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Summer 2009

Sr. Margaret Ormond, O.P.,

’60 is elected Prioress of the
Dominican Sisters of Peace
(p. 6) ; Kathleen Maher
Foley, M.D., ’61 is honored
at the annual Board of
Trustees Cocktail Reception
& Silent Auction (p. 8)

Dominican Academy
welcomes the new
administration: Sr. Barbara
Kane, O.P., Principal and
Sr. Patricia Connick, O.P.,
Assistant Principal
W W W . D O M I N I C A N A C A D E MY . O RG

Dear Alumnae, Parents, and Friends, Science. They must be exposed to the beauty of art, dance and
music as well as be able to effectively navigate the ever-changing
“Cry out with joy to the Lord digital landscape.
Serve the Lord with gladness!”
My role at Dominican Academy is to enable our faculty to
These lines from Psalm 100 sum up my feelings about becoming continuously strengthen and update their skills while keeping our
the Principal of Dominican Academy in the fall of 2009. This past curriculum at the cutting edge, so that our girls are prepared to
year, teaching both freshmen and juniors at D.A. was a true delight succeed in a competitive world. Success is measured academically
and reinforced for me the value of an all-girls high school. In my but also spiritually as they live out the values of their faith.
Morality class this year, I watched our girls struggle with moral
issues, passionately debate them in class and then maturely agree We must also protect the charm of this beautiful building while
to disagree about the outcomes. I’ve seen the metaphorical “light we provide the most up-to-date educational facilities. Using our
bulb” come on when a student finally understands a complex financial resources wisely will allow us to continue our tradition
concept. I have witnessed a student surrounded in hugs from her of educating students of modest means and varied cultures at this
classmates after sharing a painful experience. excellent school. Raising funds to keep our tuition affordable and
increasing scholarship dollars will be a primary focus of my time
D.A. prepares our girls to be thoughtful, articulate and excited and energy. It is a big job and a sacred trust.
about making a difference in the world. We enable them to
become leaders and to take responsibility for their actions. Our I cannot do this alone. I need your help and prayers to keep the
girls have many gifts and talents. The quality and quantity of tradition of excellence alive at D.A. Many of you have been very
these gifts were recently on display at the annual Career Day. generous with your time, talent, and treasure, and for this, we are
Sixteen alums spoke to our junior class, sharing their stories of very grateful. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. I
college and career life, and offering valuable advice for life during look forward to meeting you, so please stop by when you are in the
– and after –D.A. They were impressive! They inspire me to do all neighborhood or attend a D.A. event. Never hesitate to contact me.
that I can as Principal to ensure that our future alums are ready to I’m excited about serving both our Lord and our girls with great
44 EAST 68TH STREET • NEW YORK, NY 10065 •

be just as impressive. joy here at Dominican Academy.

Like all of us, D.A. students face an exciting but challenging

world. It is critical that we prepare them to meet these challenges. Yours in St. Dominic and St. Catherine,
They must be rooted in their faith and encouraged to share that
faith through service. At a minimum, they must have a solid
foundation in English, History, Mathematics, Languages and
Sr. Barbara Kane, O.P.


Inside veritas:
Doreen Lobelle, ’00
Associate Director of Communications & Special Events

Event Photography
Jo Ann Schilling Fannon, ’68
Associate Director of Admissions 3 Class of 2009 Congratulations
Christina Vasilas, ‘10
4 Career Day 2009
Contributing Writers 6 Alumna Elected Prioress
Amanda Bakowski, ‘10 of Dominican Sisters of Peace
Katie Leo 8 The 2009 Board of Trustees Reception & Auction
Campus Minister/Religion Teacher
10 The Significance of Service
Danielle Romano, ‘10
11 Updates from the Alumnae Association
Jennifer Stewart, ‘10
12 Not Your Ordinary February Winter Break
Veritas is presented bi-annually by the
14 The Veritas Bulletin Board
Development Office:
Sheila Joyce 15 The Mother-Daughter Luncheon
Director of Development 16 The Class of 1959 Reunion Weekend
Doreen Lobelle
18 Alumnae Notes
Associate Director of Communications & Special Events
22 In Memoriam
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The class of 2009, with a total of 51
graduates, earned approximately $10
million in scholarships and grants to
many of the nation’s top colleges and

The Valedictorian of the Class of 2009

was Briana Pigott; the Salutatorian
was Caitlin Sonnemann.

The Mother Stephanie Award was

given to Nicole Casey, while the All
Dominican Girl Award was given to
Isabel Losada.

The following is a list of the graduating

seniors and the colleges/universities
they plan to attend in the fall:

Danielle Marie Amodeo Amherst College Isabel J. Losada Columbia University

Marie Badagliacca State University of New York, Binghamton Kristen J. MacFarlane Cornell University
Katie Marie Boyle Fairfield University Katherine Jessica Maksim Loyola College in Maryland
Sara Marie Bozsik University of Rhode Island Gabrielle Margiotta Sacred Heart University
Mackenzie Grace Carro Boston College Caitlin McCauley State University of New York, New Paltz
Nicole Tin-Wai Casey Fordham University Kimberly Ann Merani State University of New York, Binghamton
Brittany Lisa Cole Franklin and Marshall College Marga Bridget Morrissey Rollins College
Annick Louise DaCorta Skidmore College Justine Ashley O’Sullivan Connecticut College
Kimberly Brereton Durand-Green Marymount Manhattan College Silvia Natalie Orozco State University of New York, Purchase
Kristen Dushaj State University of New York, New Paltz Kelle Michelle Patterson Carnegie Mellon University
Ariana Elefterakis Fordham University Elizabeth Peet The City College of New York
Lindsey Anne Feldman University of Delaware Briana Rose Pigott Yale University
Rose Hurley Ferris Lehigh University Chloe A. Politis College of Mount Saint Vincent
Viktoria Gabor State University New York, Stony Brook Allysson Melissa Prada Sacred Heart University
Samantha Halpern The Catholic University of America Linda Grace Ramirez Hofstra University
Cáit Ellen Lane Hennessy State University of New York, Cobleskill Emily Patricia Regan Quinnipiac University
Lauren Ann Hernandez Quinnipiac University Michelle Iris Ortuoste-Rollenas State University of New York, Cortland
Alexandra Dean Hitzler Syracuse University Stephanie Rogan Rynne State University of New York, Albany
Jacqueline Mary Hogan Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College Sofia Amalia Sainz State University New York, Binghamton
Mary Elizabeth Huerster Washington and Lee University Nicola Scalise City University of New York, Hunter College
Janaé Rose Hunte University of Michigan Caitlin Rose Sonnemann Fairfield University
Sandra Marie Ianniello Fordham University Nicole Marie Stark Fairfield University
Orla Kerr State University of New York, Geneseo Kimberly Janinne Suarez Fairfield University
Elizabeth Kiyashka Fordham University Cynthia Lauren Vella Cornell University
Victoria Lynn Laino City University of New York, Hunter College Bernadette-Kathryn S. Zuniga Moravian College
Kristen Marie Leopoldi Sacred Heart University
Dominican Academy | page 4


Career Day 2009 For Juniors By Amanda Bakowski ’10 & Jennifer Stewart ‘10

On May 19, 2009, the junior class came to

school, uncertain of what the day would hold.
Dominican Academy’s annual Career Day
for Juniors was to take place that morning
and the Mezzanine was already filled with
alumnae: women in business suits, greeting
each other and sharing memories of their
own time at D.A.

We all piled into the Auditorium to hear the

panel speak about their careers. The group
included a wide range of professions,
including an editor, retired professor, and
even a Peace Corps volunteer. Each alumna
shared her own story and explained what
exactly her job entailed. Many also gave
advice to the current D.A. students. Most
of the speakers stressed the importance
of writing as a necessary skill to develop.
Christina O’Keeffe, a returned Peace Corps
volunteer and current copy editor assured Career Day volunteers, L to R: Kristen Farren, Maria Mercader, Angela Taylor, Vanessa Reggiardo,
us, “Writing supports everything you Antoinette Freeman, Margaret Besheer and Maura Flannery (not pictured: Suzanne Musho)
do.” Many others stated the importance
of internships. Kristin Shea, a former longer commute. She advised, “If you’re occupation multiple times showed us that
litigation partner, got a summer internship not happy, make a change.” not everybody knows exactly what they’re
and stayed with the firm for twenty years. going to do with their life after high school.
Kathryn Lopez interned on Capitol Hill, The Chapel also housed an eclectic On the other hand, the speakers who had
which opened the door to her career as panel of alumnae. From the owner of an been set in their field since college were
an editor in a political news environment. architecture firm to a U.N. correspondent also inspirational. Their love for their work
Lopez reminded the juniors to be versatile to a marketing head, a plethora of career further strengthened the juniors’ decisions
and willing, no matter the job. She began paths were represented. All of the alumnae, to go into certain fields. All of the panelists
her job by answering the phone and said, although employed in different fields, had were very approachable and open to
“Making the coffee was not below me.” one thing in common: Each loved their job. questions, which helped end the event on
Their passion for their area of work was a positive note.
The most important point stressed by undeniable; it was easy to tell from the note
the alumnae was that your career is your of excitement that crept into their voices Career Day was a great day for all of the
choice, so make it something you love. Dr. when they explained what they do for a juniors. It inspired us to follow our dreams,
Julia Upton, a professor of Theology and living. Some of the most inspiring speakers even when they seem uncertain. It also
Provost of St. John’s University advised, were ones who began their journeys most showed us that you do not have to plan out
“Seize opportunities and don’t be afraid uncertain. These alums, who had changed your whole life to be successful and happy.
to change your mind.” Carla Loffredo had careers a few times, greatly calmed the Sometimes a little uncertainty can lead to
changed her mind in her career path – and fears of the juniors. Deciding what to the greatest discoveries! Many thanks to
doesn’t regret it. She gave up a job that was do with the rest of your life is a very big Ms. Lobelle, Ms. Adlow and the Alumnae
a three-minute walk from her home, so she decision, one that many juniors have yet Association for coordinating this event at
could get back into the field of advertising, to figure out. Hearing the stories of these D.A. We hope the Class of 2011 will enjoy
which she loved, but entailed a much working women who had changed their Career Day next year as much as we did!
Summer 2009 | page 5


Margaret Besheer, ’85 Elizabeth McCabe, ’95 Kristin Shea, Esq., ’82
U.N. Correspondent, Director of Government Relations, Former litigation partner,
Voice of America John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY Conway, Farrell, Curtin & Kelly, PC

Kristen Farren, ’00 Maria Carla Mercader, ‘83 Alexandra Sununu, ‘60
Media Strategy Supervisor, Producer, Teacher/Professor in Romance
OMD CBS News Languages,
Maura Flannery, ’65 Suzanne Musho, ’86
Professor of Biology & Director of the Owner and Managing Member, Angela Taylor, ’79
Center for Teaching and Learning, Musho Architecture Assistant to Mayor/Chief of Staff,
St. John’s University City of New Rochelle
Christina O’Keeffe, ‘93
Antoinette Mirsberger Freeman, ’99 Copywriter/copyeditor & Julia Upton, RSM, ’63
Former Staff Accountant, returned US Peace Corps volunteer Provost & Professor of Theology,
Fordham University St. John’s University
Vanessa Reggiardo, ’85
Carla S. Loffredo, ‘69 Vice President,
President and CEO, Global Marketing, Color Cosmetics, AVON
MAXUS Advertising
Elizabeth Schoentube, ’97
Kathryn Lopez, ‘94 Vice President,
Editor, Human Capital Management Division,
National Review Online Goldman Sachs & Co.

Career Day volunteers, L to R: Alexandra Sununu, Kathryn Lopez, Christina O’Keeffe, Kristin Shea,
Elizabeth McCabe, Carla Loffredo, Elizabeth Schoentube and Julia Upton, R.S.M.

Photo credit:
Christiana Vasilas, ‘10
Dominican Academy | page 6


Sr. Margaret Ormond, O.P., ’60 and Her Roles
of “First Among Equals” and Preacher of Peace

On Saturday, April 18, 2009, the newly “Our world is hungry for
formed congregation, Dominican Sisters
of Peace, elected their first Prioress, Sister the Gospel and we, as
Margaret Ormond, O.P., a Dominican
Academy alumna from the class of
Dominicans, are charged in
1960. As Prioress, which translates a special way to witness to
as “first among equals,” Sr. Margaret
will oversee the new beginnings of this Gospel with joy, wisdom,
this new congregation. Before you can and example. Adapting this
truly understand the significance of
her election, you should first know mission to today’s globalized
the background of this brand-new
world, especially with its
recent economic challenges,
On Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009, the
Dominican Sisters of Peace officially will require sacrifice, study,
formed by the union of the following prayer, and teamwork on the
seven congregations of Dominican
Sisters: Dominican Congregation of St. part of the leadership and
Rose of Lima (Oxford, MI); Dominican
Sisters, Congregation of St. Mary (New
membership alike.”
Orleans, LA); Dominican Sisters of Great
Bend (Great Bend, KS); Dominican Sisters, – Sr. Margaret Ormond,
St. Mary of the Springs (Columbus,
OH); Dominicans of St. Catharine (St. O.P., Prioress
Catharine, KY); Eucharistic Missionaries
of St. Dominic (New Orleans, LA); and
Sisters of St. Dominic of the Immaculate
had previously been at the bottom. It was Mary of the Springs is one of the seven
Heart of Mary (Akron, OH). The name
clear that there really was a call for peace, congregations that united to form this
was chosen by the congregations’
especially in our world today, so now new congregation. Rest assured that D.A.
membership through a lengthy process
we are called to be preachers of peace.” is still in good hands with those who are
that included several phases of reflection
The Dominican Sisters of Peace, with 653 dedicated to the Dominican Order.
and input gathering. Sr. Margaret recalls
sisters and 523 associates, will serve in 38
how the name truly was God-given:
states, and in Honduras, New Zealand, This brings us back to Sr. Margaret.
“There were two different meetings going
Nigeria, Peru, Puerto Rico, Tanzania, and Originally hailing from Brooklyn,
on about the name of the congregation,
Vietnam. New York, Sr. Margaret was one of
both on different sides of the country.
four sisters who attended Dominican
At both meetings, without knowing
This also means that Dominican Academy. She was third to graduate
what was going on at the other, those in
Academy is now run by the congregation, after Sr. Catherine Ormond, C.S.J. in 1957
attendance agreed to move Dominican
Dominican Sisters of the Peace, as St. and Regina Ormond Fay in 1959 while
Sisters of Peace to the top of the list, as it
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youngest sister, Mary Ormond Madden, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South the globe, including Slovakia, Ireland,
graduated in 1962. Regina Ormond Africa. She said, “I’ll miss my African Germany, and America. Working with
Fay ’59 has since passed away. After sisters very much but I hope to keep these varied backgrounds, Sr. Margaret
graduating from Dominican Academy their example of faith and peace close will discover what is essential about all
in 1960, Sr. Margaret went on to study to my heart.” Her biggest challenge, she of their lives, and how they can integrate
at Marymount Manhattan College. In believes, will be to nurture her African their cultures into this new, unified
1962, she joined the Dominican Sisters, soul in a United States context. She is congregation.
St. Mary of the Springs. She was Prioress confident in fulfilling her obligations as
of that congregation from 1990 to 1996. Prioress, though, as she will be working She will also work to create welcoming
From 1997 until 2007, she was the alongside four women who have all been communities, so that others may join
International Coordinator for Dominican Prioresses of other congregations in their the congregation. She believes there is a
Sisters International. In the past two lifetimes and have much experience and hunger for the Gospel, and that people
years, she had been a consultant for a wisdom to share. She also is stimulated want to live lives that reflect this Gospel.
Catholic foundation targeting leadership by the Chapter Commitments approved It is hoped that the Church will uphold
among African Religious. She also has a by the delegates at their recent Chapter, its Catholic ideals and will allow for
background in theology with an S.T.L. which read: others to discover their calling to preach
from the Angelicum University in Rome. the Gospel, just like Sr. Margaret did
Her past ministries include formation “Radically open to ongoing conversion in the 1960’s. In today’s world, though,
and high school teaching. into the peace of Christ, we commit this proves to be a challenge, but the
ourselves to be women of peace who: congregation will be ready, as it has
Her wealth of previous experience, • Study, contemplate, and preach appointed two vocation directors, with
obvious fervor for service work and God’s revelation discovered in the the promise of a third.
dedication to the Order led her fellow unfolding mystery of creation and in
sisters to nudge her to put her name Sacred Scripture. Sr. Margaret will officially embark on
in for a leadership position when the this new journey on August 8, 2009,
Sisters of Peace formed. Listening not to • Create environments of peace by which also happens to be the feast of St.
her own wants, but instead to the call of promoting non-violence, unity in Dominic. While she isn’t busy making a
her sisters, she was willing to leave her diversity, and reconciliation among difference in the world with her fellow
name in the selection process. Letters of ourselves, the Church and others. Sisters of Peace, she’ll read, exercise,
endorsement followed, as did prayer and and visit with family and friends, most
contemplation, and she was officially • Promote justice through solidarity especially her brother, sister-in-law and
nominated along with 12 others. After with those who are marginalized, niece and nephew, who just so happen to
more prayer and reflection, as well as especially women and children, and also live in Ohio!
a good night’s sleep, Sr. Margaret was work with others to identify and
officially elected as Prioress and humbly transform oppressive systems. With support all the way from Africa to
accepted the calling. Columbus, Ohio to right here at East 68th
• Create welcoming communities,
inviting others to join us as vowed Street, Sr. Margaret will surely be inspired
With every new turn in life comes the – and inspiring – as the Dominican Sisters
members, associates, volunteers,
excitement of new opportunities as well of Peace unite to preach with one voice.
and partners in our mission to be the
as the anxiety of inevitable challenges. It could be said that Sr. Margaret is truly
Holy Preaching.”
As Prioress, Sr. Margaret will officially following the well-known Gandhi quote:
move to Columbus, Ohio, where she will “Be the change you wish to see in the
One of Sr. Margaret’s primary roles is
be working in the administrative offices world.” May she and all the Dominican
to unite the members as true preachers
of the congregation. Due to her new Sisters of Peace, with their strength in
of peace, as the congregational
position, she terminated her contract as a numbers, bring along a peaceful change in
name suggests. The seven combined
consultant for religious women in Africa this ever-changing, chaotic world of ours.
congregations have roots from all over
- specifically Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,
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The 2009 Board of Trustees’ Reception & Silent Auction

On Thursday, April 23, 2009, the Board the woman who as a teenager signed my senior from ADG? Kathy… just plain Kathy, the
of Trustees held its annual Cocktail yearbook with the challenge, “Remember, essence of generosity. Her professional talent
Reception at a new venue, the Americas you can change the world!” Fortunately, she is well matched with her generosity of time
Society, just down the block from that took her own advice, for surely Kathy has and treasure, as D.A. knows well. She is just
familiar townhouse at 44 East 68th left her mark on this world both in relieving Kathy… who is never too busy to return a
Street. her own patients from the brutal tyranny of phone call whether from a friend in need or
cancer pain, and also by effecting systemic from George Soros when he calls Nairobi or
Since 2002, The Board of Trustees has held change in the care of millions of patients Bulgaria or Japan, wherever Kathy’s work
this event to honor extraordinary friends across the globe…And her second title, aside takes her as director of his “Project on Death
of Dominican Academy as well as fund
the Board of Trustees’ Scholarship. This
scholarship is awarded to an outstanding
freshman for her four years of study. The
most recent recipient of this scholarship
is Jessica Lavery, Class of 2012.

This year’s reception honored an

extraordinary D.A. alumna, whom
you might recall reading about in the
winter issue of Veritas: Kathleen Maher
Foley, M.D., ’61. Kathy wears many
hats: Attending Neurologist in the Pain
and Palliative Care Service at Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Professor
of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Clinical
Pharmacology at Weill Medical College of
Cornell University and Medical Director
of the International Palliative Care
Initiative of the Open Society Institute.
She is internationally recognized as a Top row, L to R: Anthony Mirti, Jacqueline Cosgrove Morriss, ’79, John Caffrey, Michael Burgio, John
leading authority in the assessment and O’Toole, Philip Judge, S.J., Donna Golia, Esq., ‘88; Bottom row, L to R: Suzanne Musho, ’86, Sister
treatment of cancer pain – and she is one Joan Franks, O.P., ’59 and Briana Pigott, ‘08
of D.A.’s many stellar graduates.

Classmate, friend and past honoree,

Kathleen Murnion, ’61 gave a moving We thank our generous donors and attendees
speech to introduce Kathleen Maher for giving the greatest gift of all: an education.
Foley. An excerpt is below:

“Indeed she has many titles … Doctor, 2009 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

professor, writer, researcher as well as wife,
mom, grandmother, sister and so on … Jacqueline Cosgrove Morriss, ’79, Chair Anthony Mirti
But there are two I’d like to highlight this
Philip Judge, S.J., Vice-Chair Suzanne Musho, ‘86
evening. For one, Kathy is an ADG … or
as it is formally known, an All Dominican Michael A. Burgio Valerie Noone, O.P.
Girl… for the class of 1961. And is she ever! John J. Caffrey Ann Downey O’Brien, ‘76
The award is presented every year to the
graduating student who excels in integrity Joanne Caniglia, O.P. John P. O’Toole
and generosity and best exemplifies the Laura McDermott Dumbach, ’80 Patricia Thomas, O.P.
spirit of D.A. Kathy was and is all those
Donna Golia, Esq., ‘88
things. A woman of integrity who combines
intelligence, compassion and vision. This is
Summer 2009 | page 9

in America.” Just Kathy … in her straightforward expert advice, or of my career that looked to observers as planned, organized, focused
for that “just right” referral to a colleague, or for the assurance of her and even visionary. In fact, it was challenging, chaotic, uncertain,
compassionate support, the soft word, the shared tear. Whether they at times frustrating and mostly lucky… So thank you D.A. for the
are great or powerful or the small and the dear, Kathy is consistent in award, but most importantly, thank you for the gift of an education
her integrity and her generosity and in exemplifying the spirit of D.A. and the opportunity to grow and learn and share my knowledge and
Yes, indeed, a true ADG!” talents with others.”

Kathleen Maher Foley, humble as ever, then gave her own The auction featured great opportunities to the highest bidder,
speech, thanking Dominican Academy and sharing her journey like cocktails on the Dominican Academy rooftop, a private
after D.A. with a very captivated audience: art tour at the MET, various pieces of artwork, golf outings,
wine baskets, tickets to popular sporting events and Broadway
“As you know, I went to D.A. because that is where my sisters Joanne shows, and dining certificates. Please consider supporting this
and Pat had gone, and in fact, all five of my sisters graduated from event next year.
D.A. My father would have loved to be here tonight to accept his
award for helping us get into D.A. I recently was trying to organize
a drawer full of old papers and came across my D.A. report cards. Do
not ask me why I saved them but they were revealing and humbling
and hopefully consoling to the students here tonight. I was a good
student but not first in my class. Some of my classmates here tonight
had better grades and more accomplishments than I did as a D.A.
student. I did receive the All Dominican Girl award at graduation
but I think it was a kind gesture because I seemed to always come in
second for the academic awards. I went to St. John’s University on
a scholarship and just as I was starting there, Sister Timothy, our
math teacher at D.A., asked me what I was going to major in. I said I
thought history, as I was always so inspired by Mrs. Walsh’s teaching
… or I said, I might be a nurse. Sister Timothy said, well, why don’t
you become a doctor? I thought, well, she might think I was capable
of it. The rest of it is history, as you know! … Dominican gave me a
wonderful gift of an education that helped me survive and even thrive
in college and graduate school and the gift of wonderful friends who I
still see and are here tonight. When I recently had to write a piece on Doreen Lobelle, ’00, Associate Director of Communications & Special
being a pioneer in pain research, it made me reflect on the trajectory Events with Alumnae Association President, Patricia Hillman Pender, ‘85

Board of Trustees’ Reception Photo Credit: Jo Ann Schilling Fannon, ‘68

Honoree Kathleen Maher Foley (4th from left) celebrates with her 1961
classmates: L to R: Kathleen Walsh Murnion, Anne Morris Wilding, Judy
Murphy Norton, Kathleen Quinn Murray, Kathleen Heaney Hilpl, Ellen Board of Trustees Scholarship recipients Jennifer Stewart ’10, Jessica Lavery
McNamara Funck & Nancy Wagner LaValle. ’12 and Amanda Bakowski ’10
Dominican Academy | page 10


By Katie Leo

When I arrived at Fairfield University lives of others and calls them to advocate through Jackie’s selflessness and her care
nine years ago, I became involved in for change. and concern for others.
service for a somewhat selfish reason,
to meet other freshmen like myself. Each time I chaperone one of these trips I At Dominican Academy, we try our best
However, I had no idea that this small feel like I am back in my freshmen year of to defray the cost of these trips by holding
decision would change the course of my college, acting selfishly because I feel as bake sales and by selling sweatshop-free
life as it did. My service experiences if I am receiving more than I am giving. t-shirts or fair trade chocolate. However,
brought me to the beautiful but struggling During this summer’s trip to Ecuador even with our best efforts these trips can be
countries of Ecuador and Haiti, and to at the Rostro de Cristo (Face of Christ) expensive and for some, cost-prohibitive.
many gritty inner cities throughout this program, I watched senior Jackie Hogan While a trip to Camden is $250 and a trip
country. I witnessed the barriers poverty buy a handmade gift, regardless of the to Ecuador is $1,200, the ability to change
poses to many, and I became aware of quality, from each and every person at a the lives of both our girls and the people
some of the privileges I had until then hospital for those with Hansen’s disease. they serve is truly priceless.
taken for granted. After college, I spent When I asked her why she did this she
responded that she didn’t want anyone Help our D.A. girls grow into women for
a year in Spokane, WA with the Jesuit
to feel left out or hurt. The last night of others. Please consider donating your time
Volunteer Corps, where I worked as a
our trip we were asked, “Where have as a chaperone or sponsoring a student
case manager at a shelter for women
you seen the face of Christ this week?” I on one of these life-changing trips. If you
and children. I worked alongside strong
knew immediately that my answer was would like more information, please
women in tough situations. I was able to
Jackie. God’s love was delivered to us contact me at
share my gifts and I received amazing
gifts in return. I cannot put into words
how integral these early experiences
were in my life, and how they shaped me “While I had always been taught the values of service,
into the woman I am today. While I had
always been taught the values of service,
compassion, and forgiveness – it was through service that
compassion, and forgiveness – it was these values became real for me.”
through service that these values became
real for me.

I continue to receive these gifts as the

Service Coordinator at Dominican
Academy. While chaperoning trips to
Camden, NJ and Duran, Ecuador along
with hosting local service days cleaning
parks and serving hot meals, I have been
blessed with seeing our students give of
themselves freely to others. I witness
the metamorphosis each student goes
through, from our very first fundraising
meeting to follow-up meetings once
we return. The change is nothing short
of astounding. Each night on trips to
Camden and Ecuador, we reflect on the
gifts and challenges of each day. Our
students speak with maturity beyond
their years as they grapple with the
problems of structural injustice, the effects
of racism, the oppression of women and
their role in combating these problems. Pictured Above: Katie Leo, along with nine D.A. students, traveled to
Service gives students an insight into the Duran, Ecuador for a service trip in 2008.
Summer 2009 | page 11


The Alumnae Association had a to help keep class lists updated and to 2/14-2/21 and an “urban plunge” trip to
productive year and was happy to see assist the development office during Camden, New Jersey. We are very excited
increased attendance at our monthly your reunion year. Please consider about this activity and hope to provide
meetings. The meetings are a great place becoming a rep with another classmate more opportunities, like a service activity
to express your views, share thoughts or two – the more, the merrier! If you are in NYC, in which students and alumnae
on how the association can better serve interested, please contact Tricia Pender at can interact.
you and help plan new and returning
events. The meetings are usually on the Upcoming dates to keep in mind:
2nd or 3rd Monday of the month at 6:00 Career Day was a big success. Thanks
again to all sixteen of our alumnae who Rooftop Reconnection – September 25th
PM at the school. We always send out e-
mail meeting reminders to the class reps participated. We welcomed volunteers All Class Reunion (years ending in “4”
and put up meeting notices on the D.A. from the classes of 1963 through 2000. or “9”) – October 24th
website so that you know when we’re Career Day is a wonderful opportunity for Welcome Back for ’09, ’08, ’07 & ‘06
meeting! alumnae to share their work experiences – December 23rd
with the junior class and to provide them
We are currently in need of class with career direction. Thank you for all your support this year
representatives for the following and look forward to seeing you at some
years: 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950, The Alumnae Association is also looking of our events.
1951, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1981 and 1988. to partner with the religion department — Patricia Pender, ’85, President, Ellen
Reps are an informational conduit for to include alumnae with their service Geis, ’85, Vice President & Antoinette
their class. We send you the minutes activities. There are two activities Mirsberger Freeman, ’99, Secretary
of our monthly meetings and ask you currently planned: trip to Ecuador on


M A R J O R I E R E N D E , S T I L L N E E D S B L O O D & P L AT E L E T S
Update: From January 28th until June 3rd, there have been 68 blood donors for Marjorie
Rende. Since her treatment requires frequent blood transfusions, donations of blood
are still most welcome at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is slowly
recovering after her successful bone marrow transplant and expects to return to D.A.
in the fall to continue teaching. Read below for details on how to donate in her name!

Following Marjorie’s stem cell transplant, her treatment requires

regular blood and platelet transfusions. Your donation of blood
and/or platelets would be much appreciated! Donations not used
by Marjorie will be released for use by other patients, most of whom
are children. Designated donations for Marjorie must be made in the
Blood Donor Room of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Please visit for complete information

about donor eligibility and the donation process for blood or platelets.

Appointments are necessary and all blood types are acceptable. To

schedule an appointment that is convenient for you, please call:

Mary Thomas: 212-639-3335 /

Dominican Academy is deeply grateful for your help.

Please continue to keep Marjorie in your prayers.
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By Katie Leo

Below you will find reflections from the Dominican Academy Camden that we had the good fortune of meeting. May we
students who came with me on our annual Camden Service all continue to work for change. In the words of Dorothy
Trip to the Romero Center this past February. It is a privilege Day, “We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident
to be able to chaperone these trips, to be able to connect that its ever-widening circle will reach around the world.”
with students on a different level, and to see the remarkable
changes our students go through as they let the people of The students who traveled with me on this trip were: Emilia
Camden into their hearts. Twomey ’10, Natalia Lopresti ’10, Jennifer Stewart ’10,
Marie Badagliacca ’09, Jacqueline Hogan ’09, Nicole Casey
Our hope is that some of the reflections included here will ’09, Kimberly Suarez ‘09, Sandra Ianniello ’09, and Lindsey
bring about a change in you too. Perhaps it will help break Feldman ’09.
down stereotypes of Camden, a city that to outsiders may
appear dangerous, but upon a closer glance is a city filled Editor’s Note: Below, you will find six excerpts from reflections
with dedicated people working together to bring about written by students who traveled to Camden. Due to space
change. Or maybe it will change your perception of service, constraints, we could not include all the reflections that these
so that you many recognize the importance of the ministry inspired young women wrote upon their return from Camden
of presence, as our students did. – but rest assured, all came out of Camden, NJ with life changing
experiences and a better understanding of themselves and the
I would like to close by thanking all those in the city of world surrounding them.


After arriving at the Romero Center, I realized that this trip would be more This past summer I was lucky enough to travel to Duran, Ecuador with the
than I ever could have dreamed. The staff was so welcoming and the Romero organization ‘Rostro de Cristo’ (‘The Face of Christ’). Ever since my time
Center itself had an upbeat and homey feel to it. The only thing more uplifting in there, I have developed a passion for service and helping others, and
than the Romero Center and the people there was the service itself. Although have continued to seek out experiences that enable me to take part in such
I enjoyed every day of service, my first day in Camden was by far the most activities.
memorable. I went to a place called Abigail House, a nursing home and
rehabilitation center. It was at Abigail House that I met a man named Bill During my time in Camden, I was able to visit different service sites as well as
Fergison, or “Fergie” as the nurses called him. I spent the entire morning with participate in various activities that enabled me to see the importance of our
Bill. The nurses brought around photocopies of pictures from coloring books trip. One day we took part in an activity where we simulated what it was like to
and crayons so that the patients could color. Bill decided he was going to live on welfare. We were split into families of four and each given three dollars.
teach me how to evaluate a picture, determine what colors to use, and create a With a total of 12 dollars, each ‘family’ was then sent off to the local grocery
beautiful, colored masterpiece. In the many hours I spent coloring and talking store to buy food for the follow day’s meals. This activity was a challenging
with Bill, I realized that not only was I brightening his day by spending time one, but helped to connect us with the realities we were surrounded by in
with him, but he was impacting my life as well. I never expected something Camden. It offered us a time to reflect on what we were each given, and what
as simple as coloring to affect me in such a life changing way. I learned a lot others aren’t lucky enough to have.
from Bill and my time spent with him will never be forgotten.
Though I had learned so much from the people of Ecuador, in Camden I was
able to realize much more. Whether singing and cleaning out the closets of
MARIE BADAGLIACCA ‘09 patients at Ingles House (a clinic devoted solely to the care of those who
were wheelchair bound), or setting up for a ‘beach party’ at the Bethesda
During my time in Camden, I learned what the meaning of the ministry of Project (an organization that works to affirm the dignity of the impoverished
presence is all about. The worksites I went to, Abigail House and Genesis and homeless by providing well-maintained, safe, comfortable homes and
House, were both places where we volunteered by simply sitting and talking communal spaces, as well as guidance and care for these individuals), I was
to the patients. I learned so many new things about all these people that I able to truly understand the power of the ‘gift of presence.’
would not have expected or known by doing actual work at the nursing homes.
Everyone was so appreciative that we were chatting with them because most From these people I have learned to live my life to the fullest, with faith and
of these people do not get regular visitors. By my being present, I made them God as my constant companion. Perhaps most importantly however, is that
happy. It was a very humbling experience and it opened my eyes and heart to I have learned that we must “Aspire not to have more, but to learn more.”
the fact that you do not necessarily need build a house or paint a school to (Oscar Romero)
make a difference in someone’s life. The little things are what matter the most
and hopefully, we will all be able to take a step back from our busy lives once
in a while and to open up to someone. You do not know the impact you have
until you actually witness it.
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D.A. girls traveled to Camden, NJ over winter break with religion teacher and campus minister, Katie Leo (far right)


During my time in Camden I met many people and made new friends. On The experience that most impacted me while I was in Camden was spending
my second day I chose to go to Mana, where we would be packing and time at the drop-in homeless shelter, New Visions. Being that I am a New
delivering food to the homebound. That day I learned how to step out of my Yorker, I was already used to seeing the homeless. Unfortunately, seeing
comfort zone. On our way to make a delivery, we got lost. I’m usually never the homeless people had become commonplace to me. I rarely stopped to
person to ask people for directions; instead I usually let others do the talking. consider their devastating situation, and instead had learned to accept them
However, that day I was motivated to deliver our package because I knew a as just another aspect of city life. However, spending the day at New Visions
person who was truly in need depended on it. Instead of letting others do the led me to truly recognize the “person” aspect of the term “homeless person.”
talking, I stepped out of my comfort zone and went from person to person Not only was I given the opportunity to hear peoples’ stories and get a true
asking for directions. Never in my life would I have even imagined that I would perspective of what it means to be homeless, I learned a remarkable lesson-
go up to complete strangers on the street. By the end of the day, we delivered that homeless people are the same as everyone else. As I played checkers and
everything and I was very grateful that I had gotten the courage to step out of conversed with some of the people at the shelter, I stopped thinking of them as
my comfort zone to help those truly in need. homeless people that were in some way different than me, and started thinking
of them as my new friends. I went to Camden with an almost presumptuous
For my last work site I decided to go to the Abigail House, which was another attitude, only considering the good things that I could bring to the people of
hospital for the elderly. One woman named Flo and I made a connection from Camden. I left as a more learned, humble, and grateful person, with a greater
the start. She had a similar sarcastic sense of humor like I do, and we had understanding of what it means to live in solidarity with the poor.
a blast talking with each other. However, I got emotional when she told me
stories about her house being taken away and her kids leaving her. I admired
her strength to overcome so many difficulties in her life. With her witty, joyful SANDRA IANNIELLO, ‘09
character a person would never guess that she has faced so much adversity
throughout her life. As in Genesis, I saw that what many of the patients longed To write a reflection on every aspect of the Camden Service Trip would take
for was company. Even though I was not helping them physically, I realized pages, let alone days. So I decided to tell you about the most special place
that I was helping them emotionally. My presence made them see that there I visited in Camden, and the most life changing part of the trip. This place
are people in the world who care about them and that they are not forgotten was Inglis House, a wheelchair community for nearly 300 residents, all of who
or alone. were physically handicapped.

After meeting a few of the residents of Inglis House, I attended a SPICE group.
Two therapists led the group to help release creative energy. We talked about
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current events and even played a game about songs of the 90’s. One old I eagerly returned to Inglis House and attended another SPICE group where
man in particular, Gill, was so great at this game! He appeared to be in a deep I met Sandy again. I played a game of Scrabble with the residents, who by
sleep until you mentioned one of his favorite songs. Then he’d pop his head the way get very intense during their games of Scrabble! Soon enough it
up and tell you the name and the artist. We also met Sandy, a woman so kind was time for lunch again. This time I wouldn’t make the same mistake as
and soft-spoken. She wore two long braids in her hair and a smile across her the day before. I ate my brown bag lunch in 4 minutes. And then I heard it.
face. She reminded me so much of my grandmother, a woman I never had the “My buddy came back to see me again!” It was the sound of Cheryl’s voice. I
chance to meet. There was something about Sandy, and though she didn’t turned around to see Cheryl’s smiling face. She begged me to come see her
speak very often, sitting side by side with her was enough. room, and I happily agreed. We reached Cheryl’s room, her door covered in
Phillies articles, banners, and paraphernalia. Then she opened the door and I
I was particularly impressed with one woman who would end up changing me found myself in a Phillies, Elvis and cat paradise. There were pictures of all of
forever. Her name was Cheryl and she wore a Phillies baseball cap wherever her cats in the coolest cat shaped frame. Elvis t-shirts and dolls and Phillies
she went. She knew everything and anything about the team. We had a long caps in all different colors surrounded the room. And then she brought up
conversation and by the time I knew it, it was time for her to return to her her family, and before I knew it I found myself doing the same thing I did in
room, but I knew that wouldn’t be the last time I would talk to her. Harold’s room looking around the room intently to make the tears leave. She
told us about how her family lives in Florida and how she wished she could be
Lunch came and I couldn’t shove down my salad fast enough only to go back with them lying on the beach. All the while, she kept a happy smile on her face
and talk with more people. Harold was a tiny, grey haired, soft-spoken man, assuring me that her bed was just like a beach, to her anyway. She said to me
whose eyes lit up and sound of the knock on the door. Harold was begging for “I know you don’t see sand, but I pretend this is a beach and then it is!”
someone to listen. And even though Harold had no kids of his own, I have
never seen a wall filled with so many pictures. He had stories about each and A few weeks after returning from Camden I couldn’t help crying each night
every one of his nieces, nephews, and friends’ children. He couldn’t say enough before bed, but it wasn’t a sad cry. These were the moments when I found
about them. I began to tear up because I was frustrated. It was obvious the myself reflecting on Camden the most. When I was crying, I felt like I really
one thing this man wanted in life was children and he couldn’t have them. I could bring myself back to Inglis House and be reminded of all I learned
didn’t want to cry in front of him so I began looking around the room intently through this trip and through Ms. Leo and the girls. I went on this trip eager
to clear the tears. It was very difficult to leave Inglis house that day. and excited to learn new things, be inspired, and make a difference, but I
came home with so many new friends, role models, 9 special new ties, and a
The next day I signed up for the same site again. I felt bad taking up the spot lifetime of knowledge and experience, all of which hold a special place in my
but there was no way I could go anywhere else, I wasn’t done with the friends heart always and forever. Thank you again to Ms. Leo, Meg, Kevin, Holly, and
I had made there and I desperately wanted to spend more time with them. Teresa and last but not least, Cheryl!


Does Your Grad Year End in “4” or “9”?
Mark your calendars – it’s your reunion year! On Saturday, In an effort to go green and minimize expenses, we will send
October 24, from 12:00-4:00 PM, all those who graduated in out e-mails from time to time to keep you updated on important
years ending in “4” or “9” will come together at D.A. for Mass, Dominican Academy announcements. To ensure that you receive
lunch and reminiscing! This reunion includes Classes of 2004, our e-mails, please add
1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1974, 1969 and 1964! By now, you and to your e-mail address list.
should have received a “Save the Date” postcard. If you have not, This will make sure that our message gets to you! If you want to
please let us know at Start give us an updated e-mail address, or want to be removed from our
contacting your classmates now about this event – it’s never too e-mail list, you can let us know at
early to start planning. Make sure this becomes a memorable Thank you!
afternoon for you and your friends!
Regional Alumnae Gatherings –
We’re on Facebook! Can you host a get-together at your home?
In keeping with the times, D.A. As part of a new initiative to keep alums engaged everywhere,
has joined Facebook! If you have a we are beginning to host alumnae gatherings outside of D.A.!
Facebook account, you can become a fan of Dominican Academy. Presently, we are looking to start in the five boroughs and in the
Just search for “Dominican Academy” and click Become A Fan. tri-state area. If you would be willing to host a casual event at your
You’ll see updates from D.A. in your news feed, and you’ll be kept home for alumnae that live near you, contact us at alumnae@
up-to-date on all of our meetings and events. How easy is that? or 212-744-0195 and we’ll give you more
See you on Facebook! details.
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The Mother-Daughter Luncheon 2009 By Danielle Romano ‘10

I, like every other D.A. gal, look forward to the luncheon every year Tables this year were decorated with balloons – but not just any
– I even bought a new dress just for the occasion! It’s a day where balloons! Each group of balloons represented the color of each class
all D.A. sisters, whether incoming freshmen, current students or year portrayed during “Color Wars”, a school event that happens
alumnae, gather together with moms, aunts, grandmothers, and during Spirit Week. Due to the rain, Mother-Daughter portraits
other female relatives for a delightful lunch at Tavern on the Green. were taken inside the restaurant, using a beautiful garden setting
This year, the sky was full of clouds and the rain came down in as the backdrop. The lunch was scrumptious as usual (the pasta
buckets, but that didn’t ruin our good time inside! is my personal favorite!), and juniors and sophomores aided in
handing out the prizes from the raffle and auction. The excitement
The cocktail hour was lively and spirited, full of delicious hors really comes when waiting to hear your number and name called
d’œuvres, friendly socializing, and girls scrambling to put their for a prize– and cheering for friends who win! My family kept up
raffle tickets into the baskets of their choice. It was a little cramped, our usual tradition, winning a prize (a Halloween basket this year)
but going to school in a townhouse on East 68th Street taught us all for the fourth time in a row! At the end of the luncheon, we said a
how to deal with small spaces. As usual, we had over a hundred heartfelt goodbye and thanks to our current principal and assistant
gorgeous baskets full of different kinds of knick-knacks and items, principal, Sr. Joan Franks and Sr. Valerie Shaul, and welcomed next
including jewelry, movies, children’s games and perfume. This year’s principal, Sr. Barbara Kane.
year, every homeroom in the school designed and donated their
own themed baskets. For example, Homeroom 7 put together a fair 2009’s Mother-Daughter luncheon was one of the best yet. As
trade basket and Homeroom 8 made a fun, colorful candy basket. Sylvia Voirol once said, “Rainbows apologize for angry skies.” It
The silent auction items included tickets to see In the Heights on may have been pouring outside, but the sun was certainly shining
Broadway (with backstage passes!), restaurant gift certificates, inside. A big thanks to all those who helped make this day so
an autographed Sex and the City movie book, and other fabulous memorable. We all can’t wait until next year!
prizes. We also had our usual grand prize for the raffle: a Rolex
watch, which was modeled by fellow junior, Christiana Vasilas.

Picture perfect: Class of 2010’s Maggie Gander, Christiana Vasilas, Lauren Femia, Julia Egler and Britny Auletti pose with their mothers at
the annual Mother-Daughter Luncheon.
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The Class of 1959 Reunion Weekend
Instead of the typical autumn reunion, the class of 1959 party going at Isle of Capri, the delightful restaurant owned
opted for a change – a springtime 50th year reunion! With by D.A.’s own Jane Lamanna D’Agostino, ’61.
temperatures reaching a high of 92° the weekend of April
25th and 26th, the 50th year class had an unseasonably On the 26th, the annual Golden Alumnae Lunch was
scorching hot reunion! Monica Lennon Golden, one of ‘59’s held for all those who have already celebrated their 50th
Class Reps, was proud to mention that out of 30 known and reunion. The class of ’59 showed in large numbers, with a
living alumnae, only 6 didn’t show – almost 80% attendance. few classmates from other years stopping by as well. Our
As a group, a full 90% of this class donated more than $20,000 guests attended Mass in the Chapel and enjoyed a fine lunch
in honor of their own classmate, Sister Joan Franks, O.P., our in the Auditorium afterwards. Despite the heat, the class of
now former Principal. ’59 enjoyed the last few hours of their reunion, with many
having to catch flights back out to their home states.
The Class of ‘59 first enjoyed a cocktail reception on D.A.’s
rooftop on the evening of the 25th. After a tour of their alma The following are reunion reflections from two 1959 alumnae
mater (which included some discoveries!) they kept the – read on to get the true details of this magical reunion


As I walked through those magnificent double doors on the

afternoon of June 25th, I felt as if I had been transported
back in time to the late 1950’s; except this time I was not
wearing a slate blue uniform, carrying an armload of books,
and Sister Mary Joseph was not standing guard to check
on the condition of everyone’s uniform. Instead, Sister Joan
Franks, principal of Dominican Academy and a member
of the class of ‘59, was there to welcome us home. Soon
my fellow classmates began to arrive, and we greeted
one another with squeals and hugs and remarks such as
“You haven’t changed a bit.” To be truthful, although the
name tags with our senior yearbook pictures on them were The Class of 1959 gathered for a class photo just like
a nice touch, I think we all would have recognized each they did 50 years ago!
and everyone of our classmates without them. It actually
seemed as if time had stood still.

The next few hours were spent on the roof where we

caught up on the past fifty years and reminisced about the
wonderful times we had shared at Dominican Academy. You
could hear many queries of “Do you remember when...?”
throughout the afternoon. The refreshments were good,
but the memories were even better. We even sang the school
song. Sue Hopkins Holmes had brought her graduation
dress, which was prominently displayed for the duration
of the afternoon. Before we left the academy, we posed
for a group photo on the front staircase. Monica Lennon
Golden arranged us in the same spots we had occupied in
our original graduation picture. Class of 1959’s Helen Kieran, O.P., Susan Heaney Antinori, Judy
Garcia Lazar, Catherine McGaheran Murdoch and Susan Hopkins
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After the cocktail party, we moved on to The Isle of Capri

Restaurant, owned by Jane Lamanna D’Agostino, class of
‘61, where we were treated like royalty. The staff could not
do enough for us. Fortunately for the other patrons of the
restaurant, we were seated in a private dining room. I think
our constant laughter and non-stop talking as we shared
more memories might have been a bit distracting for the
other diners. I don’t think anyone wanted that night to

The following morning we returned to D.A. for an 11 AM

Mass in the Chapel. Monica Lennon Golden and Cathie
Moore Sclafani led us in song, accompanied by Pamela
Keating on guitar. Pam also sang a song she had composed.
The composition was so spiritually and emotionally
stirring that Father Jordan McConway, the celebrant of the
liturgy, said that it made him teary-eyed. During the Mass
we remembered and prayed for the deceased members of Class of 1959’s Susan Farrell Tiffany, Evelyn Hetzel Urbom,
our class. Gretchen LaPointe Jacobs, and Barbara Lea Cavanagh Holst.
After Mass, we were treated to a delicious lunch in the
Auditorium. Once again we reminisced about the past,
remembering all the times we had danced in this very room
to tunes such as “Sha- boom, Sha-boom” during lunch-
time recreation. The entire weekend was a huge success
thanks to the efforts of Monica Lennon Golden, Sue Heaney
Antinori, Joanne Milo Salaverry and Sister Joan Franks.
Joan’s presence will be sorely missed when she leaves D.A.

As I reluctantly left 44 East 68th Street that sunny Sunday

afternoon, I realized that Thomas Wolfe was wrong when
he said, “You can’t go home again.”


It seemed like only yesterday; except this time we entered

through the ornate main doors. There in the lobby we were Class of 1959’s Susan Heaney Antinori, Judy Garcia Lazar,
greeted by the smiling faces of our former classmates, the Marianne Scialabba Mongello, Julia McNamara enjoy the rooftop
graduating class of 1959 from Dominican Academy. Fifty with 1960 alumna Margaret Mary Starrs Guiry-Kilray (top right).
years....where had the time gone? Squeals of delight, hugs, Their actual graduation dress from 1959 hangs in the background!
kisses, cries of “you look wonderful” filled the hollowed
halls. We were back home at the school we had all loved
and remembered so fondly.
And of course we sang! From the D.A. school song to a
At a cocktail party on the roof, everyone had a chance to few of our favorite 50’s tunes, we turned the clock back. A
mingle and attempt to catch up. Of course we heard quite wonderful highlight was our very talented Pam Keating,
a few, “Remember when we....”, and “ One time Sister...”, who played guitar and sang several of her very own songs
and “Whatever happened to?” We sadly remembered our to a very appreciative audience. Speaking of appreciation,
five deceased classmates and made a group phone call to everyone is so grateful to Monica Lennon Golden, Joanne
Josephine Kelly, one of our classmates who was unable to Milo Salaverry, and Sue Heaney Antinori for arranging our
attend because of illness. reunion. Thank you, ladies!
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Alum Notes
1948 1957
Marie Spellman Sherry is still doing her volunteer work Patricia Sweeney Hayes and Pauline Maher Lang and
at Special Surgery with a Dominican sister, Sr. Margaret. their husbands went on an Elder Hostel Tour of Sedona
She is also going to Ireland again this July – she always and the Grand Canyon at the end of April 2009.
enjoys seeing her relatives in Galway!
1949 Jeanne Glennon McAnaney and husband Ed, are proud
Eleanor Lyons celebrated a mini-reunion in Seabrook, to announce that their daughter, Katie of Cincinnati,
South Carolina with family and fellow classmates. In Ohio, gave birth to Ciara Glennon Molinsky on June 23,
attendance at this mini reunion were Gregg Karrh, Laura 2009. This is grandchild #9 for Jeanne and Ed!
Lyons Karrh ’82, Joe and Eleanor Lyons and Chris and
Barbara Buckley Cummins ’49. 1959
Joanne Salaverry is pleased to announce the arrival of Emma Jean Salaverry, granddaughter of Joanne
1950 her second granddaughter, Emma Jean Salaverry, born Salaverry ’58, was born on May 13, 2009.
The lifelong friendship that had begun at Dominican on May 13, 2009 and weighing in at 7lbs, 8oz.
some 50+ years ago was punctuated last summer when Rosemary Lee Ryan writes, “I just came back from
Cathie Healy Abbot who had traveled to Long Island for 1960 a wonderful European cruise. We visited ten ports
a wedding, managed a few hours visit with Mary Alyce Cecilia Fannon writes, “I only went to D.A. for a year, but my including Istanbul and Ephesus, Turkey. I was thinking
Farrell Fields in her new home out on the East End. sister (Christine) graduated in 1960. She’s currently living that I hadn’t even heard of Ephesus until St. Paul
Mary Alyce’s son Randall, also visiting from Seattle, with me and has in-home hospice but is not at the very was mentioned. Remember St. Paul’s letter to the
WA joined in the delight of those precious moments as end. She enjoys corresponding by e-mail with her college Ephesians? I actually walked in the area where he
the old friends “caught up.” Later in the summer, Mary colleagues. It would be wonderful if any of her sisters at preached. We signed up for guided tours in Turkey but
Alyce wrote to us about another delightful D.A. reunion D.A. would get in touch with her. Her name is Christine explored the other stops on our own. We were able
of sorts: “On a tour,sponsored by the retirement village Fannon and her address is” to navigate easily with public transportation - trains,
in which I now live, headed for Canada and St Anne subways and vaporettos. Getting around independently
de Beaupre near Quebec, a “sister” tourist asked how 1961 was a great confidence builder and we saw a lot since
“pamplemous” translated and I, with those wonderful Marilyn Jones Hospodar and her foursome won First we could go to the sites that really interested us and did
D.A. years of French replied, “grapefruit” which started Place in gross score at their Governor’s Club ‘Rally for not have to wait for others.”
a conversation which led to the happy connection we the Cure’ event on May 19, 2009 in Chapel Hill, NC.
share. Her name is Margaret (Peg) Nagle ’55! Of course, Marilyn and her husband, Bob, moved to Chapel Hill 1965
we giggled through Canada, shared a “merveilleux” two years ago and love that “southern part of heaven.” Ann Moran Berg writes, “This past January, I was
luncheon at the Chateau Frontenac and the unique, appointed to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees
splendid, joyous memories of our beloved Academy. We Carol Kelly Nemeth lives in Mishawaka , Indiana (next for the Lane Libraries serving the cities of Fairfield,
now look forward to adding to our new treasure with get- to South Bend and Notre Dame). Although she is now Hamilton, and Oxford as well as their surrounding
togethers here at home! By the way, Peg looks gorgeous retired from the real estate business, her husband, communities. My husband Ron and I have lived in
(another traveler complimented her) and has a sense of Pete, is still a sitting judge. They are now enjoying Southwestern Ohio for 35 years in Fairfield, just north of
humor without compare. She also wrote a letter for her the villa lifestyle which facilitates trips to a condo on Cincinnati. Our son, Chris, is an associate professor at
grandson in French. Thank you Sr. Mary Clare and Sr. Pensacola Beach, Florida. They have five kids and ten the University of West Georgia and our daughter, Susan,
Florita for those skills! Also, thanks to Sister Joan Franks grandchildren. She would love to hear from classmates: lives in Laramie, Wyoming and is a science editor for
‘59 for the grace notes of her presence at DA these last Holt McDougal, the textbook publisher. Right now, we
few years. She carrried the spirit of Dominican so well, are busily planning her September wedding in Laramie!
with her welcoming and farewelling and all the moments 1963 Looking forward to seeing everyone at our 45th reunion
in between...such a gracious lady! Gloria Schenck Ghedini writes, “This July, I am in 2010!”
returning to Brazil, for a working vacation. I will be
1954 with poor, sick children in Salvador and then have 1969
Catherine Dinehart is a volunteer at English in Action, been invited to the home of my assistant’s parents Jennifer Calascibetta deAltamirano Canfield writes,
helping newcomers to the USA adjust to a new culture in Fortaleza. My second son is getting married to a “In the time since leaving Dominican, I founded a
and language. English in Action, a program of The Chinese surgeon on October 16, 2009. Since they business that I ran with my father. I wrote real estate
English-Speaking Union of the United States, matches wanted a park wedding, I suggested Riverside Drive, by a ads and contracts. I farmed and raised registered
newly arrived immigrants, international students, tree planted in my late father’s memory. Thus, grandma American Quarter Horses. Through my ventures I
visitors and others with American volunteers for one-on- will be doubly touched. Let us pray for no rain!” served clients from many professions including award-
one conversation practice. winning celebrities, acclaimed writers, artists and other
professionals. I was appointed to local governmental
commissions, helped to write ordinances and eventually
served as my township Supervisor. I fought for the rights
of private ownership over eminent domain and helped
save my valley from federal acquisition. We remain,
to this day, a unique example of cooperation between
landowners and the National Park Service protecting the
waters of the free flowing, unspoiled Upper Delaware
River. I have written Op/Ed pieces on related topics and,
most recently, the discovery of the Marcellus Shale, its
reservoirs of natural gas, and the effects that drilling will
bring to the region.

Being a cancer survivor at 49, I discovered strengths of

which I was unaware. So, I undertook another journey. A
Eleanor Lyons ’49 & classmates celebrated a Jeanne Glennon McAnaney ’58 (left) and search for new meaning led me back to where I started
mini reunion! L to R: Gregg Karrh, Laura Lyons husband, Ed, were in San Francisco, CA, and as the young girl who used to hide horse magazines
Karrh ’82, Joe and Eleanor Lyons ’49 and Chris met up with classmate, Mary June Walsh Fox under my Latin books in Sr. Mary Austine’s class.
and Barbara Buckley Cummins ’49. ‘58 (right). Not that I didn’t like Latin and Virgil did pay homage
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to the buried head of a warhorse in the temple… but an ‘alternate life’ as a bluegrass/folk musician; Adria
that’s another story! I pursued my education as a just dabbles in a little of this and that, but has recently
trainer and went on to become an Equine Specialist developed a passion for Pilates, a wonderful exercise
Professional certified by the Equine Assisted Growth program great for people of all ages and conditions
and Learning Association (EAGALA). It is now my (there are 72-year-old women in her class!). If anyone
privilege to interpret the body language of horses for is ever in the area, drop by! They love visitors and
mental health professionals who utilize experiential can show you some nice walking trails and hikes and
therapy in treatment of psychological disorders and boating opportunities.
behavioral issues. Through the non-profit organization
of my sponsor, and through a coordinated effort, we Maria Ruiz de Zarate Miranda is the proud mother
are planning decompression camps for PTSD afflicted of two sons: 28-year-old Tony, who graduated from
warriors. Now I will get to write lots of notes! Nova Southeastern University earning his PhD in
Clinical Psychology and Frankie, a 19-year-old college
To recount a myriad host of challenges met, lessons sophomore in Valencia College in Orlando. She writes,
learned, regrets, mysteries and laughable outcomes “We live in Coral Springs, Florida, a suburb between Ft.
would be way too consuming. But isn’t this the time Lauderdale and Boca Raton. We have been enjoying the
in life when we are supposed to take stock if only we sunshine, warm weather, and occasional hurricane for
dare? And, I better not fail to mention my marriage to over 25 years. I have a job that I love as Vice President
LeRoy Canfield whom I believe to be currently under of Public Relations for Catholic Health Services (the
consideration for sainthood. largest sub-acute continuum of care organization in
the southeast US). I have been with CHS for 12 years
The situations I faced head-on, the times I savored and ran my own PR/Advertising agency for many years
Maria Miranda ’74 with her two sons at the
a learning opportunity, the times I found myself before heading back to mainstream corporate - with a graduation of her oldest son Tony (center) from
committed to a cause, the times I tried to help right an Catholic twist! Just came back from a wonderful visit to Nova Southeastern University. Frankie (right),
injustice were the exact moments. I drew strength from Paris and Amsterdam - two of my favorite places, with is a college sophomore in Valencia College in
the many lessons I learned at Dominican. Sadly, that my partner in crime Rick, one of my favorite people! Orlando.
for which I was “prepped” never happened. But the rest
of the story certainly would have been a much different 1976 building. Stay tuned!
outcome if the foundation I received hadn’t been there Ann Downey O’Brien and her husband Tim, welcomed
for me to build upon. triplets on Sunday, March 8, 2009 just after noon. In 1977
order of birth the three baby boys are: Aidan Timothy On February 22, 2009 eight alumnae from the class
Please accept my deepest and sincerest thanks for the at 3lbs 14oz, Brendan Connor at 4lbs 15oz and Connor of 1977 gathered together at Virginia Connor’s
memories, the love of learning, the endless classroom Theodore at 4lbs 7oz. As of June 22, 2009, Aidan was apartment on the Upper West Side to celebrate Mary Jo
discussions, the joy in the eyes and hearts of teachers 10lbs 14oz, Brendan 13lbs 13oz, and Connor 12 lbs on the (Schneider) Bennett’s 50th birthday. Classmates came
who were unforgettable, the honor of feeling that I nose. They each have a very distinct personality and all from as far as Paris - Susan Leiter (Riering); San Diego
belonged, the respect for mankind and the wonderful are smiling and “talking” - especially with Mom & Dad. - Coca Hummel (Astey); and as close as the Upper East
friendships I cherish to this day. All of this and more, Side - Victoria Donavan (Nickolas) and Eileen Schauer.
I owe to Dominican Academy. More knowledge would After 20 years in Los Angeles, Carole Popolo van Almelo Also in attendance were Mary Ann O’Brien and Mary
have been great, but wisdom gained from life’s lessons is now in Indianapolis after her husband Doug’s job Jo Wrenn.
is priceless. Without Dominican, I’m sure I would have was relocated. She is a self-employed website producer.
never recognized the difference.” She has two sons, Alex (18) heading off to Purdue, Mary Jo Wrenn writes, “Greetings to all our ’77 class
and Nick (13), heading off to Brebeuf Jesuit Prep. Her members! Several of us have reconnected and have
Wendy C. Turgeon is currently an Associate Professor of husband Douglas works for the airlines, so the family launched an annual fall weekend reunion. It’s a
Philosophy at St. Joseph’s College on Long Island and is has travelled quite often to Europe. She is still madly in wonderful opportunity to spend time with each other
chair of her department. love with Douglas, even though he is now working in – catching up with the present and enjoying many fun
Florida- and only home on the weekends. (Maybe that’s memories from the past. It’s amazing how the years
1974 the reason they are still happy?!) Carole stays in touch just slip away when we’re together. Last year we rented
Adria Elskus and her husband Larry LeBlanc (married with Claire S, and more 76’s on Facebook. She is looking a vacation home on Narragansett, Rhode Island and this
in 2003) have been living in Old Town, ME (yes, where for Chris D, her best friend in high school. Her parents year, we may be heading further south along the coast.
the canoes come from!) since 2004. Adria is an aquatic are still thriving, now living on Long Island. With a So, please contact us and consider joining us this fall.
toxicologist (how pollutants affect fish health) and little more time on her hands now, Carole is enjoying Contact Mary Jo Wrenn at or
Larry is a chemist (he analyses those pollutants!). They gardening and is planning to work on a coffee table Mary Jo (Schneider)Bennett at thebennetts@montana.
work at the University of Maine in Orono. Larry has book of all the beautiful art in the Dominican Academy com.”

Emese (Dean) Latkoczy writes, “First grandchild,
Sophia, turned one on May 13th. My husband Peter
visited her in Brazil while I went to Kolozsvar (Romania)
for my first nephew’s christening. His name is Keve.”

Maria Mercader writes, “This year has been particularly
difficult for me, with the passing of my beloved Mom.
I hope you all remember her. In some ways, I feel she
earned the D.A. diploma without taking one Regent
exam. After we graduated, Mom played the yearly
musical for 6 more years! She loved Dominican
Academy as much as I did. For those who were not
there, I took Mom to our 20th high school reunion. She
Jennifer Calascibetta Canfield ’69 spends loved being part of the gang. Many of our classmates
time with one of her favorite “subjects” – a in the area attended Mom’s wake and/or funeral. It
Marilyn Jones Hospodar ‘61(second from right) horse! Part of Jennifer’s job is to interpret the gave me strength to see so many, including the parents
of Mabel who spent several hours with my family. I am
and her foursome, after winning first place at body language of horses for mental health
a Producer for CBS News. Though I am vigorously
“Rally for the Cure.” professionals.
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involved in cancer advocacy, I found an additional commitment to public service and her willingness
path of advocacy. I started an organization called and ability to fight for the communities of Sunnyside,
Opus Fund for the Cure of Pulmonary Hypertension. Woodside, Long Island City, Astoria and Maspeth.
Mom was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension. I Stephanie Ramirez ’04, who notified D.A. of Deidre’s
partnered with a doctor, and we formed as a non-profit candidacy, wrote that Deirdre is “a great mentor, and
organization. I am pleased to say we will be able to give helped me get my position in government and always
out a research grant this year. Please check out www. looks out for D.A. girls who are interested in politics. Two young ladies from D.A. interned She was the recipient of the Mother Stephanie Award
with Opus Fund and they were great. We can be proud when she graduated from D.A. and continues to display
alumnae. We graduated 26 years ago. I would love for leadership. She’s currently running for NYC council
us to plan some sort of reunion, what do you think? district 26 in Queens!” Deirdre’s professional career in
Email me at” government began in the Oversight and Investigations
Unit at the New York City Council. In that capacity she
1984 evaluated the efficiency of city agencies and made them
Deborah DeRosa writes, “Well, what’s there to say. Life more accountable and responsive to the residents of
revolves around my 5-year-old, Isabella. She had her first New York. She then served as Counsel to the Legislative
Chinese dance recital, she’s been promoted to Mites 3 Division of the NYC Council where she helped craft
in gymnastics (the step before team) and did I mention legislation to protect the most vulnerable among us,
she just turned 5? She’s going to All Saints Academy including domestic violence survivors and children. She
in the fall. . . kindergarten!. . . I can’t believe it. . . and also helped secure funding for important programs and
she typically drives me nuts because she’s so smart services, meeting with key advocates and organizers to
Deborah DeRosa ’84 is all smiles with her five-
and spirited (not always a good thing for an exhausted ensure their voices were heard at City Hall. Later, Deirdre year-old, Isabella.
mama!). I teach American Literature at Northern became the Counsel and then Deputy Director of the
Illinois University and thank goodness for tenure in this Administrative Services Division of the NYC Council, classmate, Jocelyn Solis, who lost her battle with cancer.
economy! The sun may eventually warm our northern where she serves New Yorkers to this day. Throughout A donation of $500 is being made to the American
air, but don’t count on it. Sometimes it’s 64 degrees on her life, Deirdre has been involved in many community Cancer Society in Jocelyn’s memory.
July 4th (I’m NOT kidding!). I have the summer off, but and charitable activities. Besides volunteering as a
don’t think I’ll be swinging in my hammock (wait, I don’t coach, teacher and mentor, and fundraising for local 1993
have one, but I’d love one for my birthday on June 16th!) charitable organizations, she has dedicated her time to Cristina T. Lopez O’Keeffe’s essay “Mama Esta
I’ll be going to: the zoo, the Arboretum, gymnastics, the various causes, from community clean-ups to local food Trabajando” (translated: “Mommy Is Working”) is
Library summer reading program, piano lessons, swim and clothing drives. She also serves as a Democratic published in the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul:
lessons, Little House on the Prairie mini-camp, Scripture District Leader and as an active member of several local Power Moms.
Safari (a roaring good time!), and all that other 5-year- civic organizations. cs.asp?cid=powermoms_video. She did a reading/
old stuff. Isabella celebrated her 5th birthday two days signing at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Manhasset,
after mine with a tea party.” 1989 NY on Thursday, June 25, 2009.
Bridget Lyons has an eight-year-old son who is the
1985 “light of her life” and she is about two years away from 1996
Carla Eng Kohn, her husband Brad and their two finishing her PhD. Laura Lawless Robertson and her husband James
children, Mia and Dan, are doing well in Poughkeepsie, recently welcomed their first child – a daughter named
where they have been living since 2004. Carla recently 1991 Emma. After taking a brief maternity leave, Laura
became a partner of Mount Kisco Medical Group Danielle Dell’Olio Elder has officially launched the will be returning to her position as an attorney with
practicing OB/GYN. Mia will be starting third grade and website for her wedding and event planning business, the Phoenix, Arizona office of Greenberg Traurig,
Dan will be starting kindergarten. Carla has been able Classic Events. The website is at: www.classiceventsnyc. LLP where she practices labor and employment law
to catch up with some of her ’85 classmates through com. and commercial litigation. She welcomes e-mails:
Facebook and is looking forward to seeing everyone at
the 25th reunion. Maria Peros-Bradica writes, “Thanks to the Class of
1991’s All D.A. Girl, Vivian Welsh, the Class of ‘91 1997
1986 reunited for a Facebook-inspired reunion on Saturday, Daniella Asaro was married to Patrick Gilmartin on
Deirdre Feerick has announced her candidacy to April 18th in Little Italy’s La Mela restaurant. Many of us August 3, 2008 at Church of the Blessed Sacrament in
succeed current Council Member Eric Gioia who is haven’t seen each other in well over a decade . . . some New York City. Their reception was held at The Manor
vacating the office to run for Public Advocate. As a even since graduation! It was a very special night with in Essex County, NJ. Daniella graduated from NYU
lifelong resident of the 26th district, Deirdre’s decision lots of laughs and memories. The night was made even College of Dentistry in 2005 and is currently practicing
to run for City Council stems from her steadfast more special by Vivian taking up a collection for our general dentistry on the Upper West Side. Her husband
practices law in Newark, NJ. They recently set up their
new home in Beechhurst, Queens.

Erika Medina McCauley and husband, John McCauley,

became parents to their first child –Juan Luis McCauley
– in December 2008. They are both attorneys in
Philadelphia, but Erika is going to stay at home with
their child and work on writing and research while John
works at a firm.

On February 9, 2009, Jamie Serafinko Beatrice and
her husband Andrew welcomed their second daughter,
Delilah Claire! Delilah and her 2 ½ year old sister
Rebecca are best friends! In May 2008, Jamie received
her Masters degree in Secondary English Education
from Brooklyn College and plans on beginning a career
as a high school or middle school English teacher when
Ann Downey O’Brien ’76 and husband Tim,
Delilah starts school in a few years.
welcomed triplet boys on March 8, 2009: The Class of 1977 mini reunion! Mary Jo Wrenn,
Aidan Timothy, Brendan Connor and Connor ’77 writes: “As you can see by the picture -- none After receiving a BA in Economics from the College
Theodore. of us look our age!” of the Holy Cross in 2002 and a JD from New York
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Law School in 2007, Anne-Marie Canavan returned to an ESL school for Japanese adults).
Seville, a lovely city in the south of Spain, where she Our school has been featured several
studied abroad during her junior year of college. She has times in the local news. My most
been living in Seville since January 2008, and has since recent “expedition” was a month
been working as the Assistant Director of an English and a half backpacking around India.
academy. Her dual American-Irish citizenship has My next backpacking trip is set for
allowed her to reside in Spain permanently, though she March 2010 to Argentina, where I will
does make it back state-side a couple of times a year to backpack my way through Patagonia
visit family and friends. and up through Central America. I
have been doing some travel writing
Lisa Simek Cann and her husband, John, welcomed as well.”
their first son, Lucas John, to their family on May 13,
2009. Everyone is doing well and couldn’t be happier! 2000
Natalie Saltares studied dance at
Samantha D’Aprile-Abel received her Masters of Manhattan Ballet School, Ballet The Class of 1991 had a Facebook-inspired reunion. In attendance
Science in Early Childhood Special Education from Hispanico, Steps NYC, Broadway
Hunter College on May 28, 2009. She continues to Dance Center, and The School were: Left side of table: Emily Blasi (Pacione), Annette Flaherty
work at Sunshine Developmental School, a therapeutic of American Ballet. She was the (Choudhury), Ann Sydor, Vivian Welsh, Johanna Danaher (Rice),
preschool in Jamaica, Queens, where she teaches Pre-K. President of the Manhattanville Melissa Fernandez, Eileen Mills (Fitzsimons), Maria Peros-
Dance Ensemble from 2002 to 2004, Bradica, Madeline Leone, Dianne Witkowski; Right side of table:
Patricia Montagno graduated from the University of started the Manhattanville Dance Sheila McGoldrick, Yvonne Salgado, Melva Jimenez-Duane, Lucy
Florida in 2002, then went on to receive her MBA from Troupe, and was the recipient of the
Fordham University in 2006. She worked for Procter & 2003/2004 leadership award for Most Temprano, Aileen Lowry-Farrelly
Gamble in marketing for two years and currently works Improved Student Organization. was Leslie Alba. Also in attendance from D.A.’s class
in marketing for Pepsi. She resides in Greenwich, CT. Natalie is a former member of the Dynamic Dance of 2002: Tatiana Bedoya, Alexis Cedeno, and Corey
Company, winners at the 2005 Nextar and Showstopper Calabrese.
Kristin A. Zielinski is currently the Manager of Championships. Natalie is now the main instructor at
Legislative & Regulatory Affairs for the New York On Hudson Dance in Westchester County and is the 2003
chapter of The American College of Obstetricians & head of the ballet program as well as the sole jazz/hip Karolina Magda was married in December 2008 to
Gynecologists, serving as their chief lobbyist. She lives hop instructor to all students, aged 4 to adult. She is Benjamin Centeno.
just outside of Albany, NY, in Altamont, where she also on staff at The Pleasantville JCC and Central Park
bought her first house last year! She received a dual Dance. Natalie is the head choreographer and heads Olivia Roszkowski is currently enrolled in the Chef
Master of Arts degree in History and Public Policy from the On Hudson Jazz Company which performed on Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for
the University at Albany and would like to pursue a PhD December 29, 2008 at the NJ Nets vs. Chicago Bulls Health & Culinary Arts.
in History, with a focus on medicine. game and March 8, 2009 at the NJ Nets vs. NY Knicks
at the IZOD/Meadowlands Arena. They performed with Yamicha Stephenson is a rising 2L at Brooklyn Law
1999 the NJ NETS DANCERS, which was televised on the Yes! School, graduating in 2011.
After teaching at Dominican Academy, Jennifer Network.
Batisti spent a year at Rice High School as the 2004
Science Department Director. In 2006, she enrolled 2002 Stephanie Ramirez is currently working for the New
in the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Caitlin Benedetto has been awarded a Fulbright Grant. York State Senate in District 16. She is also volunteering
Massachusetts, to pursue her M.D. She is currently Beginning this fall, she will be spending 10 months in on several elections – feel free to contact her if you live
enjoying her third year of medical school, and is Ethiopia working with Sudden Flowers: in Queens and would be interested in working on a
especially interested in the study of neuroendocrine political campaign:
disorders. She would love to reconnect with any D.A.
alumnae – both former classmates and former students Joana Da Silva married Michael Carney in the presence Amanda Santiago writes, “In the past five years
– and can be reached by e-mail: of their families and friends at Jericho Terrace in Long since I graduated from D.A., I have spent my time in
Island on Sunday, May 31, 2009. They met while working Williamstown, MA. Last June, I graduated from Williams
Jane Callahan writes, “Since I graduated in 1999, I have at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as paralegals. Joana is College with a B.A. in Classics with a concentration
traveled to over 30 countries, including Cambodia, currently attending New York Law School. Michael will in Latino/a Studies. Upon graduating from college, I
Vietnam, Taiwan, India, and Europe. I have lived in be starting his Masters in Management & Systems at have spent my first year out interning for the career
Ireland, Italy, Thailand, and now Hawaii, where I am NYU in the fall while he continues his work as a senior counseling office of my alma mater. My internship will
a school director at the Hawaii English Academy (it’s paralegal at Simpson Thacher. Joana’s maid of honor end in approximately two weeks. My plans for later
this year will be to work within government before
matriculating into graduate school.”

Lillian Ruiz writes, “I graduated from Wesleyan

University in 2008 with my degree in European History
and since then I have been working as a freelance
fundraiser in the health non-profit sector while
working on my various music projects. Currently, my
college band, Kinky Spigot and the Welders has been
playing several large events including a fundraiser for
Broadway’s “In the Heights.” My new project here in
New York is a small three-piece band called Holiday
Holiday and we are currently in the process of booking
our first shows at some of New York City’s best venues.
Generally, all is well and the first year out of college has
been eventful.

Louise Wen just finished her first year at Stony Brook

University Medical School. This summer, she will
Daniella Asaro ’97 was married to Patrick Rebecca and Lila, best friends & daughters of be in Peru researching the clinical applications of
medicinal plants through the Barry Coller International
Gilmartin on August 3, 2008. Jamie Serafinko Beatrice, ’98.
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Health Grant. She is currently the American Medical 2007

Association chapter president, student-run health clinic Nora Moran finished her sophomore year at Fordham
Spanish translator, and Cancer Center yoga instructor. University. She is majoring in Urban Studies and is
To keep fun and beauty in her life, she moonlights as a enrolled in a 5-year Master’s program for Social Work.
balloon artist and face painter. She is also interning at JPMorgan Chase this summer.

2005 2008
Marion Plendner has been living in Graz, Austria for Stacey Ha was placed on the Dean’s List at Brandeis
the past 4 years. She attended Tourism College in Bad University for the academic year of ‘08-‘09.
Gleichenberg and graduated in 2007 as a Tourism Cristina Ramirez completed her first year at Boston
Business Woman. Afterwards, she worked briefly in University and will declare her double major in
the Courtyard Marriott Hotel Graz at the reception to Accounting and Finance in the fall semester.
gather the working experience she needed for the hotel
business. After that, she attended an Event Management … and here’s some news from our former staff! Anne-Marie Canavan ‘98 is shown here, dressed
Course which she completed with excellence. On June Former Development Director Rachael Nugent Soto and
up in traditional costume for the local Feria de
8th, she began working at the reception in a new (not yet husband Jason welcomed Paolo Mark Soto to their family
opened) hotel in Graz. She is pleased and excited to be on June 11, 2009 at 1:36 PM. He weighed in at 8 lbs, 6 Abril (April Fair) in Spain.
able to work and experience the opening of this hotel, ounces and measured 21 ½ inches long. Big brother Mateo
which occurred on June 15, 2009. is settling in nicely to his new role, as are his parents.

Gwendolyn Siska was married to Taylor Williams on

June 14, 2009. The newlyweds will move to Dallas, Texas
in the near future.

Lisa Simek Cann ’98 and husband, John, welcomed

their first son, Lucas John, on May 13, 2009.

On Hudson Jazz Company’s head Joana Da Silva ’02 wed Michael Carney in May Jane Callahan ’99 in action at the Hawaii
choreographer Natalie Saltares ’99 (third from 2009; pictured clockwise from bottom are Michael English Academy, an ESL school for Japanese
left) performed with her students at a NJ Nets Carney, Joana Da Silva, Tatiana Bedoya ‘02, Alexis adults.
game, along with the NJ Nets Dancers. Cedeno ‘02, Corey Calabrese ’02 and Leslie Alba ’02.

Please Remember in Your Prayers

Please pray for those in the Dominican Academy family Eleanor Tynan Bent ’44, who passed away on February Pat Gardiner Godfrey ’64, who passed away in her
who have gone before us: 20, 2008, after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. sleep on March 13, 2009, a victim of stomach cancer.
She is survived by her husband Ken, seven children, ten
William Hainer Anagnos, husband of Jeanette Nancy Callahan, mother of Jane Callahan ’99, who grandchildren, and two brothers. The Godfrey family
Lampariello Anagnos ’53, who passed away on December passed away on April 5, 2009 in Honolulu after a long asks for continued prayers for Pat and for the family.
19, 2008. Bill, retired from the New York State Police illness. She was 58 years old.
after 30 years of service, was Jeanette’s husband of 54 Jose Gonzales, uncle of Eva More ‘08 and Daisy More ‘12,
years. They have two sons, William & Jeffrey and four Marilyn Montague Corbett ’52, who passed away on who passed away on June 3, 2009 from a hemorrhoidal
grandchildren. Altogether, they run a family business of February 14, 2009. stroke.
Apartment Rentals, in upstate New York about 100 miles
north of the City. Patrice Keller Durry, ’57, sister of Anne Keller Carson ’60, Elaine King Hahn ’52 who passed away on January 4,
who passed away in March of 2009. 2009.
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Antonie Kubat, grandmother of Mary Kubat ’07, who Health Care Center on April 2, 2009. She was born in Hayden Bilfield and Avery Bilfield and Amelia Tefel. She
passed away on January 4, 2009. Toni, known as Babi New York, NY, on August 22, 1923, to Thomas and is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Before
to many, was born in Czechoslovakia, married her Catherine (Herrick) McCaffrey. She entered the Novitiate Barbara died, she asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial
husband Joe in 1937, and had two children, Joe and of the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs in contributions be made to Dominican Academy. At press
Jarmila (Gerrie). Toni was a seamstress, working on Columbus in 1942 and made her Profession of Vows in time, 120 people have donated to Dominican Academy in
some of the most designer couture creations from the 1944. Sr. Kateri earned a BA from St. Mary of the Springs Barbara’s memory.
1950’s until her retirement in the early 1980’s. She had College (now Ohio Dominican University) and an MA
three grandchildren and was always cooking and baking from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Her ministry George S. Onderchek, father of Barbara Onderchek
for them and her family, even at 95 years old! In the in education brought her to many schools, including Black, M.D. ’58, who passed away on March 16, 2009,
early 1990’s, she was diagnosed with cancer and was a Dominican Academy from 1990 until 2000. Sr. Kateri was at the age of 100.
survivor for almost 20 years. After her husband, Joe, and one of the original four sisters from the Congregation to
daughter, Gerrie, died a few years ago, she started to lose open a mission in Chimbote, Peru in 1966. She retired Ruth V. Pretat (Pahler) ‘45 who passed away on December
the fight in her. She ended up in St. Rose’s hospice in and did volunteer services at the Motherhouse before 29, 2008. She loved reminiscing about the times and
New York and eventually passed away peacefully with her coming to Mohun Health Care Center in 2009. Memorial friends during her years at Dominican and growing up
son, Joe, at her side. gifts in Sr. Kateri’s honor may be sent to Dominican in Flushing. She cherished her friendship with Eileen
Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH (Morris) Locker all through the years. Ruth, a Hunter
Kathleen Lee, mother of the late Kathleen Lee Curran 43219. College graduate and successful business woman, was
’57, Rosemary Lee Ryan ’63, and Joanne Lee ’67, who a devoted mother of four children and grandmother to
passed away on January 5, 2009 at the age of 95. Kathleen McKeogh ‘69, who died of pneumonia after a nine grandchildren.
Kathleen Lee was also the aunt of Patricia Mannion brief illness on March 4, 2009.
Sugrue ’64. She was a graduate of the College of New Alfred Scharfe, grandfather of Marion Plendner ’05, who
Rochelle, class of 1935. She was the senior librarian William Moran, father of Ann Moran Berg ’65, who passed away in January of 2009. He was 81 years old.
for Elmont Memorial High School for many years. She passed away after a brief illness in 2006, followed by
instilled her love of books and reading to her students, Ann’s mother, Mary Moran, fourteen months later. Dominick Scialabba, brother of Marianne Scialabba
children, and grandchildren. For many years she was a Mongello ’59, who passed away on January 28, 2009.
volunteer at the Hampton Bays Public Library. Her home Barbara Robotti Murray ‘64, who passed away on March
at the beach is a place that holds many happy memories 21, 2009 in her home, after battling ovarian cancer. Mary Elizabeth Shortell ‘42, who passed away on
for both family and friends. Everyone was welcome and Barbara was born in Long Island City, N.Y. and had lived September 12th, 2008. She was the loving sister of Ann
the house filled with fun and laughter. In recent years she in the Schenectady area since 1972. Barbara attended St. Lemish, cherished aunt to Maryann Geaney and her
moved to Dover, De. to live with Rosemary. Mrs. Lee was Bonaventure University and worked as an underwriter husband Jeremiah. She is also survived by loving cousins
an active member of St. Andrew Avellino and St. Rosalie for Murray & Zuckerman, Inc. in Schenectady. She was in New York, Chicago and California.
parishes in New York. She was a member of the Catholic a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in
Daughters, the Rosary Society, and past president of the Schenectady and a member of the Edison Club and the Mary Sweeney, mother of Susan Sweeney Sheehy ’60
Mothers Club of St. Andrew Avellino School in Flushing, Red Hat Society. She is survived by her parents, Edward and Mary Sweeney Perrier ’61 died in May of 2009 at
New York, which all her children attended. She was also and Mary Ammann Robotti of Long Island City; her the age of 92.
responsible for organizing and establishing the first husband, Edward R. Murray; two daughters, Pamela J.
library at St. Andrew’s. She was loved by many, and will (Peter) Bilfield of Weston, Conn. and Stephanie (Christian) Mary P. Walsh, who passed away on January 13, 2009
be missed by all. Tefel of Oilville, Va.; one sister, Jacqueline Robotti of and Virginia Wagner, who passed away on February 11,
Albany; two brothers, Larry Robotti of Staten Island 2009. Both women were the grandmothers of Cecilia
Sr. Kateri McCaffrey, who passed away at Mohun and Robert Robotti of Manhattan; three grandchildren, Wagner ’98.

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Friday, September 25, 2009
Annual Rooftop Reconnection Reception

Saturday, October 24, 2009

“4” & “9” All Class Reunion

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Major Benefactors Reception

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Young Alumnae Welcome Home
(Classes of ’09, ’08, ’07 & ’06)

Spend Semana Santa 2010 in Spain! Alumnae

and friends are welcome to join the D.A.
sponsored student trip to Spain over Easter
Break next year. The itinerary includes
Seville, Granada, Cordoba, Madrid and
Barcelona. Check the D.A. website for details!

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