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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
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

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

 
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

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.

Bettina Chiu ’02 

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.

Melissa Gallin '92

Melissa Gallin '92 works at North Bennet Street School, which has been located in Boston's North End since 1881. The School trains students for lifelong careers in the traditional trades and fine craftsmanship. As the Director of Institutional Support, Melissa is responsible for securing and stewarding grants from foundations, corporations and public agencies. She has two decades of fundraising experience in arts and education and has worked on major campaigns at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Melissa has a B.A. in Art History from Barnard College and remains involved with the college as a volunteer on fundraising and admissions initiatives. She lives in Brookline with her husband Alessandro and her two children Julia and Max.

Alexa Hall Holian ’92

 
Alexa joined the Alumnae Council in 2019. She is a stay-at-home mom who spends time volunteering in various roles.

Fatima Jafri ’04 

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.

Lisabeth Jorgensen ’98

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. 

Kate Hirsch Koller ’74

After graduating from Dana Hall, Kate Hirsch Koller ’74 earned a B.A. from Tufts University, majoring in Economics and German. She worked for Fidelity Investments for several years, and then for Thomson International, selling financial investment and analysis software. Kate lives in New Canaan, Conn. with her husband; they have three children, all of whom are in their twenties. Kate is an active volunteer in the town, including serving as the Treasurer for Meals on Wheels of New Canaan.

Lisa Lopez ’86

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

 
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.

Emily Martin ’14

Emily Martin ’14 is a Boston-based senior business analyst at TripAdvisor. As a member of the Viator Analytics team, she works with data to advise product managers and engineers on business decisions. Emily graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Mathematics and Statistics. While at Vassar, she was a member of the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre and worked as the assistant to the company’s director.

Jennifer Matthews ’05

 
 
During her time at Dana, Jennifer Matthews ’05 served as two-time class president and secretary of SHADES. She later earned her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. As a brand strategist, Jennifer managed major campaigns for clients like Harvard University, Voya Financial, UNREAL Brands, and Georgia Tech Scheller Business School. She’s also a recipient of Dana Hall’s 2016 Distinguished Young Alumna Award for her philanthropic work as founding partner of nonprofit 100 Ways of Giving; a Founding Social Change Fellow at Power Launch, an innovative social entrepreneurship incubator; a former delegate of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce program City Awake; and a former coauthor in the international magazine FIPP Innovations in Magazine Media World Report. Currently, Jennifer heads up Marketing at AAL, a consulting firm in Buckhead Atlanta, and helps creative women founders identify their purpose and build strategic brands that increase impact, influence, and income. She is also a co-founder of the SHADES Alumni Chapter.

Guida Estrela Mattison ’98

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

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

 
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

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

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

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.

Ariann Williams ’08

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:

Sam Greenfield
Director of Alumnae Relations & Major Giving
(781)-489-1368
 

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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."
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