Alumnae News

Posted 06/14/2017 04:14PM

The Class of 1967 recently attended celebrations for their 50th anniversary of graduation from Holy Cross.

On Sunday, June 4, nearly 50 alumnae gathered on campus and enjoyed rekindling friendships and reminiscing about their high school years. One alumna traveled from Australia to attend. The celebration was organized by a small committee of ’67 classmates, who ensured a good time was had by everyone. The Ladies of the Academy remembered favorite teachers and events that impacted their lives. A wonderful slideshow was a highlight of the evening. Several of the women shared about the impact Holy Cross had on their lives. They encouraged one another to look for opportunities to be involved in the school community today–either by mentoring or financial support. A special display remembered the class members who have passed away.

On Monday, June 5, a group of the 50th anniversary alumnae attended a luncheon on the Holy Cross campus and the Commencement ceremony at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The ladies led the procession to begin the ceremony and were given the front row seat in front of the Class of 2017 graduates. 

Posted 06/12/2017 05:51PM

Debbie Brown, Holy Cross Onyx Club moderator and Director of Human Resources, is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Big 12 Conference, in partnership with the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers program. More than 100 student-athletes featured in the “Big 12 Champions for Life” campaign have been given the opportunity to recognize a teacher who made a lasting impact during their academic journey.

Alumna Lanay Montgomery ’12, who is one of the “Big 12 Champions for Life” student-athletes nominated Debbie for the award. In her nomination, Lanay wrote, “She had a great impact on my high school transition. With the help of Ms. Brown, I grew to love and learn a lot about my alma mater!” In addition to moderating the Onyx Club, Debbie is a passionate Holy Cross basketball supporter and fan. She remarked, “I am extremely honored and appreciative of this recognition. Lanay is a wonderful young lady and I have been so proud of her accomplishments at West Virginia University. I look forward to her continued success in the WNBA.” 

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby noted, “One of our goals with this initiative is to tell the often-overlooked stories of our student athletes. A huge part of these stories are the teachers and coaches who have helped our student-athletes grow as individuals and have left a lasting, positive impact.”

Debbie will designate the grant to support technology assistance in the classroom.

Posted 06/01/2017 06:22PM

Kate Axelsson ’14 was recently featured in the St. Edward’s University article “How Improv Makes You a Better Student.” Kate is a junior at St. Ed’s and helped to bring improve to the campus. She developed her passion for improve at Holy Cross under the direction of faculty member Dale Placek. She has also spent a month with The Second City, an improvisational theater troupe in Chicago. At the 2017 Performing Arts Gala, Kate was the keynote speaker.

Read the entire article here.

Kate has previously been a TEDx speaker at St. Ed’s.

Photo: Morgan Printy
Posted 05/18/2017 10:14AM

On Friday, May 12, The Academy of the Holy Cross hosted the 2017 Distinguished Alumnae Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Karen Schmelzer Jacobsen ’81 and Dominica Groom ’00 received the 2017 Distinguished Alumnae Award. The members of the 2004 and 2005 Tennis teams and their coaches, Suzy Ornstein-Fleming and Ali Yagci were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The event was attended by friends, family and fellow classmates of the alumnae being recognized.

In 1985 Karen Schmelzer Jacobsen ’81 has dedicated her life to serving those in need. She first worked as a social worker for Covenant House serving runaway and homeless youth. Then she and her husband Kerry became live-in caregivers for 23 boys ages 6-21 at a residential school for children with intellectual disabilities in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. In 1995 Karen and Kerry began working for The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh as direct support professionals. Emmaus is a faith-based non-profit that provides permanent residential homes and community-based services for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. At Emmaus, people with and without disabilities break bread with one another, recognizing the beauty, the dignity and the gifts that each person has to share. Karen served in many capacities at Emmaus before becoming executive director in 2008. She is extremely active in the cause for people with developmental disabilities. Karen was nominated by classmate Kathleen Burgess Clark who spoke abou how Karen’s life has been a testimony to the Holy Cross mission. During her speech, Karen remarked about how proud she was that Holy Cross has grown the Moreau Options Program.

Dominica Groom ’00 is the senior director for Global Sustainability and Supplier Diversity at Marriott International. She has been instrumental in leading the company to elevated supplier diversity success and global recognition, including generating increased opportunities for diverse-owned businesses across Marriott’s global portfolio of 30 brands. She actively volunteers across various non-governmental organizations, including serving in various board and leadership capacities. Dominica also leads recycling and waste reduction efforts to support Marriott’s global sustainability platform. Dominica was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Women” in the state of Maryland by The Daily Record. She was named as one of the top “Leading Women,” under the age of 40, in the state of Maryland and was also named a “Top Influential Leader in Diversity” by the National Association for Minority Companies. Dominica was nominated by classmate Megan Hendon Harbold ’00 who shared from many of her fellow Class of 2000 Ladies of the Academy about the impact Dominica has had in their lives.

The Academy of the Holy Cross’ 2004 and 2005 Tennis teams exhibited a mark of superiority with the WCAC Finalist and Championship titles. In the 2004 season the Tartans compiled a 9-2 record under coach Suzy Ornstein-Fleming and captured the second-place spot in the WCAC. Angela Fuccillo ’06 was named First Team All-Gazette in 2004 and Courtney Radcliff ’06 received All-Gazette Honorable Mention. In 2005, the team completed their season with a 14-0 record, winning six of nine matches in the championship finals. Angela and Maria Fuccillo ’09 were named First Team All-Gazette in 2005 in both the Singles and Doubles category. Angela remarked on the closeness and supportiveness of the teams. She noted that tennis can appear to be an individual sport, but that the importance of the team is what certainly helped the Tartans achieve the title.

2004-2005 Tennis Teams:
Brittany Bigelow ’05
Melanie Concordia ’07
Kelsey Daniels Glading ’06
Grace Ellis ’06
Angela Fuccillo ’06
Maria Fuccillo ’09
Samantha Hopkins ’09
Bridget Kerner ’07
Colleen McNish ’06
Alicia Migliorini ’06
Lindsey Monroe ’06
Tina Pappas Cron ’05
Courtney Radcliff ’06
Mary-Kate Rasa ’05
Kathryn Sturm ’08
Carly Yoo ’08

Posted 05/16/2017 05:03PM

It was with sadness that The Academy of the Holy Cross received news of the death of P. Kelly Mikules, 71, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Kelly, whose wife Carol Ann Hook Mikules was an alumna from the class of 1963, was a generous Holy Cross donor. Following Carol’s death in 2009, Kelly funded a $300,000 endowment in Carol’s name for scholarship. Additionally, he supported events of the lacrosse teams during their spring trips to California. Most recently, Kelly was a major contributor to The Difference We Make Campaign which allowed for the air conditioning of the Carol Ann Hook Mikules ’63 Student Commons.

Kelly was a native Washingtonian and graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD with a degree in Biology. He and Carol met while she was a student at Holy Cross. It was Carol’s great love for the Academy, which inspired Kelly’s generosity. They were married for 43 years and have two children, Michele and Bryan and four grandchildren, Kelly, Carson, Kate and Chloe. He was a successful business man for 43 years. Throughout his life his priority was his family. He enjoyed traveling with his family and living a full and active life. He was known to write tributes and poems for his loved ones, and wrote a book for his children before they left home entitled “Pearls for My Children: 100 useful lessons about life.”

He will be missed by our community. God grant him eternal rest, O Lord.

Read Kelly’s obituary in The Washington Post here.

Posted 04/26/2017 06:45PM
West Virginia University center will play for the Seattle Storm.

Congratulations to Lanay Montgomery ’12, who has been selected to play for the WNBA Seattle Storm. As a center at West Virginia University, Lanay finished her college career with 937 rebounds (7.1 rpg), 855 points (6.5 ppg) and 330 blocks (2.5 bpg). She is a two-year member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. The West Virginia Mountaineers website quoted her, “It is truly an honor to have my name called at the WNBA Draft. I started playing basketball my freshman of year of high school; and now to be drafted is an amazing feeling.” Her coach, Mike Carey was also quoted, “There is no one more deserving of this moment than Lanay Montgomery. With her tremendous work ethic, Lanay has made great strides in her five years at West Virginia University. We are very proud of her accomplishments and I wish her the best of luck in Seattle.”

See full article here.

At Holy Cross, Lanay was a three-star prospect who was named to the WCAC All-Conference first team her sophomore and junior seasons. She was named second team All-Met, MVP of the holiday tournament and most improved player in her junior year. She averaged 14.5 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game and 2.8 blocks per game totaling 463 points, 278 rebounds and 88 blocks her junior season.

Photo courtesy of West Virginia University.

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. 


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