Mother Generosa McCafferty Distinguished Alumna Award


Catholic High Presented The Mother Generosa McCafferty Distinguished Alumna Award

Baltimore, MD – Grasonville resident, Linda Miller Ciotola was presented with The Mother Generosa McCafferty Distinguished Alumna Award.

The Catholic High School of Baltimore recently held their Alumnae Awards Ceremony. The Mother Generosa McCafferty Distinguished Alumna Award is presented annually to an outstanding alumna of Catholic High who demonstrates each of the Franciscan Core Values of Personhood in Community, Loving Service, Ongoing Conversion, Witness to Justice, Peace and Reconciliation, and Stewardship.

Linda Ciotola is a Certified TEP: trainer-educator-practitioner of psychodrama, group psychotherapy, and sociometry. She has 40 years of experience in education, group facilitation, and lifestyle counseling. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist, as well as an ACE Certified MINDBODY Specialist. Linda has designed and taught health and fitness classes at the college level, facilitated eating disorders support groups, and worked in academic, hospital, and community settings, as well as private practices.

Linda is also the founder of the Eating Disorders Resource Network, collaboration between the National Eating Disorder Association and other like-minded organizations dedicated to the cause. Together the foundations provide an integrated voice of strength, encouragement and support in the fight against eating disorders. Linda has also volunteered her time to lead an in service for Catholic High employees and has organized the Alice Runkles Endowed Scholarship Fund in remembrance of her aunt.

Linda wrote the book, “Healing Eating Disorders with Psychodrama and Other Action Methods” with Karen Carnabucci. In the book, the authors describe action methods to work with a diverse range of clients, and suggest ways in which psychodrama practitioners and experiential therapists can integrate these methods into their practice.

On being inducted, Linda Ciotola said “I was surprised and honored to learn that I was receiving the award and wanted to accept in honor of my aunt (deceased) Alice Miller Runkles ’47. It was in her honor and memory that I started the scholarship fund named after her. I was most touched by the beautiful renovation of the auditorium and all the memories it brought back! First of all, Sister Frances Marie for whom the auditorium is named, she was a beloved teacher when I was a student and she directed the senior play in which I had one of the lead roles. It was heart-warming to be back in the place where I learned one of my most enduring life lessons, “let your light shine “- using our gifts (which connect us to the Divine) to help just one other person is a way to help change the world .”