The Angela Lombardo Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a Suffolk University student who exemplifies the image of a Radiation Therapist in competence, proficiency, congeniality, empathy towards the patients, and the ability to work in a team environment.
Our goal is to have a scholarship endowed in Angela’s name to honor her legacy: the contributions she made to the radiation therapy profession, especially in the educational domain, and the work of her students who are now practicing radiation therapists.
Angela Lombardo joined Suffolk University in 1998 as the first program director of the Radiation Therapy program. She was an amazing teacher, as well as a diligent administrator, ultimately attaining Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accreditation for the program. Bright students transformed into extremely talented Radiation Therapists under her instruction and guidance. Devastatingly, ten years later Angela died at age 39 from a spinal chordoma, a rare type of cancer.
Samah Taha, BS, RT(T), 2013 and Ariana Marino, BS, RT(T), 2013
Samah Taha and Ariana Marino were both the 2013 winners of the Lombardo Award. Samah Taha graduated with a certificate in Radiation Therapy in May and was quickly hired full-time at Mass General Hospital in June of 2013. A graduate of UMass Boston, class of 2010, she came back to school looking for a career in the health industry and found that the Therapy Program here at Suffolk was just the hands-on interning experience she was looking for. In her two years here, Samah proved herself to be a hard worker with great dedication to not only her classwork, but her time in the clinic, showing her patients compassion and performing with exemplary proficiency.
William Hazeltine, BS RT(T), 2012
William (Bill) Hazeltine was the 2012 Lombardo Award recipient. He was on the Dean’s List with Honors in 2009 and 2011, in addition to High Honors in 2010 and 2011. Bill also received the Trustees' Scholarship from 2010-2012. He graduated from Suffolk University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Radiation Biology in May of 2012. Bill is currently employed as a Staff Radiation Therapist with Massachusetts General Hospitals’ Radiation Oncology Department.
Bill continuously demonstrated the utmost care and compassion for patients in the clinic, as well as camaraderie with his fellow classmates. In the fall of Bill’s senior year he volunteered at the 2011 Suffolk University Breast Cancer Awareness Event, Stand Up for Pink.
Jilan Alturkistani, BS, 2011
Jilan Alturkistani first came to Suffolk with a plan to study nutrition, until she stumbled upon the Radiation Therapy program and after further inquiry, she decided it would be a perfect fit for her! After her shadowing experience and acceptance into the Suffolk program, Jilan immersed herself in a full-time volunteer position at a Radiation Oncology Department in her home country of Saudi Arabia over her summer break. She arranged with the Department Head at the “King Faisal Specialist Hospital” in Jeddah City to return to work for their department with a further, loftier goal of beginning their own Radiation Therapy Program. In preparation for this endeavor, Jilan graduated from Suffolk in 2011 with a Double Major in Radiation Biology and Business Management.
“I am very excited to start the next chapter of my life and always be grateful that Suffolk University, and in particular Program Director, Gina Passmore and Clinical Coordinator, Jessica Clarke [Mak], for providing a solid foundation from which I will soon build upon.”
Francesca Sidoti, BS RT(T), 2010
Francesca Sidoti was the recipient of the Lombardo Award in 2010. Francesca is currently employed full time with Massachusetts General Hospitals’ Radiation Oncology Department.
A clear leader amongst her senior class, she continued to share her kindness and enthusiasm after graduation by interning for “Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer,” a non-profit organization located in Natick, MA. This organization was formed to increase awareness of ovarian cancer, and provide funding for new research, as well as educational programs for patients and their families. During her short time with Ovations, Francesca has participated in various events, such as the “Cure Her in Couture” Fashion Events and patient education programs like the Learning for Living Symposium.
Ryan Connolly, BS RT(T), 2009
Ryan Connolly graduated from Suffolk University with a Bachelor's degree in non-clinical radiation biology in 2007. He returned to Suffolk and completed a post baccalaureate certificate in radiation therapy in 2009. Currently, Ryan is employed as a Senior Radiation Therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
During his undergraduate program at Suffolk, Ryan was was heavily involved with the Performing Arts Office and Suffolk University's only a cappella group. In addition, Ryan created the web page for the First Annual Angela Lombardo Symposium in 2009 and often served as photographer at program events.
Mark Mackin, BS RT(T), 2008
Mark Mackin graduated in 2008 with honors and was frequently on the Dean's Honor List during his four years at Suffolk. He is a survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma and is currently working as a Lead Radiation Therapist at Brigham and Women's hospital. He is the first recipient of the Angela Lombardo Memorial Award and was also recognized as one of Suffolk's 2013 "10 Under 10," an honor given to successful alumni within ten years of graduation.
In 2007, Mark ran with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training program. He ran the Seacoast Half Marathon in 2008, and the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2009. From these two marathons he raised about $5500 for blood cancer research. Mark was also a founding member of Suffolk's Up 'til Dawn program, an event that raises money for St. Jude's Children Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Mark, with the help from his fellow students, raised over $10,000 in two years.