Class of 1960
3 alumnae from the class of 1960 are being celebrated for 60 years of service as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
Academy of the Holy Names congratulates Mary Ellen Holohan, Mary Pat Vandercar, and Janet Walton, and is grateful to them for their service.
Mary Ellen Holohan (Sister M. Alice Elizabeth)
In her early ministries, Sister Mary Ellen was a secondary school science educator at SNJM schools in Key West, FL., Silver Spring, MD and Albany, NY. She also did pastoral care and outreach ministry in a low-income Albany parish. She served twice in congregational leadership in Quebec as well as twice in provincial leadership in Oregon. She continues to contribute her skills and insights in consultive ways.
Mary Pat Vandercar (Sister M. Peter David)
Sister Mary Pat’s ministry began with elementary school teaching, followed by nine years in school administration, including principal of the elementary school at AHN, Tampa. Subsequently, she used her History degree by maintaining Province archives and helping researchers access SNJM documents on topics including slavery and piracy. Her administrative skills helped her manage the Albany Convent grounds and provide technology support at AHN, Albany for over a decade.
Janet’s 60 years of ministry on the East Coast includes teaching music at The Arts Center and at AHN, Albany, lecturing and writing about worship and the arts at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and consulting in U.S. synagogues. In retirement, she accompanies refugees as they settle into New York. She is filled with gratitude for family, friends and strangers who have taught her to live with openness, resilience, hope and happiness.
Maryclaire Witbeck Osegueda, Class of 1986
After a long career as a non profit executive Maryclaire decided to return to school to pursue a Master's Degree. She got her MBA in Accounting in May of 2020 and started a new job as a federal government contract auditor not long after. Maryclaire is currently studying for the Certified Internal Auditor exam and hopefully will have that designation soon.
Michelle Mahon, Class of 1990
Michelle, who works as Director of Development at University at Albany, recently began her term as the President of the Junior League of Albany.
Kristen Staikos, Class of 1991
Kristen is on the Board of Yale New Haven Health as a member of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center (which provides care regardless of ability to pay) and has chaired Yale’s Pink Pledge Campaign four times. This year the campaign reached celebrity status with the Mombies performing at our Kick-Off Pep Rally
. The committee painted the town PINK-street lamps, Town Hall, Police and Fire Stations, the Town Green, and the highlight this year was painting pink stripes down the streets in town, all to increase awareness.
Morgan Nelligan Weisz, Class of 2005
Morgan is living and working in Washington DC as a Family Nurse Practitioner, working in Women’s Health. She and her husband Josh have 2 children, two year old Gavin and Zoe, 5 months.
Jacqueline Parrotta Lenoci, Class of 2006
Jacqueline recently moved back to the Capital Region to start a new position as a Glaucoma and Cataract Surgeon at Glaucoma Consultants of the Capital Region, PLLC.
Grace Loughney Harrington, Class of 2008
Grace just completed her first marathon-she ran in the New York City marathon on November 6, 2022!
Michelle Polacinski, Class of 2011
Michelle was honored at the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region’s 2022 Resourceful Women of the Year event. She was recognized for her work in the arts through her organization 518 Film Network.
Cate Vivian, Class of 2014
Catie graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 2018, and accepted a position with E&J Gallo Winery shortly thereafter. After working as a sales representative for a few years, Cate was promoted to District Manager of a sales team; after a year and a half in that role, Cate just accepted her newest role as a Market Development Manager based out of Northern Virginia.
Anna Milton, Class of 2015
Anna graduated from Pepperdine University in 2019, and moved back to NY after graduation. She started in commercial real estate/development in NYC at Tishman Speyer, then moved on to receive a certificate of Interior Design from Parsons School of Design. Anna started working for Monica Fried Design, with projects in Manhattan and The Hamptons. She’s now in LA and branching out on her own with her company Ann Milton Interiors. (annamiltoninteriors.com
Maureen Dolan, Class of 1984
Maureen has enjoyed a thirty-year career as an educator with the City School District of Albany. Currently, she’s a Middle School Math Enrichment Specialist. Maureen has been blessed with two sons.
Danielle LeBuis-Koenig, Class of 1994
Danielle has been teaching at AHN for 17 years!
Shannon Flynn, Class of 1995
Shannon is a mother of three amazing daughters - one will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Fall, another that will be attending Grinnell College and my last will be a senior.
Rachel Christiansen, Class of 1997
After teaching in Albany City Schools for 12 years, Rachel started a photography business. Her studio has been open for almost 10 years. She married her husband, Tim, in 2008 and they have three children.
Patti Kalista, Class of 1997
Pattie is a pharmacist, married to Jamie Kalista with 2 boys ages 6 and 3.
Jennifer O’Hara, Class of 1997
Jennifer has coached gymnastics for 20 years, and is a teacher for Questar.
Daisy Paglia, Class of 1997
Daisy graduated from Albany Law School in 2006 and works as a legal editor for the NYS court system. She and her husband have an 8-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son.
Susan Panicker-Cayo, Class of 1997
Susan lives in Connecticut, and is married, with a 5-year old son. She’s been working in market research /brand insights for most of her career. I have a Master’s degree in Marketing Intelligence, and have been working for Oracle A.
Shaunna Pastuszak, Class of 1997
Shaunna teaches 8th grade social studies in the South Colonie School District.
Lisa Phalen, Class of 1997
Since graduating from Holy Names Lisa went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and in Nursing. She has been working as a registered nurse at Rush University Medical center as an oncology nurse.
Helen Annely, Class of 2002
Helen is still doing theater. She recently starred in a local production of Fun Home alongside her daughter. Helen works for Epidemiology Bureau of Immunization as a school vaccine auditor.
Johanna Fedorow, Class of 2002
Johanna has recently received her MSN in education. She worked as a front line worker in the Emergency Department at Albany Medical Center through the entire COVID-19 pandemic.
Joanne Kemnitz, Class of 2010
Joanne received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Niagara University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education from the College of Saint Rose. She works as a Behavior Intervention Specialist for Arc GLOW. Joanne got married in 2016 and has two sons.
Patricia Erickson, Class of 2011
Patricia is working on her Ph.D in epidemiology and completing her thesis research at the National Cancer Institute.
Tess Diefendorf, Class of 2012
Tess graduated from American University with a Communications degree. She went on to work as a graphic designer/digital producer at the Case Foundation for 4 years, a family foundation based in Washington, DC. In February of 2020 she made the move to NYC to work at an advertising agency. In February of this year Tess made a permanent move to Denver, CO while still working remotely for the same agency. She’s enjoying the change from city life and is grateful for all the visitors she’s already had out there.
Aislyn DiRisio, Class of 2012
Aislyn graduated with honors from Cornell University in 2016 with a degree in biology & public health. While she was there she competed for and was the captain / coach of the figure skating team. She is now finishing up her MD and MS at Mount Sinai in New York, where she has published a number of peer reviewed articles and presented her research nationally. Aislyn recently took advantage of some free time to visit and catch up with friends around the country before beginning her position as a resident physician at UCLA’s Department of Neurosurgery.
Quinn Massaroni, Class of 2012
Quinn completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Rhode Island (Bryant University), where she studied Politics and Law, Communications, and competed as a varsity athlete on Bryant’s Division I Women’s Soccer team. After completing graduate school, Quinn began her career in sustainable finance and ESG in Boston. Most recently, she relocated to Denver for a position at Janus Henderson Investors where she continues this work, focused on integrating sustainability in investment decisions.
Meghan McCarty, Class of 2012
Meghan graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. While at FIT, she completed a number of internships, including ones at Chanel, Barneys NY, and at the Women’s Wear Daily offices in Paris. She started her career on the buying team at Christian Louboutin and worked there for 5 years. She now works at Alexander McQueen as the Women’s Handbag and Accessories Buyer, traveling regularly to Europe and across the US to understand business needs, curate assortments, and maximize sales opportunities.
Catherine Maloy, Class of 2013
Catherine graduated from Boston College with double majors in finance and marketing, and a minor in history. During her time at BC, she also ran Division 1 cross country and track and field, and was selected as captain her senior year. Upon graduation, Catherine moved to New York City and began working as a corporate financial planner. Catherine now lives in Seattle and works for Amazon Web Services as a senior financial analyst in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning division.
Amanda Pentak, Class of 2013
Since graduating from Academy of the Holy Names Amanda has gone on to get her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at SUNY Oneonta, continuing on to The College of Saint Rose to get her Master's degree in School Counseling. Amanda lives outside of Rochester, NY and works as a full time K-2 Elementary School Counselor.
Jessica LaPlant, Class of 2019
Jessica is at the US Naval Academy; she was selected for midshipman 6th battalion for next semester, one of only six in the entire brigade, and in charge of 5 companies!
Paige Lewis, Class of 2020
Paige is attending Howard University.
Liz Wilson, Class of 2020
Liz completed a 13 week boot camp in Paris Island, SC. She then went on to graduate from Marine Core Combat Training in Camp Geiger, NC. Liz was stationed at a Navy base in Mississippi for schooling in aircraft maintenance administration, and is now stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan.
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 kathleenyanas.arbonne.com.
Members of the class of 1958 gathered for a holiday luncheon, celebrating over 60 years of friendship!
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 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 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 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 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.