Our Alumni

We are proud of our alumni legacy. Over the past 180 years, many remarkable individuals have walked through the halls of Port Allegany schools. We think these people have fascinating stories to tell, and we want to share some those stories here with you. May all of our alumni know how honored we are to know you; you are always welcome here at “home.”

Leaving a Legacy

We are very pleased to showcase noteworthy individuals who have left a fine legacy and defined the very essence of what and who we are - those who have made us better simply because they were here.

Ann Causer McDowell Slott - Alumni of the Month

Alumni of the Month - Ann Causer McDowell Slotta

Year of Graduation - 1968

What have you done since graduating from Port Allegany High School? 

I graduated in 1971 from Trocaire College in Buffalo with my RN and again in 1989 from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. 

With my career I worked in maternity units as a staff/charge nurse then joined Cole Memorial in 1977. I worked staff/charge positions on maternity, pediatrics, and medical surgical units. I became a nursing supervisor and joined the leadership team, becoming director of acute care services. I have provided holistic comforting care at the birth of newborns through the cycle of life to the bedside of the dying.  

Nursing has been a rewarding career. I retired from full time in November 2015, but I continued to work part-time coverage and redeveloped the nurse aide training center at Cole. I retired in 2019 from UPMC Cole to spend more time with my family and grandchildren.

Currently I am a per diem RN supervisor at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport. In 2017, I was honored to receive the honorary director award from Cole Memorial. Nursing is a career of giving of oneself for the betterment of others. I have been blessed to be a nurse.

I forgot to mention my greatest accomplishment is my children and grandchildren and not to mention, great grandchildren plus stepchildren. I married Kenneth Slotta in 1994 joining our two families. Together we have eight children, 16 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. We love spending as much time as able with all of them.

Where do you currently live?


Who was your favorite teacher in high school? Why were they your favorite?

All my teachers were wonderful. I have to say that I was impressed by being part of the Future Nurses Club and when Anna Michelitsch spoke with us about hospital nursing. It left a great impression on me. 

What is your fondest memory of Port Allegany High School? 

Being part of the class of 1968, being a majorette, and the plays, especially Our Town