2011 Distinguished Alumna

Mercy High School is proud to announce the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumna Award, Luanne Thomas Ewald ’87. Luanne’s selection reflects her untiring service to her family, her profession, her community, and her Mercy High School sisters. On April 17, 2011 Luanne was presented with the award at the 7th Annual Tea for Tuition.

Luanne is Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a Detroit Medical Center (DMC) hospital, and has primary responsibility for Network Development, Strategic Planning, and Physician Relations.

The Class of 1987 writes, “Luanne served as Class President in 1987 and hasn’t slowed down since.  She quickly climbed the corporate ladder as a hospital administrator and became a vice president at age 29. She continues to make a difference in our community by offering her time, talents, and treasures to many organizations.”

Luanne serves on the boards of the following organizations:  Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Big Brother Big Sisters of Southeast Michigan, Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan, Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan, One Heartland, Leadership Detroit, and the Michigan Healthcare Executives Group and Association.  Additionally, she mentors young women interested in the field of hospital administration and chairs the Linda A. Transou Melanoma March, in memory of Linda Raymond Transou ’87.

Luanne’s professional accolades include 2007 – Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40; 2008 – Detroit Regional Chamber Horizon Award; and 2009 – Detroit Young Professionals Vanguard Award.

Almost 25 years after graduating, Luanne continues her dedication and service to Mercy High School.  She has served as Chair and Keynote Speaker of Mercy’s Career Day, Alumnae Board Member, Cheerleading Coach, and Keynote Speaker at the 2009 Science Wing Dedication.  Most recently, Luanne has been a leading member of the planning committee for the 2010 and 2011 Women Mean Business Symposiums.

As the Class of 1987 notes, “Luanne has clearly made a difference in the lives of her Mercy sisters. She captures the true meaning of the Mercy spirit and values.”