Distinguished Alumnae Award

Established in 2009, the St. Teresa’s Academy Distinguished Alumnae Award formally recognizes an alumna who has positively and substantially influenced her profession(s), her community(s) or issues affecting society at large. For more information, contact Paula Holmquist, alumnae director, at 816.501.0022 or pholmquist@stteresasacademy.org.

Click here for the Distinguished Alumnae Award Nomination Form.


Susie Haake, Class of 1967
2017 Recipient

We are proud to announce that Susie Haake has been named the recipient of the 2017 St. Teresa’s Academy Distinguished Alumnae Award. Susie graduated STA as a member of the class of 1967, and proceeded to devote her life to volunteerism, advocacy, and humanitarian efforts.

Susie’s passion for serving others is demonstrated throughout her career, and personal life. She currently works as a volunteer management consultant and advocate for people with disabilities. Previously, Susie retired as the Employee Volunteer Program Manager after 36 years with Hallmark. There, she was praised for her skills in connecting caring community volunteers with nonprofit agencies who benefited from their help.

The extensive list of organizations that have gained from Susie’s involvement includes the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, Jacob & Ella Loose Foundation, Heart of America United Way, Niles Home for Children, and The Whole Person, to name a few.

Susie’s sister, Jesdon Haake McCowen, STA class of 1960, describes her as “a humanitarian, advocate, volunteer matchmaker, friend. Susie embodies, at the highest level, a woman who inspires others to ‘serve our dear neighbor.’”

Previous Winners:


Peggy Gramlich Baker
Class of 1957
Teresa Orpin Hamilton
Class of 1978
Marylyn Geraghty DeFeo
Class of 1954
Kelly Crawford Friendly
Class of 1988
Martha Leahy Staker
Class of 1962
Rosemary O’Leary
Class of 1973
Patrice (Jo Ann) Coolick, CSJ
Class of 1958
Martha Meagher Downey
Class of 1961