Cuyahoga Falls, OH— Missy and Doug Wells of Stow, and Pat and Dave Kraninger of Chagrin Falls were this year’s recipients of Walsh Jesuit’s Manresa Award.
The Manresa Award, the school’s highest honor is presented to members of the Walsh Jesuit community who are outstanding exemplars of Walsh Jesuit’s mission, men and women for others, and who have served selflessly to further the school’s mission over the years.
During mass in Walsh Jesuit’s chapel of The North American Martyrs on Nov. 11, Walsh Jesuit President Karl Ertle spoke of the two couples who have lived the Jesuit magis, meaning “to do more” not only in their service to Walsh Jesuit, but to many other worthy causes in Northeast Ohio.
Missy and Doug Wells are members of Holy Family Parish in Stow and have been a part of the Walsh Jesuit community since 1997. Their five children, Ryan ’01, Courtney ’02, Meghan ’06, Mollie ’10 and Kevin ’14 attended Walsh Jesuit, and they have opened their home to a current Walsh Jesuit senior from Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeast Ohio. Missy founded MOMS Ministry at Holy Family, an organization that helps families in need by providing meals, financial assistance and compassion for families in trauma. After the successful launch of the program at Holy Family,
Missy was instrumental in starting the program at Walsh Jesuit many years ago. She has also worked with the Reeves family in establishing the Kelly Reeves Grief Care Counseling Center, which helps families with grief counseling after the loss of a loved one.
Doug serves on the Board of Walsh Jesuit as well as the Board of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeast Ohio. He also serves as Vice Chair of Holy Family Parish Finance Council and has served on the board of Catholic Social Services of Summit County. Their award recognizes their selfless and unwavering dedication to Walsh Jesuit and honors their true dedication to Walsh Jesuit’s motto, men and women for others.
Pat and Dave Kraninger have a true passion for Jesuit education. The two met as students at Marquette University, marrying their senior year on the campus of Marquette in December 1967. They have been involved with Marquette in various volunteer positions since graduation. Pat served on the National Marquette Alumni Association Board from 1994-2000, serving as President from 1999-2000.
They moved to Northeast Ohio in 1984 with their four children. Thanks to spotting a Walsh Jesuit bus on the highway, Pat and Dave enrolled their son, David ’87, followed soon by Daniel ’89 and Matthew ’97 into Walsh Jesuit High School. Unfortunately, Walsh Jesuit was not coed when their daughter Kathleen was ready for high school.
While their sons were attending Walsh Jesuit, Pat and Dave were involved in various activities, and served as POWWOW chairs in 1987. Pat was a member of the coed feasibility study committee, which in 1991 recommended to the Board that Walsh Jesuit go coed, and she also served on the Board of Trustees from 2005-2011.
Dave has served as volunteer property manager at their parish complex, St. Joan of Arc in Chagrin Falls since 1999. He also volunteers as a business consultant for the Geauga Growth
Partnership by providing Geauga County businesses guidance to grow their business. Dave has also served as the President of their homeowners association from 2009-2010.
They have remained committed to Walsh Jesuit well after their sons’ graduations. They most recently served as co-chairs for Walsh Jesuit’s 50th Anniversary Committee, and have played an active part in fundraising efforts for Walsh Jesuit’s endowment. Their award recognizes the vision, passion and commitment they have shared with Walsh Jesuit for the last 30 years.
The Manresa Award was first presented in 1991, and has been awarded to over 25 recipients since inception. The award is named for a town in northern Spain where St. Ignatius of Loyola experienced a spiritual conversion. That experience led to his founding of the Society of Jesus in 1540.