Mount Aloysius Alumni Profile: Marina Morey-Sell,’87
“Attending Mount Aloysius was a family tradition. It was a home away from home, a place that I was familiar and comfortable with,” states Marina Morey-Sell, a recent addition to the Alumni Association Board. In her leadership role on the Association Board, Morey-Sell hopes to make various connections with people so that Alumni Weekend may grow and flourish in the years to come.
Morey-Sell made a lot of friends as a student and cherishes fond memories. She was a member of the cheerleading squad and the yearbook staff. She also worked as a switchboard operator and rang the bell for the Sisters. During her class years in the late 1980’s, Morey-Sell liked that the classes were small and the faculty was always ple
asant: “They actually knew me by name. That personal attention brought meaning to my everyday experience. I was proud when Sister Eric Marie Setlock, R.S.M. invited me to play my flute during baccalaureate mass.”
After graduating from Mount Aloysius, Morey-Sell attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Special Education and Drug Free Schools and Communities. In 1997, she received a master’s degree in Education from St. Francis University. Since that time, she has been working with children from various socio-economic levels and environments. Living the philosophy of lifelong learning, Morey-Sell recently finished her second master’s degree, in Community Counseling, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While in this program, she presented at two pregnant-teen workshops on interviewing and career assessments with the Intermediate Unit in Indiana. Returning to her Mountie roots, Morey-Sell is planning to begin work towards a certification for Criminal Justice Addictions Professionals at Mount Aloysius.
Currently employed by Alternative Community Resource Program in Johnstown, Morey-Sell serves as an outpatient therapist working with the abused, children of divorce, families, and those suffering from addictions. For ten years, she has worked with
children with autism spectrum disorders. During the school year, Morey-Sell conducts outpatient therapy in school settings, and in the summer she works with children at a summer autism camp.
As with many Mount Aloysius Alumni, service remains a great part of her life. Morey-Sell is an active member of Saint Nicholas Byzantine Greek Catholic Church in Nanty-Glo where she is an assistant cantor and serves as the Lodge secretary and treasurer. Through her membership in Chi Sigma Lota Honor Society, National Scholars Honor Society, CESA (Counselor Educator Student Association), ACA (American Counseling Association), and APT (Association for Play Therapy), she demonstrates her commitment to academic and professional excellence.