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Alumnae Council and Association

Alumnae Association

The Dana Hall Alumnae Association, a network of all graduates led by the Alumnae Council, encourages alumnae participation in the continuing development of Dana Hall School. Membership in the Association is open to all alumnae (graduates and non-graduates).
The Association hosts professional and social regional events, including our annual Reunion Weekend and biennial women & leadership conference, provides support to all Dana alumnae, helps the School achieve its alumnae fundraising goals and facilitates communication between old and new Dana friends.

Alumnae Council

In the fall and winter of 2016-17, an ad hoc committee made up of alumnae and Advancement staff established the new Alumnae Council, led by Alumnae Council President Lee Frechette '81, P16, 22.


MISSION STATEMENT

The purpose of the Dana Hall Alumnae Council shall be to serve, strengthen and promote the mission, needs and goals of Dana Hall School and foster a spirit of unity and loyalty across our global alumnae community.


The Council is focused on:
  • increasing the alumnae volunteer base both in terms of involvement and giving;
  • promoting pride and loyalty among both current students and alumnae;
  • enriching the quality of the institution and lives of all its members.
Subcommittees are focused on Fundraising, Engagement and Communications. Council bylaws require officers to serve up to two, two-year terms.


 

Alumnae Council Officers

Eleanor (Lee) Ferguson Frechette ’81, P16, 22

COUNCIL PRESIDENT

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Bardwell and Beveridge

FAVORITE CLASS:

Ms. Simpson’s Latin Class
when we studied The Aenied

FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Senior Sophomore and Step Sing

HOBBIES:

Family and friends, traveling, concerts,
museums, Cape Cod, dinners out and Rosie’s Place

"I am continually impressed and awed by the wealth and breadth of opportunities that Dana Hall provides for its students and faculty. Dana’s dedicated faculty members not only teach the girls the academic disciplines but also teach them to be compassionate, moral citizens of the world. By working with the alumnae community, I hope to uphold, promote and sustain the mission and philosophy of Dana Hall, allowing future students the same educational and personal growth experiences my sister, my daughters and I have had. As an alumna and a parent of a graduate I understand, appreciate and see the lasting effects of the Dana Hall experience and I feel strongly that it is our responsibility to carry that forward, affording future girls the same possibilities."


Lee attended Dana Hall with her sister Jennifer Ferguson Letowt ’83. She is a Dana Hall Trustee and has been an active member of both the Alumnae Board and the Parents’ Association. She has planned several Boston-area alumnae holiday parties and played an integral role in She Sails 2012, 2013 and 2015. Lee works as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley, where she has served on the Board of Trustees. She is a longtime supporter and volunteer at Rosie’s Place in Boston. Lee and her husband Peter have two daughters, Abigail ’16 and Phoebe ’22.


Lisa Aronson Altman, ’78, P11, 16

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Snack shack in the Shipley Center

FAVORITE CLASS:

Anything with Mr. Spencer 


FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Senior-Sophomore

HOBBIES:

Volunteering at Dana,
boot camp, spin and Temple activities




"I love Dana, and keeping alumnae involved is very important to the wellbeing of the current and future Dana community. I hope that the Alumnae Council succeeds in reaching many alumnae and encouraging them to support Dana Hall in every way possible. I love being with Dana alumnae. Sharing stories and memories is what keeps the Dana spirit alive. Arranging alumnae events is a terrific way to be involved."


A longtime Dana volunteer and active member of the Parents’ Association, Lisa has served on countless event committees, including the annual Summer Kick-Off and bi-annual Parents’ Association gala. She also managed merchandise sales and ran the Snack Shack in the Shipley Center. Lisa and her husband Mark have two daughters, Alexis ’11 and Madison ’16.




Meredith Caruso ’02


FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Bardwell, dance studio and
and photography lab

FAVORITE CLASS:

Architecture

FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

SPREAD

HOBBIES:

Time with my family,
culinary arts, exercise and travel

“I have learned through my work in advancement at Dana and at Harvard that there is a small window of opportunity to engage with alumni/ae. Specifically, recent graduates and young alumnae live full lives that are productive and incredibly demanding. It is important that we address philanthropic needs with students prior to their graduation from Dana Hall and remain connected with them as young alumnae before their lives become too busy and before a disconnect with the school sets in. I was inspired by alumnae who spoke on campus about their experiences at Dana and in their professional lives. As a Dana alumna, I now hope to inspire students to find the confidence and strength to succeed in the future and to give back to Dana Hall."


Meredith is currently an Assistant Director of the Harvard College Fund at Harvard University.
Prior to joining Harvard, she worked in the Dana Hall Advancement Office. Meredith was a member of the Young Alumnae Board and served as a Class Agent.


Molly Chisholm ’13

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Grove Student Affairs

FAVORITE CLASS:

AP Language and Composition

FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Senior Sophomore

HOBBIES:

Running, crafting, skiing and baking


“I am excited about the opportunity to work with the School to continue to contribute the tradition and sisterhood that has united Dana students and alumnae for more than 100 years. I am passionate about strengthening the relationship between the School and alumnae. I hope that the Alumnae Council can act as a third-party advisor with a unique point of view on the needs of the students, school and alumnae.”
 
Molly joined the Alumnae Council in 2019. She double major in Economics and Rhetoric at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Molly is currently a brand strategist at Arnold Worldwide in Boston, Mass., where she works with clients to help them tell compelling stories to desired consumers.


Alexa Hall Holian ’92

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Bardwell or the Shipley Center

FAVORITE CLASS:

Advanced Biology with Mrs. Samuels or Silkscreen with Mr. Scattergood

FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Step Sing and Ring Taps

HOBBIES:

Yoga, volunteering, the Cape, spending time with family


“As a student, Dana Hall always seemed like family to me. I hope that the Alumnae Council will continue to foster a family-like feeling by providing opportunities to connect with the School, its students and other alumnae. By engaging alumnae, there is an opportunity to forge a relationship between the past and the present. These relationships can be invaluable in developing a sense of community, of shared experiences and shared goals. ”
 
Alexa joined the Alumnae Council in 2019. She is a stay-at-home mom who spends time volunteering in various roles..






Fatima Jafri ’04 

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Grove Photography lab and The Pond

FAVORITE CLASS:

Middle Eastern Studies with Ms. Siemon and American History with Mr. Goodson

FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

SPREAD

HOBBIES:

Barre and Pilates, hiking, the beach and finding the perfect coffee shop wherever I travel to!


“My hope is that we are able to provide our various professional and personal expertise to the Dana community and help Dana students connect with our vast and accomplished alumnae from all over the world. I also hope to be able to provide leadership and professional advice and mentorship to Dana students, especially those who are interested in startups or technology companies.”
 

Fatima is an attorney at ChargePoint, an electric vehicle startup in Silicon Valley. She considers herself forever enriched by her experience at Dana Hall and she has joined the Council because she wants to give back to Dana and continue to foster a tradition of female leadership and community service. While at Dana, she was the recipient of the Community Service Award and president of S.H.A.D.E.S, so she wants to encourage diversity and inclusion at Dana Hall by encouraging alumnae from diverse backgrounds to get involved and provide their perspective on alumnae engagement and the direction of the School.


Bettina Chiu Janco ’02 

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Riding Center

FAVORITE CLASS:

English with Mrs. Solar was wonderful
I still hear so many of her
phrases in my head to this day!    

FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Senior Sophomore

HOBBIES:

Volunteering, spending time with family,
home improvement


“I hope the Alumnae Council can help foster conversation, connections and friendship. Dana's reach is far – spanning the globe. Our alumnae represent many diverse groups, and we are uniquely positioned to connect alumnae on a local, regional, and international level.”
 

Bettina is Co-President of the Wellesley Mothers Forum & Co-Founder of SnapSuites, a membership-based office center. She joins the Alumnae Council with a focus on connecting with and helping to grow the alumnae community. She has a particular interest in the work of the Engagement subcommittee, and connecting alumnae around the world.


Lisabeth Jorgensen ’98

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Pond

FAVORITE CLASS:

Latin and drama

FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Senior-Sophomore

HOBBIES:

Cooking and Pinterest DIY crafts

“We will focus on expanding and leveraging the school’s social media presence and developing context particularized to our diverse alumnae family. My hope is that through effective alumni communications, we will strengthen our global community and transform Dana Hall into an important life-long resource for its graduates.”


Lisabeth is the Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime (CLAVC) Staff Attorney at MetroWest Legal Services, a nonprofit legal aid that has provided free civil legal assistance to the low-income population and victims of crime for more than four decades. She represents victims of crime in their related civil matters across many sectors, including housing, family law, special education, employment and immigration. She lives in Natick with her husband, toddler and 18-pound tabby. Since graduating from Dana Hall, Lisabeth served as Class Agent for 10 years and has been a professional mentor for the Girls Summer Leadership Program since 2013. After living in New York state (New York City, Albany and Syracuse) for 18 years, Lisabeth was excited to return to Massachusetts in early 2017 and reconnect with the Dana Hall community, and is honored to be a member of the Alumnae Council.  


Lisa Lopez ’86

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Anywhere I was with a group of friends

FAVORITE CLASS:

My own: Class of 1986


FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Senior-Sophomore

HOBBIES:

Reading, writing short stories
and doing crossword puzzles

“I hope the council inspires future alumnae to seek out opportunities to donate their time and resources to their home communities as well as the Dana community. I’m part of the Engagement Committee, because participating in Dana events is a way to network, meet up with old friends and make new ones. I think it’s great if we can organize an event that’s both fun and enriching.”


Lisa is a registered nurse at South Nassau Communities Hospital, working in labor and delivery. In 2012, she participated in the inaugural She Sails conference, serving on the Women in Health and Medicine panel. She now continues her commitment to giving back to Dana Hall by joining the Alumnae Council.


Elizabeth Welch Maheras ’81, P16, 18

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Bardwell, and now the Erisman Student Center

FAVORITE CLASS:

English with Mr. Lawrence


FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Step Sing

HOBBIES:

a good game of doubles, playing the piano

“I hope that the Council will both form a bridge between alumnae from all over the world and the current Dana community and connect Dana alumnae with each other. I am particularly interested in communications. Since I have two recent Dana graduates, I think I am pretty up to date about the school and I can be helpful in communication to other alumnae that Dana continues to be strong.”

Liz joined the Council because she is passionate about Dana Hall. She is an architect who has had an extended break since her four children were born.


Guida Estrela Mattison ’98


FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Lathrop (when it was a dorm)

FAVORITE CLASS:

Any class taught by Ms. Siemon
but particularly
AP European History

FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Senior-Sophomore

HOBBIES:

Reading, photography,
being outside
with my children

“Every summer I meet these amazing alumnae who are so excited to share their Dana Hall experiences with the GSLP participants. I spend a week reading (online) about all of the ways Dana Hall influenced them for the better. It reminds me of how much Dana Hall affected my own life for the better and how grateful I am for the opportunities I had there. I chose to be part of the Engagement Committee because I want to connect with more incredible women with incredible stories that all share the common thread of Dana Hall.”


Guida is the Middle School Health and Wellness Teacher and Secondary School Placement Coordinator at the Nashoba Brooks School, located in Concord, MA. Guida and her husband Scott have two children, Jack and Scarlett. Guida worked at Dana Hall for 11 years in a variety of roles. In addition, she serves as Class Correspondent for her class and coordinates the Alumnae Professional Mentors for the Girls Summer Leadership Program (GSLP). Her interest in joining the Alumnae Council came out of her work with the GSLP.




Rachel Bebchick Naggar ’92

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Darkroom

FAVORITE CLASS:

Any art class with
Mr. Scattergood!


FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Step Sing

HOBBIES:

HIIT classes
and fundraisingfor breast
cancer-related causes

“The key to figuring out what type of communications is important to alumnae and then how best to showcase it is a major interest of mine. I am looking forward to working on that challenge with the Communications Subcommittee.”


Rachel is the Director of Communications at Kent Place School, located in Summit, NJ. She and her husband Eric have two children, Mia (11) and Gabriel (8). Rachel has been an active Dana Hall alumna since graduation, serving as Class Correspondent, Reunion Chair, Class Agent, Girls Summer Leadership Program Professional Mentor and a member of previous Alumnae Boards, so rejoining for her was an easy decision. Her hope for the Alumnae Council is to work with a diverse group of women in partnership with the school to connect, celebrate and reengage alumnae through creative communications, events and fundraising.


Harriet Groppe Prince ’06

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Bardwell

FAVORITE CLASS:

Photography with Mrs. McQuillan


FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Revels

HOBBIES:

Photography, hanging out with my dog, all things trashy reality TV

“I hope to help foster and support a community where women can come together to socialize, network, and help the School continue its mission.”

A former member of the Dana Hall Advancement team, Harriet has returned to the area and is excited to be able to get involved with the alumnae community again. She is currently the assistant director of Graduate Affairs at Noble and Greenough School.


Manon Palandjian ’09

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:
The Ship

FAVORITE CLASS:

Any team with Graham as a coach,
Earth and Space with Mr. Fadden
and American Identities
with Mr. Goodson

FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Harbor Cruise

HOBBIES:

Volleyball, kickboxing
and staying active any way possible,
cooking and reading



“We are so thankful for the education, friendships and opportunities Dana gave to us, and I wanted to find a way to give back and encourage similar experiences for others. I want to show all fellow alumnae that it can be exciting to stay engaged with the Dana community for so many different reasons. I hope the Engagement Committee and Council are able to reinvigorate a sense of school pride and give alumnae the opportunity to continue their school spirit.”



Manon loved her Dana Hall experience, and she was thrilled to see both her sisters (Margot ’14 and Madelon ’17) feel the same way about their seven years at Dana. Manon is the Director, Marketing & Communications for Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation; in that role she has supervised several Dana Hall seniors working on their Senior Projects.


Marylou Wellbrock-Reeves ’77


FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:
It no longer exists, but the “butt” room

FAVORITE CLASS:

Mrs. McCarthy’s American History
with Mr. Goodson

FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Revels

HOBBIES:

swimming, biking, kayaking,
gardening, reading, music,
travel, cooking and reading



“Dana is a community physically housed in the Boston area but with an impact felt worldwide. Keeping Dana alumnae actively engaged throughout their lifetimes is an important task.”



Mary Lou is a Managing Director at Glen Eagle Advisors in Kingston, New Jersey. She joined the Council after she successfully led a group of alumnae to kick off the MADAMES’ Fund, which commemorates Dana Hall friendships by removing financial barriers and providing the means for girls who are accepted to take part in the Dana Hall boarding experience.


Nicole Suen ’08

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Dining Hall

FAVORITE CLASS:

Middle Eastern History

FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

The unspoken one…Shhh

HOBBIES:

Sports, soccer, Crossfit

“I joined the Council to give back to Dana Hall, bring alumnae closer together and engage with other alumnae."


Nicole is from Hong Kong, but currently lives in London where she is pursuing her MBA at Imperial College Business School. She was one of three Suen sisters to attend Dana Hall, along with Chloe ’00 and Lesley ’10.


Elizabeth O’Brien Ward ’80

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Student Affairs,
Greylodge or
Lindsay White’s office

FAVORITE CLASS:

Math with Mrs. O’Leary and Mrs. Schmidt
, Latin with Ms. Simpson and Mr. Aisner,
English with both Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence

FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Step-Sing

HOBBIES:

tennis, gardening,
history of landscape architecture



“I am excited about the opportunity to reconnect with Dana Hall and its mission of inspiring confidence and building leadership skills in young women — along with nurturing lifelong friendships and a healthy dose of fun along the way!”
 

Liz is delighted to join the Alumnae Council and to work with fellow members in support of Dana Hall and its students. After a 20-year career in Development (beginning at Choate Rosemary Hall and culminating in 15 years at Wellesley College), she looks forward to switching roles and joining the volunteer team. As the mother of three young men (ages 25, 23 and 18), Liz has served in a variety of volunteer roles at her sons’ schools (St. Mark’s, Belmont Hill and Bowdoin).


Ariann Williams ’08

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

Student Affairs,
Greylodge or
Lindsay White’s office

FAVORITE CLASS:

Lit. Comp. and African Studies

FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Ring tap

HOBBIES:

Reading, traveling,
going to sporting events
and doing crossword puzzles

“Dana Hall was instrumental in my success. It’s important to speak on that, promote that, and consistently contribute to the School’s long term success. Not just for current students, but for our daughters, and their daughters after that. Dana was vital in my personal story. When I reflect on where I started, it becomes more and more important for me to contribute to the people and places that helped me get to where I am today. Women for generations to come should have access to all that Dana Hall is – empowerment, leadership, integrity, diversity and overall excellence. We can’t foster excellence in our students if we don’t bring in excellence among our faculty and staff. Having the financial freedom to bring in and retain who we need is critical to the students’ and school’s success.”


Ariann is currently Manager, Community Engagement at the Boston Celtics, and she brings her expertise in philanthropy to the Council’s Fundraising Committee.

Contact

If you have feedback for the Alumnae Council or would like to get involved, please contact:
Heather Yetman '06
Director of Alumnae Relations
(781) 489-1369
 

Alumnae Events

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  • Saliba Courtyard

    Favorite Place
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    Favorite Tradition
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    Favorite Memory

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  • Vietta

    "Dana offers many great opportunities including a trip to South Africa every other year. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be visiting South Africa, let alone with some of my closest friends. The trip enabled us to interact with real South Africans as they experienced their real lives, an opportunity I could never have had as a tourist."
    -Vietta