Alumnae Board


Alumnae Association Board of Directors

Mission Statement The Alumnae Board of Directors provides volunteer leadership for the Alumnae Association by working with the Saint Mary's College community to design and promote opportunities for alumnae to connect with each other and the College. In doing so, the Board serves the College in the ongoing development of a strong Alumnae Association which supports and advances the mission of Saint Mary's College.

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Alumnae Association Board of Directors

Honorary President
Dr. Carol Ann Mooney '72

President
Karen McNamara Weaver '91

Vice President
Kathryn Wiedl Mettler '63

Secretary
Annette H. Isom '83

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President

Karen McNamara Weaver '91
Bettendorf, IA

Karen McNamara Weaver graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a minor in Computer Science. She has been working in Information Technology since graduation. She is currently a Business Area Manager and consultant with IBM Corporation in the Global Services division. During the eight years that she lived in Dallas, Karen held various leadership positions in the Dallas/Fort Worth Alumnae Club; including two years as President.  For the last 8 years Karen has been an active member in the Kansas City Alumnae Club.  She received the SMC Alumnae VISA award for 2001-2002. She and her husband David reside in Bettendorf, IA with their two daughters.

Vice President

Kathryn Wiedl Mettler '63
Atlanta, GA

After graduation from Saint Mary's College, Kathryn Wiedl Mettler went on to Emory University School of Medicine where she completed her M.D. in 1981. Kathryn has Board Certification in Gastroenterology and in Internal Medicine. She is currently in private practice in Gastroenterology. She is an active member and leader of the medical staff at Northside Hospital in Atlanta where she was Chief of the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit from 1993 to 1995. She also served as clinical instructor in the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and as a research assistant at Abbot Laboratories. Kathryn is a member of the Medical Associations of Atlanta and Georgia, the American College of Gastroenterology, the American College of Physicians, and was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She supports Saint Mary's College through her active roles on her Reunion Gift committees, the Madeleva Society, and as presenter at the New Road - No Rules Seminar. Kathryn received the 1998 Medical Association of Atlanta President's Award for Service and the 1963 M. Mary Elizabeth Award for excellence in chemistry at Saint Mary's College. In 2003 she was awarded the Alumna  Achievement Award by the Alumnae Association Board of Directors for outstanding personal, professional, and volunteer accomplishments. Her hobbies are oil painting and gardening. Kathryn's husband, Stephen Mettler, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University. He retired from Lucent Bell Laboratories and is currently a telecommunications consulatant. Kathryn and Stephen have three children; Stephen (ND '87), Elizabeth (UVA '89) and Donald (U. of Colorado '92). They also have 13 grandchildren.

 

Secretary

IsomAnnette H. Isom '83
Glen Ellyn, IL

Annette Isom graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and minor degrees in Math and Computer Science. She also attended graduate courses in Systems Management at the University of Southern California. She began her career in Information Technology at Ford Aerospace & Communications Corporation after graduation. Since that time – she has worked in information technology, marketing and consulting positions at TRW, United Stationers, Natural Gas Pipeline, Chicago Options Board and AT&T. Annette is currently an AVP with AT&T in the Consumer & Mobility Marketing group and is responsible for post sales customer communications and legal/regulatory compliance. She stays close to Saint Mary’s with involvement in on and off campus activities. Annette lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and has two college aged sons.

 

 

Directors

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Janyce Dunkin Brengel '78
Chicago, IL

Janyce Dunkin Brengel graduated from Saint Mary's College in 1978 with a double major in French and Business Administration/Economics. Since graduation she has held various positions as a buyer In women's fashions, pharmaceutical sales representative and for the past 27 years she has been employed at ConvaTec , a medical device company, as a Region Sales Manager. Jan is the Past Chair of the Madeleva Society Steering Committee and she is active with the Chicago East Alumnae Club. She is also a member of the Saint Mary's College Chicago Advisory Council and a member of the Holy Cross Parish Council in Deerfield, Illinois. She resides in Lake Forest, Illinois, and her son, Thomas, enjoys a successful career in law enforcement.

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Sarah K. Brown '05
Charleston, WV

Sarah K. Brown graduated magna cum laude in 2005 with a BA in Philosophy and Political Science and minors in Women's Studies and Economics. She received a Juris Doctorate from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC in 2008 and completed a judicial clerkship with The Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Nashville, Tennessee. Along with her husband, Kevin Baker, Sarah is a founding member of the law firm Baker & Brown, PLLC, in Charleston, West Virginia. Sarah now practices law with the non-profit law firm Mountain State Justice, representing low-income West Virginians facing home foreclosure. Sarah is also a member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Charleston, focusing on racial injustice, and volunteers with the Friends of Clay Center. Sarah enjoys cooking, baking, reading, running, and traveling.
 

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Dr. Kelly O'Shea Carney '84
Coopersburg, PA

Kelly O’Shea Carney graduated summa cum laude in 1984 with a degree in psychology and a minor in philosophy. Following graduation, she served as a Holy Cross Associate in Portland, Oregon where she worked with older adults. Following that experience, Kelly earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology with a focus in Geropsychology from Southern Illinois University in 1990.  Since that time, she has been serving older adults in a variety of clinical capacities. Currently she is the Executive Director of Eldercare Services for the Center for Excellence in Dementia Care at Phoebe Ministries in Pennsylvania. She sits on a variety of Boards related to aging, including the American Psychological Association Committee on Aging and the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition, and is an active member of her local parish. Kelly and her husband, Gary, have three children in college, and in the college search process for her children, Kelly has become convinced that there is no place as wonderful as Saint Mary’s College. She looks forward to Alumnae Board meetings as a good excuse to visit our lovely campus!

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Lauren Condon '06
Woodridge, IL

Lauren Condon graduated from Saint Mary's College in 2006,with a major in English with a minor in Secondary Education. Following graduation Lauren accepted a teaching job at St. Rita High School on the south side of Chicago. At Saint Rita, Lauren taught freshmen and sophomore English and Creative Writing. She also moderated Student Government and the Drama Club. In 2009, Lauren left St. Rita and took a position at her alma mater, Benet Academy, in Lisle, IL where she currently teaches American Literature and Speech, Advanced Speech, Advanced Composition and Themes in Word Literature. Additionally she directs the school musical and is coordinator of the underclassmen retreat program. In 2012, Lauren graduated from Dominican University in River Forest, IL with a Masters degree in Educational Administration. Lauren currently resides in Woodridge, IL except for the summers when she heads to southwest Michigan to serve burgers at Redamaks and relax by the lake.

 

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CassCass Rydesky Connor '60
Atlanta, GA

Cass Rydesky Connor transferred to Saint Mary's as a junior and graduated in 1960 with a BS in Education. After graduation, with artists Liz King '60 and Karen Eisen '63, she served nearly three years in Brazil with the Sisters of the Holy Cross as one of the original Papal Volunteers to Latin America. Cass earned a MA in Communication at Stanford University and began doctoral study in instructional design at Georgia State University. She worked in instructional TV for the State of North Carolina and instructional design for the Pittsburgh, PA school system, served as PR/media director for Emory University School of Nursing, and video communications manager for the Forbes 300 compnay. As an Associate Broker focusing on residential real estate for 21 years with Prudential Georgia Realty, Cass has been active in her profession as President of Women's Council of Realtors--Atlanta Chapter, and Secretary of GA State WCR, and Board Member of GA State CRS (Certified Residential Specialists), and Director of Atlanta Board of Realtors. She's been honored with the Captain of Industry, Circle of Excellence, President's Circle, and Phoenix awards. Active in the community, Cass has been involved in Alumnae Clubs in Pittsburgh and Atlanta, served as founding director and president for the Atlanta Women's Network and the Board of Directors Network, board member of GA Council on GA Abuse, board member for St. Jude the Apostle Elementary School, St. Jude Choir member, volunteer on WABE-FM public radio, and she helps build a house for Habitat for Humanity each year with the Realtor community. Cass lives in Atlanta and has a sister and two daughters who attended Saint Mary's. She has three young granddaughters whom she's actively promoting toward Saint Mary's.

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Kate Murray Harper '89
Lincolnshire, IL

Kate HarperKate Murray Harper graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1989 with a B.B.A. degree in Accounting. Following graduation, she joined KPMG LLP where she spent 20 years, including 8 1/2 as a partner.  While at KPMG, Kate served as Co-Leader of the Washington DC/Tysons Corner chapter of the KPMG Network of Women as well KPMG’s Partnership Council and led fundraising efforts for Junior Achievement of the Washington, DC area and the United Way of the National Capital Area.  Kate currently serves on her local school district’s PTO Board as well as Learning Fund Foundation.  She supports Saint Mary's College through visits as an alumnae speaker on campus, hosting students to her home and the Madaleva Society.  In 2008, she was awarded the Outstanding Alumna Accounting Award.  Kate lives in Lincolnshire, IL with and her husband, Scott, and their three children.

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Angeline Johnson '07
South Bend, IN

Angeline Johnson graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 2007, earning her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing, Management and International Business. Angeline began her career with 1st Source Corporation as a Corporate Trainee in Management, and is currently working in Cash Management specializing in business products online. As a 1st generation college student Angeline worked to assist others in also reaching their full potential through numerous high school mentoring programs, college recruitment of underrepresented backgrounds and raised awareness on campus by way of multiple student clubs and boards. As an undergraduate Angeline was president of La Fuerza, president of the Student Diversity Board, initiated the annual Hunger Banquet on campus, and Co-Founded the Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference in 2005. She was recognized for Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism during the 2007 YWCA Tribute to Women, and also received the 2007 Down the Avenue Spirit of Service award. Since graduating Angeline has been involved in planning a Multicultural Alumnae Group for Saint Mary’s College, while also volunteering time with the STAR program and various children’s activities at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, Indiana. Angeline is currently remodeling her 1st home and planning a wedding with her fiancé David W. Daley.

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Linda Kawecki ’79
Dallas, TX

Linda Kawecki ’79 received a B.B.A. degree with a major in Accounting and a minor in Math and Computer Science. She earned an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1989. Starting her career in public accounting, Linda later worked in the airline, electric utility, and hospital industries. From 1995 through 2005, she served as Tenet Health Care's Director of Financial Analysis. Linda has been active in the Saint Mary's Dallas Alumnae Club for almost 30 years, serving as President and Vice President in the early 90's and more recently as Treasurer('05-'08). She has volunteered with the Youth Leadership Dallas program for 10th graders, her local parish church, and the schools of her children. Linda is an avid cyclist, has been part of a  monthly book club for over 10 years, and loves to travel. As time allows, she also takes on freelance professional organizing and graphic design projects. Linda and her husband, Michael Hellinghausen (ND'78) reside in Dallas, TX with their three children.

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Kelly LewisKelly Cook Lewis '97
West Des Moines, IA

Kelly Cook Lewis graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1997 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Management. After graduation, the active duty Air Force kept Kelly and her husband, Chad, moving around the world for 12 years, allowing them to live in Europe, Asia and 8 continental states.  During that time, Kelly worked in the marketing field for 7 years and then became a stay-at-home mom for their daughter, Riley.  Volunteering for Riley’s school, their church, Saint Mary’s College and the Air Force remains a priority for Kelly and she was honored to be a 2009 Luke Air Force Base “Volunteer of the Year” nominee.  Currently, Kelly enjoys working part-time as a writer for the Consumer Marketing Department of Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, IA.

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Angela McDonald-Fisher '91
Carmel, IN

Angela McDonald-Fisher joined Rolls-Royce North America as Legal Counsel in April 2006. She is Legal Counsel for the Supply Management organization in North America and Legal Counsel for Aero Engine Controls, a joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Goodrich. Her background includes positions with Honeywell Corporation and Ingersoll-Rand.  She also served as General Counsel of the Indiana Port Authority. She is experienced in the areas of international transactions, corporate law, commercial transactions and litigation. She holds a B.A. from Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame and a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington (Mauer). She also studied International Law in London, England. Angela is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana and is a member of the American Bar Association, International Association of Commercial and Contract Management and the Association of Corporate Counsel. She was recently appointed as a board member of the Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Association beginning in 2012. Her interests include writing poetry, playing piano and volunteering with the Arthritis Foundation.   She, her husband, Gene and daughter, Gabrielle, reside in Carmel, Indiana.

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Genevieve MorrillGenevieve Morrill '98
Chicago, IL

Genevieve Morrill graduated from Saint Mary's College summa cum laude in 1998 with a double major in history and French. While a student, she served on the Board of Governance and the Student Academic Council; participated in the Play of the Mind Conferences and the Leaders of a New Indiana Project; and was awarded the St. Catherine's Medal. Genevieve then received a Masters Degree in Medieval History from the University of Chicago. She subsequently attended DePaul University College of Law, where she graduated in the top five percent of her class and was an Editor of the DePaul Law Review. During law school, she externed at the federal district and appellate court levels. After being admitted to the Illinois Bar, Genevieve served as a law clerk to four justices of the Maine Superior Court. Following several years in private practice, she became a law clerk to Illinois Appellate Court Justice Rodolfo Garcia. Currently, Genevieve is a Staff Attorney in the Appellate Court's Research Department. She is also an adjunct professor at DePaul, where she teaches Legal Analysis, Research, and Communication. Genevieve is active in the Chicago East Alumnae Club, and served as its Communications Chair for 10 years. She co-chaired Founders' Day and the Spring Tea, organized and hosted cultural, social, and scholarship events, and participated in numerous committees. In 2005, she received the Chicago Club's Founders' Day Award in recognition of her service to the Club and in 2008 she received the Alumnae Association's Outstanding Young Alumna award. Genevieve and her husband Nathan Kay live in Chicago's West Bucktown neighborhood. They enjoy sampling Chicago's restaurants, half-marathons, travel, and renovating their 120-year-old two-flat.

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 Priscilla Karle Pilon '86
Houston, TX

Priscilla Karle Pilon '86 graduated with a major in Communications and Government and a minor in Sociology. Currently she is a professional food and travel writer for Upscale Living Magazine, The Daily Basics Magazine, The Daily Meal website, Travel Squire website and her own site The Weekend In Paris. Previously Priscilla worked as a freelance graphic artist, where she worked as a design editor for the Harvard Business School weekly newspaper and co-published The Student Guide to Harvard Business School in 1994. Priscilla is a past President of the Volunteer Roundtable at MD Anderson Cancer Center, past Director on the Board of The Forest Club, and a past Executive Board Member of the Houston Ballet. She has been active in the Houston Alumnae Club since arriving in Houston in 1994. She co-chaired the Ann Plamondon Endowed Fund in Communication Studies for The College. Priscilla resides in Texas with her husband and two sons.

 

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Dawn Parker Santamaria '81

Dawn Parker Santamaria received a B.B.A. degree in Management and Marketing from Saint Mary's College in 1981. Since the mid-80s, she has been an entrepreneur and small business owner. She is the founder and executive director of Sisters Under Sail, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit leadership program for teenage girls and women aboard her and her husband's 118-foot tall ship, Unicorn. She has worked in partnership with Saint Mary's for several years, bringing many alumnae together aboard her ship in the Great Lakes region and along the East Coast for leadership sails and receptions. Dawn resurrected the New Jersey alumnae club and has been serving as president since 2005. She has four daughters, two of whom are also Saint Mary's graduates. Dawn and her family reside in New Jersey.

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Mollie Valencia '14
Melbourne, FL

Mollie Valencia is a current senior who will be graduating in May 2014. She is an Accounting major with a Mathematics minor and a Finance concentration. Along with the Alumnae Board of Directors, Mollie is also the captain of the Saint Mary's Soccer Team and the Alumnae Relations Committee Chair in the Student Government Association. Over this past summer she had an internship in the Internal Audit Department at an orthopedic device manufacturing company called Zimmer. Mollie is originally from Melbourne, Florida and has a grandmother, mother, aunts and sister that have graduated from Saint Mary's.

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Sandra A. VanGilder '76
New York, New York

Sandy Van Gilder graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1976 with a double major in French and Mathematics, including spending sophomore year in the Angers, France through the ND/SMC program.  She is celebrating the 40th anniversary of that study abroad experience at a reunion in Angers, France with many of her ND/SMC classmates from that year.  Following graduation, Sandy earned her MBA from the University of Chicago and spent over 30 years as a senior executive in the financial services industry.  After retiring from banking, Sandy earned an executive coaching certificate from New York University and is principal of her own executive coaching firm specializing in helping women advance into top corporate roles.  In addition, Sandy has a special interest in diversity having created and led a diversity effort at JPMorgan Chase and providing pro-bono coaching to attendees at the annual Multi Cultural Working Mother’s Conference held in NYC. 

Sandy has led fundraising efforts for her class at Saint Mary's and is a member of the Madeleva Society.  She and her husband live in New York City and are the proud parents of 2 daughters and 2 sons-in –law. 

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Kelly Walsh '01
Philadelphia, PA

Kelly Walsh graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree is Statistics and Actuarial Mathematics.  She received her MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 2010.  She has been working for CNA Insurance since graduation.  She began her career in the corporate headquarters in Chicago before moving to Philadelphia in 2010.  In her eleven years with the company she has held various positions in both the actuarial and underwriting departments.  Kelly is currently the Branch Underwriting Manager for the Philadelphia and Reading Branches.  Kelly was an active member of the Chicago East Alumnae club chairing events that included New Student Sendoff and a day at Arlington Race Track Fundraiser for the Endowed Scholarship.  In 2006, she was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumna Award. She is now the Contact person for the Philadelphia Club.  She resides in Conshohocken, PA.

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