The CMHS Alumni Spotlight showcases and recognizes outstanding Cardinal Mooney Alumni for their academic and professional achievements, service to their community, and their continuation of Cardinal Mooney’s tradition of “Sanctity, Scholarship, and Discipline”. With the Alumni Spotlight, we will explore and regularly share the diverse accomplishments of our graduates.
Mark S. Kiraly – Cardinal Mooney Class of 1983
Mark began working at GBS Corporation in June of 1988, directly after his graduation from Youngstown State University.
He began his career as an Implementation Specialist at GBS, responsible for training and installing Construction Industry software. Mark has also held positions of Healthcare Software Programmer as well as Manager and then Director of Client and Technical Services. In the latter role, Mark’s team was responsible for monitoring and fulfilling service requests for GBS Healthcare Clients.
Currently, Mark serves as a Strategic Accounts Manager, focusing specifically on building relationships and processes for GBS Premier Clients through annual visits. As a result of Mark’s leadership and project management, GBS has incorporated many new processes and procedures that have enhanced the client experience.
Mark is also involved in the creation and development of a data analytics solution for the Healthcare Ambulatory space. This tool serves as a financial dashboard for the management team of a healthcare practice.
Education & Honors
Mark attended Youngstown State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with minors in both math and accounting.
In 2014, Mark began the Diocese of Youngstown Diaconate Formation in order to become a Permanent Deacon for the diocese.
In 2009, Mark received the Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Christine School in recognition of his service to the parish and community.
Mark has many fond memories of CMHS, ranging from singing the Cardinal Mooney Alma Mater and Fight Song at rallies to filling his lunch tray with seashell spaghetti, buttered rolls, and peanut butter cookies.
He is grateful to the many teachers who inspired him during his Mooney years. Faculty members didn’t just teach a certain subject, they were dedicated to teaching fundamental life lessons; the importance of hard work, setting goals and commitment to doing your personal best! Memories from Mr. Cooney’s geometry class, Mr. Roncone’s mechanical drawing, and Mr. Cassese’s shop class stand out for Mark. And he still thinks about using “$2.00 words” based on Miss Bacha’s unique approach to English!
CMHS ingrained in Mark the characteristics of sanctity, scholarship, and discipline. They are the very foundation of his dedication and service to his family, his profession and to Christ.
Personal Life – Accomplishments & Interests
After five years of formation, Mark was ordained as a deacon of the Diocese of Youngstown in August 2019. He has been assigned to St. Christine Parish where he serves as deacon, coordinator of altar servers, member of the quarterly newsletter staff, and co-chair or the RCIA ministry.
Mark has been married to Kathy (Simonson) for the past 28 years; they have four children, who are all Cardinal Mooney Cardinals: Mark (2011), Erin (2013), Emily (2015), and youngest son, Michael, who will graduate from Mooney in 2021. Mark and Kathy are also very proud grandparents. His daughter Erin & son- in- law Cain have two beautiful daughters, Chloe (5) and Daphne (3). They are thrilled that their family will continue to grow, as their daughter Emily is engaged to Caleb Craft. Mark notes that even though his wife Kathy did not graduate from CMHS, she is an ardent fan and supporter and she truly bleeds red and gold!
Mark serves as the chairman for a charitable committee within GBS Corporation called YOGI (Year of Giving Initiative). Through numerous annual fundraising events, the committee has been able to donate substantial funds to local organizations and employees in need.
Mark attributes his accomplishments in life to the foundation his parents and grandparents set for him. In addition to this, he credits his teachers and mentors from St. Christine, CMHS, YSU, and the diaconate formation.