MAGNIFICAT BOARD MEMBER HONORED: Martin Mehall, president and owner of Richland Communities Ltd., was recently presented with the William E. Reichard Award for Outstanding Board Service from Magnificat High School. He is only the third board member to have received the recognition.

Mehall, who is retiring from the board of directors after nine years of service, became involved while his daughter Marissa (class of 2002) attended Magnificat. He and his wife, Berta, reside in Bay Village and also have a son, Brent.

The award is named for Bill Reichard, who retired from the school board in 2008 after 21 years of service. Criteria include support of Magnificat’s mission and outstanding leadership.

MAGNIFICAT PRESIDENT RECOGNIZED: Sister Carol Anne Smith, HM, president of Magnificat High School, was one of two winners of the first annual Sisters of the Humility of Mary Mission Leadership Award. The award was presented by Mercy, a not-for-profit integrated health care system that has been providing inpatient, outpatient and other services to Lorain County and surrounding communities for over 100 years.

Smith has served on the board of Mercy and its predecessors since the mid-1980s. As board chairwoman, she recently oversaw approval of a $20 million facility improvement project and led the process that resulted in the adoption of the name Mercy to better reflect the organization’s mission and heritage.

CORRECTION:An article in last week’s West Life stated that Magnificat High School has already collected $5 million toward its campaign for the Surround Learning Program. This is not correct. A $5 million capital campaign has been approved by the school’s board of directors and is in its “quiet phase.” According to communicatons director Karen Uthe,”We have only recently received board approval for our capital improvements campaign and are just embarking on our $5 million journey.”

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