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Saint Mary’s alumni take on heroic roles during pandemic

September 15, 2020

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Whether training lab workers testing for COVID-19; directly working with patients sick with the virus; or supporting the mass production of masks in a third-world country, Saint Mary’s alumni were there and continue to be there during this pandemic — serving valuable roles and often putting their own safety at risk.

Colleen Joyce ’10 and Joe Haynes ’09, are battling COVID-19 in Chicago as a couple; she’s a nurse and he’s a firefighter. Read more.

In April, Army Reserve medic Sgt. Chuck Thibault ’21 was called to work at a convention center converted into a make-shift hospital at the epicenter of the pandemic. Read more.

Jeremy Zacher M’19 doesn’t ever see or interact with patients at Mayo Clinic, yet his work is vital to the frontline heroes testing and treating COVID-19 patients. Read more.

Ellen Schreder taught a group of Haitian friends to sew to help them earn a living and provide menstrual products to women. They switched to sewing masks during the pandemic, constructing up to 6,000 by April. Read more.