2010 Distinguished Alumna

Mercy High School is proud to announce the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Alumna Award.Lillian Roumayah Shallal, a graduate of 1968,has used her talents and skills by being an active leader at Mercy to exemplify the Mercy values and mission of being a "Woman Who Makes a Difference." Lillian served on the Mercy High School Board of Trustees for nine years. During those nine years she was the Chairperson for the Mission Life Committee and was a member of the Advancement Committee.

The Shallal family is a Legacy Family at Mercy High School. All three of her daughters are Mercy High School graduates Jennifer 1990, Angela 1992, Michelle 1994. And son Michael is a 1996 graduate of Catholic Central. Lillian is a dedicated and loyal supporter of Catholic education.

Lillian lives the Mercy values of Service, Justice, Mercy, Human Dignity, and Option for the Poor. In addition to her leadership at Mercy, she gives her time and talents to other organizations in the area. She has been an active board member of the Chaldean American Ladies of Charity for 22 years and has spent volunteer time at Prince of Peace church for over 10 years.

In her role as a staff member of the Walled Lake Schools faculty in the Bilingual Education Department for the past 18 years, she serves as a positive role model for young women. At work, Lillian is an active participant of NCA committee and other school related activities.

Sister Regina Marie Doelker, RSM, President Mercy High School said of Lillian, "Lillian Shallal has demonstrated her love, dedication, and support of Mercy as an Alumna and a Mother of three graduates of Mercy. Lillianis always involved in Mercy's activities and served faithfully as a member of Mercy's Board of Trustees, chaired the Mission Life Committee and was a memberof the Advancement Committee formany years. Whenever Mercy needed anything, Lillian Shallal was there to assist. Lillian is a shining star of Mercy in so many ways and has been a bright light in my life."

Rebecca Burnett Mathis '92, President of the Alumnae Association Board said of Lillian, “Lillian embodies hospitality. I think of Lillian when we talk about the Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, and the ‘Welcoming Heart of Mercy.’ When she served as chair of the Mission Life Committee, she would come early to greet all committee members with a warm smile and a warm cup of coffee.”

Lillian is a 1972 graduate of Mercy College and is married to Jamal Shallal. The couple are proud grandparents to four grandchildren. Lillian enjoys spending time with her husband, chidren, and grandchildren. Her hobbies include entertaining, cooking, baking, traveling and gardening.