Alumnae Mentors Visit Campus To Meet Seniors


A story by Amanda Lira ’12, Admissions Assistant 

Alverno Heights Academy recently hosted the annual Alumnae Mentoring Event on campus in the newly remodeled Learning Technology Center. Alverno was happy to welcome back six alumnae from the graduating classes of 1991, 1998, 2007, 2012, and 2014. The morning started off with a mixer for the special guests with time to enjoy conversation and refreshments with Head of School, Julia Fanara; Assistant Head of School, Cam Gonzales; Dean of Students, Megan Hoover;  Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Sara McCarthy ’05; Director of Development and Institutional Advancement Wendy Finch-Burk; and Director of Alumnae Affairs, Melissa Campos ’08. Members of the staff shared with alumnae many of the recent improvements and exciting changes happening on campus.

The event then switched gears as the senior class was given the opportunity to meet with the alumnae. The girls were split into small groups where they had a chance to discuss the career paths that alumnae are currently in and how they got to where they are today. Each alumna had a group of about seven students to mentor for twenty minutes before rotating to the next group. Within this system, the students were able to have more personal, in-depth interactions and question and answer time; as well as seeing multiple career fields and learning about the many different paths taken to get there. The honored guests were:

  • Kim Baeacker Henry ’91: Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) for the Pasadena Police Department
  • Dr. Lisa Yamasaki ’98: Independent Researcher/Scholar, Adjunct Lecturer, and Artist who works as a Writer and Educator in Scandinavian Studies
  • Jennifer Torres Siders ’98: Children’s author and Strategy and Special Projects Manager at Caltech in the Communications and Public Relations Field
  • Elizabeth Woodall ’07: Clinical Social Worker for a Private Practice
  • Aliyana Franklin ’12: Branding and Marketing Specialist who works in the field of Graphic Design with a Branding Focus
  • Emily Tree ’14: Public Relations intern who works in Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications

“Alverno is fortunate to have over 4,200 alumnae in professions across the country,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. “These women help to serve as role models for our current students and are examples of the ways that Alverno Heights Academy works to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and are always grateful for their continued support and commitment to their alma mater.”



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