Kathleen Yanas, Class of 1973

Kathy and her husband, Bill Cunningham (CBA '73), and were married at St. Joseph's Chapel at Holy Names in 2018. Kathy recently retired from the Diocese of Albany Catholic School Office where she raised scholarship funds for our local Catholic schools. Kathy has worked in marketing and media, and continues to be involved in local TV and radio commercials. Kathy also owns her own business, Arbonne, which is all about healthy living, vegan nutrition, skin care and makeup. Visit her at

Michele Puleo O’Hare, Class of 1978 

Michele was named the Executive Director of the Foundation of St. Catherine’s in January. With more than 30 years of fundraising and business development experience, she will lead the effort to raise funds to support St. Catherine's Center for Children's comprehensive array of child, homeless, and community-based services that reach children, families, and adults throughout the Capital Region. Read the full feature here:

Erika Anderson, Class of 1991    

After high school, where math was admittedly not her favorite subject, Erika went on to earn a degree in Computer Programming from The College of St. Rose, which she put into practice running a global department of a Fortune 500 company.  And while not loving gym class in high school, ironically Erika went on to summit Mt. Rainier in Washington, complete the Lake Placid Ironman, and complete the Winter ADK 46. What Erika did love in High School was Art, which she has a minor in, and has also carried with her into her new career in Craft Brewing. Erika and her husband are the proud owners of Unified Beerworks in Malta, NY, and the skills she learned at AHN helped lay the base for both science and creativity, where she runs their business, brews and helps inspire other women to achieve their wildest dreams. Support Erika by visiting Unified Beerworks-

Taylor Pettit McGrath, Class of 2008

We’re so excited to share that Holy Names alumna Taylor Pettit ’08 McGrath has published a children’s book about her daughter Olivia!  Olivia’s Red Hair is a fun scavenger hunt book about Olivia who has beautiful red hair that is different from everyone else. Readers follow along as she learns to love her hair by searching for everything around her that is red like her hair. It’s a perfect gift for your favorite little redhead!

Paige DeSorbo, Class of 2010 

Paige was a featured stylist on the Today show, sharing 2 trends to style 3 ways on the Style Remix segment, which you can watch here. 

Julia Swick, Class of 2010 

Julia is being honored with the 2022 Beacon of Hope Community Spirit Award! Each year at the annual Beacon of Hope Ball, the Catholic Schools Office recognizes outstanding individuals from each Catholic school community who go above and beyond, giving the immeasurable gift of time and talent to their schools. In addition to being an amazing Middle School Science teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle School, Julia leads the Future City Team each year AND co-directs the theater productions.

Class of 1958
Members of the class of 1958 gathered for a holiday luncheon, celebrating over 60 years of friendship!
Ruth Dyer, Class of 1973
Ruth has served a Lutheran congregation in Michigan, working with youth as a consecrated deaconess. She taught children with special needs, those with learning and emotional disabilities.
Kirsten Keefe, Esq. Class of 1985
Kirsten was recently honored by the Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (TRIP) as an influential housing and community development leader through her work at the Empire Justice Center. She was recognized for anchoring the Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP). “The HomeSave Network coalition is funded and supported through HOPP and ensures homeowners connect with qualified mortgage-assistance relief across New York State. Kirsten Keefe’s continued dedication and guidance has secured these programs and services for the last 12 years.”
Christine Teta Foster, Class of 1991   
Christine just returned to the area after 26 years in California. She is currently the Director of Sustainability for Stanford Children’s Health, and has also started her own business growing cut flowers and selling seasonal fresh flower arrangements.

Kristen Hans Curran, Class of 2004
Kristen is an experienced lobbyist and government affairs professional in Albany. She has recently been appointed Director of Government Relations for the New York State Catholic Conference, a role she will step into on January 1, 2022.
Katie Picchione, Class of 2012
Katie studied engineering and technology policy at College. After completing her Master’s degree, she moved to Washington DC and worked at the Federal Emergency Management Agency from 2018-2021. In 2021 Katie accepted a technical position with MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Systems Group. She works on technology that helps federal agencies like FEMA and the US Agency for International Development carry out their missions. Katie’s work spans disaster response and recovery, humanitarian assistance, conflict prevention, and economic development.

Kathleen McGinnis-Lamb ‘66
Kathleen has lived in Colorado, California, Arkansas, and now Texas. She has pursued two professions in her life: special education teacher, and hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor. Kathleen lost her beloved husband John to cancer in 2008, and she retired in 2016.
Susan Sochocki Thiede ‘75
We are welcoming Susan back to the Capital Region! She just relocated to Latham after living in New Jersey for many years, and would love to connect with her classmates.
Kate McKone-Sweet ‘85
In 2018, Kate retired as a Professor of Technology and Operations Management at Babson College. She is currently spending more time with her teenagers and is volunteering at her church and Interfaith Community Services.
Maria Ella Olimpo Caiola ‘85
After graduating from SUNY Albany Business School in 1989, Maria moved to the Mohawk Valley and New Hampshire. After 23 years in a successful career in broadcast sales, she decided to retire and stay home with her daughter. She returned to the workforce fulltime in 2018 as a LTA to help her husband and his cousin in growing their new franchise - Nothing Bundt Cakes. In October 2019, they opened the 2nd Nothing Bundt Cakes in New York State. Nothing Bundt Cakes has continued to stay open during the pandemic and we have learned the importance of staying connected and bringing JOY to people's lives "one bundt cake at a time!"
Kelly Casey Tynan ‘91
After graduation, Kelly attended Oneonta State and College of Saint Rose, where she studied education and played basketball. After college, Kelly worked at AHN teaching Spanish and coaching basketball before she took a teaching job as a Special Education teacher. For the past 8 years she has been at Guilderland High School, continuing to teach Special Education as well as coach Unified Basketball and Unified Bowling! Kelly is married, and has three beautiful children and two dogs.
Dierdre Callanan ‘91
Dierdre recently graduated from Mildred Elley College with a Degree in Business Management. She’s been enjoying life with her wonderful man for 8 years!
Anne Weber Carroll ‘91
Anne has been married for 21 years, and they have three children. Anne has been a Chemistry teacher at Albany High School for 23 years!
Holly Cerasano ‘09
Holly attended the University of Richmond in Virginia and Georgetown University Law Center.  She is now a practicing corporate attorney in Richmond, Virginia.
Nicole DeLucia ‘12
Nicole currently works in insurance and hosts EDM shows. She’s also performed at Imagine Festival.
Alli Barranca ‘13
Alli is currently earning her Master’s Degree in Education.
Meghan Bennison ‘13
Meghan went to college at Keene State in New Hampshire and graduated in 2017. When the pandemic started, Meghan was working on a COVID unit; she is now a Care Coordinator at St Peter’s Hospital.
Hannah Conroy ‘13
Hannah is currently working full-time as a medical speech pathologist. She recently got engaged, and is in the process of planning a wedding in the midst of a pandemic with her fiancé!
Morgan Cooper ‘13
After graduating from Holy Names, Morgan attended college at Cornell University in Ithaca NY. Between school years, she interned for a nonprofit in Albany supporting Public Defenders. Soon after graduating, Morgan moved to the DC area to work for a nonprofit focused on police reform and accountability. She returned to Albany in the spring of 2019 to work for a healthcare consulting firm and has been here ever since.
Meredith Corsi ‘13
Meredith graduated from Cornell University in 2017 with a degree in Policy Analysis & Management. She then went on to get her Masters of Public Health at Yale University, graduating in 2019. Since then, she has moved to Boston where she’s been working for Clarion, a pharmaceutical and biotech strategy consulting firm.
Dominique Coyle ‘13
 Dominique has been working on earning her Associates degree in Business Administration, with the goal of owning her own business in order to balance work and personal life on her own terms.
She recently got engaged and is extremely excited to start her own family!
Jennifer DuMond ‘13
Jennifer graduated from Fairfield University in 2017 with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. While currently working in the Cardiovascular ICU at Albany Med, she is also in the process of earning a Master's degree from SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Family Nurse Practitioner program.
MiKaila Ford Espera ‘13
MiKaila has started modeling, and has thankfully been able to continue working during the pandemic. She also recently got married to her amazing husband!
Hannah Haggerty ‘13
Hannah has been living in Nashville since she moved there for college, and has been working in the music business since 2017 while studying for her certified financial planner license.
Amy Fredette Hollner ‘13
After graduating from Holy Names, Amy pursued her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, graduating in 2017 and going on to work as a Registered Nurse at Albany Medical Center. Amy worked in the pediatric float pool until November 2018 before transferring to the General Pediatrics Clinic, and is now Lead Coordinator of the Eastern Counties of NYS. In October 2019, Amy got married at Franklin Plaza Ballroom; she and her family, including new baby Danielle, reside close to AHN in Albany. Amy began graduate school through Duke University in January 2019 and will complete her degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in May of 2021!
Allison House ‘13
After graduation, Allison earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and went on to work as an elementary Special Education teaching assistant in the City School District of Albany, while simultaneously working towards her Master's degree in Social Work at The College of Saint Rose.
Amanda Pentak ‘13
Since graduating from Holy Names Amanda has gone on to complete her Bachelor's degree at SUNY Oneonta, where she majored in Psychology and had a double minor in Sociology and Criminal Justice. After graduation she moved back to the Albany area to begin her Master's in Education at The College of Saint Rose.  While attending graduate school Amanda had the privilege of returning to Holy Names for a year as a substitute teacher, which she loved. After graduating from Saint Rose in May 2020 she moved to the Rochester area and has been working full time as an Elementary School Counselor at a charter school in the city of Rochester and loving it!
Jacqueline-Ann Willsey Dobbs ‘17
After graduating Holy Names, Jacqueline-Ann attended Fairfield University in Connecticut on a Cross Country scholarship, where she majored in Management with a concentration in Human Resources and a Minor in Marketing. Jacqueline-Ann worked for numerous Fortune 500’s and 250’s during and after college before relocating to Sarasota, Florida and accepting an offer at a Commercial and Multi-Family Property Management Company as the Director of Marketing.
Margaret Carciobolo ‘82
Nicole’s Restaurant in Albany, NY, founded and owned by Margaret, is celebrating 35 years in business!
Patricia Riley ‘82
The past year and a half Patricia has been involved with the COVID pandemic. She opened Javits field hospital and Javits mass vaccination site that vaccinated 700,000 New Yorkers and supplied the vaccine to NY vaccination sites.
Maureen E. O’Brien ‘85
Maureen was recently recognized as a 2021 Woman Who Means Business by the Albany Business Review for her leadership of the NYS Industries for the Disabled (NYSID), where she serves as President and CEO.
Jennifer Snyder Cappione ‘92
Jennifer has a PhD in Immunology and teaches at Boston University while running a lab there as well. Her research focus is infectious diseases, and she has been studying COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.
Aaren Hatarsky Harris ‘95
Aaern, who has lived with her family on a 20-acre farm for 14 years, opened Little Wings Farm School on that property this fall, the realization of a years-long dream to offer young students a chance to learn in and around nature and the day-to-day life of a working farm.  Read more about the program here and click here to see pictures.
Patricia Erickson ‘11
Patricia obtained her MPH in Epidemiology from George Washington University in December of 2017, followed by two years working as an ORISE fellow at the Army Public Health Center. In 2019, she began her doctoral studies (in Epidemiology) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is now working as a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute.
Kayla J.D. Ford ‘15
Since graduation from Holy Names, Kayla completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Hofstra University. Thereafter, she enrolled at The College of Malloy for and graduated with her nursing degree in May of 2021. Kayla is studying for the RN NYS board test while pursuing clinical studies at NY Presbyterian Hospital in Long Island, NY. Her plan is to work as an RN or a traveling RN for a year, then go to school part time to get her Nurse Practitioner license. Kayla’s goal is to open a Medical Spa that offers a variety of health and cosmetic services.
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  • Class of 2008

    Courtney Caimano '08, PharmD, MBA, has been named as the Assistant Dean of Experiential Education at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
    Courtney has served in this role in an interim capacity for the past year, leading Experiential Education during the College restructuring and through the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous to that, Courtney served as the Director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences for three years. Courtney received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and holds a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in healthcare administration, from Marist College. In addition to her role at ACPHS, Courtney actively practices as a hospital pharmacist for St. Peter’s Health Partners. Congratulations, Courtney!
  • Class of 2016

    Valedictorian Kara Leyden

    Hometown: Glenmont, N.Y.

    Major: Biology and sociology, Interdepartmental

    Activities: Honor Council vice chair, Red Cross treasurer, UCEMS treasurer, Leader-ship in Medicine Student Advisory Committee senior representative, organic chemistry peer tutor, Sicily study abroad, sociology summer research, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honor Society), Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology Honor Socie-ty)

    Favorite class: Biochemistry 380 with Professor Brian Cohen and Sociology Thesis with Professor David Cotter
    What I’ll miss most: Abruptly leaving campus and graduating at home during a pan-demic has made me reflect on a great deal of things I miss about Union. Each moment that I long to be back on campus stems from a desire to be once again engaged in Un-ion’s community. Union College is an incredible place with well-rounded students and world-class professors. I will miss being in an atmosphere surrounded by other young adults that emphasizes academics, personal growth and having fun. I will miss being able to casually chat with my professors and advisors, living with incredibly intelligent and inspiring friends, and being able to walk across campus and feel truly proud to be a Union student.

    Advice for incoming students: Never feel pressure that you have to have a certain col-lege experience. There is no definition of the perfect college experience—it is all trial and error until you find what brings you joy. Study something you are passionate about and take advantage of the opportunities that interest you. Try to maximize every oppor-tunity to connect with and learn from people who are different from you. Additionally, do not let any one aspect of college consume your life—keep a good balance of aca-demics, extracurriculars and relaxation.

    Life after Union: This summer I am working as a researcher for FluroTest L.L.C., a start-up biotechnology company, designing a rapid test for COVID-19. I will then start medi-cal school at Albany Medical College in August.
  • Class of 1969

    Martha Kuchar is a Professor of Literary Studies and has been teaching literature at Roanoke College in Virginia for 24 years. She is a two-time recipient of Fulbright grants. Her current interests include global literature and Slavic folklore.
  • Class of 1970

    Regina Scarano LaGatta was honored at Holy Names’ annual Partners in Education Scholarship luncheon with The Margaret Hoffman Riley Lifetime Achievement award. Regina is currently the Chief Advancement Officer at Hudson Valley Community College. In this role she works with the President on both State and Federal Government Relations and is responsible for the Office of Grants.
  • Class of 1977

    Joann Montepare resides in Bedford, Massachusetts and is a Professor of Psychology, employed at Lasell College as Director, RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies.  Joann reports that her four years at Marylrose Academy were tremendously important ones in her life and that the first Psychology class she took in senior year set her down her career path.  She learned from incredible teachers and alongside wonderful young women.  Joann said, “I was encouraged to be the most and best I could be, and had such fun doing so!”
  • Class of 1981

    Sister Joan Mary Hartigan is celebrating her 24th Jubilee as a Sister of St. Joseph. Congratulations on this exciting milestone!
  • Class of 1985

    Margaret Naughter Burns has received a B.A. English/Communications degree from LeMoyne College; a B.S. Elementary Education degree from The College of Saint Rose; and, a Masters in Literacy from SUNY Albany. She has served the Albany City School District for 23 years as a classroom teacher and the last 7 years as a Literacy Specialist working with striving readers. She has also participated in a teacher inquiry community and authored two chapters in a book called “Teaching Global Literature in the Elementary Classroom,” by Kelly Wissman. She is married and the proud mom of the most loyal and loving golden retriever named, Ernie Davis! Margaret reports that she wears her AHN ring proudly every single day as a reminder of the values and experiences shared during her high school years.
  • Class of 1987

    Kira Christenson Nelson resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts with her husband, Edward, and is self-employed as a Financial Consultant. Her grandmother, aunts and cousin are also graduates of AHN.
  • Class of 1990

    Tricia Shaw reports that at age 46 she is back in school, currently earning an AA degree in Business Administration, with a certificate in entrepreneurship from Schenectady Community College.  She is doing an internship at a local not-for-profit that supports victims of human trafficking, called Eyes Wide Open.  In her spare time, Tricia is renovating her house that was owned by her late parents.  
  • Class of 1993

    Loida Lyons Lewinter lives in Watervliet, New York and is the Principal of an elementary school in the Watervliet City School District.

    Colleen Shanahan Ryan is married to Matt Ryan and lives in Cohoes, New York. She is a Special Education Teacher in the Albany City School District.
  • Class of 1995

    Allison Dollar Relyea is a resident of Voorheesville, New York, and a physical education teacher with the Guilderland Central School District. Allison was honored with the Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award by New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, a statewide organization whose membership consists of K-16 professionals and future professionals. Allison’s assistant principal wrote, “Allison’s passion for teaching and her students never wavers. Each day she strives to be better than the day before.” Congratulations, Allison!
  • Class of 1999

    Shawna Hussey completed her BA in English and Writing at Siena College. She moved to Colorado for a stint to work in youth ministry, do some snowboarding, and enjoy life out West. Shawna then completed her MS at The College of Saint Rose in English Education and moved to Manhattan. She went back to school for a second Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently living out her dream job as a psychotherapist focusing on relationships, self-worth, and identity development. She lives in the Capital District with her husband and says that “life is pretty ideal.”
  • Class of 2000

    Stephanie Golas Friedland lives in Boston, MA and is an Instructional Technology Specialist/Library Teacher in the Newton Public Schools. Stephanie helps teachers integrate technology into their classrooms and curriculum. She and her husband welcomed a baby in 2017.
  • Class of 2002

    Alicia Marini Bloom is married to Matthew Bloom and is Vice President of Partnerships at Aspire Health. She lives in Somerset, New Jersey.
  • Class of 2003

    On October 2, 2019, CBA presented the Lynn F. and Eugene J. Zielinski ’58 Distinguished Teaching Award to AHN alumnae, Melanie Sinnott ’03 Carroll. This award celebrates CBA faculty members for their accomplishments and outstanding teaching performance. Melanie is the CBA Lasallian Animator and Spanish Department Chair. During her nine years at CBA, she developed the CBA University in High School Spanish classes through SUNY Albany, which she now teaches. Melanie works within the Theology Department, focusing on Mission and Service with the students, and she directs CBA’s Spring Musical. Congratulations, Melanie!
  • Class of 2005

    Morgan Nelligan has been living in Washington, DC since 2009 and earned a second undergraduate degree in nursing at Georgetown University. She works as a cardiac nurse in a community health clinic and is enrolled again at Georgetown studying to become a family nurse practitioner. Morgan and her husband have a dog that she claims, “must be more work than a child.”

    Beena Panicker Smereczniak married in 2017 and is the Account Supervisor at TPN Retail. Beena currently resides in Stratford, CT.

    Amanda Wingle is a Campus Sexual Assault Coordinator for the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center in Albany, New York, providing advocacy and counseling services to victims of crime. She is also the liaison between her agency and local colleges to assist them with their implementation of NYS Education Law “Enough is Enough.” Amanda is pursuing a graduate-level certificate in women and public policy at SUNY Albany.
  • Class of 2006

    Clare Conway graduated in 2006 and attended Academy of the Holy Names from first grade through twelfth grade. She is a graduate of Providence College Class of 2010 as well as Albany Law School Class of 2015. Clare has worked full-time with The Ayco Company, L.P., a Goldman Sachs Company, as a tax analyst since October 2015. Clare was awarded the 2018 Associate of the Year for the Ayco Family Office. past year and has moved to New York City to pursue a 7-year residency at Cornell’s hospital New York Presbyterian.
  • Class of 2011

    Michelle Polacinski graduated from Binghamton University and has pursued a career in the film industry. She has worked for The Food Network, NBC, ABC, Lionsgate, as well as YouTube channel Glozell Green and SoulPancake. Michelle is currently working on a documentary about a commonly prescribed antibiotic and its scientific properties - an antibiotic that Michelle, herself, experienced a near-death reaction upon taking. Michelle resides in Los Angeles, California, and hopes to release her documentary later this year.
  • Class of 2013

    Amanda Pentak went to SUNY Oneonta and graduated with a Bachelors in Science degree in Psychology. She has been employed as an assistant loan processor at Homestead Funding Corp. since graduation. Amanda is also a full-time graduate student at The College of Saint Rose working toward a masters in school counseling. She will be graduating in May, 2020 and hopes to move to the Rochester area. She says she loved her experience at Holy Names. As a student from Kindergarten to senior year, she formed lifelong friendships that continue to thrive to this day. Amanda’s fondest memories include Spring and Fall pep rallies, the Thanksgiving song contest, and her favorite – window painting at Christmastime. Amanda’s mother, Molly Pentak, is currently the Physical Education teacher and softball coach at AHN.
  • Class of 2014

    Regan Edwards graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2018 with a major in Accounting and an International Business Certificate. She is currently pursuing a CPA license. Regan studied abroad for a semester in Rome and completed two summer study programs through Notre Dame in China and Japan, focusing on the business landscape in those countries. Regan recently said, “I can honestly say that without Holy Names, I would not be where I am today. AHN was an empowering place that encouraged each girl to perform to her full potential.”