Alex McEachin is a recent B.F.A. Fashion Design graduate of Parsons the New School for Design and works at the womenswear fashion brand Proenza Schouler. After interning in retail and production at two small scale brands while in school, Alex began as an intern on the Design Team at Proenza Schouler in 2015. She was hired as a freelance assistant after completing her senior thesis in 2017, and transitioned to a full time member of the Design Team shortly thereafter. Alex coordinates the development and production of the brand’s Runway collection, working between the USA, Italy, France, and China to turn sketches into finished garments.
After graduation, Amanda Stark-Rankins left Richmond to pursue a Mandarin Chinese degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Over the past decade, she has worked in advertising at agencies in both Boulder and Denver. She worked on campaigns for MTV, Google, Whole Foods, and countless other local and national companies, developing brand identity, website design, and other national ad campaigns. Since moving back to Richmond after living in Colorado for 15 years, Amanda is now an Account Executive at POOLHOUSE, a politically-focused, video-only advertising agency in Richmond. There, Amanda builds client relations and works hand-in-hand with creatives and production to develop digital and television commercials for candidates, causes, and various corporate companies. In addition to advertising, Amanda also is an interior designer working with residential clients, as well as the founder of a salsa company launching later this year.
Beth Silverman Sprenkle loves the outdoors, answering questions, being organized, and much more. She has had a wide array of work experiences, from field ecology in Virginia, Florida, and Alaska; to policy analysis and implementation; to helping balance economic growth with environmental protection. Along the way she has learned the value of going beyond her comfort zone, along with the importance of being willing to make mistakes. Outside of work she has practiced yoga for more than two decades, meditates (almost) daily, loves hiking, and enjoys her garden and, occasionally, painting; she's also lucky to be the mother of Catherine (5th grade) and Caroline (2nd grade). She has an M.S. in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a B.A. in Biology, Mary Baldwin College.
Dina Foster is a family law attorney and certified Florida family mediator. She is experienced in handling all matters relating to divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, adoption, property division and prenuptial agreements. Prior to moving to Florida in 2013, Dina was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to the District Court bench where she presided over all family and domestic relations cases for more than 14 years. She founded a truancy court in her judicial district and helped create court services for substance abuse and mental health treatment. Dina was also presented with the Order of the Old North State by the Governor of North Carolina, in recognition of her services to families and children as a District Court Judge in the State. Dina received her B.A. from the University of the South and her Juris Doctorate from Mercer University. Dina began her legal career in North Carolina as a private attorney and concentrated her practice on family and juvenile law matters. She became a N.C. state prosecutor and prosecuted crimes against children.
Aerie is an intimates and lifestyle sub-brand of American Eagle Outfitters, launched in 2006 that focuses on body positivity and being your real, authentic self. The brand targets females ages 15-32 through assortments of undergarments, dormwear, active apparel, loungewear, accessories, and sleepwear. Elizabeth is currently the Assistant Buyer for the Bottoms category, specifically focusing on the ever-growing Leggings category. As a buyer Elizabeth interacts with a variety of cross functional partners spanning across both the Pittsburgh Home Office as well as the New York Design Office. Daily tasks include partnering with design to create the most compelling assortments for stores, connecting with planning to ensure there is a strong financial basis to the assortment, as well as connecting with inventory planning in order to place the right inventory in the right stores to drive the most sales. Merchandising is the foundation of the fast paced and demanding retail industry and it is a merchandiser’s job to touch every part of the business! St. Catherine’s gave Elizabeth the opportunity at a young age to foster and utilize her creative and analytical skills; skills she uses in conjunction on a daily basis in her role as an Assistant Buyer in the aerie brand.
After graduating from St. Catherine's, Franny attended Wake Forest University where she majored in Communication and minored in Art History and Entrepreneurship. Franny fostered an interest in working in Media and Entertainment after spending her summers in college as a Global Impact & Philanthropy Intern at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind Sesame Street, and as a Corporate Communications & Public Relations Intern at Discovery Communications, the mass media company whose channels include Discovery, TLC and Animal Planet. Today Franny works as a Marketing Communications Coordinator at Hearst. Hearst is one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with ownership and investments in more than 360 businesses including television networks such as A&E, Lifetime and ESPN; newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle and San Francisco Chronicle; and nearly 300 magazines around the world including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR and Women’s Health. She helps manage the company’s internal and external websites, social media and events marketing.
Helene Sims has worked in philanthropy and social service nonprofits for over 10 years in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Helene is currently the Manager of Events and Community Relations for Project Open Hand where she is responsible for the planning and production of all fundraising events and community relations efforts. Project Open Hand’s mission is to provide meals with love to critically ill neighbors and seniors. Her primary professional experience lies in non-profit management, fundraising, event planning, community outreach, marketing, and communications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.
Janie has worked as a general outpatient physical therapist for almost two years. While at St. Catherine’s, Janie loved sports (swimming and lacrosse), being a part of Community Service League and learning anatomy. She graduated from University of Virginia in 2012 with a B.S. in Kinesiology: Sports Medicine. While at UVA, Janie worked in UVA’s athletic training room with the Field Hockey and Women’s Tennis teams. Janie graduated from Lynchburg College as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2016. Since graduation, she has become certified in Dry Needling and treats middle school patients to the older adult population, and any injury from head to toe. Janie was voted as Honorable Mention for Best Bedside Manners by Our Health Magazine in 2017.
Joey's job is to improve business performance by using the best principles of human psychology and group dynamics. A graduate of William & Mary with degrees in Psychology and Education and of American University with a Master's in Organization Development, Joey has worked in the fields of banking, manufacturing, luxury cruising, government, non-profit, and now medicine to improve human performance. She coaches executives on leadership, facilitates dysfunctional teams, teaches communication skills, and designs effective people strategy -- all aimed at creating a positive, human-centered workplace. If businesses were populated by robots, Joey would be out of a job. But people are complicated and brilliant and sensitive and messy and curious and idiosyncratic and unique -- and when they work in groups, all of that's compounded! -- so she has lots to do.
Kate is the Co-CEO of Eureka Recycling the largest zero-waste non-profit social enterprise in the US. Eureka Recycling utilizes a unique model that demonstrates zero waste with over 100 employees and through its $15 million a year recycling operations in Minnesota. The business operations provide a laboratory to develop strategies and advocate for state and nation policy for zero waste to address climate change, local economic development, and social and environmental justice issues. Kate co-developed operations for Envirelation, the first commercial organics collection service in Washington DC. As Program Director for EcoVentures International, Kate provided microfinance and development services for community based enterprises in the areas of sustainable energy; waste reduction, recycling and composting; and sustainable agriculture primarily in East Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean. She received a B.A. in History and Child Development from Tufts University. She currently lives in Minneapolis with her wife and son and recently retired from playing roller derby.
Kim D. Saunders is the founder, president, and CEO of the Eads Group, Inc. (“EGI”), a community-bank-focused multidisciplinary consulting firm. Ms. Saunders leads EGI in its commitment to serve Minority Depository Institutions and Community Development Financial Institutions. She has over 32 years of financial services industry experience. Prior to founding EGI, she served as president and CEO of M&F Bancorp and its wholly owned subsidiary, Mechanics & Farmers Bank (“M&F”) from 2007 to 2014, where she led its acquisition of Mutual Community Savings Bank, Inc., SSB and profitably shepherded M&F through the Financial Crisis. Before serving as president and CEO of M&F, Ms. Saunders was president and CEO of Consolidated Bank and Trust Company (“CB&T”) from 2003 to 2007, where she helped guide the company back to profitability for the first time in six years. She was the second female president and CEO in CB&T’s more than century-old history, a distinction she also held at M&F. Ms. Saunders launched her banking career with The Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City and holds a B.S. in Economics (Finance) from the Wharton School. Ms. Saunders has served on numerous boards, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council and Saint Catherine’s Board of Governors.
Loren began her formal theatrical and film education at Emerson College and continued on to receive a BA in Dance from George Mason University. An avid traveler, she has been to numerous countries including London, where she helped form Flexy Studio: a creative agency that worked within the Bollywood film industry. As Production Coordinator and Choreographer at Flexy Studio Loren was instrumental in the production of many music videos, ad films, and live events. In search of sun and new opportunities, Loren relocated to Miami to work as the Senior Producer at the Foodable WebTV network. She also has experience working on the production teams of several network TV shows including VH1’s Basketball Wives, USA’s Graceland and HBO’s Ballers. Loren is currently Founder and Creative Director of L PRODUCTIONS, which is currently in production for the travel/dance series Universal Language.
Meg Booth is an Associate Director in the Office of Global Programs and Fellowships at Columbia University in New York City where she has worked for over 7 years. In her current role, she is involved in creating and managing several of Columbia's study abroad programs. She works closely with faculty in program development as well as advising students. Her portfolio currently includes programs in Kenya, Berlin, Venice, Amman, and Paris. Meg has worked in various roles in higher education administration for over 12 years. She also has extensive Admissions experience at the American University of Paris, the New School of Architecture and Design, and the Yale School of Management. She is also now a part-time Admissions Expert for In Genius Prep where she advises perspective business school students through the application process.
Mimi is a Director of Enterprise Strategy & Execution for American Express. In this role as an internal management consultant, Mimi is responsible for leading projects across all areas of the business at American Express. Projects range from new product development, organizational strategy, and program management. Prior to this role at American Express, Mimi worked in their technology unit, and was responsible for developing new and innovative ways to reach and serve customers. Before coming to American Express, Mimi started her career in consulting with Accenture in their Information Management practice. She holds an M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a B.S. in Systems and Information Engineering from UVA.
Nora Brookfield has co-owned her own handbag and jewelry company called Mi Ossa for over 7 years. She is a designer/maker who travels extensively in Haiti to work with artisans on new designs. She sources bone, horn, and upcycled metal from Haitian artisans for the accessories in the fair trade Mi Ossa Collections. Mi Ossa has a small retail space in front of the workshop in Charlottesville Virginia where the accessories are made, but Mi Ossa sells their collections wholesale to stores nationally and internationally. Nora graduated from Princeton (’87) as a rugby player majoring in art history. She went to UVA for a Masters in Counselor Education and worked as a Professional Counselor with children and teenagers for 15 years. She continues to teach teen yoga to high school sports teams and middle school students.
Sabra Ayres is the Moscow correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, where she covers Russia and the former Soviet Union. Her journalism career spans nearly two decades and several continents, with bylines from Afghanistan, the former Soviet Union, Europe and India. She is the winner of the 2016 Front Page Award for Best Foreign Correspondent from the Newswomen's Club of New York for her coverage of the war in Ukraine and the refugee crisis in Europe. In 2016 she was a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation and spent a year researching how Russia uses disinformation to influence politics in Eastern Europe. Her work has been published in the Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera America, The Guardian, the Columbia Journalism Review, The New Republic, the International Herald Tribune, and the Daily Telegraph, among others. In addition to reporting and writing, Sabra has extensive experience in journalism teaching and training. She has taught journalism at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul and was a visiting professor at the India Institute of Journalism and New Media in Bangalore. Sabra was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 1995-97.She has an M.S. in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and a B.S. from the University of Vermont.
Scottie Caldwell graduated from St. Catherine's in 2003, and from the University of Virginia, where she studied French and drama, with highest distinction in 2007. She has worked as a paralegal in Chicago since 2008, which has allowed her to pursue acting work with over twenty different theatre companies in Chicago on dozens of Equity and Non-Equity stage productions. She appears in the web series The Scarlet Line, the forthcoming documentary No Man Shall Protect Us, short films, and commercials. She was nominated for a Time Out Chicago Theatre Award for her work in Erin Courtney's A Map of Virtue with Cor Theatre. She is represented by Big Mouth Talent. When not working her day job, auditioning, rehearsing, or performing, she serves on the vestry at All Saints Episcopal Church in Ravenswood and climbs at First Ascent Climbing.
Shannon J. Winakur, MD, FACC, is a noninvasive cardiologist with St. Joseph Cardiovascular Associates. She was born in Richmond, VA, and graduated from Harvard University in 1992 with a degree in Government. After completing post-baccalaureate premedical studies at Bryn Mawr College, she got her medical degree from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in 1998. She did her internal medicine residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and cardiology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She served as medical director for the St. Agnes Women’s Heart Center from 2012-2017. Shannon has a particular passion for raising awareness about heart disease in women, and empowering women to take charge of their heart health. She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband, 2 daughters, and her Portuguese Water Dog.