Career Day Speakers

Each spring, St. Catherine's welcomes back a group of incredible alumnae to talk with Upper School students about their careers. Students attend multiple sessions throughout the day, which serves as the kickoff to Reunion Weekend.

2017

Susan Christian Coogan '72
Assistant Director, Major Gifts, Darden School of Business, UVA, Charlottesville, Va.

Susan enjoyed a 15-year career in finance (corporate lending, investment banking and Assistant to the Chair of a major corporation) in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles prior to returning to Richmond with her family. Since moving to Richmond, Susan has worked in philanthropy for 25 years as both a professional and volunteer for various non-profits.  She has been a donor, a fundraiser and experienced philanthropy from a broad range of perspectives.  In addition to her current position at Darden where she is also an alumna, Susan has worked in advancement or been a volunteer fundraiser and/or board member for The Richmond Ballet, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, St. Catherine’s School, Theatre Rep and St. James’s Episcopal Church.  


Dr. Betty Baugh Harrison, ’77
Owner, Betty Baugh’s Animal Clinic, Richmond, Va.

Betty Baugh Harrison ’77 is a veterinarian and owner of her own animal clinic. Dr. Harrison attended UNC- Chapel Hill where she received a B.S. in Zoology. She received her D.V.M. degree from Virginia Tech.  She started her house call practice in 1998 and founded her animal clinic in 1999.  At her clinic, Dr. Harrison offers preventative case as well as advanced diagnostic tools and surgical services.

Mary K. Martin ’82
Criminal Defense Lawyer, Richmond, Va.

Mary K. Martin is a trusted lawyer across the central Virginia area, where she has practiced for over 20 years. Mary K is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Washington and Lee University, School of Law in 1991.  Mary K. has always been a criminal defense attorney - beginning her career as a public defender before jumping into private practice and her own law firm.  She is a trusted figure for her clients charged with all manner of felonies, misdemeanor and traffic offenses and.  Mary K has dedicated herself and her firm to the principles of trust, hard work and expertise.

Annette Williamson McLaughlin ’82
Founder Career Coach- 360, Harrison, NY

Annette Williamson McLaughlin ’82 is an experienced career coach, learning professional and human resources strategist.  In 2013 she founded Career Coach - 360 which received the 2014 New York State Small Business Development Corporation’s Phoenix Award. Career Coach – 360 focuses on elevating people and organizations to the next level through three service lines: training, coaching and consulting.  Prior to starting her own firm, she has worked in a myriad of roles both domestically and in Japan including, VP of Talent and created Career Advisors, the Outplacement and Coaching Division, for The Response Company; Program Director for a Master’s of Science in Human Resource Management and Organizational Effectiveness at Columbia University;Partnership Director at Goldman Sachs.  She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Gilling’s School of Public Health and holds an MBA in Personnel and Employee Relations from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson’s School of Business.  She is an active community volunteer for education, health, art, environmental and technology initiatives that focus on her personal mission “to educate, encourage and empower anyone to hear options, feel valued and see a better future”.
 
Ronda Lawrence Bernstein ’87
Historical Consultant, Washington, D.C.

Ronda Bernstein came to St. Catherine's as a boarder from Memphis, Tenn. She attended Vanderbilt University where she received her B.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She worked as a structural engineer for Bechtel Corporation for three years before returning to school to obtain her M. Arch from Catholic University. It was there that she was introduced to and fell in love with the historic preservation field. Upon completing graduate school, Ronda had a NCPE internship with GSA, followed by jobs with several private architecture firms. She ultimately ended up working as a federal contractor for the National Park Service. After a detour into the political and non-profit worlds, Ronda returned to historic architecture by running the Octagon Museum for the American Institute of Architects. A licensed architect in the State of Maryland, she is now a historical consultant doing research for private and government clients as well as a licensed tour guide in DC and a Pilates trainer.

Dagen McDowell ’87
Fox Business News Anchor, New York, NY

Dagen McDowell joined the FOX Business Network (FBN) as an anchor in September 2007. Since 2003, McDowell served as a business correspondent for the FOX News Channel (FNC) where she was a regular guest on "Your World with Neil Cavuto." She has also been a recurring guest on "Cashin' In," appearing on the program initially as a contributor when it debuted in May 2001. Before entering broadcast news, McDowell wrote a personal finance column for TheStreet.com called "Dear Dagen." In addition, she has also worked for SmartMoney magazine and SmartMoney.com. McDowell began her career as a financial journalist at the Institutional Investor's newsletter division. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University.

Courtney Page Ferrell ’92
Creative Thinking Partner. Speaker. Writer, Richmond, Va.

Courtney has built a successful career provoking organizations and individuals to think and behave differently. She has worked as a creative catalyst to the top executives of companies like Mattel, Colgate-Palmolive, NBC, Nike, Discovery Channel, and McGraw Hill. Her witty sense of humor, her drink-from-a-fire-hose energy, and her anything goes change methods have garnered her feature articles in Fast Company, O Magazine, INC magazine, Triathlete Magazine and Style. She is a TEDx speaker. A storyteller at heart, Ferrell is never far from her pen or an audience.

Sara Desvernine Reed ’92, Ph.D
Adjunct Professor, VCU, Department of Interior Design, Richmond, Va.

Dr. Reed is an adjunct professor in the Department of Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches the history and theory of interior environments as well as research methodologies to undergraduate and graduate students. She enjoys working with students to develop their research interests and enrich their design practice through historical and theoretical analysis. Dr. Reed’s doctoral work at the University of Delaware focused on American material culture studies with an emphasis on American art and decorative arts. However, her dissertation expands further into the Atlantic world by examining domestic advice found in Cuban popular magazines during the 1950s and 1960s, uncovering ideals of modernity and domesticity during a critical time of shifting ideologies. She is the program director for a new study abroad program at VCU, "The Cuba Project: a design thinking workshop" which brings students from engineering, business and the arts together to examine problem-solving in the Cuban context.

Ada C. Montague '97, JD, MS  
Water Planner, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Helena, MT

Ada Montague is the state drought coordinator for Montana and is staff for the Governor's Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee.  Her work includes updating the state's drought management plan, assisting in local drought contingency planning, and monitoring water supply conditions for the state.  Her education started with a Bachelors of Arts from Vassar College where she studied urban planning.  After college she took three years to "go adventuring" -- she built furniture, wrangled horses, worked as a ski patroller, tutored English in a small Andean village in Chile, and traveled to Africa.  After this chapter she started a career in urban planning as a county land use planner in Montana.  This led to an increasing awareness and interest in water-related issues in the West.  She decided to go to law school and focused her studies on water law.  She graduated from the University of Montana in 2003 with a JD, an MS in Environmental Science, and a certificate in Natural Resource Conflict Resolution. 

Cameron Miller Rivinus ’97
Former Head of Commerce,  Brit + Co, San Francisco, Calif.

Most recently, Cameron Rivinus led the commerce division at Brit + Co, a millennial-focused startup dedicated to igniting the creative spark in women – a mission she strongly believes in. As a member of the leadership team, her responsibilities ranged from business strategy, identifying and developing new revenue streams, defining organizational structure, board management and venture capital fundraising. Prior to Brit + Co, Cameron has enjoyed an experience-rich career in publishing, brand advertising, nonprofit fundraising and consumer retail. Working for globally recognized companies like Forbes Magazine, The North Face and Gap Inc. prepared her for the rigors of successfully leading a division of a fast-growing startup and impressed upon her the importance of believing in a company’s mission. Cameron is also very involved in the Bay Area Discovery Museum, whose mission is “to ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.” Cameron graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in English and minor in Economics. She also earned her M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Margaret Norfleet Weismiller '02
Recruiter, Google, Inc., London, UK

Margaret has been with Google since 2007.  She joined the sales team in New York supporting brands including L'Oréal, Unilever, and Pepsi before moving over to staffing and leading the Google Cloud hiring team.  She then relocated to London with her husband and daughter in 2014.  As a recruiter, Margaret currently supports the UK's large customer sales organization.  She works with business leaders to identify and engage strong talent, with a special focus on developing a more diverse sales force.  Prior to Google, Margaret worked in advertising at Ogilvy in New York.  Margaret has a degree in English from the University of Virginia.

Sarah Garnett Winks '02
VCU Health, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Richmond, Va.
 
Sarah Garnett Winks is a Richmond native. After graduating from St. Catherine's School, she earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry from Duke University. She then returned to Richmond and received her medical doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She remained at VCU to complete an internship in Internal Medicine, a residency in Diagnostic Radiology, and a fellowship in Abdominal Imaging. She is now an Assistant Professor of Radiology at VCU specializing in Abdominal Imaging and Prostate Imaging.

Katherine Akey '07
Artist, Washington, D.C.

Katherine Akey ’07 grew up between Virginia and Greece before moving to New York City for college. She graduated from the International Center of Photography at Bard’s MFA program in 2014 after completing her BA in Psycholinguistics at NYU in 2011. While in her MFA program she began focusing her artwork on Polar exploration, World War One and early aviation. During graduate school she was awarded a spot in the Arctic Circle Residency in 2015, a month-long artist residency during which she lived aboard a sailboat traveling the archipelago of Svalbard while making work. Since returning from that trip she has moved to Washington, DC where she teaches analog photography and darkroom to students aged 5 to adult; she also is a volunteer for the WW1 Centennial Commission and continues to make and show artwork in galleries around the world."

Mac McEachin ’07
National Security Policy Associate at the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
 
Mac is the National Security Policy Associate at IRAP, a non-profit that provides pro bono legal assistance to the world's most vulnerable. In this role, he works on congressional policy, legislative research, and serves as a liaison and subject matter expert to veterans groups and on military issues. He received an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Political Science from Temple University. Mac is one of first openly transgender service members, and will likely be the first to attend Army OCS next year. He previously served in the Army Reserve as a Civil Affairs NCO.

Kate Moore ’07
Founder, getFIT615, Nashville, Tenn.

Often finding herself restlessly practicing handstands during her 9-5, Kate started getFIT615 in March of 2014 with one goal in mind: get people to sweat more. getFIT615 hosted many free events around town with the intention of giving people an option to try new things. Then the opportunity arose for getFIT615 to move into the space below Shakti Power Yoga on Music Row and it felt like a no-brainer! Kate's goals through getFIT615 are to encourage students to love their bodies and appreciate them for all they can do! She believes that fitness is a lifestyle and that it's all about doing what you like with people you love. She uses functional training and will never do exactly the same workout twice. She keeps it fun, energetic and sweaty. Kate's goals are to share her passion for sweating, yoga, and laughter and bring her values of community, empowerment, inspiration and love into the gym and into your life!  

Marshall Moore ’12
Advancement Office, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, New York, NY

Marshall Moore is a recent graduate of Elon University and works at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in New York City.  Marshall first discovered her passion for the nonprofit world while involved with the St.Catherine’s Service League. She pursued this passion by studying Human Services, Poverty and Social Justice at Elon.  While in college, Marshall became involved with fundraising for Elon and interned at Success Academy Charter Schools, Benevolence Farm and UnBoundRVA.  Today Marshall travels throughout the country and abroad meeting with individuals in the Parkinson’s community.  She fundraises, speaks at support groups and encourages individuals to get involved in the Foundation’s on-going efforts to cure Parkinson’s Disease.

Audrey Scruggs ‘12
Business Consultant, The Educe Group, Bethesda, Md.

Audrey graduated from the College of William & Mary in May of 2016. Apart from her English major and Business minor, she served as an Orientation Aide, a sorority Recruitment Counselor, the Vice Chair of the Undergraduate Honor Council, and worked at a chocolate shop near campus. After interning for a nonprofit in D.C. during the summer of 2015, Audrey set her sights on the District of Columbia to begin her career after graduation. In June, she began working for The Educe Group, a talent management software consulting firm based in Bethesda, MD. The Educe Group works with clients that span all industries including higher education and healthcare. So far, Audrey has worked with the YMCA, Anheuser-Busch, Lear, Foundation Health, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as they implemented Saba Learning Management Software systems. At St. Catherine’s, Audrey played volleyball, ran track, sang in Choir and Censations, and served as a Peer Advisor.



 
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