Martyn (center), seen here with news anchor Christiane Amanpour (left) and media businessman Ted Turner (right) at Refugee International’s 30th Anniversary Gala at the Italian Embassy.

Elaine A. Martyn ’98
Communication English

I have always been driven— even during my time at Gannon, I double majored in English literature and communications and medical studies (with a dual minor in biology and chemistry) and served as editor of Totem, the University’s literary magazine, for three years. I earned a master’s degree in Victorian literature from the University of Leeds in England and have published on such topics as equal opportunities, mentorship, management and medical education. Today, I have over a decade of experience in fundraising, communications, policy writing, patient advocacy and health care philanthropy. As director of development for Refugees International, I have raised over $12 million—a driving force in providing lifesaving assistance for the world’s 55 million displaced and stateless people.

Lucician (second from right) at the 2010 groundbreaking for a 12-unit condo project.

Frank E. Lucician ’72
Political Science

Since graduating from Gannon, my professional career has been in the affordable housing industry, meaning finding creative ways and financing to build or rehab rental or for-sale single family housing for families below 80 percent of the area median income. My membership in the St. Thomas More Club at Gannon allowed me to develop a sense of service to those less fortunate, and I’ve been blessed to make a living being able to serve the housing needs of deserving families: most recently, as president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia. After Gannon, I also received a master’s degree in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University.