Honorees and Master of Ceremonies


Kim and John Cahill


32nd Child of Peace Award Recipients

Catholic Guardian Services will be presenting Kim and John Cahill with the 32nd Annual Child of Peace Award at the Annual Child of Peace Dinner on October 17, 2017, at The Pierre Hotel in New York. The Child of Peace Award is given to a distinguished individual or individuals to acknowledge the peace and comfort that he or she brings to those in need. 

John P. Cahill is Senior Counsel to the law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright where he concentrates on energy and environmental law and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top utility lawyers. He is also the co-founder of the Pataki-Cahill Group, a strategic consulting firm focusing on the economic and policy impacts of climate change. 

Mr. Cahill enjoyed a distinguished career in the public sector. He was appointed by Governor George Pataki to the position of Secretary to the Governor in 2002. As the highest appointed official in the state, John was responsible for the orderly operations of state government and the implementation of the Governor’s agenda.  In May of 2005, Governor Pataki gave John the additional responsibility of leading and coordinating the rebuilding of the World Trade Center Site and Lower Manhattan.

Prior to his tenure as Secretary to the Governor, John served as Commissioner of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation where he led the state agency responsible for enhancing and protecting the state’s natural resources.  John spearheaded numerous environmental initiatives of Governor Pataki, including the protection of New York City’s watershed, the preservation of over 1 million acres and the development of the first multi-state project to combat climate change in the nation.

John has been recognized by numerous organizations for his public service.  He was a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is presented to United States citizens for their outstanding contributions to America.  The Adirondack Council, the National Audubon Society, the Historic Hudson Valley and The Rockefeller Institute of Government have all recognized John for his efforts for the environment and public service. John currently serves on several charitable boards, including St. Joseph's Seminary, the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of New York, The National September 11th Memorial Museum, and the Open Space Institute. He also serves on the board of two publicly traded companies, Sterling National Bank and Ecoark Holdings.

Kim Cahill received her Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and Management from Pace University. She spent her career as a Personnel Manager at CBS and managed a “supported work and training program” for people with disabilities at the Young Adult Institute. Most recently, she has been donating her time and efforts to numerous charitable organizations. She is the co-founder of Hearts to Homes, an effort supported by Cardinal McCloskey Services that furnishes apartments for individuals aging out of foster care. She has also taught English Language classes for adult immigrants at The Mercy Center and volunteered at Part of the Solution (POTS) in the Bronx.

John and Kim have been married for over thirty years. Their greatest accomplishment to date, however, has been raising their four wonderful children: John Jr., Meghan, Erin and James.  

 “Kim and John Cahill are wonderful people to recognize with the Child of Peace Award. Kim is one of those people who can be relied upon to bring comfort to those in need and John is a great lawyer and an even greater human being who has done so much for so many.” says Bill Plunkett, member of the Honoree Selection Committee.  “We look forward to recognizing Kim and John for their service on October 17th at The Pierre.”

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Dr. John P. Tricamo


Edward Cardinal Egan Humanitarian Award Recipient

Dr. John Tricamo is a longtime Catholic Guardian Services Board Member.  He has served on the Board since 1978 and has led with a constructive and positive approach at the Board Table.  John is on the faculty of Regis High School, the prestigious Jesuit High School for boys.  He has been a teacher and administrator during his career of more than forty years.  John earned his undergraduate degree and graduate degree in English Literature from Fordham University.  He earned his doctoral degree in English and American literature from New York University.  Throughout his career, John has served as an evaluator and consultant for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the Jesuit Secondary Education Association, and the Archdiocese of New York.  John joined the Board of Directors of Catholic Guardian Society in 1978 and served as president/chairman from 1985 until the merger with Catholic Home Bureau in 2006.  At that time, he served as co-chair during the first year of the merger.  He is the longest serving Board Member in the Agency’s history.   John has dedicated his life to service and has served on the boards of other not-for-profit corporations, including The Ursuline School of New Rochelle.

John has been a leader at Regis High School and Catholic Guardian Services.  He initiated the Regis/Catholic Guardian Services internship program for Regis students.  Each summer Regis students serve in internships at Catholic Guardian Services serving in key roles for the Executive Director, Finance, Program, and Advancement offices.  

“We are pleased to be honoring John for his lifetime of service with the Edward Cardinal Egan Humanitarian Award says Julia Shea, Trustee Emeritus and current member of the Honoree Selection Committee.  John is a dear friend of the Agency and all those who are served by it.”

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David Costabile

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Master of Ceremonies

David Costabile has been a professional actor on stage, television and film for thirty years.  His work includes memorable parts in some of the most innovative television shows in recent years. Right now, he is filming the third season of BILLIONS in which he plays Mike “Wags” Wagner the right-hand man to Damian Lewis’ Bobby Axelrod. In Vince Gilligan's BREAKING BAD, he played Walt's lab assistant Gale Boetticher. On FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, Costabile played Doug, Mel's long-suffering husband, and on SUITS as Daniel Hardman, the heavy who fought for control of law firm Pearson Hardman. Costabile's credits also include the final season of David Simon's THE WIRE in which he portrayed the managing editor of a struggling Baltimore Sun, and DAMAGES where he played killer Detective Rick Messer.

Costabile most recently co-starred as a cult leader in the event series DIG and as Simon Boyd, an internal affairs investigator whose murder case begins to go cold on LOW WINTER SUN. He also guest starred on numerous series, including THE OFFICE, THE BLACKLIST, and THE GOOD WIFE.

On film, Costabile memorably portrayed Republican abolitionist James Ashley for Steven Spielberg in LINCOLN, written by Tony Kushner. He can be seen in THE POST, one of Spielberg’s next films coming in December 2017, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. In 2016, he appeared in Michael Bay's 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI, in which Costabile plays the CIA Chief in Libya. His other motion picture credits include Steven Soderbergh's SIDE EFFECTS, RUNNER RUNNER, and SOLITARY MAN, directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, among others.

Prior to LINCOLN, Costabile first collaborated with Tony Kushner on the Tony and Drama Desk award wining musical CAROLINE, OR CHANGE co-written by Jeanine Tesori. His Broadway credits also include the Tony Award-winning TITANIC, as well as TRANSLATIONS and THE TEMPEST. Off-Broadway, he performed this season at the Park Armory’s production of THE HAIRY APE by Eugene O’Neill. He has also starred in productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre Company, New York City Center, and Classic Stage Company. THE NEW BOZENA, an original work Costabile co-created, played off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre before touring nationally.

Costabile was born in Washington, D.C. where he graduated from Gonzaga College High School. He received a BA from Tufts University and an MFA in Acting from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. David and his wife Eliza live with their two children in Brooklyn.  They are happy to support the essential work of Catholic Charities and Catholic Guardian Services.

“We are pleased to have David as our Master of Ceremonies for our Dinner this year.  David brings an inspired passion for our mission to this important role.” - Craig Longley, Executive Director of Catholic Guardian Services.  

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