Spotlight on Alumnae

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Gayle Danzo Johnson has served on the national board of the Ladies of Charity USA since 2006.  As National President of the Vincentian AIC-Ladies of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul during 2013-2014 she facilitated the move of the national office to Kansas City, Missouri at 850 Main Street.  The Ladies were founded in the United States in 1857 in St. Louis, Missouri. As a a member of the AIC (International Association of Charities of St. Vincent de Paul) executive board she is helping plan the 400th aniversary of the founding by St. Vincent de Paul in Chatillion, France in 1617.  The Ladies of Charity is the oldest organized all volunteer organization in the world.  It consist of only women volunteers worldwide, nearly 275,000 in 53 countries.  The 400th celebration will be held in March 2017 in Chatillion, France.

Emma Kempster Beaver and her husband welcomed their 12th great grandchild into the world.  They also have 10 grandchildren.  They have traveled extensively throughout the western part of the U.S.  They lost a daughter to cancer in August.  Their grandson is heading to Afganistan as a Black Hawk Pilot.


Kathleen McGinley Ph.D. retired a few years ago after 20 years as a disability advocate and public policy leader in Washington DC.  Currently she is President of the Friends of the Jonson County Library Board.  Her advocacy skills came in handy as she worked for a tax increase for the Library, Parks and Recreation, and Transit services.  She was  successful despite the efforts of anti-tax zealots.  She now enjoys traveling with her partner Don Winkler to the Netherlands, France and England and beyond.



Siobhan (Bonnie) Kellerman Sprecace
was recently named one of the Denver Post 'Colorado Voices' columnists and have written several columns for the paper in the past few monts.  Click on the link to read one of her articles.



Erin Kiekbusch Gabert was married on October 17, 2015 to Bart Gabert and became step-mom (or bonus mom as she like to call it) to Carter (11), Aiden (10) and Lauren (7).  She is heading ino her 4th year working for the American Heart Association and her second year as the Senoir Community Health Director (previously marketing director.)  After losing her father along with many other family members and a close friend to Heart Disease, the American Heart Association isn't just a job but her passion.

Michaela Hand Soyland and her husband, Jason, welcomed their first child, Arthur Michael Soyland, on Saturday, August 22nd at 10:42 p.m. He weighed in at 9 lbs 2 oz and was 22 inches long. They live in Waldo and work for Cerner Corporation where they met. 


Erin Smith O'Laughlin sent in a beautiful photo of three generations of St. Teresa girls complete with her baby dressed up for Halloween as an STA girl.  Grandmother Michelle Giblin Smith from the class of 1974, Erin from the class of 2001 and Erin's baby, Diana O'Laughlin from the great class of 2033 enjoyed the great Halloween.



Beth VanDyke Jerome married Mark Jerome on June 13th at St. Elizabeth's Church, with a reception following at the Clubhouse on Baltimore. The couple lives in Waldo. Jeanie Neenan Launder '01 served as Matron of Honor, Teresa Gabhart Durkin '02, and Sally Aldrich '99 were bridesmaids and Susie Vreeland '02 was the photographer.  All in all a very STA event! Beth currently works as a technology teacher at Visitation School.


Mykale Hogan Elbe
just accepted a new position at Maryville University to start teaching beginning in the fall of 2015.  She will continue working part time at a People's Health Center, an underserved clinic in St. Louis, MO.  She will be finishing up her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) with an expected graduation date of May 2016 from Saint Louis University.

Chantele Heaphy Newsom
married Kyle Newsom on June 6, 2015 on thier farm in Mexico, MO.  In addition to their farm, Kyle and Chantele both work for the university housing development company American Campus Communities.  Kyle works as an operations Specialist with his region covering the Eastern states with travel to great locations such as Washington DC and New York.  Chantele manages a property in Columbia, MO.

Claire Galusha attended Philadelphia Textile, earning a degree in fashion design.  She then moved to New York to begin a career in fashion.  There she designed womenswear for companies such as Loft, Ruff Hewn, Macy's, Nike, The Limited and Urban Outfitters.  Claire is currently living in Los Angeles designing for Lucky Brand.  On weekends she works on illustration projects and enjoys the sunny L.A. weather.  She recently became engaged to her boyfriend of four years.

Juana Summers
was named to The New Guard: The 50 Most Influential Women in America.  Click here to read more.


Cydney Chibnall 
has been selected for a prestigious 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to France, a highly prized honor that will give her the chance to work abroad as an English teaching assistant. During each of the past three years, more than 150 applicants have vied for the six teaching grants available annually in France.  Following her passion for education and desire to immerse herself in the study of language acquisition, Chibnall will teach English as a second language at a high school. In addition, she will explore French culture and regional language. She also plans to volunteer in afterschool programs that will cover both academic and recreational activities, such as tutoring and athletics.