Class Notes – Fall 2016

Saint Mary Class Notes


Aimee Beers Vaught, A’44, Fayetteville, Ga., celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends.

Clara Brogan, A’45, Concord, N.H., retired 25 yearsago from the Concord and Merrimack Valley School Districts as a music teacher—but in her retirement, she’s continued as a weekly storyteller for the young children.

Clara Brogan - Saint Mary Class Notes

Used with permission from the “Concord Monitor.”

Sr. Mary Laura
Huddleston, A’49, C’61
Kansas City, Kan., was awarded the 2016 Honorary Governor Award at the American Royal Volunteer Appreciation Event. Sister has served as chaplain and archivist for many years and has been given the gift of ‘beef’ from the Championship auction, which in turn has benefitted the “Welcome Central” project for the past two years. Welcome Central, an outreach ministry of the SCLs in collaboration with area churches, is a community resource to help persons connect with social services and provide other assistance.


Sr. Constance Phelps, C’62, Leavenworth, Kan.,became SCL community director on July 17. She servedSaint Mary for 27 years as a professor in sociology, vicepresident of student life/dean of students, and interimpresident. In recent years, she has been a processfacilitator/consultant for religious congregations.

SCL Community Council

Holding candles symbolic of the spirit of their newleadership, left to right, the new SCL Community Council: Sr. Constance Phelps, C’62, community director;
Sr. Eileen Haynes, C’77, first councilor; Sr. Amy Willcott, C’83, councilor; Sr. Phyllis Stowell, C’73, councilor; Sr. Jean Anne Panisko, C’69, treasurer, and Sr. Peg Johnson, C’71, secretary. Read more

Sr. Mary Jo McDonald, C’63, Butte, Mont., retired from St. Ann’s Catholic Church in June. She was appointed to serve as a volunteer on the Butte National Resource Damage Council. Sr. Mary Jo is famous for starting a class-action lawsuit in 1990 against Montana Resources and the Butte Water Co. In 1996, the case settled enabling Butte to gain its own water company, water infrastructure, and the Silver Lake water system. She also took to Washington her concerns about the boil-or-buy water order issued by the Butte Water Co., and her concerns about senior citizens carrying heavy jugs of water.

Judy Orlowski Bryngelson, C’66, Bellingham, Wash., retired in 2007 after 26 years as executive director of Head Start in Billings, Mont. She and her husband moved to Bellingham, Wash. in July 2014 to be near their children and grandchildren.

Sr. Judy Hayes, C’66, Kansas City, Mo., was nominated by the Northland Catholic Schools of the Greater Kansas City Area as “Volunteer of the Year.” Each year, the Northland Chamber of Commerce hosts the largest education banquet in the state of Missouri. The awards banquet was April 27, and Sr. Judy was selected by the Chamber to receive the award. Sr. Judy received this recognition celebrating her many years of dedicated service as a teacher.

Kathy Rowe, C’67, Eugene, Ore., published a book “Exploring the Charles River.” She wrote it to honor her love of the Charles River in Massachusetts. Kathy is a professor of English and director of the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Oregon.

Sally Taylor Holy, C’69, Houston, was the 2016 recipient of the Saint Mary St. Vincent De Paul Alumni Award.


Sr. Susan Wood, C’71, Milwaukee, Wis., gave the concluding lecture during a three-day Catholic-Lutheran International Seminar (May 4-6) at the Pontifical University of St. Anselm in Rome, titled “From Conflict to Communion?” Sr. Susan is a professor at Marquette University teaching and writing about theology and ecumenism. She is a member of both the U.S. and the International Lutheran-Catholic dialogues. You can listen to her lecture on Vatican radio:

Sr. Therese Bangert, C’73, Kansas City, Kan., was recognized for her advocacy on behalf of those in critical need at the Kansas Interfaith Action Fundraising Event in June. Sr. Therese has fought for many areas of concern including issues regarding children that need to be addressed by the Kansas Legislature. She works to promote justice for those who live in poverty and for Earth. She encourages advocates for justice even when it seems hopeless, to find ways to be persistent in lobbying with legislatures. In her acceptance speech, she told the story of a cricket who could not change a lion by talking to it, but it could change the lion by making the cricket noise in the lion’s ear. Kansas Interfaith Action is an advocacy group formed out of a concern that the values of our faiths be represented in the policy debates at the Topeka Capitol. Sr. Therese worked with this group during the legislative session particularly on refugee and immigration policy.

Alison Banikowski, C’75, Olathe, Kan., was a recipient of the Legacy Promise Award in April, which recognizes a cancer survivor who is making an impact in the community in the fight against breast cancer. Alison is a six-year breast cancer survivor. She rallies her friends, classmates, and co-workers to participate in the KC Race for the Cure—her team is called “Alison’s Allies.” She writes support letters to those going through cancer, visits with women about breast exams, and is the top fundraiser since 2011 for KC Race for the Cure.

Dr. Alice Vargas, C’76, was the 2016 recipient of the Saint Mary Sr. Mary Janet McGilley Service Alumni Award at alumni reunion in June.

Ann Clendenin, C’78, Tucson, Ariz., has been working for CODAC Health and Wellness Center since July 2015.


Michelle Ricci, C’86, Bordentown, N.J., is director of operations for the State of New Jersey Department of Corrections.

Francine Orr, C’86, South Pasadena, Calif., was the 2016 recipient of the Saint Mary Sr. Mary Mark Orr Pioneer Spirit Alumni Award at alumni reunion in June. Francine also received first place at the Pictures of the Year (POY) International Education and Awards program in April for her photograph featured in the “Los Angelas Times” in the article titled, “No Room at the Inn for Innocence.”

Annette Dye, C’89, Leavenworth, Kan., and her husband, Billy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in April. Annette also worked in USM’s registrar’s office and Billy worked in Ryan Sports Center.


Tammy Meneghini Stalker, C’90, and husband, Tim Stalker, C’90, Louisville, Colo., both work for the University of Colorado. Tim serves as webmaster for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at CU in Denver. Tammy was tenured as a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at CU in Boulder. She also continues to act and perform frequently with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival as well as other regional theatre companies. Their son, Henry, enjoys guitar, swimming, and all things Harry Potter!


Stephanie Connolly, C’00, Omaha, Neb., married Dr. Amber Taylor on June 26.

Damian Torres-Botello, SJ, C’01, Chicago, Ill., is working on his M.A. in social philosophy at Loyola University-Chicago. Damian entered the Jesuits in 2012.

Timothy Jacques, U’05, Fairfax, Va., recently joined PJI Law PLC in Fairfax, Va., as an associate attorney.

Korie Fisher, U’12, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., continues to serve in the military.

Brady O’Neill, U’11, and Jenna Schwinn O’Neill, U’11, San Angelo, Texas, have a new baby boy.

Allyson Coy Schaffer, U’13, and Danny Schaffer, U’14, Shawnee, Kan., were married on June 11 in Weston, Mo.

Craig Petterson, U’13, Shawnee, Kan., is working as a perfusionist.

Katharina Bremser, U’15, formerly of Lansing, Kan., moved to Incheon, Korea, in March to teach English as a second language to middle-school aged children.

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