Local business and community leaders honored with Rivier University alumni achievement awards

Rivier University presented four outstanding achievement awards to Greater Nashua area graduates in September. The awards highlighted the alumni’s leadership and service to their professions, local communities and the University, improving the quality of life for New Hampshire residents.

Awards were presented by Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President, during Alumni Reunion Weekend. Karen Cooper, Vice President for University Advancement, addressed attendees on behalf of the University. “You share a common belief in the value of higher education, in the unique advantages of the Rivier University experience, and in the importance of our mission of transforming hearts and minds to serve the world,” said Cooper. “It is our privilege to celebrate your achievements this evening.” 

CroattiThe Outstanding Business Leader Award was presented to Michael Croatti, MBA, Class of 2009G. Croatti is Senior Vice President at UniFirst Corporation, responsible for all service and operations for North America. He serves as a member of Rivier’s Alumni Council and President’s Circle Leadership Committee, and is a past Alumni Mentor. He volunteers with Operation Care for Troops and initiated the “Thanks from Home” program at UniFirst to send care packages to troops stationed overseas.


The Outstanding Educator Award was presented to Chantal Alcox, Class of 1997G, for her commitment to education and community. Alcox has been a third grade teacher, assistant principal, and is currently the principal at Heron Pond Elementary School in Milford. Living and working in the community, she has tirelessly dedicated her 27-year career to enhancing educational opportunities and advancing student achievement in the town where she and her family have made their home.

ArcieriThe Outstanding Nurse and Healthcare Leader Award was presented to Cynthia Arcieri, Class of 1996/2004G, for her commitment to excellence and service to patients. Arcieri works at St. Joseph Healthcare as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive, a role with wide-ranging leadership responsibilities. In addition, she provides clinical care as a nurse practitioner in the St. Joseph Hospital Cancer Center, serves as a Rivier adjunct faculty member, and volunteers at several local nonprofit organizations.


The Young Alumni Award was presented to Hollyann DeCarteret, RN, Class of 2013. This award recognizes a Rivier graduate of the last five years who has become a distinguished young professional. DeCarteret works as a maternity nurse at Elliot Hospital in Manchester and provides preventative care at Maxim Healthcare. She serves as a member of the Rivier Alumni Council, as an Alumni Mentor to nursing students, and volunteers with the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program.

Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President thanked alumni for their dedicated service to the Greater Nashua area and the University. “Your continued connection to Rivier is a source of strength, and your many accomplishments contribute to the greater good and keep Rivier’s mission alive throughout the local community and beyond.”