65th Anniversary Gala

65th Anniversary Gala Honorees


The Veritas Distinguished Award for Service

This award is presented to Albertus community members who render outstanding service in assisting Albertus to fulfill its mission and objectives; and therefore, this award is presented to those members of the Albertus community who have rendered conspicuous and meritorious service to Albertus.
  • Nominees will have contributed to the Albertus Magnus community with service in one or more areas such as Admissions, Athletics, Advancement, Academics, Campus Ministry.
  • Nominees can be an alum, parent, former parent, board member or faculty/administrator/staff.

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  • Bill Heilferty

    Bill Heilferty is an Owner/Vice President for Primepak, a worldwide packaging specialist, headquartered in Paramus, NJ. Bill is highly respected in his industry and received the “Vendor of the Year” award from one of the top industry distributors.
    Bill’s first taste of community service was after his senior year in high school, when he spent six weeks at St. Stephen’s Indian Mission, in Riverton, WY. His tasks were tutoring the students in math and reading, but he took it further and trained the children in track and other sports. Bill grew up watching his father, Hank, support the community by coaching St. Paul’s CYO basketball team for over ten years, as well as holding the position of President of St. Paul’s Holy Name Society. Bill followed in these footsteps, coaching basketball at St. Anthony’s Elementary School in Nanuet for ten years. In more recent years, Bill has been dedicated to children’s health, and has been a Platinum Level supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities for many years.
    Bill is incredibly involved with AMHS. Bill is currently serving his fifth, three-year term on the Albertus Magnus Board of Directors! He attended AMHS from 1970-1972, where his athletic abilities were front and center on the basketball and soccer teams. During his sophomore year, Bill started on the Varsity soccer team and captained the JV basketball team while serving as VP of his class. After sophomore year, Bill’s family relocated to a suburb of St. Louis, MO, where Bill attended De Smet Jesuit High School. This was an exciting time, when Bill and his brother, Bob, were on the Missouri State Champion Basketball team. Yet, his memory of the wonderful and exceptional years at AMHS has driven him to help lead the efforts for continued excellence at AMHS and Catholic school education.
    Bill is devoted to his family. He has one sister and four brothers, who also attended AMHS. He is an uncle to six nieces, father to two stepchildren, and has six grandchildren. He never fails to enthusiastically celebrate all of their many birthdays, recitals, horse shows, and games! Bill has lived in River Vale, NJ, for most of his career, while enjoying his beautiful homes on Long Beach Island, a place he cherishes, and Cape Coral, FL, with the love of his life, Marie
  • Dan Sillivan '76

    Since entering Albertus Magnus as a Freshman in the fall of 1972, Dan Sullivan has been a supporter of the school and helped advance the value of Catholic Education in one form or another for nearly 50 years. As a Student, Alumni and Parent of two former and one current student, Dan represents and promotes the best of Albertus Magnus faith, spirit and generosity.
    Dan was born in NYC in August 1958 to the late Daniel and Margaret Sullivan. His family settled in Garnerville in 1964 where Daniel attended and graduated St Gregory Barbarigo. Dan graduated Albertus Magnus in 1976. He graduated Manhattan College in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. That same year, Dan joined William F. Loftus Associates, a consulting engineering firm specializing in the Pile Foundation Industry, where he still works today. Dan married his wife Suzann in November in 1991 and settled in Stony Point where they raised their 3 children: Daniel (AM 2013), Meaghan (AM 2017) and Thomas (AM 2022).
    Dan has volunteered his time and remained committed to helping grow the Albertus Magnus community by serving his Alma Mater in many different capacities over the years. He currently serves on the Hall of Fame Committee (since 1995), and was an inductee himself in 2006. Dan has also worked on the Albertus Magnus Golf Outing Committee since 1995 as well. Dan is also on the vital Development Committee. Dan previously served on the Albertus Magnus School Board from 1996 to 2002 and served as President of the AM Alumni Association. He also co-chaired the short-lived AM Annual 5K run with fellow alumni Brian Higgins and Jamie Kempton.
    Dan’s dedication to supporting the Catholic School System extends to his grammar school alma mater St Gregory Barbarigo, where he and all his 4 siblings as well as his 3 children attended. At St Gregory’s, Dan currently serves as a Eucharistic Minister, a Lector, serves on the Parish Council, is on the CYO Board and is a Team Member for the “That Man is You” program. In previous years, he served as both President and Vice President of St Greg’s Home and School Association. He also was a two time Lay Director while a Team Member for the Men’s Cornerstone Retreats for the Parish beginning in 2004. He also served as a CYO coach for St Gregory’s and was the parish CYO Moderator for 2 years. While describing his time as Moderator as among “his most challenging” volunteer work, he recalls the most rewarding part of the position was working with the children of St Greg’s, especially his own.
    Dan, along with his wife Suzann and their children, hope to continue to work hard promoting the benefits of a Catholic Education and ensure that the youth of today have the option to attend a Catholic school.

Magnus Alumni Award

This award recognizes the professional and civic accomplishments of the Albertus Magnus young alumni. Elements for consideration for this award are any one or more of the following:
  • Nominees will have shown great promise and accomplishment in their chosen profession and/or community, public or humanitarian service.
  • The nominee must have graduated from Albertus.
  • The nominee has contributed to the Albertus mission and objectives.

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  • Robert Solano '00

    Robert Solano - Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
    Senior Program Manager, U.S. Army Artificial Intelligence Integration Center (AI2C)
    Robert Solano is a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army. He serves as the Senior Program Manager at the Army Artificial Intelligence Integration Center (AI2C) in Pittsburgh, PA. As the Program Manager he manages and directs various research and development projects in areas such as autonomous vehicles, unmanned aircraft, computer vision, and machine learning.
    Robert’s previous assignments include Training with Industry Fellow at Palantir Technologies; Executive Officer in U.S. Special Operations Command; and Assistant Program Manager at the Program Executive Office for Simulations, Training, and Instrumentation. Robert is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Defense Acquisition Workforce Level III Program Manager.
    He is a Senior Army Aviator and former UH-60 Blackhawk Maintenance Test Pilot. He served in the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade in Hawaii and 21st Air Cavalry Brigade at Fort Hood, TX. He also served multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and his awards include the Bronze Star.
    His education includes a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Masters Certificate in Aviation Doctoral Studies (non-dissertation) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute.
    Robert was born in the Bronx and raised in Spring Valley, NY. He graduated Albertus Magnus High School in 2000. He currently lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Zaira Solano, and their ten-month-old daughter, Sky
    In his free time, Robert enjoys mentoring students, travelling around the world, and writing. He is the author of multiple Amazon best-selling books.
    About AI2C
    The Artificial Intelligence Integration Center allows the Army to better connect with the broader artificial intelligence community and focus their efforts in this dynamic field. As part of Army Futures Command, AI2C engages universities, companies, program offices, and partner agencies from across the nation to accelerate the Army’s adoption of artificial intelligence technology.
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Founders Award
One to One Learning

This award is bestowed on members of the community who exemplify the mission of our founders the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill: “We are joyful women of prayer and compassion, who proclaim the reign of God through a ministry for justice and reverence for all creation.
  • Nominees are those individuals or organizations who are committed to the service of others, care for creation, and creating equity in our society.
  • Nominees are those known to the Albertus Community for their support of efforts that work for change in our society.

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  • One to One Learning, Sister Cecilia LaPietra

    In February 1993, the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill conducted a study of the educational needs of the growing numbers of immigrant families settling in Rockland County. By 1994, an English as a Second Language program was established. As it became apparent that both numbers and needs were increasing, One to One Learning, Inc. was established in 1997 with Sister Cecilia La Pietra OP as its first Executive Director. Twenty-five years later, Sister Cecilia along with her staff and volunteer teachers offer classes in English, pre-GED, citizenship, literacy, pre-literacy, computer skills and a myriad of other essential skills responding to everyday needs of children and adults.
    The mission of One to One Learning is “… to empower people to reach their full potential and lead meaningful lives in the communities in which they live and work…” From its beginning days when classes were held at Dominican Convent in Sparkill, to moving to Connolly Hall of St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont, to its present location in Upper Nyack at Marydell Faith and Life Center, the program continues to thrive and can boast that it has served over 6300 students. They come from Sparkill, Piermont, Tappan, Nyack, Spring Valley and other Rockland County locations. Their countries of origin are El Salvador, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, other Central American countries, and the Caribbean Island of Haiti.
    Sister Cecilia’s leadership as Executive Director of One to One, as their primary fund-raiser and spokes-person, and her dedication and commitment to working for and with marginalized people in Rockland County and beyond, has made her most worthy of being honored by many organizations.
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