We are delighted to feature Rosemary McDonnell, an accomplished alumna, in our spotlight this week. Rosemary completed her early education at St. William the Abbot in Seaford, NY, followed by St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, NY. She then pursued her higher education at St. John’s University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security. Rosemary’s dedication to her field led her to pursue advanced studies at St. John’s University, where she successfully earned a Master of Professional Studies and a Doctor of Professional Studies in Homeland Security Leadership, receiving Certificates of Excellence in both degrees with a remarkable 4.0 GPA.
During her formative years, Rosemary’s passion for community service was evident through her volunteer work at the Wantagh Public Library and the Town Hall of Hempstead. In college, she served as the President of the Homeland Security Student Association, demonstrating her commitment to leadership and fostering collaboration among her peers. Presently, Rosemary holds the position of Senior Accessibility Program Manager at the Washington, D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. Additionally, she contributes to her alma mater as an Adjunct Associate Professor at St. John’s University. Despite her demanding schedule, Rosemary makes it a point to return annually to St. William the Abbot School, where she teaches emergency preparedness to students in grades Kindergarten through 2nd. Her dedication to educating young minds about fire safety, natural disasters, and other essential skills is a testament to her passion for community engagement.
“SWS instilled a passion for service in me that has followed me throughout my education and career. Being in public service and advocating for vulnerable populations is meaningful work that I truly enjoy, and SWS was where I was first encouraged to pursue acts of service to those who are less fortunate. I also began fostering my love for learning at SWS, and I have continued to pursue my education throughout my career.”Rosemary McDonnell
Beyond her professional and academic achievements, Rosemary enjoys traveling, practicing pilates, and walking her dog named Spot! Additionally, she remains an active member of her community. As a devoted parishioner at St. William the Abbot, she contributes her time and talents as a lector, choir member, and participant in the Knights of Columbus.
Rosemary’s commitment to service and lifelong learning serves as an inspiration to all those around her, making her an exceptional role model within her community and beyond. We are truly honored to recognize Rosemary McDonnell as an esteemed alumna of Long Island Catholic schools, and we wholeheartedly appreciate her invaluable contributions to our community today!