Sacred Heart Academy of Hamden will recognize three individuals for their compassion, commitment to community, and contributions to the Academy at the Hearts of the Community Mass of Celebration on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in the chapel at Sacred Heart Academy.
“This year’s recipients have served the community and the Academy in countless ways while embodying the spirit of generosity and goodwill…we feel privileged to acknowledge them and their exemplary leadership,” offered President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D. ’71.
The 2013 Hearts of the Community honorees are:
Thomas and Phyllis Giglietti, of Hamden, have supported Sacred Heart Academy since their daughter, Alisa ’99, was a freshman.
Mr. Giglietti was an active member of the Fathers’ Club, served as president and was named Father of the Year. He co-chaired the 50th Anniversary Picnic, organized sports banquets, and co-chaired the Academy’s largest benefit, the FantaSHA Auction to support scholarship and educational programs.
Mrs. Giglietti, active in the Mothers’ Club, has served on numerous committees, including the auction and golf tournament. Together, they continue to support the Academy whenever and wherever needed. A retired elementary school teacher,
Mrs. Giglietti earned a BS and MS from SCSU in elementary education. She volunteers at Deer Run School in East Haven helping with assessments for first and second graders and has recently accepted a position in their literacy program. Mr. Giglietti, a retired salesman, currently substitutes in the East Haven School District. A graduate of the University of New Haven, he earned a BS in marketing. Members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Hamden, the Gigliettis offered their home for Renew Bible Study during the 1990s.
Mariette B. Moan, of Cheshire, has volunteered at Sacred Heart Academy since her two daughters, Sr. Mariette Moan, ASCJ, ’77 and Louise Moan Bouteiller ’80, were students. During those years, she was an active member of the Mothers’ Club and was instrumental in founding and subsequently serving as president of the Alumnae Mothers’ Club.
Since her daughter, Sr. Mariette, was named Director of Alumnae Relations seven years ago, Mrs. Moan has never missed an alumnae activity or event. Always willing to do whatever is needed, she serves graciously and quietly behind the scenes, a role she prefers. Most recently, she served on the Spirituality Committee for Building on Excellence, a process which included more than 100 alumnae, parents, past parents, and friends dreaming about the future of Sacred Heart.
Active at St. Brendan’s in New Haven for nearly 50 years, Mrs. Moan was a member and officer in the Ladies’ Guild and worked on a myriad of events which supported both the parish and the school. Over the years, this gentle woman volunteered at the Hospital of St. Raphael where she was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary. She also belonged to the New Haven Council of Catholic Women and the Kavanaugh Council of Columbiettes, where she held the offices of president, secretary, and treasurer, and was active in the Hamden Democratic Town Committee.
Kelly O’Leary ’99, of North Haven, is the principal of St. Martin de Porres Academy, a faith-based Nativity Miguel model middle school that provides tuition free education for underserved girls and boys from low income families in the New Haven area.
She holds a BA from Villanova University, earned a MAT and Administrator Certificate from Sacred Heart University, and holds Connecticut teacher and administrator certifications.
Ms. O’Leary’s entire professional career as an educator has been dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty through education by serving students, families, volunteers, and teachers. Currently seeking candidacy in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Seton Hall University, she hopes to continue to broaden the positive impact of holistic education on inner city students.
A parishioner of St. Mary Church in Milford, she serves on the board of New Financial Life Corporation, and is a member of the Catholic Charity League of Greater New Haven and the Sacred Heart Alumnae Association. In 2011, Kelly received the Garden Club of America’s Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award for her outstanding contribution to environmental education of youth.
Sacred Heart Academy, founded in 1946 by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, successfully prepares young women in grades nine through twelve for learning, service and achievement in a global society. The Academy currently has an enrollment of 500 students hailing from New Haven, Fairfield, Middlesex, Hartford, and New London counties.