Check out the first edition of the e-newsletter, Connections, for AHN Alumnae! You asked to be more informed about what fellow classmates and friends were doing, and what is going on at AHN, so please review this new newsletter and let us know what you think!

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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.”