Left to right: Valley Catholic School President Bob Weber, 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award honoree Pat Joyaux ’54, Maryville Administrator Kathleen Parry, 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award honoree Kelly Fox ’86 and SSMO Ministries Corporation President Sr. Adele Marie Altenhofen.

Kelly Fox, who graduated from St. Mary of the Valley (now Valley Catholic) High School in 1986, is the 2017 recipient of the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The Distinguished Alumni Award has been a Valley Catholic tradition since 2008.

In his remarks introducing Kelly Fox ’86 as the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award, President Bob Weber said, “A little over 30 years ago, this year’s distinguished alumni award recipient wrote a quote in her St. Mary of the Valley High School yearbook: ‘Live your life looking toward tomorrow and don’t look back on yesterday.’”

In the years since her graduation from St. Mary of the Valley, Weber said Kelly Fox has “carved a path for success in all things that represent the core values of our school.”

  • Strive for excellence: After high school, Kelly Fox graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in nursing. She received a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Washington, is an adjunct professor at the University of Portland, and will complete her doctorate in nursing practice from Yale University later this year.
  • Honor the unique gifts of each person: Out of her desire to deliver safe, high quality care for the vulnerable in the community, Kelly Fox started Healthcare Professionals of Portland where she and other caregivers ensure accurate and centralized holistic care 24/7.
  • Live Valiantly: Kelly Fox serves as a board director at Maryville, sharing her insight and expertise in the field of caregiving for the benefit of residents on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus.
  • Celebrate God and life: Her commitment to raising her family and three children includes coaching Little League baseball.

Weber concluded, “It’s clear that Kelly looks to tomorrow. Her accomplishments, dedication to her life’s work, family, community, coupled with her standards of personal and professional integrity demonstrate her qualification for this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Please join me in congratulating mother, teacher, businesswoman, caregiver, coach, community volunteer and Valley Catholic’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Kelly Fox.”

In accepting the award, Fox said, “I always tell my students that we don’t get here in life by ourselves. We get here by standing on the shoulders of those that come before us and those that surround us day to day.”

She focused on the “three pillars” of the foundation that she received on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus.

The first was the education of the whole person. “Academically, I was inspired to be a knowledge seeker and a lifelong learner,” she said. “Athletically, I was given the opportunity to be a teammate, a team player, collaborator, and to take part in healthy competition.” Noting the inspiration provided by Sr. Juliana Monti, Fox said Valley Catholic had also given her a lifelong appreciation of music and art.

The second pillar, said Fox, was leadership. At Valley Catholic, being a leader “was not an option, it was an expectation,” said Fox. “Whether on the playground, in the classroom, in our community, at our jobs – no matter what we do – we have a responsibility to find what we’re passionate about and lead.”

The third pillar was service. “Service was modeled by the Sisters, by the staff and by the students,” Fox said. “God tells us to serve one another and He asks us to take our talents and our energy and to deliver them to something greater than ourselves.”

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Photo album: Photos from the all school Mass and Distinguished Alumni Award presentation are available on our Flickr site.

Video: Highlights of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award presentation to Kelly Fox ’86.