The Regina Russo Hammel ’41 Recent Graduate Award honors a recent graduate, not more than 10 years ago, who has exhibited professional achievement and/or contributions to community life and who had demonstrated loyalty to the University.

In 1999, The Regina Hammel ’41 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award was created by Gary and Laura Hammel Dicovitsky in honor of Mrs. Dicovitsky’s mother.

2020 Award Winner

headshot of John Boyle John G. Boyle M'16

This year we are pleased to introduce a first. Tonight’s recipient of the Regina Russo Hammel, Class of 1941, Recent Graduate Award goes to a master’s degree graduate. We are pleased to award John G. Boyle the title this year.

John received his degree in nonprofit management from NDMU in 2016. Since then he has applied his learning to not only his professional life, but to his volunteer life at Notre Dame.

John is active in our alumnae and alumni community, sharing his talent and experience on the alumnae and alumni networking committee, as a spokesperson for our graduate programs, including his own degree program, and as a resource for ideas!

Professionally, John is the President & CEO of the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) headquartered in Towson, Maryland. IDF focuses on meeting the needs of people with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI). John works to advance research, education and health policy to support effective diagnosis and treatment of these more than 400 immunodeficiency diseases. Prior to IDF, John worked for Children’s National Medical Center and the Platelet Disorder Support Association.

John helps to set the example for others: that giving back means showing up and sharing. We are grateful for the time he makes for the Notre Dame community.   

Past Winners
Year Winner
1999 Milda Motekaitis DeVoe ’90
2000 Theresa Giardina Wiseman ’90
2001 Theresa O’Keefe Armiger ’90, M’98
2002 Wendy Tribaldos – DePuy ’92
2003 Marianna Russell C’94
2004 Elizabeth Higgins Frost ’97
2005 Colleen Manley Sisolak ’96
2006 Roxanne Gladden Miller W’99
2007 Michelle Lizardo Kuntz ’97
2008 Veronique Gugliucciello ’98
2009 Julie Kline Rybczynski ’99
2010 Christina Hood Gray ’00, M’01
2011 Pamela Walters ’01, M’03
2012 La Vida Cooper ’03
2013 Lorna K. Hanley M'06
2014 Lauren Ackerman '08
2015 Nicole Kotulak '09 Ph.D.
2016 Monique L. Turner '03, PharmD. '15
2017 Lori Anderson Pollack '08
2018 Erin Smyth Tielsch '09
2019 Queenstar Akrong '14