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Alumnae

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.


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 Staff Attorney at a non-profit called the Public Utility Law Project. She joined the organization when residing in Albany, NY but now works remotely from Cambridge, Massachusetts where she lives with her husband Steve and newborn, Grace. Since graduating from Dana, Lisabeth has served as a Class Agent and Girls Summer Leadership Program Professional Mentor. After living out of state for 18 years, Lisabeth is excited to return back to Massachusetts and reconnect with the Dana Hall community. Through her work on the Council’s Communications Committee, she is helping Dana Hall streamline its alumnae communication strategy.
 


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.


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 (6) and Scarlett (2). 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.


Allison McPartland ’09

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:

The Ship

FAVORITE CLASS:

American Identities with Mr. Goodson

FAVORITE DANA TRADITION:

Shhh (*

HOBBIES:

Traveling, spinning

"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.”


Allison is the Category Manager for Lighting at Wayfair. She joined the Council because she believes Dana Hall helped shape who who she is today, and is eager to reconnect with other alumnae in the Boston area and engage with current students.


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.”