Alumnae News

Posted 04/03/2017 05:35PM

The annual Career Day program took place on Friday, March 31. Alumna Kat Goduco ’98 gave the keynote address. Kat is a professional photographer who shared her journey from Holy Cross Tartan to successful and sought-after career woman, including the challenges she encountered along the way. She provided several inspiring quotes for the girls to consider on their own career path. Kat surprised the assembly with an announced $1,000 gift to the AHC Transformers robotics team.

Following the keynote assembly, 17 alumnae shared their experiences about their career choices either in small group discussions with juniors and seniors or in a Q & A panel with freshmen and sophomores. The Counseling Office polled students prior to the event for their choices for the types of careers they were interested in hearing about. Professions included law, medicine, accounting, engineering, teaching, performing and visual arts, public relations, digital marketing, and event planning.

Career Day is an annual program organized by the School Counseling and Alumnae Affairs offices.

Posted 03/14/2017 07:00PM
Irish dancer will travel to Dublin for her seventh world championship.

The March/April 2017 edition of Bethesda Magazine features alumna and Irish dancer Samantha Durbin ’13. Samantha helped form the Holy Cross Irish Dance team has been dancing with the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance since second grade. She travels to Dublin, Ireland this year for the World Irish Dancing Championship, where she has competed six times previously. She says in the article, “'I joke every single year that I'm going to retire. Then it's like, just one more competition.” 

Samantha is a senior at University of Maryland, Baltimore majoring in environmental science. She notes in the article that she doesn’t tell many of her college colleagues about her dancing, “It’s kind of like a second identity I have,” she says.

Read the full article here. 

Posted 03/08/2017 01:42PM
Senior Director for Global Sustainability and Supplier Diversity for Marriott International, this alumna works to partner with small and diverse businesses.

Dominica Groom ’00 says one of her favorite quotes is from Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” As the Senior Director for Global Sustainability and Supplier Diversity for Marriott International Dominica is able to live Gandhi’s words on a regular basis. The company partners with over 4,000 diverse-owned businesses across the globe, with Dominica at the helm.

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce recently featured Dominica on their website in which she was quoted, “Our ability to embrace small businesses and recognize their value creates mutual success.” The supplier diversity program seeks minority-, women-, LGBT-, disabled- and veteran-owned businesses with the goal of driving “economic empowerment around the world” to better support Marriott’s customers and expand their global footprint.

The article notes that Dominica lives her passion in many ways including mentoring and volunteering with organizations like the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, WEConnect International, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the National Black MBA Association and the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Dominica was named one of The Daily Record’s top 50 Leading Women in Maryland, and a top influential leader in diversity by the National Association of Minority Companies. 

Read the entire article here.

UPDATE: On Tuesday, March 7, The Daily Record named Dominica one of their Top 100 Women! See post here.

Posted 03/07/2017 05:04PM


Holy Cross celebrated the annual Alumnae Memorial Mass on Sunday, March 5. Alumnae, friends and family members attended the Liturgy in which 39 alumnae and 42 family members and faculty/staff who died during the past year were remembered. During the Mass, classmates, friends, and family members brought forward roses in remembrance of the alumnae as their names were read.

A light reception took place following the Mass.

Alumnae Remembered:
Patricia Mullaly Weaver ’36
Kathleen Dollymore ’38
Lillian Tumulty Lanman ’38
Virginia Wilson McMaster ’40
Margaret Devlin Shanley ’41
Margaret Garvey Crook ’41
Marjorie Conner Durrett ’42
Shirley Stevens Dufresne ’42
Catherine Shea Bolger ’43
Marian Wilson Kelty ’43
Justine O'Boyle Veith ’44
Mary Frances Bourg Greaney ’45
Nathalie Davis Raedy ’45
Mary Ann De Francisci Battistone ’45
Mary Dorothy Ryan Durkin ’45
Mary Joan Voegtli Janssen ’47
Margaret Mary Immer Rafferty ’50
Mary Louise Rippey Egan ’50
Anne Carrico Blanchard ’52
Anne Finnegan Favo ’53
Barbara Carey Hayes ’56
Mary Ann Cramer Hague ’56
Patricia Ford Mackall ’56
Barbara Healy Harrison ’56
Kathleen Muldoon ’58
Mary Ann Wilson Sullivan ’58
Sheila Hickey ’59
Barbara McInteer Schaefer ’59
Donna Hillock Browne ’60
Ann Haley Teare ’61
Joanne Golibart Rusk ’63
Patricia Haring ’64
Sarah Healy ’64
Catherine Callahan Donvito ’65
Elizabeth Mary Donoghue ’69
Susan Saba-Lawn ’69
Mary Anne Nelson Buttrick ’70
Denise Espey Wenck ’80                    
Kelly Horton Beck ’96 

Posted 01/06/2017 04:18PM

On Thursday, January 5, Holy Cross welcomed 65 alumnae from the Class of 2016 for the annual Tartans Come Home Day program. The alumnae have just completed their first semester of college and returned to share their experiences with the current students.

The returning LOTAs spoke about many different topics such as their choices for college, how they selected roommates, resolving issues on their own, how they spend free time, and the college campus culture. When asked if Holy Cross prepared them academically, the alumnae gave resounding accolades for their high school education. One alumna exclaimed, “I was so well prepared!” The alumnae visited classrooms to speak to advisories of Seniors and Juniors. After the program the alumnae visited with faculty and staff. Tartans Come Home occurs annually and is coordinated by the College Counseling and Alumnae Affairs Offices.


Posted 01/06/2017 02:40PM

Classmates of Emily Johnson '10 gather annually to reconnect and celebrate Mass in Emily's memory. Their gathering took place this year in the Moreau Hall Chapel on Sunday, December 18 with eight of Emily's friends, her sister Amanda ’06, her mother Jan, Campus Ministry Director Linda Ruszkowski, Campus Minister Lolita Jardeleza ("Mrs. J"), and director of the Holy Cross dance program Donna Reese '77 ("Miss Donna"). After Mass the group gathered for a reception in the Alumnae Dining Room and for a tour of the classroom building. The group was especially excited to see the Dance Studio as Emily would have certainly loved this Holy Cross addition. Miss Donna led the group in a dance to "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." 


Posted 11/17/2016 03:21PM

Alumna Adrianna David ’12 was recently crowned Miss Maryland USA 2017.  She is currently a double-degree Theatre and Communications major at the University of Maryland. Adrianna will compete in the 2017 Miss USA pageant next summer.

Adrianna is Co-Founder of Charities Angels, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which promotes and raises awareness at various events for charitable partners. The organization is comprised of “women committed to giving from the heart to those in need through fund raising efforts.” One charity in which Adrianna has been significantly involved is “Juliana’s Hope,” a campaign to help raise funds for The Kidney Project’s work to create a bio-artificial kidney. Adrianna’s 25-year-old cousin, Juliana Casey, has suffered from kidney disease since she was a child and is the inspiration for the charity. Adrianna has helped raise over $100,000 for the cause.

As a student at Holy Cross, Adrianna was involved in Campus Ministry and performing arts, and was on the dive team. She was also a competitive cheerleader for over 13 years. She was voted American Cheerleader Magazine’s 2011 Cheerleader of the Year.

The Miss Universe Organization uses its global grassroots reach to empower women to be self-confident and strive to be their personal best. During their reign, the titleholders are given the tools to personally and professionally enrich others by providing humanitarian efforts to affect positive change, all while developing their personal career goals.

Posted 10/21/2016 10:47AM

Taylor McCarley ’13 and Pandora Wilson ’12 have been named to the America East Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team. Both are members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) basketball team. Taylor is a senior guard and Pandora is a senior forward.

"Taylor and Pandora are very deserving of this honor. They've worked very hard the last few years to reach their highest potential and they've both done that," UMBC head coach Phil Stern said on the school website. "But, the most important thing to them right now is the team and not the individual awards." 

Read full details on the UMBC website here.

Six players were chosen for the team. Only UMBC and The Academy of the Holy Cross had two players selected for the honor!

Posted 10/06/2016 11:17AM
Alumnae from the classes of 1936-1959 return to their alma mater.

The Academy welcomed alumnae on Wednesday, October 5, for the annual Upton Street Reunion. These alumnae attended Holy Cross at the Upton Street, Washington, DC campus between 1936 and 1959 Among the alumnae who attended was perhaps the Academy’s oldest living alumna. Margaret Viehmann Carrig ’36, who is 98 years old, traveled from New Jersey with her son and daughter-in-law to attend the event. She was joined by two other alumnae from the 30s – Betty Wilson Maloney ’38 and Margaret “Mimi” Rita Lawrence ’39. Their enthusiasm for their alma mater was strong as ever.

Alumnae from the 1930s: Margaret Viemann Carrig ’36, Mimi Rita Lawrence ’39, Betty Wilson Maloney ’38 

The alumnae reconnected with their classmates during a social hour. Mass was celebrated in honor of the St. Maria Faustina, with the Holy Cross combined choirs leading the assembly in song. After Mass and a group photo, the alumnae enjoyed lunch and comments from President Katy Prebble about Holy Cross current events, including plans for the Academy's 150th celebration. Student Ambassadors joined the alumnae to share about Holy Cross today and hear about Holy Cross at Upton Street. Several of the alumnae in attendance have granddaughters who are current students who also stopped by for a hug and a photo. 


Posted 10/04/2016 05:45PM

During the All-School Assembly on Monday, October 3 Maggie O’Neill ’95 spoke about her upcoming project SUPERFIERCE – “a traveling art exhibit hosted by female artists paying it forward.” Maggie spoke about her deep affection for Holy Cross and how her education shaped the artist and entrepreneur she has become.

SUPERFIERCE is, as Maggie calls it, a “movement” where “fearless female artists will pay it forward.” The exhibit will launch at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Wednesday, October 19 (see details at and will benefit EBeauty, a local non-profit that supports women undergoing treatment for cancer. The project includes a mentorship component that will connect aspiring female artists to those who can provide professional advice. Holy Cross will host an out-of-uniform Tag Day to support the cause.

Maggie invited the students to be part of her “I am SUPERFIERCE!” video – a performance art piece that includes selfie videos featuring groups of strong young women.

Honored by Holy Cross as a 2014 Distinguished Alumna, Maggie is a fine artist and co-founder of SwatchRoom and owner of O’Neill Studios, one of the most sought after decorative and fine art studios in the city and nationwide. Her paintings are inspired by her local Washington, DC iconic landscape, travels abroad, women and fashion, and music. Her paintings hang in homes from DC to Delhi and have been featured in galleries, fashion shows, luxury department stores, and boutiques.


Posted 08/25/2016 12:08PM

The Academy of the Holy Cross is pleased to welcome back Donna Reese ’77 to the Performing Arts department. After a year away, Ms. Reese is excited to return as Dance teacher and Choreographer.

Donna was the 2014 recipient of the Sister Grace Shonk Tribute Award and is a 2011 Distinguished Alumna. In addition to teaching high school dancers she has owned her own dance schools in the Washington area. Donna also performed as a singer, dancer and Dance Captain for Kings Production and the USO. She has been a member of Dance Masters of America for over 30 years and served in several leadership roles within the organization. This past summer Donna taught at Elite Dance Company, located in Virginia Beach, VA. She will also teach for the Dance Masters of America, Chapter 17 workshop in September.  

At Holy Cross, Donna is a role model for the students, enthusiastically giving her energy, time and compassion to all. In addition to her faculty role, she has served as an advisor, club moderator, trip chaperone, retreat chaperone, annual giving faculty/staff representative, and more.  

Posted 07/22/2016 12:01PM

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) recently named 47 athletes to their 35th anniversary team of the best spring sports athletes from the past 35 years. Kristen Coleman ’07, Holy Cross Varsity Lacrosse Coach was included on the First Team.

The website reports:  

In just three seasons, Kristen Coleman dominated the record books as the all-time leading scorer in Fairfield and MAAC women’s lacrosse history. She compiled 257 career points fueled by 186 goals – also a Fairfield and MAAC record total – and also tops the Stags’ all-time list with 71 assists. She started her career as the MAAC Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year in 2008, scoring a Fairfield-record 68 goals – which stood as the MAAC record until 2016 – en route to the 90 points that also topped the MAAC ledger until this past spring. She repeated Offensive Player of the Year after an 88-pont campaign in 2009 and earned her third First Team All-MAAC nod in 2010 with 79 points. Coleman was a three-time IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team and MAAC All-Academic honoree. She was chosen by her teammates as a co-captain for the 2011 season, though she was out of action for the campaign due to injury. Coleman was the leading scorer on three straight MAAC Regular Season Champions from 2008-10, including the 2009 squad that won the MAAC Championship to advance to the NCAA postseason. In her three active years with the Stags, Fairfield went 18-0 in the MAAC as a part of a 47-10 (.825) overall record. 

See Kristen’s Fairfield bio here.

See entire MAAC report here.

Posted 06/17/2016 07:00PM

The Class of 2016 were formally inducted into the Holy Cross Alumnae Association on Thursday, May 26 prior to the Cap and Gown Ceremony. Francesca Rigutto Reed ’94, who is the Vice President of Enrollment Management at Marymount University, welcomed the newest alumnae during the ceremony. “It is hard to even think now about where you might be in the next five, 10, 15, 25+ years!” she said. “Your memories of the past four years are fresh in your minds now and you will think that you won’t forget these four years. But not until later in life will you realize how Holy Cross has shaped you into the young women you are today.” She also challenged the graduates continue to stay involved through the alumnae activities and to give back to their alma mater whenever possible. 

The graduates received “AHC Class of 2016” bracelets as a welcome gift from the Alumnae Association. Many proudly wore their bracelets during the graduation activities. They each also signed the Roll of Alumnae book, a tradition started in 1992.

Posted 05/31/2016 02:00PM

On Friday, May 20, The Academy of the Holy Cross hosted our 2016 Distinguished Alumnae Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. During the ceremony five alumnae received Distinguished Alumnae awards. Former Lacrosse coaches Jim Buchanan and Fred Prince as well as 39 alumnae from the 1996−2000 WCAC Lacrosse Championship teams were inducted into the Academy's Athletic Hall of Fame. Over 200 alumnae, family members and friends attended the lovely event.

The 2016 Distinguished Alumnae
Rosalie Cummings Whitlock '64
Maureen Kelly Flatley '66
Elizabeth "Betsy" Leary Sanford '74  
Mary-Beth Buckley Cooper '78
Suzanne Rich Folsom '79

2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Varsity Lacrosse Coach James Buchanan
Varsity Lacrosse Assistant Coach Fred Prince
1996-2000 Varsity Girls Lacrosse Championship Teams

Posted 04/26/2016 09:13AM

Members of the Asian American Student Association led an all-school assembly in celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month on Thursday, April 21. The students showed a humorous video that addressed the many different types of Asian culture and acted out a student-written satire about Asian stereotypes.

Alumna Melanie Singh ’06 spoke during the assembly about her life as an Asian American and how her heritage shaped her life experience. She then joined Andrea Batugo ’16 in a duet of a popular Philippine song in Tagalog.

Afterwards, the students demonstrated Tinikling, a traditional Philippine dance. They choreographed the dance to both traditional and popular music for the demonstration.

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