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Susan Van Wyck P ’01, ’03, ’05

With over 25 years of dedicated service at Cheverus, Sue Van Wyck was instrumental in the development and leadership of the Instructional Support program, leaving an indelible mark on both the academic excellence and the overall well-being of the students she taught.

Throughout her tenure, Sue’s commitment to the school’s academic mission was matched only by her profound dedication to and embodiment of cura personalis. Her tireless efforts and personal investment in the education of her students allowed her students to not only succeed, but to flourish. As a mentor, Sue touched the lives of countless students and colleagues, serving as a compassionate guide, and creating a safe space where even the most vulnerable individuals could thrive. Her nurturing approach and steadfast support empowered students to overcome challenges and achieve their full potential, while fostering a culture of inclusivity, empathy, and excellence at Cheverus.


Peter Millard MD, PhD ’72

Peter Millard’s life journey examplifies the transformative power of education, service, and global citizenship. Growing up in Windham, Maine, he chose to attend Cheverus High School which opened doors to leadership and opportunity that would shape his path forward.

A standout athlete and accomplished student, he was the valedictorian of the Cheverus Class of 1972 . He continued his studies and athletic career at Amherst College. Dr. Millard embarked on a soul-searching adventure, hitchhiking to Bolivia where he volunteered at a pediatric hospital. Witnessing both compassion and suffering, he found his calling in medicine, driven by a desire to serve those in need.

After completing medical school at the University of Vermont and residency in Family Medicine in Bangor, Dr. Millard’s journey took him to Zimbabwe, where he and his wife worked in a mission hospital amidst the turmoil of war. This experience deepened his commitment to public health, leading him to pursue a degree in epidemiology and work with the CDC before returning to Maine as a family doctor. He returned to Africa to teach in the medical school in Beira, Mozambique, running a family practice clinic and immersing himself in the community. He continued his mission of service and education. Returning to Maine once again, Dr. Millard dedicated his later years to primary care in Belfast, embodying the values of compassion and dedication to underserved communities. Dr. Millard continues to collaborate with partners in Southern Africa on HIV prevention through voluntary male circumcision.

Dr. Peter Millard’s remarkable journey encapsulates the essence of the magis, with an almost unquenchable desire to serve the common good, both locally and globally. His legacy of compassion, leadership, and dedication to public health continues to inspire generations to come.

Gary Hoyt P ’99

Gary Hoyt’s life has been a testament to dedication, compassion, and unwavering commitment to the mission of Cheverus High School. For over four decades, Gary devoted himself to serving the school community in various capacities, leaving a mark on generations of students, colleagues, and families.

Beginning his career as a teacher and later assuming roles as Athletic Director and Director of Admissions, Gary exemplified keen instincts and a profound dedication to the well-being and success of Cheverus students. His focus remained on what best served the needs of the individuals under his care, demonstrating sensitivity to their emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Gary’s supportive demeanor and calm presence brought a sense of reassurance to all, even during challenging times such as the transition to coeducation. His dedication went beyond administrative duties, and he was a constant presence at games, meets, and activities, offering support to students and coaches alike. Beyond his official roles, Gary actively participated in various school committees and volunteered his time on numerous Maine Principals’ Association committees, furthering his impact on the broader community.

Greg Szkarlat

Greg Szkarlat’s life is a demonstration of the Gospel teachings. With a deep commitment to helping others discover their personal journey and relationship with God, Greg brings joy, hope, and faith to all he encounters.

Recognizing his call to serve, Greg joined the male order of Saint Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Los Angeles, where he dedicated himself to serving the needs of the community. Despite leaving the order to return to college, Greg carried the personal instruction and blessing of Mother Teresa with him. He spent seven years in the seminary, serving the members of his home Diocese (Diocese of Detroit, Michigan)  before ultimately deciding to become a lay minister. With a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Loyola University of Chicago, Greg embarked on a career in teaching and ministry. Upon joining Cheverus High School as both a theology teacher and campus minister, Greg revitalized the spiritual life of the community. He reintroduced and elevated grade-level retreats, expanded service opportunities, and creatively enhanced masses with student and faculty participation. Greg was the moderator of the Civil Rights team working with students, creating events and programs that created awareness of injustices among the student body, the wider community, and the world regarding race, skin color, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disabilities, gender, and religion.
Greg established the LGBTQ+ and allies support group in campus ministry to walk with and support our students on their personal and spiritual journeys as they worked to establish a more inclusive atmosphere within the school for students of different sexual orientations.

Greg’s most significant contribution to Cheverus is his re-establishment of the Kairos retreat. This transformative retreat rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius has touched the hearts of students, providing them with an opportunity to deepen their relationship with God. Through his tenure, he attended 66 Kairos retreats, and accompanied each retreatant as if it were his first.