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.
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.
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.
"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."
Lisa Aronson Altman, ’78, P11, 16
“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."
“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.”
“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.”
Guida Estrela Mattison ’98
“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.”
"We all have so many great memories from Dana and are bonded by the traditions we all went through. It's important to build new memories with other Dana alumnae that will bring us all back to the community that not only introduced us, but helped mold us as teenagers and young adults. As a Council, I hope we increase alumnae engagement and improve the sense of community among alumnae after they leave Dana.”
Rachel Bebchick Naggar ’92
“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.”