October 25, 2016 | Alumnae Newsletter

Greetings from Gretchen

Gretchen Mueller Burke '83

Dear Alumnae,

It is with pleasure that I share with you the excitement and enthusiasm on campus and beyond as Santa Catalina begins its 66th school year.   

On July 1, we welcomed our fourth Head of School, Margaret "Meg" Kathryn Bradley. She and her husband, George Choquette, have moved into the new Head of School House and Meg has settled into her office in the Hacienda, where she has already visited with numerous alumnae.

The first day of classes took place on August 24. Our students continue to be an impressive mix of talented young women who excel in the arts, athletics, and academics. With drive and ambition, they are thriving at Catalina. Opportunities abound for our students to pursue leadership, service, creativity, and new interests. We see them embracing the possibilities and moving forward to realize their full potential.  

To celebrate Reunion 2017 on March 10 and 11, we invite the classes ending in 2 and 7 back to campus. We are also excited to see our alumnae at the numerous chapter gatherings during the 2016-2017 school year. With 15 chapters throughout the United States and three chapters in cities abroad, it is getting easier to connect with alumnae wherever you may be.

Enjoy this edition of alumnae news! You'll find news from around campus, information on upcoming events, and updates on some of our many successful alumnae.


We look forward to seeing you soon at a chapter gathering or on campus.


Kind regards,

Gretchen Mueller Burke '83

Director of Alumnae Relations

News from Around Campus

Meg Bradley Installed as Head of School


On the eve of Meg Bradley's 100th day as head of school, students, parents, faculty, and other invited guests gathered to officially welcome her to the Catalina family.

You can watch the full ceremony on YouTube, or read about it here.

Help Students on Their Journey

Students participated in their first Journey Day of the year in September -- you can read all about it here. As alumnae, your time and talent is always needed to further support the program, whether as a guest speaker or mentor, or by taking just 15 minutes to talk to students about college and career possibilities. Email Gretchen or call 831.655.9392 if you are interested.

Health and Wellness

Over the summer, Santa Catalina's plans for a new Health and Wellness program continued to take shape. Thanks to the generous support of our community, we have raised over $800,000 so far.

The plans for the program have continued to form due to dynamic conversations with alumnae, friends, parents, and experts in the field. We are excited about the further development of the program's three core components and look forward to working toward its launch and integration into the Santa Catalina community.

If you are interested in supporting or learning more about the Sister Claire and Sister Christine Endowment for Health and Wellness, please visit our website or contact a member of the Development Office at 831.655.9379. You may also make your gift via check to 1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, CA 93940.


Share the Catalina Experience

The Admission team loves to meet families who you think would thrive in our environment. Whether it is on the road or at an on-campus event, please reach out to your neighbors, friends, and family to invite them to come learn more about how Santa Catalina makes a difference in the life of a young woman.

Visit the Admission Events page of our website for dates regarding fairs, regional receptions, and open houses. We look forward to hearing from you!

Summer at Santa Catalina

We were lucky to have two alumnae as part of our teaching staff this year: first-year teacher Natalie Burke '99 (cooking) and eight-year veteran teacher Elsbeth Sigourney '01 (pool fun). Read more about their contributions, and call or come see us: We love to show alumnae the "camp side" of school.

'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Our fall musical, an outrageously fun whodunit where the audience picks the ending, is a great success! In a review, Performing Arts Monterey Bay said that the cast and crew "obviously worked their tails off to do this demanding show justice." Locals, you have one more opportunity to see the play on October 28. Reserve tickets today!

In the Bookstore


Featured item: S'well bottles ($34.00)! Drinks stay cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 without any condensation on the outside. S'well bottles are perfect for your school day or after-school sport activities, keeping liquids cold from day to night. Pick one up when you're on campus!

Events and Notes

Reunion 2017

Classes ending in 2 and 7 will be celebrating their milestones on March 10 and 11, 2017. Please visit the Reunion 2017 page of our website for more information. Alumnae may take advantage of the special Catalina rate offered at the Portola Hotel and Spa, where we will be hosting the Saturday evening reception and dinner.

Chapter Gatherings

We look forward to seeing our alumnae at our Chapter Gatherings scheduled for 2016 and 2017. We have 15 chapters in the United States and three chapters abroad that reach out to our almost 5,000 alumnae. Please check out the schedule of events on our website and make sure you attend a gathering. These gatherings are your opportunity to connect with alumnae in your region, learn what is taking place on campus, and discover volunteer opportunities for your alma mater.

Class Notes

Class Notes for odd-numbered years are due to your class correspondents on January 15, 2017, to be published in the Spring Bulletin. Classes ending in even years are published in the fall. You can also submit your Class Notes online.

Spotlight on Alumnae

The Hwang Sisters

Charlotte Hwang '04, Robin Hwang '00, and Olivia Hwang Monguillot '98 are back in Hong Kong, where they are involved to varying degrees with the family's hunger relief charity. Read more

Rene Leung '99

Leung, the COO of the family's wealth management advisory firm, was just named a 2016 Young Alumni of the Year by Boston University's School of Hospitality Administration. Read more

Lindsay Hatton McClelland '96


Hatton '96 is celebrating the release of her debut novel, "Monterey Bay," which was published by Penguin Press in July. The book has received positive reviews, including a starred review from Kirkus. Her next reading is at Pete's Candy Store in Brooklyn, New York, on November 3. Read more about the book here.

Dr. Gina Jansheski '77

Jansheski '77, a pediatrician, is adopting the life of a traveling physician and will travel to India next year to provide medical care through three different organizations. Read more

Jalynne Tobias Redman '72

Redman, a member of the alumnae board, recently started the technology program at a charter school in San Andreas, California. Her students are already racking up awards. Read more

Upcoming Events

Saturday - November 5, 2016
5:00 PM
The home of Kerri Robinson Johnson '92
Monday - November 7, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday - November 9, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The home of Kate Myers Brizius '88
Wednesday - November 16, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The home of Brigid Flanigan '73
Thursday - November 17, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The home of Teresa Rothe Graham '75
Tuesday - December 6, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Santa Catalina School
Thursday - December 22, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hacienda Red Parlor

Santa Catalina School
1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, CA 93940