Asked & Answered with Dr. Anne Prisco

Join Holy Family University President Dr. Anne Prisco as she gets to know the most influential leaders in Philadelphia and shares the stories of Holy Family faculty and alumni who are making a major impact in their communities.

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ASKED & ANSWERED with Dr. Anne Prisco

Holy Family's values are centered on our shared humanity and collective responsibility to one another, our neighbors, and our communities. In Asked & Answered, Holy Family University President Dr. Anne Prisco gets to know the most influential leaders in Philadelphia and shares the stories of Holy Family faculty and alumni who are making a major impact in their communities.


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In this episode, Dr. Anne Prisco, President of Holy Family University is joined by Sarita Brown, Co-founder & President of Excelencia in Education. They discuss the founding of Excelencia in 2001 with a focus on enhancing Latino student success in education. The dialogue covers various topics, including addressing post-2000 census stereotypes of Latinos, the importance of data for first-generation and financially constrained students, and the advocacy of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. They share personal stories and insights into the efforts of Holy Family University to serve the Latino student population effectively. The conversation also touches on the significance of faith-based institutions in providing holistic education that integrates faith, family, and a commitment to serving, aiming to nurture the whole person.
To learn more about Sarita and Excelencia in Education please visit
And to learn more about Holy Family University please visit

Tuesday Feb 06, 2024

In this engaging episode of Asked & Answered, Dr. Anne Prisco, President of Holy Family University, sits down with Zabeth Teelucksingh, President of the Global Philadelphia Association. Join them as they delve into Philadelphia's historic recognition as the first U.S. 'World Heritage City' by the United Nations in 2015. The conversation explores the profound impact of quality education, Global Philadelphia's vital partnerships with local educational institutions, and the city's active role in climate action with the Organization of World Heritage Cities. Gain insights into the importance of a global perspective in education, along with a deeper understanding of Philadelphia's rich culture and heritage.

Tuesday Nov 28, 2023

Holy Family University athletics department is constantly growing and evolving, and we’re so lucky to have two Holy Family alums who have returned to their alma mater to spearhead and help shape our athletics department's future.
Joining Dr. Prisco in this episode is Timothy Hamill, the Director of Athletics at Holy Family and Bernadette Laukaitis, Head Women's Basketball Coach and Assistant Director of Athletics. She is also the supervisor for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Wednesday Sep 27, 2023

At Holy Family University, we believe that it’s our job to lay the foundation for our students and put them on a career path, by exposing them to faculty experts and experiential opportunities.Our Biology program offers exciting opportunities for students. In this episode, Dr. Prisco is joined by two Holy Family Biology faculty members, Associate Professor, Dr. Jaclyn Myers, and Assistant Professor, Dr. Edward Waddell.

Monday Apr 03, 2023

Holy Family University is an anchor institution, serving local communities in Philadelphia and Bucks County. An important aspect of serving these communities is education and helping to get important information out to the people who need it most. In this episode, Dr. Prisco introduces you to Dr. Cedric "Jamie" Rutland; a pulmonary and critical care physician and owner of West Coast Lung. He is a national Spokesperson for the American Lung Association along with the President and Founding member of the Association for Healthcare Social Media. While Dr. Jamie doesn't physically live in PA, he is playing a pivotal role in trying to combat misinformation in the healthcare space on a national scale through the tool of social media.
To learn more about Dr. Jamie please visit
And to learn more about Holy Family University please visit

Tuesday Dec 27, 2022

Last month, Dr. Prisco had the distinct honor to join a panel for The Forum of Executive Women, speaking about Advancing Women in STEM. She was joined by Forum member Marta Villarraga who moderated the conversation, along with Laura Ipsen, President & CEO Ellucian and Kit Schumaker, Managing Director
 of Mancino Burfield Edgerton. Thank you to the Forum of Executive Women for allowing us to bring you this special episode, and part of the conversation about what we are doing in higher education and in the Philadelphia region to advance women in the growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
To learn for about the Forum of Executive Women please visit
And to learn more about our programs at Holy Family University, please visit

Sunday Nov 20, 2022

Holy Family University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences is committed to transforming the lives of students through an innovative and cutting-edge nursing education. We train nursing professionals to be critical thinkers, collaborators, and professionals focused on patient-centered care. But being a nurse is also a calling, especially at Holy Family. Joining Dr. Prisco in this episode is Maggie Harkins, the dean of Holy Family’s School of Nursing. 
To learn more about Maggie and Holy Family University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences please visit

Friday Oct 21, 2022

Holy Family University is a diverse community made up of students and faculty from all different ethnic backgrounds and walks of life. One of our fastest-growing populations is our LatinX community and as we celebrated National Hispanic Heritage month, Dr. Prisco was thrilled to have Hernán Guaracao join her for this episode.
Hernán is the founder, publisher, and editor of Al Día News. Hernán created Al Día as a home-based, one-man operation and has turned it into the largest American and Latino multicultural, bilingual multimedia company.
To learn more about Hernán and Al Día News, please visit
To learn more about Holy Family University, please visit

Tuesday Sep 20, 2022

Ones college-aged years are a time of discovery and independence, but for a majority, it’s an anxious, confusing, difficult journey. In fact, a 2021 study found that 3 out of 5 college students meet the criteria for one or more mental health challenges. It is of the utmost importance here at Holy Family that we provide our students with easy access to resources and the tools should they need them to navigate difficult times.
Joining Dr. Prisco in this episode is Holy Family University Alumni and current Program Director for Masters of Counseling Psychology, Dr. Patrick McElwaine or “Doctor Mac” as he’s known on campus. Doctor Mac is a national leader in suicide prevention. He’s also a columnist for both Psychology Today and Treatment Magazine. He’s a Faculty Member at Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, involved with NAMI and is also a Holy Family University Professor and Alumni.
In this episode, in addition to sharing all the mental health resources we have available for our students, Doctor Mac shares something very personal. He shares his own story of how a traumatic event in his childhood led to years of mental health issues and substance abuse, talk about how embracing his 13 year recovery not only saved his life, but led to it being a happy, successful and fulfilling life.
To learn more about Doctor Mac please visit
And if you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text 988 any time of day, seven days a week to receive support for suicidal, mental health, and substance use crisis.

Monday Aug 22, 2022

Join Dr. Prisco’s very personal chat with Chelsea Sanders, @r29unbothered and @r29somos Vice President of multicultural brand strategy and development. Chelsea is also host of Unbothered’s podcast “GO OFF, SIS”. Chelsea speaks about the importance of community, advocating for yourself and don’t miss what advice Chelsea would give her college aged self!



Holy Family University is a private Catholic institution located in Philadelphia, PA. Founded in 1954, the University’s mission is informed by its core values of family, respect, integrity, service and responsibility, learning, and vision. The University embraces diversity and inclusion, ensuring a welcoming and accessible learning community for all. Holy Family University educates students in liberal arts and professional studies to fulfill lifelong responsibilities toward God, society, and self. The University is composed of four schools: Arts & Sciences, Business & Professional Studies, Education, and Nursing & Health Sciences. Nestled in the heart of a historic residential neighborhood in the Northeast, the University is just minutes from the excitement of Center City. Holy Family enrolls more than 3100 students at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels at its Philadelphia and Newtown campus locations.

Holy Family University is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. 

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