Andy Perez, Director of Physical Plant — When I think about a Sister of Mercy who truly lived a life of mercy, I think of Sr. Laureen. She was kind, caring, very humble, and she loved everybody. She was also a great diplomat. She never held anyone’s background against them—high school diploma, college degree, PhD—she treated everyone with equal respect. She was secure in the choices of people that she hired. She wore the skin of President very well. She was not a micromanager. If she put you in charge, she let you have the authority and expected you to do your job well. She lived simple. She went out of her way to make people feel welcomed. She genuinely cared about those she worked with and their families. She had a big heart. She was very appreciative. She would often say thank you for the routine things you would do—"thank you for coming in for snow removal.” She would brag about how good of a team she had at the College. I remember when Tom was hired as President, Sr. Laureen told me, “You’re going to like Tom. He’s the right fit for the job.” He has lived up to this statement.