Class Notes

Class Notes

This list is updated three times a year — February, June and October — when St. Catherine University Magazine is published.

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Mary Ann Hanley, CSJ, ’53, professor emerita of music, celebrated 75 years as a Sister of St. Joseph. Her Jubilee Reception at Carondelet Village was attended by many of her former St. Kate’s music students, who shared happy memories of their student days. Sister Mary Ann taught at St. Kate’s from 1961 to 1995.


Claudia L. Huot ’79 presented at Lehigh University’s 45th Annual Special Education Law Conference. She is a partner at Wisler Pearlstine, LLP, and primarily represents school districts and other educational management organizations, particularly in the areas of special education and student rights.  

Helen Crary Stassen ’79 is serving on the Little Free Library National Board of Directors. She became a Little Free Library steward in 2012 and placed her library at Freedom Park in Prescott, Wisconsin. Stassen had a 33-year career as a librarian, finding particular joy in school libraries.


Mary Fristad '81 spent two months in Christchurch, New Zealand, as an Erskine Visiting Fellow. Fristad is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral health and vice chair at The Ohio State University.

Pamela Stegora Axberg ’85 is senior vice president for network operations at UnitedHealthcare.  

Kristine A. Kubes ’86 and Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Anne McKeig ’89 attended the Annual Meeting of the Minnesota State Bar Association Appellate Law Section in June 2017. Kubes is an attorney at Kubes Law Office where she serves as counselor, litigator and mediator for clients in the design and construction industry. 

Michele H. Morgan ’86 has a new position as rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.  



Kristina Hash ’90 was recently named a West Virginia University Foundation Outstanding Teacher. The award honors exceptional professors who go above and beyond to inspire their students. 

Nicole Ongie Hedman ’91 has been named the head coach of the girls swimming and diving team at Centennial High School in Circle Pines, Minnesota. She is also a sixth-grade teacher at Northdale Middle School.

Josey Becker Barton ’98 welcomed twin daughters Alexandra Grace and Isabella Rose in June 2016.   

Susan Mathison-Young MANU’98 recently joined Good Samaritan Hospice in Nisswa, Minnesota, as a nurse practitioner.

Dana DeMaster ’99 was promoted to manager of the Research and Evaluation Unit at Ramsey County Health and Wellness Administration. Her department assesses the county’s social services needs, including child and adult protection, mental and chemical health, disability services, and financial assistance programs.



Julie Clinefelter MLIS’01 is the new Austin Public Library director in southeast Minnesota, as of May 2017. She worked there from 2003 to 2013, and returned as a technical services librarian the following year.

Bridget Rach ’01 welcomed daughter Margot Irene Pease in June 2017.  

Heather Rachel ’02 published a book for small business owners entitled The B.I.G. Plan — Growth Strategies Toward Success.

Cynthia Grothe West MAED’02 earned a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota–Duluth in 2017. Her dissertation was titled “Millennial Instructional Preferences in Post-Secondary Business Programs.”  

Jessica Hagaman ’03 received an Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Alumni Association for distinguished teaching in the classroom. She is an assistant professor in UNO’s College of Education.

Cabrini Jablon MAOL’06 received the St. Norbert College Beloved Community Social Justice Award, which honors a staff member who has worked to make the community more just and equitable, fulfilling the vision of Dr. King’s "Beloved Community.”

Hilary Novacek Bundt ’08 welcomed son August Eugene Bundt in January 2017.

Heidi Wolford Parrow ’09 welcomed her third child, Logan Mark Parrow, in March 2017. 

Lindsay Butterfield Whipple ’09 is assistant dean for student support and outreach at St. Kate's. She welcomed daughter Anne Kathleen Whipple in August 2016. 



Kelsey Delander ’10 is the CEO and executive director at Adoray Home Health and Hospice in Baldwin, Wisconsin.

Elizabeth Bernhardt ’11 received a master's degree in physics from Washington State University and will continue to in a doctoral program. She studies photomechanical materials for medical device applications.  

Amy Mars MLIS’12 won the 2017 Minnesota Academic Innovators Award, given by the Minnesota Library Association. Mars works as a research and instruction librarian at St. Kate’s.

Kathleen LaMotte ’13 graduated from the Iowa State School of Veterinary Medicine and has joined Southview Animal Hospital in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. She is a TripliKate, the granddaughter of Elizabeth Glennon McIntire ’50 and daughter of Nancy McIntire ’78.

Mary Ellen Anderson ’15 was a 2017 Women’s Health Leadership TRUST Forum award winner in the consumer empathy category. Anderson is responsible for leading the strategic direction and overall management of Comprehensive Care Services, Inc. She was selected for her joint work with the Tribal Community in Minnesota, in particular, the Mdewakanton Sioux in Shakopee.

Carmen Attikossie ’15 is a facilitator of entrepreneurial leadership at the African Leadership University. She joined the ALU campus in Mauritius in January 2017, then moved to Kigali, Rwanda, in April where she is helping to launch a new campus.


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