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Spring Magazine 2010 • Annual Report 2008-2009

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Flintridge Fund. In our inaugural year of gift designation, we have seen overwhelming support of our programs. We are grateful to each and every one of you for helping us reach our goal. If you have not yet participated, join our community and donate today!


View from the Top is published twice a year by the Development OfďŹ ce and is distributed to alumnae, past and current families, and those who have shown a continued interest in Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. For comments and suggestions or to receive a copy of View from the Top, please send an email to



Spring Magazine 2010 • Annual Report 2008-2009

2 Regina Rodriguez Chief Development OfďŹ cer Gayaneh Pezeshkian Avanes ‘00 Director of Flintridge Fund Leigh-ann Danner Director of Marketing and Design Sally Francis OfďŹ ce Manager


Glimpses Short takes on and around the hill.


The Flintridge Rose Queens An interview with our royal Tologs.


Helping Others Around the World Good works go global.


Leilani McHugh Data Manager Lois Montorio Director of Alumnae and Parent Relations

A Letter from the Alumnae Association President

Eun Young Chang ‘89 An alumna’s journey from shy teenager to media-savvy adult.



Class Notes


Allison Rost Communications Associate Karen Thompson PR/Marketing Specialist Feature Writer Shannon Watters Communications Associate

10 Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other schooladministered programs.




A Letter from the Academy President


A Letter from the Chief Financial OfďŹ cer




Alumnae Participation


Parent Participation


Endowment Funds


Donors to Endowed Funds


Donors to the Flintridge Fund


Gifts in Kind


Gifts In Memoriam and Honor


In Memoriam

2009-10 ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION BOARD Annette Ricchiazzi Blain ‘90 President Domenica Piumetti ‘95 Secretary

Dear Fellow Alumnae & The FSHA Community, It has been twenty years since I personally walked the halls of Flintridge as a student. When I left the hill, I felt older than I was, encouraged by the confidence, optimism and strength-of-spirit that a Flintridge Sacred Heart education inspires. Now, two decades later, when I return to the hill, I feel younger than I am, energized, impassioned and devoted to honor the place that helped to take me where I have gone and to make me who I am. For so many of us, the spark of who we have become, of what we have done, of the paths we have chosen and the decisions we have made, was lit at FSHA. In these halls and on this hill, so many dreams were born. I know many alumnae feel the same way as they look back and remember the girls they were and places from which they came. We can all look back to this place and see the refuge that it was. And the truth is, it is still a haven. It is still a sanctuary for truth, for self-expression, for dreaming big, for high hopes, for re-defining boundaries, for visionary leadership, for spiritual connections, for steadfast faith, for listening and for hearing. Those things that made FSHA so instrumental in all of our lives are a prominent part of our FSHA Alumnae Association mission as well. We exist to serve our alumnae and to bring them back to the hill through special events, communications, mentorship and community programs. Ours is a mutually beneficial relationship. We give and we get, and our alumnae get and give in return. It is a wonderfully cyclical relationship that our Association hopes to continue to build and strengthen. As president, I am proud to preside over our Alumnae Association Executive Board. This year, the board has grown to 25 members, which is almost triple what it has been in years past. Numbers never lie. It is a simple testament to the desire so many of us have to keep connected with Sacred Heart, to give back and to make sure that the spark that brought us here is still burning on the hill. Please join us for an upcoming event, read our communications, consider starting a regional chapter of our association, become involved in a student mentorship program or support our Alumnae Legacy Scholarship. Please contact me personally if you want to learn more about the FSHA Alumnae Association and what we hope to accomplish, not only for Flintridge, but for all of us. Truly,

Annette Ricchiazzi Blain ‘90 President, FSHA Alumnae Association


Communications Council Beth Krappman Marra ‘91 Brandy Middleton ‘00 Vanessa Tefft Stern ‘96 Community Council Paula Capriccio Orlandini ’71 Chair Kristen Geraci Anderson ‘90 Kim Avila ‘84 Sarah Dooley ‘98 Sarah Sima McCann ‘96 Jennifer Ricchiazzi Richard ‘92 Mary Pat Scanlon ‘69 Development/Reunion Council Juli Goodwin Roginson ’87 Chair Crissi Avila ‘85 Melanie Hitchcock Frey ‘86 Kathleen Salvaty ‘88 Trish Burghardt Sarbaum ‘87 Camille Barbaro Spina ‘87 “Celebrating Veritas” Event Elizabeth McAllister Fieux ‘85 KC Smith Reichert ‘90 Co-Chairs Scholarship Council Gloria Diaz Ventura ’96 Council Chair Mary Kay Seidler Gates ‘81 Melissa Majich Keeslar ‘02 FSHA Staff Sr. Carolyn McCormack, O.P. President Sr. Celeste M. Botello, O.P. Principal Katy Sadler Assistant Principal Regina Rodriguez Chief Development Officer Lois Montorio Director of Alumnae and Parent Relations

FSHA community helps raise awareness, funds for children with Down syndrome Members from all facets of the Flintridge community came together on Nov. 1, 2009, in a walkathon for Club 21, a learning and resource center in Pasadena for families with Down syndrome children.

Several alumnae participated in the walk, including (from left) Jennifer Ricchiazzi Richard ‘92, Brandy Middleton ‘02, Domenica Piumetti ‘95, Juli Goodwin Roginson ‘87, Kristen Geraci Anderson ‘90, Meghan Smith Bender ‘91, KC Smith Reichert ‘90 and Annette Ricchiazzi Blain ‘90.

Current FSHA students, alumnae, current and past parents walked the two- or threemile course through Pasadena, while many members of the Flintridge family who could not participate pledged dollars for those who could. Several area schools also took part in the walkathon. The Royal Court from this year’s Tournament of Roses helped kick-off the walk, including FSHA seniors Queen Natalie Innocenzi and Princess Katie Hernandez.

Schuyler Standish’s art was displayed in the amphitheatre.

taught at Flintridge for over 30 years. Mr. Standish’s work included an eclectic mix of oil, pencil, and pen and ink pieces which were displayed in the school’s amphitheater. Proceeds from the sale, which raised over $10,000, will directly benefit Mr. Standish, who has been in declining health over the last several years. His son, Robert, an artist in his own right, collected the unsold pieces and indicated he would create a website to sell them to further benefit his father.

Alumnae Parents Celebrate the Season Flintridge invited past parents who were involved as presidents of support groups, event chairs and committee chairs, to celebrate the holiday season at a Christmas social in early December at the high school. Over 60 past parents, dating back to the mid1970s, attended the festive event in the lounge of the historic main building. “Parents were thrilled to reconnect, and are already looking forward to next year’s gettogether,” said Lois Montorio, FSHA’s director of alumnae and parent relations, in addition to being a past parent herself.

Art sale supports retired art teacher The Alumnae Association hosted an art sale titled “A Life’s Work” on Nov. 15, 2009, featuring hundreds of framed paintings, finished canvases, drawings and sketches by retired FSHA art teacher Schuyler Standish. About 100 alumnae, along with current and past parents, were able to purchase at deeply discounted prices an original landscape, portrait or modern original piece of art by the esteemed teacher, who

(From left) Fidel Leos, Sue Brown, FSHA President Sister Carolyn McCormack and Martha Leos celebrate the season.


Glimpses Short takes on and around the hill

Hosp, Smale inducted into Hall of Fame Flintridge students, families and friends not only enjoyed the Family Mass and BBQ sponsored by the school’s Booster Club in September, but also celebrated the annual Hall of Fame awards. This year’s honorees were Megan Katherine Hosp of the class of 1999, who went on to play four years of volleyball at the University of South Carolina, and Lacey Smale of the class of 2001, who continued her softball career at Santa Clara University. Both graduates earned All League and All CIF plaudits in addition to many other honors during their high school careers. The inductees were introduced by their former FSHA coaches, each of whom enthusiastically returned to the campus to honor their star players. Also present was FSHA alumna Rhonda Razzano Cunningham ’71, the girls’ junior high coach at St. Bede the Venerable, herself a Hall of Fame inductee.

(Standing from left) Mary Schnieders ‘97, Rhonda Cunningham ‘71, Megan Hosp ‘99, Lacey Smale ‘01, Alumnae Association President Annette Ricchiazzi Blain ‘90; (sitting from left) Catherine Smith ‘98, Jennifer Danyluk Tahmoush ‘96 and Jennifer Ricchiazzi Richard ‘92.

International Assembly goes global “Let your true colors shine” was the theme of this year’s International Assembly, and Tologs did just that as dancers representing their native countries represe of Armenia, China, Chin Croatia, Greece, Korea, Mexico, the Phi Philippines and the United performe in two shows, one for States performed grandparents visiting for Grandparents Day, vis f faculty and students. and a second for But this year, yea the audience extended beyond the confines of the hill. Both c performances were streamed live for performan the first fir time on Ustream for those who wh could not attend. A viewership analysis showed that e friends and family members in China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Vietnam and the U.S. watched the n ccolorful shows. You can still


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Chinese dancers perform the traditional dance, The New Spring Season, depicting the pretty young women of the village gathering in the center of town to dance and welcome the season with blooming flowers. Breanna Koemans ‘12 (left) twirls in her Mexican costume.


New language labs benefit students The foreign language department has a brand-new language lab, which has allowed the Spanish and French teachers to add innovative aspects to the curriculum this academic year. The teachers, who share a portable grey cart that carries a class set of MacBook computers, have found fun and easy websites from which to teach lessons, and have also created class profiles on those websites that make it easy for students to log in and complete assignments. “We are using the language labs for more intense speaking, listening, reading and writing practice in the classroom,” said Spanish teacher Colleen Wealton-Mailander. The labs also allow students to hook up headphones with detachable microphones to complete listening and oral sections.

French teacher Joelle Mortazavian assists Allie Kern ‘11 with the language lab equipment.

“At first it seemed challenging to figure out and the exercises were difficult, but now I can definitely see a major improvement in my Spanish skills,” said Luanne Pastor ’10.

FSHA’s Academic Decathlon team explores Paris Members of Flintridge’s academic decathlon team explored Paris over Thanksgiving to broaden the girls’ studies of the French Revolution, the theme for this year’s decathlon competition. “The students were particularly excited to see firsthand the art and history that we had been studying since August,” said decathlon coach Mario Pariante, chairman of the social studies department. “We were all truly awed by the history around us. The croissants were not bad either!” At the Louvre, the team viewed the famous “Raft of the Medusa” by Theodore Gericaulte and Jacques-Louis David’s painting of “The Coronation of Napoleon.” Among the many sites visited over the eight-day trip were Versailles Palace, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Place de la Concorde, where Marie Antoinette and 17,000 others were guillotined. “It was educational but also a lot of fun,” said Laura Allen ‘11. “The team really bonded.” Decathletes (from left) Mimi Spindle, Laura Allen, Charlotte Hook, Kathryn O’Sullivan, Erin Gonzalez, Nicole Fossier, Mallory Howe and Yasmin Al-Quadoomi enjoyed seeing Notre Dame Cathedral. Unable to make the trip were team members Vanessa Romero and Rachel Saad.



Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose host workshop for sponsored schools

Principal Sr. Celeste Botello (left) and president Sr. Carolyn McCormack (center) enjoy the opening cocktail party on the terrace with board members (from left) Rita Illig Liebelt ‘76, Bob Edwards, Chris LaBonge and board chair Christy Mozilo Larsen ‘84.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy hosted the annual meeting of Members and Boards of Directors from schools sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in mid-September. Forty-nine participants from Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco, St. Catherine Military Academy in Anaheim and FSHA came together for a successful two-day workshop that focused on strengthening the working relationships with the Members (elected leadership of the Dominican Sisters) and the Directors from the different schools.

Shakespeare festival will debut with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Patrons of the La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival’s “first look” event last October were treated to a taste of what the festival will bring to the community this summer for the inaugural season. Showing just a slice of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, LCF Shakes illustrated its ability to combine exciting lighting, costumes and sets with professional acting by Vanguard Repertory Company. The audience was also able to experience a true festival atmosphere, complete with a live string duet, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, wine and organic iced teas. “We want everyone who buys a ticket this summer to enjoy not only our distinct imaginings of Shakespeare’s classics, but also the music, food and drink that goes along with the whole LCF Shakes experience,” said co-artistic director Sam Ross. LCF Shakes first production this summer will be Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “While The Tempest will certainly be an upcoming production for LCF Shakes, we decided that the comedy and magic of Midsummer would be a wonderful way to show off our skills as a company for first-time viewers,” said Matthew Burgos, co-artistic director.


LCF Shakes presented a taste of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the FSHA amphitheater during four performances in October 2009.

High school students interested in being part of the festival were able to sign up for LCF Shakes’ training program at Conservatory@LCFShakes. Classes, held twice a week after school hours, began mid-May and will run through the end of the festival, giving student interns in production, design or performance the opportunity to work on an actual production alongside their instructors. For more information on how to be involved as a student, patron or donor, visit the La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival at


Grad gives back on trip home Sophia Lucchesi ’04, a guest speaker in one of Mark Bommarito’s video production classes during the fall, shared the ups and downs she experienced in producing a film during her senior year at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she majored in film and TV production. “It was only 18 minutes long, but it was a lot of work,” said Lucchesi. “It was my love letter to New York.” Titled Substandard, the movie tells the story of a group of performers competing for a coveted NYC subway performing spot. The film entailed a dozen script rewrites, negotiations with the Transit Museum where the scenes were shot, and required her to come up with several thousands of dollars on her own. She had about 40 extras, but through an arrangement with NYU and the Screen Actors Guild, “all I had to do was feed them,” said Lucchessi. She was proud that the project came in under budget. While she values the knowledge she gained from directing the film, through it she discovered “I’m not a born director, I was humbled very quickly.” What she likes most is developing which allows her to see “everything come together from beginning to end.” She is now putting in her dues as a production assistant for Warner Brothers in New York, where she has worked on Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey, Jr.

Sophia Lucchesi ‘04 directs cast and crew in her short film titled Substandard, her love letter to New York.

and Jude Law, and Cop Out with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. Her duties call for her to “anticipate needs and make sure those needs are met,” she said. “It could be ensuring that the latest copy of a script is on the director’s desk, getting someone Hostess cupcakes if that’s what they want, or being told at 6 p.m. to get a reservation for 8 p.m. on a Saturday night at the Waverly Inn, one of the most sought-after restaurants in New York,” she explained. And yes, she got the reservation. Lucchesi oversees filming.


The Flintridge

Rose Queens

(From left) Leslie Kawai ‘80, Natalie Innocenzi ‘10 and Michelle Jacobs ‘01 are regal comrades.

Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses has smiled favorably on Flintridge when it comes to making the final cut to the Royal Court, culminating in a ride atop a rose float down Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day. Indeed, 17 Tologs have had that honor, including three who were named queen: Leslie Kawai ’80, Michelle Jacobs ’01 and current Rose Queen Natalie Innocenzi ’10. This trio got together in February to compare royal experiences. Leslie was the first person of color to be a Rose Queen. Her favorite memory of her reign was “when my name was announced and I looked at my dad and he had a tear in his eye. He had played ball with Jackie Robinson, but could not play in the big leagues because he was Japanese American. When I became queen, his world had come full circle.” Leslie, who was attending Pasadena City College when she was named the 1981 Rose Queen, used the contacts she made to jumpstart a decade-long professional dancing and modeling career. Today she is a sales representative for a custom picture-framing company, and she also teaches Cardio Barre, a balletbased workout program. Her daughter, Tara, is


currently a freshman at Flintridge, which Leslie finds “surreal but wonderful. When I took Tara to register last spring, Sister Carolyn came up to me and said, ‘Welcome home.’ It was very special.” Michelle knew that she wanted to be in the entertainment industry, and believes her Rose Court “experience was critical in achieving my goal. I was on the Regis and Kelly television show and had a lot of exposure to entertainment venues during my reign.” After graduating from UCLA with a major in sociology, she hosted a local show for Charter Communications before trying her hand at feature films. Michelle started out as a production assistant for Digital Domain, which produces visual effects for feature films and commercials, and was quickly promoted up the ranks to digital producer. Her duties include staffing, scheduling and managing artists for movies such as “Star Trek,” “Transformers” and her current project, “Real Steel.” She credits her skill at interviewing artists and leading a team to her Rose Queen experience of meeting and greeting hundreds of people. (continued on page 17)

Royal Stats Height

5’ 7½”


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Favorite Book

The Twilight series

AP Government

Favorite Class

American Politics and Film

Track (captain)


Tennis (JV captain)

Plaza del la Raza (helping Hispanic youth)

Spirit Week during senior year – color day

Top Volunteer Experience

Favorite FSHA Memory


What you want to be


College in the fall

Princess Katie Hernandez

Being a member of the National Advisory Board for the alzheimer’s Foundation of disadvantaged America and organizing FSHA’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Week Definitely Spirit Week when all the classes sing their songs because the entire school comes together to support each other and to just have fun. A physical therapist or occupational therapist with an emphasis on gerontology University of Redlands

Queen Natalie Innocenzi

Double the Royalty for Flintridge Shock reverberated among Flintridge students, faculty, staff and parents who attended the announcement of the Royal Court for the Tournament of Roses at the Wrigley Mansion in Pasadena in October. Not one, but two FSHA seniors – Natalie Innocenzi and Katie Hernandez – were selected to be on the court, which entails appearances at over 150 events within a three-month period in addition to riding a float down Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day. They were selected from about 1,400 girls who tried out. A week later, almost the entire Flintridge senior class, who created a sea of red in their dress uniform jackets, was thrilled once again when Natalie was named queen. “I can’t believe it. It’s like a dream. I’m really honored that I got picked, but I think every one of the other princesses is deserving,” said Queen Natalie.


Every Flintridge student must complete 15 hours of community service as part of her graduation requirements. While most meet this dictum within driving distance of the high school, several current students fulfilled their obligation on a more global scale.

Bringing Christ to the Himalayas Spreading the word of Christ to Buddhists is hard enough but one Tolog went even further by also distributing medicine to the Tibetan Buddhists of the Himalayas. Steph Wetzel ‘10 did all of this on a backpacking mission in the mountains for two and a half weeks last summer. The group included her father, an anesthesiologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, two more doctors, four assistants including herself, and 10 disciples. The teenage disciples were former Buddhists who converted to Christianity after they were taught about God by Sonam, a missionary leader in India.


The group from the United States arrived in Leh Ladakh, India, where they stayed in Sonam’s home as they adapted to the extreme altitude. After three days, they began backpacking through the desert, going from village to village to spread the word of Christ. Wetzel helped her dad with check-ups and passed out medicine to nomads and local children who did not have access to proper medical care. “My favorite experience was meeting the children in the mountains. They were so excited to see us and hug g us, and it was so fun giving out medicines to them,”” said Wetzel. She discovered ed the culture in India ndia is vastly different ent to her own. It’s connsidered disrespectectful to not wear a scarf over your chest, so Wetzel bought pashmi-

“I learned more from the children there than I could have ever taught them” na scarves to cover herself. She also wore long pants and tops with sleeves at all times, and had two traditional salwar kameeze suits handmade for her. Wetzel plans to return to the Himalayas in two years. “I’m hoping God will call me to return and that I will be able to accept the op– Daniella Lollie ‘10 portunity,” she said.

Missionary trip opens students’ eyes Brittany Ek and Shea Harvey, members of the class of 2010, had a life-changing experience last summer on a two-week missionary trip to Nairobi, Kenya, where they visited a myriad of orphanages and schools. The trip, taken with La Cañada Presbyterian Church, included about 30 people of varying ages, ranging from high school and college students to adults. Shea Harvey and friends. “The poverty there can’t even be compared to the poverty here, yet the kids are so happy and grateful even though they have no parents and only a small bed to share,” said Harvey. Most of the children had AIDS, and had either been abandoned by their parents or were orphaned at a very young age. According to Ek, some of the parents even attempted to kill their children in desperation to save money during difficult times. While visiting the multiple schools and orphanages, the seniors took part in a number of fun activities with the children, including making friendship bracelets, doing the girls’ nails,

making picture frames and handing out hats and snacks. “They were obsessed with our cameras because they hadn’t seen them anywhere before, so they took tons of pictures of themselves as well as with us to put in their frames,” said Harvey. The trip gave the girls a greater awareness of the food and clothing shortage in AfBrittany Ek demonstrates her camera. rica and the horrible conditions that are representative of a large part of the world. “I learned more from the children there than I could have ever taught them,” said Harvey. She discovered that the visits with the children were just as valuable to them as a monetary donation because many had been denied the love that we take for granted. “I loved when the kids would all hang on us and give us giant hugs. That was one of my favorite memories of the trip,” said Ek. – Daniella Lollie ‘10

Connecting in Kenya through soccer Annie Kean ’10 spent two weeks of her summer vacation teaching soccer to children in Kenya as part of a project sponsored by the Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research (WISE). She heard about the opportunity through her own soccer club and was thrilled to be able to volunteer at the soccer camp held at the Kenya School in Muhuru Bay in Kenya. When Kean arrived, the children called out, “Weupe!” which means white in Kiswahili, the native language of Kenya. They were not used to seeing people of Caucasian ethnicity, but eventually got used to the girls and welcomed


A spiritual mission to Alaska

Annie Kean (third from left) with friends from her Kenyan soccer team last summer.

them with smiles and hugs. “At first they were surprised that girls were teaching them to play soccer, but they were eager and excited to learn,” said Kean. The trip submerged Annie into a new culture; she had to get used to eating strange foods – such as fish heads – without hesitation, and discovered that being overweight or curvaceous is considered beautiful. Sanitation was an issue, so Kean always made sure to wash her hands. “During the two weeks one girl was diagnosed with malaria and had to be sent to a hospital,” said Kean, who made friends with many of the kids in the camp. “I had a great conversation with these two boys who were my age. They asked about life as an American teenager and I asked them about their lives. One asked what a bathtub was; I laughed because it was such a strange question to hear, but I told them,” said Kean. She plans to return to Muhuru Bay in August of this year to see the progress of the school and the soccer field being built. “This was a great experience. Something that stuck with me about the African culture was that even though these people don’t have anything to offer, they will offer everything they have,” said Kean. – Chelsea Moore ‘10


Alexis Budzyn ’10 gave up ideal California weather for two weeks last summer to preach the gospel in the small, poor towns of Copper Center and Kenny Lake in Alaska. She traveled with a religious organization geared especially to teens called Teen Mania Ministries. To learn how to preach the gospel efficiently, Budzyn attended a program in Dallas where the group practiced monologues and skits that taught the values of Christianity. “The main purpose of the preparatory program was to learn how to present Christianity to people who had never heard of it before,”

Alexis Budzyn (far right) and friends from Teen Mania Ministries.

she explained. The group stayed in the basement of Kenny Lake Church at night and went from door-todoor during the day, trying to convince poor people of the benefits of a Christian lifestyle. In Copper Center, they preached wherever they could, including in front of supermarkets and on street corners. One highlight of the trip was hosting a game night in Copper Center’s community center, where the teen ministers entertained neighborhood kids with skits and songs. Some of the food for teen program participants was unusual but interesting. “Unlike one of my friends, I wasn’t adventurous enough to try the squirrel heart, porcupine,

caribou stew and moose meat that was offered, so I lived on peanut butter and jelly for two weeks” said Budzyn. –Elianna Bernstein ‘11

Helping orphans to survive Argentina’s winter Senior Siri Borgen ‘10 traveled to Argentina last summer to deliver a heater, an air conditioner, a clothes dryer and blankets to the children’s orphanage Niño Jésus. Borgen found out from her grandmother, who lives in the big city of Mar Del Plata in Argentina, that a nearby orphanage was in need. The facility did not have a heater or the right supplies to get them through the winter, and the swine flu had just broken out. This was a concern because the children living there were very young. Borgen, vice president of La Vanguardia, Flintridge’s Spanish club, came up with the idea of buying the necessary appliances and other materials using club funds from the pan dulce (sweetened Mexican bread) sales and the Los Tacos lunch held on the hill during the pri-

Siri Borgen and the orphans of Niño Jésus.

or school year. The orphanage was very grateful. “Once we did that, other people started donating money and supplies, so we even inspired others in Argentina,” said Borgen. – Danielle Molina ‘10 Daniella Lollie is the editor of FSHA’s student newspaper Veritas Shield. Also on the newspaper staff are assistant entertainment editor Chelsea Moore, Beyond the Hill editor Elianna Bernstein and staff writer Danielle Molina.

Grad to share story of poverty in the Philippines When Nikki Nepales ’07 visited her parents’ native Philippines following her FSHA graduation in 2007, she saw people living on less than $2 a day who were building makeshift homes right against the walls of extravagant mansions. “I couldn’t make sense of the stark inequality at the time, nor do I really understand it now, but I knew if that if I were to ever volunteer abroad in college I would go to the Philippines,” said Nepales, who matriculated to UC Berkeley. And this is exactly where she will be going this coming summer for three months. She will split her time between Likhaan, a health clinic and women’s advocacy group, and Gawad Kalinga, a community development program, in the Philippines. “But the contribution I’m looking forward to the most will be my reflection Nikki Nepales ’07 in front of posters piece on my experience promoting Hunger Awareness Week that I will be able to share at Cal last November. with my professors and developments leaders once I return to Cal,” said Nepales. While the non-profit groups are working hard to alleviate poverty, “what they do not have, and what I believe I can contribute, is someone to tell their story. UC Berkeley is not a development agency, but it is an institution of power than can produce knowledge.” She hopes that once the story is passed around at Cal, “more people will analyze and critique it, and that Likahaan and Gawad Kalinga will become more influential voices in the battle of ideas that shape poverty alleviation strategies in the Western world.” She helped tell another story last November, when she organized a successful “hunger banquet” as part of a weeklong Hunger Awareness Week at Cal in her residence hall. Students dined according to different income levels that were representative of the world. To her surprise, a majority of the 50 students assigned to the low-income group got up and left when only rice and water appeared before them. Nepales, who is majoring in public health with a minor in global poverty and practice, will use an $800 travel scholarship earned from The College Women’s Club Study Abroad Travel Grant for Young Women fund at Berkeley to help pay her way to the Philippines. She is also the recipient of the Leadership Award for 2009-2010 from the Cal Alumni Association.

Eun Young Chang ‘89: her journey from shy teenager to media-savvy adult When Eun Young Chang entered the boarding halls in 1987 for her junior year, she was a shy teenager from Korea who spoke no English and who greatly missed her family. Her father had chosen FSHA because it “was conservative, safe, nice, clean, and also because the niece of his friend had attended Flintridge.”


Sister Celeste Botello laughs with Eun Young and Yu Jung Kim ‘12 during a campus visit at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year.

But it was more than that to Eun Young. “Yes, I was homesick, but one of the best things about my experience at Flintridge was the friends I made. They helped alleviate that feeling,” she recalled. “They were a big comfort,

“I believe there are spirits of love, caring and sincerity which make FSHA so special” and sometimes also big stimuli. Both directly and indirectly, we encouraged each other’s growth, which was deepened and broadened by our sensibility to one another.” On a spring visit to the hill last year, the first time she had returned to the campus in 20 years, she felt quite emotional. “Development was noticeable, with the upto-date student center, newly furnished dormitory facilities and improved systems,” said Eun Young. “But what struck me the most was the unchanging atmosphere – so cheerful, yet so peaceful and secure. Even my companions, who had never visited FSHA before, told me it did not seem like just a school. I believe there are spirits of love, caring and sincerity which make FSHA so special.” She recalled how different the academic environment at Flintridge was from her native Korea where “the high school years were often called the period of pain. Students were overloaded with long hours and many subjects. I was very familiar with such sayings as ‘no pain, no gain,’ and ‘a medicine that is good for your body is always bitter.’” Her experience at Flintridge showed her that studying could be a time of exploration that would also capture her imagination. “In the dorm I also learned the importance and pleasure of autonomy, where I could manage my own time and set goals by myself,” said Eun Young.

Eun Young’s beauty shines through after she was declared the winner of the 1992 Miss Korea pageant.

At that time, her goals were rather small, such as shortening the reading time per page. “At first, it took me a good hour to read one page of a textbook because I had to open up a dictionary for every sentence. But the time got shorter and shorter, and I was happy to achieve my goals,” she said. “Goals are not always accomplished, but you won’t know the joy of accomplishment if there is no goal at all. I thank my high school years for allowing me to form healthy habits.” Indeed, Eun Young’s English steadily improved through ESL classes and hard work – she often put in more than 12 hours a day, and filled her weekends with SAT prep classes. Her diligence paid off when she matriculated in 1989 to UC Irvine as a biology major, but the change from a small, Catholic, all-girls high school to the big, co-ed campus was not an easy one. “I felt lost for a time, even though I lived in the dorms. I missed the Sisters,” said Eun Young. “At Flintridge, Sister Margaret or Sister Agnella would bless each of us with holy water every


night when we went to bed. I missed that.” She overcame her shyness when she transferred in 1991 to Yonsei University in Korea as a communications major, an area of study that would dominate her future. It was while she was attending Yonsei that she became Miss Korea, “which was exciting. I was still young, only 21, but I enjoyed it. It was a broadening experience,” she said. “My older sister was a runner-up for Miss Korea in 1987. In my room in the boarding hall at FSHA, I had a picture of my sister with a crown on her head. When she’d come to visit me or sign me out, the girls in the dorm used to gather around to have a look at her,” added Eun Young. “She was the famous one among my friends during that time, and I was just a tall girl with shining tooth-braces.” That toothy girl emerged a gracious, poised beauty, who started a busy broadcasting career at KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) following her college graduation in 1993. For the next six years she “anchored a two-hour morning news program every day, interviewed famous people from time to time and also hosted a Sunday evening show.” In 1999 she married the founder and chairman of Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts

(DIMA) in Seoul, a well-known college in Korea specializing in broadcasting, information technology and the performing arts. The college has 2,400 students studying in 18 different majors, and has established academic relationships with 10 schools in five countries, including the School of Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois State University and Cal State Fullerton in the United States. Eun Young joined the college staff in 2000, and is now a director at the school. Her duties include taking care of personnel affairs and developing the academic curriculum. “I enjoy my job; it’s very meaningful and worthwhile to foster future broadcasting specialists,” she said. Despite the glitz and glamour of a mediafocused life, Eun Young has never forgotten Flintridge. Last summer she helped form the Korean Chapter of the FSHA Alumnae Association, and also enthusiastically promoted the school in a lengthy article appearing in the November 2009 issue of Heren, a high-end Korean women’s magazine covering global, upperclass culture. “One of the distinctive features of FSHA is that there are many family alumnae, including sisters, mother-daughters, and even grandEun Young interviewed Benazir Bhutto, the former president of Pakistan (left) and Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan (above).


mother-granddaughters. That means there is a high level of satisfaction for both the students themselves and their families,” Eun Young said in her interview with the magazine. “For the FSHA faculty, teaching and caring are vocations, not just jobs. Thus the relationship between students and teachers, the Sisters and staff is deep and close.” Eun Young can boast of yet another FSHA family relationship: her niece, Yu Jung Kim,

entered Flintridge as a sophomore last August. “I have no children, but I have been very involved in my niece’s life as she has grown up and in her education,” said Eun Young, who helped Yu Jung settle into the dorms. “It’s like I have two mothers,” said Yu Jung, who competed successfully on the FSHA golf team during her first semester. “I’m looking forward to making life-long friends at Flintridge, just like my aunt.”

During her TV broadcasting career, Eun Young interviewed a wide range of personalities, including singer-songwriter Julio Iglesias (left) and pop singer Michael Bolton.

Rose Queens (continued from page 8) Her younger sister, Kelly, is a freshman at Flintridge, and Michelle loves listening to how she is adapting to life on the hill. Michelle and her fiancé, Paul Winze, will marry in September at St. Bede Church in La Cañada with a reception following at Caltech’s Athenaeum. Natalie was still in the midst of her reign. While most of the 150+ events she is required to attend were now in the past, she also was scheduled to appear at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia in March and the Fiesta Festival in San Antonio, Texas in April. Yet her favorite moment “was actually the day I was named to the court,” recalled Natalie. After classmate Katie Hernandez’s name was announced, Natalie thought she “could just sneak out of the group and no one would notice. But then all of a sudden my name was called! After, I went to find my parents and my

Sisters Celeste Botello and Carolyn McCormack join a sea of Tologs in congratulating Hernandez and Innocenzi.

dad was crying; I’d never seen that before.” She also really enjoyed an interview she had on ESPN Radio with John Mason and John Ireland. “We bantered back and forth and it was a lot fun,” said Natalie. “They made fun of me and I poked fun at them.” Natalie’s reign continues until October when the new Rose Queen and Court are announced.


When alumnae travel to Flintridge to reminisce and see their old stomping grounds, the Alumnae Office takes a photo of them to share with fellow alums in an e-newsletter feature entitled “Viewed from the Top.” The photos at the top of these alumnae pages are some of the alumnae who have stopped by in the last six months. We encourage any Tolog visiting the area to notify the Development Office at to take a walk around the campus and get her photo taken.

Beverly Beesemyer ‘37: Well the date is final for the WASP, and I will attend the event on March 10 in Washington, D.C. in the Capital Rotunda for the issuing of the Congressional Gold Medal. It will be a huge event, with U.S. Senators, House Speaker and all attending, then a reception at the Women’s Military Memorial. Helen Johnson Setzer ‘38: I just had my 89th birthday and am in fine health inside. Outside, not that great. I am about to leave my home to move to a retirement community, so I shall no longer have the satisfaction of taking care of a yard, pool and house. I’ll have to trade for bridge games, exercise rooms and new friends. Of course, I shall still have my (now large) family. Mary Raines Clarke Platt ‘41: I am now living in an independent living place in Anaheim Hills, Calif. Sold my home two years ago, but still live close to my church and familiar areas. I have so enjoyed “View From the Top” and all the additions, etc. Would love to come to the alumnae reunion if I can get someone to bring me. I am now 86 and just became a great-grandmother to grand daughter Alexus. What a joy! My love to my friends at FSHA. Flora de la Mora de Burillo ‘41: I sold my big house and moved to a small


apartment big enough for my grandson and me. A living room and dining room are fine and big enough to receive my family and friends. I am 85 years old and thanks to our Lord in good health. I am expecting my tenth greatgrandchild by the end of the year. My love to all. Joan Shirey Hansen ‘45: I have ended 45 years of a nursing career. Now I am head person in a grammar school kitchen – not a huge one, but it keeps me busy in a fun way. The children are great, and it’s only a three hour job. Family good – one granddaughter going into nursing soon. Good wishes to all. Rosemary Mikulich Pisani ‘47: On Jan. 24, 2010 my beautiful four children, Veronica Pisani-Morton, Lyndalou Pisani-Bullard, Juliana Pisani and Sam Pisani and many of my 14 (seven boys and seven girls) grandchildren and four (three boys, one girl) greatgrandchildren hosted my 80th birthday party. We began with a celebration of Mass at Our Lady of Las Vegas Roman Catholic Church where I received a special blessing from our priest. After Mass they held an exquisite waterfront brunch at Garfield’s in Desert Shores Estates. On August 8, my husband, Lou, and I also celebrated our 56th wedding anniversary. God has

blessed me with a long healthy life and has filled it with the many joys of sporting events with my husband and many baptisms, graduations, weddings and school events of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren! Mary Ann Juenemann Flanagan ‘48: Greetings from Mississippi, my new home since April 2005. Retirement came in 2004 as sales director for Comfort Suites, San Dimas, Calif. Let me remind FSHA graduates to keep in touch with each and everyone in your class. Now that I am far from Pasadena it is a joy to correspond with my friends of over 60 years. This is my fifth year volunteering with Head Start. What fun! Perhaps I missed my vocation as a teacher. However, I had 56 great years employed, 23 full time and a few part time. God has been most generous. Sister Ann Ronin, O.P. ‘48: In May I’ll be celebrating 60 years of religious profession with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. It’s like being married for 60 years – but longer. Seriously, I have no regrets and am grateful to all who have inspired me and supported me. My great joy now is Las Casas, an English as a Second Language program that I started about six years ago. We have four teachers and teach ESL to three levels of adult Latino students. They work all day and come in the eve-

The Class of 1960 celebrated their golden anniversary at the Alumnae Luncheon.

ning to learn English. Ever tried learning a new language when you were 25 or 30? It isn’t easy! The classes are free and the teachers are volunteers. Sometimes I have a grant to cover expenses (books). It’s a wonderful life, and I’m not trading with anyone. Mary Barrett Blake ‘50: Can you believe it has been 60 years since we so proudly walked out on the lawn in our pretty white dresses at graduation? It seems to have happened so quickly! We couldn’t be that old! Of my 12 grandchildren, three have graduated from college: Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount and NYU. One grandson has just started Georgetown and two will begin college next fall. Time does march on and it’s so much fun being part of their lives. Carol Stevenson Craig ‘55: Asking for prayers for my husband, William F. Craig, MD, who is critically ill. Thank you. Sheila Turnbull Carpenter ‘58: We have two granddaughters, ages 5 and 7, and are celebrating our 46th anniversary this year. We traveled on a river cruise from Germany for seven days, winding up in Prague. I hear from Judi Carney Wootan ‘58, Dot Wahler Foley ‘58, Betty Butcher ‘58 (Sister Deborah Butcher, O.P. ‘58) and sometimes Judy Talbot Rostron ‘58.

Violeta Avila Lytton ‘60: I have been married for 38 years to Edwin Lytton, a Salvadorian American. We met in El Salvador and he worked for Exxon for almost 30 years. We were transferred to Miami 33 years ago. Our first two children were born in El Salvador. Alexandra is married to a Salvadorian and we have three grandchildren from them. Eduardo is living in New York where he graduated from an NYU master’s program. Adrianna and Valeria, our twins, are married to Cuban-Americans, one a lawyer. One has a baby girl and the other one is expecting. I worked for almost 20 years as an interior designer, which I truly enjoyed, and I travel frequently to El Salvador to see family and friends. Michaela Doud ‘74: I live and work in Morro Bay, Calif., and teach at a California state pre-school. I am also a working artist, creating works of collage, painting and printmaking, and plan an exhibit of my work in the next year. I would love to hear from any of my Flintridge classmates, class of 1974. I often see my two sisters who graduated from Flintridge, Kathleen Doud Reilley ‘73 and Nancy Doud Badrigian ’75. Marlene Medina Beranek ‘75: Time flies all too quickly! Although I still continue my medical practice, I am

now more the teacher than I am the clinician, which is just fine with me after all the years of patient care. I still live in Palos Verdes, Calif., and am very proud of my four children. My daughter Danielle is completing her junior year as a pre-med at the University of Arizona and looking forward to her 21st birthday. Nick, now 19, is playing club soccer for the University of Arizona and pursuing business. He was a proud Division II CIF winning goalie in 2008, making all Bay League and All CIF. Nolan, soon to be 18, is a senior at Peninsula High School and deciding which college to attend while participating avidly on varsity surf. Amanda, 16, is also a soccer player, playing varsity for high school and premier league in club. She is looking forward to a summer seminar at the United States Air Force Academy, as it is her goal to become a cadet and play soccer. Dan and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary in May. I was very saddened and shocked to hear of the passing of my classmate and former dorm buddy Eileen Somers Stobbe ‘75, known to me as “Lee.” If anyone has information on how to contact her family, please email me. Susan Laba Holcomb ‘85: My sister Michelle Laba Simon ‘85 and I have remained great friends with Mary Ann Kratzer Siess ‘85 since our years


Chairwoman Christy Mozilo Larsen ‘84 (left) of the FSHA Board of Directors with Alumnae Association President Annette Ricchiazzi ‘90 at the March 2010 alumnae event, “Celebrating Veritas.”

The Class of 1980 celebrates 30 years at the March 2010 alumnae event, “Celebrating Veritas.”

Patricia Burghardt Sarbaum ‘87: I am a member of the 2009-10 FSHA Alumnae Association Board and sit on the Development Council.

The children of Susan Laba Holcomb ‘85 and Mary Ann Kratzer Siess ‘85 show their early FSHA spirit in plaid PJs.

at Flintridge. The three of us have always thought it was funny to find that “Flintridge plaid” was used for more than winter uniforms and has become popular in the general public. Here’s a picture (above) of Mary Ann Kratzer Siess’ kids and my kids, decked out in their lovely Flintridge plaid PJs. Kids pictured: Mary Ann’s daughter, Vale and son, London; my daughters, Devin, Lauren and Megan. Elizabeth D’Amico ‘86: Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well. 2009 was a fun year for my family as we moved to a new house (just a mile away from our old one), and my son, Seth, started kindergarten. My daughter, Veronica, will be in kindergarten next year. My husband and I celebrated our 11th anniversary. My how time flies, especially when you are still 29! I had the joy of seeing some “old” friends all in one


Leyla Trevino ‘87: I’m still living in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Last summer I celebrated my 40th birthday and my 15th wedding anniversary. My husband Salvador, my daughter Leyla, 14, my son Zuco, 12 , and I took a trip to South America to spend the Christmas and New Year holidays. I keep in

place over the Christmas break this year. Amy Boyle ‘86 was kind enough to have Maria Natoli Miller ‘86, Christina Boyle ‘86 and Sarah Banales Villegas ‘86 and I over and we all got to hang out for a bit and catch up. I am still working at RAND in Santa Monica and teaching at UCLA, which keeps me busy. It’s all good! I wish you all a wonderful 2010! Rose Marie Hegenbart Ottman ‘86: Over the Christmas holidays our families from the Class of ‘86 got together to celebrate and catch up. (Photo right) Carmen Quesada ‘86: Hello to everyone! I have started the police academy here in Laredo, Texas, to become licensed as a Texas peace officer. I am very excited and cherish every moment of this honorable experience. I think of Flintridge and all my classmates always.

Pictured (top row from left) Laela Weisbaum French ‘86, Rose Hegenbart Ottman ‘86; (middle row from left) Marci DeLuna DeSousa ‘86, Joyce Ferris Pfaffinger ‘86; (bottom) Mina Fujikawa ‘86.

touch with Gabriela Escamilla Cambuston ‘87, Ana (Coty) Schcolnik De Otaduy ‘87, Pilar Fernandez ‘87 and with the family of Dinorah Gonzalez ‘87. Vicki Stevens DeShazo ‘88: I am still living in Bellevue, Wash., with my husband and three children (ages 9, 8 and 4). I keep busy working two days a week as an audiologist, and the rest of the time teaching Sunday school, running our VBS program and helping in the kids’ classes. My sister, Kristin Stevens Pitt ‘85, is living in Sammamish, Wash. Her oldest son is a sophomore at UW, while her other two children are excelling in high school. She keeps busy with her job and volunteer work, including fundraising for the Boys and Girls clubs and raising guide dog puppies. Andrea de la Paz Repp ‘88: Hello girls! I hope you all are doing well. Life’s good here. Randy and I continue to enjoy our home in La Cañada. The snow on the mountains from the recent storms is gorgeous! Heidi, now 3-1/2, is attending my alma mater preschool and loving all of the crafts, singing, making friends and learning how to write her letters and numbers. She’s “wowed” us by putting letters together to make words. Ryan, now 2, is quite the conversationalist, a little gymnast and loves to keep up with his big sister. Speaking of sisters, all of mine are doing great. Elizabeth de la Paz ‘98 purchased her first home and is in the process of fixing it up. Kristin de la Paz ‘02 is engaged and is excitedly awaiting her wedding this September. Catherine de la Paz ‘05 is graduating from UCSB. We are so thankful for all of the blessings we’ve had over the past year. I wish all of you another great year filled with happiness, good health and an abundance of blessings. Jennifer Cortez ‘93: I currently live in Pasadena with my husband (married August 2007). We are starting to plan for children. I am now the program director of an inpatient therapy rehabilitation program at Valley Presbyterian Hospital. I started the program with

the company I worked for in 2007. We provide PT, OT, speech, social work and nursing to patients for about two to three weeks after they have a brain injury, stroke or any other debilitating illness. The patients stay in the hospital during that time. I have been taking little trips with my husband and friends, but nothing too big. I keep in touch with Jen Duff ‘93, Christina Lund Doerfler ‘93 (she just had a new baby in January), Erin McGoldrick ‘93 (she lives in DC), Amy McAndrews Walters ‘93 (who lives up north near San Francisco), Liz Escamilla Sanchez ‘93, Ann Smith Boland ‘93 and various others through Facebook.

Katie Marquardt Betian ’94: I’ve been living in Pasadena for two years, while my husband has been working on a contract with the Army in Afghanistan. He finally came home in October, after having gallbladder surgery in Germany, where I joined him. He has had some complications, but is recovering at home. I’ve been working as a makeup artist for the past 6 years with my company Foundation of You ( and last year I received my esthetician license (skin therapist/waxing) and am taking clients from home. I still sing and act when given the opportunity. Hope 2010 is starting off well for everyone!

Martha Lem Facebooks Boarding Alumnae Mrs. Martha Lem, Flintridge’s director of boarding, has found a new way to connect to graduates of the dorms: Facebook! While young people take social networking skills for granted, Mrs. Lem was initially hesitant to sign up. “I fought them on it, but I eventually tried it. As soon as I started connecting with the graduates, I just became addicted,” enthuses the new Facebook whiz. “The real pleasure is watching the girls connect with each other again after so many years. This is so exciting to see!” Lem scours the website for FSHA grads and petitions those she finds to “friend request” her. “If I don’t hear back, I hound them until I do,” she admits. She has created a binder containing recent pictures of the boarders whom she found on Facebook, and next to each one she places the girl’s FSHA graduation picture. “It’s really fun; I’ve connected with over 130 girls,” said Lem. She’s discovered several entrepreneurs among the grads such as Vanessa Lo ’97 who sells her clothing line of T-shirts on line, and Laura Lai ’04 who designs underwear. Lem also enjoys collecting pictures of the girls’ families, husbands and children, to include in her binder. Lem joined the boarding staff in 1996, but would like to connect with boarders as far back as possible. “Those who don’t have a Facebook page can send me their email address or just their regular home address and I’ll connect with them that way,” she says. Her email is


The Class of 2000 celebrated their 10-year reunion at “Celebrating Veritas” in March.

Rosi Casado de Domenico ’94: Matt and I welcomed our second child, Alexander James, on March 31, 2009 and can’t believe he’s 1 already! Where DOES the time go? Alina took to big sisterhood immediately, and is amazing with Alex. She tries to teach him everything she can and loves helping him “walk.” Life is definitely busier with two little ones running around the house, but also so much fun! After a one-year sabbatical, I’ll be returning to work in March to help children with autism reach their greatest potential. A warm hello to the Class of 1994! Hope you’re all well! Vanessa Tefft Stern ‘96: Hello FSHA friends! This past year was an exciting one for me! I got married to Josh Stern on March 21, 2009 in the Horseshoe Garden of the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. It was the most memorable day surrounded by our families and friends. The bridal party included my two sisters Dulcena Tefft Thiel ‘91 and Chelsea Tefft ‘99, and my dearest friends I have known since high school. Kristen Sauer Sullivan ‘96 did a reading during the ceremony and other FSHA guests included Kristie Warren ‘96 and Alison Voors ‘96. My husband and I currently live in Brentwood and I work full-time as an account executive at The Creative Group in Westwood. I also started a


boutique design business called Vanessa + Valentine with my sister Chelsea. Vanessa + Valentine brings affordable inspiration to anyone who needs a little design direction and conceptualization with their interiors, parties, events and wedding projects. We provide hourly design styling services and consultations, from planning, to creative direction with design boards, to merchandising, to implementing all your creative needs, desires and expectations! I am also a freelance blogger for Vanessa + Valentine Affairs of the Heart. It’s a daily design blog focusing on inspirational interior design, style, fashion, decor, lifestyle, nightlife, leisure, travel and music. Check us out at! Nicole Carter Johansing ‘97: I married Brian Johansing on June 6, 2010 at Mt. Saint Carmel in Santa Barbara.

Nicole Carter Johansing ‘97’s wedding.

Samantha Wing Yan Ko ‘97: It has been over 10 years since I graduated from FSHA. I have been all over the world ever since. I went to the east coast for college, attended Mount Holyoke College, a women’s college in Massachusetts. During thay time, I spent my junior year abroad at Oxford University in England. I fell in love with England and decided to go back.

Samantha Wing Yan Ko’97 in Hong Kong with dear friends Erika Lau ‘98 and Vanessa Lo ‘97.

I went to London for a MSc in finance at Imperial College and worked at JPMorgan London for three years, doing structured credit. I moved back to HK after spending four years in London and continued working in the structured credit area at Morgan Stanley and HSBC, respectively. After seven years of banking, I got a bit bored with my job. I left earlier this year and I am

Blake Taylor ’05 visited with Mr. Mark Bernstein in the library during January. She is studying for her first CPA exam.

now working in something completely different. I work for a wind power company, developing wind farms in China! It’s a very interesting job and I am spending a lot of time in China these days. I am not married yet, but in a stable relationship. I am still in touch with many FSHA gals. We are all well and happy! We all miss our silly days at FSHA!

Connie Mak ’05 gave a tour of Hong Kong to physics teacher Ty Buxman and his wife Annika as they were passing through the city on their way to Bangladesh in November of last year.

posed to me during sunset on the beach where he used to lifeguard. Stacey McElderry Armato ‘98: My husband Matthew and I had Lorenzo James Armato on July 8, 2009.

Tiffany Li Ju Weng ‘98: I had a great Thanksgiving holiday with my family; hope you had a good holiday too! I graduated from USC in 2002 with a major in Business Emphasis: Information Systems. I moved back to Taiwan, and worked for American Express for three years (2002-2005). Then I worked

Jacqueline Tze Chun Li ‘97: Jacqueline Tze-Chun Li and Peter Ming-Ting Chung were married on Dec. 17, 2009, in Melbourne, Florida.

Stacey McElderry Armato ‘98 and family.

Jacqueline Tze Chun Li ‘97 and husband.

Mary Louise Schnieders ‘97: Hello all – I just wanted to share with you that Mike and I are engaged! He pro-

Felicia Masto Nugent ‘98: My husband Joe and I just moved into our new house in Aliso Viejo. After job hunting continued to be fruitless, I started my own baking business – The Sweet Tooth Shoppe. I have enjoyed watching it grow and love working on projects I get, from wedding cakes to corporate event cupcakes! We adore our English bulldog, who makes us laugh every day, and love being auntie and uncle to all of our nieces and nephews, including my sisters’ (Cecily Masto VanPuyvelde ‘90 and Amy Masto Mouat ‘91) children.

Tiffany Li Ju Weng ‘98 in her Halloween costume with her daughter Vivienne.

for HSBC Bank for another two years. I got married on Dec. 30, 2006, and moved back to LA with my husband (David Hsi) in February of 2007. I currently work for in busi-


ness development. My baby girl, Vivienne Tiffany, was born on Dec. 8, 2008. We bought our first house in Walnut in July of 2009. I miss high school days very much. I have so many good memories! P.S. The picture was taken on the day before Halloween, with my baby girl Vivienne. My costume this year was a “high school girl.”

Wendy Thomas Watson ‘00: Wendy and her husband Brent welcomed their daughter Bailey Ann Watson, 5 lbs. 9.5 oz, 20 inches. Wendy loves being a mom! She continues to work with her dad in industrial real estate and is able to work mostly from home so she can spend time with Bailey. They love the newest addition to the family and living in Pasadena.

Christina Plump Acker ‘00: Hello all. My husband, Thomas Acker (St. Francis alum, class of ‘97), and I are proud to announce the birth of our second daughter, Leighton Rae on Jan. 11, 2009. She joins her older sister Caydence Marie, 2-1/2.

Bailey Ann Watson, daughter of Wendy Thomas Watson ‘00.

Alisha Vass Wesser ‘00: I recently got married, and it was everything I could have dreamed of and more. My husDaughters of Christina Plump Acker ‘00.

Chaeyeon Shin ‘00: Since high school graduation, I got my BA at Loyola Marymount University and then worked at a preschool for a couple of years. Currently, I am going to Cal State Junior Ring ceremony of 1999 (from left) Amy Heller ‘00, Molly Weber ‘00, Alisha Vass Wesser ‘00, Shannon Laing ‘00, Amanda Fusco ‘00, Caitlin Bogert ‘00 and Katie Blasiar ‘00. At Alisha Vass Wesser’s wedding (from left) Amanda Fusco, Caitlin Bogert, Shannon Laing, Alisha Vass Wesser, Amy Heller, Katie Blasiar and Molly Weber.

Chaeyeon Shin ‘00 and fiancee

Long Beach to get my teaching credential in secondary education. I’m going to student teach next semester as a math teacher.


band is an amazing man, Joel Wesser (La Salle ‘99). I had many dear friends from high school in attendance. I remember in high school talking about when we got married how we would be there for one another. After going to different colleges and pursuing a variety of careers, we have supported one another in an amazing way. So when I got married, I was not surprised to find them all by my side. As our 10-year reunion approaches, I look at my six high school friends and know that these girls have become family over the years and that is something I will always thank Sacred Heart for. Hsiao-Yun Huang ‘01: I earned my degree in communication from USC in 2005 and went to Japan for a year afterwards to attend Keio University’s intensive Japanese language program. Then I moved back home to Taiwan to work for a year at Edelman Public Relations as an account executive. I am now returning to the States to pursue a master’s degree in sociology this fall at Columbia University. FSHA has always been one of the best memories from my childhood; other FSHA alumnae and I talk about it over and over again all the time and laugh about ourselves and everything that happened during the four years. And it had a very solid ESL program which I appreciated a lot. I started from scratch in the English language from when I first got there as a freshman student at 14. The program helped me pick up English in such a short amount of time, which I myself couldn’t even believe! Jennifer Conner Marchesi ‘01: Hello fellow Tologs! A lot has happened this last year ... I married my boyfriend of five years on July 11, 2008. We met while both attending the University of Southern California. The ceremony took place in the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Chapel at the Mission Inn in Riverside, Calif. My bridesmaids included fellow classmates Danielle Daroca ‘01, Meghan McKenna ‘01, and Sarri Sanchez ‘01. And of course my maid of honor was my sister Ashley Conner Drummy ‘04. My husband is an active duty army officer who is currently

M Michelle Wu ’08 (left), who vvisited the hill in January, is in her second year at UC is B Berkeley, where she recently ssupported the peaceful p protests against the 32% ttuition increase at Cal. She is m majoring in English and has jo joined a co-ed soccer team. S She has an internship in stud dent government where she hhelps with external affairs.

Jenna Scherr-Willson ‘06 (left) and Hailey Hudson ‘06 visited the hill in January. Both opted for the fiveyear program at Northeastern University in Boston, which allows them to get practical work experience via co-ops throughout the United States and overseas prior to graduation.

studying at the William and Mary Law School. So far we are enjoying our new home in Williamsburg, Virginia, with our little dog Coco. Being a military family, we look forward to many new adventures in the coming years.

Melissa Majich Keeslar ‘02: Melissa gave birth to William Robert in December of 2009. Kimberly Heller ‘03: Hi girls! I finished up my B.A. in anthropology in

Class of 2000 alumnae on campus (from left) Amanda Lem, Gayaneh Pezeshkian Avanes, Allison Lieskovsky and Christy Cummings Aneja remember their uniform days.

You Never Really Leave the Hill Tologs embrace Spirit Week activities because they promote days such as “Dress Like A Boy,” “Dress like a Decade” or “Pajama Day,” all of which means no uniforms. Yet four members of the class of 2000, who now work on the hill, turned the tables on current students this February by donning school uniforms. They look like they never left!

June of ‘07. After that I worked for a year as a health educator at the Westside family health center in Santa Monica, a non-profit clinic for low-income families. In June of ‘08 I headed to Tanzania where I started my work here as a health education volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps. I’ll be in Tanzania until July of ‘10 so if you find yourself in East Africa you are welcome at my village of about 600 people. Our area has the highest rate of HIV infection, so there is a lot to be done. I warn you that no one speaks English and there is no electricity or running water... it’s a bit like camping. It’s challenging and frustrating all the time but I love speaking Swahili and I’m having an incredible experience. I still wear my FSHA class ring every day and get tons of compliments on it from all the Tanzanians. Much love to all my fellow Tologs! Aurelia Aceves ‘04: I graduated from Santa Clara University in 2008 with a degree in sociology and a minor in ethnic studies. As a post graduate, I lived in San Francisco and worked for the Bay Area non-profit called Shelter Network, which serves homeless families and individuals and strives to place them in permanent housing, while addressing such issues as unemployment, mental health and childcare. Currently, I live in Scottsdale, Ariz., where I attend Arizona State University’s School


of Social and Family Dynamics. I am enrolled in its sociology doctoral program. Ellen Dooley ‘04: Hope all is well on the hill! I graduated from Trinity University in 2008 with a B.A. in art history and religion, and am currently in my second year of the Ph.D. department of art history at USC. I am studying paintings commissioned by confraternities in 17th century Seville, Spain, for the decoration of hospitals. This past summer, the Del Amo Foundation awarded me a grant to conduct research in Madrid and Seville. I am a TA and love teaching. I hope to be a professor of art history following the completion of my degree. (Photo left)

Ellen Dooley ‘04.

Piyarat Lai ‘04: I’ve been very busy working. I just started my business this year doing men’s underwear. I know!

Everyone is like … are you kidding me? How can such a girly girl be doing this! But I see the opportunity and the potential for this market. After FSHA I went to a fashion school for apparel manufacturing and management. After college, I was just like many others ... looking for an internship and a job but since I had no experience, no one wanted to hire me! I ended up interning for Ella Moss/Splendid (women’s contemporary clothing company) for one week and I got fired! I was unemployed for almost a year and that’s when I came up with different business ideas. I started my own business in March of ‘09 and from then I’ve been super busy going to trade shows, fashion shows, traveling, meeting buyers and selling underwear. You can check out my website at and a clip from my fashion show on YouTube. Sophia Lucchesi ‘04: Sophia hosted a dinner party with fellow alumnae from the class of 2004 in January 2010.

Several alums lined up for a team picture after the 3-3 tie. (Back row left to right) Angie Torres ‘06, Lauren Bustos ‘06, Maddie Gonzalez ‘07, Heather Riley ‘08, Giselle Galanto ‘06; (front row) Briana Hodge ‘07, Carter Vettese ‘08, Melissa Copping ’08 and Courtney Hodge ‘01.

Soccer Alumnae Tie Varsity The annual alumnae soccer game on Dec. 27, 2009, ended just as a friendly game should – with a tie. But the 3-3 score at the final whistle showed just how strong the graduates continue to be on the field. “The alums played great; it was the strongest alum team ever,” said FSHA Co-Coach Frank Pace of the record number of 28 alumnae who rotated into the game. “Many of the girls are still playing or recently played in college, and it was obvious.” Indeed, several 2009 graduates from last year’s first-ever Mission League championship team showed they were still quality players, including Bianca Garoian, Izzy Johnson, Audra Krake, Christina Martin and Sam Norton. Other graduates included Lauren Bustos ‘06, Cissy Butler ‘05, Stefanie Chan ‘07, Emily Clark ‘06, Melissa Copping ‘08, Carly Crowder ‘08, Whitney Davis ‘04, Jordan Dawn ‘08, Giselle Galanto ‘06, Maddie Gonzales ‘07, Hannah Hand ‘05, Brianna Hodge ‘07, Courtney Hodge ‘01, Natalie Hodge ‘03, Meghan O’Kane ‘06, Erin Pace ‘02, Jessica Reyes ‘00, Heather Riley ‘08, Mimi Roukoz ‘08, Lacey Smale ‘01, Angie Torres ‘06 and Carter Vettese ‘08. “The match is always one of our favorite days of the year, and once again this year’s turnout of both the alums and their families didn’t disappoint,” said Pace. “Our varsity team is filled with many freshmen and sophomores, and for these young players it was a wonderful introduction to the rich tradition of Tolog soccer that they represent every time they put on a FSHA uniform.”


(From left) Kristen Woods ‘04, Sophia Lucchesi ‘04, Jaclyn Jimenez ‘04 and Caitlin McHugh ‘04.

Hae Sung Chung ‘05: I graduated from FSHA in 2005, and I am currently an undergraduate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I am a senior majoring in film and video, and I am graduating this semester. Life at FSHA had a humongous impact on developing my personality and career. I came to the United States to study about 10 years ago. I had a hard time communicating with people in English, so I became very quiet, even though I was very talkative when I was in Korea. But being a student at FSHA for four years built my confidence and creativity, and also made me think in positive ways. Especially, I really enjoyed living

Maryellen Larkin ‘09 (left) and Clare Mazahery ’09 visit with Mrs. Leslie Miller in January over their winter breaks. Maryellen attends Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., while Claire is at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif.

in the dormitory; I called the dormitory my second home. FSHA helped me to get used to living in the United States. After graduating FSHA, I became a strong person who got all the blessings and countless memories. I really do miss my uniform, the people and even the school buildings up on the hill of FSHA. Whenever I open those four yearbooks, I look through smiling, with joy, and thinking all I remember about FSHA is laughter. Edith Salcedo ‘06: I chose to go directly into law school from high school. I was sure of my calling and my analysis. I chose a prestigious university in Guadalajara and started the five-year law program at Universidad Panamericana just a month and a half after graduating. I worked as a law clerk in the corporate law and intellectual property law areas at the law firm Gallardo, Igareda, Servín y Rodríguez during my third semester of law school and the previous summer. I have now been working at Baker & McKenzie in the foreign trade practice since August 2008. This area possesses a very wide range of opportunities, clients and specialties, and I believe that as globalization grows, so will its complexity and application. I am looking forward to learning more about it and some other areas, like intellectual property law and tax law. Likewise, I have continued

2009 graduates raduates on the hill in January include (from left) Mara Ongkeko who goes to UC Irvine, Rianne Herrera who is at PCC studying child development, Kiley Theiring, who is studying film production at Chapman University, and Ella Nepales, who is learning animation at the Art Institute of Los Angeles.

with my passion for theatre, which I strongly developed during my years at FSHA, at the university’s theatre company. Not only have I been participating by acting, but now also by directing. I’ve been the assistant director for beginners, teaching college students, ages 17-21, the basics of theatre and acting, since January 2009. I have also been participating as the World Youth Alliance - Guadalajara Chapter director of operations since February 2008. It is a non-profit global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. We have carried out projects focusing on promoting solidarity with those with fewer resources in connection with education and health, as well as raising awareness regarding the defense of life and the importance of family. Julianna Malogolowkin ’06: I am currently in my fourth year at Syracuse and will graduate this May with a degree in public relations and one in public policy. Over the four years I have done a lot. Last year I was off campus for both semesters. The first semester I spent in London interning and attending classes. I worked for the communication department of an organization called The Place2Be, a school-based counseling service dedicated to im-

proving the emotional well-being of children, their families and the whole school community. This fit well because for two summers I had interned at an education non-profit called LA’s Best which creates after-school enrichment programs for elementary schools throughout LAUSD, keeping kids off the street while also educating and giving them opportunities, such as field trips and music lessons, they wouldn’t get otherwise. Last semester I was in NYC where I taught a high school Participation in Government class and

Alumnae Evynn Donaldson ‘09 (left) and Jessica Sayday ‘09 (right) with Athletic Director Stephanie Contreras.

took classes. I absolutely loved the experience. Though the students were challenging, it was very rewarding. The experience made me realize that I wanted to teach (well at least for a


Ariel Williams ‘09 (left) and Rachael McDonald ‘09 return to visit faculty and friends.

Alumnae (from left) Holly Hunt ‘09, Maryellen Larkin ‘09 and Evan Snyder ‘07 return to the hill for the 2009 Young Alumnae Reunion.

while), so this semester I applied for Teach for America. I was accepted and will be teaching in LA next year! It is a two-year commitment, during which I will get my master’s in education. After that I plan to go to law school or get a degree in public administration, so I can help with education reform. Hopefully it all works out!

Rebecca (left) and Rachel Salvo.

All Americans Return to the Hill Rachel and Rebecca Salvo ‘06, former volleyball standouts at Flintridge, were back on the hill in the fall along with their volleyball teammates from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. The Salvos, both of whom are All Americans, cocaptain the Fords. The twins thoroughly enjoyed showing off their high school campus, which hosted Haverford for practices in the gym in preparation for a college tournament at Cal Lutheran. “They could not believe how beautiful the view is,” said Rebecca. “They don’t know how we were able to focus on our studies here.” Both girls are pre-med, and spent the summer studying for the Medical College Admission Test in addition to interning in the emergency room at Arcadia Methodist Hospital.


Meagan Brown ’07: A junior at the University of Denver, she just returned from a semester abroad in Florence. She kept a blog while she was there to both record her adventures and “keep her family and friends at home updated without having to call everyone!” Her blog caught the attention of a travel writer who featured Meagan in her blog. Meagan is double majoring in media studies and English with an Italian minor, loves all of her classes and is “looking for internships this summer

in New York with publishing houses and I’m very excited about it!” Lauren Clark ’08: I rode in the 2010 Rose Parade with the Long Beach Mounted Police. I never truly realized how many people come to watch the parade. There was never a dull moment or a break in the crowd. I had a great time spreading New Year’s cheer. I am in the equestrienne program at the University of Findlay in Ohio.

Lauren Clark ‘08 in the Rose Parade.

Meagan Brown ‘07 in Florence.

Carmen Fu ‘08: I have chosen to continue my studies in Canada and am now majoring in psychology. I am enjoying my second year in college! I

Alumnae gathered at the 2009 Young Alumnae Reunion in December.

meet a lot of people with different ambitions and interests. I also volunteer with World Vision to promote and raise the awareness of poor children over the world. I am also an active executive member in a student club which helps to organize events and activities for students to maintain a healthy balance between study and college life. I was one of the host speakers in an icebreaking event and an organizer for a threeday overnight trip. These are all fun and valuable experiences for me. I look forward to meeting more people and visiting other places in the future. Most importantly, I hope all Tologs are pursuing their goals with happiness! Wish you all the best and I miss you all! May God be with you always. Yoo-Young Kim ‘08: I am enjoying my second year at Barnard College of Columbia University, immersed in New York City where many people from different backgrounds live together. One thing that is most different in college life is that you take care of yourself. Time management is the key to managing college work and learning it in your high school years will give you a head start. Also, high school friendships last! So make strong bonds with the friends you have now! Laura Montorio ‘08: I am currently a sophomore at Boston University in the

college of communication, where I’m majoring in broadcast journalism with a concentration in Spanish. I’m in my second year of acting on BU’s TV channel’s (butv10) soap opera, Bay State, the nation’s longest running college soap opera. Also, I’m a president’s host for the admissions office, a role similar to that of a FSHA Ambassador Club member. I lead tours of the campus for prospective students, and appear at open houses for BU throughout the year. This year I’ve actually been chosen to be a BU area student representative, and the admissions office will be flying me out to LA, Pasadena, San Diego and the Inland Empire to speak on behalf of BU to high school seniors. I also have a part-time job as a hostess in

a restaurant right by campus and Fenway Park. My dream job is to be an anchor on the Today Show. My family just keeps growing – my brother John and his wife Mindy recently added identical twin girls to our clan. Now I have three beautiful nieces (ages 3 and 1) that make me feel old at 19. This feeling only worsens when I whip out my cell phone at parties to show people “my adorable nieces.” My father does freelance editing and writing while my mother has returned to the hill as the alumnae and parent relations director. I hope my classmates are finding happiness and success in their post-hill endeavors and hope to see them at this year’s Christmas reunion dinner (my mom will be planning it, guys).

STAY CONNECTED Staying connected to FSHA and your fellow Tologs has never been easier! Whether through our website community, e-newsletters, Facebook, area reunions, campus events, community projects or social gatherings, opportunities to reconnect with old friends have never been greater. If you are not receiving the monthly alumnae e-newsletter, please contact Lois Montorio, Director of Alumnae and Parent Relations, at or (626) 685-8396.


ANNUAL REPORT 2008-2009 Dear Friends, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy has not been immune to the difficult economic challenges of these times. Still we maintain a confident outlook on behalf of the alumnae, students and families whom we serve. Clearly, you, our greatest supporters and friends, share that belief. In the 2008 – 2009 year, more than 950 faculty, staff, current and past parents, alumnae and friends contributed to and actively supported the Flintridge mission to educate young women in a life of faith, integrity and truth. We saw our mission in action this past school year through the incredible achievements of so many within our community who faced the challenges of the day. Today, we invite you to witness and to celebrate the evidence of our mission to educate young women to a purpose-filled life, which resides within the hearts and spirits of our students and alumnae. The Veritas Study A Time to renew – The Veritas Study is a grassroots internal assessment begun by the school’s faculty. In an effort to provide students with the best educational experience possible, Flintridge’s corpus of teachers came together to conduct an in-depth review of the entire Academy. This internal analysis has challenged all faculty and staff to think innovatively about how the school’s mission is enacted through their work. The result of this intensive self-analysis has been a renewed and rewritten Mission Statement, Philosophy, Portrait of a Graduate and Professional Characteristics of Excellence. These guiding foundational documents will be used to make new and varied changes in the areas of curriculum, calendar and scheduling that will begin implementation within the next three years. This process of examining our opportunities for growth has allowed us to refine our educational directive and think innovatively about the school’s academic structure, thus enabling us to envision an even brighter future for the Academy. Academics A Time to explore – The great rigor and academic “stretching” are inevitable in the academic journeys of our young women as they seek to meet the high expectations of FSHA’s educational program. In this effort, they have the direction and guidance of an excellent faculty and staff who provide instruction, support and motivation for each of them. One hundred percent of our graduates of 2009 are off to colleges and universities across the nation and beyond, stepping into new classrooms at prestigious institutions such as Brown University, Harvard, Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our current students are meeting the challenge of rigorous academic preparation, yet finding time for creative and interesting extracurricular activities that enliven their academic efforts on the hill. In the 2008 – 09 year, senior student Katharine Henry was recognized as a national winner by the American Society of Newspaper Editors/Quill and Scroll in its 2009 International Writing and Photo Contest, while her classmate, Kathryn Wilcox, won the National Silver Medal for her general writing portfolio in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Academy itself received nationwide recognition as the school newspaper, Veritas Shield, earned a Gold Medal in the annual newspaper critique conducted by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and also received a 2nd Place International Award from Quill and Scroll. At the same time, the school’s 2009 literary magazine, Verité, was a Gold Medalist in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s annual magazine critique, won a First Place award from the American Scholastic Press Association and was named “Superior” by the National Council of English Teachers. Finally, the Academic Decathlon Team placed second in its divisional championship, and the newly reformed Speech and Debate team trophied in multiple league tournaments.


Athletics A Time to compete – The Tologs’ pure joy for athletic competition could be witnessed throughout the school year as six of our 10 teams placed first, second or third in the Mission League. Seven of our athletic teams went to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) finals. The cross country team secured the league title this year, and was ranked fourth in the state while the soccer team won the very first league title for the Academy. Additionally, the school held its first “signing day” on February 4, 2009, in which five senior athletes committed to colleges of distinction. Notable softball pitcher Jessica Ferri, volleyball stars Jenna Orlandini and Connor McCracken, as well as soccer heavyweights Pip Harrigan and Sinead Fleming are continuing their athletic careers at the college level. However, by far, the most significant accomplishment celebrated in our athletic program was the selection of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy by the Mission League teams as the Sportsmanship Award winner, a significant and valued tribute to the spirit of our athletic program, our coaches and our girls. Service and Spirituality A Time to reflect – The foundation of the Academy’s spiritual life has always been the school’s four-year religious studies program and sequential retreat program in addition to daily community prayer and monthly liturgies prepared by the student group Living In Faith Experience. These deeply spiritual experiences contain important moments of self-reflection, which are often life-changing and stay with our students throughout their lives. On March 24, 2009, senior Megan Turner was one of 78 seniors chosen from 50 Catholic high schools throughout the five regions of the archdiocese to receive the Christian Service Award presented by Auxiliary Bishop Edward Clark. Christian service has been a constant in Turner’s life since she joined National Charity League in the 7th grade, going on to volunteer for the Special Olympics and the Twelve Oaks Senior Facility in Glendale. Megan has truly embodied Flintridge’s core values and serves as an incredible example of living the Academy’s mission throughout the communities where she lives and serves. The Visual & Performing Arts A Time to create – Our students’ artistic talent is evident through the variety and quality of the school’s Visual and Performing Arts productions. Our young women performed Gypsy in the fall of 2008 and Twelfth Night in the spring of 2009, exhibiting incredible range as well as carrying on the Shakespearean tradition on the hill. The annual dance concert, Still Life in Motion, was part of an experimental interdisciplinary project spearheaded by Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair Elizabeth Hoefner Adamis. This unique performance referenced prolific works and achievements in literature, art and science. Through the year’s performing arts productions, art shows, ceramics demonstrations and ComedySportz evenings, it is evident that not only are the arts alive on the hill, but the program continues to deepen and grow. A Time for transformation – A Flintridge education is a transformative experience. Time spent on the hill, as alumnae will attest, sends them in to the world prepared to face the challenges waiting for them. It is this ideal which marks every area of our school community and sharpens the value of a Flintridge education. Consistently, your support, concern and generosity nurture and hone this experience; thanks to you, we are who we are and where we are. You are always in our prayers. With deep appreciation,

Sister Carolyn McCormack, OP


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“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Having endured one of the worst economic cycles in the school’s history, this famous quote by Friedrich Nietzsche sums up the financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009. While we were not immune from the historic economic decline – we experienced a significant increase in financial aid requests, pressure to minimize an increase in tuition and a decline in endowment earnings – the Flintridge community pulled together and met these challenges, building a stronger school for our future. Here’s how: Stronger Financial Aid Pool: Record unemployment directly impacted many parents, resulting in an increase in financial aid applications from both current and new parents. In collaboration with the Parents’ Guild and Academy Administration, the net proceeds of the 2009 Gala were allocated to supplement our financial aid pool. A new program, called TAP, was developed to provide short-term financial relief to current families who may not otherwise qualify for financial aid. For two years, the TAP fund added 15% to the financial aid pool. This program was a wonderful demonstration of support by parents for parents during these difficult times. Stronger Operating Budget: Despite lower than expected investment returns, the Academy closed the 2008-2009 school year with a net surplus, as planned, to fund reserves needed to protect and enhance long-term financial sustainability. These results can be attributed to strong day enrollment demand, growing donor support for the Flintridge Fund and effective cost management. As we looked ahead, the challenging economic climate drove the decision to minimize the 2009-2010 tuition increase to 1%. To support this decision, we froze salaries, reduced operating costs and deferred discretionary items. While many of these decisions were temporary, the experience strengthened the Flintridge community as everyone worked together to support the mission during these tough economic times and the experience served to create a higher level of cost consciousness and culture of fiscal responsibility throughout the school. Stronger Investment Management: The investment returns for 2008-2009 were favorable when compared to the overall market returns. The $12 million average portfolio loss 9% compared to the S&P 500 decline of 26% for the same period. In addition, in 2009 the Investment Committee selected a new investment portfolio advisor, resulting in a new investment policy and a significant change in its asset allocation strategy. These changes have significantly strengthened the Academy’s investment management profile, a key to long-term financial sustainability. These positive results would not be possible without the commitment, planning and execution of a strong financial team: the Finance and Investment Committees of the Board of Directors, the budget manager community and the business office team all play a critical role along with all the employees, parents and donors who together make it all possible. We’re all in this together. For that, we are sincerely grateful.

Carmella Grahn Chief Financial Officer



Constituent Participation


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4 2 0 6/30/07 6/30/08 6/30/09

$4.8 million $6.8 million $6.6 million

ENDOWMENT FUND COMPOSITION $200,000 $1,200,000 $1,400,000


Financial Aid/Scholarship Physical Plant Personnel and Program Development Operations

$6.6 million as of June 30, 2009 34

Class of ‘34 Class of ‘35 Class of ‘37 Class of ‘38 Class of ‘39 Class of ‘40 Class of ‘41 Class of ‘42 Class of ‘43 Class of ‘44 Class of ‘45 Class of ‘46 Class of ‘47 Class of ‘48 Class of ‘49 Class of ‘50 Class of ‘51 Class of ‘52 Class of ‘53 Class of ‘54 Class of ‘55 Class of ‘56 Class of ‘57 Class of ‘58 Class of ‘59 Class of ‘60 Class of ‘61 Class of ‘62 Class of ‘63 Class of ‘64 Class of ‘65 Class of ‘66 Class of ‘67 Class of ‘68 Class of ‘69 Class of ‘70 Class of ‘71 Class of ‘72 Class of ‘73

50.00% 33.33% 18.18% 0.00% 11.11% 0.00% 22.22% 17.65% 40.00% 18.18% 33.33% 27.27% 28.57% 22.73% 15.38% 27.27% 8.00% 11.11% 18.18% 6.67% 9.09% 0.00% 33.33% 16.67% 12.90% 20.00% 3.57% 4.35% 3.70% 4.00% 3.57% 2.86% 5.13% 18.75% 13.51% 15.38% 16.67% 4.00% 17.86%

(1 out of 2) (1 out of 3) (2 out of 11) (0 out of 2) (1 out of 9) (0 out of 1) (2 out of 9) (3 out of 17) (4 out of 10) (2 out of 11) (5 out of 15) (3 out of 11) (6 out of 21) (5 out of 22) (2 out of 13) (6 out of 22) (2 out of 25) (2 out of 18) (4 out of 22) (1 out of 15) (2 out of 22) (0 out of 21) (8 out of 24) (7 out of 42) (4 out of 31) (7 out of 35) (1 out of 28) (1 out of 23) (1 out of 27) (1 out of 25) (1 out of 28) (1 out of 35) (2 out of 39) (6 out of 32) (5 out of 37) (4 out of 26) (5 out of 30) (1 out of 25) (5 out of 28)

Constituent Participation



Class of ‘74 Class of ‘75 Class of ‘76 Class of ‘77 Class of ‘78 Class of ‘79 Class of ‘80 Class of ‘81 Class of ‘82 Class of ‘83 Class of ‘84 Class of ‘85 Class of ‘86 Class of ‘87 Class of ‘88 Class of ‘89 Class of ‘90 Class of ‘91 Class of ‘92 Class of ‘93 Class of ‘94 Class of ‘95 Class of ‘96 Class of ‘97 Class of ‘98 Class of ‘99 Class of ‘00 Class of ‘01 Class of ‘02 Class of ‘03 Class of ‘04 Class of ‘05 Class of ‘06 Class of ‘07 Class of ‘08

0.00% 10.34% 6.67% 3.45% 9.52% 4.41% 7.81% 2.99% 9.38% 9.52% 12.20% 16.25% 6.85% 13.43% 5.48% 9.09% 5.00% 4.05% 8.96% 17.81% 8.33% 7.14% 1.10% 5.94% 3.37% 3.53% 10.99% 3.06% 5.26% 3.23% 4.04% 2.25% 9.47% 9.57% 8.18%

(0 out of 23) (3 out of 29) (3 out of 45) (1 out of 29) (4 out of 42) (3 out of 68) (5 out of 64) (2 out of 67) (6 out of 64) (6 out of 63) (10 out of 82) (13 out of 80) (5 out of 73) (9 out of 67) (4 out of 73) (7 out of 77) (4 out of 80) (3 out of 74) (6 out of 67) (13 out of 73) (6 out of 72) (6 out of 84) (1 out of 91) (6 out of 101) (3 out of 89) (3 out of 85) (10 out of 91) (3 out of 98) (5 out of 95) (3 out of 93) (4 out of 99) (2 out of 89) (9 out of 95) (9 out of 94) (9 out of 110)

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Tuition and Fees, net of Financial Aid Room and Board Investments Gifts and Donations Other Income and Transfers

2008-2009 OPERATING EXPENSES 7% 19% 48% 17% 8%

Instructional Programs and Student Activities Residential Administrative and General Facilities and Campus Operations Development and Communications

Constituent Participation


Totals for All Classes

Parents of the Class of 2012 Parents of the Class of 2011 Parents of the Class of 2010 Parents of the Class of 2009

96% 91% 90% 88%


Totals for All Classes


(302 out of 3,445)


Aj`ksiajpBqj`o UNRESTRICTED ENDOWMENTS Financial Aid and Scholarship Personnel and Program Development Parents’ Guild Physical Plant PERMANENTLY RESTRICTED ENDOWMENTS FOR SCHOLARSHIP The 75th Anniversary Scholarship Fund A year of community celebrations surrounding Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s 75th Anniversary culminated in the establishment of this scholarship fund. Exactly $500,000 was raised through the generosity of our alumnae, current and past parents, faculty, staff and friends to put this commemorative endowment in place. Alumnae Scholarship Fund Established in the early 80s, the fund awards scholarships to 9th grade students who have strong academic records and are directly related to an FSHA alumna. Recipients are chosen based on the alumna’s participation in the Academy since graduation as well as the applicant’s grades and activities. The Botello Scholarship Fund Established in 2008 by the Botello family in memory of their mother, Theresa Botello, this fund continues to receive contributions from many throughout the Los Angeles area. The Edward E. Ford Endowed Scholarship Fund Initiated in April 2003, as a challenge to Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, the Edward E. Ford Foundation donated $50,000 to scholarship upon completion of the school’s raising $150,000 for scholarship endowment by May 31, 2004. The Eugenie B. Hannon Endowed Scholarship Established in 1998 by William H. Hannon in memory of his mother, the William H. Hannon Foundation adds to the scholarship fund annually. General Scholarship Endowment Fund Established in 1998, this fund is made up of gifts that have been assigned by the donors to Scholarship Endowment. Contributions to this fund are welcome. The George H. Mayr Endowed Scholarship Fund Established at the completion of a challenge to the constituents of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, the George H. Mayr Foundation donated $50,000 to scholarship endowment to match the donations of $50,000.

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Johansing Scholarship Fund Established by the Johansing family, contributions raised through the school’s annual Johansing Golf Tournament are allocated to the fund. John G. Cowan Scholarship Fund Established by bequest in 1993, the fund receives donations annually from friends of Sister Katherine Jean Cowan, O.P, and her father. The Marisa Anne Lupica Endowed Scholarship Fund Established in October 2004 with gifts given in memory of Marisa Anne Lupica ‘07 (August 21, 1989 - October 16, 2004). The Mary Elizabeth (Box ‘35) and Carl J. Schuck Endowed Scholarship Established in August 2001, with a bequest, the fund supports general scholarship. The O’Mara-Durham Family Endowed Scholarship Fund Established in December 1999 by Patricia O’Mara Durham ‘83 and her husband, Larry, the scholarship is to be awarded to a well-rounded individual with documented financial need. William Martin Todd Trust Scholarship Endowment Established by bequest in 1997 by the parents of Deborah Todd Winfield ‘67, the fund is to be used “to enable girls of good character to obtain education and guidance at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.” ENDOWMENT RESTRICTED FOR BUILDING MAINTENANCE The Building Maintenance Endowment Fund Established in 1997 by James N. Gamble to encourage the school to begin to build an endowment for the maintenance of Flintridge’s facilities. Contributions to this fund are received annually. ENDOWMENT RESTRICTED FOR PROGRAM OR ENRICHMENT The Suegene Kim ‘01 Education Fund This fund was established in November 1998 to provide “scholarship aid to FSHA students whose ability and dedication to Catholic religious studies are exemplary.” The Fund is named in memory of Suegene Kim ‘01 and funded through gifts from family and friends annually.

The names of our donors have been removed from this online edition of the 2008-2009 Annual Report. If you are a member of the FSHA community and would like a copy of the print edition, contact the Development Office at 626-685-8400 or

Board highlight

Barbara Marshall For esteemed Board of Directors member Barbara Marshall, education had always been her first passion. With a master’s degree in business education and school administration, Marshall followed her love of teaching into the profession, and, eventually, school administration. As former secondary teacher and program administrator at the Glendale Unified School District, Marshall worked tirelessly both in and out of the classroom to ensure that the

“I feel strongly about female education and opportunities and the continuation of FSHA to provide this framework” students in her life had the best opportunities available. Even after she left teaching to become a successful State Farm agent, she still held on to that first love. As a resident of the San Gabriel Valley, Marshall had long known of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy through the school’s presence in the local community and her own friendship with Katy Sadler. “I became interested in FSHA when I initiated a contact for a friend with Katy Sadler,” explains Marshall. “My friend’s daughter wanted to attend FSHA. There, she was accepted and blossomed.” After seeing how the atmosphere of the

school had transformed the young woman, Marshall decided to visit the hill herself. “When I was doing my estate plan, “ said Marshall, “I knew I wanted to leave a portion of it to further someone’s educational opportunities. I met with Gina Rodriguez, FSHA’s development director, and Sister Carolyn, and knew I had found the right place.” “I feel strongly about female education and opportunities and the continuation of FSHA to provide this framework. I hope my participation as a board member will further these goals.” She concludes, “For alumnae and parents, giving back is a way to continue the FSHA legacy and show one’s gratitude for this exceptional experience.”



Donor highlight

Arlette and Wes Lind For many parents, their first look at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy comes when their daughter is in middle school, pouring over brochures and planning campus visits. For Arlette Lind, however, that

“When it was time for Monique to enter high school, FSHA was the only school on her list” day came when her daughter Mimi ’08 was still an infant, and her future husband Wes Lind was taking her for a drive. “I still remember that first day Wes drove me up to the top of the hill when we were dating,” recalls Arlette. “He showed me where FSHA is and told me that, maybe one day, Mimi could go to that all-girls Catholic school.” Mimi did attend that school on the hill, and the Linds have been a fixture at FSHA ever since. They have been active members of the Flintridge Fund committee, and for two consecutive years, they, along with other generous parents, have presented challenges for current parents. Both years, the challenges have proven to be very successful. Thanks to Mimi’s love of the school, the Linds have found themselves responsible for several new additions to the FSHA family, including their second daughter, Monique.


“When it was time for Monique to enter high school, FSHA was the only school on her list,” said Arlette. “Monique had a lot of exposure to FSHA and the students in Mireille’s class, and she was greatly influenced by her older sister and Mimi’s friends at FSHA.” Monique’s excellent freshman year prompted her cousin, Joelle Albarian ’12, to apply, and Joelle’s great experience has convinced her sister, Taline, that FSHA is the place for her as well. Taline will begin her freshman year on the hill in August 2010. “This process is the best advertisement that FSHA can have,” said Wes. That first drive up the hill still remains a cheerful memory; however, the Linds argue that, while the school itself is beautiful, it is not what makes FSHA truly unique. “It is the leadership that each and every member of the faculty puts into the life of the students each and every day,” says Wes. “This is what develops a sense of confidence, of belonging, of being someone, and encourages the morals, character and academic curiosity that drives the students on to the university level of education, sports, art and development. It is this sort of camaraderie that keeps its student’s feelings for the school strong for many years after their departure.”

Golf 2008-2009 GOLF COMMITTEE Steve Moloney and Tim Terwilliger Co-Chairs

(From left) Eddie Lund, Sr. Celeste Botello, Mark Snashall, Steve Doerfler, Sr. Carolyn McCormack and Mike Betance enjoy a beautiful day of golf at the San Gabriel Country Club.

Even during an economic recession, the 34th Annual Harry G. Johansing Golf Tournament once again provided not only a welcome day of recreation for the golfers on the beautiful grounds of the San Gabriel Country Club, but also proof that, even during the worst of times, supporting Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy remains a priority. With Steve Moloney and Tim Terwilliger acting as co-chairs for the much-anticipated annual event, participants enjoyed a wonderful day on the links and a delicious dinner prepared by chef Edward Ungrue. This was accompanied by cocktails and

The Parents’ Guild

Jim Bicos Liz Haggar ‘85 Jeff Housman Jim Krause Sunder Ramani Mary Haggar Terrazone ‘79 Craig Watson Dr. Greg Withers

both live and silent auctions, as well as a successful pledge drive. All funds from the event benefitted the Johansing Scholarship Endowment, which continues to be a much-needed source of financial assistance to FSHA students. In 2008, a total of $77,837 was raised by a generous community of alumnae, current and past parents, helping FSHA maintain its tradition of excellence and its commitment toward ensuring that the FSHA experience will continue to be available to all young women who would benefit from a strong Catholic, collegepreparatory education.

2008-2009 BOARD Linda Wilcox President Madeline Harvey First Vice President

Kelly Talt Corresponding Secretary

Julieta Bennett Maria Newton Second Vice Presidents

Rosana Borgen Treasurer

Ruth Theiring Third Vice President Alycia Moore Carla Walecka Recording Secretary

Brenda Franklin Parliamentarian




Manon and Toby Hayward Cashiering Maria Newton Decorations Alycia Moore Environment Steve Smith Logistics JoAnn Davidson Food Charlotte Saydah FSHOP Peter Zwart Invitations

Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Live Auction Concetta Smarius Patron Donations Mariann Nolan Procurement Minerva Zermeno Raffle Cindy Budzyn Reservations Paula Orlandini Silent Auction Jodi Vettese Treasurer JoAnna Leduc Volunteers

GALA Chair Julieta Bennett at Gala 2009.

Alan Abelhouzen Invitations and Program Design

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s premier social gathering of the year once again swept the school’s community off its feet in March of 2009, as alumnae, current and past parents jitterbugged all night long at Gala 2009: “Jazz on the Hill.” Organized by the FSHA Parents’ Guild and chaired by sophomore parent Julieta Bennett, the event was held on the hill, drawing a sold-out crowd of 400 people. Attendees enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by The Spot, and danced the night away to popular local band Misplaced Priorities.

The event also featured a live auction, a special pledge card drive and an online auction known as FSHOP, which allowed anyone who wasn’t able to attend the event to bid on the evening’s many fabulous items. In the end, Gala raised over $160,000, all of which benefitted FSHA’s Tuition Assistance Program, aiding current families who need assistance to ensure their daughter can continue to receive FSHA’s first-class education.

Friends of the Arts

2008-2009 BOARD Kimberly Shaw President Kristen Lyng Corresponding Secretary Kristin Tom Recording Secretary David Shaw Treasurer Katie Polley ‘11 (left) as Baby June and Nikki Zweibeck ‘12 as Baby Louise in the 2008 production of Gypsy.



Volunteer highlight

Kim Ray Espe ‘84 Before Kim Ray Espe ’84 was a parent volunteer at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, FSHA was already an essential part of her life. Not only was her motherin-law, Irene Espe, a member of the class of ’58, Kim

“My favorite part of volunteering is the knowledge that I’m not the only one that cares about Flintridge” herself was an avid young alumna from the day she donned her white gown. “I had been very involved with the Alumnae Association as president when my daughter, Lindsey ’10, was little. I used to bring her up with coloring books to meetings.” When Lindsay began attending elementary school, Kim took a short break from her intense involvement at FSHA to volunteer with Lindsay’s new school. It would only be a matter of time, however, before Kim found her way back to the hill both as a passionate alumnae and a parent of a third-generation Tolog. “We always wanted Lindsay to attend FSHA,” says Kim, “and when Lindsay was in 7th grade, she made her own decision that it was where she wanted to attend as well.” After Lindsay started at FSHA, Kim fell back into her role as a volunteer behind the scenes, helping the soccer team prepare its annual end-of-year stats book and playing an instrumental role in the continuing development of the Flintridge Fund.


Kim Ray Espe ‘84 (center) with daughter Lindsey ‘12 and Sister Ramona Bascom, O.P., ‘52 at a recent alumnae event.

“It has been exciting watching this program evolve. I have totally gotten caught up in Sister Carolyn’s passion for this project,” reflects Kim. She argues that it’s more important than ever for current parents to get involved in FSHA. It’s the perfect way, she says, to better get to know one’s fellow parents and teachers on a much more personal level. “Parents are surprised,” says Kim. “They’re coming from a situation where their daughter is a part of a school for seven or eight years. With FSHA’s four, it goes by so fast. I knew that if I did not get involved I would regret it.” “My favorite part of volunteering is the knowledge that I’m not the only one that cares about Flintridge,” concludes Kim. “The energy and passion that radiates on the hill is contagious. So many people care about our girls and the success of FSHA; I know if Lindsey has a daughter that wants to go to Flintridge someday, it will still be the wonderful place it is today.”

2008-2009 BOARD Matt Copping President Karen Maguire Vice President Leslie Provenzano Secretary Colin Tom Treasurer



InMemoriam In Memoriam The Alumnae Office was informed that the following alumnae are no longer with us. Please keep these fellow Tologs and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Georgene Fox McCarthy ‘35 Betty Herold Rhoades ‘38 Joan Conway ‘48 Barbara Kropf Mack ‘48 Barbara Griley Pacrem ‘60 Deborah Frase ‘73 Susan Veling Jennings ‘73 Janice Miller McGrory ‘85

J. Matthew Copping, father of Melissa Copping ‘08 , Amanda Copping ‘10, Booster Club president and school sports photographer passed away after a long illness.” Matt was a friendly, familiar and welcome presence on campus, at St. Francis High School, and in his Burbank parish St. Robert Bellarmine. Matt took photos for the FSHA dance companies and sports teams, as well as the St. Francis football team. Nearly every member of the Class of 2010 and many juniors attended his standing-room only funeral mass on January 11th. In addition to Melissa and Amanda, Matt leaves behind his beautiful wife Patrizia, son Christopher and daughter Kayla. He was a valued member of the Flintridge community and he is sorely missed.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA), and others.

The Academy is a California 501 (c) 3, non-profit corporation governed by a 15-member Board of Directors made up of religious and lay individuals. FSHA engages in fundraising from foundations, corporations and individuals associated with the school. A growing endowment provides firm financial footing for the school whose annual budget is enhanced by voluntary contributions.

HI The 2008-2009 Annual Report is a publication of the Development Department at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and is mailed to alumnae, parents and friends of the school. Great care has been taken to assure the accuracy of the recorded gifts listed in this report. We extend apologies to those who may find error in their names or their listings, and encourage all to call the Development Office with corrections. The fiscal year covered in this report is from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009. Gifts received after the start of the new fiscal year will be acknowledged in next year’s annual report.




Sr. Gloria Marie Jones, O.P. Congregational Prioress Sr. Cecilia Canales, O.P. Vicaress General Sr. Mary Virginia Leach, O.P. Councilor Sr. Alicia Lucy, O.P. Councilor Sr. Luz Maria Quintero, O.P. Councilor Sr. Johnellen Turner, O.P. Councilor


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Christy Mozilo Larsen ‘84 Chairperson Sr. Carolyn McCormack, O.P. President Peter Conti Robert Edwards Robert Goodwin Robert Harper Ann Holmquist Christopher LaBonge Sr. Mary Virginia Leach, O.P. Rita Illig Liebelt ‘76 Paul P. Locker Darla Vessadini Longo ‘75 Robert Malchione Marina Marrelli ‘78 Barbara Marshall William Spathelf Sr. Johnellen Turner, O.P. Sr. Angelica Velez, O.P.

Mission Statement Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic, Dominican, college- preparatory school, educates young women for a life of faith, integrity, and truth.

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FSHA’s once beloved peace pole returned to the school in the form of a steel pole covered in messages of peace in several different languages. The school celebrated its arrival during a sunny ceremony ďŹ lled with prayer and good wishes. FSHA’s peace pole once stood in the student patio and was a wooden pole covered in messages of peace. Unfortunately, time and moisture took their toll, and the pole had to be removed. The new peace pole, however, is designed to withstand the test of time, and become a cherished part of the memories of current and future FSHA graduates.

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