Alumnae Class Notes
Here at the Academy we are extremely proud of all of our past graduates. Many have gone on to fulfill their dreams, share their talents, and make a positive impact on the world around them. Check out some stories about our impressive Upper School alumnae below.
Read more about our students' achievements on our Lower School Success Stories and Upper School Success Stories pages!
Mary Jo Cunha Carabatsos '86
Mary is the Dean of Teaching and Learning at Brooks School in North Andover. She lives on campus with her husband and two children. Mary Jo introduced Roseanne Sdoia Materia '86 to the Brooks community at a weekly Chapel service. Rosanne shared her powerful story of perseverance as a Boston Marathon Survivor and amputee. Her message was inspiring and resonated with adults and students alike.
Tiffany Zarrella '05
Tiffany recently defended her PhD thesis in Biomedical Sciences with a focus in Immunology and Microbial Disease from Albany Medical College. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health where her research focuses on deciphering the molecular interactions between bacterial pathogens.
Payal Agrawal Divakaran '04
Payal currently works in venture capital as a Principal at .406 Ventures, investing in early stage technology companies and helping them to grow. While at Harvard Business School, Payal co-founded a company called SpotRocket to help students discover high potential startups to work for. Payal received her MBA, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School and her BS in Electrical Engineering and minor in Management from MIT.
Increasing venture capital access and opportunity for female founders is one of the driving goals for Payal Agrawal Divakaran '04 who has recently been featured as a rising star for the National Venture Capital Association. Click here to read the spotlight article on NVCA's blog.
When New England Venture Capital Association, a non-profit organization that boasts over 700 venture capital professionals who collectively manage more than $50 billion in capital, announced nominees for its 5th annual NEVY Awards, Payal Divakaran '04 was on the list. She made the list of the top five Rising Star VC (Tech).
Ana Stenstrom '17
Anna is currently a full-time freshman at Purdue University, majoring in biochemistry, which she hopes will launch a career in cancer research.
Cathryn MacGregor '15
Cathryn MacGregor '15 is a student at Wheaton College where she studies neuroscience and competes in Track & Field and Volleyball. In May Cathryn traveled to La Crosse, WI where she competed in the NCAA Division 3 Track and Field Championships. Her personal record javelin throw of 43.32 meters (142’1.5”) at New England Division 3 Championships earlier in the season won her the title and placed her 12th on the Division 3 rankings, which qualified her to compete at the NCAA meet. She competed on May 24th and placed 7th with a throw of 40.5 meters. This places her in the top eight athletes winning her an All-American title. Congratulations to Cathryn on this achievement!
Erinn Moriarty Dougherty '96
Erinn (Moriarty) Dougherty, Class of 1996, accepted a principal position at St. Joseph High School working for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She is currently serving as Languages and Culture Division chair and Advanced Placement English teacher at Bourgade Catholic High School in Phoenix, AZ. During her tenure at Bourgade, Dougherty led improvements to the school's curriculum and instruction to advance their academic programs and rigor. She begins her new appointment at St. Joseph on July 1, 2018.
Elizabeth McNamara McCarron ‘06
Elizabeth and her husband, Rob, welcomed a baby girl, Teresa Ann McCarron, into the world. She was born November 16th, 2017, and weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. The happy couple resides in Newton, NH.
Dorothy Tovar '11
Dorothy graduated from UMass Amherst, Commonwealth Honors College in 2015 and is now a Microbiology and Immunology PhD candidate at Stanford University studying antiviral immune responses in bats. Upon obtaining her PhD, she would love to work for an institution such as the World Health Organization where she can use her training to influence international policies impacting human health.
Nicole Rocha Clark '98
Nicole, who is the former President of the Academy's Alumnae Association Board of Directors, was recently featured as a member spotlight for the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners. Click here to read the article.
Troi Champa '15
Troi is attending LIM College in Manhattan. In addition to being a full-time student, she is holding down three jobs. Troi is a student marketing coordinator at LIM, a design studio specialist at Pottery Barn Teen and the luxury and lifestyle intern at Empire Global Ventures, LLC which is an international investment corperation.
Sarah Blackwell '12
Sarah received a 4-year, full tuition Cardinal Mederios Scholarship to attend Boston University and graduated in 2016 with a degree in health science and a minor in physiology. She is currently working as a Clinical Research Assistant in the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center at Boston Children's Hospital on a team investigating the use of a new device to monitor newborn brain health and development.She was accepted to medical school and will begin her path to become a doctor next fall.
Mary Kate McCarthy '14
Mary Kate is currently a senior at Boston University, majoring in English and English Education, with a full tuition, 4-year Cardinal Mederios Scholarship. She will graduate in May 2018 with bachelor's degrees in English and English Education. She was also accepted into an accelerated master's program early and will finish her master's in English in December of 2018. Mary Kate wants to teach high school English locally after graduation.
Molly McDonald '12
Molly graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. She is currently working as an Assistant Coordinator of Residential Living at the Perkins School for the Blind. She works with students between the ages of 14 and 22 who are multiply disabled, helping them with activities of daily living. She is applying to Occupational Therapy school.
Bethany McNamara '12
Bethany works as a Program Administrator for Catie’s Closet, a non-profit agency that provides donated clothing and other necessities to students in need in a discreet “closet” location within the school setting. Since 2010, the organization has reduced absenteeism, urged kids back into their schools and off the streets and increased graduation rates. She recently moved to Texas and will be pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Work while continuing to work with Catie's Closet.
Yifan Xing '14
Yifan Xing '14 is a senior at Northeastern University majoring in Computer Science.She is currently working full-time at Harvard Medical School as a Software Engineer Co-Op and would love to connect with members at NDA.You can reach her at LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/yifan-xing-b0a658b0/.
Dr. Carmiña Londoño ‘76
Congratulations are in order for Dr. Carmiña Londoño ‘76, Acting Deputy Division Director, Division of Engineering Education and Centers, at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Alexandria, VA. She was recently honored with the 2017 Outstanding Physics Alumnus of the Year Award at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Physics Department for her work and leadership in optical engineering and her support for science both at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the NSF.
Dr. Londoño presented a talk at the UMass Lowell Physics Colloquium entitled, “Leading the Nation’s Future in Research and Education through the NSF Engineering Research Centers Program." Dr. Londoño and her husband recently stopped by the Academy for a quick visit after her award ceremony at Umass Lowell.
Charleen Klangos '12
All-conference volleyball outside hitter Charleen Klangos '12 and three others were recently named to the 2016-17 Massachusetts Maritime Alumni Athletes of the Year. The school's announcement says, "Klangos became the eighth player in school history to earn all-MASCAC honors and the first since 2006. Charleen closed out her career by leading the Buccaneers with 241 kills and 38 service aces while ranking third on the squad with 242 digs, as the squad posted its highest single-season win total in a decade last fall. Klangos notched 470 kills and 540 digs in 75 career matches for Massachusetts Maritime, and she chipped in with 89 service aces and 19 total blocks while earning a pair of spots on the Maritime Classic all-tournament team in both 2015 and 2016."
Jennifer Lamere '13
Jennifer Lamere '13 has been named a Legacy Leader at Rochester Institute of Technology. The Legacy Leadership program celebrates the leadership and contributions that graduating female-identified students have made to the RIT community during their time on campus.
Cheryl Porro '89
Cheryl Porro '89 was named one of the most powerful female engineers for 2017 by Business Insider. She is senior vice president of technology and products at Salesforce.org. Business Insider writes, "Salesforce.org is the non-profit organization at the heart of the company's "1-1-1" philanthropic philosophy, in which it donates 1% of its equity, 1% of its employees' time and 1% of its product to causes. More than 30,000 non-profits and higher education organizations use the products on Salesforce.org and her team is constantly rolling out more."
Melanie Gleason '00
Melanie Gleason '00 is an itinerant pro bono lawyer who has traveled across the country providing free legal services to communities in inner cities in a movement she has dubbed Attorney on the Move. She has now moved to Tucson, Arizona, 60 miles from the border with Mexico, to focus on immigrant rights in what she calls Resistance on the Border. To learn more about her program, click here.
Ashley (McAnespie) Melanchook '07
Ashley (McAnespie) Melanchook '07 married Nicholas Melanchook on Friday, December 30, 2016, at Saint Michael Parish in Lowell. As part of their honeymoon to Italy, Ashley and Nick visited Rome and were able to attend the General Papal audience and sit in the newlywed section on Wednesday, January 11th. To qualify as a newlywed couples (sposi novelli), couples must be married within two months of the audience they wish to attend, carrying with them a copy of the Sacramental Marriage Certificate signed by their priest, and wearing their wedding attire. Ashley and Nick applied for these special tickets through the Archdiocese of Boston with Ashley’s Pastor. During this Audience, the Pope greets each newlywed couple and gives them a special blessing.
Cathryn MacGregor '15 Wheaton College
Cathryn was recently named to the NEWMAC All Conference Volleyball Team. A minimum of 3/5/4.0 scale is required for the 11 highly selective schools which are part of the NEWMACS. Cathryn finished the 2016 Lyon's volleyball season with 269 kills and 361 digs.
A two sport athlete at Wheaton College, Cathryn was awarded the NEWMAC Outdoor Track & Field Rookie of the Year Award this past spring; she was also named to the NEWMAC 2016 Outdoor Track & Field All Conference 1st Team for javelin. Cathryn is a sophomore at Wheaton - a neuroscience major and May Fellow Honors student.
Caitlyn MacGregor '11 Salve Regina University (2015)
Caitlyn, who graduated magna cum laude from SRU in 2015 with dual bachelor's degree's in Elementary Education and Special Education, is a second year teacher with the Lighthouse School in Chelmsford, MA.
Caitlyn, a nationally ranked synchronized swimmer while at the Academy, recently returned to competition at the US Master's Synchronized Swimming Championship in Oro Valley, AZ. She and her duet partner placed 4th in the nation for the 20-29 age group duets. She keeps active as a synchro coach for the Boys & Girl's Club of Nashua. Caitlyn also completed her second half-marathon this past fall.
Victoria Wasylak '13
Since attending Boston University for her journalism degree, Victoria has become the music editor of two publications (HOWL Magazine and The Buzz of Boston University) and has attended influential music festivals with a media pass, such as SXSW (Austin, TX), Boston Calling, BUKU (New Orleans, LA), Igloofest (Montreal, Canada) and Grand Point North (Burlington, VT). She will be working in Manhattan in June and July as an intern for the prestigious magazine Surface.
Karen Ogden Arajo '07
Karen recently reported that she got married in 2014 and moved to Brazil where she is currently teaching English. She had her first daughter on January 13, 2016.
Leslie Murray '99 (Lower School)
DEJA VU FOR LOWER SCHOOL ALUMNA
Earlier this fall, Leslie Murray returned to campus sixteen years after she graduated as an 8th grader. Instead of carrying her books, this time she was carrying her portfolio as a college representative from Maine College of Art where she studied painting and now works as an Adjunct Professor and Admissions Counselor. She spoke to a group of six Upper School students who are considering studying art to talk about the college experience and about the importance of building a portfolio. It was great to see you again, Leslie!
Jacki Kinsman '03
ALUMNA EARNS DOCTORATE IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY
Jacki Kinsman '03 was recently featured on the Saint Anselm College psychology department webpage. Kinsman pursued her undergraduate study of psychology at St. A's and then went on to do her doctorate work at William James College. In the article, Jacki describes her challenges and greatest rewards of her educational journey: http://blogs.anselm.edu/psychology/2016/03/31/spotlight-on-alumni-anselmian-jackie-kinsman-earns-doctorate/
Catherine Stoodley '93
How does the cerebellum (a region of the brain) contribute to cognitive development in early childhood? What is the connection between abnormalities of the cerebellum and disorders such as autism, dyslexia, and ADHD? The aforementioned questions are what Catherine Stoodley, a 1993 graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame, is exploring in her research lab at American University in Washington, DC. Read more.
Rosemary McQuaid DeRosa '69
LONGTIME TEACHER AND ALUMNA RETIRES FROM THE ACADEMY
After more than 50 years as part of the fabric of the Academy of Notre Dame, Rosemary McQuaid DeRosa '69 will say goodbye to the Academy that she loves and which loves her back just as much. She first came to NDA as a freshman in 1965 and since then her role has morphed from alumna to parent to volunteer to permanent substitute to full-time faculty member and now to retired faculty member. Read more about Rosemary's story.
Michaeleen Earle Crowell '92
CHIEF OF STAFF FOR SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS PLAYS IMPORTANT CAMPAIGN ROLE
Growing up in an active political family began a journey for alumna Michaeleen Earle Crowell '92, leading to her current position as Chief of Staff for Senator Bernie Sanders. Her political experience began as senior class president at NDA, includes an internship with Senator Ted Kennedy and work in the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign. Find out more about her role in the current campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in this article from the New York Times: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/us/politics/she-plays-hillary-clinton-as-bernie-sanders-prepares-for-democratic-debate.html?mwrsm=Facebook&referer=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com&_r=0
Shannon Stott '93
ALUMNA ON FOREFRONT OF CANCER RESEARCH
After becoming frustrated with ineffective treatments endured by her stepmother while battling breast cancer, Shannon Stott '93, a mechanical engineer, switched career tracks. She went from designing devices such as air-conditioned biochemical warfare suits to streamlining the treatment process for breast cancer victims. Along the way she co-invented a chip that filters out cancer cells from other blood cells, leading to a better prediction of which drugs a tumor will respond to. Read more about about her efforts and a profile of her work, supported by the American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/fight/finding-cures and summarized here: Story
Clare Handy '14
CLARE HANDY HAS HER HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
After graduating from NDA, Clare Handy '14 enlisted in the N.H. Air National Guard and went on to Basic Military Training (BMT) for the Air Force Academy. Read more about her experience and the significant honors she received: Story