Career Day Speakers

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  • Allie Gullquist ’09, Global Marketing Director L’Oreal, New York, NY

    As the Global Marketing Director for Kiehl's Since 1851, a skincare brand in the Luxury Division of L'Oreal, based in New York City, Allie is responsible for holistic go-to-market strategy for key Kiehl's categories and iconic pillar products, focusing on both new product development (from concept, to development, to creation & release of assets that touch each customer channel: retail, digital, social) as well as category re-support to drive the core business. Her brand strategy focus has been on co-developing, launching and providing evergreen support for the Kiehl's sustainability platform - Kiehl's Made Better. Prior to her role at Kiehl's, Allie worked in Operational Marketing in the International Designer Collections division of L'Oreal, in charge of the European Designer Fragrances brands and team (Viktor & Rolf, Maison Margiela, Diesel, Guy Laroche, Paloma Picasso, Cacharel, Proenza Schouler). She has a B.A. in History and International Studies from Northwestern University.
  • Ann Miller Flippen ’04, Executive Director, Autism Society of Central Virginia, Richmond, VA

    Ann is currently the Executive Director of the Autism Society Central Virginia (ASCV). She oversees the ASCV, leading all programs and development initiatives. Ann has a 28-year-old brother with autism and has experienced firsthand the challenges faced by individuals and families in the autism community. She is honored to lead a team with a mission to provide much needed programs and support to our local autism Community. Ann has over ten years of development and non-profit management experience. In 2008, when Ann was the president of her community service sorority at James Madison University, she had a vision to start an autism walk on campus. The event was a big success, and the experience inspired Ann to go into the non-profit field. Her career began at the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of Autism Speaks, where she managed several large-scale events and initiatives.  Ann moved back to Richmond in 2011 and joined The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a fundraising professional. In her six years there, she oversaw several programs and events, including the Light The Night walks and the Man & Woman of the Year Galas. She’s honored to be part of St. Catherine’s 2019 Career Day and to share her rewarding experience in the non-profit field.
  • Charlotte Bemiss ’14, Public Affairs and Communications at Embassy of the Republic of Iraq, Washington, DC

    Charlotte works as a public affairs liaison for the Embassy of Iraq in Washington D.C. At the embassy she is working to implement a communications strategy to improve outreach capacity and to strengthen Iraqi-American partnerships. After graduating from St. Catherine’s in 2014, she attended the University of Virginia and received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Global Environments & Sustainability.
  • Clair Parrish Smith ’94, Expedition Field Instructor, NOLS, Lander, WY

    Clair graduated from St. Catherine's in 1994, and she then went on to get her undergraduate degree in Biology and Masters of Education from UVA in 1999. While at UVA, she played Varsity Lacrosse and was a member of the Honor Committee.  After graduating, Clair taught elementary school and coached at St. Anne's-Belfield for three years and then at St. Christopher's for five years. While teaching, she was leading outdoor trips in Wyoming for NOLS (the National Outdoor Leadership School) during her summer breaks.  In 2007, she quit classroom teaching, sold her house, bought a car big enough to sleep in, and moved out to Lander, Wyoming to work for NOLS year-round; leading backpacking, rock climbing, canyoneering, and backcountry ski trips. Since 2003, she has worked over 200 weeks in the backcountry, and she has also worked in various administrative positions around the school.
  • Erin Richardson '04,Interior Designer, Quinn Evans, Richmond, VA

    After graduating from St. Catherine’s in 2004, Erin went on to major in Studio Art at the University of Mary Washington. From there, she went on to graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University to receive her Master of Fine Arts degree in Design for Interior Environments. Erin has been working in the commercial sector of interior design since her graduation, working with architects and landscape architects at her firm, Quinn Evans, to design new and renovation projects for clients around Virginia and the U.S. At Quinn Evans, Erin designs places focused on life-long learning - including schools, universities, libraries, museums, and cultural buildings. She is passionate about assessing clients’ needs and creating solutions for designs that reshape or create new places for them to work and play. Erin has also taught interior design as an adjunct instructor at VCU.
  • Julia Warren '14, Founder CelebrateRVA, Richmond, VA

    Julia is the Founder and Executive Director of Celebrate RVA. The organization's signature program is providing birthday parties for children who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to celebrate their special day. She is a firm believer in the power of a celebration and how joy can impact a child’s heart. Passionate about creating meaningful impact, Julia began a consulting practice, Gracious Giving, working closely with corporate and small businesses to help create a culture of community giving and philanthropy. She was named one of The Prospect’s 20 Under 20, The Law Firm of Allen & Allen’s Hometown Heroes, and Richmond Inno’s Top 25 under 25.
  • Katherine Switz ’89, Founder/ CEO. The Stability Network, Seattle, WA

  • Kathryn Threatt ’14, Campus Missionary, Every Nation Ministries, INC., Washington, DC

    Kathryn Threatt, St. Catherine’s class of 2014, is a Campus Missionary with the Every Nation Ministries. During her junior year at Georgetown University she had the opportunity to go on a missions trip to a newly planted church in Tempe, AZ. While there she uncovered her call ministry and realized that instead of being a U.S. diplomat right away she would first serve as an ambassador for Christ. Kathryn serves with the 11-18 year old youth at Grace Covenant Church DC, with inner city DC teens and on 5 university campuses in the greater DC area. On a daily basis she has the opportunity to show and guide students on beginning, maintaining and growing in a relationship with Christ. It is an honor for Kathryn to watch young people start to realize their purpose and to help them achieve it.
  • Kathy Smethurst Bell ’84, RellaFit, Manitou Springs, CO

    Kathy Bell, whose parents taught at Woodberry Forest, attended WFS in ’81 and ’82 as one of very few female students. Needing a more “normal” life, she came to St Catherine’s as a boarder in ’83 and ’84. After graduating from from Guilford College with a B.S. in Sociology in ’89 she moved to Aspen, Colorado where she met her husband. She graduated from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in ’93 and moved to Manitou Springs, CO where she practiced massage therapy for 20 plus years while raising two children.  She has a blog that has been a wonderful place to share the stories and educate others about life with autism as her beautiful 22-year-old non-verbal daughter Molly who was diagnosed at two years old. Her son (who does not have autism)is a sophomore at the University of Colorado Boulder.The last two years she has been a part of an amazing collaborative team creating a new company RellaFIt (a fun, interactive way to practice relational fitness). She holds the title of “Director of Group Hugs” since she just wants everyone to get along. She has co-written the children’s book “Before the Wind” and helped create the game “Sleuth or Dare”. The app version is almost out of development and will ready to play soon.
  • Katie Logsdon Sheets ’99, KWC CPA, Richmond, VA

    Katie grew up in Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky, where her father is a farmer and her mother taught music. She  came to St. Catherine's as a boarder in the 9th grade, and attended Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, graduating with a B.A. in both Business Administration and History. She was supposed to go back and farm with her dad after college, but things didn't go quite as planned. She moved to Louisville, KY right after graduation to move in with a childhood friend, but then moved back to Asheville, NC a little over a year later. She worked in hotels, waited tables, managed an apartment complex, and worked as an administrative assistant until she  realized she needed to figure out a career plan in a place that was more affordable to live; so she moved home to Morganfield, KY to live with her parents at 29 years old. She went back to college to get her teaching certificate in History, met her husband, and moved to Richmond, VA in 2011. After deciding that teaching wasn't her calling, she went back to college again at VCU to take the classes needed to sit for the Certified Public Accountant's exam. While doing that, she married, bought a house, had her son Wendell, and worked full- time. She is now a licensed CPA working for KWC CPA, specializing in tax accounting. Her office is on Broad Street, just west of Libbie; so her commute takes her right by St. Catherine's every day!
  • Kelly Graham Gwathmey '99, Neurologist, VCU, Richmond, VA

    Kelly Gwathmey is originally from Richmond, Virginia. She went to Emory University and completed her undergraduate studies in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. She then completed medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She went to the University of Virginia to complete both Neurology Residency, during which she was a chief resident, and then a Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship. Following this, she went to Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as Massachusetts General Hospital for a Neuromuscular Medicine fellowship. In 2013, she was recruited back to the University of Virginia as Neuromuscular faculty. She started the Neuromuscular Medicine fellowship there and was also the fellowship director of the Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship. Dr. Gwathmey also served in the role of the associate program director for the residency program. There she started the Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic and was the co-director of the ALS clinic. In the last few months, she was recruited home to Virginia Commonwealth University (Medical College of Virginia) in Richmond to help build the Neuromuscular Medicine program. She has research interests in quality of life instruments, autoimmune neuromuscular disorders, and education.
  • Kennon Stout Ibbeken ’89, Founder, Cville Celebrations, Charlottesville, VA

    After graduating from college Kennon headed out West to Aspen, Colorado to enjoy a post grad year of skiing with longtime friends from St. Catherine’s. Much to her surprise this move set the stage for what would ultimately become her lifelong career choice in event planning and production.  While working in Food & Beverage at the highly acclaimed historic Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Kennon quickly found her passion in life. This fast-paced environment requiring great attention to detail while in a social setting is something that truly resonated with her. Kennon continued pursuing her passion and training when she moved back home to Richmond, Virginia and began working at the prestigious Five Diamond and Five Star rated Jefferson Hotel. There she learned the exceptional standards of service which set this hotel apart from others. Eight years of experience at The Jefferson led her to a move to Charlottesville, Virginia to expand her career by working with Easton Events. She enjoyed working both nationally and internationally on the distinctive events produced by the Easton Team.  Her passion for planning events and love for southern hospitality coupled with her keen sense of detail and love for being around people made event planning a natural fit for Kennon. After getting married and having children she founded Cville Celebrations, an event planning and production company. She has enjoyed collaborating with Verulam Farm on their estate and barn weddings as well as working with her own clients in nearby and remote destinations. When she isn’t working on her events Kennon enjoys spending time with her three daughters, Hamilton, Avery and Reid, her husband, David and their golden retriever, Coco.
  • Lindsay Stone ’09, Sr. Technical Program Manager, Tesla, San Francisco, CA

    Lindsay Stone is a Sr. Program Manager at Tesla where she coordinates the sale, design, and installation of Powerwall, Tesla's home battery. After graduating from MIT in 2013 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, she entered the renewable energy industry as a PV Designer at SolarCity, and has been working to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy ever since. In her spare time, she loves to travel and tries to take advantage of everything Northern California has to offer. Lindsay currently lives in the heart of the Mission District in San Francisco.
  • Mary Childs '04, Journalist, Barron's, New York, NY

    Mary Childs is an award-winning journalist and currently a senior reporter at Barron's, a finance and investing magazine. She is writing a book about Pimco, Bill Gross, and the bond market; she previously wrote for the Financial Times and Bloomberg News. She was also a 2008-2009 Watson Fellow, painting portraits around the world.
  • Molly Bennett Moran ’99, Film Producer, Los Angeles, CA

    Molly Moran has helped create a wide range of studio and independent films.
    She and her husband run a small production company in Los Angeles and
    together they have scheduled, budgeted, and consulted on more than 70
    features shooting all over the world, including Nate Parker’s The Birth of a
    Nation, which won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at
    Sundance 2016, and sold to Fox Searchlight in the biggest film festival sale in
    Molly has three children - Grace (7), Jack (4), and Sally (1) - who come with her
    and her husband on location. They have spent 3-5 month stretches in Rosarito
    Mexico, Nashville, Savannah, Cleveland, Atlanta, Montreal, and Vancouver.
  • Page Bowers '14, Software Engineer, Microsoft, Seattle, WA

    After graduating from St. Catherine’s in 2014, Page attended Cornell University.  While at Cornell, she conducted research in the autonomous systems robotics lab on campus as a part of the Hunter Rawlings Presidential research scholar program.  In the summers following her sophomore and junior years, she interned as a software engineer at Google in Mountain View, California. Following her graduation from Cornell University in December of 2017, Page began her full-time career as a software engineer at Microsoft.  In her time outside of the office, Page enjoys spending time outdoors on the bike trails and ski slopes in the Seattle area.
  • Rachel Easterly Gagen, M.D. ’94, Pediatrician, Lynchburg, VA

    Rachel Easterly Gagen is a 4th generation St Catherine’s girl who attended Yale and then medical school at the University of Virginia. She did her pediatric residency at the Medical College of Georgia and has been a private pediatrician in Lynchburg since 2007. She was certified as a Lactation consultant in 2010 and helped her local hospital become only the 3rd Baby Friendly birth place in the commonwealth. She loves working with mothers and babies.
  • Sara Seward McGlothin ’04, Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga Teacher, and Food Writer, Richmond, VA

    Sara received her health coaching certification through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2014. In her practice, she focuses on weight loss, emotional eating, and increasing energy and overall well being. She understands that when it comes to health, there is no “one-size-fits-all;” therefore, she uses an individualistic, informative and supportive approach to help guide clients to achieve their goals and make sustainable changes. Sara graduated from St. Catherine's School in 2004, received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia in 2008, and subsequently received her Master’s in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College.
  • Sherrie Finney Scott ’84, Specialist Leader, Human Resources Technology, Deloitte, Washington, DC

    Sherrie is an experienced leader in technology systems and services, and is currently a Specialist Leader in the Human Resources Transformation for Deloitte’s Federal Human Capital practice. She has been at the forefront of HCM system development in state and federal government.  As the Functional Lead for a federal agency’s global deployment to 170 countries, Sherrie led the design and development of global assignment system with integration to secure messaging, payroll, and core HR systems. For over a decade, Sherrie managed diverse teams to innovate military personnel and pay processing through technology.   Additionally, Sherrie has served in key technology roles at boutique firms and software companies. Sherrie is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and an AB from Duke University. Sherrie is also a proud Girl Scout leader and is married with three children and Beamer the boxer.
  • Tamsin Garner Harrington ’99, Deputy Chief Counsel for Infrastructure Security and Regulatory Programs Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Washington, D.C.

    Tamsin Harrington works for the Department of Homeland Security, where she serves as the Deputy Chief Counsel for Infrastructure Security and Regulatory Programs in the newly-formed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)  In this capacity, she oversees a team of lawyers who provide legal and policy advice to CISA’s Infrastructure Security Division (ISD) on a myriad of general law issues in the unique realm of voluntary assistance and coordination with private sector partners to protect critical infrastructure from acts of terrorism and other hazards.  She is an active member of the ISD Senior Leadership team and participates in and advises on management decisions for the organization. Ms. Harrington also assists in advising CISA as a whole on rulemakings, regulatory policy, and administrative law and provides direct legal support to two relatively new regulatory programs— the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program and the Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) program. Prior to joining DHS, Ms. Harrington was a Senior Attorney at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in the Department of Justice (DOJ), where she worked on a variety of legal issues including federal information law, criminal procedure, and asset forfeiture and seized property. Ms. Harrington joined DOJ through the Attorney General’s Honors Program and graduated in 2010 from DOJ’s Leadership Excellence and Achievement Program (LEAP).  She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Davidson College and she lives in Alexandria with her husband and two young children.