Dear Carondelet Alumnae,
It's hard to believe 2019 is coming to a close and a new decade is upon us.  I've completed my first year at Carondelet and it has been a wonderful experience being back on campus and finding new ways to engage all of you. Over 700+ Alumnae returned to campus for a meeting, event or attended a reunion this year.  It was a privilege to meet many of you, hear your memories of Carondelet and how it impacted who you are today.  I am truly blessed to be in this role and  I wanted to share my thoughts with you on the past year.

It's been a year of firsts for the Alumnae Association:

Young Alum Club
Our first meeting of the Young Alum Club (2009-2019) was at Mike Hess Brewing on June 21st. This is a joint club with CHS/DLS graduates. It was short notice but the alumni had a great time reconnecting with each other, sipping a pint in their custom CHS/DLS glasses and sharing their stories since graduating high school. We will be holding more events in 2020.

Alumnae Annual Barbecue
To celebrate the new Carondelet Athletic Center and our Alumnae Community, we held our first alumnae event on July 7th with over 50+ alumnae joining us for a tour of the facility, lunch and a swim with their families. Looking forward to next year - save July 25th 2020!
C-Network, Professional Networking Community
Our first networking event was Friday, November 29th.  Over 35 alumnae joined us in the Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation to share their background, tour the center and offer ways to help other alumnae with their career goals.  Many had not been back on campus since graduation!  A great start and more events to come in 2020.

Alumnae Tree
This is our first year in sponsoring an alumnae raffle tree during Visions of Christmas. The tree was raffled at Visit with Santa on Sunday, December 8th. The tree was filled with toys, books, blankets, electric scooter and a bike. Each child was given one free raffle ticket to win the tree worth over $500! It was an exciting announcement when the winner of the tree was Gio, a foster child attending the event. A wonderful ending to an incredible week of giving!

Fathers Club
The Fathers Club is a tremendous success!  A community service and social club for Dad's and daughters of current and former students.  We have over 90+ members since its inception in September 2019.  They held their first community service project at the Juvenile Hall Auxiliary Thrift Store helping sort items and stock shelves for the holiday season.        The Fathers' Club sponsored its first event, the Father-Daughter Dinner & Dance in the Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation.  160 Dad's & daughters enjoyed an evening together with dancing, karaoke and a special gift to celebrate their relationship.  More social events scheduled for 2020, Super Bowl Party and March Madness. Check the Parents Tab on our website for more information.

Grandparents Club
The Grandparents Club has two dozen incredible grandparents volunteering on campus.   We meet each month for a delicious lunch in the convent and plan our next volunteer event.  They have helped during many school events this school year including; St. Marty's Halloween Party, Visions of Christmas, Father-Daughter Dance and Finals Week. They love seeing their granddaughters on campus and enjoy being a part of high school life at Carondelet. 

I am thankful for all the support I have received from Carondelet faculty and staff, the alumnae association, parents and grandparents to help make all these ideas become reality.  The Alumnae Association has been incredible in helping to plan, socialize and staff many of these events.  A big thank you to Michelle Daly '88 - Alumnae President, for her dedication and hard work this year and all the board members for your continued support.  Make a New Years resolution to get involved in 2020!

I am excited for the year ahead and invite each of you join us on campus, at an alumnae board meeting or at one of our regional events in 2020.  I look forward to meeting all of you.

Ann Schiffenhaus

CHS Regional Chapters  

With over 9,800 alumnae located across the US, regional chapters are an easy way to connect with alumnae in your area.  We are looking to start chapters in areas with high concentrations of alumnae and college students.  These volunteer-driven chapters will offer a variety of events for you to get to know alumnae living in your area through social and networking events, volunteer opportunities as well as cultural, educational and athletic events.    Check the Alumnae website and facebook page for more info as we confirm events.

Locations Identified:
Dallas/Fort Worth
San Diego
San Francisco
Silicon Valley

If you're interested in volunteering or starting a chapter in your region, please contact me directly or 925-686-5353 x151.

Alumnae Spotlight - Brittany Stich '06
Co-Founder, Guild Education

New feature: Alumna Spotlight

Brittany currently serves as Vice President of Learning at Work. She leads the future of work strategy - spearheading efforts around learning & development, college pathways, and credit for workplace training. She's led teams across Guild including student services, academic operations, academic product, learning & development, and training. Brittany has experience in building public-private partnerships, curriculum development, instruction and career and academic advising in the K-12 and higher education sectors, both as an educator and operator. She believes deeply in the power of education as a first generation college student herself.

Prior to founding Guild, Brittany was a middle school and elementary school teacher at Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School and is a Teach for America alum. She spent multiple years at American Honors, leading student services and program operations, building honors programs in community colleges across the country. She and Guild Education have received multiple accolades including Fast Company's World's Most Innovative Companies List, Forbes 30 under 30, EBN's Top Benefit Technology Innovator, and Forbes 2019 Cloud 100 list. Brittany has her bachelor's degree from Stanford University and pursued a joint MBA/M.Ed from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Graduate School of Education. Brittany currently serves on the Board of Directors for B Local Colorado and was appointed by Governor Polis to serve on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education in 2019.  She is also currently a doctoral student at University of Pennsylvania in Higher Education Management

Why did I chose education as my career? I have a deep belief that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not. As a first generation college-student, I saw firsthand the transformative impact of education and its impact on economic mobility - for myself, for my former students, and for the thousands of students we now serve at Guild. Steph Curry's foundation, Eat. Learn. Play. supports our efforts and we are excited with the outreach his foundation can do for us. See link below for more details.

My fondest memories of CHS were  Spirit Week and Kairos. My Spirit Week rally senior year was amazing. It was Harry Potter themed. Outside amphitheater with screaming students in costume. We had house banners drop from the second story. Our ASB team even did a choreographed dance...with neon green brooms. A fantastic example of infectious spirit, creativity, and heart, and passion. T he Kairos retreat created a foundation for me around the importance of mindfulness. Grateful for the opportunity to unplug, strengthen relationships with classmates, and pause to reflect. 

Carondelet's focus on preparing young women to excel through heart, faith and courage was a pivotal experience for me and my future. Carondelet helped me find my voice, as both a woman and as an individual. I learned how to speak up, to lead by listening, the importance of showing up for one another (celebrating, being vulnerable, pushing). Throughout my educational, personal professional journeys, this understanding has been - and will continue to be - core to me. As I've stumbled, experienced doubt, and suffered loss, I've found comfort, strength, resiliency from that voice. 

Two transformational teachers for me - Mr. & Mrs. Okey - inspired me in the classroom, unlocked my intellectual curiosity, and modeled how to constantly seek to understand. They inspired and pushed me to pursue college and apply to schools I never thought possible. I can never thank you enough.  Sister James was a dear mentor who showed me what it looked like to lead with heart, passion, and gratitude. I miss her dearly.

My message to alumnae and current students is best represented by  Maya Angelou once said, " I've learned that  people  will forget what  you  said,  people  will forget what  you  did, but  people  will never forget how  you made  them  feel ." Carondelet instills the importance of cultivating deep friendships, fostering relationships within your communities, and showing up for one another. Keep it up. 

To learn more about Guild

Fathers Club - THANK YOU! 
What started as an idea to engage the whole CHS family has been warmly welcomed by our community of Dads. A social and philanthropic club with a mission to provides Dad's opportunities to share experiences with their daughters, volunteer together and engage with other CHS Dad's socially.  All Dad's of current students and alumnae are invited to join the club.

We are excited for the year ahead with over 100+ members since its inception in September 2019.  We held our first event, the Father-Daughter Dinner & Dance on December 13th, and it was a tremendous success with 160 Dad's & daughters enjoying a night of dancing, dining, desert and a little karaoke to wrap up the night. 

There are numerous people I need to thank for making this club happen, including; 

My original 'brainstorming team';
Dave Bruzzone - Olivia '20
Jim Aberer, DLS'86 - Madison '14 & Madison '17 
Brian Mercer, DLS'86, Shae '18 & Kate '22
Mark Vranesh, DLS'85, Elizabeth '23
Rick Freeman, DLS'86 - Maria '16, Julia '20 
Dan Freeman, DLS'90 - Olivia '22 
The new 2019-20 club officers;
Rick Schultz - President, Catherine & Nora '21
Jack Martin, DLS  - Vice President,  Jessica '19 & Sarah '22
Orlando Frasca - Social Media,  Isabelle '19 & Lilliana '23
Chuck Acquisto - Marketing, Gabriella '22
Greg Young - Community Service, Jordyn '21

Events Calendar:
Thursday, January 23rd - Dinner Meeting @Innovation Center
Sunday, February 2nd - Super Bowl Party @ Innovation Center
Thursday, February 20th - Dinner Meeting @ Convent
Thursday, March 26th - March Madness Party @ Innovation Center
Check out the Carondelet Dad's facebook page for more details.

2020 Reunion Update

Sip a cocktail and let the memories flow 
When is the last time you were on campus at CHS or DLS? 

We are bringing reunions back on campus for 2020.
Class of 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980 & 1975.  

Start your Saturday with an alumni barbecue & family party at the Carondelet Athletic Center. 
All CHS and DLS Alumni and their families are welcome.   Join us for 5pm mass at DLS Kenneth Hofmann Center followed by a reunion-only cocktail reception at the CHS Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation.  Enjoy private dinner parties for each class located across both campuses then put on your dancing shoes for the  after party with live music, photo booth and more - all alumnae welcome for the after party. 

Save the Date: July 25, 2020

* Class of 2015 and 1970 will be held off-campus
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Tuesday, January 14th
Grandparent's New Years Luncheon & Meeting
10:30am - 12:00 pm
Convent - Fontbonne Room
Thursday, January 23rd
Fathers Club Meeting
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation
Monday, January 27th
Alumnae Board Meeting
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Convent - Community Room & via  Zoom
Thursday, January 30th
Speaker Series: Esther Wojcicki
"How to Raise Successful Children"
7:00 pm
Jean Hofmann Center For Innovation
Free admission. Limited seating. RSVP required
Saturday, February 2nd

Super Bowl Party
Sponsored by Fathers Club
2:00pm - 8:00pm
Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation
Sunday, February 23rd
Heart-to-Heart Women's Retreat
8:30am - 2:00pm
Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation