Valley Catholic School President Bob Weber stands with 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award honoree Pat Joyaux, class of 1954; Maryville administrator Kathleen Parry; 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award honoree Kelly Fox, class of 1986; and Sr. Adele Marie Altenhofen, Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation president.
Valley Catholic School President Bob Weber stands with 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award honoree Pat Joyaux, class of 1954; Maryville administrator Kathleen Parry; 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award honoree Kelly Fox, class of 1986; and Sr. Adele Marie Altenhofen, Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation president.
BEAVERTON — Health care leader, nurse and educator Kelly Fox is the 2017 recipient of the Valley Catholic Distinguished Alumni Award. Fox, who graduated from St. Mary of the Valley (now Valley Catholic) High School in 1986, was honored following an all-school Mass during Catholic Schools Week.

After graduating from the University of Portland with a degree in nursing, Fox received a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Washington. An adjunct professor at U.P., Fox is scheduled to complete her doctorate in nursing practice from Yale University this year.

Out of a desire to deliver safe, high-quality care for vulnerable populations in the Portland metro region, Fox founded Healthcare Professionals of Portland. She serves as a board director at Maryville, which provides long-term skilled nursing care, short-term physical rehabilitation and memory care on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus.

Fox, who has three children, also has been active with Wilshire Riverside Little League in Portland, serving as board president, tournament director and baseball coach.

“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,’” said Valley Catholic School President Bob Weber.

Weber said Fox has “carved a path for success in all things that represent the core values of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus schools.”

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

Fox focused on the “three pillars” of the foundation that she received on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus: education, leadership and service.

“Service was modeled by the sisters, by the staff and by the students,” said Fox. “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.”

Past recipients of the Valley Catholic Distinguished Alumni Award include two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis, class of 2003; Dr. Richard Church, class of 1995, who was honored for his work as a physician with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center; and Father Jeff Meeuwsen, class of 1995, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Aloha.