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Rivier Honors Local Business and Community Leaders with Alumni Achievement Awards

Rivier University has presented four alumni achievement awards to Greater Nashua area graduates.

Photo caption: (L-R) Daniel Sauvageau ’95G, Outstanding Business Leader Award; Lauren Hall ’12, Young Alumni Award; Johaida Jean-Francois ’13, Outstanding Nursing Professional Award; and, Linda Brodeur ’82/’01G, Outstanding Educator Award.

The awards highlighted their outstanding 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, to Daniel Sauvageau of Windham, New Hampshire; Linda Brodeur and Lauren Hall of Nashua, New Hampshire, and Johaida Jean-Francois of Stoughton, Massachusetts.

The Outstanding Business Leader Award was presented to Daniel Sauvageau, MBA, Class of 1995.

Sauvageau has focused his career on corporate security with more than 33 years’ experience in the private security field. As Senior Vice President of Global Security Operations at Fidelity Investments, he is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of security operations, executive and event security, and crisis management throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Under his leadership, Fidelity’s program has been recognized by Security Magazine as the best corporate security program in the U.S. Financial Services industry. He has participated in a variety of community service activities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as part of the Fidelity Cares outreach program, is an active mentor to Fidelity associates as part of the firm’s formal Career Center, and serves on Rivier’s Security Studies Advisory Council.

The Outstanding Educator Award was presented to Linda Brodeur, Class of 1982. Linda Brodeur earned both her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and her Master of Education from Rivier. She has served in key teaching and administrative roles at Bishop Guertin High School for the past 26 years, currently leading the institution as President. In 2016, she was honored with the Educator of the Year Award, having distinguished herself as the first-ever female president of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Schools and as the first lay president of Bishop Guertin. She contributes to Rivier’s Division of Education through her work on the Education Advisory Council and serves the community through Nashua’s Public Health Advisory Council.

The Outstanding Nursing Professional Award was presented to Johaida Jean-Francois, Class of 2013, for her commitment to excellence and service to patients. Jean-Francois earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing, and she decided early in her career to focus on community care. She works as a labor and delivery nurse at Boston Medical Center, Boston’s largest safety-net hospital, where she treats patients from culturally diverse and under-served populations. She also serves as a travel nurse working at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Jean-Francois was featured recently in a Forbes magazine article that focused on identity in the workplace, in which she shared her perspective as a first-generation Haitian-American.

The Young Alumni Award was presented to Lauren Hall, Class of 2012. Hall earned both her bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education and her Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration from Rivier. She has served as a special education teacher and team leader at Pelham Elementary School for the last six years. She was appointed as Pelham School District’s first Special Education Coordinator, a leadership role that addresses the educational needs of students with wide-ranging disabilities, and she received the “Emerging Leader Award” from the New Hampshire Association for Special Education Administrators earlier this year. Dedicated to community service, Hall volunteers in a district-wide parent focus committee that is dedicated to bridging the gap between special education and families.

Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, commended alumni for their dedicated service to their communities and the University. “Your contributions and success stories are a source of strength and inspiration to Rivier and to the many people you serve.”