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  • Zoë Timms ’93

    Zoë Timms 93 is the Founding Executive Director of the Women's Education Project (WEP), which helps young women living in poverty in South Asia succeed in higher education and careers. WEP has established resource centers that provide academic, financial and social support. Zoë first went to Hyderabad, India in 1996 as a student of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Year-in-India Program. There she was introduced to educational, grassroots NGOs, helping former girl child laborers study for the first time. Later, in 2001-2004, directing the Wisconsin program in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, Zoë worked with a young woman whose dream to obtain an MBA and enter a career in finance were blocked by serious family illness and debt.  

    Zoë realized there were countless ambitious young women in similar circumstances. She thought about the obstacles they faced and the steps it would take to remove them. The idea of creating a center where young women could meet, develop skills, focus their ambitions, and expand their awareness of life’s possibilities was born. Since opening their first WEP Center in 2002, the organization now has three additional centers open throughout India. Zoë is a past Dana Hall School Distinguished Young Alumna Award recipient.



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  • Alexis Altman ’11

    Alexis Altman ’11 is a licensed certified social worker who earned her master’s degree in Social Work with a clinical concentration in children, youth and families from Boston College in 2017. Prior to this, she graduated from Merrimack College in 2015, where she majored in Psychology. Since graduating from Boston College, she has been working as a clinician at a residential school for traumatized and at-risk children and adolescents ages 12-22 utilizing the ARC framework (attachment, regulation, and competency) to guide treatment planning, as well as specialized trauma-informed interventions such as sensory-motor arousal regulation treatment (SMART).
  • Genevieve Murdock Babineau ’05

    Genevieve Murdock Babineau ’05 is the Catering Practice Manager at ezCater, the largest nationwide digital marketplace for corporate catering. Genevieve creates ezCater's educational programming for their partner community, designs the content for ezCater’s national event series and produces their thought leadership video and podcast series. Previously, Genevieve was at California Pizza Kitchen's corporate office, where she led a team of regional marketing strategists for the East Coast and built the company's marketing and sales training educational programming.
  • Allie Balter ’10

    Allie Balter ’10 is a PhD student at Columbia University studying glaciers and climate change in Greenland and Antarctica. Allie graduated from Bates College in 2014, where she majored in Geology and minored in Environmental Literature. At Bates, Allie received a grant to study reindeer herding and the environment in northern Norway. Following graduation, Allie moved to Colorado to be an outdoor educator, and then to New Hampshire to work as a geologist for an environmental consulting firm. She received a Master's in Earth and Climate Sciences from the University of Maine in 2018. At UMaine, she conducted fieldwork in Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, Scotland, and Colorado with the goal of investigating how glaciers and ice sheets have responded to past warm climates. 
  • Christina Blake ’18

    Christina Blake ’18 is a young author who published her debut novel at age 17. Christina found her passion as a novelist at 12 years old, when she began writing Sapphire and Planet Zero, her eventual first novel. Since publication, she has discussed the journey to her book’s release at conferences such as the Annual Massachusetts Association of Gifted Education Conference and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Conference. Christina has recently been accepted into Stony Brook Southampton’s Children’s Literature Fellows Program, which is a graduate-level writing program for aspiring writers who spend one year under mentorship writing a publishable manuscript. Christina plans to use this program for guidance to publish her new book. She is currently pursuing a degree at Stony Brook University where she is majoring in Health Science and minoring in Creative Writing.
  • Suzanne Bossert P19, 21

    Suzanne Bossert P19, 21 is an ordained Protestant minister who left local parish work in 2010 to explore the changing landscape of 21st-century religious institutions. In this time of being "off the grid," she has regularly published theological essays with Westminster John Knox Press and founded two grant-funded digital start-ups exploring the intersection of social media and faith. In 2014, Suzanne was matched with Maestro, an ADA-certified assistance/therapy dog in order to do ministry “on the margins.” Specifically, Suzanne and Maestro offer support to homeless women and men struggling with addiction, mental illness, and chronic health issues at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, as well as patients at Boston Medical Center through the “Healing Paws” program. Suzanne holds two graduate degrees—a Master of Divinity from Boston University as well as a Master’s in Film/Screenwriting from Regent University. 
  • Jana Friedman Brown ’90

    Jana Friedman Brown ’90 is a Boston native and a 1994 graduate of Dartmouth College. She worked in the publishing, newspaper and magazine industries before finding a niche as a screenwriter. In 2015, Jana set out on her own as a freelance writer and editor, founding 930 Creative LLC, a freelance writing and editorial services company. The driving inspiration for the change in career path was the production of her first full screenplay, The Divide, an independent feature film she created with actor/director Perry King. Jana has earned a Best First Time Screenwriter Award from the Los Angeles Film Awards (2018) and a Silver Award for screenwriting from the International Independent Film Awards (2018). Jana has two screenplays in development and recently completed her first novel.
  • Jen Carey ’10

    Jen Carey ’10 completed her undergraduate degree at George Washington University and then took a job working with developmentally disabled adults, an experience which fueled her desire pursue a career in clinical psychology. She is pursuing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. She has a passion for working with children and adolescents, particularly young people who have experienced trauma or who are on the Autism spectrum. Through qualitative methodology, her dissertation seeks to explore how social media could be impacting how adolescent females develop empathy and navigate conflicts in their friendships. She hopes to illuminate girls’ voices and hear from the digital natives who grew up using social media and networking sites in order to understand how psychologists and other mental health professionals can best support this population.
  • Courtney Caruso '05

    Courtney Caruso '05 is a senior associate in the Investigations, White Collar and Fraud department at Hogan Lovells LLP. Prior to Hogan Lovells, Courtney worked as a litigation associate in a global law firm and as a law clerk to the Honorable Jennifer C. Boal in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She is the chair of the Associate Board of Generation Citizen, a nonprofit that brings action civics programming to students across the country. Courtney also sits on the Boston Chamber of Commerce Talent Development and Retention Leadership Council and the City Awake Advisory Board, both of which promote programs and policies that will attract, develop and retain a strong talent pipeline in the greater Boston area. Most recently, Courtney served as a member of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins’ Transition Team. Courtney received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to law school, Courtney conducted research as a Fulbright Scholar in Venice, Italy.
  • Emily Cohen PhD ’02

    Emily Cohen ’02 is completing her postdoctoral training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, where she currently studies how changes in proteins and nutrients within breast cancer cells affect their response to cancer treatments in order to find ways to improve cancer treatments. Emily graduated from Connecticut College in 2006, majoring in biochemistry. She then worked as a research technician for two years before entering Yale University to pursue her PhD in Genetics. During her postdoc, she has enjoyed mentoring a Dana student each year for her Senior Project as well as hosting Dana 8th graders as part of their Career Day unit. For the last two years, she has co-led the Harvard Biotech Club, a graduate student and postdoc organization that hosts events to expose the Harvard biomedical science community to career fields that are available to science PhDs. Following her postdoc, she plans to pursue a career in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry.
  • Bethany Weaver Craig ’89

    Bethany Weaver Craig ’89 is an international community development and humanitarian professional with 18 years of experience managing programs and multi-cultural teams around the world. Bethany spent her first few years out of college traveling and teaching English in the Czech Republic and Chile. After completing a Master’s degree, she began doing professional translations for international development non-profits, which inspired a new career. Initially focusing on advocacy and policy development, she moved into partnership and grants management working directly with communities and non-profit organizations in other countries. She has worked at length in India, the Philippines, Russia, Albania and Kazakhstan, and supported projects in many other countries. In her current position, she leads the development of disaster recovery program policy and guidance for American Red Cross’s International Services Department. She is currently located in the Washington, D.C. area, but travels frequently to provide short and long-term accompaniment to Red Cross organizations, colleagues and communities around the world. Bethany holds an MA in Intercultural Communications from the University of Baltimore and a BA in English with a minor in Spanish from Hollins University.
  • Susan Dangel ’69

    Susan Dangel ’69 is an award-winning television and film producer with more than 40 years of experience in music and cultural programming. Her production repertoire includes: Evening At Pops, Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops, America’s Orchestra, A Centennial Toast to Symphony Hall, Ann Hobson Pilot: A Harpist’s Legacy, New Tanglewood Tales, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, A Birthday Tribute to Julia Child and many other programs for PBS. Susan also produces annual film night concerts for John Williams with the Boston Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl and with many of the nation’s leading orchestras. Her documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour was the recipient of the 2015 ASCAP Taylor Deems Award.
  • Sienna Durbin ’11

    Sienna Durbin ’11 is a third-year student at Harvard Medical School. She is currently doing clinical rotations and is involved in oncology research at Mass. General Hospital, where she is investigating adverse responses to immunotherapy in cancer patients. She is applying for residency programs in Internal Medicine and ultimately plans to specialize in Hematology/Oncology. Sienna went the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in Biological Sciences with a minor in Latino Studies. At Notre Dame, she worked in a cellular biology lab exploring mechanisms that help cancer cells metastasize. After college, she spent a year working as a clinical research coordinator at Mass General Hospital, working with the sarcoma oncology group to help run clinical trials.
  • Susan Eschweiler ’74

    Susan Eschweiler ’74 is Vice President and Principal of DES Architects + Engineers, where she has led and designed award-winning projects throughout Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. With 38 years of experience at DES and 28 years as Principal, Susan has been key to the growth of the firm and its expansion into new markets. As both a licensed architect and interior designer, her focus is on creating sustainable communities whether multi-building campuses, education facilities or interior workplaces.A graduate of Cornell, Susan serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Cornell’s College of Art, Architecture, and Planning. She has served on the Board of Directors for AIA San Mateo County and as a member of the City of Palo Alto’s Architectural Review Board.
  • Lizz Branson Fabel ’74

    Lizz Branson Fabel ’74 worked in the graphic design and advertising field for 23 years, including founding a “desktop publishing” company with her husband in the 1990s, followed by a Milwaukee advertising agency business manager position. In 2011, Lizz found herself downsized and decided to make her true passion, cooking and bread baking, a career. What started as Facebook posts of bread resulted in purchase requests, and lots of home deliveries. A culinary course at the French Pastry School in Chicago gave her the foundation for bread baking on a larger scale, and eight years later, she is a very minor celebrity in her small town, having been dubbed “The Bread Lady” by her farmer’s market customers. Lizz also provides meals as a personal chef for those who don’t cook at home, and occasionally does a stint or two for restaurant friends who need a hand now and then.
  • Tikikil (Tiki) Firdu MD ’94

    Tikikil (Tiki) Firdu MD ’94 is an obstetric hospitalist at Capital Health Hospital in Hopewell, N.J. Tiki received her BA in Natural Science and Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University. She then worked in HIV research in the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health before completing her Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins. After graduate school, she continued working in epidemiology research at Research Triangle Institute in Bethesda, MD. She pursued her interests in medicine and completed training in obstetrics/gynecology before becoming an obstetrics and gynecology physician.
  • Beth Gebhardt

    Beth Gebhardt has been a volunteer weekend Puppy Raiser for NEADS, National Education for Assistance Dog Services and Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, since 2013. She works with puppies which are currently being raised Monday through Friday in correctional institutions through the NEADS Prison PUP Program. Sage, Beth's fifth puppy, spends weekends with Beth learning socialization through trips to the grocery store, movie theaters, malls, restaurants and anywhere else Sage might be called upon to go with her client when matched. Training will continue until Sage reaches 16-20 months of age. Monday through Friday, Beth works as a Physical Therapist through the Visiting Nurses Association network.
  • Sophia Geffen ’09

    Sophia Geffen ’09 is a current Masters of Public Health (MPH) student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has worked domestically and abroad in HIV prevention and treatment, particularly with adolescents and the LGBTQ community. Sophia received a Princeton in Africa fellowship to work with Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative in Tanzania. Upon returning to the U.S., Sophia began working at Fenway Health, a health center that specializes in LGBTQ-competent care, where she managed a research project aimed at developing HIV prevention tools and strategies for LGBTQ youth and the adults who serve them. Sophia’s current interests are in supporting programs that are developed and led by youth for youth, particularly in sexual health and LGBTQ rights. As a member of the leadership team for the Global Campaign Against Racism and now the Social Justice Program Assistant at Johns Hopkins, she is also interested in anti-racist, anti-oppressive social justice pedagogy for public health education, research, and service provision. She received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College in Public Policy Analysis with a concentration in Global Health.
  • Joan Giblin ’94

    Joan Giblin ’94 is an assistant teaching professor at Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Education. In addition to teaching at the college level since 2004, Joan has held leadership roles in residence life, orientation programs, first year seminar, academic support programs and academic advising as well as provided strategic leadership for student support and retention initiatives. Joan has served on the executive board of the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Northeast Chapter and serves as a master reviewer for the CRLA International Tutor Training Program Certification program. Her research, which has been presented at regional and national conferences, explores the development of academic self-regulation skills in college students through intentional instructional design. She also studies higher education administration.
  • Aly Glavin ’10

    Aly Glavin ’10 is the co-owner of Pure Design Works, a Charlotte-based boutique kitchen and bath design and remodeling company. She graduated with a degree in Interior Design, minoring in entrepreneurship, from Queens University of Charlotte. Aly is a Licensed General Contractor and Business Manager. She has established a fast-growing, unique type of remodeling firm that caters to small, design-driven projects while focusing on the clients’ needs, wants and budget. In her free time, Aly continues her passion of renovating fixer-uppers and traveling to new places for inspiration. Aly is also a member of the 2019 30 Under 30 class for the National Kitchen and Bath Association. 
  • Candy Kosow Gold ’74

    Candy Kosow Gold ’74 has worked in media and the arts for more than 40 years. She worked as a journalist and Arts and Entertainment Critic in the fields of radio, TV news and print media, and she directed several community theaters and ran a children’s theatre program at the JCC. Candy served on the Board of Trustees at the Wang Center for Performing Arts in Boston for 20 years. She is currently on the Board of Advisors at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge. In 2010, she began producing and investing in plays on Broadway. Producing credits include Jagged Little Pill, Meteor Shower, Significant Other, The Heidi Chronicles, Eclipsed (Tony nomination), An Act Of God, The Glass Menagerie, The Realistic Joneses, Dead Accounts, and End of the Rainbow.  Investing credits include The Band’s Visit, Dear Evan Hansen, On Your Feet, Something Rotten, Driving Miss Daisy, The Curious Incident of The Dog In the Nighttime and many others. Candy’s other passion is food and cooking. She began producing her own local cooking and interview cable show on NewTV called Neighborhood Cooking with Candy Gold.  Candy has won several cooking and cable TV awards including a cooking competition on the Food Network in 2011. 
  • Cybill S. Goldberg LICSW, P21, P25

    Cybill S. Goldberg LICSW, P21, P25 holds a BA in Education from Miami of Ohio and a MSW from Boston College. After graduate school, Cybill became the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Eating Disorder Association (MEDA) where she provided clinical services to individuals with eating disorders and support to their families and also ran the agency’s education and prevention programs. After almost 10 years at MEDA, Cybill took a break from her career to raise her family. She recently returned to the mental health field as a private practice clinician and expanded her client population to include middle school, high school and college students struggling with stress, anxiety and depression. Cybill also works with adult women in the midst of life transitions, whether it be returning to the work force, becoming a new mom or empty-nester, or experiencing changing relationships. Recognizing that her own personal journey with meditation could be helpful to her patients, Cybill completed comprehensive training in Buddhist Psychology through the University of California, Berkley’s Great Good Science Center. 
  • Hannah Hoar ’09

    Hannah Hoar ’09 is a Product Analyst at Hubspot, which builds marketing, sales, and service software. After majoring in History at Hamilton College, she began her career at an investment consulting company in Boston before moving to New York and entering a teaching program at The Brearley School. Drawn to the ways computer science education can help build creative problem-solving skills among young women, Hannah instituted a number of in-class and after-school coding programs. She went on to work as an Analyst and Product Manager at a technology company that builds dynamic pricing software for fitness studios. In her current position as a Product Analyst at Hubspot, Hannah explores different metrics to better understand how to measure customer delight and loyalty. 
  • Kira Jacobs ’87

    Kira Jacobs ’87 has been a water quality scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1997. She works at the EPA’s Region 1 Office in Boston, which serves all six New England states. For the past 17 years, Kira has worked in the Source Water Protection program in the Drinking Water Branch. In this position, she works with New England water suppliers and communities to help protect their sources of drinking water. Her expertise in drinking water protection has given her the opportunity to work on national policy issues related to protecting water supplies nationwide. Prior to EPA, Kira spent four years working for a national environmental engineering consulting firm based in New Hampshire.
  • Jenna Kaplan

    Jenna Kaplan is Program Director at the BINA Farm Center (BFC). Upon graduating from the University of Miami with a BA in Criminology in 2012, Jenna began volunteering at BFC where she developed a passion for the field of therapeutic horsemanship. That same year, she became a PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and continues to teach therapeutic riding lessons to children and adults with emotional, cognitive, and physical challenges. Prior to becoming BFC's Associate Director, Jenna has held or acted in almost every position at BFC including Volunteer Coordinator, Program Associate, Barn Staff and Interim Equine Manager. In addition to teaching lessons at BFC's Lexington location, Jenna also teaches weekly therapeutic riding lessons at Dana Hall's Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center.
  • Brenda Kostyk P23

    Brenda Kostyk P23 is the Associate Director of Counseling in Babson College’s Career Services Division. She has 20+ years of experience in corporate and higher education settings. Brenda collaborates closely with Babson’s Accounting Division and the Blank Center for Entrepreneurship to provide resources to students with interests in accounting and entrepreneurial careers. Prior to this role, Brenda managed a variety of career programs for MBAs at Northeastern University and Babson College, and for MS and Ph.D. students at Boston College. Her corporate experience includes accounting and finance positions at the TJX Companies and Arthur Andersen & Co.  Brenda earned her BA (American Studies) from Colby College, MSA from the University of Hartford, and MA (Higher Education Administration) from Boston College.
  • Eugenie Kwan ’06

    Eugenie Kwan ’06 is a Project Architect at the Cuningham Group in Denver, CO. Prior to her move to Colorado, she led several design efforts as an Architectural Designer at CBT Architects in downtown Boston. Her experience extends from education to residential and mixed-use projects. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Architecture. Her career passions include adaptive reuse and historic preservation of regional architecture as a means of ensuring the continued storytelling of the city as it continues to grow and sustainability, both environmentally and, consequently, financially, as demand for more and more affordable housing continues to grow across the country and in Denver, in particular, where she currently resides. Her Boston-based portfolio includes: Snell Library at Northeastern University, The Fessenden School and Gables Arsenal Street, a multi-family apartment building in Watertown, Mass.
  • Peggy Smith Liversidge ’78

    Peggy Smith Liversidge ’78 founded Kitchen Chicks Catering Inc. and Cape Porpoise Kitchen in July 2003. After a 20-year career in marketing and advertising in Boston and New York, Peggy decided to leave corporate America behind to pursue her passion for cooking and entertaining. She trained with a Culinary Institute of America Certified Chef and completed a classic culinary curriculum ranging from food safety to making the perfect beurre blanc. Peggy now caters a wide variety of functions ranging from destination weddings and gala fundraisers to Maine lobster bakes and corporate meetings.
  • Marissa Lorusso ’09

    Marissa Lorusso ’09 is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and editor. She has worked at NPR Music since 2016, where she manages a project about challenging the popular music canon and a contest for undiscovered musicians.  She earned her Bachelor's degree in anthropology at Vassar College and her Master's degree in international and intercultural communications at American University. Her writing focuses on the ways that popular music intersects with questions of gender, culture and power. Outside of work, she is a songwriter under the name Keeper.
  • Alison Farlow MacKinnon ’79, P19

    Alison Farlow MacKinnon ’79, P19 is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and maintains a private practice in mind-body psychotherapy (since 1997) in Western Massachusetts, where she provides treatment for individuals and mental health professionals. She has served on the advisory boards of numerous hospitals in integrating yoga and mindfulness in their Behavioral Health clinics and has been leading workshops on mind-body therapies for more than 15 years. The main focus of her work is to address the mental and physical manifestations of trauma, by utilizing mindfulness-based interventions, positive psychology, EMDR, and movement. Additionally Alison is a Shamanic Counselor trained by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Prior to her mental health profession, MacKinnon was a public relations and advertising professional with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Needham Worldwide, and NW Ayer Chicago. She graduated from Denison University with a BA in Art History and Economics, and from Lesley University with a MA in Counseling Psychology.  
  • Kimberly Maloomian, RD, LDN, ’01

    Kimberly Maloomian, RD, LDN, ’01 owns and operates a private practice, Kimba’s Kitchen LLC, which provides medical nutrition therapy consulting services to individuals all over the country. Her clients also include The State of Rhode Island’s Early Intervention Program for children 0-3 years of age and Boston Medical Center’s Tuberculosis: Learning the Impacts of Nutrition Study (Pondicherry, India). After receiving a degree from Johnson & Wales in Culinary Nutrition, Kimberly worked for Flying J (Ogden, UT), a highway hospitality company, traveling all over the country training kitchen staffs at their plazas. From there, Kimberly joined the faculty at The New England Institute of Technology in the Nursing School and took a position at The Miriam Hospital where she worked for 10 years as the lead dietitian in their Center for Bariatric Surgery (weight loss surgery), teaching people about nutrition and how to cook for themselves, as well as conducting research on weight loss outcomes in morbidly obese patients. Kimba’s Kitchen also released it first book in December 2018 titled: Kimba’s Kitchen - Healthy Revolution.
  • Emily Martin ’14

    Emily Martin ’14 is a Boston-based business analyst at TripAdvisor. As a member of the Experiences Analytics team, she works with data to advise product managers and engineers on business decisions. Emily graduated from Vassar College in 2018 with a BA 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

    Jennifer Matthews ’05 is the Marketing Director for Academy for Advancing Leadership & Founding Partner of 100 Ways of Giving, Inc. Upon graduating from Wesleyan University in 2009, she began her career in finance at Barclays Capital and Wellington Management Company. In 2013, Jennifer entered the marketing industry as an assistant and later went on to manage major campaigns for companies like Harvard University, Voya Financial, and Georgia Tech Scheller Business School. Jennifer is the co-founder of nonprofit organization 100 Ways of Giving, and a recipient of Dana Hall’s 2016 Distinguished Young Alumna Award. She is also a Founding Social Change Fellow at, and a former delegate of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce program City Awake. Currently, Jennifer oversees marketing at Atlanta-based leadership company AAL and teaches creative women how to leverage design strategies to build the lives and businesses of their dreams. 
  • Dale McCarthy

    Dale McCarthy is the executive director at the BINA Farm Center (BFC). She has been with BFC from the beginning as a parent of a participant. Her role expanded over the years, as she volunteered as a board member, parent liaison, supporter, youth educator and office staff. In 2017 she also became a recreational rider. In addition to her role at BINA, she has served on the Human Rights Committee of the Charles River Center since 2013, and has been a Teamwork and Leadership Coach for Babson College undergraduates yearly since 2014. Prior to her work at BINA, Dale was a Prosecutor and Victim Witness Advocate with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, focusing on domestic violence prevention. Dale attended Tufts University and Northeastern School of Law.
  • Jacquelyn Smith McKee ’06

    Jacquelyn Smith McKee ’06 is the Director of Content at FlexJobs, an online job board and career resource for both job seekers and professionals. She has nine years of experience writing and editing content related to the job market, the job search process, and career success. While earning her Masters in Journalism in 2010, Jacquelyn began working for Forbes, where she wrote a column titled “Campus to Career” and co-authored an e-book on finding and keeping your dream job. She then moved over to Business Insider, where she was the editor of the Careers section. Jacquelyn has appeared on “Good Morning America,” radio segments and contributed to various publications as a career expert.
  • Allison McPartland ’09

    Allison McPartland ’09 is a Category Manager at Wayfair. She always knew she wanted to work in retail, since pursuing a degree in retail management at Santa Clara University. She has experience working in buying and allocation for companies such as Sara Campbell, Hugo Boss, and TJX. She was recognized in 2013 as a YMA Fashion Scholar and most recently as Homeworld Business's Impactful Merchants of 2018. Allison loves working for a fast-paced e-commerce company built around technology, while her specific focus is growing the Cabinet Hardware business and strengthening vendor relationships.
  • Laura Moore M.Ed. ’74

    Laura Moore M.Ed. ’74, Principal of ClutterClarity LLC, teaches people the essential fresh perspectives and life skills we all need to enjoy decluttering, organizing, downsizing or moving. Over 15 years, Laura has honed The ClutterClarity Method, unique holistic approach to help women achieve sustainable relief from the emotional and logistical burden of too much in their homes and lives. As a life coach, professional organizer and move manager, Laura works in homes locally, and across the world remotely thanks to the popularity of the ClutterClarity YouTube Channel. Prior to ClutterClarity, Laura ran Moore Communications, creating marketing tools for independent financial, legal and medical companies, and worked alongside Henry Hampton, producer of the award-winning Eyes on the Prize civil rights documentary. Laura has a BA in sociology and economics from Boston College, and studied conflict resolution and how people learn at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Publications include: The Retail Revolution, co-authored with labor economist, Barry Bluestone and others, Paper Clarity at a Glance: What to Keep, Where and When to Shred, now in its 3rd edition, and Prepare to Care: Conversations to Prepare for Illness or End of Life. Laura is currently writing a book called It’s Your Mess, but Not Your Fault.
  • Karen Middleton ’84

    Karen Middleton ’84 is the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado. NARAL’s mission is to support and protect, as a fundamental right and value, a woman's freedom to make personal decisions regarding reproductive health care. Previously, Karen served as the president of Emerge America, a national political organization that trains Democratic women to run for elected office. Karen served in the Colorado State Legislature from February 2008 through 2010, where she was in a leadership position as Majority Caucus Chair and a member of the Education and Business Affairs and Labor Committees. From November 2004-February 2008, she served on Colorado's elected State Board of Education representing the 7th Congressional District. In addition to six years as an elected official, Karen's work includes teaching political science, serving as a trainer for the White House Project and the Center for Progressive Leadership, and creating the bipartisan Colorado Legislative Women's Caucus. Karen holds a BA degree from Mount Holyoke College, an MA in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Denver, and an MA in Higher Education Governance from the University of Denver.
  • Catherine Minahan ’11

    Catherine Minahan ’11 is the corporate relations manager at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). Catherine’s passion for helping others started at Dana Hall School where she was an advocate for the homeless by organizing sock drives for BHCHP. At Colby College, where she obtained her degree in Anthropology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, she started the Maine chapter of Birthday Wishes, an organization that provides birthday parties to children living in shelters. While at Colby, in the fall of 2013, Catherine traveled to Nepal, Jordan, and Chile to study women’s healthcare through a comparative human rights program. After interning at BHCHP, Hill Holiday and upon graduation, working in tech sales at a late-stage startup, Catherine returned to BHCHP in Boston’s South End. There she sees parallels between the conditions of the developing communities abroad and the barriers to health care faced by the homeless in Boston. Catherine is preparing for nursing school by taking the science and math classes that are prerequisites for a full-time program. She also cuddles babies in the NICU at Boston Medical Center through the CALM program, which supports families after the birth of their infant.
  • Deborah Newman ‘69

    Deborah Newman ‘69 founded MusicStrat in 2008 to combine her deep experience in the music, television and video businesses with her interest in copyright and digital media. MusicStrat advises music/tech companies on copyright, content licensing and digital distribution. Newman was an early pioneer in digital music in the mid-90s, serving as VP of Marketing & Sales at online retailer Music Boulevard and later Head of Marketing for early subscription services FullAudio and Pressplay. Prior to that, she spent 20 years at CBS Records/Sony Music. In 1984, she helped launch Sony Music Video Enterprises, a new division charged with producing and distribution longform concert and documentary programming to the worldwide television and home video marketplace. Her work with artists such as Billy Joel, James Taylor, Public Enemy, Wynton Marsalis and others garnered numerous accolades, including a George Foster Peabody Award and two CableAce Awards.
  • Andrea Hoadley Nix '71

    Andrea Hoadley Nix '71 is the Chief Financial Officer at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, having served there since 2012. Prior to that, she had spent 11 years in financial management roles in higher education, at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and at Brandeis University, and before that was the CFO at Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield, MA for eight years.  Andrea is an alumna of Smith College, where she majored in History of Art.  She earned an MBA in 1984, was awarded the CPA certificate the same year, and she worked in public accounting at KPMG for several years.
  • Annika Noelle ’05

    Annika Noelle ’05 is a Los Angeles-based actress. She attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and spent her early career on stage at the Geffen Playhouse and the Kennedy Center. Her film and television work includes Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys, a recurring role on ABC Family’s Chasing Life and she currently portrays Hope Logan on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. When she is not acting, Annika is an advocate for environmental conservation and animal welfare, volunteering at her local shelters and with the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand in support of the rescue and rehabilitation of elephants and other wildlife.
  • Liz Noonan ’08

    Liz Noonan ’08 is a recruiter at Vox Media where she builds teams in the entertainment and technology divisions of the company. She attended Connecticut College where she earned a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Theater. Soon after graduating in 2012, Liz landed a role on the recruiting team at Discovery Communications in New York and has been a recruiter (and a New Yorker!) ever since. Her areas of expertise include the media, entertainment, and tech industries. After Discovery, Liz spent time working at Vimeo and MealPal. The part of her job that Liz loves the most is coaching her candidates as they transition between jobs and make important life decisions.
  • Tulia Herrera Plumettaz

    Tulia Herrera Plumettaz is the Associate Director of Data Science at Wayfair, where she leads algorithm development and deployment for the company’s merchandising business unit, which spans 9M products, 10K vendors and 25M images. Prior to Wayfair, Tulia led the operations research team at Bridj—a VC backed public transportation services company prior to its acquisition by the Australian transit authority. She also worked as an oil and gas field engineer designing power transmission lines connecting the factory to the power grid in Colombia. Her Ph.D. work focused on theoretical market design for human kidney exchanges. Tulia has a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Columbia University, and a bachelor and masters in Electrical Engineering from Universidad De Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Tulia is the cousin of Aluna ’22 and Ayelen ’24 Herrera.
  • Marynee Pontes ’12

    Marynee Pontes ’12 is a senior program coordinator with the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) a national nonprofit research and advisory organization that works to drive economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector investment. She manages the Inner City Capital Connections program, an executive leadership training program that positions second-stage entrepreneurs for long-term growth. In addition, Marynee serves as a Board Member for Strong Women, Strong Girls, a nonprofit that aims to eliminate the achievement gap in young girls in underserved communities through a mentorship model with college women. As a previous girl participant and college mentor, Marynee brings her experience to help the program maximize its impact and support the development of the young girls and college mentors. Before transitioning to ICIC, Marynee worked in Accra, Ghana, as a Project Manager with Studio 189, an ethical fashion social enterprise that creates sustainable fashion items while empowering local female artisans. Marynee graduated from Tufts University with a degree in International Relations, Economics and Africana Studies.
  • Samantha Richard

    Samantha Richard is an undergraduate student studying Environmental and Earth Science and Biology at Fitchburg State University. She is a part-time weather observer and educator at Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, Mass., and she is a research assistant in a number of different labs focusing mainly on microplastics in aquatic systems. She was part of the first research team studying microplastics in watersheds in Central Massachusetts. After graduation, Samantha plans to go to graduate school to pursue a degree in Natural History and hopefully become an Environmental Paleontologist. 
  • Diane Sabatini ’79

    Diane Sabatini ’79 has spent the last two decades working in production, both in the United States and internationally, with some of Hollywood’s most esteemed filmmakers. She just completed principal photography in Savannah, GA as executive producer on Disney’s live-action/CG adaptation of the beloved animated classic Lady and the Tramp, due for release in November 2019. Prior to this Diane served as co-producer on films such as Silence, Nocturnal Animals, Blackhat and Unstoppable. She began her foray into film production management on numerous Jerry Bruckheimer films including Armageddon and The Rock.  Diane also has ventured into television serving as producer the Amazon series Jean-Claude Van Johnson and the movie Killing Reagan for National Geographic. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America.
  • Debbie Saint-Clair ’04

    Debbie Saint-Clair ’04 is Creative Consultant at Oliver Agency - North America and CoFounder of 100 Ways of Giving, a non-profit organization geared towards engaging millennials of color in philanthropy and civic engagement. Her main responsibility is to ensure the organization’s vision remains structured and aligned through communications, public affairs and/or management of daily operations.  Debbie also enjoys flexing her creative and project management muscles as a creative consultant at Oliver Agency, an in-house advertising, and media agency that helps corporations build their brands. In years to come, Debbie sees herself as a serial entrepreneur with business interests that encompass all her passions while continuing to engage in philanthropic endeavors that focus on giving back to underserved populations.
  • Nina Schatz ’11

    Nina Schatz ’11 is an architectural designer at Goody Clancy in Boston. Nina believes in the importance of the built environment, especially in regards to existing and historic buildings. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University with a minor in Architectural History. Nina's work experience includes summer internships during college at Reverse Architecture in Somerville and athenaHealth in Watertown. She began working at Goody Clancy post-graduation and has been there for the past three years. She is currently working towards her architectural licensure.
  • Lisa Chamberlain Schimmel ’78, P12

    Lisa Chamberlain Schimmel ’78, P12 is a CPA and has a wealth of experience in small to medium size non-profits as well as for-profit companies, including expertise in accounting, reporting and strategic planning. Lisa is currently the CFO at the FSH Society. Prior to joining the FSH Society, she was the CFO at Diagnostics for All (DFA) and the Director of Finance and Human Resources at the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. Lisa taught financial and managerial accounting at Boston College from 1992 to 2011. While teaching, she also served on several non-profit boards and finance committees, including the Wayland Finance Committee. Prior to her teaching experience she was a manager in Arthur Andersen’s Enterprise Group.
  • Laura Littlechild Seele ’00

    Laura Littlechild Seele ’00 is a marketing executive specializing in luxury goods. In 2006 Laura founded a contemporary art gallery in Boston, focusing on fine art photography, art glass, and works by artisans from around the world. The gallery earned several distinctions including Best of Boston awards, a feature on “Chronicle”, and an exhibit at the InterContinental Hotel. In 2009 Laura elected to pursue an MBA from Babson College, graduating in 2011 with a concentration in Strategy, and relocated to New York City where she joined Steinway & Sons. There she founded a new department focused on limited edition and bespoke pianos before joining the Global Marketing team where she worked on brand strategy and new product development. Laura joined Crane Stationery in 2016, where she leads the Marketing team on a mission to shape a new strategic vision for the “original” social media.  Laura holds a BA in English Literature and Psychology from Emory University and an MBA from Babson College.  
  • Heather Wish Staller ’01

    Heather Wish Staller ’01 is a cooking instructor, recipe developer, Instagram lover and mom of two boys. She has a passion for getting kids into the kitchen and helping parents raise happy, healthy eaters and future home chefs. After attending Bowdoin College and taking lots of Art and Education classes, she decided to fulfill her life-long dream of attending culinary school. After attending the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Heather enjoyed working at restaurants and as a private chef but found true happiness teaching cooking to kids at Create a Cook, a recreational cooking school in Newton. After working at that school for 10 years, Heather started her own business teaching cooking in preschools and educational centers in the North Shore area. She also works at home part-time developing recipes for brand partnerships and other collaborations.
  • Holly Richardson Todd ’74

    Holly Richardson Todd ’74 began her career in the art world as a Public Affairs Assistant at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She received her doctorate in 1991 from Brown University with a dissertation on the landscape painting of the Berlin painter Max Liebermann (1847-1935). For the next 26 years, she worked as a freelance art historian based in Hannover, Germany. Holly has published guides and essays for exhibition catalogues primarily for northern German museums, written reviews for the Hannover newspaper and other publications, given lectures and tours and opened gallery exhibitions. She was involved in the founding of the Max Liebermann Villa, a museum with a historic garden in the lake district on the outskirts of Berlin in 2006 and still serves on its academic advisory board. In 2008-09 she chaired the International Women’s Association Hannover e.V. and also edited several editions of its guide to life in Hannover and Germany. Before moving to Hamburg in 2017 she taught German to refugees as a volunteer and continues to mentor a Syrian family there. She currently serves on the Board of the American Women’s Club of Hamburg e.V. as Membership Chair.
  • Christa Waegemann ’04

    Christa Waegemann ’04 works for an American organization in Berlin called Creative Associates International, supporting operations for a short-term pilot project that aims to establish a skilled, capacitated community police force in Raqqa, Syria, with the aim to improve security, reduce friction between residents and security forces, and leave less space for malign actors in a post-conflict setting. Christa received her BA from the George Washington University. Her first job after college was as the Personal Assistant and Social Secretary to the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States at the Iraqi Embassy. She relocated to Berlin, Germany and later completed her Master’s in Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance. In 2016, she moved to Baghdad, Iraq, where she was the Country Director for an Iraqi NGO called Mercy Hands for Humanitarian Aid that focused on emergency food distribution, child protection and education in Southern Iraq. In November 2016, Christa moved to Northern Iraq (Kurdistan) and directed a French NGO called La Chaine de L’espoir (Chain of Hope) that specialized in emergency surgeries with the hope to respond to the liberation of Mosul. In mid-2017, she returned home to Germany and worked for a German NGO called CBM (Christian Blind Mission) and managed a portfolio of projects in Palestine, Egypt, and Jordan.
  • Natalie Weeks ’04

    Natalie Weeks ’04 is the Strategy & Partnerships Director of the Athens Partnership,
    which fosters philanthropic public/private partnerships. Natalie also serves as the
    Bloomberg Associates Project Manager for the Municipality of Athens. Previously, she
    was the Deputy Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News in Athens and spent five years
    covering the European financial crisis, focusing on Greece and Cyprus. She holds a BA
    from Boston University and an MA in Global Communications from American University
    of Paris (AUP), where she was the valedictorian. Since 2017, she has served as a
    career mentor for undergraduates at AUP.
  • Carlann “Lannie” Smith Welch PhD ’73

    Carlann “Lannie” Smith Welch PhD ’73 is a psychologist in private practice in Portland, Maine. She entered the field with a Master’s degree in psychiatric/mental health nursing. She later earned her doctorate in clinical psychology and most recently completed a post-master’s certificate for licensure as a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. She has conducted hundreds of forensic evaluations over the past 20+ years. Initially, Lannie focused on the abuse and neglect of children; however, for the past several years, she has built upon her expertise in trauma to help adolescents. Within the juvenile system, she has conducted assessments and provided expert witness testimony relating to trauma, risk of recidivism, competency to stand trial, and bindover/waiver to adult court. Lannie has served on many community boards and is currently a member of the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services, is Co-Chair of Maine’s Juvenile Justice Reform Work Group, and is a long-time board member for Preble Street, a Portland-based organization that provides services for homeless teens and adults.
  • Kathy Whelan P01

    Kathy Whelan P01 began her professional career as a Wall Street lawyer, followed by several decades of being a stay-at-home mother. Kathy returned to her college alma mater after 45 years to turn her lifelong interest in health and wellness into a new career. Now a certified Integrative Health Coach through Duke Integrative Medicine, Kathy is founder of Whelan Health & Wellness Coaching LLC. Her mindfulness-based health coaching helps clients discover a unique path to personally meaningful, long-lasting health habit change. With an emphasis on wellness rather than the absence of disease, she helps clients across a variety of areas that impact whole health such as movement, exercise and rest; nutrition; personal and professional development; relationships and communication; spirituality; mindfulness; and the mind-body connection. She also offers mindfulness programs for corporate clients.
  • Deborah Goldberg Williams ’84

    Deborah Goldberg Williams ’84 is a Director in the Chief Data Office at BNY Mellon, where she has responsibility for global Risk Management data. She is a financial technology expert with more than 25 years of direct experience in financial services and related technology companies. In addition to advising banks and technology companies on risk management and trading technologies, she built three companies dedicated to this work, serving clients in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She spent much of her career advising on market trends, product positioning and strategy for both established products and startups/new market entrants as well as guiding financial institutions on technology adoption. Prior to BNY Mellon, Debbie directed the marketing and business development efforts for the Risk Analytics business at S&P Capital IQ. Previous positions include Head of Marketing and Business Development at R2 Financial Technologies, Director of the Basel II Program for RBS Citizens Bank, and co-founder and COO of Meridien Research. Her published works address market and credit risk, asset liability management, operational risk management systems, as well as profitability systems, payment systems, and a variety of trading room applications. Debbie is a member of the steering committee and previous regional director for the Boston region and a founding member of PRMIA (Professional Risk Management International Association). She is a member of the IAQF (International Association of Quantitative Finance) Advisory Board. Debbie holds a BA in Economics from Vassar College and an MBA from the Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.
  • Hannah Van Winkle ’99

    Hannah Van Winkle ’99 is an Emmy-Award winning producer for The Today Show and Sunday Today with Willie Geist. She began her career as an NBC page more than 15 years ago. Since then, she has worked in local news at WNBC, development at ABC, and in teen news at Channel One News. She currently has her dream job.


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