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Robie Wright Verostick, Mary Ann Burns Duffy, Rita Bensinger Hartleroad and Kathy Cooper Kulesza 
The Q shares: “Good fun was had at the Christmas Tea, which is always a lovely event. It was great seeing one another!  Save April 27—though 2024 is not a ‘Reunion Year’ for us, we will be attending Reunion and encourage you to be there if you can. When possible, we should take advantage of these opportunities to spend time together. Use the IU website to send in your news.”


West Chester University’s Dean of the College of Education and Social Work Desha Williams and President Chris Fiorentino unveiled Sally Winterton’s Wall of Honor plaque at a reception at the West Chester University Foundation.


Kathleen Daley McKinley, Ph.D. fondly recalls the contributions of Bud McKinley, Frank Monaghan, and Dan Machon to Immaculata University.


The class of 1970 was well-represented during the Oct. 6, 2023 Awards Reception. Classmate Kathleen Mulhern Clark was one of the evening’s honorees, receiving the Alumni Medal posthumously. Those in attendance included Ellen Hayes Cerritelli, Anne Meister, Catherine Marrella Caprio, Susan McDevitt Patterson, Patricia Barbano Bertschy, Anne Marie Conway Six, Helen Cattalo Halpin and Izanne Leonard-Haak. Loretta Chirico Perthes was present but is not pictured.


Eileen Chopnick attended a recent health fair at Nativity BVM Senior Center in Philadelphia with center director Jennifer Scornaienchi and IU dietetic intern Timothy Stengel, who presented his project for the community rotation.

Three people in front of display at health fair

Eileen Chopnick


Thomas Cooley, Jr., M.A., and his wife Mary Macks Cooley ’88 M.A., accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from Association of Healthcare Foodservice in August 2023.  The Cooleys were the first couple to receive this award, which is the organization’s highest honor. Tom was the first male graduate from the nutrition master’s program at Immaculata.

Man and woman looking at camera

Thomas Cooley and Mary Macks Cooley


Three women

Michelle Kaas, Ann Taylor Dean and Kathleen Dean Rizzo

In August Immaculata alumnae attended the wedding of Isabel Rizzo (daughter of Kathleen Dean Rizzo) and Andrew Penk. Also present were Michelle Kaas and Ann Taylor Dean ’63 (grandmother of the bride).


Mya Pawlicki Swires shares, “I recently filmed a pilot with the Eat this TV network. We received over 10K views in five days and have been picked up for a 12-episode show! Bakery is all natural, sugar-free and gluten-free!”


After 16 years in the classroom as a French teacher, Susan Blackburn Gregory has accepted a position as her school’s instructional technology coach, with the Verizon Innovate Learning Schools initiative, which will incorporate her IT minor.


Sara Pletcher Bluhm graduated from Leadership Delaware, a year-long program that recruits and mentors the best and brightest Delawareans. The program is competitive, and chosen students meet for two days once a month to participate in a series of issue-oriented forums and networking opportunities.

Woman receiving certificate

Leadership Delaware CEO Jennifer Cohan presents certificate to Sara Bluhm (right).


Justine Butler is engaged to Adam Gould. They reside in Florida. An April 2024 wedding is planned along with their furry son Clyde.

Engagement photo of man and woman kissing

Justine Butler and Adam Gould

Benjamin Ruby, Ed.D., is the supervisor of online learning at Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12, serving school districts in York, Adams, and Franklin counties.


Nicole Preziuso DeSantis, Kelly D’Ambrosio Klingensmith and Maria Nanni Wankmiller gathered over the summer to introduce the next generation of Mighty Macs, their newborns, to each other.

Courtney Saum Dombrowski and her husband Andrew had a baby girl in July 2023, Alexandra Noel. Alex joins her 2-year-old brother, Jameson Andrew.

Brian Nowak & Ashley McGraw Nowak welcomed son, Patrick, on his due date, sharing Connor’s first day of Catholic school—a family milestone!


Lauren Kopenits Feist shares, “I have gone into private practice with my license in professional counseling. I work out of the Lancaster, PA office in person, as well as providing telehealth services to all residents in PA.”


Lindsay Dugan Bruno shares, “On Sept. 30, 2023, William Bruno and I were married. Will is the grandnephew of Sr. Lorraine Bruno, whom we credit for bringing us together during our time at IU.”

Woman holding Emmy awards

Jacqueline Jewell ’17


Jacqueline Jewell received a 2023 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy Award for “Best Newscast Evening-Larger Markets” for her story, “Deadly Explosion Levels Chocolate Factory.” As a student, Jewell majored in communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in English literature. She is serving as an adjunct faculty member at Immaculata, teaching Broadcast Performance and Short Scripts that Sell.


Michelle Billy Jamieson shares, “On July 7, 2023, I married Jeffrey Jamieson! A week later, we had a second reception in Washington State to celebrate with Jeffrey’s friends and family that couldn’t make it to Pennsylvania. Shortly after that, we enjoyed our honeymoon in Alaska!”


The Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association named Yaniv Aronson Ed.D. the 2023 Mayor of the Year last September. Aronson, who has been mayor of Conshohocken since 2018, is also an assistant professor of media and communications at Montgomery County Community College and earned his doctorate in higher education at Immaculata. “Making sure I bring up education whenever I can has been one of my main focuses as mayor,” he said.

Group of people with man holding award

Yaniv Aronson ’20 Ed.D.


Chrystine Karaman is a music therapist at Tempo Music Therapy in West Chester, PA in addition to her work at Melmark.


Thank you to Alexandra “Lexie” Bethman, who volunteered as a Regional Recruiter for the Office of Admissions at five college fairs this fall.

Thank you to Anna Freeman, who volunteered as a Regional Recruiter for the Office of Admissions at six college fairs this fall.


Three women with infants

2012 classmates Nicole Preziuso DeSantis, Kelly D’Ambrosio Klingensmith and Maria Nanni Wankmiller with their newborns.

Jaime Frazier-Baldwin ’10, son James Robert born May 2023

Nicole Preziuso DeSantis ’12, daughter Joelle born April 2023

Courtney Sahm Dombrowski ’12, daughter Alexandra Noel born July 2023

Kelly D’Ambrosio Klingensmith ’12, son Ryan Michael born June 2023

Ashley McGraw Nowak ’12 and Brian Nowak ’12, son Patrick Joseph born September 2023

Maria Nanni Wankmiller ’12, daughter Olivia Marie born June 2023

Kevin Beam ’15, daughter Ellie Taylor born August 2023

Daniel Ericsson ’19, son Micah John-Grabowski born May 2023

Lauren Lindoerfer Drumgoole ’21 and Liam Drumgoole ’20, daughter Delia born July 2023

Ericsson Drumgoole
Beam Nowak

Lindsay Dugan ’16 married William Bruno ’16 in September 2023

Michelle Billy ’18 married Jeffrey Jamieson in July 2023


  • Agnes Breslin Fee ’40
  • Angela Viscido Belfiglio ’48
  • Veronica Bonner Furey ’50
  • Grace Mary McBride Turnbach ’50
  • Anne Mahon Walsh ’50
  • Dolores Thompson Zeller ’51
  • Geraldine McLaughlin Hutchison ’52
  • Anna Powell Herb ’53
  • Margo Benham Beland ’55
  • Sr. Ann Immaculata Gallagher, IHM ’55
  • Janet Kloss Gray ’56
  • Elizabeth Ecock Pcolinski ’56
  • Patricia Hickey Truran ’57
  • Alice McFadden ’58
  • Marie Renz Basile ’59
  • Caroline Scicchitano Hartzler ’59
  • Nina Grady Lamprecht ’60
  • Mary Bernard MacFadgen ’60
  • Alice Cosgrove ’61
  • Susan Gibbons ’62
  • Mary Murphy Schmelzer ’62
  • Erlinda Hill Rolls ’63
  • Kathleen Redpath Batista ’64
  • Geraldine Bucha Harrison ’66
  • Anne Therese McDonald DePrince ’67
  • Kathleen Powers Reid ’68
  • Frances Dampf Dwyer ’69
  • Rosemary Lynch Alexander ’71
  • Mary Ellen Delaney ’71
  • Mary Donovan Roddy ’75
  • Helen Riley Larkins ’78
  • Elizabeth Bodine ’79
  • Anne Donnellan Brown ’89
  • Bernadette McDonald Weiss ’89
  • Eileen Donohue ’94
  • Victoria Primaldi Sullivan ’94
  • Linda Yarnall Gibbs ’97
  • Kathleen Scott Schweizer ’02
  • Tammie Johnson McDaniel ’04
  • Patricia Warren Minges ’07
  • Carla Grasso ’12
  • Jeanne Sullivan Sutton ’14
  • Jane Price Seward ’18
  • Linda Lee Ann Rizzo ’22

Family Members

Dolores Thompson Zeller ’51, sister of Helen Thompson ’47

Etheldreda Cassidy, mother of Mary Louise Cassidy Kramer ’70

David Barrett Loring, Sr., husband of Rosemary Cody Loring ’72

Rose Ann Bales, sister of Sofie Totani Mathews ’72

Jerome C. McHale, husband of Barbara Majewski McHale ’72

Karl Joseph Grentz, Jr., husband of Theresa Shank Grentz ’74

Kathleen “Kathy” Minicus, sister of Susan Minicus Miller ’75

Mary Ann Valyo, aunt of Patricia Valyo Skahan ’83

Richard T. Foy, father of Christine Foy Kelly ’90 and grandfather of Nolan Kelly ’18 and   Shannon Kelly ’21

Phoebe Showers, mother-in-law of Krista Weisser Showers ’90

Geraldine Bones, mother of Geraldine Bones Kleponis ’00

Jeanne Sutton ’14, sister of Linda Dick ’13

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