CLASS NOTES

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 Walton
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.

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: https://www.st-cath.org/post/fundraising-expert-will-bolsters-philanthropic-effort-for-st-catherine-s-center-for-children

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- https://unified-beerworks.com/

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!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737586096/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_glt_fabc_WBM7FCD70KTXXMBEEEXV
 

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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List of 20 news stories.

  • 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.”