December 21, 2017 | Alumnae Newsletter

Greetings from Gretchen


Dear Alumnae,

What a fall it has been! Thank you to alumnae who hosted, attended, and brought prospective families to our 17 admission receptions followed by chapter gatherings in cities across the country. These events were incredible opportunities to set the foundation for our alumnae to partner with school each year while we grow our boarding population in several states with qualified students deserving of a Santa Catalina education. These events also allowed us to share with you how Santa Catalina continues to evolve while remaining true to our core values and traditions.

The Santa Catalina Fund is in full swing. As we move forward each year with increased goals for alumnae participation, please do not forget that every gift, including yours, counts. Our participation goal for alumnae supporting the 2017-2018 fiscal year is 25 percent. Last fiscal year we reached 20 percent. Please translate your fond memories and shared friendships into a gift by making the Santa Catalina Fund part of your annual giving. Thank you in advance for your kindness—we are grateful.


As many of you know, on December 1, Shannon Gaugh '08 arrived back to campus. She is a welcome addition to the Alumnae Relations Office and will serve as your alumnae relations coordinator leading class volunteers, assisting with reunion, and working with the Development Office. Please join me in welcoming her.

We wish you and your family joy and peace during the Christmas season. If you are in Monterey, please join us as we celebrate Christmas Mass on Sunday, December 24, at 4:00 p.m. in the Rosary Chapel with our chaplain, Father Mike Russo.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Gretchen Mueller Burke '83

Director of Alumnae Relations

Reunion 2018 is right around the corner!

We are beyond excited to welcome classes ending in 3 and 8 back to Santa Catalina for the 2018 Reunion on March 23–24. Invitations and registration forms will hit mailboxes in January. Visit to find information on where to stay, what the schedule is, and more. We can't wait to see you!

Spotlight on Alumnae

Ellen Mahoney '66

The California Medical Association bestowed Ellen with its most prestigious award, the Frederick K.M. Plessner Memorial Award, which honors the California physician who best exemplifies the ethics and practice of a rural country practitioner. Read more

Teresa Barger '73

Teresa, the co-founder and CEO of an activist hedge fund that focuses on emerging markets, has been in the news a lot lately. She was the subject of a Wall Street Journal profile (subscription required) and she spoke during the Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit in New York.

Yvette Merchant Nichols '96

Yvette, Sephora's vice president of talent, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the company's commitment to women in tech. She said, "Even if a female candidate doesn't have all the requirements for a technical job, we want that person to come in and show what they can do." (Read the article; subscription required.) Yvette has supported young Catalina alumnae through internships and job opportunities.

Adrienne Partridge '99

Adrienne is a leadership and career coach who has a special interest in helping women who want to go back to work. She's also a regular contributor on Denver's Fox31 Everyday Show. Watch her recent segment on "4 Ways to Get Unstuck in Life."

Devin Ryan '10

Devin received the Philanthropic Young Adult award at Monterey County National Philanthropy Day on November 17. She was honored for co-founding Herstory, a service healing initiative supporting sexual assault survivors and advocating for social justice. Learn more on the Herstory blog.

New Feature: Like a Boss

Like a Boss is a new monthly feature on our website in which we ask alumnae to share advice and insight about a topic in their field of expertise. The first two alumnae are Natalie Burke '99 on how to cook with your kids and Liz Holt Protell '64 on how to decorate for Christmas.

Catalina Today

Here are just a few stories that show what Catalina girls have been up to so far this year:


  • Transportation Manager Stacey Chaney taught juniors how to change a tire during their Journey class.
  • The Lamplighter has put out a new issue every month, with campus news, science articles, op-ed pieces, faculty profiles, and more.
  • The volleyball team went undefeated in the regular season for the second year in a row and reached the NorCal regional semifinals for the third straight year.
  • Seniors are deep into three new history research seminars.
  • The TEDxSantaCatalinaSchool team put on another fantastic event, this year with the theme "Voices of the World." Watch the videos.
  • Art students at all levels are featured in an exhibit at Monterey Regional Airport through May. If you're flying through Monterey, stop by the Youth Gallery to see their work.

News and Notes

Class Notes

Class Notes for the Spring 2018 issue of the Bulletin are due on January 15! Classes ending in odd numbers, please submit your notes to your class correspondents. Here is a list of class correspondents, as well as openings for class agents.


If you are interested in an open position, please contact Shannon Gaugh '08, alumnae relations coordinator, at 831.655.9391 or


Thank you!

We had a great kick-off to our busy admission season. This year, we tried a new reception format by combining our admission gatherings with alumnae events. Prior to each alumnae gathering, we invited prospective families to join in conversation with admission staff and alumnae about the Catalina experience. We greatly appreciate those alumnae who came early to the admission portion of the evening as we feel it was huge bonus to have them talk with future students and their parents. We hope the insight of our great Catalina alumnae inspire more young women to be forward-thinking and look to an all-girls boarding and day school as a way to become bold, smart, creative, empowered adults.


Thank you to alumnae in the Bay Area and Northern California, Southern California, Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Texas for sharing your love of Catalina!

Open House

The next admission Open House is Sunday, January 14, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. If you are in the area, please feel free to drop by and provide your unique perspective on life at Catalina. Please also consider inviting your friends, neighbors, and family to join us. Guests can RSVP online—just send them the link via text or email. (Check out the student-produced video on this page, too!)

Thank you for supporting Catalina and sharing our legacy with those you know!


Santa Catalina Fund

Class agents make all the difference: Join us!

The Santa Catalina Fund relies on an active group of volunteers that is critical to increasing alumnae participation and fundraising success. We are so grateful for the time, talent, and hard work these alumnae share with us. If you would like to become involved you could:

  • Be a Class Agent: Class Agents perform a vital role by keeping classmates connected to school. They promote the importance of annual giving and lead by example with their own gifts to the Santa Catalina Fund.
  • Be a Reunion Class Agent: Reunion Class Agents are alumnae representatives celebrating their Reunion who reach out to classmates to encourage increased participation in the Santa Catalina Fund in honor of Reunion.

If you would like to volunteer to be a Class Agent or a Reunion Class Agent, or would like more information, please contact Cristy Mehringer, Annual Fund coordinator, at or 831.655.9310. Here is a list of current class agents and openings.


Class of 1960 Endowment

The Class of 1960 has announced a scholarship endowment project with over $1.5 million in verbal commitments, pledges, and gifts in place. The class is currently positioned to build one of the largest endowments for tuition assistance at the school. Congratulations to the Class of '60 for establishing this extraordinary legacy at Santa Catalina.

Summer at Santa Catalina

Calling all extraordinary, fun, bold, community-building sisters! Join us for serious fun at Summer at Santa Catalina this year:


  • 5-Week Session: June 17-July 21
  • 2-Week Session: June 17-30
  • 3-Week Session: July 1-21


We can't wait to see everyone for another memorable summer!


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