Welcome to our newest board members! Trudi Cassidy '79, from Scottsdale, Arizona, is now the West Regional Director. She has been involved in diverse ND Phoenix projects and roles, including the Project Mom baby showers (one of the first clubs to host), College Fairs, Scholarship Committee, Music/Fiesta Bowl university liaison, and chairing the annual student send off events. Trudi is also a parent to Jacqueline '15 MSM '16. Trudi has a BA in American Studies from Notre Dame, an MBA in Marketing from Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University of Chicago, as well as a degree in Theatre Arts from Southern Methodist University.

Anne Stricherz '96, from San Francisco, is our new Pacific Northwest Regional Director. Anne is the current President of the ND Alumni Club of the San Francisco Bay Area Board, the ND Women Connect Co-Chair, Sports and Spirituality Representative, Community Service Representative, Liturgical Coordinator, and annual Bookstore Basketball Tourney Coordinator. Anne is a teacher, coach, public speaker, published author, and blogger.  She has been a Religious Studies teacher for the past 16 years at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and currently coaches girls junior varsity golf. At Notre Dame she majored in American Studies with a minor in graphic design.

Kimberly A. Thigpen MBA '05, Howard University '92, from Maricopa, Arizona, is our new Governance board member.  Kimberly is an active member of the Notre Dame Club of Phoenix as well as the ND Women Connect group in Phoenix. Kimberly graduated from Howard University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and majored in Finance, and is a graduate of the MBA program of the Mendoza College of Business with a major in Business Leadership. Kimberly has vast professional experience in planning and leading large initiatives and has worked in corporate restructuring, aligning IT investment with business needs, project management, and driving technology and innovation to improve margins. She is currently the Director of IT Applications at Make-A-Wish America in Arizona. 


Local Alumnae Activities. Here's a small sample of the many events that took place throughout the spring fall and early summer. Want to see your event highlighted in the next newsletter? Please send us your pictures!

NDWC Greater Sarasota has been busy this spring! They gathered at St. Martha's Early Learning Center to weed, plant flowers, and add mulch to the grounds. They also met at the Bethesda House to assemble clothing racks and shelves, and organized the storage room for donated clothing. The NDWC group met to discuss the ND Shared Read selection Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Discussion and dinner were enjoyed by all at a member's home.


NDWC of Kansas City  made more than a dozen fleece tied blankets for young children and teens in foster care and collected other bedding donations for our partner nonprofit, KVC Kansas.

NDWC Austin shared in fun and games with a wonderful group of women at the Salvation Army’s downtown shelter for women experiencing homelessness. Volunteers visited with the women, led numerous rounds of bingo, and provided some sweet treats and watermelon.  One NDWC volunteer offered chair massages which were especially appreciated. Another volunteer brought her infant daughter along, bringing many smiles and joy to the evening.


Congratulations to Our Outstanding Alumnae, Faculty, and Female Students. We're proud of your many accomplishments! Cheers to:

  • Melinda Davis ’19, a psychology and peace studies major from New Orleans, has secured a competitive postgraduate placement with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the U.N. She is one of four 2019 summer interns selected through a highly competitive global search process. 
  • Erin Oliver ’05 has been appointed assistant VP for institutional equity. Oliver’s responsibilities include providing leadership, oversight and support in the areas of harassment, discrimination, affirmative action and equal opportunity. Working with the Office of the Provost and the Office of Human Resources, Oliver will develop strategies and plans for the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff.
  • Wife and husband team Ellen Block and Will McGrath, both class of 2002, have published the new book Infected Kin. The ethnography focuses on the AIDS epidemic and how families and the community in Lesotho, Africa, have been affected. With the organization Touching Tiny Lives, founded by Notre Dame graduate Ken Storen (class of 1992), Ellen has worked to provide a safe home and medical care for children left orphaned, while also working to find permanent housing for them with extended family.
  • In the opening keynote of the 2019 SuperConference, Adriana Sanford, Law ’93 helped in-house attorneys become 'comfortable' with noncompliance and explained why open-ended questions are necessary. Dr. Adriana Sanford is an internationally respected cyber security expert, educator, keynote, and international television commentator, who appears regularly as a CNN analyst/contributor.
  • At Reunion last month, Anne Thompson '79 was awarded the Sorin Award - one of the university's highest honors. In addition to her impressive accomplishments as a journalist, she also serves on the university's Board of Trustees and co-chairs Hesburgh Women of Impact.
  • Mary E. Galvin, William K. Warren Foundation Dean at the University of Notre Dame’s College of Science, has been elected to the 2019 class of Materials Research Society Fellows, an honor awarded to those who have distinguished themselves through their research accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the worldwide advancement of materials research. A skilled scientist with expertise and leadership experience in academia, the private sector and government, Galvin has been a champion for the role fundamental science can play in solving national and global problems. The fellowship recognizes Galvin for her research, leadership and service to the materials science community.
  • In her new book “A Saint of Our Own,” Professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings highlights the role of women petitioning for a cause of canonization - something they could not do without a male proxy until 1983.
  • Congratulations and welcome to Christy Pratt, ND’s new Director of Admissions. Pratt comes to Notre Dame from the University of Virginia, where she was a senior associate dean for undergraduate admissions.

Do you know an ND woman who should be on this list? Do you want to see your group's events and pictures in the next issue? Please let us know!

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