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Enc re Encore Fall 2019 Volume II, Issue 8

Notre Dame School of Manhattan

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Chez Nous

Winter 2019

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A Message from the President A Message from the Principal News Around School Senior Trip: Cape Cod, MA Living Authors and Their Books Athletic Highlights Spring Break: China Alumnae Reunion Alumnae News 2019 Graduation Scholarship Stories College Matriculation 2018–19 Annual Report Ways to Give Class Notes In Memoriam Back Story: Talya Santillan ’95

Notre Dame School of Manhattan Dr. Virginia O’Brien, SU President Jaclyn Brilliant Principal Karina Vargas Vice Principal Elizabeth Bixenman Director of Development & Alumnae Relations Robert Grote Director of Admissions

OUR MISSION Notre Dame School of Manhattan offers a Catholic education for young women in the tradition of Anne de Xainctonge. Inspired by this 17th century pioneer in women’s education, Notre Dame promotes academic excellence for girls, an awareness of God in their lives and engagement in the world around them. At Notre Dame in the 21st Century, the school’s small, nurturing environment encourages each student to be open to personal and intellectual growth. The rich cultural, racial and ethnic mosaic of Notre Dame’s community and its urban location enhance global awareness. A challenging curriculum prepares talented young women for college and for lives of leadership and service.

Annual Fund Overview and Highlights September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019 All gifts to the Annual Fund go directly toward the education of our promising Notre Dame students. The Annual Fund helps bridge the $5,000 gap that is created between the cost of educating each girl, and the tuition paid. The Annual Fund also gives each student access to scholarship and financial assistance packages, helps maintain our fine facilities, and allows us to enhance the curriculum, to provide the latest technology, and to offer professional development for our teachers. Here are some highlights from the past year:

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18.2% We are grateful to you, our generous donors, who supported the mission of Notre Dame. Each one of you, regardless of the size of your gift, played a real and meaningful role in the education of our students.

A Message from the President

Fall 2019 Dear Notre Dame Alumnae, Families and Friends, As you know, in 1606, Anne de Xainctonge founded the Sisters of St. Ursula, the first non-cloistered women’s religious congregation. The Sisters opened Notre Dame here in Manhattan in 1912. Centuries later, on W. 13th, we live Anne’s mission to go out to serve and to educate girls as the Jesuits educate boys. Essential to this pedagogy is the idea of cura personalis, meaning care of the whole person—mind, body, heart and soul.

“Only with your continued support does Anne de Xainctonge’s little lamp continue to glow on W. 13th.”

Evidence of the vitality of our mission is found within the pages of the 2019-2020 Encore. Our cover invites you to discover ND’s expanding sports program, which features 10 varsity and junior varsity teams. It celebrates our student trips to New England and across the world to China. It highlights authors who visited Chez Nous after the students read their works. Without ever having to leave the ND library, students learned firsthand about events at Tiananmen Square, India and Somalia, as well as about surviving a personal assault. So much of our students’ learning comes through conversation. Anne insisted that her Sisters not be cloistered so that they could engage in conversations with different types of persons. Anne had her own word for these conversations: conversatio, a heart to heart exchange between people so one could come to know and reverence the other. Such conversations and mutual respect among our entire school community are hallmarks of what it means to be truly human. They are signs of God’s presence among us and of God’s unconditional love. The gift of our mission is for ourselves and for others. How blest are we that 100% of the 79 members of the Class of 2019 were accepted into four year colleges and universities, each with an academic scholarship! How rewarding it is to see that the entire student body selected to focus on climate change as an urgent need to be addressed. What a wonderful opportunity is offered to some of our students to participate in a service trip to El Paso this December. All of these gifts stem from Anne de Xainctonge’s mission to go beyond the cloister and share a global vision where all are included in God’s unconditional love. Thank you for your support of our mission. Only with your continued support does Anne de Xainctonge’s little lamp continue to glow on W. 13th. Warm regards,

Dr. Virginia O’Brien, SU President 1

A Message from the Principal

Fall 2019 Dear Alumnae, Families and Friends, As the 2019–20 school year unfolds, with students and teachers alike busy and engaged, it’s always nice to greet our larger community of alumnae, friends, and supporters. Fall sports of soccer, volleyball, and cross country have given way to winter basketball and indoor track. Liturgies dedicated to the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Mother, and Advent have brought us together in prayer. The ND Book Club has paid tribute to the late Toni Morrison with a discussion of her pivotal novel Beloved. In a school so vibrant and activity-rich, perhaps it’s no surprise that this year, our school is focused on the theme of Opportunity, which we are looking at from various angles.

“We believe it is important to make sure our students know they are valued, that each has unique gifts, and that personal growth is more important than a single test grade.”

We want all our students to recognize the many opportunities that a Notre Dame education provides—from leadership positions in student government, to peer mentorship roles as part of Anne’s Leaders, to the latest in science and computer lab equipment. Our students also benefit from a newly furnished art studio, and what I believe is the best high school library in the city. Outside our walls, more opportunities abound for our curious, motivated students—internships in medicine and government, world-class museums, lecture series, and book readings, all part of our extended campus in the heart of this Greenwich Village cultural mecca. Opportunity is all around them! Yet, girls, in particular, have been found to lack the confidence needed to leverage all the opportunities that come their way. That’s why at Notre Dame we believe it is important to make sure our students know they are valued, that each has unique gifts, and that personal growth is more important than a single test grade. The young women of our school know not to sit out the conversation, but rather to stand up and be heard. They also know how to listen to one another, and how to receive and show support. Confidence turns opportunities into action Chez Nous! We also want our students to look beyond the Notre Dame experience. We help to raise awareness that not everyone in our society is given the same access to opportunity, that sometimes a person’s race or gender or someone’s financial, immigration, or health status creates inequities that bar them from the opportunities others may take for granted. Our students learn they have the power to help change that status quo and level the playing field. Whether it’s participation in the Climate Strike, letter-writing for humane immigration policies, volunteering with the community in El Paso, or hosting discussions on the Me, Too movement, our students have demonstrated their awareness and activism. By sharing opportunities, they will change our world for the better. And that’s where you come in! I hope you, too, value the remarkable educational opportunity that Notre Dame provides and that you will support our students. You have the power to open doors of opportunity through networking and financial support. The students and I are so very grateful for your help. There is no better investment in the future. Gratefully,

Jaclyn Brilliant Principal 2




Welcome to Our New Families On Tuesday, September 10th, Notre Dame hosted its New Parent Welcome event in the Sr. Mary Dolan, SU Arts and Athletics Center. Parents of the Class of 2023 mingled with fellow parents, faculty, staff, and upperclass parents, along with the President and Principal of ND. The opportunity was well received. It allowed those in attendance the chance to learn more about the “Chez Nous Experience,” the different ways to get involved, and how to lend a helping hand as their daughters navigate through new waters.

ENHANCING THE ARTS The new design of the Art Room has enhanced the overall aesthetic feel of the room while improving the artistic functionality for its students. From 9th Grade Art students to seniors creating their portfolios in AP Studio Art, all now work on tables with Painting by Isabelle Dib ’18 increased surface area and sit on with the assistance of classmates Tarralyn Dewely, Isabella McIlvane, and Aliana Wolf. comfortable chairs that will not hinder their creative inspiration or productivity. In fact, the navy chairs complement an existing artwork adorning the art room that was left as a gift to ND.

Growing with Confidence On September 4th and 5th, the Chez Nous student body participated in Orientation before the first full day of classes began on Friday, September 6th. The students broke out into small groups and discussed upholding a growth mindset over a fixed mindset. In a growth mindset, individuals must work hard in order to achieve success, and they find their work meaningful because they are applying themselves and giving their best. Acting on a growth mindset causes one to think bigger, take risks, learn from the past, and ultimately promotes self-confidence. ND’s theme for the year is Opportunity, and so this activity paired well as the students began anew.





Summer Camp at ND Over 50 campers participated in Notre Dame’s Summer Camp program this year. The program is split between morning and afternoon sessions, but most campers participate in a full day that lasts from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. In the morning, the campers studied math, science, coding, art, and English in a classroom setting on West 13th. After a brief lunch break, the campers then had the option to participate in unique field trips throughout the city. This year they traveled to the National Museum of Mathematics, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Frick Collection, the New York Historical Society, and the Museum of Illusions. Notre Dame thanks its Summer Camp Director, Mr. Kevin McDonald, as well as all of the other teachers who made it such a success, including Ms. Elizabeth Davenport, Ms. Ioana Donose, Mr. Alaric Lejano, Ms. Brittany Vella, and Mr. Scott Vasey.


ND Strides

Helping Hands Blanket making is a Chez Nous tradition that has flourished for over a decade. This fall, ND Trustee, Virginia Dolan, led a group of her friends in making fleece blankets with current students. She holds this event annually, and then prior to Christmas, the blankets are distributed to local shelters for comfort during the cold months. It is an act of love that takes time and patience, and warms many hearts.

On Saturday, September 22nd a group of Chez Nous girls volunteered at the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in Battery Park City. There were 30 ND students who volunteered on the race course and acted as cheerleaders by ringing their cowbells in enthusiasm for those competing. The event was organized by The Bogdanos Girls—Athena Bogdanos ’13, Isabella Bogdanos ’14, and Hera Bogdanos ’16—in honor of their late father, Deno Bogdanos, who was beloved by all.

G LO B A L C L I M AT E S T R I K E The members of S.T.A.N.D. (Solidarity Throughout All of ND) organized a group of Chez Nous students to attend the Global Climate Strike that took place on Friday, September 20th in Foley Square. In preparation, students spent Thursday afternoon making clever posters, and then gathered the following day at noon to travel to the start of the march together, on a day when there was no school!





M A S S O F T H E H O LY S P I R I T On Friday, September 13th, we gathered together as a school to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The celebration of this special Mass began in the sixteenth century in the Jesuit schools, and today it marks the moment in our academic year when we reflect on the values of the founder of the Sisters of St. Ursula, Anne de Xainctonge. In conjunction, our students presented gifts at the Offertory during the Mass, which symbolize some of the important aspects of Notre Dame’s mission, including academics, spirituality, service, global involvement, art, and athletics.

Fresh Beginnings

The morning of October 3rd brought together 94 members of the Class of 2023, led by 20 senior retreat leaders for the annual Ninth Grade Retreat on the campus of General Theological Seminary. The day began with a beautiful refrain, Psalm 139, prayed by all in attendance:

Lord, you know me and you love me. I am grateful. After a brief introduction to the meaning of a retreat by Mr. Kevin McDonald, the seniors led small groups of ninth graders in an ice breaker activity. One of the goals of the annual retreat is to offer an invitation for the ninth graders to reach out and meet new friends beyond their class groupings. We know friendships that last a lifetime are made at Notre Dame. Retreat Day provides opportunities to learn to trust each other more and share in small groups about the value of friendship with each other, and with God. 6


One Last Outward Bound

Day 1: The Class of 2020 traveled to science expedition class with

Grace Transom and Erin Pender

Orli White and Ashley Percival

Matilda Sipp and Casey Andermanis

Hyannis, Massachusetts on Wednesday, September 25th, where they enjoyed shopping and lunch on Main Street followed by an outing to Pirates Cove Mini-Golf. The journey continued with a stop in Falmouth to delight in Ben & Bills Chocolate Emporium. It was here that they sampled their famous Lobster Ice Cream.

Captain Awesome and Cape Cod Learning Tours. At the hotel, they concluded the evening with a pot boiled lobster clambake from Get Baked Clambakes, Inc., followed by a quick trip to Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream.

Day 3: The third day of the trip

involved taking the Island Queen Ferry from Falmouth to Martha’s Vineyard, where they had the Day 2: On Thursday, September opportunity to enjoy lunch and a 26th, the students enjoyed an little shopping in Oak Bluffs. The unforgettable experience on the students and faculty toured the Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruise where they had the great fortune of famous Gingerbread Houses before boarding the ferry back for their witnessing several whales breach. return trip to Notre Dame. A special Given the number of whale sightthank you goes to Ms. Jaclyn Brilliant, ings, the company deemed it one of the greatest tours they had ever Ms. Roisin Clarke, Ms. Elizabeth Davenport, Ms. Ioana Donose, done! They then traveled to the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Ms. Eileen Frawley, Ms. Carly Savino, before heading to their hotel, Green Mr. Glenn Stordeur, and Ms. Brittany Vella, who led this spectacular trip. Harbor Waterfront Lodging, for a 7

Author Chessy Prout


Opportunities to Engage in Conversations Global Inequalities is a senior English class taught by Mr. Scott Vasey, Notre Dame’s English Department Chair. In addition to introducing fascinating books to the class, Mr. Vasey invites authors to the school where he hosts a discussion, question and answer session, and book signing. In the last three years, Mr. Vasey has hosted over 10 guest speakers and within this piece you may learn more about some of these remarkable individuals who have visited Chez Nous. 8

Tracy Novas ’19, Khaya Roach ’19, Krysstar Egipciaco ’19 and Mia Del Borrello ’19

Author Alexis Okeowo with ND English Department Chair, Mr. Scott Vasey

Abrigail Williams ’19 with author Chessy Prout

Louisa Lim People’s Republic of Amnesia Louisa Lim, author of People’s Republic of Amnesia, recounted several of her first-hand experiences of China during her 10 years there as a correspondent for BBC and NPR. She told stories of how the Chinese government and Communist Party have tried to wipe out memories of June 4, 1989. Lim captivated the students’ attention by speaking of her interviews with mothers and families of those that died in the Tiananmen Square protests.

Madeline McCarth y ’19

Chessy Prout

Amana Fontanella-Khan Alexis Okeowo

I Have the Right To

Pink Sari Revolution

A Moonless, Starless Sky

Chessy Prout, author of I Have the Right To, came to Notre Dame from Barnard where she attends school. Her story includes her experience of being sexually assaulted at a prestigious school in New Hampshire and the journey she took to arrive at recovery. ND students were inspired by her courage and hope.

Amana Fontanella-Khan, author of Pink Sari Revolution, is a journalist who lived in India for four years spending considerable time in Uttar Pradesh, home base for the Pink Sari Revolution. She tells the story of their extraordinary leader, Sampat Pal, who tries to intervene wherever women are victims of abuse or injustice.

Alexis Okeowo, author of A Moonless, Starless Sky, discussed her book with our students who were fully engaged in her presentation. The book contains four narratives that describe life in modern Africa, including a women’s basketball team playing in war-torn Somalia and a vigilante who fights the extremist group Boko Haram.



Unified Growth

ND Athletics Program Fall Varsity and JV Soccer Varsity and JV Volleyball Varsity Cross Country

Winter Varsity and JV Basketball Winter Track

Spring Varsity Softball Varsity Track

Cross Country

Varsity Track 10



otre Dame seeks to ensure that each graduate is competent, confident, and capable in all aspects of their lives. This holistic goal has been especially evident in recent years in the growth of our athletic program. Statistics have proven that involvement in athletics and team sports help young women build confidence and succeed in school, and in life, and that has become more and more evident in our students today.

JV Basketball

Just twenty years ago, there were only four athletic teams at Notre Dame. The ND athletes during that time were very strong and represented the school well, but the offerings were limited. Students at ND who were interested in other team sports were required to join outside athletic leagues. Through the years, the school focused on creating more competitive options, and now Notre Dame boasts ten teams, at both varsity and junior varsity levels. As a result, currently over 40% of ND Students are involved in sports. The major player in this expansion is Athletic Director and Coach Maria Vulcano, who was originally encouraged by former ND principal, Mr. John Joven, to join the ND Staff. She has been a part of the ND staff for nearly two decades. Ms. Vulcano believes that all students are athletes, just at different levels. Her goal has been to bring out the best in each of them, inspiring them to lead healthy lives and maintain a positive sense of self. With this philosophy, and the dedication of many seasoned coaches, Notre Dame athletics have flourished. Of course, no sports program can be vibrant without financial support. ND has been fortunate to have generous donors. The Patrina Foundation has been key in the enhancement of our Athletics Program. They have contributed $25,000 in the last four years to underwrite the expansion of our program, with an emphasis on creating equality on the fields by investing in uniforms.

Varsity Basketball

Notre Dame is most proud of the expansion of its Athletic Program through the years, and the energy and power it exudes today. Notre Dame’s teams are on a roll and the best is yet to come. GO DRAGONS! 11


JV Soccer

Varsity Soccer 12


Varsity Softball

Varsity Volleyball 13



In April of 2019, Ms. Ioana Donose, Ms. Dashea Hickson, Ms. Karina Vargas and Ms. Brittany Vella, took a group of Chez Nous students on an educational trip to China. The students and faculty arrived in Beijing where they met their tour manager and traveled to their hotel in China’s capital city. Beijing, a massive, eclectic mix of the new and old is a compelling introduction to the world’s most populous country.

the world’s attention. To learn more about Chinese culture, the students later ventured to a nearby school to learn from local students about the Chinese educational system. They then rounded out the day by indulging in Beijing’s most famous meal—the traditional Peking Duck!

Friday, April 19, 2019, Beijing

Saturday, April 20, 2019, Beijing

Wasting no time, the group ventured to the Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For over 500 years, it was the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government, and during this time the 1,000 buildings spread out over 200 acres were not open to the public as they served as the home of emperors and their households. The students made a second stop at Tiananmen Square, which is most notable outside of China as the site of the 1989 Democracy Movement that captured

The morning began with a once in a life time momentous event, visiting the Great Wall. It is another UNESCO World Heritage site established in 1987 that has existed for over 500 years. The students then traveled to the Olympic Park, site of the 2008 Games, where they managed to see the Beijing National Stadium, dubbed “The Bird's Nest” and The Beijing National Aquatics Center, dubbed “The Water Cube.” In the same day, all enjoyed taking a tour of the Hutong area by rickshaw and watching a Kung Fu show that highlighted one of the country’s oldest martial arts.

Thursday, April 18, 2019, Beijing


Isabella Manzi ‘19, Kaylee Lopez ’19, Lauren Picone ’19 and Moncerat Lopez ’19

Imani Washington ’21 and Sanela Ciem ’21

Sunday, April 21, 2019, Xi'an

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Shanghai

Our Chez Nous girls shared in the popular Taiji exercises with locals before visiting the majestic Temple of Heaven. This imperial complex of religious buildings was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to bring forth good harvest. It was then time to fly to Xi'an.

On to Shanghai, where students enjoyed the energy and vibrancy of the city in the evening, including Xin Tian Di, a pedestrian district known for its shopping, dining and entertainment.

Monday, April 22, 2019, Xi'an The group discovered the eighth wonder of the world, the Terra Cotta Warriors, on a guided tour with a local expert. It is here that the students learned about the history of the 8,000 life-size statues of soldiers with their horses and chariots, along with the Qin Bronze Chariot. Soon after, they visited the Buddhist Wild Goose Pagoda to see the Shadow Show and then traveled to the Muslim Quarter.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Shanghai They participated in a guided tour of Shanghai where students and faculty visited the business district, called the Bund, the Yu Yuan Garden, and the Jade Buddha Temple. Our Chez Nous girls were also fortunate enough to visit an authentic silk shop where they observed the process for making this luxurious textile followed by a stroll down Taikang Road, winding through a restored traditional shikumen neighborhood. The group finished their trip by attending a dramatic Shanghai Acrobatic Show.


N O T R E D A M E ’ S A LU M N A E R E U N I O N

New Spaces, Same Faces The evening of Friday, May 3, 2019 was a delightful one for Chez Nous alumnae to gather. Graduates from the Class of 1959 who were celebrating their 60th anniversary were well represented. These treasured women, some of whom attended from grammar school through High School when our school was located on West 79th Street, enjoyed catching up in the Sr. Mary Dolan, SU Arts and Athletics Center on West 13th Street.

Our Chez Nous alumnae were pleased to meet current students, including the members of S.T.A.N.D. (Solidarity Throughout All of Notre Dame) at this year’s reunion as well. A presentation was given by Cecilia Fiorindo, Shiyin Ge, Brigid McCabe and Jaileen Wales all of whom are members of the Class of 2021. They addressed their Chez Nous sisters regarding ways in which Notre Dame students engage in social justice, and their words touched the hearts of each alumna.

Members of the Class of 1979 who were celebrating their 40th Anniversary found it hard to believe how four decades had flown by so fast. To their delight, they learned that the school has grown in numbers of students and developed its programs over the decades, while still holding strong the Chez Nous spirit.


Alumnae Reunion 2020 Friday, May 1, 2020 at 5pm honoring the class years ending in “0” and “5.” All are invited! 16

O newest anniversary group from Our tthe Class of 2014 were happily surprised tto see how their school building has ccontinued to be renovated. They found tthe newly designed ND Commons to be a breath of fresh air and they thought it was a wonderful space for the students. w

Th Class The Cl off 1999 graduated d d from f St. S Mark’s M k’ Place Pl just j before b f the h school’s h l’ big bi move to West W 13th 13 h Street. S At their 20th reunion, they were mesmerized by the facilities, taking particular interest in the computer room, science labs and art room. Notre Dame’s faculty and staff were delighted to learn of their personal and professional accomplishments, and to see them return home for a visit.

To learn more visit: cheznous.org/alumnae/reunion-events





Taking Chances

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2019 ALUMNAE PANELISTS FINANCE 3. Catherine Nevins Gallagher ’88 Vice President: Securities Division-Management & Strategy & Global Communications, Goldman Sachs BA, French, SUNY Cortland

EDUCATION 11. Carol De George ’84 Social Studies Teacher, Bedford Central School District MA, Iona College, MA, Mercy College BA, Communications, Iona College

TECHNOLOGY 8. Ashley Argila ’08 Executive Assistant to Head of Northeast and Southeast Commercial Sales, Amazon Web Services BS, Psychology, Le Moyne College

10. Isabella Bogdanos ’14 Financial Consultant, AXA Advisors, LLC BA, Philosophy, French, Catholic University

2. Kathy Velasco ‘10 MA, Speech-Language Pathology; TSSLD and Bilingual Extension Certifications, Lehman College BA, French with minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, NYU

LAW 5. Melissa Rivero ’98 Associate General Counsel, Boxed JD, Brooklyn Law School BS, Marketing, International Business, NYU Stern School of Business

HEALTHCARE 7. Catherine Vadasz Licitra ’91 Associate Director, Clinical - Division of Quality and Safety, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center MA, Nursing Administration, NYU BSN, Nursing, College of Mount Saint Vincent 9. Bianca Russo ’13 Registered Nurse, Mount Sinai BSN, Nursing with minor in Health Care Management, College of Mount Saint Vincent 18

NON-PROFIT 1. Frances Cruz Martin ’94 School Social Worker, International Academy of Hope MSW, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service BS, Psychology, Fordham University

6. Krystal Palmers ’06 Assistant District Attorney, Office of the Bronx District Attorney JD, Rutgers Law School BA, Spanish Language, Culture, and Society, Dartmouth College ARTS 4. Regina Renee Russell ’09 Actress, Playgarden and Acting MFA, Acting, East 15 Acting School BA, Theater Arts, Cornell University




Keeping an Open Mind It is without a doubt that Notre Dame has an impressive list of alumnae and we are always delighted to feature new participants each year at our annual Career Panel. It was a blessing to have the entire student body of 355 girls listen attentively to all of our alumnae presenters. The panelists represented a wide range of industries, educational backgrounds and levels of professional experience. It was also beneficial for the students to learn that volunteer opportunities, internships, and networking events help to expose a whole spectrum of professions that may otherwise go unknown. Thus, the take-away from the Chez Nous alumnae event was to seize opportunities despite the risks. Notre Dame School’s next Career Day will be held on February 4, 2020.


College Panel 2019

ND hosted the largest number of alumnae panelists in the history of the event at our alumnae College Panel for juniors on January 4, 2019. Over 20 alumnae came back to offer their advice on the college application process and to share their experiences in making the transition to college life. Alumnae hailed from a diverse array of schools, such as Lafayette, Iona, University of Delaware, University of Connecticut, George Washington, Columbia, and NYU. They advised the Class of 2020 to visit schools in person whenever possible, to pursue internships while still in high school, not to fixate on a particular school, and to keep an open mind in terms of majors and career paths once they get to college. Regarding the transition to college life, our alumnae panelists noted the importance of time management skills; the value in forming true friendships, not just loose social groups; the challenge of relocating from NYC to a, perhaps, more rural setting; and the importance of sleep, nutrition, and exercise. Our wise and wonderful panelists relished the opportunity college affords in terms of exploring and deepening passions, and they also all appreciated the freedom that college life brings. Notre Dame’s students soaked in every word of advice and encouragement from their Chez Nous sisters! Notre Dame School’s next College Panel will be held on January 8, 2020.


The support of our alumnae is imperative as it allows our dedicated faculty and staff the opportunity to preserve Anne de Xainctonge’s vision of an education that provides academic excellence, spiritual formation, and engagement in the world for our Chez Nous girls. For this reason, we have established a Class Chair opportunity to help strengthen the relationships among our alumnae and the greater Chez Nous community.

We are looking for TWO to FIVE alumnae from each graduating class to act as liaisons between their classmates and the school. Some of the responsibilities include: Soliciting Class Notes for ND’s annual Encore Chez Nous magazine Obtaining current class contact information Promoting alumnae events and reunions Supporting the Annual Fund

Please contact Elizabeth Bixenman, Director of Development and Alumnae Relations, at bixenmane@cheznous.org if interested or you would like to learn more. 19

2019 Graduation

Bringing Chez Nous into the world Denise Ferreira ’19 and Laniyah Kenner ’19

20 Lauren Picone ’19, Jade Jarencio ’19, Moncerat Lopez ’19 and Madeline McCarthy ’19

Olivia Micenko ’19

A Sarah Delaney ’19

Elena Ghitan ’19 and Anna Pesola ’19

Olivia Halstead ’19, Sarah Galperin ’19, and Alexandra Orlando ’19

t this year’s graduation ceremony, Notre Dame President Dr. Virginia O’Brien, S.U., invoked the kind of education that Anne de Xainctonge wanted her students to have: not only to achieve academic success but also to become empathic, caring, and wellrounded young women. She praised students for giving the gift of their time to incoming first-year students in the fall and for sharing their cultural gifts with the school— genuine examples of giving to others. Anne’s values were also clear from the kinds of awards the students received: not only for their academic achievements, but for their commitment to community engagement, volunteer work, and leadership. Students were recognized for their contributions to making the school and the world they inhabit a better place. From the opening invocation and prayer given by history and theology teacher Mr. Kevin McDonald, the students’ relationships to the greater world in which they live and the care they put forth were consistent themes of the evening. The school recognized Anna Mattioli and Tracy Novas for the leadership potential they demonstrated by volunteering their time for the school and their communities. Other students were recognized for their character, courage, and commitment to the school and community, or for good citizenship and community service, or cooperative spirit. The school recognized Teresa Pavia with the Anne de Xainctonge award, for her school spirit and a commitment to Anne’s Values. Sister Mary Dolan recognized Sarah Delaney and Jade Jarencio for their dedication to the community and their values of intelligence, humor, grace, and perseverance. The school recognized Mariya Semchuk and Sarah Galperin with the New York City Comptroller Achievement Award, for leadership, commitment to public service, and a desire to effect positive change inside and outside of the school. The school recognized Sarah Trieu and Masara Greenidge for the tremendous amount of community service they performed and their overall cooperative spirit. The theme of the night was clear: our students exude the values of Anne de Xainctonge and they are ready to bring them out into the many worlds they are now entering after high school. Sister Virginia emphasized how their experiences at Notre Dame have prepared them for that world. These experiences will continue to orient their world view: wherever they might go next, all of their trajectories began at Notre Dame.


Principal Brilliant, together with the faculty of Notre Dame, read a parting blessing to the graduates: Sarah Trieu ’19

Sarah Trieu, the Class of 2019 valedictorian, spoke at length of her affection for her Chez Nous sisters and pondered where their paths would take them. She also addressed the importance of the community of her peers, whom she said made all the difference in her high school experience. Throughout the evening, speakers invoked the importance of the students’ support system: at school, at home, and as beloved and held by God in the body of the Church. After Ms. Carly Savino read out the impressive list of colleges our 2019 graduates would be attending, Student Council President, Sarah Delaney, addressed her fellow graduates and spoke about their coming together Chez Nous, no matter where they began. Finally, Vice Principal Karina Vargas called the graduates forward to receive their diplomas. Principal Jackie Brilliant sent the graduates out into their futures with the poem “Elegy in Joy” by Muriel Rukeyser, which embodies the bitter sweet feelings that commencement ceremonies tend to evoke.


In this time of beginnings, May you be nourished and blessed. May love and grace find you. Let Anne’s lamp shine for you In your words, in your deeds, And in all the paradoxes of your life. The blessing is in the seed, And you are the seeds Of expiation and peace. As your many wishes flame together, May you find yourselves And the yet unknown world Until, finally, God holds you In God’s arms.

One hundred percent of the 79 members of Class of 2019 received academic scholarships totaling over $22 million. Read more to learn how these six students received a scholarship to the university of their choice!

Aaliyah Duncan

Deina Felix

When reflecting on my time as a student at Notre Dame, I am met with conflicting emotions. Notre Dame connected me with people who have become my best friends as well as teachers who pushed me academically and supported me when even I doubted my own work. Notre Dame has taught me how to use my voice both in the classroom and outside. The conversations that I’ve had with both teachers and students have opened my mind and challenged my opinions. This has allowed me to connect with people with whom I would never have thought I could find common ground. Yet, as with all high school experiences, there are also moments when you encounter setbacks, and in those moments I felt the love and support of my school behind me, pushing me to try harder. I truly do not think I would be the woman I am today if it were not for the community I met at Notre Dame. It is a rarity in this world to find a school where your opinions are amplified rather than smothered and students are encouraged to ask hard-hitting questions. Whether in the classroom or a school-led protest in the streets, I know that I am being heard. The meaningful connections I have made at Notre Dame make leaving both a somber and exhilarating next step in my life. I will take all the lessons that Notre Dame has imprinted on me to Boston University where I will

My four years at Notre Dame have been an eye-opening experience. At the beginning of my freshman year, I was a shy girl from Crown Heights, excited to take the train to school in Manhattan every day. As the years progressed, I began to grow in confidence, and I believed in myself more than I had before. Being open to growth, I started taking more direct leadership roles in school during junior year. I was chosen to be an Anne’s Leader. With encouragement from my teacher, Mr. Vasey, my friend and classmate Masara Greenidge and I started the West Indian Heritage Club at school. At the end of junior year, my teachers encouraged me to set high goals for myself because they believed in me. Throughout senior year, my teachers and my counselor were always there to support me during the college application process. My friends and family also encouraged me, sometimes believing in me more than I believed in myself. My sponsors, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Houlihan, checked in on me regularly, always cheering me on for my success. On May 1,

be studying political science on a near-full scholarship. This accomplishment would never have been possible without the resources and aid given to me throughout my four years as a student, and for that I will be eternally grateful to Notre Dame.

I chose to enroll at New York University where I received a near-full scholarship. If it wasn’t for all the people in my life during these last four years and my own determined work ethic, I would not have had the confidence to apply to such a prestigious university and attend the school of my dreams.



Montcerat Lopez

Deciding what high school I wanted to go to was not that hard. As soon as I walked through the doors of Notre Dame at Open House, I felt like I was at home. I always wanted to go to a small, tight-knit school where students receive one-onone help, form close bonds with their teachers, and value academics and athletics. Notre Dame provided me with countless volunteer and program opportunities like the 9/11 Ambassador Program, the ACE Mentorship Program, and the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, D.C. I had an amazing support system made up of both faculty and close friends. They supported me when I had a challenging schedule full of school, athletics, work, and volunteering. They pushed me to take on challenging AP courses and get out of my comfort zone. My participation on the JV basketball and varsity indoor and outdoor track teams taught me good sportsmanship, time management, and teamwork. All of the knowledge and skills I gained throughout my years at ND prepared me for college. As a first-generation college student, I did not have any idea of what kind of college I wanted to attend, but I knew that I wanted to double major in International Relations and Psychology, and to study abroad. My counselor, Ms. Savino, was there for me and helped me find the perfect school that would feel like Notre Dame and provide the same academic rigor. The day the Hobart and William Smith representative came to Notre Dame, I had finished classes early and did not really want to wait around, but Ms. Savino convinced me that it would be worth it. I ended up talking with the representative for over an hour and I knew I had to visit. Just like Open House in eighth grade, when I visited Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I felt at home. Now I can say with great joy that I will continue the next part of my educational journey there on a near-full scholarship.

Over my four years as a student at Notre Dame, I have created memories that I will always carry with me and friendships that I will cherish forever. Notre Dame gave me opportunities that I could never have imagined possible. With the help of my counselor, I was fortunate enough to have two internships during my four years at ND. I joined the Job Opportunities Program in 2017 and after attending various workshops, I became a summer intern at a law firm where I was exposed to an office environment. In 2018, my counselor recommended another internship program, Futures & Options. After going through many interviews, I obtained another internship in a business firm. I can proudly say that I continued my internship over the summer before college. I could not have accomplished this without the guidance and support of my counselor and teachers. Over my time at ND, I was also able to travel to two new countries, Italy and China, during my sophomore and senior year spring breaks. I could have never imagined traveling the world on my own at such a young age, but ND made it possible. I was given the opportunity to explore places I had never visited and learn about cultures to which I had no previous exposure. Aside from the incredible opportunities ND has given me, I will most miss the bonds I formed. The friends I have made at ND are some of the most supportive and caring people I have ever come across in my life. I am especially saddened at the thought of not being in the same classes as the people with whom I have spent the past four years, but I cannot wait to see where college will take us. In my four years at ND, I have made friendships that will last a lifetime and learned amazing life lessons that I will always carry with me as I embark on my new journey. Despite feeling sad about having to leave ND, I could not be more excited to use the lessons and values I learned here as I attend


Santa Clara University on a near-full scholarship. I will be studying in the Leavey School of Business.

Mariya Semchuk

Pauline Predko

I remember submitting my Notre Dame application in eighth grade, wondering if I was doing the right thing, questioning what my experience at this school would be like. Little did I know that Notre Dame would soon become my second home, and its community would become my second family. I can surely say that without Notre Dame I would not be the person I am right now. It was my teachers who inspired me to never stop learning and deepened my love for education by helping and supporting me in my studies. There were many times when I was discouraged after a challenging test in my AP Calculus and AP Environmental Science courses, but my teachers never gave up on me and taught me how to learn from my mistakes and persist no matter what. It was from my beloved Chez Nous sisters that I experienced true compassion. Together we formed friendships that will last a lifetime. My friends and I discovered the kinds of leaders we could be as we became presidents of Notre Dame clubs. Because of the diversity of this school’s student body, I became acquainted with so many new beliefs and developed even more of my own. Finally, it was my counselors who encouraged me to apply to Macaulay Honors College, so that I can proudly say I will be pursuing my Bachelor

I am so proud and excited to start the next momentous journey of my life at Northeastern University, where I received a full scholarship. I will be majoring in health sciences on a pre-med track. Getting through the college process and committing to Northeastern would not have been possible without my friends, the faculty, and counselors from Notre Dame. My time at Notre Dame gave me the opportunity to shape myself as the high-achieving, well-rounded young woman that I am today, as well as to explore different interests, have a leadership role in numerous clubs, like Zine Club, and be able to challenge myself with several AP courses. As a senior, which was by far my most memorable and fun year, I learned about social and economic issues in Africa and China in English class, challenging mathematical theorems and concepts in AP Calculus, and the intricate methods of Java coding in AP Computer Science. My teachers were always there before and after class to give me advice, have meaningful, caring, and deep conversations with me, all the while pushing me to take challenging courses, and wanting to see me succeed. These moments will forever be ingrained in my memory, and I will forever cherish and remember them throughout my time in college. I am equipped with the knowledge that life is full of challenges, especially at such an academically rigorous institution such as Northeastern, but I also know that I have enough perseverance, motivation, and determination to overcome these challenges. As I start this new journey, I will keep Notre Dame and each of my teachers and friends who have supported me over these past four years close to my heart. I will always be grateful for the important lessons I have been taught that I will carry with me into the future.

of Science degree on a full scholarship as a Macaulay Honors student at City College of New York. At the times when I underestimated my capabilities and told myself, “I don’t think I can do this”, my counselors told me to try first and then draw conclusions. And when I tried, I succeeded! It was because of them that I aimed for Macaulay Honors College and it was because of Notre Dame that I succeeded. Some people say that an hour seems like a second when spent in the right environment and with the right people. I wholeheartedly believe that, because my four years at Notre Dame seemed like four hours. Four hours full of laughter, unforgettable memories, love, and support. As I start a new chapter of my life as an undergraduate student, I will always look back and thank Notre Dame for everything it has done for me.


2019 College Matriculation

One hundred percent of the 79 members of Class of 2019 received academic scholarships at four-year colleges or universities totaling over $22 million.

American University

Kenyon College

SUNY Purchase College

Bard College

Lawrence University

Temple University (2)

Barnard College (2)

Loyola Marymount University

The City College of New York— Macaulay Honors

Baruch College Biola University Boston University Colgate University CUNY Brooklyn College (2) CUNY City College of Technology (2) CUNY Queens College Drexel University (2) Elizabethtown College Fairfield University (3) Fordham University Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Manhattan College (3) Marist College (2) Nazareth College New York University (3)

Trinity College United States Air Force University at Albany (2)

Northeastern University (2)

University of Colorado at Boulder

Pace University (3)

University of Connecticut

Pacific Northwest College of Art

University of Delaware

Penn State University Park Roger Williams University (2) Santa Clara University Simmons University Spelman College

Hofstra University

SUNY Binghamton (2)

Howard University

SUNY Geneseo

John Jay College

SUNY New Paltz (2)

Johnson and Wales University

SUNY Oswego

University of Georgia University of New Haven University of Rochester University of Scranton (3) University of South Carolina University of Vermont University of Virginia Villanova University (4)

N O T R E D A M E S C H O O L 2018  2019

Annual Report

Sarah Galperin ’19, Alexandra Orlando ’19 and Lauren Picone ’19

2018–2019 Gift Club Members The Notre Dame Annual Fund offers several Gift Club opportunities. We are very grateful to our gift club members for their generous donations.

Our Lady of Lourdes Society $100,000 or more Anonymous The Carson Family Charitable Trust

Anne de Xainctonge Angels $50,000–$99,999 Cornelia Connelly Center for Education Inner City Scholarship Fund and the Partnership for Inner City Education

Anne de Xainctonge Associates $25,000–$49,999 Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Raymond P. Dolan Sarita Kenedy East Foundation, Inc.

Mother Genevieve Guild $10,000–$24,999 Brooklyn Benevolent Society The Everest Leadership Academy Harris Mathews Charitable Foundation Mary Burke Heyman ’55 Mr. & Mrs. Jack Houlihan Koch Foundation Inc. Ms. Ann Lopez The Michael Gordon Foundation Ms. Mary Ellen O’Brien Dr. Grace C. Pilcer Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Riccardo Ms. Elizabeth Roth Mr. Jeffrey C. Seymour Sisters of St. Ursula Mr. & Mrs. John Spollen Carolyn Wahlig Szostek ’65 The Theresa & Edward O’Toole Foundation Virginia Turezyn ’75 Xavier High School


Trustees’ Circle $6,500–$8,749 Anonymous Mr. Michael F. Doyle Patrina Foundation The Honor Society $3,000–$6,499 Mr. & Mrs. William Bell Antoinette LeQuire-Schott ’59 The M&T Charitable Foundation Mr. & Mrs. James McCue Ms. Julia Pilcer Mr. & Mrs. John R. Raslowsky Norma Moglia Reidy ’77 Mr. & Mrs. William Schwebel Alexandra Rynczak Teper ’81

Chez Nous Circle $2,000–$2,999 Anonymous Br. Brian Carty, F.S.C. Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn and Queens Class of 2019 Patricia Cullen ’73 Patricia DiTolla ’62 Ms. Marie-Andree Eiting Mary Jane Drucker Gabbay ’63 Mr. William H. Lycette Mary Ellen Masterson McGary ’66 Barbara McInerney McGovern ’70 Mr. Thomas Newman & Dr. Anne Hardart Mr. Richard A. Norton Arlene Deninger Prendergast ’60 Agnes McComiskey Quinn ’61 Mrs. Patricia Richlin Elizabeth Hofmann Salazer ’83 Chrystia Slywotzky ’72 Dr. David Stuhr

Principal’s Circle $1,000–$1,999 Anonymous Brooklyn Jesuit Prep Mr. & Mrs. Edward Browne Ms. Joan Clark Elizabeth Drucker Condrige ’64 Mr. Joe Constantine & Ms. Catherine Tuvblad Carol De George ’84 Mr. Raphael De Niro Mary Susan King Delahunty ’61 Mr. & Mrs. Jon DiPietra Jane Clifton Dockery ’61 Mr. Daniel Dougherty & Ms. Hee-Sun Hong Downtown Giants Youth Football Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Eric Eckholdt Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. Mr. Christopher Flynn & Ms. Maureen Marren Brigid Frey ’77 Mr. Ron Gottschalk & Ms. Mary Thaman Mr. & Mrs. Scott Halstead Nancy McNamara Haney ’58 Freyja Helmer-Sindemark ’78 Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Horrigan Immaculate Conception School Moira Gleason Kowal ’77 Parutta Leeyawanich ’88 Catherine Vadasz Licitra ’91 Mr. David P. McKelvey Mr. & Mrs. Warren Nelson Theresa Veltri Paccione ’69 Judy Pan ’83 Ms. Gloria Picariello Stephanie Pinto ’62 Dale Drucker Prifti ’71 Mrs. Nancy Robinson Suzanne Drucker Robotham ’68 Mr. & Mrs. Sean Sargent Liana Rosasco Smith ’70 Mr. & Mrs. Edward Suter Transfiguration School Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Valonis Mr. & Mrs. Scott Vasey Mr. & Mrs. Kai Wakabayashi Penny Puza Weber ’67 Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Weisz Xavier Jesuit Community Mr. & Mrs. Tim Zisimopoulos Eileen Drucker Zwart ’76

1912 Club $500–$999 Jennifer McCabe Anderson ’91 Angelina M. Arlia ’92 Johanna Vespe Aulisa ’01 Mr. & Mrs. Essa Bateh Mr. & Mrs. Donald Baum Ms. Jaclyn Brilliant & Mr. Anthony Jenks Sr. Patricia Ann Bruck, S.U. Dawn Tennant Calabia ’58 Mr. & Mrs. John Conroy Margaret O’Connor Corvalan ’72 Mr. & Mrs. Sunil Damodar Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dreeke Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Drew Mr. Andrew Eccles & Ms. Erin Calhoun Jean Corley Fischer ’79 Maureen Flaherty ’68 Jean Ann Hoban Flynn ’61 Ms. Laureen Fredella Ms. Jeanne Gallagher Mr. & Mrs. Gene Gemelli Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Hanifin Sheila Lewis Houde ’54 Patricia Cook Hult ’60 JoVanna Cicileo ’21

Mr. William Keefe & Alice Alves Keefe ’91 Ellin Rosasco Learned ’66 Mr. & Mrs. George Logar Mr. & Mrs. Brian McCabe Bernadette Castellano McSweeney ’70 Mr. & Mrs. Terence A. Mullervy Mr. & Mrs. Michael Murray Mr. & Mrs. Douglas O’Brien Mr. Vincent O’Brien Maria Cristina Rodriguez O’Neill ’68 Ms. Rosemary Paparo Geralyn McBennett Randazzo ’78 Mary Ellen Milazzo Roche ’65 Mr. & Mrs. Scott Schoneman Brigid Scott ’74 Mr. & Mrs. Gino Soave Gabrielle Solleder ’75 Sara Stalkus ’66 Rose DeMarco Sulinski ’75 Mr. David Transom & Ms. Aisling Carroll Lucille Fallon Wang ’66 Mr. & Mrs. David White Mr. Oliver Will & Ms. Kimberly Beck Barbara Paszkiewicz Wrenn ’78 Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Yozzo Mr. & Mrs. Gregg Zaletofsky

Crown & Anchor Club $100-$499 Anonymous Victoria Abad-Winiecki ’99 Rosana Gonzalez Agostini ’75 Mr. & Mrs. Hermann Alarcon Mr. & Mrs. Ehab Ali Daria Amato ’72 Amazon Smile Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Mark Andermanis Melody Andres ’71 Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Angelo Ms. Susan Angelo Mr. David Anicich & Ms. Catherine Morrisey Barbara Arlia ’83 Geraldine Bailer Arrowsmith ’44 Mrs. Marcella Barret Francesca Thomasser Belanger ’67 Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Benkovitz Ms. Robin Berger Annemarie Bernardone ’77 Darlene Billia ’66 Ms. Elizabeth Bixenman Ms. Mary Kate Blaine Kimberly Bobe ’98 Dr. Noella Boma Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Bonilla Ms. Sharon Borawski Monique Sulle Bowen ’90 Mary Catherine Sheldrick Boyle ’64 Dr. Jeanne Bresciani ’68 Maureen Brophy ’55 Ann Burke Bunting ’70 Lois Huneke Camperlengo ’55 Ms. Barbara Capeci Patricia Murphy Carlin ’60 Mrs. In Sook Carlin Ms. Jessica Carrion Barbara Nesbitt Cautero ’51 Mr. & Mrs. David Chang Kathryn Doyle Chapar ’74 Nina Clarke Chow ’81 Ms. Lauren Cimera Mr. & Mrs. Rob Clores Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Cody Diane Cogen ’69 Patricia Connelly ’61



Catherine McDonough Corcoran ’60 Natalie Ann Correa ’13 Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Corsico Mr. Anthony Costantini Kathleen Albano Cuttita ’64 Patricia Connors Daver ’60 Jennie Dapolito Delaney ’65 Georgiene Spellman Dempsey ’66 Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Denham Carol Gose DeVine ’66 Claudia Pinto DeVito ’91 Rosemary DeNatale Dineen ’73 Sr. Mary Dolan, SU Mr. & Mrs. Mark Driscoll Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Duggan Alice Prajka Dunatov ’70 Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Dunleavy Ms. Mary Jane Escobar-Collins Ana Escrogima ’97 Lilian Migliorini Evans ’84 Brenda Ewald ’60 Christina Falzon ’97 Rita Ferrone ’75 Mr. Marc Foley & Bridgette Brennan Foley ’90 Ms. Eileen Frawley Mr. & Mrs. John Gangone Mr. Patrick Gately & Lisa Dunleavy Gately ’91 Ellen Beitz Geraghty ’68 Eileen Gleason ’80 Carla Gomilla ’96 Muriel Flynn Gonzalez ’70 Audrey Masi Greene ’52 Elizabeth Morales Gregg ’66 Mr. & Mrs. John Michael Griesbauer Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Grote Mr. & Mrs. William Haddad Christina Terminelle Harley ’77 Dr. Irma Fiordalisi Harris ’70 Dr. William A. Healy, Jr. Victoria Hernandez ’70 Mr. & Mrs. Dennis J. Hickey Patricia Aloma Hicks ’63 Christine Pidhorodeckyj Hillenbrand ’73 Mr. & Mrs. James Hillman Laura Lipani Hines ’94 Josephine Mary Lawlor Jamieson ’85


Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Jarencio Carmel Barone Jones ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Charles Jordan Ms. Anne V. Kane Mr. & Mrs. Casey Kaplan Justine Killion ’91 Mr. & Mrs. Edward Knapp Crista Marie Lacqua ’13 Dr. & Mrs. Frank Lacqua Maureen McNamara Laraia ’70 Jeanine Schupbach Larkin ’79 Mr. & Mrs. Richard Leahy Christina Solarino Leddy ’84 Mr. & Mrs. Fred Leveque Mr. Joseph Licciardi & Ms. Catherine Pino Mr. & Mrs. James Liem Maria Ann Basso Lipani ’94 Mr. & Mrs. Matteo Mangano Mr. & Mrs. Peter Manzi Victoria Hoffmann Marsh ’82 Josephine Martinez ’06 Ann Masterson ’72 Mrs. Anne McBennett Ms. Tirzah McCarthy Mr. & Mrs. Christopher M. McCarthy Deirdre Dundon McCormack ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Robert McGoldrick Rosemarie McGrath ’59 Mr. Gordon Medenica & Ann Connolly ’71

Irene Uhnak Messina ’69 Ellen Loughran Miccio ’97 Mr. & Mrs. Bert Michell Ann Milanese ’72 Mr. & Mrs. Connie Miller Nersa Iglesias Miller ’67 Mrs. Arleen Misik-Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Misyak Mr. & Mrs. Mark Mongelluzzo Jeanine Ramos Monteiro ’84 Catherine Ellen Montemarano ’14 Mr. Christopher Morris Mr. & Mrs. Konrad Motyka Eileen Murphy ’80 Eileen Murray ’67 ND Multicultural Club Mr. Brian Neville & Ms. Maureen Melnick Hilary Newman ’85 Robin Newman ’85 Mr. & Mrs. John Noonan Eileen O’Brien ’73 Dr. Virginia O'Brien, SU ’70 Ms. Judith O’Connell Mr. John O’Donnell Maura O’Halloran ’15 Mr. & Mrs. Christopher O’Keefe Ms. Valerie O’Keeffe Mr. Salvatore Olivella & Ms. Angela Castro-Olivella ’97 Ms. Emilia Orengo Patricia Masterson Palacios ’69 Kaitlyn Leahy ’21


Hanna Elsayed ’22 and Kathryn Chang ’22

Ms. Marion Paolucci Ann Parise ’73 Mr. & Mrs. M. Todd Parker Suzanne Fenech Pasocello ’98 Ms. Pettra Pearson Mr. & Mrs. Michael Picone Lorraine Pucher- Petersen ’73 Johanna Harvey Puppolo ’61 Mr. & Mrs. Nenad Radulovic Ms. Melanie Ramos-Apilan Kristen Benjamin Randolph ’95 Mrs. Marjorie Raslowsky Mr. & Mrs. George Reber Marcia Halleran Reidy ’63 Mr. & Mrs. Huw Richards Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Ringor Anabela Alves Rivadeneira ’86 Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Rivera Maria Rivera-Trudeau ’60 Mr. & Mrs. Duane Rivers Mr. Thomas Roemischer & Ms. Julia Glazer Kathleen Koppinger Rowe ’63 Dr. Eileen Ryan ’75 Dr. Tara Ryan ’77 Amalia Garcia Samoylenko-Russian ’56 Talya Marie Pinto Santillan ’95 Mr. Marvin Santos Lillian Gonzalez Sarro ’73

Cheryl O’Rourke Schmidt ’65 Alison Turnbull Schoew ’71 Mrs. Evelyn Schwarz Mr. & Mrs. Dominick Sciangula Mr. & Mrs. Dan Sciolto Sue Ellen Mulligan Sheeley ’63 Mary Sheils ’60 Chantal Trotta Simpson ’76 Mr. Joseph Sullivan & Ms. Julie A. Kranick Mr. & Mrs. Hiram Szeto Donaldine Temple, Esq. ’91 Mechelle Ferguson Thomas ’89 Clare Begley Thomson ’62 Mr. Elmer Torres Louise Pociecha Toth ’61 Dr. Phyllis Trible Mr. Edward Tully & The Honorable Jane Tully Mr. & Mrs. Mark Valenti Dr. Valerie Venterina Helen K. Madden Vespe ’73 Mr. & Mrs. Paul M. Waldo Lisa White ’71 The Honorable Milton Williams & Ms. Rose Williams Mr. Steve Williams & Edwina Kee ’84 Katherine Powers Wolf ’47 Betty Lou Jeffrey Wright ’48

Building Fund Air Conditioning Building Project Mr. Richard Battaglino Dr. Noella Boma Mr. & Mrs. John Galperin Mr. & Mrs. Scott Halstead Harris Mathews Charitable Foundation The Hyde and Watson Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Charles Jordan Mr. & Mrs. Casey Kaplan Mr. Thomas Lacorazza Mr. & Mrs. Robert LoPinto Mr. & Mrs. Konrad Motyka Ms. Talya Pinto Santillan ’95

Air Conditioning Building Project Over the summer, Notre Dame installed air conditioning throughout the remaining 11 classrooms that were without cooling systems. With the leadership gifts received to date, ND has secured 40% of the $550,000 financial need for the project. We will continue to reach out to our larger community, and we are hopeful to complete the financing by June 2020 with your support. To make a financial gift towards this building project, please contact Elizabeth Bixenman, Director of Development & Alumnae Relations, at bixenmane@cheznous.org or (212) 620-5575 ext. 317.


Jalissa Mandziuk ’19

Students perform in Legally Blonde the Musical, bottom: Karisma Garcia ’22, Epiphany Felton ’20, Ava Orpilla ’20, Suzan Juncaj ’20, Bella Reina ’21, Emma Hanks ’20, and Natalie Misyak ’20; top: Hannah Delaney ’22.


Contributors The names of contributors to the 2018–2019 Annual Fund are listed below in the following categories: Alumnae, Current Parents, Alumnae Parents, and Friends. We at Notre Dame are deeply grateful for the moral and financial support of all our contributors.

ALUMNAE 1944 Geraldine BAILER Arrowsmith 1947 Katherine POWERS Wolf 1948 Betty Lou JEFFREY Wright 1951 Barbara NESBITT Cautero 1952 Audrey MASI Greene 1954 Sheila LEWIS Houde 1955 Maureen BROPHY Lois HUNEKE Camperlengo 1956 Amalia GARCIA Samoylenko-Russian Mary Frances SHERIDAN Delaney 1958 Nancy McNAMARA Haney Dawn TENNANT Calabia 1959 Antoinette LeQUIRE-Schott Rosemarie McGRATH 1960 Patricia CONNORS Daver Patricia COOK Hult Arlene DENINGER Prendergast Brenda EWALD Catherine McDONOUGH Corcoran Patricia MURPHY Carlin Barbara O'FLAHERTY Keltos Lorraine PRAJKA Sturmfels Maria RIVERA-Trudeau Mary SHEILS

1962 Clare BEGLEY Thomson Patricia DiTOLLA Elaine FEELEY Swords Stephanie PINTO 1963 Patricia ALOMA Hicks Mary Jane DRUCKER Gabbay Marcia HALLERAN Reidy Kathleen KOPPINGER Rowe Anne MARSH Stottler Sue Ellen MULLIGAN Sheeley 1964 Kathleen ALBANO Cuttita Carmel BARONE Jones Elizabeth DRUCKER Condrige Deirdre DUNDON McCormack Mary Catherine SHELDRICK Boyle 1965 Jennie DAPOLITO Delaney Jane LYNCH Thomson Glussi Mary Ellen MILAZZO Roche Cheryl O’ROURKE Schmidt Phyllis SENIE Breuer Carolyn WAHLIG Szostek

1966 Darlene BILLIA Lucille FALLON Wang Carol GOSE DeVine Mary Ellen MASTERSON McGary Elizabeth MORALES Gregg Ellin ROSASCO Learned Georgiene SPELLMAN Dempsey Sara STALKUS 1967 Nersa IGLESIAS Miller Eileen MURRAY Penny PUZA Weber Francesca THOMASSER Belanger 1968 Ellen BEITZ Geraghty Diana BERRIDO Bello Dr. Jeanne BRESCIANI Suzanne DRUCKER Robotham Maureen FLAHERTY Maria Cristina RODRIGUEZ O’Neill 1969 Diane COGEN Patricia MASTERSON Palacios Irene UHNAK Messina Theresa VELTRI Paccione Dakota Adams ’22

1961 Jane CLIFTON Dockery Patricia CONNELLY Johanna HARVEY Puppolo Jean Ann HOBAN Flynn Mary Susan KING Delahunty Madeleine LACRAMPE Serravillo Agnes McCOMISKEY Quinn Louise POCIECHA Toth



1970 Anonymous Ann BURKE Bunting Bernadette CASTELLANO McSweeney Dr. Irma FIORDALISI Harris Muriel FLYNN Gonzalez Victoria HERNANDEZ Barbara McINERNEY McGovern Maureen McNAMARA Laraia Virginia O'BRIEN, SU Alice PRAJKA Dunatov 1971 Ann CONNOLLY Dale DRUCKER Prifti Alison TURNBULL Schoew Lisa WHITE 1972 Daria AMATO Ann MASTERSON Ann MILANESE Margaret O’CONNOR Corvalan Chrystia SLYWOTZKY 1973 Patricia CULLEN Rosemary DeNATALE Dineen Lillian GONZALEZ Sarro Helen K. MADDEN Vespe Maria MADISON Eileen O’BRIEN Ann PARISE Christine PIDHORODECKYJ Hillenbrand Anna PINTO Lorraine PUCHER Petersen Diane WRONSKI Romano

1974 Kathryn DOYLE Chapar Brigid SCOTT Elizabeth WEAVER Higgins 1975 Rose DeMARCO Sulinski Rita FERRONE Rosana GONZALEZ Agostini Dr. Elieen RYAN Gabrielle SOLLEDER Virginia TUREZYN 1976 Eileen DRUCKER Zwart Chantal TROTTA Simpson 1977 Annemarie BERNARDONE Victoria BOOTH Whitaker Brigid FREY Moira GLEASON Kowal Norma MOGLIA Reidy Dr. Tara RYAN Christina TERMINELLE Harley 1978 Freyja HELMER Sindemark Geralyn McBENNETT Randazzo Barbara PASZKIEWICZ Wrenn 1979 Jean CORLEY Fischer Jeanine SCHUPBACH Larkin 1980 Eileen GLEASON Eileen MURPHY

1981 Nina CLARKE Chow Alexandra RYNCZAK Teper Aida SANCHEZ Delgado Anne Marie VAGRA Zanfardino 1982 Victoria HOFFMANN Marsh Anne Marie POCOCK Roth 1983 Barbara ARLIA Elizabeth HOFMANN Salazer Judy PAN 1984 Carol De GEORGE Edwina KEE Lilian MIGLIORINI Evans Jeanine RAMOS Monteiro Christina SOLARINO Leddy 1985 Josephine Mary LAWLOR Jamieson Hilary NEWMAN Robin NEWMAN 1986 Anabela ALVES Rivadeneira Ronda JACKSON 1988 Parutta LEEYAWANICH 1989 Mechelle FERGUSON Thomas 1990 Bridgette BRENNAN Foley Monique SULLE Bowen Keilani Collins ’22 and Audrey Anicich ’22



Isabella Michell ’20

1991 Dr. Marie AMBROISE Thigpen Justine KILLION Jennifer McCABE Anderson Claudia PINTO DeVito Donaldine TEMPLE, Esq. Catherine VADASZ Licitra

1999 Victoria ABAD-Winiecki

1992 Angelina M. ARLIA Rachel WALDEN Cranston

2006 Yvette BRYANT Gonzalez Tiffany CRUZ Andreina DELGADO Romero Josephine MARTINEZ Talisa TORRES

1994 Maria Ann BASSO Lipani Laura LIPANI Hines 1995 Kristen BENJAMIN Randolph Valentina Maria MORALES Talya Marie PINTO Santillan 1996 Carla GOMILLA 1997 Ana ESCROGIMA Christina FALZON Ellen LOUGHRAN Miccio Erin PERSON Haggerty 1998 Kimberly BOBE Suzanne FENECH Pasocello

2000 Tania TORRES 2001 Johanna VESPE Aulisa

2007 Samantha ALCALA 2010 Roisin CLARKE 2013 Natalie Ann CORREA Crista Marie LACQUA 2014 Catherine Ellen MONTEMARANO 2015 Maura O’HALLORAN 2019 Class of 2019 35

Contributors CURRENT PARENTS Mr. Elias Akomah & Ms. Mia Edmondson Mr. Ehab Ali & Ms. Dawn Perry Ali Mr. & Mrs. Mark Andermanis Mr. & Mrs. David Anicich Ms. Claire Atkinson Mr. & Mrs. Agim Bajraktarevic Mrs. Marcella Barret Mr. & Mrs. William Bell Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Benkovitz Dr. Noella Boma Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Bonilla Ms. Sharon Borawski Mr. & Mrs. James Bourke Mr. & Mrs. Edward Browne Ms. Jessica Carrion Mr. & Mrs. David Chang Mr. & Mrs. Rob Clores Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Corsico Mr. & Mrs. Sunil Damodar Mr. & Mrs. Johnny De Los Santos Mr. Raphael De Niro Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Denham Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dreeke Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Drew Mr. & Mrs. Mark Driscoll Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Duggan Mr. Andrew Eccles & Ms. Erin Calhoun Mr. & Mrs. Eric Eckholdt Ms. Mary Jane Escobar-Collins Mr. & Mrs. Robert Esposito Ms. Rhonda Evans

Ms. Fiordaliza Fernandez Mr. Christopher Flynn & Ms. Maureen Marren Mr. Marc Foley & Bridgette Brennan Foley ’90 Mr. & Mrs. John Gangone Mr. Patrick Gately & Lisa Dunleavy Gately ’91 Mr. & Mrs. Ron Gottschalk Mr. & Mrs. John-Michael Griesbauer Mrs. Ana Grullon-Polanco Mr. & Mrs. William Haddad Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Hanifin Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Horrigan Mr. & Mrs. Charles Jordan Mr. & Mrs. Lulash Juncaj Mr. & Mrs. Casey Kaplan Mr. & Mrs. Filomena Kappock Mr. William Keefe & Alice Alves Keefe ’91 Mr. & Mrs. Ali Kokmen Mr. & Mrs. Richard Leahy Mr. & Mrs. James Liem Mr. & Mrs. George Logar Mr. & Mrs. Robert LoPinto Mr. Binh Lu & Ms. Ly Tang Mr. & Mrs. Matteo Mangano Mr. & Mrs. Jorge Mantilla Mr. & Mrs. Brian McCabe Ms. Tirzah McCarthy Mr. & Mrs. James McCue Mr. & Mrs. Simon Meneses Karina Mirenda ’23 and Audrey Bruder ’23


Ms. Carla Mercado Mr. & Mrs. Bert Michell Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Misyak Mr. & Mrs. Michael Murray Mr. & Mrs. Warren Nelson Mr. Thomas Newman & Dr. Anne Hardart Mr. & Mrs. Douglas O'Brien Mr. & Mrs. Christopher O'Keefe Mr. & Mrs. Salvatore Olivella Ms. Emilia Orengo Ms. Pettra Pearson Mr. & Mrs. Dede Prendaj Mr. & Mrs. Nenad Radulovic Ms. Melanie Ramos-Apilan Mr. & Mrs. John R. Raslowsky Mr. & Mrs. Beraldo Reynoso Mr. & Mrs. Huw Richards Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Ringor Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Rivera Mr. & Mrs. Duane Rivers Mr. Thomas Roemischer & Ms. Julia Glazer Mr. Marvin Santos Mr. & Mrs. Sean Sargent Mr. & Mrs. Scott Schoneman Mr. & Mrs. William Schwebel Mr. & Mrs. Dan Sciotto Mr. & Mrs. Gino Soave Mr. Joseph Sullivan & Ms. Julie Kranick Mr. & Mrs. Edward Suter Mr. & Mrs. Hiram Szeto Mr. Elmer Torres Mr. David Transom & Ms. Aisling Carroll Mr. Edward Tully & The Honorable Jane Tully Mr. & Mrs. Mark Valenti Ms. Ramona Vargas Mr. & Mrs. Scott Vasey Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Weisz Mr. & Mrs. David White Mr. & Mrs. Oliver Will Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Williams Mr. Steve Williams & Edwina Kee ’84 Ms. Theresa Williams Mr. & Mrs. Gregg Zaletofsky Mr. & Mrs. Tim Zisimopoulos Mr. William Zuerlein & Ms. Joanna Montemurro



Mr. & Mrs. Rodolfo Abad Mr. & Mrs. Hermann Alarcon Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Angelo Mrs. Ann Basso Mr. & Mrs. Essa Bateh Mr. Richard Battaglino Mrs. In Sook Carlin Mr. & Mrs. David Chance Ms. Joan Clark Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Cody Mr. & Mrs. Jon DiPietra Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Dunleavy Ms. Laureen Fredella Mr. & Mrs. John Galperin Mr. & Mrs. Gene Gemelli Mr. Steve Grimes & Ms. Jesse Adamo-Grimes Mr. & Mrs. Scott Halstead Mr. & Mrs. Dennis J. Hickey Mr. & Mrs. George Janis Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Jarencio Ms. Anne V. Kane Dr. & Mrs. Frank Lacqua Mrs. Dolores Lawlor Mr. & Mrs. Fred Leveque Mr. Joseph Licciardi & Ms. Catherine Pino Mr. & Mrs. Federico Lupo Mr. & Mrs. Peter Manzi Mrs. Anne McBennett Mr. & Mrs. Robert McGoldrick Mr. & Mrs. Connie Miller Mr. & Mrs. Mark Mongelluzzo Mr. & Mrs. Konrad Motyka Mr. Brian Neville & Ms. Maureen Melnick Mr. Michael Nicholson & Ms. Carolyn Nicholson Mr. & Mrs. John Noonan Ms. Judy O'Connell Ms. Rosemary Paparo Mr. & Mrs. M. Todd Parker Ms. Yodania Paulino Mr. & Mrs. Michael Picone Mr. & Mrs. Paul Piccone Mr. & Mrs. Richard Schaedle Mr. & Mrs. Dominick Sciangula Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Valonis Dr. Valerie Venterina The Honorable Milton Williams & Ms. Rose Williams

Anonymous Ms. Susan Angelo Ms. Kathleen Baum Ms. Elizabeth Bixenman Ms. Mary Kate Blaine Ms. Jaclyn Brilliant & Mr. Anthony Jenks Sr. Patricia Ann Bruck, S.U. Ms. Barbara Capeci Br. Brian Carty, F.S.C. Ms. Lauren Cimera Mr. & Mrs. John Conroy Mr. Joe Constantine & Ms. Catherine Tuvblad Mr. Anthony Costantini Mr. & Mrs. Raymond P. Dolan Sr. Mary Dolan, S.U. Mr. Daniel Dougherty & Ms. Hee-Sun Hong Downtown Giants Youth Football Inc. Mr. Michael F. Doyle Ms. Marie-Andree Eiting Ms. Eileen Frawley Ms. Jeanne Gallagher Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Grote Dr. William A. Healy, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Hillman Mr. & Mrs. Jack Houlihan Mr. & Mrs. Edward Knapp Ms. Joan Lavella & Mr. Al Corkett Ms. Ann Lopez Mr. William H. Lycette

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher M. McCarthy Mr. David P. McKelvey Mrs. Arleen Misik-Johnson Mr. Christopher Morris Mr. & Mrs. Terence A. Mullervy ND Multicultural Club Mr. Richard A. Norton Ms. Mary Ellen O'Brien Mr. Vincent O’Brien Mr. John O'Donnell Ms. Valerie O'Keeffe Ms. Marion Paolucci Ms. Gloria Picariello Dr. Grace C. Pilcer Ms. Julia Pilcer Mrs. Marjorie Raslowsky Mr. & Mrs. George Reber Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Riccardo Mrs. Patricia Richlin Mr. & Mrs. Nancy Robinson Ms. Elizabeth Roth Mrs. Evelyn Schwarz Mr. Jeffrey C. Seymour Ms. Susan Shea-Klot Mr. & Mrs. John Spollen Dr. David Stuhr Dr. Phyllis Trible Mr. & Mrs. Kai Wakabayashi Mr. & Mrs. Paul M. Waldo Xavier Jesuit Community Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Yozzo Natalie Nguyen ’23


62nd Annual Chez Nous Benefit Donors We extend our utmost thanks to all of our loyal supporters for making our 2019 Chez Nous Benefit a huge success! As a community, we raised over $265,000 toward scholarship and financial aid for our students. To learn how you can volunteer and support this year’s event please contact ND’s Special Events Associate, Megan Gong ‘14, at gongm@cheznous.org. FUND THE SCHOLARSHIP Anonymous Ms. Darcy Achzinger Ms. Sandra Andermanis P’18 & ‘20 Johanna Vespe Aulisa ‘01 Ms. Shelley Berquist P’21 Ms. Jill Biggs P’20 Jeanine Bogdanos P’13, P’14 & P’16 Ms. Jaclyn Brilliant Margaret Brolly-Lefebvre ‘91 Dawn Tennant Calabia ‘58 Ms. Laura Callahan Vivian Cardia ‘70 Ms. Eleanor Cesaria GP’13 Patricia Cullen ‘73 Theresa Brolly Daly ‘85 Carol De George ‘84 Mr. Jerry Dellova Ms. Virginia Dolan Mr. Daniel Dougherty & Ms. Hee-Sun Hong Fr. George Drance, SJ Ms. Melissa Dulin Ms. Deirdre Dunn Haddad P’18 & P’20 Lilian Migliorini Evans ‘84 Ms. Rhonda Evans P’20 Michele DiBiase Flanagan ‘84 Dr. Patricia Flynn Bridgette Brennan Foley ’90 & P’21 Mr. John Galperin P’19 Lisa Dunleavy Gately '91 & P’20 Ms. Ali Gemma Dr. Joel Gernsheimer P’20 Ms. Michelle Granger P’19 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Grote Ms. Ellen Gustafson Ms. Catherine Halloran Mr. Scott Halstead P’19 Dr. Anne Hardart P’21 Laura Lipani Hines ‘94 Ms. Rebecca Jacobsen Ms. Elizabeth Jenks Suzanne Augresani Katz ‘84 Mr. Ryan Kennedy Mr. Ali Kokmen P’20 Moira Gleason Kowal ‘77 Christina Solarino Leddy ‘84 Ms. Alison Liotti P’20 Ms. Susan Little P’20 Ms. Ann Lopez Daniela Lucchetto ’79 & P’18 38

Ms. Colleen Lyons Susan Madison ‘01 Ms. Luby Masi Ms. Michelle May Ms. Patricia McCarthy Ms. Claire McCarty Lauren McNamara ‘01 Victoria Melignano ‘76 Mr. John Morris Ms. Catherine Nettelton Mr. Brian Neville P’21 Ms. June Niklus Kathleen O'Connell ’84 Ms. Louise O’Connor P’19 & P’22 Ms. Eileen Griffin O’Brien P’22 Ms. Joanne O'Brien Ms. Rukhsana Onorato Ms. Gloria Picariello Dr. Grace Pilcer Ms. Julia Pilcer Ms. Catherine Pino P’15 & P’19 Lorraine Pucher-Petersen ‘73 Mr. Jack Raslowsky P’18 & P21 Mrs. Patricia Richlin Ms. Elizabeth Roth Ms. Lana Schoneman P’21 & P’23 Carolyn Wahlig Szostek ‘65 Ms. Mary Todd P’19 Ms. Patricia Valonis P’16 Helen Madden Vespe ‘73 Milagros Williams ‘72 Ms. Lily Wong P’20

DIRECT DONATIONS Kathleen Aloia ’74 & P’09 Maura Starkey Balaban ‘79 Mr. & Mrs. Peter Baracskai P’23 Mr. Oliver Will & Ms. Kimberly Beck P’22 Diana Berrido Bello ‘68 Dawn Tennant Calabia ‘58 Ms. Eleanor Cesaria GP’13 Joanne O'Brien Ciccotto ‘71 Mr. & Mrs. Bracken Carter Craft P’23 Ms. Maureen Craig Patricia DiTolla ‘62 Deborah Divorl ‘75 Mr. and Mrs. Wilfredo Fernandez Mr. & Mrs. John Galperin P’19 Mr. & Mrs. John Gangone P’23 Rev. Kenneth Gavin, SJ Mr. & Mrs. Ross Goldstein P’22 Dr. William A. Healy, Jr.

Ms. Anne V. Kane P’96 Ms. Maureen Kehoe Mr. Garrett Kelley, Jr. Maria Madison ‘73 Ms. Jacqueline Markoff Joann McDevitt ‘74 Ms. Ann Medenica Elizabeth McNamara Melcher ‘76 Mr. Anthony and Ms. Taylor Minervini Ms. Simone Mouakkassah P’22 Mr. & Mrs. Terence A. Mullervy Mr. John Oden Odyssey Solutions, Inc Dr. Gabriella Oldham ‘72 Dr. Grace Pilcer Arlene Deninger Prendergast ‘60 Cecilia Corvi Rogers ‘68 Mrs. Evelyn Schwarz Mao Mr. and Mrs. Gino Soave P’20 Mr. & Mrs. Lino Solis P’19 Mrs. Cheryl Thomas P’95 Tania Torres ‘00 Diana Trebbi ‘46 Most Rev. Gerald T. Walsh Valerie Greene Weber ‘86 Mr. & Mrs. Tim Zisimopoulos

LIVE AUCTION CONTRIBUTIONS SPONSORS/DONORS Mr. & Mrs. Joe Constantine Theresa Brolly Daly ’85 & P ‘17 Mr. George Delaney & Ms. Louise O’Connor P ’19 & P ’22 Sr. Mary Dolan, SU Mr. Marc Foley & Bridgette Brennan Foley’90 & P ’21 Li-Lac Chocolates Maz Mezcal Mr. Mauro Maccioni P’23 Dr. Virginia O’Brien, SU ‘70 Rao's Restaurant Group Mr. & Mrs. Edward T. Silva P’14 Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen


63rd Annual Chez Nous Benefit Saturday, March 21, 2020 Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers

Chez Nous Angel Award Sr. Patricia Ann Bruck, S.U

Anne de Xainctonge Award in Memory of Maureen Brolly P'85, P'91 & GP'17 received by Margaret Brolly-Lefebvre ’91, Caitlin Daly ’17, and Theresa Brolly Daly ’85

Parent Awards: Caroline Halstead P’19 & Michelle Granger P’19



Special Gifts


President’s Circle Sponsor $15,440 or more Carolyn Wahlig Szostek ’65

Trustees’ Circle Sponsor $12,135-$15,439 Mary Burke Heyman ’55

St. Mark’s Place Sponsor $2,500-$5,999 Arlene Deninger Prendergast ’60 Antoinette LeQuire-Schott ’59 Alexandra Rynczak Teper ’81

13th Street Sponsor $1,000-$2,499 Patricia DiTolla ’62 Carol De George ’84 Agnes McComiskey Quinn ’61


MATCHING GIFTS 2018–2019 Anonymous AIG Amgen Foundation BNY Mellon Community Partnership Ericsson, Inc. Estee Lauder Companies Good Works Intel Corporation JP Morgan Chase Foundation Lexis Nexis Microsoft Matching Gift Program Mutual of America Foundation New York Life Foundation One Main Odyssey American Reinsurance Corp. Penguin Random House, LLC Pitney Bowes Voya Institutional Trust Co.

UNITED WAY United Way of Greater Portland

President’s Circle Sponsor $15,440 or more Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Dolan Trustees’ Circle Sponsor $12,135 -$15,439 Mr. & Mrs. Jack Houlihan

79th Street Sponsor $6,000-$12,134 Ms. Julia Pilcer Dr. Grace C. Pilcer

St. Mark’s Place Sponsor $2,500-$5,999 Dr. David Stuhr

13th Street Sponsor $1,000-$2,499 Br. Brian Carty, F.S.C. Mr. David P. McKelvey Amber Melendez ’21 and Sofia Couto ’21

MEMORIAL GIFTS Notre Dame received gifts in memory of the following individuals during the 2018–2019 school year: Dorothea Amato-Sarkies Luigi and Maria Arlia P’83 & P’92 Kathy Blaney Joan Poltronieri Bowden ’60 Christine Paszkiewicz Bridges ’70 Maureen Brolly P’85, P’91, GP’17 Jeanne Kathleen Burchell ’47 Robert Joseph Collins, Jr. P’22 Florence Connor ’27 Genevieve Connolly Cunningham ’33 Marguerite Drucker P’63, P’64, P’68, P’71 & P’76 Linda Dudik Nancy DuBois Feeney ’66 Cpt. John R. Fischer John & Evelyn Gallagher Helen Marie Geary-Schauble Patricia Beasley Harley ’51 Ellen McNamara Helgesen ’60 The McCloskey Sisters Marilyn McKay ’64 Rosemary McNamara P’76 & P’77 George & Josephine Montemurro Dorothea O’Farrell Moore ’28 Noreen Doyle Morris ’59 Deirdre Murphy ’79 Sr. Eleanora Murphy, SU Madeline T. O’Brien P’71, P’73 & P’74 Robert P. O’Halloran Lillian Paszkiewicz P’70, P’73 & P’78 Ann Picariello Mary & John Prajka Louis & Marian Rosasco P’62, P’66 & P’70 Eileen V. Ryan P’75 Lorraine Nesbitt Safrath ’46 Barbara Rowbo Seymour ’77 Mary McDonald Sheridan ’28 & P’56 Christopher Sturmfels Jean & Andrew Turezyn P’75 Christine Schuler Wagner ’69 Jeanne Caretto Wilson ’51 41

Gifts-in-Kind Chez Nous Angels The following individuals have notified Notre Dame that they have included the school in their estate planning: Margaret M. Ahern † Jeanne K. Burchell ’47 † Dawn Tennant Calabia ’58 Thomas P. Coffey † Patricia Cullen ’73 Genevieve Connolly Cunningham ’33 † Mary Frances Sheridan Delaney ’56 Suzanne Falcone ’70 Nathalie Frank ’35 † Jane Anne Gavaghan, Marygrove ’46 † Robert & Penny Grote Michael & Catherine Halloran Sheila Lewis Houde ’54 Patricia Norris Klett ’58 Antoinette LeQuire-Schott ’59 Barbara Heidi Loftus ’47 † John R. Joven & Susan L. Malley † Patrick O’Malley † Mary Pat Hanigan Peterson ’40 † Carolyn Wahlig Szostek ’65 Diana Trebbi ’46 Ligia Trujillo Yousri ’41 † Have you included Notre Dame in your estate plan? If so, please contact Elizabeth Bixenman at (212) 620-5755 x 317 or bixenmane@cheznous.org † deceased

Ms. Donna Balardi Mr. Michael Barbieri Mr. Richard Battaglino Rev. Kenneth Boller, SJ Ms. Claudia Bourke Mr. James Bourke Sr. Patricia Bruck, SU Ms. Eleanor Cesaria Mr. Joseph Constantine Ms. Caroline Damodar-Desloire Rev. Rocco Danzi, SJ Ms. Christine David-Fortune Mr. Brian Dempsey Mr. Kevin Dinkins Patricia DiTolla ’62 Sr. Mary Dolan, SU Ms. Virginia Dolan Rev. George Drance, SJ Ms. Irene Driscoll Ms. MJ Escobar-Collins

Bridgette Brennan Foley ’90 Mr. James Fowler Ms. Michelle Granger Ms. Carmela Griesbauer Mr. Michael Griesbauer Ms. Jeanette Guzman Ms. Deirdre Dunn Haddad Ms. Caroline Halstead Ms. Diane Imus Mr. Daryn Johnson Ms. Filomena Kappock Mr. James C. Kennedy Justine Killion ’91 Mr. Matthew Lackman Mr. Thomas Lacorazza Mr. Joseph Licciardi Magis Theatre Company Ms. Patricia Mastellone Mr. Robert Mastellone Ms. Kathrine Mangano Ms. Tirzah McCarthy

Ms. Grace Morris Mr. Jake Morris Ms. Louise O’Connor Ms. Nguzo Ogbodo Ms. Catherine Pino Ms. Paulette Radulovic Ms. Sarah Raslowsky Ms. Talya Pinto Santillan ‘95 Ms. Lori Schwebel Mr. John Sciancalepore Ms. Felicia Sestak Ms. Andrea Singh Ms. Nisha Smith Ms. Holly Johnson Stuhr Ms. Monica Connell Szeto Ms. Patricia Valonis Ms. Simone Vinocour Ms. Lucy Wedge

Great thanks to our many generous supporters Foundation Support & Grants During the 2018–2019 fiscal year, Notre Dame was honored to partner with the following foundations and organizations who provided over $400,000 in support. The generosity of these partners in mission supported tuition assistance programs, scholarships for our bright and deserving students, and general support of the programs and opportunities that are hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience. Anonymous Amazon Smile Foundation Brooklyn Benevolent Society The Carson Family Charitable Trust Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn and Queens Cornelia Connelly Center for Education Sarita Kenedy East Foundation Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. Anna E. Gallagher Charitable Trust The Michael Gordon Foundation, Inc. Harris Mathews Charitable Foundation, Inc. The Hyde and Watson Foundation

ICSF-Be a Student’s Friend Program Immaculate Conception School Inner City Scholarship Fund Koch Foundation, Inc. The M & T Charitable Foundation The Theresa & Edward O’Toole Foundation Patrina Foundation Sisters of St. Ursula Ministry Grant Program TADS Transfiguration School Voya Institutional Trust Co. Xavier High School

Results reported on a cash basis. The Notre Dame Annual Report is an opportunity to recognize those who have made a significant difference in the lives of our students through their generous contribution of time, talents, and treasure. If your name was omitted or improperly listed, please accept our apologies. If you have detected an error, please notify Elizabeth Bixenman, Director of Development and Alumnae Relations, so we may correct our records. With love and gratitude to all who are mentioned herein, including alumnae, parents, friends and current students.


Ways to Give The generosity of the alumnae, parents and friends of Notre Dame makes a tremendous difference in the lives of each student Chez Nous. Your gift to the Notre Dame Annual Fund and support of the Chez Nous Benefit helps to bridge the gap between the tuition and the significantly higher cost of educating each student. Each gift, regardless of size, directly supports our students through tuition assistance, scholarships and access to the programs and opportunities that enhance their experience. Thank you for your generosity!

To Make a Gift By Mail


All donations to the Annual Fund are most welcome. Please mail your check or money order made payable to Notre Dame School.

Notre Dame welcomes bequests from alumnae, parents, grandparents, and friends:

Development Office Notre Dame School 327 West 13th Street New York, NY 10014

Giving On-line To make a donation on-line, visit www.cheznous.org. Click on “Giving.”

Matching Gift Many companies match donations made by their employees which allows you to increase the impact of your gift. Ask your HR department about their matching gift program. Notre Dame’s FEIN Number is 13-1782481.

To Make a Gift of Stock Please call Ms. Elizabeth Bixenman for instructions at 212.620.5575 ext. 317.

Bank Partnership To participate in TD Bank, N.A.’s Affinity Program contact any TD Branch with the program code AF 109

We invite you to become a Chez Nous Angel by naming Notre Dame School of Manhattan as one of the beneficiaries of your will. It is simple to do. Sample language might be: “I give, devise, and bequeath (state amount, asset or percentage of the estate) to Notre Dame School of Manhattan at 327 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014.” We suggest discussing your plans with an attorney and advising us of your decision so that we may list your name in our Annual Report.

Important Facts Legal Name Notre Dame School of Manhattan Contact

Elizabeth Bixenman


(212) 620-5575 ext. 317



Tax Status

As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations to Notre Dame are deductible for federal income, gift, and estate tax purposes to the fullest extent of the law.

United Way Contributions Did you know that if you make a United Way contribution through your workplace your gift can be restricted to Notre Dame? The development office will gladly complete any necessary forms. Our New York City agency code is 042392.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES 20182019 Ms. Ann Lopez Chairperson Mr. Daniel Dougherty Vice Chairperson Ms. Johanna Vespe Aulisa ’01 Rev. Vincent Biagi, SJ Patricia A. Cullen, Esq. ’73 Sr. Mary Dolan, SU

Mr. Raymond P. Dolan Ms. Virginia M. Dolan Mr. Michael F. Doyle, FAIA Rev. George Drance, SJ Rev. Kenneth J. Gavin, SJ Ms. Catherine Halloran, RN, MS Ms. Maria Teresa Mata

Ms. Melissa U. Meserve Dr. Virginia O’Brien, SU ’70 Dr. Grace C. Pilcer Ms. Elizabeth A. Roth Mr. John Spollen, Esq. Ms. Carolyn Wahlig Szostek ’65 Most Rev. Gerald T. Walsh, DD 43

Class Notes 1959 Joan WHITE Ehrgott enjoyed getting together with her classmates at their 60th Reunion in May 2019. She and her husband, James Ehrgott, also celebrated 55 years of marriage on July 4, 2019. Antoinette LeQUIRE-Schott along with Sr. Elizabeth DiTolla, SU and Sr. Marylin Gramas, SU—three ancienne from the Class of 1959—gathered for a week in beautiful, mostly sunny Chautauqua, New York, over the summer to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their high school graduation. They reminisced as they enjoyed Chautauqua’s picturesque step back in time and a week’s worth of timely lectures. Alas! It all went too fast!

Correction from Winter 2019 Encore Chez Nous Class of 1959 Class Note: Mother Mary Eleanora brought her guitar and we sang our school favorites on trains and buses across England, Belgium, France, Spain and Italy. This sentence should have read "Mary E." rather than "Mother Mary Eleanora". 1960 Patricia COOK Hult remarked that almost 10 years ago after her 50th Reunion her former Class President, Arlene Deninger Prendergast, hosted a group of her classmates in her home on LBI. Every year since then, a group has gathered there thanks to Arlene’s gracious hospitality! This past August there were only two classmates who attended—Leigh Combes Phillips and Patty Cook Hult. But they are expecting


a great turnout for their 60th Alumnae Reunion in May 2020. The Class of 1960 has always demonstrated great school spirit and formed friendships that have lasted throughout the years. Arlene DENINGER Prendergast shares that her granddaughter, Mary, graduated from the University of Arizona and the whole family celebrated her accomplishment in Tucson, AZ.

1961 Mary Susan KING Delahunty was in Bavaria for three weeks in the spring with old friends. Her trip to Ireland is on hold while her husband, Dennis, recovers from a quadruple bypass. He is doing extremely well so they are planning on spending St. Patrick’s day in County Kerry, Ireland where they used to live. Life is good and they are grateful.

1962 Stephanie PINTO recently traveled to Madrid where she enjoyed having fun and visiting with old friends from the Universidad de Madrid. She continued on to Turkey to visit her nephew who is currently teaching abroad. She visited Troy and Gallipoli before heading home. As Co-President of Community Free Democrats, a democratic club on the Upper West Side, she is prepared to gear up for 2020. 1967 Geraldine SCHUTZ Minton remarks that she was much overdue for a visit that she made on October 8th through the 12th when she flew up to visit Laurie Melia Rickenbaugh. They have been friends since elementary school and are still going strong. She last traveled to NYC after her 50th Alumnae Reunion, which Laurie was unable to attend due to illness. In November of 2017 her youngest daughter Margaret gave birth to twins three months early, and after 103 days in the NICU, they came home. As they approach their 2nd birthday, she is pleased to say they are doing very well with no complications resulting from their early birth. Caroline and Jackson are on the go! 1968 Dr. Jeanne BRESCIANI has spent much of her life dedicated to the mission for the preservation of Western cultural traditions of great intrinsic value under the aegis of the Isadora Duncan International Institute, a not-for-profit arts and education organization. It began in 2005 as Founding Chair for The Reinstatement of the Delphic Games that in ancient times were second only to the Olympic Games. Those games celebrated not solely sport but art, music, dance, theatre, poetry, song, philosophy and myth. It is now partnered by Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies. Since 2011 they have fostered the historic tradition of Carnevale di Venezia, culminating in 2020 with the inauguration of

50th Reunion • CLASS OF 1970 The Serenissima Circle: Young Fellows of Venezia toward the philanthropic preservation of Venetian architectural treasures. 1969 Alina GREEN Pinelli sends greetings to all from La Capital del Sol. She spent some great times with her grandchildren, and continues to recover from her shoulder replacement surgery. Diane COGEN and her Class of 1969 had a 50th Reunion hosted by Irene Messina with Diane Cogen as co-host. In attendance were: Front left to right Valerie McEwen and Barbara Bono. Rear left to right: Kathleen Dunne Carberry, Lorraine Riccobono Mahony, Irene Uhnak Messina, Eileen Wanless Canavan, Joanna Randazzo Saccone, Lorraine Boggia Duryea, and Diane Cogen. Not pictured are Anna Osso Porco and Mary Beth Mulvey Johnston. Patricia Leahy, Theresa Veltri Paccione, Alina Green Pinelli, Anna Vedovelli Erbe, and America Suarez Rivera wanted to be with them and were missed.

1970 Bernadette CASTELLANO McSweeney and her husband, Bryan, welcomed their 2nd granddaughter, Cecilia Marie Steinberg, into the family on February 28, 2019. Their eldest granddaughter, Kiki who is 12 is thoroughly enjoying her baby cousin! Although they have been residing in Connecticut for over 20 years, she finds it a wonderful blessing to work in NY part time where her three children live and where she has the opportunity to help with the grandkids. She also cannot believe it has been 50 years since graduating from ND!

Ann BURKE Bunting is excited to celebrate her 50th Alumnae Reunion in May 2020. Vivian Cardia, Muriel Flynn Gonzalez, and she would love to hear from their classmates regarding ideas for celebrating and attending their reunion at ND. Please feel free to contact her at aburke8752@gmail.com. She looks forward to reconnecting! 1971 Lisa WHITE believes that after all these years, her classmates may be interested to know that she still has great regrets about some of her behaviors at ND. She thanks them for their forgiveness! She is also happy to report that she is enjoying good health, great friends and family. She and her husband, Michael, celebrated their 42nd year of togetherness, 20 of which they were married, and they still enjoy each other's company a lot. For the past seven years, they have spent a month or so in a small village on the shores of Lake Como; they are very fortunate. The rest of the year, they enjoy their home in the vibrant Inman Sq. neighborhood in Cambridge, MA, where they can walk to pretty much everything. She is using her ND French when visiting friends in France, and slowly acquiring functional Italian. She is very grateful for the education received at Notre Dame. 1972 Carol FERRONE has gone back to high school! She is working as a speech pathologist at the Rodeph Sholom School that is now located at 168 W. 79th St., the former home of Notre Dame. 1975 Theresa WRIGHT Hayden received her Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management on July 27, 2019. 1976 Arlene PALERMO Hofler and her husband, Drew, retired last June. She had been teaching in District 75 NYCDOE for 38 years. They moved to Perkiomenville where they are now about 50 minutes from Philly. She still keeps in touch with a small group of classmates. They have a bond that nothing will break. She would love to hear from any alumnae in the area.

1979 Marcia ZORRILLA Calvetti is a Public Health Specialist and Director of Positive Youth Development in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Stanford University. Among her many roles, she does trainings for educators, youth advocates, parents, and health care providers on school-based tobacco and cannabis prevention (including vaping) and curriculum development. Their latest curriculum is called Healthy Futures, an Alternative-to-Suspension curriculum. 1981 Mary O'SHAUGHNESSY bought a house in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, and is busy learning all sorts of things about electricity and plumbing. She welcomes referrals for home repair and improvement companies! 1986 Melissa NEGRI DeMarco attended a training session in the last year, which included two exams plus an eight hour clinical and received a Level 2 Instructor Certification through the USA Olympic Archery Program. 1988 Parutta LEEYAWANICH has a daughter who is now a sophomore at Worcester Polytechnic Institute majoring in biomedical engineering, and another daughter who is a junior in high school. And although Paurutta did not win, it was a great celebration of all the Women of Innovation finalists hosted by the CT Technology Council, in which she participatied. 1989 Mechelle FERGUSON Thomas was promoted to Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at the North American Reliability Corporation.


Class Notes Elayna RODRIGUEZ Schuff and her husband, Karl, are so excited to announce that they welcomed their first child this year! Their daughter, Keira Jade, was born on January 15, 2019 at 5:28 a.m. Mama & Daddy are completely in love with their little girl!

1991 Karen VELAZQUEZ-Vargas is currently the Executive Director of City Year Miami. She earned the position a year ago and has been working at the City Year Organization for six years. 1998 Suzanne FENECH Pasocello and her husband, Marc, welcomed daughter Sophie Adeline Pascocello on August 9, 2019. They cannot be happier or more in love!

Melissa RIVERO debuted her novel, The Affairs of the Falcons, which was published in the spring by Ecco/HarperCollins. The novel centers around an undocumented Peruvian woman trying to keep her family afloat in NYC in the 1990s. The novel is a finalist for the New American Voices Award and longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Melissa also works in-house as a lawyer for a startup in SoHo. When she is not working or writing, she is at a museum, beach or park with her husband and two boys. 2001 Erin BOYLE Eisenberg married the love of her life, Joshua Eisenberg, on June 30, 2019, and it was a beautiful ceremony and celebration. They then traveled all over Italy for the month of July. 2003 Vanessa CASTRO married Steve Rybka in March 2019 in a small ceremony surrounded by close friends and family. She was training for her second marathon, the Marine Corp Marathon, which took place in October 2019.


2006 Suela NASUFI-Fletcher is a new parent to Qemal Hasan Fletcher born June 19, 2019 Krystal PALMERS married Anthony Olivares on June 29, 2019, and they welcomed their third child, Lucas Anthony Olivares Palmers, on September 5, 2019. She is enjoying her maternatity leave this fall, but her position of Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx DA’s office awaits her return.

2008 Erica ZISSEL Andrinopoulos has made a move in her career by stepping out of the classroom to become Assistant Principal of St. Patrick School in Bay Shore. She is finishing her Administration degree at St. John's University in December, and she is happy to still be able to be a part of Catholic education and give back, having been a product of Catholic schools from Pre-K to college.

2012 Nicole RODRIGUEZ graduated with her Bachelors in Criminal Justice from Adelphi University and will be graduating with her Masters in Social Work in May 2020. She currently works at FDR High School in Brooklyn as a Substance Abuse Prevention Counselor. She looks forward to continuing her career! 2015 Joralyssa CONLEY graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a Bachelors in Neuroscience and Behavior (pre-med) in May 2019. Her senior thesis was on "The Role of the Insular Cortex on Response Inhibition" with Dr. Peter Balsam. She has been a Research Associate at Dr. Peter D. Balsam's Adaptive Behavior Lab at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She plans to go on to earn her MD-Ph.D. 2017 Stephanie ADAMS was promoted to Director of Advocacy at Loyola University New Orleans Women’s Resource Center.

In Memoriam We extend our deepest sympathy to the graduates, Sisters of St. Ursula, families and friends of Chez Nous who have experienced a recent loss. In particular, the individuals listed below will be greatly missed by the Notre Dame School community.

I am the resurrection and the life; those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. John 11: 25-26 Alicia Brittle, former faculty member

Peter Imus, brother of Madeline IMUS ’20

Robert Calderone, father of former staff member, Taylor Minervini

Emmy KRUPPA ’50

John Clarke, husband of former faculty member, Christine CLARK ‘68

John J. McLaughlin, Jr, father of Suzie McLAUGHLIN Aijala ’80

Nancy Connellan, aunt of ND Board Vice Chairman, Daniel Dougherty

Elena Migliorini, mother of Lilian MIGLIORINI Evans ’84

Joseph R. Davis, grandfather of faculty member, Claire Littlefield Janide Destin, family member of staff member, Rigobert Chery William DiPippo, brother of Sr. Elizabeth Anne DiPippo, SU Donald Dougherty, father of ND Board Vice Chairman, Daniel Dougherty

Donna Lacorazza, friend of ND

Catherine NIXDORF Gilmartin ’79 Madeline T. O’Brien, mother of Joanne O’BRIEN Ciccotto ’71, Eileen O’BRIEN ’73, Elizabeth O’BRIEN ’74, Patricia O’BRIEN ’74 Marilyn Pacheo, sister of former ND Board Member and alumna parent, Joan Clark P’92 Sr. Mary Dorothy Robinson, SU ’38 Elissa ROSASCO Cella ‘62

Thomas Doyle, brother of ND Board Member, Michael Doyle

Timothy Louis Sanchez-Schellenbaum, father of Avelicia DOSTER-SCHELLENBAUM ‘22

Marguerite Drucker, mother of Mary Jane DRUCKER Gabbay ’63, Elizabeth DRUCKER Condrige ’64, Suzanne DRUCKER Robotham ’68, Dale DRUCKER Prifti ’71, and Eileen DRUCKER Zwart ‘76

Loretta Shagen, grandmother of faculty member, Lauren Cimera Maria Szabo, mother of Maria SZABO ‘79

Felice O’Brien Earley, aunt of Dr. Virginia O’Brien, SU Mark Goggins, son of Mary WERTHMAN ‘53 Jenna HERNAN ’10 James Houlihan, father of ND Partner, Jack Houlihan, and brother-in-law of Sr. Mary Rose, SU

Anne de Xainctonge desired to educate girls in the Christian faith. 47

Talya Santillan ’95

Back Story


tables, overall; we all came together as a class and rom 100% down to approximately 15%—you family. I particularly realized this as I was part-nerd, did not need to have taken calculus to figure part-athlete, part-artist, part-class joker, part-class that this is a huge drop. Yet, this drop represents joiner. It was during my high school years that I the female to male ratio I faced when I went from Notre Dame School to Stevens Institute of Technology actually came out of my shell and realized I had the to study Mechanical Engineering in 1995. The statistics choice to be whatever and whoever I wanted to be, especially within the secure walls of ND. showed that women simply were not entering into As a Principal at an Engineering Consulting firm engineering. It was a male dominated field—so did I in New York City, working on designs for Heating, make the wrong decision? It was actually Sr. Virginia, who at the time was our Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems for various types of buildings, I credit a lot of my characguidance counselor; who suggested I consider engineering because of my strength in Math and Science. ter, work ethic and confidence from my days at ND. It Did she know that girls were not typically engineers? was here that I first learned how to juggle a rigorous workload, understand what it truly meant to be part What I learned rather quickly was that it did not of a team, formulate my own opinions matter. I had learned the necessary and appreciate others for theirs, present fundamentals, could hold my own, was Recently I to a room of my peers and know that I equally prepared, and was educated to returned to ND had the confidence and support if I needed be there. I credit a huge portion of that it. Though I am still sometimes the only to the fact that I went to Notre Dame, to help female on the team, at the meeting/job and to Sr. Virginia for pushing me to Sr. Virginia site, or at home for that matter (God venture out. Notre Dame was and still with a little blessed me with a great husband and is a place that allows girls to gain the knowledge and confidence to become air conditioning two awesome sons); my career path has been extremely rewarding and I know strong confident people. project that I was guided correctly and made the Now, it was not by chance that I right decision. Today, I do my best to help went to ND—my older sister, Claudia, and encourage other women to consider engineering Class of 1991, had attended four years prior to my and other science fields. arrival. It was during her years that ND relocated On a final note—recently I returned to ND to help from the Upper Westside to the East Village. I Sr. Virginia with a little air conditioning project, and remember the passion and fight that the entire Chez I have to say that it felt like I was back again. The Nous community (teachers, students and parents) building and location are definitely different, but showed during that time to keep this small all-girls what I saw and experienced within the walls of the school open. I remember my mom and stepfather school are what made me feel like I was 14 years old working on fundraisers and donating throughout again. I saw the girls within the halls at their lockers the years, and still to this day. I recall thinking this chatting about their last test. There were girls gathplace must be pretty special if all these people are ered in Ms. Crosson’s classroom working together on fighting to keep it open! Fast forward a few years, when I arrive at St. Mark’s a French project. I walked the building with Rigo who still maintains the building for us to use. It was like I Place in the early 90s, and I can definitely say it was was at a familiar place. That is why ND is special and a special location for a girls’ Catholic school! But it we all need to help support it to grow, especially in was not the Lower Eastside neighborhood (though today’s world—as it is a place that challenges you to having an all-girls gym class in Tompkins Square should be experienced at least once by all) it was the work hard, teaches you to respect others, fosters you environment within the walls of the school. There were to challenge yourself and go against the norm, be the best person you can be; and when you want to approximately 40 girls in my class—we came from take a trip home, they always welcome you back different areas, were of different races, and though with open arms! we had our typical lunch groups at the cafeteria


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