geiger has assisted in the redevelopment of the Bethany School in Port-au-Prince. Most recently, he was named the 2014 recipient of the Promotional Products Association International’s H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award for his commitment to volunteerism.
Geiger earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University.
Dr. Ann Lemire is the medical director of the India Street Clinic for the Health and Human Services Division of Public Health for the City of Portland. An advocate for underserved adults and children, she has provided health care at Health Care for the Homeless and the Homeless Teen Clinic since 1994. She currently provides HIV/STD specialty primary care at the India Street Clinic. As a volunteer with Konbit Sante, she has spent the last decade working to improve pediatric care at l’Hôpital Universitaire Justinien in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, in addition to providing aid after the 2010 earthquake.
An internist-pediatrician, Dr. Lemire has been involved with the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at Maine Medical Center since its founding in 1999.
A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, and a specialist in HIV medicine, Dr. Lemire earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Vermont and completed her residency training in internal medicine-pediatrics at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, New York.
Maureen McCullough, JD, is the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic regional director of Catholic Relief Services, representing CRS in 39 dioceses in 14 states, including Washington, D.C. The mission of CRS is to carry out the commitment of the U.S. bishops and the U.S. Catholic community to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS works in over 90 countries around the world, and as part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, the organization works with local, national, and international Catholic institutions to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race, or nationality.
In her role, McCullough coordinates relationship managers in advancing partnerships and relationships to engage the U.S. Catholic community in the global social mission of the Church. She also serves as the senior U.S. operations staff member for CRS’s university outreach strategy, which seeks to engage administration, faculty, and students in issues of global justice, international development, and peacebuilding. Since assuming her role with CRS in 2005, McCullough has traveled extensively to meet with CRS staff and partners overseas to share the work of U.S. Catholics in support of the organization’s mission. She most recently returned from Zambia in April 2014.
Prior to her position as regional director, McCullough was a partner at a Philadelphia law firm where she led the health care and non-profit groups. She has an extensive healthcare background and served as the vice president for Advocacy and Community Health for a national Catholic health system. She also served in the late Philadelphia Governor Robert P. Casey administration as the governor’s representative throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.
McCullough has served on the Boards of Trustees of Villanova University and Temple University, and currently is a Trustee of Immaculata University, her alma mater. She is noted for her contributions to the community and civic groups, including her work as president and co-founder of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Homeless Advocacy Project and of Achievability, a non-profit organization that provides housing and supportive services to over 200 families. Her work has earned her numerous awards and honors, including the Catherine McAuley Spirit of Mercy Award and the Philadelphia Bar Association Fidelity Award.