During the 2013 Alumni Homecoming festivities, three alumni will receive the University’s highest award, the Distinguished Alumni Award. These three alumni are Mary Danhauer ’76, Al Mattingly ’69, and Kathryn Raymer ’93.
Since the inception of this prestigious recognition in 2000, Brescia University has awarded more than 50 alumni with the Distinguished Alumni title. This award was created to honor those graduates who exemplify the elements that encompass The Brescia Difference: Respect for the Sacred, Devotion to Learning, Commitment to Growth in Virtue, and Promotion of Servant Leadership. Because of the breadth and scope of their life’s work, the magnitude of their impact on the regional, national, and often international scene, and their examples of service and leadership, alumni who receive this esteemed honor have distinguished themselves among their peers.
Mary Danhauer graduated from Brescia College in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. During this time, she was a member of the Mount Saint Joseph Ursuline community. After graduation, Mary taught high school science while also attending Murray State University and receiving a MSN in Horticulture. She then went on to teach at a high school in Nebraska. While there, she became certified as an EMT and volunteered on the Rescue Squad. She was the first nun and the second woman on the squad. Eventually, she returned to Owensboro and taught three years at Owensboro Catholic and began work on another master’s degree; a Master’s in Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University.
The next several years were spent in Owensboro working at the Health Department, Physicians Affiliated Care, and Dr. Vora’s office of primary care. She then opened her own practice.
All this time, as a very active member in the Catholic Church, she conducted a lot of work with social justice issues and learned deeply the needs of the poor. After facilitating several JustFaith programs, she went on an immersion trip to the Diocese of Owensboro’s sister diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica. This one week changed her life and she felt called to return to Jamaica to work in the Diocese medical clinics. Mary spent the next three years seeing patients at three different clinics and visiting the home-bound. Mary says her heart was “profoundly touched by the joy of the people. They are people who have nothing, share all and are so at peace!”
After her service in Jamaica, Mary returned to Owensboro to work at the McAuley Clinic. It went from a very quiet clinic with no regular provider, to a clinic with extended hours and two providers. This clinic sees patients without medical cards or insurance and is where you can find Mary during the week.
Mary contributes much of who she is today to the professors at Brescia, the Ursuline Community and to those who are poor and on the fringes of society.
“The care and concern of those professors for excellence and giving 110%, helped to form me deeply,” Mary says. “The challenge of living in the Ursuline Community with strong, dedicated women who stand on the side of Justice for the downtrodden has been the fire that lit my soul to work for Peace and Justice Issues. Living among the Jamaicans taught me a way to live in peace and harmony with Mother Earth.”
Judge Al Mattingly graduated from Brescia College in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then went on to serve the next three years in the United States Army. In 1971, Judge Mattingly married his wife, Judy Wolfe Mattingly, and they have one son, Will.
In 2003 and 2007, Judge Mattingly was elected and served as an Owensboro City Commissioner. In 2007, he served the Owensboro City Commission as Mayor Pro Tem. On January 3, 2011, Al was named the Daviess County Judge/Executive.
Judge Mattingly has always been active in his community and church, Our Lady of Lourdes. He is a member of various civic and professional organizations. He is President of a family owned plumbing, heating, and cooling business, Acme Plumbing and Heating, Inc.
Kathryn Coffey Raymer graduated from Brescia College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Business.
Kathryn is an Executive Vice President of US Bank Home Mortgage and the National Correspondent Lending Division Operations Manager. Kathryn began her mortgage banking career in 1981 with Lincoln Service Mortgage as a payoff clerk and has served in various capacities of the mortgage division of US Bank and its predecessor companies throughout her career. The majority of her focus has been in Compliance related areas. Her current responsibilities include management of the National Wholesale/Correspondent Lending Operations and Underwriting Unit, as well as management of the National Wholesale Prime Plus Operations Division of US Bank Home Mortgage. Prior to her recent February 1, 2013 assignment in this area she was responsible for managing the Risk Management areas of the Mortgage Division which included: Audit/Risk Services, Federal and State Regulatory Compliance, Compliance Engagement and Communication, Production and Servicing Quality Assurance and Nationwide Appraisals.
Kathryn has served on various MBA (Mortgage Banker’s Association) Conference Panel Discussions and MBA’s Regulatory Compliance Committee.
In 2010 and 2012 Kathryn was a member of US Bank’s winning Top Women in Banking Team by the American Bankers Association. She is currently a Brescia University Board of Trustee member, a member of IMPACT Owensboro, past board member of The Western KY Botanical Garden and PRIDE Owensboro Daviess County.
Kathryn resides with her husband, Bill ’80, in Owensboro, KY. They have two children; Robert, and his wife Kimberly of Nashville, TN; and Sabra, and her husband Beau Edelen of Lexington, KY; and two grandchildren.
Danhauer, Judge Mattingly, and Raymer will receive their awards on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7 pm during a special banquet at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art. Tickets are $35 a person.