Mount Saint Dominic Academy


Career Day

Alumnae and current parents joined us on Career Day to share career expertise with The Mount. Students attended sessions to learn about the unique path that presenters have taken to achieve their personal career success. The morning began with a beautiful sampling of musical and vocal talent, an inspirational talk from a career coach, and a reflection on how The Mount has been influential in the life of an alumna.

The opening of Career Day was shared by three contributors: Karen Levandoski ’09, a recent graduate of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, Laura Berman Fortgang, Life Coach, and Meghan Doyle Zimmerman ’92, Monmouth County Prosecutor. Karen Levandoski performed an aria. Her magnificent soprano voice filled the performing arts space with opera music. She also played piano and sang a selection from her concept album. Next in the order of presenters was Laura Berman Fortgang, a life coach who shared her story of finding her career path and discovering along the way that,

“Nothing is a waste – every experience

will teach you something.”


Concluding the address, Meghan Doyle Zimmerman fondly recalled her days at The Mount. She wondered where the payphone was (Meghan called her parents many times from that phone booth and stated that students today don’t know how fortunate they are to have handy technology!) and marveled at changes and improvements in the facilities at MSDA. She shared that a Mount education has given her an attitude that,

“I can do anything.”


She told the girls to let the rumor about “nuns being hard” to continue…an education at a Catholic school carries great respect. She is grateful for the gift of the Mount education she received and grateful for her parents’ sacrifice in sending her to Mount St. Dominic. In her conclusion she welcomed the students into a greater Mount family – as graduates of MSDA, they all share a common bond and will be connected for a lifetime.

Following the morning address, students then participated in smaller groups to hear individuals speak about their careers. We are grateful to current parents for presenting:

Patricia Herbert P’15, Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant with the Morris School District;

Sherry Hutchins-Henderson P’16, Judge on the Vicinage 5 Superior Court in New Jersey;

Theresa Matkovits P’18, Biochemist, Molecular Biologist, and Pharmaceutical Clinical Researcher;

Laura Smith P’17, Associate Director of Sales and Marketing Operations in Novartis Pharmaceuticals, US Oncology operating division.

Successful Mount faculty also presented:

Marissa Muoio ’08, MA in School Library Media with a concentration in Instructional Technology;

Michelle Posner P’13, Tech Supervisor, Production Manager and Associate Director for the Mount’s productions;

Sr. Patricia Tully, OP, MA in Early Childhood Education, MA in Administration.

Additional alumnae and associates were present to share in the day:

Lizzy Andretta ’08, Actress; recently completed her masters of fine arts at the British East 15 Acting School at the University of Essex Drama School in England and spoke of her journey in the field of acting, including her performances in Henry VI Part III at the Globe Theatre in London, Come Back to the 5 & Dime at the Tristin Bates Theatre in London and Three Sisters at the Russian University Theatre in Russia;

Natalie Behman ’04, Fashion Business Owner;

Ann Marie O’Rourke Brasco ’95, Author, Writer, and Columnist;

Gina Capozza ’07, Fine Artist, Graphic Designer, and Photographer; founder of Original Design Studio, a boutique design firm, creating everything from fine art to graphic design to photography and specializes in fashions related brands and concepts;

Katie Carnazza ’07, Research Technician in Radiochemistry at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY; works in a radiochemistry lab that focuses on developing novel imaging agents for better diagnosis and treating different types of cancer;

Patricia Marra Cistaro ’93, Lawyer;

Amy Galarowicz, Engineer in Manufacturing Sector;

Katherine G. Herbert, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Montclair State University;

Marie Jackson DMD ’05, Dentist and Business Owner of Stellar Smile Center;

Patrice Blum Lisante ’77; Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist

Janice Molinari ’87, Producer, Director, and Director of Photography;

Kellianne K. Martin, OTD, OTR ’95, Occupational Therapist, specializing in pediatrics;

Jennifer Russoniello ’00, Family Law;

Kristina Della Pia Scorpo ’06, maternal-child Registered Nurse at Saint Barnabas;

Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer ’86, New Jersey General Assemblywoman 29th Legislative District;

Jaime Tripp Utitus ’93, MA in Special Education in Urban Environments and Author;

Veronica Yankowski ’92, Photojournalist.

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