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Anne Garcia Mccullough, Arts '90

McCulloughTwo years ago Anne Garcia McCullough was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a neuromuscular disease that left her partially paralyzed and visually impaired. Assisted by loving family and friends and leaning on her faith, Anne rose above physical hardship to become a nationally known motivational speaker and consultant.

She says her formula for success is based on perseverance, patience and determination. She credits her undergraduate experience — and especially her Marquette mentor, Rev. Walter Stohrer, S.J., with helping her to understand her special calling to serve God and others.

After graduating from Marquette with a degree in philosophy and history, Anne earned a juris doctor from William Mitchell College of Law. She practiced as a legal technology expert and trial consultant and taught continuing education seminars sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar. Anne traded the high profile career of an attorney for the more fulfilling role of mother following the birth of her daughter, Martha, now 6, and son, Patrick, now 3.

Even today, with a growing schedule of motivational speaking engagements, Anne combines her commitment to her family life with service to the community as a member of the National MS Society, Elizabeth Ministry and Mothers Uplifting Mothers Spiritually. She also is a volunteer coordinator for the MS Walk and coordinator and team captain for the Light the Night Walk for Leukemia and Lymphoma, both in her hometown.

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