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The Caritas Veritas Award is presented to an alumna/us whose life reflects Dominican University’s motto, Caritas Veritas, a search for truth through charity or service. The award is presented at Reunion.

2022 Caritas Veritas Award Recipient: Vanessa Jackson ’03

As The Lemon Ad Stand’s Vice President of Sweetness, Vanessa knows how to pack a punch for her clients. Her keen eye for detail, creative vision, and powerful gift for understanding her clients' needs make her a superhero for The Stand —and for all of the organizations they serve.

Vanessa began her career in commissioned sales, transitioned to higher education, then joined her husband (and college sweetheart!), Calvin Jackson at The Stand. Together, they have built a dynamic agency that helps organizations build their brands, messaging, web presence, and more. In addition to her client responsibilities, Vanessa also manages all of The Stand’s own marketing initiatives, including strategy, email, and social media.

When she’s not at The Stand, Vanessa is still heavily invested in education and community leadership—serving as the chair of the Alumnae/i Leadership Council at her alma mater, Dominican University; a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Women Business Owners’ Chicago Chapter; and an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. She is a mom to two daughters and a chocolate lab. She and her family love to travel as often as possible.

Previous Recipients of the Caritas Veritas Award

2019: Eileen Willenborg ’69
2018: Dianne Mathiowetz ’68, Susan Bakel Cohn ’68
2017: Jane E. Duggan ’67
2016: Judy Purvin Scully ’66
2015: Gera-Lind Kolarik ’75, Barbara Keaton Spaniak ’80, MD
2014: Sr. Kaye Ashe, OP ’52, Sr. Joan O’Shea, OP ’52
2013: Marie Roach Cowhey ’53
2012: Mary V. Whalen ’57 
2011: M. Catherine Crowley Ryan ’61
2010: Maria Kuhn ’75 
2009: Mary Boyle Callow ’67, Sr. Melissa Waters, OP ’59
2008: Josephine Ann Kane ’73 
2007: Catherine E. Klein ’57, Margaret M. Stapleton ’67 
2006: Norman E. Carroll MSA ’83, Sr. Rita Keegan, MM ’56, Barbara Parsons ’56 
2005: Sr. Ann Willits, OP ’55, Mary Lidia Klodnycky-Procyk ’65, MD 
2004: Marilyn McNamara Schaub ’49 
2003: Patricia Somers Cronin ’48, Linda Bieniek ’73
2002: Carolyn J. Noonan Parmer ’52, Sr. Mary Paynter, OP ’52, Richard J. Brennan
2001: Sr. Jeanne Crapo, OP ’46, Mary-Alice Wallach Martines ’51
2000: Sr. Clemente Davlin, OP ’50, Kathleen Anglese Giamalva ’60 
1999: Claire Cusack Cronin ’49, Anna Marie Garippo Sciaraffa ’49 
1998: Mary Thecla “Tekki” Lomnicki ’78 
1997: Jean Burke Foran ’47, Ann Bauer O’Leary Kerley ’47, Sherry S. Treston ’72
1996: Rita Leahy Zorn ’46, Nancy Sidote Salyers ’71 
1995: Mary Spalding Picchi ’45, Hilary Ward Schnadt ’79 
1994: Sr. Jean Murray, OP ’49, Jean Dougherty Quigley ’50, Katharine Williams LeVeque ’54
1993: Doris Boughton Hullihan ’43, Jeanne Pietrus Schmid ’53, Suzanne Cosimano Awalt ’68 
1992: Mary Schotthoefer Shekleton ’42, Carol Kenealy ’67
1991: Katherine Fitzgerald LaBelle ’26, Sr. Mary Woods, OP ’45, Angelika Kuehn ’70
1990: Reycita Cruz Jiron ’40
1989: Grace Victor Cross ’39, Patricia Connery Koko ’64
1988: Sr. Miriam Young, OP ’63, Therese F. Hogan ’78
1987: Sr. Candida Lund, OP ’42, Winifred Kuhn Downing ’47, Theresa M. Schultz ’77
1986: Sr. Lucille Z. Coulihan, IHM ’36
1985: Ruth McGrath O’Keefe ’35
1984: Mary Yu ’79
1983: Mimi Power ’58
1982: Jeanne Morrissy Darley ’50