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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 consultee 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.

Stefania Bonnani ’20

Is a junior at Fordham University, and one of four students nominated for a scholarship provided by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship Foundation. The foundation provides scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Stefania is a Biological Sciences major and minors in Environmental Studies.

Liz Wilson ’20

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.

Jessica LaPlant ’19

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!

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.

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.

Anna Milton ‘15

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.

Cate Vivian ’14

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. Read more of her story here.

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