The Alumnae Association created the Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award to honor and celebrate outstanding volunteer service to Wellesley College.
This award is given to an alumna whose volunteer service has made an impact to Wellesley College. The Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award is for alumnae who have made significant or innovative contributions, shown superior performance and leadership, or have exceptionally embodied the motto, “Non Ministrari sed Ministrare.” The outstanding efforts of these women fulfill the Alumnae Association’s mission of keeping alumnae connected to the College and to one another. The award is presented annually at Alumnae Leadership Council.
Please join us in congratulating the 2017 recipients!
Susan Harmon ’67 brings the voice of “strategic thinking” to every volunteer role in which she has served. As a member of Wellesley’s Business Leadership Council (BLC), Susan has been the retreat chair, plenary chair, and co-chair of the strategic planning committee. Her service in these roles had a strong impact on the vitality of the BLC. In appreciation of her talents and leadership, the BLC presented Susan with its first Service Award. In 2013, Wellesley initiated a major outreach in Asia: Susan acted as one of the key organizers for the Peking Women’s Leadership Conference. She remains consistently active with her class and was a member of its 50th Reunion committee in 2017. Most recently, Susan brought her expertise and strategic thinking skills to Wellesley’s Career Education and the WCAA as co-chair of the Mentorship Working Group. The Working Group spent a year helping develop and launch The Wellesley Hive, the College’s new online mentoring and networking platform, which went live in May 2017.
Erin Flannery Keith ’05 began her volunteer commitment right after graduation by serving as the Wellesley Fund representative for her class, and in 2010 she was reunion chair for the class’s first reunion. After receiving her law degree in 2009, Erin began volunteering for her local club—the Washington Wellesley Club—one of the WCAA’s largest, hosting as many as 50 programs a year. Erin first served as the club’s young alumnae coordinator and later became vice president of programs. The club board took note of her talents, professionalism, and leadership skills and, in 2014, recruited her to serve as president, a role she held for two years. As immediate past president of the Washington Wellesley Club, Erin remains on the board—never missing a meeting, assisting all vice presidents as needed, and serving as chair of the nominating committee.
Lisa Torreano ’90 has been heavily involved with the Wellesley Club of Houston for over 20 years. She served as vice president of programming, admissions representative, and newsletter chair before assuming the role of club president from 2006-2008. A few years later, Lisa was recruited by the club’s board to return as president and reinvigorate the club through strategic planning to expand membership and programs. In 2016, Lisa accepted this challenge and returned in time to lead volunteers to plan the Wellesley Club of Houston’s 75th anniversary celebration.