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How a Mother and Daughter Found More at CSE

Morristown, N.J. (May 24, 2018) – Meet Keri Krempecki Fleming '97 and her mother JoLynn Ryan Krempecki '71. They both came to the College of Saint Elizabeth and found far more than they had expected.

JoLynn entered the Sisters of Charity, her education secondary to her religious formation. However, she encountered Sister Marie Imelda Hagan along the way and discovered a talent for and love for the fine arts. She left the Sisters of Charity, married, and eventually had three children.

Making and teaching art in her private studio part-time enabled her to be the stay-at-home mom she wanted to be for her three girls. Later in life, she earned her master of arts in pastoral ministry and enjoyed a long career in lay ministry. She became a Seton Associate in 1992, and made her lifetime commitment in 2000.

Keri, after walking the hills of Convent Station as a little girl and enjoying ice-cream from the Sisters, initially was not interested in attending the college favoring the prospect of a coed experience and more "vibrant" social scene. However, the class size, community, rich history, and being awarded the prestigious Presidential Scholarship caused her to pause and ultimately make a very practical decision to attend.

I am a front-row student," says Keri, "and it turns out that CSE was the perfect fit for me." She exceled in her studies as a psychology and communications major, played volleyball, and starred in a drama production, graduating with highest honors.

Today, Keri is Chief Human Resources Officer for Benjamin Moore, as well as serves on the company's Foundation Board of Directors as well as on the Board of Directors for Oasis, a Haven for Women and Children in Paterson, New Jersey.

"Community, openness, acceptance, and celebration of the individual are all constants at CSE," says Keri. "The College did so much for me when I truly needed it. Now I am in a place in my life to give back generously."

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