Mount professors, staff named to Irish Education 100

December 12, 2016

Two Mount Saint Mary College professors and two staff members have been named Irish Education Top 100 honorees for 2016.

James Moran, associate professor of biology and chair of the Division of Natural Sciences, and Susan Schulmerich, associate professor of nursing and co-chair of the Mount’s School of Nursing, were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Mount, to their students, and to their respective fields.

Joining them are Michael and Kathleen O’Keefe, husband and wife. Michael is the executive director of operations and risk management at the college and Kathleen is associate director of the Mount’s Career Center.

Compiled by the Irish Voice newspaper, Irish Education 100 highlights top educators in America and the long standing Irish commitment to excellence in education.


James MoranIrish 100 2016

James Moran began his career at the Mount in 2008. He currently teaches courses in microbiology, genetics, and immunology, and his research interests include cancer immunotherapy and other cancer therapies utilizing phytochemical agents. He also studies host-microbe interactions in a mouse model of human Crohn’s disease.

Moran graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a BS in biochemistry in 1995. He earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Rochester in 2002. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the SPIRE Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which included a one-year appointment as visiting professor of biology at UNC-Pembroke.

Moran oversees the Mount’s long-running Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, which pairs students with professors to research a variety of subjects.


Susan SchulmerichIrish 100 2016

Susan Schulmerich spent many years in critical care, emergency services, and the operating room as a staff nurse and first and middle management in community and teaching hospitals.

She has experience in senior level management as executive director of Montefiore Medical Center Home Health Agency in the Bronx, and vice president of Elant in Goshen, N.Y.

Schulmerich has taught formally or in continuing education for the better part of four decades.

She earned a diploma in nursing from Mount Vernon Hospital School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas Aquinas, an MBA and MS from Long Island University, and a doctorate in health education from A.T. Still University. Her Irish lineage dates back to the early 1800s, with Hortons, Dolans, and other Irish surnames.


Kathleen O’KeefeIrish 100 2016

Kathleen O’Keefe provides individualized internship coordination for Mount students in the fields of communications, English, business, and accounting.

She assists in student professional development; creates, plans, markets, and executes campus wide workshops; and develops and creates informational brochures for employers and students.

O’Keefe was promoted to associate director in 2012 and currently supervises several staff members. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Siena College, and an MA from Manhattan College.

She traces her Irish roots to counties Mayo and Cork through her maternal and paternal grandmothers. She and her family regularly visit Ireland, and she has been involved with the Village of Montgomery St. Patrick’s Day parade since its inauguration there years ago.

She and her husband have three children, all of whom are or will be Mount alumni.


Michael O’Keefe Irish 100 2016

During his Mount career, Michael O’Keefe oversaw operating budgets in excess of $6 million. He chaired and co-chaired commencement ceremonies hosting more than 4,000 guests for four years, and co-chaired the presidential inauguration committee in 2015. He also researched, developed, and created the campus plan for START-UP NY, an economic development stimulus program, one of the first approved campus plans by a private college in New York.

Previously, O’Keefe was a member of the NYC Police Department, where he rose to the rank of deputy inspector.

O’Keefe earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena College, and a master’s in public administration from Marist College.

His paternal grandparents were from Co. Cork. His maternal grandparents hailed from counties Cavan and Antrim. O’Keefe is also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.