COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College Alumni Association Board of Directors will recognize seven 2021 Alumni of the Year on Thursday at 7 p.m. through a virtual celebration, and three have roots at the College as former varsity student-athletes. Those chosen have distinguished themselves in service through selfless acts of volunteerism in support of their alma mater.
Bill Frain '86 (ice hockey), Paul Lagermasini '91 (soccer) and Christine (Amoresano) Gallager '11 (swimming & diving) all played varsity sports at Saint Michael's and are joined by Jerry Flanagan '71, Billie Miles '76 and Craig Duffy '06, as well as Young Alumna of the Year Alix Lara '16. Katherine Hackett '11 will be recognized as recipient of the Fr. Mike Cronogue Award for Service. Visit here to register for Thursday evening's event.
Frain co-chaired his 30th reunion in 2016, encouraging classmates to support the College with a gift and attend Reunion Weekend, and has served on other previous reunion committees. Frain is among the first cohort of volunteers for the new Alum-Knights program, created to assist the Office of Admission with recruiting prospective students by attending college fairs, visiting high schools and making personal connections with potential students. His recruitment assistance goes back many years, as he has been a longstanding and reliable volunteer for Admission. In the late 1990s, Frain assisted Institutional Advancement's fundraising efforts through the Alumni Phonathon Program, calling other Purple Knights to foster stronger alumni connections and encourage philanthropic support.
A resident of Clifton Park, N.Y., Frain played four years of ice hockey, as the program returned to varsity status during his rookie season in 1982-83. The goalie went 5-4 with an .845 save percentage in 26 career outings. The Purple Knights made their postseason debut his senior year, qualifying for an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) North Tournament quarterfinal. They finished 14-9-1 overall and 12-7-1 in ECAC play. Frain is an Area Executive Vice President at Arthur J. Gallagher and Company, an international insurance brokerage and risk management services firm. His daughter, Katherine '20, played soccer at Saint Michael's.
Lagermasini was a defender on the men's soccer team during its first four years as a Northeast-10 Conference member. The Purple Knights made a memorable run to the NE10 semifinals after going 6-1-2 in league play during the 1988 season, Lagermasini's sophomore fall, while posting 10 shutouts and an 0.86 goals-against average. Lagermasini was also involved in student government and the Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE).
A long-time financial services and investment management professional, working for large and reputable Wall Street firms in high-level executive positions, Lagermasini lives in New York City and has served as a career adviser to countless Saint Michael's students and young alumni to help them find internships and jobs. He has hosted multiple alumni events, twice served as a panelist for the annual Career Symposium, is a President's Medallion Society donor, and brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the All in for St. Mike's campaign committee, the College's largest capital fundraising effort in more than a decade.
Gallager was a women's swimming & diving captain who was heavily involved around campus during her college years. She was a Founder's Society tour guide and blogger, managed the College's bloggers and prospective student social media accounts, was a Pre-Orientation Weekend (POW) leader and an Orientation leader, and participated in MOVE activities such as an extended service trip while attending and supporting LEAP retreats.
After graduating, Gallager served two years with AmeriCorps NCCC, working for eight nonprofits in five states. She is now the Associate Director of the Center for Professional Development at University of Denver while also working as a crew leader with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and event director for Cupid's Undie Run in Denver. Since her undergraduate years, Gallager has helped her alma mater as a class agent, asking her classmates to support Saint Michael's with a philanthropic gift; hosted multiple Purple and Gold Day events for fellow alumni and friends in Denver; served on the committee for both her five- and 10-year reunions; and attended various local college fairs as an alumni Admission ambassador representative.
Flanagan's name is familiar to legions of Saint Michael's alumni, as the former club football player signed tens of thousands of congratulatory letters to students as Dean of Admissions and Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing, working nearly 50 years at his alma mater. It is estimated that more than half of all alumni were admitted by Flanagan. A former Admission counselor herself, Hackett contributed to the Athletics program in various ways during her tenure as a College employee, including serving as official scorer at basketball games.