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PRESIDENT Anita Reznicek

Dear SJA Alumnae,


This fall has been a busy one and

Dr. Diane Cooper

we are happy to update you on


some of our great activities and

Karen Davis

recent progress. We welcomed our






Cooper, and she has embraced our

Office of Alumnae & Development St. Joseph’s Academy 2307 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63131 Email: Website:

students, mission and proud legacy. You are important members of our community and we look forward to introducing Dr. Cooper to you. As you know, our auction is the largest fundraising event and community gathering of each school year. If you have not already done so – we


urge you to get involved. This involvement can take the form of getting

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event or donating money or items for the live or silent auctions. We are

a table of classmates together, of underwriting part of the cost of the

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excited to be experimenting with electronic bidding this year, and hope you find this device simplifies the process. We have a few transitions in the Institutional Advancement Department


– we have said goodbye to Theresa Barron Klein (2002) and Kevin

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Flattery who have both shared many talents and gifts with us. We are welcoming Sherry Gerke as Director of Major Projects and Linda Holland Decker (1983) as our Director of Development. Sherry is already on


campus and Linda will join us in early January. These professionals bring an abundance of expertise and commitment to SJA.

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We welcome you, our Alum Angels, on campus at any time and would like to know what SJA activities you are most interested in attending. Look for a survey in the spring and we will ask your advice about engaging you and your classmates. We wish you a blessed and happy 2014.

Anita Reznicek

Saint Joseph’s Academy Mission Statement St. Joseph’s Academy is a college preparatory high school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our mission at the Academy is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.

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Wizard of Oz In October, the St. Joseph’s Academy Fine Arts Department put on an incredible musical, The Wizard of Oz! Their creativity, commitment to learning these beloved characters and excitement to bring the show to life was truly wonderful. Sophomore Mary O’Brien, who held the lead as Dorothy, was a breakout star! The Scarecrow, played by senior Maddie Meier, The Lion, played by senior Colleen O’Brien and the Tin Man, played by senior Caroline Wright were all delightful to watch as well! The entire cast and crew created a marvelous adaptation of this time-honored story. Don’t miss out on future productions put on by the Fine Arts Department!

What’s Up at SJA National Merit Scholars Congratulations to seniors, Colleen Dillon, Katie Hayes and Valerie Jose for their academic achievements! We are so proud to call you Angels and can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of you. Colleen and Katie have been named National Merit Finalists and Valerie was named a National Merit Commended Student. Congratulations to these three Angels, their teachers and their parents!

Senior Investiture Ceremony On September 19, 2013 a new tradition began at St. Joseph’s Academy with the class of 2014, the Senior Investiture Ceremony. Dr. Cooper, Ms. Davis, Ms. Reznicek, senior class president, Gabrielle Bucchino, with the entire student body, officially called the seniors into their leadership role at the Academy. Each senior ceremoniously received a green stole to be worn at graduation in May. It was a wonderful ceremony to call forth the seniors in their final year to be Strong Women with Strong Values. Congratulations, Ladies!

Sr. Michaela Zahner, CSJ.


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Valerie Jose, SJA senior, won first place in the National Chemical Society’s Chem Club Contest for 20122013. This year students were asked to answer the question “Where do you see chemistry?” Members were challenged to communicate chemistry to others by creating Twitter-like answers to this question. They were also asked to show how chemistry is a real part of their lives. Valerie’s winning tweet was: “Correction, Where don’t I see Chemistry?” She was a winner among thousands of entries from all over the country.

President’s Scholars

Two Sisters of St. Joseph Return to SJA! Two familiar faces returned to SJA this year, Sr. Nancy Folkl, CSJ and Sr. Michaela Zahner, CSJ. Sr. Nancy was formally the Principal at SJA and Sr. Michaela was previously the President of SJA. We are thrilled to have them both back on campus and we are lucky that they have Sr. Nancy Folkl, CSJ chosen to bring their many gifts back to SJA. Welcome back, we are so happy to have you here once again!

First Place Prize Winner

Again this year 10 President’s Scholars and 5 Honorable Mention students have been selected to receive scholarship awards for their academic excellence, diligence, aptitude for achievement and leadership potential for the 2013-2014 school year. The following students and their elementary schools received the President’s Scholars Award: Anissa Bernardez, St. Clare of Assisi; Gabrielle Gevers, Fort Zumwalt West Middle School; Grace Goga, Holy Redeemer; Amal Hamed, Hazelwood North Middle School; Katherine Hudson, St. Clement of Rome; Amanda Isom, St. James the Greater; Brenna McGrail, Immaculate Conception, Dardenne; Kelly McLaughlin, St. Peter, Kirkwood; Julia Rowan, Mary Queen of Peace; and Kathryn Thompson, Holy Infant. Honorable Mention Awards were given to Therese Egan, St. Clement of Rome; Malia Fisher, Frontier Middle School; Hannah Gruensfelder, St. Joseph, Cottleville; Emily Guzy, Ft. Zumwalt West Middle School; and Kristen Weber, Incarnate Word Parish School. Congratulations to all of these students, their parents and their fine elementary schools!

Welcome Dr. Cooper! Please join us in welcoming Dr. Diane Cooper to St. Joseph’s Academy! Dr. Cooper joined us this year as Principal of SJA and we are blessed to have her with us. Most recently, Dr. Cooper was an assistant professor in the school of education at Webster University in St. Louis where, in addition to classroom responsibilities, she led its student teaching and practicum program. Previously, she was head of school at Columbus School for Girls, a ­pre-K-12 school with 660 students in Columbus, Ohio; head of school at St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach, Fla.; and principal of two Catholic grade schools in Texas. In a recent interview with St. Joe student, Stephanie Landgraf, for the school newspaper The Voice, Dr. Cooper answered this question: Q: What are some goals you have set for this year? A: One goal I have is to really get to know the school. I want to get to know the faculty and understand what the girls need. My biggest concern for schools today is that we offer a 21st century education for women living in the 21st century. You, as young women, have to live in a day-to-day changing world. That means that we, as faculty and administration, have to look at how we think about where our standards are. I think we need to empower young women to be strong, self-advocates who can say, “Here I am. Here’s what I want. And here’s what I’m going to do to get it.” Dr. Cooper joins the St. Joe community with a wealth of knowledge and experience and in her first semester she has already accomplished so much! The students, parents, faculty and staff are thrilled to have her on board and we are very excited to continue to watch her grow and expand the outstanding reputation of St. Joe.

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Angel Spotlight Danielle Grubbs In 2013, St. Joseph’s Academy was a sponsor at the St. Louis Business Journal’s Women’s Conference. It was an incredible opportunity to meet women from all over the city of St. Louis who are accomplishing remarkable things in a wide variety of industries. A group of students, faculty and staff from St. Joe attended the events of the day, mingled with the fellow attendees and spoke about their experience at St. Joe. SJA made quite the splash with being the only school that brought their students along to the conference! It was a great way to educate our future leaders outside of the classroom.

Media Specialist. I actually accepted the position while studying for finals, and as I was composing client press releases while cramming for my last exam I thought, “Oh wow, what have I gotten myself into.” However, I learned pretty quickly that one of the advantages of working for a smaller company is that it is a fully immersive experience. Like I said I’m very lucky; being at AVALA allowed me to become ingrained in the industry very early on and grow professionally on some tremendous accounts. It has been an amazing few years, and I am looking forward to what the future holds!

Throughout the day there were small breakout sessions that the attendees were invited to sit in on. These breakout sessions were comprised of women, with a specific expertise in an area of business, speaking on a multitude of topics. We weren’t surprised to see an Angel as a presenter that day! Danielle Grubbs ’06 was a presenter in the session, “Building Success Through Social Media.” Upon starting the session, Danielle immediately stood out as a leader and an expert in her field. She commanded the room and the topic of how to use Social Media to your advantage for any small or large business. It was inspiring to see one of our Alumnae that day and we wanted to ask Danielle a few more questions about her career path and life post-SJA!

When did you decide that you wanted to get into marketing and specifically marketing through social networking?

What is your current job? And tell us some details of what it entails. I am the Director of Social Media for The AVALA Marketing Group here in St. Louis. In my position, I work with clients on developing effective digital strategies and exploring new ways for companies to utilize social media to achieve their marketing goals and increase sales. That means handling everything from content strategy, to brand building, to campaign planning and management and of course, data analysis. One of my favorite aspects of my job is getting to work with our awesome creative and IT teams to develop something meaningful both for the consumer and our clients. We are so impressed with the career accomplishments you have already achieved; tell us about your career path and how you became a Director at AVALA Marketing. Thank you, I consider myself unbelievably blessed in that I was lucky enough to encounter some really wonderful people and opportunities to learn and grow from very early on in my career.  I began working at AVALA straight out of college as a Social


Do you have any advice for our current students on pursuing their dreams and career ambitions?

I was definitely a challenge, so I owe a lot to every teacher for their patience and willingness to work with a student with too much imagination who couldn’t focus her energy to save her life. Mr. Stein and Mrs. Semar both were especially wonderful! I will also always be indebted to Mr. Kowalczyk for showing me the meaning of disciplined creativity.

Never stop learning, and read like crazy. Also, don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to be just yet!  Explore what’s out there and find what fits, then do whatever it takes to be great at it.  I’m a big fan of Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg and the message she has for women building their careers. I especially love the sentiment behind this quote: “I wish I could just go tell all the young women I work with, all these fabulous women, ‘Believe in yourself and negotiate for yourself. Own your own success.’“ Girls, don’t be afraid to be tough. Work hard for what you deserve, don’t underestimate your value, and always be supportive of other women who do the same.   

Where do you see yourself headed in your career? Everywhere and anywhere. I very much believe that if it doesn’t scare the pants off you, then you’re not aiming high enough.   Wherever my career may lead, I know it will be a challenge and that is fantastic. 

Coming from an advertising family, marketing and advertising have always been a part of my life. I think I began leaning towards digital marketing in college because it appealed to the pragmatist in me. I am very much a tech nerd, and not in the cute way that people tend to use it these days. I love numbers, and I am obsessed with data (which is ironic, considering I like math about as much as being kicked in the shins). Social media marketing is something I began exploring my junior year at Mizzou and found I had a knack for. The immense untapped opportunities social media offers served to satiate my desire for creative exploration and pretty much sealed the deal. I remember sitting in my apartment in college reading articles about what the top brands were doing in the social sphere and knowing I wanted to be a part of the teams that made that happen. Social media is still such uncharted territory for many companies, and that is what makes it so exciting. What University or College did you attend? I attended the University of Missouri, Columbia (Mizzou-Rah!) and graduated with a bachelors degree in Communications and Sociology. What has been the best learning experience in your career so far? By far the best learning experience I’ve had is the importance of self-motivation and accountability. No matter what your profession, I’ve found that relationships are the glue that holds everything together. Being accountable not just to yourself but to others keeps those relationships intact and creates a mutual respect that is crucial for success in a work environment.

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Did you have any teachers, coaches or mentors at St. Joe who influenced or impacted you and/or your career path?

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Congratulations to the St. Joe Class of 2013 The following is a list of the colleges the members of the Class of 2013 are attending this fall.

Christina Barake University of Arkansas Bernadette Barton University of Colorado @ Boulder Sofia Bergfeld DePaul University Monica Berner Rockhurst University Casey Bertelsman Kansas State Sarah Biggs Rockhurst University Ellen Bisig Texas Christian University Alexis Boschert Rockhurst University Lauren Brandon University of Missouri-Columbia Mary Brightfield Rockhurst University Claire Brown University of Missouri-Columbia Leslie Brugger University of Alabama Lauren Budd Saint Louis University Sarah Burns University of Missouri-Columbia Audra Burrows University of Mississippi Mary Cain Indiana University Katherine Chapman University of Arkansas Katherine Croghan Miami University-Ohio Alyssa Cronin University of Missouri-Columbia Natalie D’Alessandro Saint Louis University Rachel Dalske University of Missouri-Columbia


Mary D’Angelo Missouri University of Science & Technology Jenna DeWoskin University of Arkansas Megan Dougherty Rockhurst University Lauren Durst University of Arkansas Megan Echele Missouri State University Sarah Edmond University of Arkansas Mary Caroline Egan Rockhurst University Nicole Erbs Indiana University Madeleine Ertle University of Mississippi Katharyn Fish St. Louis Community College-Meramec Casey Fogarty University of Missouri-Columbia Nora Forst Missouri State University Annie Galvin College of DuPage IL Michelle Garamella Quincy University Joan Garlich Southern Methodist University Corinne Geekie University of Kansas Mary Pat Gegg University of Arkansas Madeline Gilstrap Rockhurst University Gina Giorgi Missouri State University Meghan Glogoza University of Arkansas @ Little Rock

Catherine Gloss Saint Louis University

Madeline Houston University of Missouri-Columbia

Chela Mancuso Webster University

Rachel Oliver University of Missouri-Columbia

Natalie Saracino DePaul University

Rachel Volmert University of Missouri-Columbia

Anna Goldkamp University of Missouri-Columbia

Mary Hudson University of Missouri-Columbia

Anna Marchiony University of Dayton

Caroline Orban University of Missouri-Columbia

Claire Sauer University of Dayton

Paige Walsh Missouri State University

Anna Goodson American University of Paris

Andrea Hurst University of Missouri-Columbia

Lucy May University of Colorado @ Boulder

Kelsey Patrick University of Missouri-Columbia

Anna Schilligo Rockhurst University

Meredith Wegner University of Kansas

Elizabeth Goodwin Saint Louis University

Grace Hyde Butler University

Stephanie Patton University of Missouri-Columbia

Mary Schmank DePauw University

Sylvia Welch Missouri University of Science & Technology

Bridget Gordinier University of Alabama

Sarah Jennewein Saint Louis University

Anna Pelch Texas Christian University

Emily Schwendeman Saint Louis University

Hannah Gorris Lindenwood University

Alyssa Jensen University of California @ Berkley

Kristen Platcher Rockhurst University

Paige Schwetz University of Dayton

Natalie Gower Texas Christian University

Claire Jochens University of Missouri-Columbia

Kathryn V. Ponitz University of Missouri-Columbia

Grace Sibbitts Kansas State

Lauren Gresham University of Dayton

Ashleigh Johnson DePaul University

Abigail Porter University of Missouri-Columbia

Sheila Siemer Marquette University

Gabrielle Guard University of Missouri-Columbia

Margaret Johnson Missouri State University

Jamie Potter Rockhurst University

Molly Soto Miami University-Ohio

Meghan Gunn Washington University

Haley Marie Kavanaugh College of William & Mary

Kelly Powderly Northwestern University

Paige Spence University of Missouri-Columbia

Colleen Hagan University of Kansas

Mara Kelly University of Missouri-Columbia

Katherine Prosperi University of Missouri-Columbia

Emily Stamer Rockhurst University

Delaney Hannigan University of Kansas

Kourtney Kostecki Iowa State University

Jessica Prost University of Arkansas

Abigail Stapf University of Missouri-Columbia

Emily Haring Fontbonne University

Megan Krippene Spring Hill College

Caitlin Quirin University of Kansas

Sydney Stipanovich University of Pennsylvania

Alexandra Hartweger University of Mississippi

Sarah Krug University of Missouri-Columbia

Carley Quirin University of Kansas

Kaitlyn Strothkamp University of Missouri-Columbia

Carolyn Heger University of Missouri-Columbia

Anne Kruger Saint Louis University

Megan Rabenberg Loyola University of Maryland

Sarah Strothkamp St. Charles Community College

Catherine Hennessey Avila University

Giulianna LaConte University of Missouri-Columbia

Sarah Raney Eckerd College

Elizabeth Taylor University of Missouri-Columbia

Allison Hentschell University of Wisconsin @ Madison

Anna Langhorst Saint Louis University

Anna Reichert Lindenwood University

Allison Trost University of Missouri-Columbia

Allison Herrmann University of Arkansas

Haley Leatherbarrow Ohio State University

Taylor Revling Rockhurst University

Allyson Christine Ure Tiffin University

Alyssa Hilderbrand McKendree University

Alexandria Leisure University of Mississippi

Rose Rotter Missouri State University

Monica Valli Berklee College of Music

Elizabeth Hiller University of Arkansas

Aileen Lewis DePaul University

Erin Ruma University of Missouri @ St. Louis

Tatum Van Dam California State Polytechnic University

Sarah Hogland University of Missouri-Columbia

Christina Malvern St. Louis Community College-Meramec

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Madeline McCormick University of Missouri @ Kansas City Stephanie McElwrath Rockhurst University Madison McGuiness University of Missouri-Columbia Erin McKeon University of Missouri-Columbia Katie McVey Central Missouri State University Courtney Meek University of Missouri-Columbia Hailey Meersman Saint Louis University Kathleen Mertens Saint Louis University Alexandra Mohs Marquette University Rebecca Muchnick Colorado State University Paige Mullenix Murray State University Rebecca Munsch University of Missouri-Columbia Mary Murray University of Tampa Erin Nelson Saint Louis University Anne Niemann Rockhurst University Lauren Nuelle Webster University Colleen O’Daniel University of Missouri-Columbia Katherine O’Dea Drake University

Sophia Sansone Catholic University of America

Bailey Wenkel Belmont University Nicole Wieprecht University of Missouri-Columbia Haley Wilcutt Mississippi State University Rebecca Wilkes University of Missouri-Columbia Catherine Wolf University of Missouri-Columbia Megan Won Missouri State University Kathleen Woodford St. Charles Community College Elise Wunderlich Rockhurst University Trudy Wurm New York University Bridget Yeager University of Missouri-Columbia Molly Zuniga University of Kansas

Lindsay Vogelsang Saint Louis University

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Class of 1963 50th Reunion

2013 Reunion Weekend This year, on the weekend of October 5, 2013, St. Joseph’s Academy hosted Reunion Weekend! It was a great time to catch up with fellow Angels and reminisce about the many memories our Alumnae have of their time at SJA! The weekend kicked off on Friday, October 4 with the 2nd Annual Alumnae Speaker Series (see pg. 12 for more details!) and the event was a huge hit with the entire school! Then on Saturday morning we welcomed all Alumnae, their family and friends back on campus for Fall Harvest. This event is always fun for the little ones and it was a wonderful addition to Reunion Weekend! Although the weather decided not to cooperate with us for the beginning of the event, everyone enjoyed the games, arts & crafts station, lunch provided by the SJA Fathers’ Club and sweet treats inside! Once the clouds cleared out the bounce house and pony rides were open for business! Thank you to everyone who came out to the event, it is always great to see you!

spoke about her experience with Bud as a teacher and how they have kept in touch throughout the years, she had Bud and the entire crowd laughing at her anecdotes and she gave a wonderful tribute to his ability to teach. Kristin Lammert ’07 then presented the award to Bud and shared that he was the reason that she became a Math teacher and she strives to bring the same energy and enthusiasm to her class every day because of him. It was incredibly moving to hear how the dedication that Bud has given to our Angels throughout the years has made such a huge impact on countless SJA students. Thank you, Bud for the expertise, brilliance and passion that you bring to your classroom at SJA. We are honored to have you as a teacher! After the conclusion of the Award Ceremony in the SJA Chapel, everyone was invited down to the Shanahan Commons at St. Joe to enjoy food and beverages and to take a walk down memory lane at the Academy. Reunion classes then headed off campus to celebrate with their individual classes. It was a fantastic evening and we will look forward to seeing everyone next year!

The Class of 1963 celebrated their 50th Reunion this past May, coinciding with graduation weekend at SJA. On Thursday, May 23 the 1963 Angels gathered at St. Joe to take a walk down memory lane and they also participated in a special tradition, they were the Honor Guard for the Class of 2013. They had an ­excellent turnout for their event and everyone enjoyed being back on campus. After standing as the Honor Guard, the Class of 1963 headed to the Sr. Mary de Paul Room for dinner, drinks and r­ eminiscing of the days in which they were dancing in the lounge during lunch and remembering fondly the Sisters of St. Joseph that taught them such as Sr. Walburga, Sr. Mary Jarlath, Sr. Mary Charity and so many others! Alumnae came from near and far to see their classmates after 50 years. At their event in the de Paul room the ladies looked through their incredible Memory Books to see what their classmates lives have been like since leaving the halls of SJA. A special thank you to Helen Petropoulos ’58 for designing the amazing memory book and the Class of 1963 ­planning c­ ommittee for all of their hard work in encouraging their ­classmates to participate. It is a memento that the Class of 1963 will cherish forever! Then on Friday, May 24, the Class of 1963 hosted a party at The Highlands Golf Course in Forest Park. Everyone was invited along with their spouses and guests and it was a wonderful

opportunity to mix and mingle and spend more time together! It was a great night, the food was delicious and the company fantastic. To complete a wonderful Reunion Weekend, the Class of 1963 went to Westborough Country Club for a farewell brunch with classmates, spouses and guests. It was the perfect way to end such a wonderful weekend. The Class of 1963 was reminded of many wonderful memories throughout the three day celebration and many of St. Louis-based Angels still get together for dinner on a regular basis! St. Joseph’s Academy is blessed with so many wonderful ­Alumnae, thank you to the Class of 1963 Planning Committee! We hope to see you back on campus in the very near future!

Class of 1963 Reunion Planning Committee: Laurie Brimmer Westfall Karen Caster Coulter Mary Dee English Merenda Mary Faust Parks Janet Gummersbach Herrmann Rosemary Mantia Quigley Midge Niehoff McKee Catherine Vatterott

Later that evening, we came together to celebrate Mass in the SJA Chapel, followed by a ceremony honoring Bud Stein, beloved SJA Math teacher, with the first St. Joseph the Worker Award. Several SJA Alumnae got up and spoke about how Bud is an inspiring and gifted teacher who was able to ignite an excitement in his students about the subject he teaches, Math! For many students throughout his tenure at SJA, this was no small fete. After a video featuring several Alumnae that Bud taught throughout the years sharing their memories of Bud Stein and thanking him for his years of service at SJA, Maureen Geoghegan ’88


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SJA Mission Trips

Class Notes

By Colleen Dillon ’14

Welcome to our Class Notes section. Please keep us updated! We’d love to hear what you are up to these days and we love those pictures!

While many students journeyed to places near and far over this summer break, some did this while also fulfilling St. Joe’s mission to help the dear neighbor. A few examples of these extraordinary students are those that went to Haiti, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Senior Sarah Ruppe, who journeyed to an orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti for a week in August, explains, “I went to Haiti where I got to live with the kids in the orphanage and play with them from six in the morning to eleven at night.”

These examples are just a few of the many students that completed service work both in the local and global community, but the most important accomplishment is that all were helping the dear neighbor.

Save the date! Saturday, October 4, 2014, will be our class’s 70th Birthday Party Celebration. On the SJA Campus Mass will be at 5pm, a cocktail party following and then we will head off-campus for dinner. We hope to see you there!

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Have you ever thought to yourself, I’d like to give back to St. Joe in a way that r­eally means something to me? We continue to need your support for s­cholarships, but there are other ways to give to SJA, both big and small! As you saw in the last issue of Wings, we have started a Wings Wish List that will include items that students, the school or faculty need, but can’t obtain because of budget constraints. If you are interested in donating to ­anything on the list, please contact Pamela Williams at or via phone at 314.394.4342. We appreciate your support and hope that something on this list may spark your interest! Thank you for your consideration. Gifts can be donated by one person, a group of Alumnae or an entire class. It is up to you!

SJA’s Wish List:

Seniors Caroline Wright and Julie Kinsella traveled to Nicaragua with 60 other members of the Incarnate Word youth group to dig trenches and install pipes that would provide clean water to a local village. Wright explains, “It was so great that we could provide them with running water for the first time ever, and it was so rewarding to see how much we meant to them.”

Not only did each girl give her time, talent, and treasure to help others, but they also expressed the wish to return. Wright clarifies, “I hope to one day spend several months there because it holds a major place in my heart, and you get to see how much you have and how lucky we all are.”

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Traveling to a village in El Salvador called Las Delicias, junior Abby Balota helped build a house that is one of the biggest in El Salvador. Balota shares, “I went because I love helping other people, and it was an amazing experience.”

Each girl ventured on her trip with the goal to help the less fortunate, but each girl also had a specific reason for selecting her location. Ruppe elaborates, “I went because I have given money to the orphanage in past years and have always wanted to visit and help there.”

Wings Wish List

1995 Elizabeth Steiner Cotton and her­­husband Marc welcomed Annie Claire Cotton on May 8, 2013. Annie joins big siblings Henry (8), Ruby (7), Teddy (4) and Benny (1).

2004 Anna Tobin Barrett and her husband Mike welcomed James Michael Barrett on June 18, 2013. He was 6 pounds 14 ounces.

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Book Fees for a student in need - $300 - $500 Uniform Skirts for a student in need - $100 Laptop fee for a student - $600 Lunches for visiting 8th graders on shadow days - $350-$400 Fencing for around the softball field Fees for retreats March for Life, Kairos, etc. - $250 - $500 Equipment and software for the SJA News Team Digital Cameras for the student run newspaper, The Voice Individual Tutoring for an SJA Angel - cost would depend on area and amount needed Amplifying system for student with hearing loss - approximately $800 Outdoor furniture for Zahner screened-in porch for faculty use Lunches for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch-$5.00 per day per student Athletic fees for student athletes on scholarship Heart of an Angel Fund donations Furniture for the convent parlor Outside Benches for the pickup lane - $800 per bench

And last, but certainly not least, thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Wings Wish List! These items are no longer on the wish list and we are forever grateful for your gift. These items are making a profound impact on our world, thank you again! - Additional Automated External Defibrillator’s for the SJA Campus - New dishwasher for Katy’s Kitchen in the Sr. Mary de Paul Room - New refrigerator for Katy’s Kitchen in the Sr. Mary de Paul Room - New couches for the Campus Ministry Room

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2013 Alumnae Speaker Series On Friday, October 4, 2013 we welcomed back three of our Alumnae to SJA to speak with the entire student body, faculty and staff. This was the 2nd Annual Alumnae Speaker Series and we were thrilled to have Stephanie Jordan Leach ’83, Kristin Folkl Kaburakis ’94 and Annie Castellano ’94 with us for the day! Each of these Alums spoke about their life journey, lessons they’ve learned along the way and how they got to where they are today in their careers. Each Alumna focused on the ups and downs, twists and turns in life and how the values that were instilled in them while attending St. Joseph’s Academy truly helped them navigate the difficult times in their life and career. All three of these Alumnae had very different backgrounds and stories, but their message was very similar: Don’t be afraid to go after what you want in life and be prepared to have a few setbacks along the way, but stay true to who you are and what you want out of life and enjoy the journey! We hope you enjoy reading a little more about their backgrounds below and the entire speaker series is on our website at http://www. Stephanie Jordan Leach graduated from St. Joe in 1983 and since then has carved out an incredible career in Information Technology. Stephanie is currently the Vice President of Information Technology for Western International University. Western International University has the mission of building leaders in a global marketplace. The University provides flexible, affordable Bachelor and Master’s degree programs for working adults. In her current role, Stephanie is responsible for all aspects of technology at the University - including online classrooms, campus technology, and physical infrastructure. Prior to joining Western International University, Stephanie held senior leadership positions at several Fortune 500 companies including TSYS, Liberty Mutual, Turner Broadcasting (CNN), Security First Network Bank and Price Waterhouse, where she began her career in technology.  Stephanie has developed a very effective leadership style which balances motivation, empowerment and a passion for helping others to grow. Stephanie graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology. She current lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband Ronnie and their 4 teenagers - Jordan, Genevieve, Benjamin and David. Kristin Folkl Kaburakis graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1994.  While at St. Joe, Kristin played varsity volleyball and basketball and led both teams to a total of 8 state championships over her 4 years at St. Joe, an incredible accomplishment! She was also named high school All-American in both sports multiple


In Memoriam

Gifts In Honor of:

Sister Concordia Hennessy, CSJ Jerry and Mary Lawless Denness ‘56

Barbara Koch Cole ‘48

Sr. Winifred Adelsberger, CSJ Thomas Casey

Dorothy Hogan ‘60 Thomas and Carolyn Cassani Ring ‘60 John M. Olson John and Mary Beth Garr Schwarz ‘82

times, as well as being named the Dial Female Athlete of the Year her senior year (the male recipient being Tiger Woods). After graduating third in her class from the Academy, Kristin went on to star in the volleyball and basketball programs at Stanford University, where she appeared in a total of 6 Final Fours (4 in Volleyball and 2 in Basketball) and won 3 National Championships in volleyball. Throughout Kristin’s time at Stanford, she not only excelled in sports, but excelled in the classroom as well - graduating in only 3 ½ years with a 3.5 GPA in Economics. She was recognized for her academic achievements by being named the GTE Academic Player of the Year her senior year.  Also of note, Kristin dropped out of school her sophomore year at Stanford to train with the USA Women’s Olympic Volleyball Team and as the youngest member of this squad was designated a first alternate in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. After graduating from Stanford in 1998, she began her professional basketball career in the WNBA. She played five seasons for the Minnesota Lynx and the Portland Fire and also played professional basketball overseas for teams in Australia, Switzerland and Greece. After retiring from professional sports Kristin returned to her roots in St. Louis, MO and began working for the St. Louis Sports Commission as the Director of Development.  Annie Castellano also graduated from St. Joe in ’94. And since that time, Annie has been taking the creative world by storm! For nearly 14 years, Annie has been contributing to the strategic and creative product that marketing firm, Switch, delivers to clients like vitaminwater, 5-Hour Energy, Muscle Milk, A-B/InBev, Luna Bar, Elsevier, Mallinckrodt / Covidien, Savvis and UPS. She began her career as a copywriter working on promotional and print campaigns, but her passion for the psychology of human behavior and communication has since driven Annie to more experiential forms of marketing where audience engagement rules. Working with her team, she facilitates market research, strategy development, and ultimately the delivery of conceptual and tactical thinking across a range of disciplines and media. Annie also serves on the Communications Committee at St. Joe, the Advisory Board of the Animal Protective Association of Missouri and volunteers for a number of organizations whose missions support the community. In 2012, Annie was named one of St. Louis’ Most Influential Businesswomen by the St. Louis Business Journal. And last, but certainly not least, Annie is a summa cum laude graduate of Saint Louis University and loves Peach Fresca, NPR, sneakers, the dictionary, dogs with old lady names, cartoons, bookstores, watching soccer on tv, bicycles, office supplies, crossword puzzles and maple syrup.

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Gifts In Memory of:

Mrs. Rosemary Ward Wellington ‘38 Sr. Winifred Adelsberger, CSJ Mark and Patricia Azar Edward and Ann Barnidge Robert and Frances Barrett Deborah Bird ‘78 Stan and Betty Sackbauer Blanton ‘71 Timothy and Christine Boles Anthony Bommarito Antoinette Breihan Philip and Candace Cady Patrick and Kerry Moore Cavanaugh ‘63 David Costigan Virginia Duffy Justin and Kathleen Bloom Durel ‘67 Gregory and Lee Walker Falk Daniel and Norma Fraser Al and Mary Ann Martin Graf ‘67 Rosemary Murphy Griese ‘40 Ronald and Christine Haedt Anthony and Beth Hasek Carol Koke Hempstead ‘60 Rosejoan Holden Robert and Kay Bollwerk Kaiser ‘63 Frank and Barbara Kenney Al and Patricia Ravarino Koke ‘73 Michael and Deborah Lane David Laughlin Greg and Nancy Nordmann LaVigne ‘63 James and Colleen McCadden Kevin and Dolores McGinnis Katharine Menees Thomas and Pamela Ravarino Merker ‘73 Robert and Donna Murray Robert and Casey O’Toole O’Brien ‘77 James and Helen O’Connor Cheryl O’Neal Marianne Petru Leo and Cathleen Range Marie Sassin Ravarino ‘50 Paul and Mary Lynn Uhlenbrock Reitz ‘77 Sr. Helen Ryan, CSJ Mark and Judy Zielinski Schnoebelen ‘74 Timothy and Meghan Lane Siebenman ‘91 Jack and Mary Ellen Skilling John and Mary Straub Christine Owens Voigt ‘97 George and Mary Toomey Vournas ‘68 Debby Watson Jane Webster Michaela Witcher Betty Wittels Kitty Jordan Williams ‘67 Al and Mary Ann Martin Graf ‘67

Joyce Sudhoff ‘74 passed away on February 9, 2013. Susan F. Roberts, mother of Susan Roberts Adams ’68 and Robyn Roberts Murphy ’70 and grandmother of Ellen Adams ’99 and Susan Murphy ’03, passed away on April 8, 2013. Lesslie Rodgers Frawley ‘57, passed away on May 21, 2013. Norman B. Heimos, husband of Jackie Dalton Heimos ‘50, passed away on June 14, 2013. Mary Catherine (Kitty) Jordan Williams ‘67 passed away on June 17, 2013. Patricia Hayes Stoverink ‘47, sister of Mary Catherine Hayes Bobbett ‘42 (deceased), Peggy Hayes Bayer ‘53 (deceased) and Frances Hayes Welty ‘59, passed away on July 1, 2013. Rosemary Ward Wellington ‘38, mother of Kathy Wellington Boles ‘67 and Nancy Wellington Schranck ‘76, and grandmother of Amy Wellington Kretchmar ‘00, passed away on July 14, 2013. Marguerite Howard, mother of Katherine Howard ‘08 and Rachel Howard ‘10, passed away on July 24, 2013. Rosemary Wimmer Flood ’44, mother of Kathy Flood ‘69 and Christine Flood Chartrand ‘73, passed away on August 3, 2013. John Michael Olson Sr., father of Kristin Olson Leritz ‘85, and grandfather of Mary Leritz ‘15, passed away on August 14, 2013. Joseph Hafenscher, grandfather of Taylor Hafenscher ‘14 and Sydney Hafenscher ‘17, passed away on September 16, 2013. Margaret L. Herbert, mother of Cathy Herbert Reilly ‘68, passed away on September 19, 2013. Mary Olszewski Richter ‘48, passed away on September 27, 2013. Margaret J. Paradoski, grandmother of Elizabeth (Libby) Paradoski ‘07, passed away on November 9, 2013. Ronald M. Shreves, grandfather of Catherine Paige Shreves ‘16, passed away on November 27, 2013. Patricia Barolak, mother of Annelle Barolak ‘78, Bridget Barolak ‘80, Deidre Barolak ‘81, Cecily Barolak Pew ‘86 and Sandy Barolak Umphlett ‘88, passed away on December 11, 2013. Helen Catanzaro, mother of Cecelia Catanzaro DeHekker ‘77 and Andrea Catanzaro Hodges ‘80, passed away on December 11, 2013.

Mary Lawless Denness ‘56 St. Joseph’s Academy Sister Pat Dunpy, CSJ David Costigan Robert and Gloria Swaller Healy ‘62 Ms. Anita Reznicek Sr. Winifred Adelsberger, CSJ Mary Dempsey Sr. Helen Ryan, CSJ Pamela Williams Kevin and Karen Flattery Michaela Witcher Matt and Megan Andrew Barry ‘91 Margaret Bowman ‘08 Caitlin Burnes ‘03 John and Olivia Combest Allen and Lynn Dobelman Cronin ‘76 J.P. and Julia Cummings Patrick and Michelle McGhee Dillon ‘82 Allison Rockamann Dudash ‘98 Michael and Kathryn Flynn Erica Furrer ‘97 Lisa Gennari ‘85 Patricia Hauser Goessling ‘79 Christopher and Regina Hayes Mark and Mary Haywood Charles and Sherry Hildebrand Shirley Hoemeke Laurance and Mary Crider Howe ‘77 John and Marian Sly Hughes ‘88 Larry and Colleen Mulrooney Hulcer ‘76 Patricia A. Hurford Mark and Nancy Jaeger James and Mary Kay Junker David Kowalczyk Raymond and Susie Checkett Lopez ‘93 James and Gayle Mannion Dan and Janet Dolan McAuliffe ‘55 William McLaughlin Kelly McNearney ‘99 Steve and Mimi Nusrala Meskill ‘81 Joseph and Nancy Picraux Mueller ‘55 Robert and Michelle Osterholt Steven and Elizabeth Pelch Sarah Crawford Reed ‘90 John and Elizabeth Winter Reider ‘82 Ralph and Kathy Rockamann Edgardo and Linda Sanchez Tim and Mary Barnes Sauer ‘84 Colleen Schoendienst ‘69 Scott and Kathleen Schoor Kathleen Houlihan Schultz ‘98 Thomas and Catherine-Regan Walrath Smith ‘94 Gregory and Suzanne Mulligan Smith ‘83 George and Debbie Stock Scott and Katie Allison Swengros ‘89 Ralph and Mary Ann Western Dianne Wickenheiser Erin Schwetye Williams ‘99

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