Distinguished Alumni Awards honor former Grace School students at A Graceful Evening

Grace School graduates Joyce S. Hagen and Paul Grotelueschen were presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award at A Graceful Evening on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The annual dinner-auction event celebrates Christian education and raises money for Grace School.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was created to recognize Grace School alums who are living lives of service and discipleship. The criteria for the award are simple: recipients 1) are recognized by their peers and 2) embody the mission and values of Grace Lutheran Church and School.

GrotelueschenPhoto.jpgPaul Grotelueschen, Grace School class of 1973, was one of seven Grotelueschen siblings who grew up at Grace School. He attended Walther High School, Valparaiso University, and Wartburg college. He then traveled to Europe where he played and coached professional baseball in Holland and Italy. He went on to serve in the U. S. Air Force, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. He is now the baseball coach at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill.

Hagen.jpgJoyce Hagen, Grace School class of 1971, is a retired health care executive who was the president of large Midwestern commercial, Medicaid and Medicare Health Maintenance Organizations, from 1990-2010.  She served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer for Amerihealth Mercy in Philadelphia until 2013.  She currently serves on the boards of University of Louisville Foundation (Vice-Chair), Valparaiso University (Campaign Co-chair), Bellarmine University, and The Immokalee Foundation (Chairwoman). She  earned a BSN from Valparaiso University and an MBA from Dominican University. Joyce resides in Naples, Florida, and Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, Don Fites.