mcauley hall of fame-1977 volleyball

The Mother McAuley High School 1977 state champion volleyball team will be inducted into the McAuley Hall of Honor at a ceremony scheduled to be held on March 29. The team earned the school its first state championship.

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, 3737 W. 99th St., is scheduled to host its annual McAuley Hall of Honor induction ceremony on Sunday, March 29.

Alumnae, friends and supporters of the school are invited to attend the event to be held on the school’s campus and begin with Mass at 10 a.m., celebrated in the auditorium by the Rev. Marty O’Donovan, followed by the induction ceremony. A champagne brunch will take place in the dining hall immediately afterwards.

Established in 2013, the McAuley Hall of Honor is a permanent installation at the school, serving to educate and inspire current and future students as well as visitors to the school. Inductees were chosen from more than 100 nominations. This year’s honorees include celebrated educators, health and wellness advocates, and athletic trailblazers.

Jeannie Doyle Cella ’69, LCPCF, has channeled her passion, energy and expertise into advancing the mission of Wellness House for 29 years. Opened in 1990, Wellness House offers no-cost programs and personalized support to patients, their families and caregivers that prepare and empower people to fully live life with cancer and beyond.

While completing her graduate studies, Cella joined Wellness House as an intern. After becoming a licensed clinical professional counselor, she joined the programming staff and fulfilled various roles. In 2016, she was named president and CEO. During her career, Wellness House grew from a 1,100-square-foot facility to more than 15,000 square feet, while the number of programs increased from 20 to 510 per month. Cella retired in December 2019.

Bernadette “Bernie” Barry Cuttone ’68 has a strong belief in the mission and value of Catholic education, which set the stage for her celebrated teaching and administrative career.

After serving as a junior high teacher and assistant principal, the latter at St. Michael School in Orland Park, Cuttone became the first lay principal of St. Christina School in 1996. In 2005, Cuttone returned to St. Michael as principal, where she served until her retirement in 2015.

Under Cuttone’s leadership, enrollment increased, and a preschool program was launched. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Education recognized the school as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

Beloved by students, parents, faculty and staff, Cuttone is a past recipient of the Archdiocese of Chicago Heart of the School Award.

Sr. Elizabeth Pardo, IHM, currently serves as a grant writer for Mother McAuley, a position she has held since October 2007. During this time, she has helped secure more than $1.5 million in funding for McAuley programs and scholarships.

Pardo’s career as a teacher, supervisor and elementary school principal spans 47 years. Most notably, as principal of Epiphany School in the Little Village neighborhood in 2005, she was pivotal in raising the funds necessary to prevent the school’s closing by the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 2021, Pardo will celebrate 55 years as a member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

U.S. Navy Lt. Ashley Shenberger-Hess ’99, Psy.D., was commissioned in June 2012. Currently, she is both the embedded psychologist for Submarine Group 10 and the staff psychologist for nearly 6,000 U.S. Navy personnel at Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Ga.

There, Shenberger-Hess established a mental-health clinic within Submarine Group 10 and improved retention rates, establishing an unprecedented 95-percent return-to-duty rate. She previously served with the Joint Task Force (JTF), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, assigned to the JTF Joint Medical Group as the officer in charge of the Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team.

Shenberger-Hess directed and mentored a joint clinic staff of 10 psychiatric technicians and one medical service corps officer. Her leadership skills and expertise have earned commendation for establishing programs and resources to screen and support the mental health of thousands of military personnel.

For McAuley’s 1977 volleyball team, fierce camaraderie, drive and determination proved to be a winning combination. Twelve players, under the guidance of Coach Donna Smith, were primed and ready for an award-winning season when McAuley joined the Illinois High School Association.

The team finished the season undefeated, with 32 wins, earning the school’s first state championship and paving the way for the McAuley program to become a powerhouse in high school volleyball in the Chicago area. In the years that followed that first win, the school has won a record 16 state championships—the most of any school in Illinois.

Members of the team were Coach Smith, Mary Boyle Weiler ’78, Maryellen McPartlin McKendry ’79, Sue Rodger Lawler ’79, Kathleen Conway White ’79, Sue McShane ’78, Diane O’Donnell Walery ’78, Anne LaVoie Sammons ’78, Cathy Spencer Moran ’78, Molly Murphy Devaney ’78, Ann Connolly ’78, Patti McLaughlin Fahey ’79 and Rita Dorow McGinnis ’79.

Tickets for the induction ceremony are $50.

For more information or tickets, visit the website at mothermcauley.org.

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, 3737 W. 99th St., is scheduled to host its annual McAuley Hall of Honor induction ceremony on Sunday, March 29. 

Alumnae, friends and supporters of the school are invited to attend the event to be held on the school’s campus and begin with Mass at 10 a.m., celebrated in the auditorium by the Rev. Marty O’Donovan, followed by the induction ceremony. A champagne brunch will take place in the dining hall immediately afterwards.

Established in 2013, the McAuley Hall of Honor is a permanent installation at the school, serving to educate and inspire current and future students as well as visitors to the school. Inductees were chosen from more than 100 nominations. This year’s honorees include celebrated educators, health and wellness advocates, and athletic trailblazers.

Jeannie Doyle Cella ’69, LCPCF, has channeled her passion, energy and expertise into advancing the mission of Wellness House for 29 years. Opened in 1990, Wellness House offers no-cost programs and personalized support to patients, their families and caregivers that prepare and empower people to fully live life with cancer and beyond.

While completing her graduate studies, Cella joined Wellness House as an intern. After becoming a licensed clinical professional counselor, she joined the programming staff and fulfilled various roles. In 2016, she was named president and CEO. During her career, Wellness House grew from a 1,100-square-foot facility to more than 15,000 square feet, while the number of programs increased from 20 to 510 per month. Cella retired in December 2019.

Bernadette “Bernie” Barry Cuttone ’68 has a strong belief in the mission and value of Catholic education, which set the stage for her celebrated teaching and administrative career.

After serving as a junior high teacher and assistant principal, the latter at St. Michael School in Orland Park, Cuttone became the first lay principal of St. Christina School in 1996. In 2005, Cuttone returned to St. Michael as principal, where she served until her retirement in 2015. 

Under Cuttone’s leadership, enrollment increased, and a preschool program was launched. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Education recognized the school as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. 

Beloved by students, parents, faculty and staff, Cuttone is a past recipient of the Archdiocese of Chicago Heart of the School Award.

Sr. Elizabeth Pardo, IHM, currently serves as a grant writer for Mother McAuley, a position she has held since October 2007. During this time, she has helped secure more than $1.5 million in funding for McAuley programs and scholarships. 

Pardo’s career as a teacher, supervisor and elementary school principal spans 47 years. Most notably, as principal of Epiphany School in the Little Village neighborhood in 2005, she was pivotal in raising the funds necessary to prevent the school’s closing by the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 2021, Pardo will celebrate 55 years as a member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

U.S. Navy Lt. Ashley Shenberger-Hess ’99, Psy.D., was commissioned in June 2012. Currently, she is both the embedded psychologist for Submarine Group 10 and the staff psychologist for nearly 6,000 U.S. Navy personnel at Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Ga. 

There, Shenberger-Hess established a mental-health clinic within Submarine Group 10 and improved retention rates, establishing  an unprecedented 95-percent return-to-duty rate. She previously served with the Joint Task Force (JTF), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, assigned to the JTF Joint Medical Group as the officer in charge of the Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team. 

Shenberger-Hess directed and mentored a joint clinic staff of 10 psychiatric technicians and one medical service corps officer. Her leadership skills and expertise have earned commendation for establishing programs and resources to screen and support the mental health of thousands of military personnel.

For McAuley’s 1977 volleyball team, fierce camaraderie, drive and determination proved to be a winning combination. Twelve players, under the guidance of Coach Donna Smith, were primed and ready for an award-winning season when McAuley joined the Illinois High School Association. 

The team finished the season undefeated, with 32 wins, earning the school’s first state championship and paving the way for the McAuley program to become a powerhouse in high school volleyball in the Chicago area. In the years that followed that first win, the school has won a record 16 state championships—the most of any school in Illinois. 

Members of the team were Coach Smith, Mary Boyle Weiler ’78, Maryellen McPartlin McKendry ’79, Sue Rodger Lawler ’79, Kathleen Conway White ’79, Sue McShane ’78, Diane O’Donnell Walery ’78, Anne LaVoie Sammons ’78, Cathy Spencer Moran ’78, Molly Murphy Devaney ’78, Ann Connolly ’78, Patti McLaughlin Fahey ’79 and Rita Dorow McGinnis ’79.

Tickets for the induction ceremony are $50.

For more information or tickets, visit the website at

Editor's note: As of press time, this event is still scheduled. Call ahead to check for changes/cancellation.