Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award

The Alumnae Association created the Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award to honor and celebrate outstanding volunteer service to Wellesley College.

Sed Ministrare Award

The Alumnae Association created the Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award in 2014 to recognize dedicated volunteer service to Wellesley College. The outstanding efforts of these alums fulfill the Alumnae Association’s mission of supporting institutional priorities by connecting alumnae to the College and each other. They have embodied the motto, “Non Ministrari sed Ministrare.”
Sed Ministrare Alumnae Volunteer Award Candidate Criteria:
  • The nominee has made significant or innovative contributions and/or shown superior performance and leadership in service to the complementary missions of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association and Wellesley College. 

  • The nominee must be an alum of Wellesley College.

  • Current members of the WCAA Board of Directors or Trustees of the College along with current employees of the WCAA and the College are excluded from award eligibility.



Nominations for the 2023 award are now open here
The 2022 recipients will be announced in Fall 2022.


Please join us in congratulating the 2021 recipients!
Pamela Boulet ’87 sed ministrare award receipientPamela Boulet ’87 has been the president of the Wellesley Club of France for the past six years. Before stepping into that role she spent time as both the vice president and membership chair of the club. Pamela has consistently gone above and beyond her role to make alums feel welcome in the France club, whether they are new to the area or are just visiting. In the words of one such alum, “Pamela is gifted in making any Wellesley woman feel at home in Paris”. During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, she led her board in innovative programming, including a virtual party for the newest 2020 alums in France. She has worked in collaboration throughout the pandemic to connect virtually with alums across Europe and beyond and to include them in Wellesley Club of France’s programs.




Denny Donovan sed ministrare award recipients 2021
Denny Donovan ’79 is described as “avid supporter of all things Wellesley College” which she truly demonstrated as the co-president and then president of the Baltimore Wellesley Club for five years. In addition to that role, Denny also worked for several years as an alumnae admission representative and hosted the Summer Send-off for admitted local students at her home. Her fellow alums report she is the first person many turn to when they need help with an event because they have “never heard Denny say no to a challenge”, and she also goes above and beyond her role. Some examples she is known for include reaching out to alums who have lost a family member, offering rides to those unable to drive, and simply offering advice and support to her fellow Baltimore club members. Denny is also a class volunteer and currently holds the position of vice president for the Class of 1979.




Anne Kennedy sed ministrare award recipient 2021

Anne Kennedy ’66 has been an involved volunteer across Admission, Wellesley Fund, class, and club roles for more than 40 years. She has been the president, programming chair, treasurer, alumnae admissions representative, and book club chair for the Wellesley Club of Pasadena, while also volunteering for her class in both fundraising and officer roles. Outside of her official positions, Anne has been described as an incredible ambassador for the Pasadena club by many alums who say she was the first person to welcome them to the area. Anne can always be depended on to be the first to step-up when the club has a need. She has also served on the WCAA Board of Directors and recently finished her term as the class of 1966 treasurer. Another Pasadena board member eloquently said, “If we are a tapestry, Anne is the thread that holds us all together.”





Michele Leonard sed ministrare award recipient 2021

Michele Leonard ’77 has a strong commitment to her fellow alums which has manifested in many ways through the years. She has served twice as president of the Class of 1977, previously on her own and currently as co-president, as well as volunteering on the 40th Reunion Committee. From 2014-2018, Michele was the president of the Wellesley Club of Pittsburgh where, according to her fellow alums, she “worked ​​tirelessly for years to grow the club.” She co-founded Wellesley Racial Justice Initiative in 2017, and currently serves as the program’s executive coordinator. WRJI’s reach has grown exponentially during the pandemic, as more alums and alum volunteer leaders have taken part in the group’s virtual programming on race and privilege. Michele was also part of the WCAA’s Inclusion and Diversity Engaging Alumnae (IDEA) work group in 2018 that reported to the WCAA Board of Directors. Michele is lauded by others as having “an enormous generosity of spirit in her years serving the alumnae community.”



Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award - Past Recipients


Jane Helmchen '61

Mei-Mei Tuan  '88

Francine Miltenberger '78 and Mana Uchino '88


Erin Corcoran '13

Lauren Young Durbin '99

Julia Griffith '71


Teresita Ramos '93

Erika Spitzer '06

Jody Strakosch '79


Susan Harmon '67

Erin Flannery Keith '05

Lisa Torreano '90


Brooke Bryant '03

Sally Katz '78

Pamela McNeil '82


Jane Dean '56

Bridget O'Connor Garsh '04

Charlotte LaRue Isaacs '68

Margaret Elizabeth Barr Wang '54


Whitney Shaffer Ackerman '03

Martha Reardon Bewick '62

Charlotte Hayes '75

Helen Kriz Marshall '77