Alumnae

Once a Star, always a Star!

STA alumnae are proud and numerous – more than 7,000 strong!

STA is excited to welcome alumnae to campus (and virtually) for exciting activities throughout the year. Please consider attending and/or volunteering your time when possible. You’ll love reconnecting with STA and your many classmates!

We welcome your support through the STA Alumnae Association. Your annual fee supports alumnae-related events and activities, and also underwrites numerous freshman scholarships each year.

Let’s stay in touch!

Have you moved, gotten a new job or changed your email address? Let us know! We want to keep you up-to-date on the great things happening at STA!

Become an STA liaison!

Class representatives serve as liaisons between STA and their graduating class. They help us update contact information and news about their classmates, volunteer for alumnae events, and encourage classmates to support the Academy through eMentoring, involvement with students, attendance at STA events, and financial support. These individuals enjoy reaching out to their classmates and strengthening the STA sisterhood.

If you are interested in becoming a class representative or have any questions regarding your class, please email Paula Holmquist or call 816-501-0022.

Find your class representative below.

 

1940
Jean Aylward Dunn

1941
Catherine “Katy” Bush Ormsby

1943
Marybeth Malsie Swartz O’Malley

1945
Pat Ferris

1948
Barbara Reitz Schweiger

1950
Joan Lodde McGee

1951
Marilyn Carrigan Fennesy

1952
Susan Cowherd Bradley

1953
Antoinette “Mimi” Kopp Powers

1954
Anita DeFeo Schneider

1955
Rita Hall Cloud

1957
Peggy Gramlich Baker
Sharon O’Connor Potts

1958
Susan Mayer Matney

1959
Mary Ann Dunn Brown
Gayle Danzo Johnson

1960
Patricia “Pat” Geraghty Clark

1961
Darleen Kerwin Porch
Jill Churchman Wall
Joanne Moyer Kurre
Kathleen O’Connor Lombardo
Ginnie Melzarek Scearce
Michele Bailey Kizer

1962
Cathy Hughes Marx
Julie Trotter

1963
Marjorie Grindinger Lampton
Roberta Lancaster
Betsy Bowes Wooden

1964

1965
Kathy McGinley
Katie McGonigle Daniels
Susan Sullivan Hodes

1966
Carol Hancock Sindelar
Maggie Mitchell

1967
Marianne Kelly Sears
Mary Jo Giblin Saviano

1968
Anne Devaney Bergamis

1969
Kathleen Fleming Barry
Nan Tiehen Bone
Louanne Hein

1970
Ellen Baty
Molly McCaffrey Gallagher

1971
Kathy Haake Walters
Susie Hodes Dalton
Jan Stephenson

1972
Molly McGannon Sauder
Michelle Wainstock Salzman

1973
Mary Kay O’Malley

1974
Karen Komoroski

1975
Sylvia Guerra
Mary Heshion McCalla

1976
Patty Haake Herr
Mary Hilboldt Bessenbacher

1977
Nancy Brown Grasse
Debbie Duchardt Conklin
Carol Rost
Paula Schweiger Holmquist

1978
Megan Burke Viviano
Mary Ann Cartella Cappo
Peggy Daly Sparks
Moira Kelly Healy

1979
Susan Cordes Farley
Terry Raumschuh
Jeanette Ross LePique

1980
Jennifer Keller Petree

1981
Terrill Allen
Kathy Baker Rohr
Tracey Franklin Bradford
Sue Staab Leisman
Mary Lewis Cary
Sheila Lillis
Debbie Lombardino Staab

1982
Colleen Dorrian Egan
Mary Pat Simmons Roewicz

1983
Mary Beth Rice Andersson
Susan Sterner Spence

1984
Maureen Malley O’Toole
Mary Padilla

1985
Amy Latenser
Carol Martin Tracy

1986
Theresa Becker

1987
Marion Spence Pierson

1988
Jenny Chapin Woods
Liz Handlen

1989
Bridget Baker
Lisa Gumby Williams
Dana Patterson Nelson
Erica Walton Nunez

1990
Andrea Ways Newman

1991
Amy Blickhan
Andrea Gunn Henderson
Ellen Reiter Klem

1992
Mary Waris Oades

1993
Kate Coughlin Rettig
Melissa Mereghetti
Jenny Craig Karpinski
Susan Oxler Hermes

1994
Megan Clarke Tunley
Melissa Oades Grams

1995
Nikki Jones
Nichelle Renaud

1996
Jill Trozzolo Wuetherich
Amy Aldrich

1997
Colleen McEvoy Schorgl

1998
Beth Brown
Kelli Dowd Kimbrell
Stacy Porto

1999
Jessica Schechter Thomas
Brooke Kuechler Harris

2000
Maggie Coleman Goldborough
Jessica Dotson Hagen

2001
Paloma Juarez
Jean Neenan Launder
Erin Smith O’Laughlin
Mary Stanley
Stephanie Walters

2002
Katie Barry Benge
Teresa Gabhart Durkin
Gwen McGaughey Hoefer
Beth VanDyke Jerome
Kristen Walker

2003
Kate Gibbs

2004
Annie Haden Tweedy
Emily Mulloy Dack

2005
Allison Brown Quinn
Leslie Herring
Amy Kuhnlein
Kathleen Musgrave Spiking

2006
Molly Wilkerson Green

2007
Tracy Haden Peterson
Kelly Nelson

2008
Mary Clara Hutchison

2009
Caroline Campbell
Lauren Damico

2004
Annie Haden Tweedy
Emily Mulloy Dack

2005
Allison Brown Quinn
Leslie Herring
Amy Kuhnlein
Kathleen Musgrave Spiking

2006
Molly Wilkerson Green

2007
Tracy Haden Peterson
Kelly Nelson

2008
Mary Clara Hutchison

2009
Caroline Campbell
Lauren Damico

2010
Anne Schwartz
Jordan Miller Nulton

2011
Taylor Kramer
Maddie Lueke Watts
Anna McTygue

2012
Shannen Freeman
Nicole Kamradt
McLaren O’Rear
Sara Pence

2013
Holly Fielder
Carrie Hudson Williams

2014
Elena Flores
Katie Tampke
Molly Waris

2015
Sydney Edmonds
Samantha Smith

2016
Mary Catherine Egan
Anna Hafner
Katherine Mediavilla
Kellie O’Toole
Darby Pederson
Maddie Summers

2017
Payton Drummond
Hannah Grant
Claire McCann
Anna Moore
Tess Rellihan

2018
Emilie Blanck
Annabelle Cusumano
Maureen Egan
Maura Graham
Edie Livers
Gabrielle Martinez
Olivia Matlock
Sal Scott

2019
Lizzie Concannon
Maggie Fielder
Gabrielle Mesa
Margaux Renee

2020
Faith Andrews-O’Neal
Liv DeSantis
Dalaney Hupke 
Maggie Rowland 

2021
Marie Bruck
Ava Fitzgerald
Ava Larson
Emily Majors
Maggie McInerney

 

Spring 2022 Edition

This issue of Starbeams provides a glimpse into how, guided by our mission, St. Teresa’s Academy impacts the community around us. From students to faculty, to parents, alumnae and friends of the Academy, your impact is felt far and wide.

View the Spring 2022 edition.

Spring 2021 Edition

This edition of Starbeams focuses on empowered women – alumnae, friends and students – who are changing the world through leadership.

View the Spring 2021 edition.

Established in 2009, the St. Teresa’s Academy Distinguished Alumna Award formally recognizes an alumna who has positively and substantially influenced her profession(s), her community(s) or issues affecting society at large. For more information, contact Paula Holmquist.

2021 Distinguished Alumna

Tracie Davidson (’00) Baker, STA’s 2021 Distinguished Alumna

2021 Distinguished Alumna Award

Turning tragedy into loss, Tracie (Davidson, ‘00) Baker exemplifies the spirit of hope, giving and faith.

Tracie and her husband Kevin were blessed with a son, Logan, in 2011. Logan — a beautiful boy with his mother’s blue eyes — was welcomed into the world with loving arms and an abundance of joy. Within a few hours of his birth, however, he developed alarming symptoms related to his movements and breathing, and was subsequently diagnosed with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD). He lived a brief but love-filled 17 months.

CMD is the name for a group of muscular dystrophies that share an unfortunate commonality — muscle weakness that begins in infancy or very early childhood. Although children with CMD can have different symptoms, rates of progression and degrees of severity, most exhibit progressive muscle weakness primarily affecting voluntary muscles. There currently is no cure for CMD.

Friends and family members immediately came to the Bakers’ sides to support them through this challenging time, only to find Logan’s parents providing guidance through their own grace. “Tracie has always been a source of positive energy,” says Tracie’s friend Bridget (Glynn, ‘00) Krieger, “but to watch her transform into a mother and champion who effused endless love and determination to give Logan the best possible life was nothing short of inspirational.” Logan’s short life was filled with activities — swimming, listening to music, going on stroller rides, creating artwork, traveling to the beach, and being part of many family outings and celebrations.

Logan’s loss spurred Tracie and Kevin to ensure his legacy would live on. Their first action was to save others’ lives through organ donation. On Valentine’s Day 2013, a three-year-old girl received Logan’s heart. She is thriving to this day. Tracie continues to advocate for organ donation, serving as advisory board chair at Midwest Transplant Network.

Tracie and her husband started the Logan Baker Foundation in 2013 to honor their son and help children in the Kansas City area with special needs. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised over $200,000 to provide adaptive equipment, therapy training, inclusive playgrounds and to support Cure CMD, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and MDA and Cure SMA (spinal muscular atrophy, formerly named Families of SMA).

“I’m honored to be recognized with STA’s Distinguished Alumna Award,” says Tracie. “It’s another way of honoring Logan, and the love and life he brought as a result of his brief time here.”

Tracie lives in Prairie Village, Kansas, with her husband Kevin and their two living children, Levi, 6, and Lyla, 4. She is a design manager at Russell Stover Chocolates, where she has worked for the last 17 years

 

Previous Distinguished Alumna Award Recipients

 

Suzanne (Hoag, ’70) Johnson, 2020 Distinguished Alumna

2019 Distinguished Alumna

Aileen (Altman, ’62) Richmond, 2019 Distinguished Alumna

Dana (Tippin, ’82) Cutler, 2018 Distinguished Alumna

Susie Haake (’67), 2017 Distinguished Alumna

Peggy (Gramlich, ’57) Baker, 2016 Distinguished Alumna

Teresa (Orpin, ’78) Hamilton, 2015 Distinguished Alumna

Marylyn (Geraghty, ’54) DeFeo, 2014 Distinguished Alumna

Kelly (Crawford, ’88) Friendly, 2013 Distinguished Alumna

Martha (Leahy, ’62) Staker, 2012 Distinguished Alumna

Rosemary O’Leary (’73), 2011 Distinguished Alumna

Patrice (Jo Ann) Coolick, CSJ (’58), 2010 Distinguished Alumna

Martha (Meagher, ’61) Downey, 2009 Distinguished Alumna

Opening bid!

The STA Bridge Stars have been wearing their game faces since 2012. This wonderful group of parents, alumnae, and friends of the Academy meet in Windmoor Center to play bridge on the first Wednesday of every month during the school year. In addition to providing great fun, membership fees fund a scholarship for a deserving young woman at STA.

The STA Bridge Stars have been gathering monthly since 2012 for competitive fun and scholarship funding.