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An alumna and her husband honored for service to children

Hillsides CEO Joseph Costa, Mary Dee Hacker and Steve Nishibayashi.
Hillsides CEO Joseph Costa, Mary Dee Hacker and Steve Nishibayashi.
Photo courtesy of Hillsides.

St. Catherine University alumna Mary Dee Hacker ’74 and her husband, Steve Nishibayashi were honored by the children’s services agency, Hillsides, at the organization’s annual Circle of Excellence dinner held in October.

Hacker and Nishibayashi were among seven individuals who received Centennial Angel Awards for giving abundantly of their time, resources, and talent to Hillsides, a provider of behavioral and education services for children, youth and families.

Hacker is a three-time member of the Hillsides board and currently serves as the second vice chair of the social services agency based in Pasadena, Calif. She was honored for her visionary leadership, which inspired Hillsides to find new, innovative ways to serve children and families. A pediatrician, Nishibayashi also serves on Hillsides’ board and has led the agency’s Episcopal Connections Committee.

Hacker is vice-president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, as well as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a board member of the Daisy Foundation.

A nursing graduate of the St. Catherine University Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, Hacker said,  "While at St. Kate’s I was told by a very wise nursing instructor that a rich life included 3 components: professional, personal and volunteer.  I’ve tried to make decisions to ensure all components are present…not always balanced but, present!!"

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Dec. 10, 2013 by Julie Michener

See also: Alumnae/i, Healthcare