Ms. Kristin McElroy ‘97, has been inducted into Ancillae-Assumpta Academy’s Alumni Hall of Fame. McElroy was honored at a ceremony held at the Academy as part of the school’s annual FIAT Day celebration. She was joined by her husband, Eddie Manzi, as well as her parents, Larry and Maureen McElroy, her family, and friends.
Ancillae established its Alumni Hall of Fame in 2005 as part of its 60th anniversary celebration. The goals of the program are two-fold: 1) to acknowledge graduates of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in their personal and/or professional endeavors; and 2) to provide the current school community with examples of alumni who exhibit the ideals and values of a Handmaid education.
Ms. McElroy not only meets but exceeds these criteria. After graduating from Ancillae, Kristin attended Archbishop Wood High School, where she participated in two service trips to Appalachia repairing homes in a poor region. After graduating high school in 2001, she attended Seton Hall University, where she studied diplomacy and international relations and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2005. Kristin’s commitment to service continued during her college years as she spent her spring breaks working at an orphanage and nursing home in El Salvador. She has returned to her alma mater to supervise that trip for undergraduates, as well as a service trip to Haiti.
Ms. McElroy began her professional career working at the Earth Institute in New York City. While there, she earned a Master of Arts degree in international educational development from Columbia University. She then returned to Philadelphia to attend the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. While there, Ms. McElroy worked as a legal intern for both Bucks and Montgomery County District Attorney’s Offices.
In 2012, Kristin joined the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. She is currently the Chief of Special Victims, as well as the supervisor of the Pretrial Program, supervising legal interns for the office. Many of the victims she serves are children or adults with disabilities who have been abused. Kristin is the recipient of the 2018 Rosner Award, recognized by fellow prosecutors for her public service, professionalism, and integrity.
“This is the school that is most special to my heart,” remarked Kristin as she accepted the Hall of Fame award. “The best education emphasizes care for the individual. The foundation that I received at Ancillae went beyond academics; it was driven by values. I will forever be grateful for the education that nurtured my whole person.”
Kristin acknowledged many of her teachers and mentors at Ancillae, including Rita Cullison, Sr. Kathleen Helbig, Eileen Wolpert and the creator of the R.I.C.E. Process, Sr. Elizabeth McCoy.
“The R.I.C.E. initiative helped guide both personal and professional decisions in my life. I can say that it led to my work today as a prosecutor of sexual assault victims.”
Kristin wrapped up with a charge to the students gathered in the Auditorium: “The world is bigger than you, but your voice matters. You must use it to make the world a better place.”
Classmates gathered to congratulate Kristin at Fiat Day.