2011 Honorees

Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill Award
for exemplary service to the university

Emilie I. Hersh '00 (MBA)

Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award
for contributions to humanitarian causes

Monsignor Mark A. Campbell '76 (BA), '79 (MEd)

Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family
Athletic Hall of Fame
for extraordinary athletic success

Hank Egan

Author E. Hughes Career
Achievement Award
for professional career achievement

College of Arts and Sciences

Sara M. Story '95 (BA)

Hahn School of Nursing and
Health Science

Marilyn T. Macdonald '05 (PhD)

School of Business AdministrationN

Tres Conrique '03 (MSEL)

School of Law

Virginia C. Nelson '79 (JD)

School of Leadership and
Education Sciences

Cynthia D. Flores '79 (MA)

Alumni Emerging Leader Award
for an accomplished rising professional

Joan B. Kroc School of
Peace Studies

Kevin Turner '03 (MA)



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Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill Award

Emilie I. Hersh '00 (MBA)
Chief Executive Officer, InterKnowlogy, LLC

Born in Dallas and raised in Arizona, Emilie Hersh has a 20-year career founded on a range of operations, sales, consulting and project management positions. She received her bachelor's degree in political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1991. She relocated to San Diego to be closer to family and started her professional career working at the University of San Diego, knowing that a graduate program was in her future.

Hersh earned her MBA, with a dual emphasis in project management and supply chain systems, from USD in 2000 and joined the Global Risk Management Services team at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked with top Fortune 100 companies across the United States. From there, she served four years in leadership positions at Network Insight, which she helped build into a leader in network and systems management.

In 2005 she joined InterKnowlogy, a global technology leader specializing in delivering innovative solutions by leveraging current and emerging technologies. Having led multi-million dollar engagements for global companies, created successful sales teams and built out cross-functional teams focused on exceeding customer expectations, Hersh proved to be an asset to the company and took over as CEO in 2010.

Passionate about the leading-edge technologies and committed to the development of her team, Hersh encourages all team members to pursue the professional opportunities that interest them by creating innovative programs within the company.

As an alumna, Hersh has served more than eight years on USD's Alumni Association Board, where she has successfully increased participation, professional event offerings and the USD network. She has served as a mentor to many graduate business students at both USD and California State University, San Marcos. Hersh also serves on the steering committee for the Technical Affinity Group for Athena, an organization dedicated to women in technology and the life sciences.

Hersh has completed three Susan G. Komen 3-Day breast cancer walks, raising thousands of dollars for a cause that is very important to her personally. She relishes spending time with her daughters, Makena and Sophie, traveling with her husband, Mark '00 (MBA), and looks forward to owning a winery in retirement.


Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award

Monsignor Mark A. Campbell '76 (BA), '79 (MEd)
Pastor, Immaculate Conception Church, Old Town San Diego

A native of County Longford, Ireland, Monsignor Mark Campbell's seminary training was at All Hallows Seminary in Dublin, Ireland, and at Saint Francis Seminary in San Diego. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 30, 1971. He earned a bachelor's and a master's degree at the University of San Diego and an advanced degree in Canon Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Since his ordination, Monsignor Campbell has held both parish and diocesan assignments and has served on the Diocesan Matrimonial Tribunal since 1982. Currently, he is pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Old Town, San Diego.

Monsignor Campbell serves as a member of the board of directors and as chaplain of Whispering Winds Catholic Conference Center and Camp, where he has promoted and sponsored family camps and youth retreats for families and young people from the inner city and from the Imperial Valley. He also has served on the board of directors of the San Diego Center for Children, Our Lady of Peace Academy and the Mercy Hospital Foundation at Scripps Mercy Hospital. He served for 10 years as president of the San Diego County Jail Ministries, an ecumenical organization that facilitates worship services in the county's detention facilities.

Monsignor Campbell has been chaplain for more than 25 years at the Saint Thomas More Society, an association of legal professionals. In 2001, he was honored as the Saint Thomas More Society Person of the Year. Monsignor Campbell also teaches at the San Diego Diocesan Institute, which offers faith formation and theological education for adults seeking diocesan certification for ministry in the community.

In recent years Monsignor Campbell launched a successful parish outreach program at Immaculate Conception. The program offers resources and assistance to parishioners and members of the community who are in need. Catholic Charities' men's and women's shelters, as well as two AIDS hospice centers in North San Diego County, are among the organizations that receive ongoing support through this parish outreach program.

An avid outdoors person, Monsignor Campbell enjoys hiking and mountain biking in the Lagunas and says a visit to one of the national parks each year is also a must.


Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame

Hank Egan
Men's Basketball Coach, 1984-1994

Hank Egan was head coach for the University of San Diego's men's basketball team from 1984 to 1994. He compiled an overall record of 156-126 and his 1986-87 West Coast Conference championship team still owns the best USD single-season record of 24-6 overall, including 13-1 in league play. That team advanced to the NCAA Tournament, dropping a hard fought 62-61 decision to Auburn.

Having earned a reputation as one of the top defensive coaches in the country during his collegiate tenure, Egan received WCC Coach of the Year honors following back-to-back seasons in 1985-86 and 1986-87. His 1986-87 team ranked No. 1 in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.401).

After nearly 45 years as a coach, Egan recently hung up his whistle and white board. He closed out his outstanding coaching career after five years as assistant coach with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. With former Torero Mike Brown '92 at the helm, the Cavaliers finished with the NBA's best record the past two seasons; combined for a five-year mark of 272-138 (66.3 winning percentage); and advanced to the NBA playoffs in each season, including reaching the NBA Finals in 2006-07.

Egan joined the Cavaliers after spending the 2002-03 season as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors whose head coach was USD alumnus and former player Eric Musselman '87. Prior to that, Egan spent eight seasons as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs and helped guide the club to an NBA Championship in 1999. During his tenure, the Spurs compiled a 403-221 (.646) record; earned five Midwest Division titles; made seven trips to the NBA Playoffs and held the NBA's best record four times.

Egan began his coaching career in 1966 as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy. In 1971 he was named the head coach at Air Force where he remained until joining USD in 1984. Additionally, Egan was a coach during the 1984 Olympic trials and scouted for the 1984 Olympic basketball team.

Egan is a 1960 graduate of the Naval Academy earning a degree in engineering. He and his wife, Judy, who reside in Colorado Springs, Colo., have two children, John and Kelly, and five grandchildren.


Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award


Sara M. Story '95 (BA)
Founder and President, Sara Story Design

Sara Story's birth in Japan, coupled with extensive travel in the Far East, has influenced her approach to design. Moreover, living in Texas and California further affected her vision of design, resulting in a contemporary, eclectic and timeless aesthetic for interiors.

Story earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of San Diego and received a degree in interior architecture at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

She moved to New York City in 2001, where she worked with prominent designers before creating Sara Story Design to infuse her own vision into the world of interiors. Since starting Sara Story Design, Sara has been published extensively in such magazines such as Elle Decor, Forbes Life, O, the Oprah Magazine, Vogue Living and Veranda, and has also appeared on NBC's Luxe TV to discuss design tips and influences.

Story focuses predominately in residential design, working closely with architects and contractors to execute renovation and new construction projects all over the United States. Currently, she is working on a Victorian townhouse in San Francisco, a contemporary ranch house in Texas, a shingle-style house on Shelter Island, a penthouse on Gramercy Park and a loft in Tribeca.

Story has also worked on commercial projects in New York and London. Incorporating the company's technological needs and spatial concerns was a unique process. Integrating unique design elements in a commercial setting was a rewarding process.

She also participated in some of the most respected show houses: the prestigious Kips Bay in New York City; Orchard Hill in Old Westbury Gardens, NY; and Rooms with a View in Southport, Conn.

In the near future, Story will be launching a wallpaper and fabric line and getting more involved in hospitality design. Designing hotels is a perfect way to combine her love of travel and design.

Story lives in New York City with her husband and three children. She is fascinated with learning more about art and is an avid traveler. Her most unusual hobby is playing elephant polo in Thailand with her women's team, sponsored by Sara Story Design.


Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award


Marilyn T. Macdonald '05 (PhD)
Associate Professor, School of Nursing at Dalhousie University

Marilyn Macdonald earned a PhD in nursing from the University of San Diego's Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science in 2005. She is currently an associate professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

She holds an undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of New Brunswick and a master's degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine. Following the completion of her doctoral work, she was accepted into a research internship under the tutelage of Dr. Nancy Edwards who holds a research chair funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. This internship culminated in Dr. Macdonald being selected as the recipient of the internship's research excellence award.

Dr. Macdonald has an extensive background in clinical nursing in the areas of general surgical nursing, cardio-vascular nursing, public-health nursing and home care. She also spent a decade as a clinical nurse specialist before entering academia. Her clinical career was primarily based in New Brunswick, Canada, and, in 2004, Dr. Macdonald received a merit award from the Nurses Association of New Brunswick for her leadership and mentorship in nursing.

Dr. Macdonald has taught courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, including pathophysiology to undergraduate students and adult health theory practice courses as well as qualitative research methodology to graduate students both at the master's and doctoral levels. She supervises theses at the master's and doctoral levels and serves as a peer reviewer for several scholarly journals as well as national funding agencies.

Her program of research is focused on patient safety, particularly safety in home care. Dr. Macdonald is a member of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute Core Team of Researchers on Safety in home care and is currently serving roles as principal investigator, co-principal investigator or project lead on five studies in this area, four of which are funded nationally.


Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award


Tres Conrique '03 (MSEL)
President, Rancho Santa Fe Technology, Inc.

Trestand "Tres" Conrique founded Rancho Santa Fe Technology, Inc., in October 1991. Rancho Santa Fe Technology, Inc., helps companies leverage technology to increase revenue, decrease costs and optimize overhead investment. Headquartered in San Diego, the company also has offices in Alameda, Calif., and Tempe, Ariz., and serves clients in 13 western states.

Before establishing Rancho Santa Fe Technology, Conrique served as manager of communications sales for Compel Corporation, a western region electrical contractor focused on providing design and construction services for data centers. Previously, he served as president of Interconnect Solutions Incorporated.

Conrique earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from National University and a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego. Since graduating, he has remained active at USD.

He is an adjunct faculty member of the School of Business Administration. He has been a member of the SBA Board of Advisors since 2006 and currently serves as its chair. Conrique also serves on the advisory board for USD's Center for Christian Spirituality.

Conrique is on the board of directors for the California State University San Marcos Foundation and the Ocean Discovery Institute. He also participated in the founding of the East Bay Leadership Foundation in 2001 and the Pine Creek Foundation in 2002. He continues to serve on the board of directors of the Pine Creek Foundation.

Conrique is a past member of the University San Diego's MSEL curriculum committee and a former member of the board of directors of Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties and Junior Achievement of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. He also is a former member of the board of directors for the California State University San Marcos Trust and Entrepreneurial Management Center Advisory Board at San Diego State University.


Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award


Virginia C. Nelson '79 (JD)
Law Offices of Virginia C. Nelson

Virginia C. Nelson has specialized in personal injury and medical malpractice matters for more than 30 years. She received her bachelor's degree from Colorado State University in 1975 and her law degree from the University of San Diego's School of Law, where she was a member of the San Diego Law Review and graduated cum laude in 1979.

Nelson is a member of the most prestigious trial attorney organizations in the country — including the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Locally, she served as the youngest president of the San Diego County Bar Association in 1990, as president of the San Diego Inn of Court and the Enright American Inn of Court and as a member of the board of the San Diego County Bar Foundation, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, the Volunteer Lawyers Program, the alumni board and the board of visitors for the USD School of Law, and the San Diego Law Library Board of Trustees. Nationally, she served as a member of the board of directors of the American Board of Trial Advocates and was vice chair of the Southern California Committee for the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Her dedication has earned Nelson numerous honors. She was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the USD School of Law and received America's Finest City Legal Professional of the Year in 1991. In 1997, she was presented with the Bernard E. Witkin Award for excellence in the teaching, enactment, adjudication and practice of law. In 1998, she received the Daniel T. Broderick, III Award for exemplifying the highest standards of civility, integrity and professionalism. Nelson has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for the last 18 years and the Los Angeles Daily Journal has repeatedly named her one of the Top 50 Women Litigators in California.

From 2007 to 2010, Nelson was chosen by her peers as one of the Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyers in San Diego. She also was selected by her Best Lawyer peers as San Diego's Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigator of the Year in 2010, earning the highest rating for ability, professionalism and integrity. That year, her law firm was named as one of the Best Lawyers Best Law Firms for Personal Injury and Medical Negligence by U.S. News & World Report.

Nelson, her husband, Mark Andrews, and son Nick Andrews, reside in Coronado, Calif.


Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award


Cynthia D. Flores '79 (MA)
Campus Director at Coachella Valley Campus, Brandman University

Cynthia Flores has mentored many first-generation students as they pursued higher education. She served the California State University system for 32 years and is now the director of Brandman University in the Coachella Valley.

During her time in the CSU system, Flores served in staff, faculty and management positions. She was the associate dean at CSU San Bernardino's Palm Desert campus for 10 years. For 22 years, she served San Diego State University's Imperial Valley campus in many capacities, including her final role as assistant dean for student affairs.

Teaching was one of the highlights of her career. She loved teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and her areas of specialization included: race and racism; multicultural education, community relations and school politics. She also enjoyed supervising internships for teachers and administrators throughout Imperial County.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Flores as a Commissioner for the California State Lottery Commission in 2008, a term she recently completed. Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia named Flores "Woman of the Year" for the 80th Assembly District in 2007. She has received various awards and honors throughout her career including: Educator of the Year; El Sol De Azteca; and the CSU Diversity Award.

Flores earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master's degree in counselor education from the University of San Diego and a degree in education from Point Loma College of the Nazarene.

Community service has been an integral part of life for Flores. She was elected into public office and served as a trustee for the Brawley Union High School District, her alma mater and is a current board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Coachella Valley. She has served as a regional president of the Boys and Girls Club for the San Andreas Region, as president of the Boys and Girls Club in Desert Hot Springs, and as a board member for the Reynaldo Carreon Foundation.

Flores cherishes her time with daughter Becky, sons Jesse and Gus, and grandchildren Arianna, Bianca, Jessinda, Gus and Bella. She loves to travel, listen to music and cheer for the San Diego Chargers.


Alumni Emerging Leader Award


Kevin Turner '03 (MA)
Human Rights Officer, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations

Kevin Turner works with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Currently based at OHCHR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Turner coordinates a team that is responsible for advising United Nations officials, bodies and mechanisms regarding the human rights situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.

Prior to this post, Turner served in OHCHR's Americas Section, where he worked on human rights challenges in the Latin American and Caribbean regions.

Before joining the United Nations, Turner was a research fellow and project officer at the Human Rights Law Centre in the United Kingdom. In this capacity he developed research and training programs for human rights professionals who worked in conflict and post-conflict settings. He has also worked on judicial reforms in Latin America as well as political affairs in the United States.

Turner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and politics from George Mason University in 1997, a Master of Arts in peace and justice studies from the University of San Diego in 2003 and a Master of Laws in human rights law from the University of Nottingham's School of Law in 2005.

A California native, Turner is married to Verónica Delgado-Turner and has a 3-year-old daughter named Aemilia Pearl.