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Salem State University Alumni Association Names Two Lynn Residents as 2023 Awardees

Lynn residents Andrea Satterwhite ’11 and Heather Toomey ’02G have been named 2023 recipients of Salem State University Alumni Association awards.

A graduate of Salem State’s nursing program, Andrea Satterwhite ’11 received the Alumni Rising Star Award for her significant contributions to society through professional and philanthropic work. Her humanitarian accomplishments are highlighted through her work with families and children as a nurse practitioner at Middleton Family Medicine, where she is responsible for patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Andrea was also on the frontlines during the onset of the pandemic, working in the emergency room at Salem Hospital. As a product of the Lynn public school system, she has strong ties to the city, which recently prompted her run for the school committee. Andrea is a proud mother of three, a licensed real estate agent and an active member of her community, along with her husband, Michael. She has volunteered with Good Hope Food Pantry, Haven Project and Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company to equip and empower homeless young adults in the area.  

“I’m consciously trying to make a difference in my community and in my patients’ lives, and I’m honored that Salem State recognizes my commitment to the region and our underserved populations,” said Satterwhite.

A graduate of the master’s degree in school counseling program, Heather Toomey ’02G received the Charlotte Forten Legacy Award as an individual who best exemplifies the legacy of commitment to the mission and purpose of Salem State University. As a school counselor within Lynn public schools, Heather is committed to understanding the needs of underserved students who have the desire to enroll in college. She regularly meets with students, parents and families to discuss career plans, college admissions, financial aid preparation, and scholarship opportunities and awards programs. Because of her direct support of students, Heather serves as a dedicated role model who provides social, emotional, college, and career counseling to all those she mentors.

“Each day I’m privileged to work with students, helping them plan for the future,” said Toomey. “This recognition highlights the importance of guiding young people and providing them with the critical tools and resources that will help them with decision-making and career planning. I’m honored to receive this award.”

“Andrea and Heather are committed to making a difference in the lives of our community members,” said Mike Mitchell ’07, associate director for alumni relations at Salem State. “They embody Salem State University’s mission to graduate a community of learners who contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society. We are so proud to call them Vikings.”

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