David Perritano
For Cindy Haselsteiner Pettit ’78, Academy of the Holy Names is about tradition, one she was proudly able to pass down to her daughter, Taylor, a member of the class of 2008.

“It allowed me to reconnect with my Holy Names family as a mom of a student,” Cindy says. “I was able to share all the AHN traditions with Taylor: moving up ceremony, Junior Ring Ceremony, window painting, school Masses, walking up the hill to the chapel for Baccalaureate. So much had changed but so much had remained the same. It is still a community that encourages you to thrive and supports your personal growth through academics, faith, and a multitude of extra-curricular opportunities. That is one of the reasons I joined the Mother Marie Rose Society with a bequest to the school. Alumnae have the unique opportunity to ensure the success of AHN for future generations!”

Cindy is the recipient of this year’s Sister Constance Casey ’59, SNJM, Foundress Leadership and Community Service Award.

The award, which was renamed in 2011 in honor of Sister Connie’s dedication, commitment, and service, is awarded to those who carry on the mission of Mother Marie Rose Durocher through their commitment and service to their community, particularly the poor and disadvantaged. Their work serves as an example to our young women of the positive impact a person can have on the world through their selfless commitment to others.

“Sr. Connie same to AHN in my Senior year,” Cindy says. “I remember her kindness, her leadership, her commitment to us and her extraordinary faith! She was still there when Taylor was a student, and I was so pleased that Taylor was able to work closely with Sr. Connie as the President of the Junior Ladies of Charity. My Mom was a devoted member of the Ladies of Charity, so it was even more meaningful. I am grateful to receive an award that has been bestowed on many wonderful friends and organizations before me! My volunteer work in the community has provided me with great pleasure and fulfillment.”

Cindy, who went on to college at Siena, worked part time for National Savings Bank and stayed with them after graduation and has been in banking ever since. She says she’s grateful she was able to join the Development Office at AHN for 18 months working with Alumnae and planning fundraising events and has advice for today’s students: be open to new experiences and new directions that you may not have considered.

“’To whom much is given, much is required’ (Luke 12:48) has always guided my efforts,” Cindy says. “I have been blessed with a beautiful family, loving friends and a successful career and Sr. Connie’s memory is synonymous with faith, love, and integrity so I am incredibly honored to receive this recognition!”