My mentor before, during and after my time at Gannon was the late James Freeman, professor of mathematics. His guidance and steadying influence made the difference between success and failure at a crucial time in my life, and with Freeman’s encouragement, I obtained my master’s degree in mathematics at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1978. I went on to enjoy a successful, 26-year career at Mellon Financial (now BNY Mellon) and am currently senior vice president for payment strategy at iPay Technologies, providing Internet bill payment functionality to the customers of over 3,800 financial institutions nationwide. I am an accredited ACH professional as well as a certified treasury professional, and I serve as communication and membership development co-chair of NACHA’s (the Electronic Payments Association) Council for Electronic Billing and Payment.
I have been involved with religious education in nearly all its facets for more than 20 years. I am an author, speaker and director of catechesis for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Ind. I enjoy traveling throughout the country to present to a variety of Catholic conferences and workshops. In addition to my Gannon degree, I earned a master’s degree from the Pontifical Center for Catechetical Studies. My most recent book is The Gospel Truth: A Lectionary-Based Catechism for Adults.
This excerpt by Audrey Starr originally published in the Summer 2011 edition of Gannon Magazine.
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