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This series features alumni from the Nonprofit Administration program at John Carroll University. Learn more by visiting jcu.edu/nonprofit.

When Colleen Corrigan Day began considering options for returning to school for an advanced degree, she decided to pursue the John Carroll experience that her father, brother and husband all had. She knew that the Nonprofit Administration program at John Carroll was the perfect opportunity to enhance the skills she had been using throughout her career. ​​​​​​

For Corrigan Day, it was a learning process returning to school after 20 years. 

“I learned a lot during the entire experience–from the application process, how homework was submitted, to working with recent undergraduates taught me so much about what is happening in education today,” Corrigan Day says.

I know that will help me as a nonprofit leader in managing young recent college graduates.

Corrigan Day was able to enhance her thought process in fundraising, leadership skills, and networking in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and across the state. Courses in accounting, economics, and advocacy and policy were the most beneficial to Corrigan Day’s career growth.

The professors and professional speakers lent so much credibility and insight to what is going on in our region, in our country, and internationally with nonprofits and nongovernment organizations.

Corrigan Day has used her knowledge from the program in her new role as the Director of Mission Support & Donor Relations at Regina Health Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Regina Health Center provides compassionate and holistic health care services to aging members of Catholic religious congregations and clergy, as well as lay people seeking a God-centered community environment.

In her role, Corrigan Day works closely with the marketing director to tell the story of Regina Health Center through a newsletter, social media, special events, and donor relations. The largest fundraising event is an annual golf outing and dinner in June called Holy-In-One at Firestone Country Club. She is also responsible for building and maintaining relationships with current and future donors, religious congregations, family members, and the corporate community. 

“The people and the mission make it a joy to come to work each day and be energetic about our future,” Corrigan Day says. “When I walked into Regina Health Center, I had comfort and confidence that good things happen here. The entire staff–from the Executive Director, Director of Nursing, Food Service, all the way to Maintenance–treat everyone with respect and dignity. You know you are being prayed for and cared for when you work or live here."