Four distinguished alumni have been selected as this year’s recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award, which honors a graduate who displays great accomplishment in one or more of the following areas: professional achievement, community volunteer service, and humanitarian efforts. Through these accomplishments, these alumni bring recognition to themselves and to Holy Family University. Congratulations to this year’s honorees: Melissa (McAteer) Costello, Anne Bradley Leopold, Linda (Thatcher) Raichle, and Matt Topley. Their accomplishments will be honored during Alumni Reunion 2019 at The Union League Golf Club at Torresdale on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
Melissa (McAteer) Costello ’01 M’03
Melissa has devoted more than 25 years of volunteer service to Bridesburg Recreation Center in Philadelphia. Her countless hours and dedicated efforts have motivated many of the local residents’ children to volunteer and give back to the various programs the recreation center offers. Costello began volunteering early in her life as an unpaid camp counselor for the Summer Camp Program. Her dedication to the program, providing guidance and a safe environment for the children attending the camp, ultimately lead to a part-time position as Senior Counselor. She is now one of three directors running the summer camp program. The success of the program was recently featured on FOX 29’s Good Day Philadelphia.
She has also spent 10 years as the choreographer of the annual Broadway Review Show. This show has entertained thousands throughout the years. The success of this annual show has given many of the young cast members the courage to further pursue, either through continuing education or careers, their theatrical talents.
Costello is currently treasurer of the Bridesburg Cultural Council and a vital member of the Bridesburg Recreation Center Annual Spring Auction, which raises money to helps provide funding for several afterschool programs, weekend programs, and various recreation center remodeling efforts. Over the course of 14 years, the auction has raised more than $118,000. In addition to supporting activities provided by the recreation center, the proceeds have paid for a new performing arts stage and a much needed modernization of the kitchen area for the Recreation Center.
However, Costello’s biggest contribution is the inspiration she provides to the next generation of volunteers. Many of her former cast members, camp counselors, and dance students come back to the Recreation Center to donate their own time. They have seen firsthand the lifelong friendships that are formed and the positive impact on the community they can provide.
The dedication to her community has carried through to her career. Costello won the prestigious Mother Neomisia Award upon graduating from Holy Family University for her work in Student Government and other campus activities. She received her Bachelors in Math-Secondary Education in 2001 and her Master’s in Education in 2003. She has taught math at Father Judge High School for 16 years, where she has instilled the importance of volunteering and giving back to her students. She and her husband, Vincent Costello ’99, live in Philadelphia.
Anne Bradley Leopold ’11
Anne Bradley Leopold is the founder and CEO of Emmaus Home, which provides homes and workplaces where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers, create inclusive communities of faith and friendship, and transform society through relationships that cross social boundaries. Leopold and her husband, Larry, have eight children. Their one son, who needed special assistance to treat Autism and epileptic seizures, inspired Leopold to create Emmaus Home.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Holy Family University in 2011, Leopold rented an entire parish complex that the Archdiocese was going to close. She rented the convent, rectory, and school of the former St. Margaret Mary Parish in Essington, PA. Inside, she opened a thrift shop to provide employment opportunities, used the rectory for client housing, and moved into the convent with her children. Emmaus Home thrived in Essington but later moved to Aston, PA so that they would have a more accessible building. Emmaus Home has grown and now has locations in both Aston and Media, PA.
Emmaus Home has been featured on EWTN and has touched the lives of many families in the Delaware Valley. Leopold and her husband reside in Montgomery County, PA.
Linda (Thatcher) Raichle, BS, MS, MT(ASCP), FACEHP, PhD ’70
Dr. Linda Raichle recently retired from a professional career devoted to the field of continuing medical education (CME) teaching physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care providers about new and emerging medicines to improve patient care. Her 30+ years in the field included experience in hospitals, the federal government, professional organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and medical communication companies. Dr. Raichle was most recently Founder and President of Spectrum Medical Education, a medical education consulting company dedicated to achieving higher levels of CME impact and effectiveness. She was also recently the Global Medical Education Specialist for Bristol-Myers Squibb pharmaceutical company. In this capacity, she developed and executed world-wide medical education strategies to close health care gaps and improve medical care for cancer patients.
Dr. Raichle is the former Director of External Scientific Affairs at Merck pharmaceutical company. In this capacity, she served as a national professional relations executive by interacting with professional societies of physicians, where she directed the development and implementation of CME strategies for many therapeutic areas, including neurology, respiratory, infectious diseases, and oncology. She previously directed the postgraduate education department for the American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest professional society of internal medicine physicians in the world. Dr. Raichle also served as a site surveyor for the ACCME Accreditation and Reaccreditations Council. In addition, Dr. Raichle was the Director and Health Scientist for the Mid-Atlantic branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), working with state and regional health departments to educate healthcare providers on emerging diseases.
Prior to her involvement in continuing medical education, she was a faculty member in the department of laboratory sciences at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Director of the Transfusion Medicine Unit at Abington Hospital. She earned Board-Certification as a Medical Technologist from the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
Dr. Raichle has been a member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions for 25 years. She is a past member of the Alliance’s Medical Specialty Group and past chairman of the Pharmaceutical Industry Group. Dr. Raichle is a recipient of the Alliance’s Award for Best CME Provider & Industry Collaboration, the Alliance’s President Award, and the Award for Best Research in CME. She was a two-term elected member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance. She is a Fellow and Distinguished Member of the Alliance in recognition of her long-standing commitment and dedication to CME. She served on the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Task Force on Collaboration in Continuing Medical Education for 10 years and chaired their CME Provider/Industry Collaboration National Conference in 2000.
Dr. Raichle received her Bachelors’ degree in Biology and Chemistry from Holy Family University in 1970. She went on to attain a Master’s of Science degree in Public Health Education from Arcadia University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Raichle serves as faculty at national meetings of medical education professionals and is the author of various publications, including the AMA’s Continuing Professional Development of Physicians. Her research interests include strategic planning, instructional design, and measuring the outcomes of professional education. She is the proud mother of two grown children and grandmother to four grandchildren and lives with her husband, Dr. John Duda, in Media, PA and Margate, NJ.
Matt Topley ’94
Matt Topley is the Chief Investment Officer and Partner at Fortis Wealth. Topley has a unique, global perspective on investing that he gained from nearly two decades on the trading desk and from studying abroad. While doing his graduate work, he had the opportunity to explore the world, studying in Shanghai, Beijing, Toronto, and Prague. Topley’s desire to make a positive difference is evident both in and outside the office. He is dedicated to many organizations, devoting his time and expertise, with a focus on helping inner-city schools and first-generation college students.
Topley sits on the Fortis Executive Committee and serves as Chair of the Fortis Investment Committee, overseeing the delivery of investment advice and strategy for Fortis’ clients. A voracious reader and compassionate educator, he has the ability to interpret complex technical financial information and simplify it for the benefit of each of his clients. Matt directs the content of his View From The Top blog (www.matttopley.com), an extension of a daily industry research newsletter he authors, helping clients and teammates stay informed about market trends.
Topley received his Bachelor’s in Management-Marketing from Holy Family in 1994. He also holds an MBA from LaSalle University and a Master’s of Arts in Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Chairman of Board for Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools and serves on the Board of Trustees at Holy Family University. He and his wife, Trish (Maloney) Topley ’92, live in Ambler, PA.