Sister Maureen Joyce received the School of Social Welfare Distinguished Service Award at the University’s Burton Lecture and Awards Ceremony on April 20, 2010

The School of Social Welfare honored Sister Maureen for her almost 50 years of historic work to build services and new programs of excellence for the underserved in our region and beyond. She is heralded for her tireless advocacy for vulnerable populations – children, families, seniors, the poor, mentally ill, abused, homeless, refugees and displaced populations, disaster victims and minorities. 

Sister Maureen is currently the chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany where she oversees an organization that operates 13 community-based agencies providing programs in 14 counties in upstate NY serving more than 90,000 people annually with a network of 1,100 Catholic Charities employees and 1,400 volunteers at 64 locations.

She has been a visionary, partner, collaborator, and mentor assisting our School, our faculty and our students to build new and more effective services for those in need.  She has influenced and put many of our grads to work, providing field placements in Catholic Charities’ programs such as: Community Maternity Services, the Care Givers Program, Hispanic Outreach, AIDS Service, and Disabilities Service.