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2020 SOAR! New York Awards Gala

September 16, 2020

The SOAR! Board of Directors cordially invite you to the

34th Annual New York Awards Gala

a VIRTUAL signature event

Watch the 34th Annual New York Awards Gala here

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About the Honorees

Gary S. Horan, FACHE
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

Gary S. Horan, president and CEO of both the Trinitas Health and Trinitas Regional Medical Center, joined Trinitas in 2001.

From 1990 to 2001, Mr. Horan served as president of Our Lady of Mercy Healthcare System, Bronx, New York.  Previously, he served as vice president of Hospitals Operations for New York University Medical Center. In this post he was the chief administrative officer of the hospitals at NYU and the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Prior to this he served as executive vice president of St. Vincent’s Medical Center of New York and senior vice president of St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York.

Mr. Horan is a former member of the SOAR! Board of Directors. He has has worked closely with and has been honored by the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul of New York, the College of Saint Elizabeth, and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station, New Jersey.  He is the recipient of the Regents Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives, “Person of the Year” award for Union County, New Jersey, “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Patriots’ Path Council of the Boys Scouts of America, “Distinguished Service Award” from the New Jersey Hospital Association, “The Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Award for Outstanding Healthcare Executive” and “Union County Champion of Health” at the Groundwork Elizabeth Winter-Green Gala. Mr. Horan’s lifetime of achievement in healthcare inspired the board of Trinitas Health & Regional Medical Center to name the center’s newly-expanded Emergency Department after him.  The Gary S. Horan Emergency Department at Trinitas was dedicated in September 2017.

Gary and his wife, Arlene, have been married for 50 years and have three children and two grandchildren.

Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

Dr. Nyre is the president of Seton Hall University and immediate past president of Iona College.

A native of Beloit, Wisconsin, Dr. Nyre is a naval veteran and first-generation college graduate who has attained three advanced degrees and completed pre- and post-doctoral studies at the University of Missouri, University of Kansas and Harvard Medical School.  He is widely respected for his program of research, state and national policy work and institutional leadership.  A nationally-recognized higher education leader, Dr. Nyre served as the first lay-president of Iona College for eight years (2011 – 2019) and assumed the presidency of Seton Hall University on August 1, 2019.

Dr. Nyre has served on numerous boards, including the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC, the New York Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, International University of Catalonia, and the Lower Hudson Valley Consortium of Catholic Colleges and Universities. A devout Catholic, Dr. Nyre and his wife, Kelli, have four children.

About Seton Hall University

Founded in 1856, Seton Hall University is the largest diocesan university in the United States and one of the oldest, serving more than 10,000 students across 10 schools and colleges.


Sister Ann Marie Pierce, IHM
Father Victor Yanitelli Award

Sister Ann Marie Pierce has been a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for close to 65 years. She has served as an administrator, teacher and mentor in Catholic education for more 40 years, serving in numerous Catholic schools in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Sister Ann Marie has served as principal at Wyoming Area Catholic Elementary School in Exeter, PA; at Blessed Sacrament Elementary School in Staten Island, NY; at Our Lady of the Lake in Verona, NJ; and at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Elementary School in Dunmore, PA.

After serving in Catholic education, Sister Ann Marie, with her outgoing personality and love for life, chose to follow God’s call in another way  ̶  to serve God’s people as a hospital chaplain.  In 1998, she enrolled in the chaplaincy internship program at Williamsport Hospital Medical Center.

Upon completion of that two-year internship, Sister Ann Marie returned to her native Long Island, where she attended St. Mary’s School in Manhasset, and began her ministry as a hospital chaplain at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.  On a daily basis, she ministers to and seeks to meet the spiritual needs of  patients and their families.  In her work, Sister reaches out to the smallest of children and to families struggling with the illnesses of loved ones or at the time of the loss of a family member.  With her loving and comforting smile, Sister Ann Marie Pierce is there supporting patients, young and old, and their families and loved ones who seek Jesus’ love and counsel during what can be a very difficult time in their lives.


September 16, 2020


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