Mount Saint Dominic Academy


Alumnae Notes

Sister Mildred Haipt, OSU ’46 volunteers daily at Servion Girls Academy, a middle school for underserved girls in New Castle, Delaware – a school Sister helped to establish.

Phyllis Matarazzo Kopt ’51 is enjoying her 14 grandchildren who all “give me such love and hope for the future.”

Mary Degnan Flynn ’52 is proud to tell us that her son, Cmdr. Robert J. Flynn, USN is the new executive officer for the Blue Angels.

Margaret Gonsalves Patrick ’53 retired from her position as bookstore manager at Delbarton School, Morristown, NJ. She is still getting used to exploring new opportunities and enjoying family time.

Carole Dwyer Collins ’53 was inducted into Caldwell University’s Hall of Fame for her achievements on Caldwell’s women’s basketball team.

Valerie Oliver Monaco ’58 lectures through Indian River State, Florida on the topic “My Journey with Breast Cancer.” She is proud and thankful to be a cancer survivor.

Regina Comer Noble ’59 retired from social casework and is now teaching NUTRITION– on line and through community colleges.

Lorraine Turner Ruffing ’61 has authored United Nations Center on Transnational Corporations: Corporate Conduct and the Public Interest.

Marion Brady Hagovsky ’61 is a realtor broker associate with Kienlen Lottmann Sotheby’s International Realty. She has 4 children, 7 grandchildren, ages 2-15. Marion’s youngest son, Gil Brady, is an actor in theatre, film and television.

Sister Ave Clark OP ’62, an Amityville Dominican, received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Queens, New York Lion’s Club.

Toni Schleifer Paul ’62 enjoys life in New Hampshire, spending time with her children and grandchildren. She continues to travel and to ski – both snow and water.

Dr. Joanne Cafiero ’63 works as an autism consultant in Maryland, instructing teachers and families technology-based communication intervention, in the United States, Asia and Australia.

Linda Schlegel Pastorino ’65 has retired from the Bloomfield school system, after 42 years of teaching. Her daughter, Kate Pastorino ’04 is currently teaching second grade in Upper Montclair, NJ.

Major Mary Flynn O’Brien ’76 retired from the Army. She is currently residing in Reston, Virginia and working for the Federal Government.

Dawn Voss Maguire ’82 has been married for 26 years and has 3 children. She is a teacher and the president of a parents group who create recreational activities and events for special needs children.

Jane P. Madden ’83 – Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm announced Jane Madden has joined the firm as Managing Director, Head of Corporate Responsibility. Madden has 25 years experience as an authority on corporate responsibility strategy. Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) performance: and communications. She is a senior member of the firm’s U.S. Corporate and Financial Practice.

Laura Hall ’98 was named a partner in the New York office of Allen-Overy LLP. Her practice focuses on complex cross border litigation and bankruptcy.

Mary Shaw ’06 teaches pre-school in Roseland, NJ.

Grace Gennaro ’09 is attending the Physican Assistance Program at Stony Brook University, New York. She is earning her Masters of Science and will be licensed to practice as a physician assistant after completing the 2 year program and passing the national certifying exam.

Danielle Painter ’09 graduated from Loyola University, Maryland, cum laude in 2013. She is currently working on her Masters in Speech Pathology at Montclair State University, NJ.

Madelyn (Maddy) Renzetti ’10 received her white coat from the School of Medicine at Temple University Shriners Hospital’s Pediatric Research Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Stasia Rogacki ’10 was commissioned into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps on May 28, 2014. Stasia attended and graduated the Medical Service Basic Officer Leaders Course before posting to her first duty assignment at Fort Bragg, NC. She subsequently attended and graduated the United States Army Basic Airborne School, where she was selected as the Officer Honor Graduate for her class. Stasia first served as a Platoon Leader for a Medical Company, responsible for the treatment and evacuation of over 4,500 Soldiers within the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. She currently is a Platoon Leader and Medical Officer for the 3 Squadron, 73rd Calvary Regiment within the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. In this position, Stasia is the sole medical officer responsible for the medical plans and operations of the Squadron, while simultaneously managing the operations of a 40 man platoon and the Squadron’s Aid Station. Stasia’s unit is scheduled to assume the lead element within Global Response Force on December 16,2015, which means she and her team are capable of deploying anywhere in the world within 18 hours of notification and render medical care to those in her Squadron.

Lina Smorra ’12 was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study abroad at the London School of Economics this summer. Living in the UK was such an enriching experience filled with new friends, amazing history, and memorable adventures. She also had a wonderful weekend trip in Brussels, Belgium, and traveled to Paris, Rome, Florence, and Venice. She is excited to be returning to New York City in the fall for her final year at Barnard, but London will always have a special place in her heart.

Alexis Havrilla ’14 is entering her 2nd year at Wheaton College in Massachusetts where she is majoring in Psychology. Alexis continues to play softball for Wheaton College Lyons. This past summer she interned at the Alpine Group: Autism Treatment Center in Paramus, NJ, where she worked with the children and did research. Emilyrose Havrilla ’11 plays for Wellesley College Blue. The sisters were asked to sing the National Anthem for the April 10, 2015 game.

Havana Blehl ’14, traveled to Ghana with Saha Global, the non-profit group which provided the sustainable model to build a water treatment center in one of Ghana’s many villages. Havana and her team were trained in the purification method and implemented this system into the village where they stayed.

After 34 years as principal of St. John’s School in Clark, Sister Donna Marie O’Brien has announced her retirement. She was honored recently at a special liturgy marking the occasion and expressing the gratitude of parishioners, students and parents for her leadership during more than three decades of commitment. During Sister Donna Marie’s tenure, St. John’s was designated as a national Blue Ribbon School. Among other positive changes during Sister’s tenure mentioned in her citation, were the addition of preschool programs, before and after care programs, continually upgrading technology, and above all, “keeping the curriculum Christ-centered.”





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