Welcome Alumni!

At Maria College, we couldn't be prouder of the ways our alumni are making a difference in the lives of others and their communities. We celebrate your achievements and look forward to your involvement in the life of Maria.

Alumni E-Newsletter

The monthly Maria alumni newsletter is intended to be a quick and convenient news channel to keep you updated on your fellow alumni and campus activities. Click here to read last month's (March 2016) newsletter.

Alumni Spotlight

Our Alumni Spotlight features interviews with alumni who have distinguished themselves through their careers, service to others or simply a unique story. Be sure to return to this page often to read about them.

April 2016: Linda Kindlon, '04

Owner, Bake For You, Albany, NY

In 2009, Linda Kindlon, a graduate of Maria’s Bereavement program and a self-taught baker, opened her bakery in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on State Street in Albany, NY.  By 2013, she had tripled her sales and outgrown the space. Bake For You is now located on Delaware Avenue.

What led you to Maria College?

I liked how small Maria College was and it reminded me of my high school where I was taught by the Sisters of Mercy.

What do you remember most vividly about your time at Maria College?

Maria felt like home.  Everyone was friendly, helpful and welcoming.

Did you have a favorite teacher/professor?

I have two.  Anne Devlin and Sister Jean Roche.  They both made me think, and enjoy learning.  I always left them eager to return.

How did Maria prepare you for your next step?

Maria helped with my confidence, challenged me to be my best and supported me along the way. 

Tell us about your career path.

I had a lot of interest in bereavement studies and intended to follow that path but my dream was to be a baker and the confidence I gained from Maria helped me realize that dream and now I own a bakery!  And it bring me joy that my children are such a big part of the business.

What piece of advice would you give to current Maria students?

My advice is to get your education, follow your dreams and embrace the guidance that the Maria College family offers.

March 2016: Sharon Buchbinder, RN, Ph.D., '81


Professor and Program Coordinator MSN Health Management, Stevenson University, MD

Tell us what led you to Maria College.

I was working in healthcare as an Allied Health Technician supervising the IV Therapy Team at Albany Medical Center. I had a BA and MA in Psychology with almost as many credits in Biology and I loved working in healthcare, but I knew if I wanted to advance my career, I needed to become a nurse.  At the time, there was no concept of allowing people to bring in credits toward a BSN. I went to the area colleges that offered a BS in Nursing and I was told I would have to “quit your job and go back to school full time.” Since I earned half of the household income and we had a mortgage that was simply not an option!  Maria College welcomed me, accepted many of my credits and asked me to teach anatomy and physiology. I was thrilled!

What do you remember most vividly about your time at Maria College?

The incredible kindness of the sisters and faculty.  I’m Jewish, so I was surprised and delighted by how welcomed I felt.

Did you have a favorite teacher/professor?

Father Nick!! I took Comparative Religion with him. Subsequently, my husband and I spent many fine dinners together talking about religion, spirituality, and life. A fabulous educator and person.

How did Maria prepare you for your next steps?

Maria gave me the confidence to leave my clinical position and move to a research position.  I knew I could make a change in how nurses were treated and I did with the research I worked on for the State of New York. If you look at my bio, you will see, I’ve always worked and gone to school. Maria gave me the confidence to keep doing that and do it well.

What would you consided your greatest professional accomplishment?

My internationally best-selling textbook, Introduction to Health Care Management (with Nancy H. Shanks) now in press for the third edition.  I was told by a number of nay-sayers that it would never get published, but thanks to my stubborn persistence and my husband’s excellent advice, I found the best home for it with Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Tell us about any hobbies or interests.

After working in health care delivery for years, that itch to write (some call it an obsession) kept beckoning me to "come on back" to writing fiction. Thanks to the kindness of family, friends, critique partners, and beta readers, I’m published in many different genres including romance, suspense and textbooks! When not attempting to make students, colleagues, and babies laugh, I can be found herding cats, walking my dogs, fishing, cooking, dining, and laughing with family and friends, or writing. Please click here to let me know if you would like to know more about my "alter ego".

What piece of advice would you give current Maria students?

Use your faculty as resources, the same advice I give to my students now. They are there to help you, otherwise, they wouldn’t be teachers. Enjoy your time there. It is very special.