Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA President Melinda Hanlon Honored by OLMC

Demarest, NJ: Melinda A. Hanlon, President of the Academy of the Holy Angels, has received the Mens, Corpus, Spiritus Award from the Academy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tenafly. This year marked the fourth time the award was presented to a leader in Catholic education who impacts the lives of students at the highest level and embodies a vision worthy of Catholic education.

Monsignor Kevin Hanbury, a previous honoree, was President Hanlon’s friend and mentor. President Hanlon noted that knowing Monsignor Hanbury had also received the Mens, Corpus, Spiritus Award made her own honor particularly special. 

She accepted the award at the OLMC’s Hall of Fame recognition event, surrounded by family and friends. The AHA Dance Team also made a surprise appearance and performed for everyone in attendance.

“Your words are very kind, and I thank you for your accolades, but truly I am here because of Catholic schools,” President Hanlon said in her acceptance remarks. “When my parents enrolled me in Catholic elementary school, they started me on a journey that continues today. As a young woman, I was very fortunate to attend Mt. St. Mary Academy where I was educated by the Sisters of Mercy who educate with the belief that there is nothing more important to the good of society than the education of women. Those four years were among the most formative of my life and it was there that I learned how education can make all the difference for a young person.

“I enjoyed the years I spent as a teacher and administrator in Catholic schools, but it was when my career path led me to the Academy of the Holy Angels that I really found my home. To be a part of this incredible school where we truly help young women become the leaders our world needs most has given (me) the all-important chance to pay it forward and give the young women at Holy Angels the same opportunities that I believe changed my life.”

Elliot Guerra, head of Mission Development at OLMC, revealed that President Hanlon was a clear-cut, first-round choice for the Mens, Corpus, Spiritus Award. He pointed to her position at the forefront of Catholic education and expressed his appreciation for the collegial relationship between AHA and OLMC, a K-8 school whose students often continue their education at Holy Angels.


Since 1879, thousands of women have passed through the portals of Academy of the Holy Angels high school, the oldest private girls’ school in New Jersey. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts and athletics. Our goal is to provide each girl with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically, by offering a first –rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity and giving service to others.

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