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Please join the Los Angeles Wellesley Club and the Wellesley College Alumnae Association for:

2020:  An Update from Wellesley College 

Kicking off the 100-Year Anniversary of the WCLA


PROGRAM


An afternoon featuring a keynote address from the Dean of Students.

Join us in welcoming new campus leadership and stay for a reception with our College guests.

 

Saturday, February 29, 2020

2:00-4:30 PM


Wellesley College Guests:

Sheilah Shaw Horton, Vice President and Dean of Students, Wellesley College

Kathryn Harvey Mackintosh '03, Executive Director, Wellesley College Alumnae Association

Mary Casey, Vice President for Development, Wellesley College

 

Event Host:

Amy Sommer Childress '87

Pacific Palisades


Sheilah Shaw Horton

Vice President and Dean of Students, Wellesley College

 

Sheilah Shaw Horton is vice president and dean of students at Wellesley College. She began this role in 2017. At Wellesley she oversees a division of 10 different departments, spanning such areas as residential life and housing, counseling, health, wellness, academic advising, intercultural education, services for students with disabilities, and other student support areas. Prior to Wellesley, she was VP of Student Affairs at Loyola University of Maryland and at Boston College where she served in several roles, including associate vice president of student affairs and dean of students. Dr. Horton knows student life from many vantage points as she has taught undergraduate and graduate students, is a trustee of her alma mater, Emmanuel College, and is herself the parent of  recent college graduates.  She holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Boston College.

 

Kathryn Harvey Mackintosh '03

Wellesley College Alumnae Association

 

Kathryn Harvey Mackintosh '03 returned to Wellesley as Executive Director of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association in the summer of 2019. Her career in higher education has included roles in development, graduate admissions, and employer partnerships. Most recently she was the Director of Institutional Research at Boston College, where she led a cross-functional team to support university decision-making through survey research and data analysis. She has extensive experience working with campus partners in enrollment management, career services, academic units and student life. Kathryn serves on the board of a local independent Catholic school and a grant review committee for the Needham Education Foundation. She was a political science major at Wellesley and received her M.B.A. from Boston College. Kathryn enjoys running (slowly), cooking (quickly), and reading both to herself and to her three young children.

 

 

Mary Casey

Vice President of Development, Wellesley College

Mary M. Casey is Vice President for Development at Wellesley and is also a member of the President’s Leadership Team, working to advance institutional priorities and initiatives. For 21 years, Casey held progressively responsible positions in the Office of College Advancement at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, including eight years as vice president for college advancement. She has been the campaign director for Boston Children’s Hospital for the past four years. Casey is a magna cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College and earned her master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Additionally, Casey has been a longtime volunteer for Mount Holyoke College, serving as both a class gift agent and a member of the Alumnae Association board. She is a member of the Corporation for the Perkins School for the Blind and she serves on the Family Support Council for the Department of Developmental Services for the state of Massachusetts. Both organizations are deeply important to Casey, she says, because they advocate for people who often have no powerful lobby to represent them.

 

 

Event Host:  Amy Sommer Childress '87

 

Amy Sommer ’87 is overeducated and underemployed. After two decades in the entertainment  industry-- in jobs ranging from Povich’s Peon to Oscar nominated documentary film producer – she turned her focus to penning prose and parenting. In the decade (or so… is counting really necessary after 40… or 50…)  since she has written  several screenplays – a couple for hire, an in-development romantic comedy co-authored with Alexandra Komisaruk ’86  – served as an editor for long since defunct magazines. Currently, she writes for a fashion blog, So Suzy Says - set to relaunch in April 2020 - and shares her navel gazing revelations on her blog, FretforHire.com . When not tethered to her laptop she pays minimal attention to her three children, two dogs and one spouse while generally trying to make herself useful.

 

Wellesley College Guest Helen Gregory

Director of Alumnae Association Board and Office Operations

Wellesley College Alumnae Association

 

Event Introductions by Lori Dreischmeier, '86

President, Wellesley Club of Los Angeles

 

Lori Dreischmeier ‘86 graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in English (including a year of study in Paris) and has an MFA in film from USC.  She has incorporated her love for innovation and storytelling into her work as a senior executive assistant to entrepreneurs and CEOs in the tech and media industries.  She is presently looking for new opportunities as well as beginning to create her own vlog where she can discuss her favorite subjects:  entrepreneurship, faith, health, beauty, and relationships.

 

Lori began serving as WCLA Co-President at the beginning of 2017 and became President in 2019.  She previously served as the Vice President in 2003-2004 and as the Wellesley Class of 1986 Reunion Record Book Chair in 2010-2011. Her Wellesley community has been essential to establishing her home in LA; she is committed to encouraging connections between SoCal alumnae as well as between alumnae and the College, particularly in the areas of career, and transitions. A Midwestern native (born and raised in Wisconsin), Lori loves living in Santa Monica. In her free time, when she’s not at a Wellesley event, she enjoys Bar Method class, tennis, farmer's markets, and events (film, music, and sports).
 

 

Special contributions

Jennifer Meng ‘13, Founder and Creative Director at READY-MADE,

a sustainable, materials-based jewelry brand based in Los Angeles.  www.ready-made.co

Designed custom necklaces for college guests.
 

 

Melissa Cheng ’05, Head of Product, Merchandising & Operations at Cocofloss, a company founded by Wellesley alumnae based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  http://www.cocofloss.com/ | Instagram link

Contributed Cocofloss to our guest swag bags
 

 

Acknowledgments

 

Wellesley Club of Los Angeles Board

*indicates board members attending event

 

President:  Lori Dreischmeier ’86 *

Vice President:  Brenna Vredeveld ’05 *

Co-Treasurer:  Emily Peters ’09 *

Co-Treasurer and Wellesley Circles Co-Chair:  Jocelyn Williams ’86 *

Secretary and Website Editor:  Anneliese Klein ’15

Website/IT Manager:  Sessen Mengist ’15

Holiday Party Chair and Past Vice President:  Erin Copenbarger ’95 *

Alumnae Admission Representative (AAR), LA:  Belinda Tepper ’71 *

Alumnae Admission Representative (AAR), OC:  Rachel Newman ’08

Book Award Co-Chair:  Brianne O’Donoghue ’17 *

Book Award Co-Chair:  Alexandra Nagourney ’13

Young Alumnae Co-Representative:  Rachel Thommen ’17 *

Young Alumane Co-Representative:  Nicole Gebriel ’12 *

Newsletter Editor (Communications):  Beth Schaaf ’11

Photographer and Photo Curator:  Regina Hsu ’09 *

Social Media Manager (Communications):  Mai Perches ’10 *

Day to Make a Difference/Community Service Chair: Charlotte Kiang ’13 *

Membership Co-Chair:  Nisha Bedi Donley ’10

Membership Co-Chair:  Connie Su ’09

Wellesley Circles Co-Chair – LA:  Victoria George ’05

Wellesley Circles Co-Chair – LA/South Bay:  Lily Kim ’06

Wellesley Circles Co-Chair - LA:  Ilene Tsui ’10

Wellesley Circles Co-Chair – OC:  Ashtyn Coleman ’17 *

Wellesley Circles Co-Chair – OC:  Kyhm Penfil ’87

 

Wellesley in Entertainment (WIE) Co-Representative:  Kate Erickson ’05

Wellesley in Entertainment (WIE) Co-Representative:  Katie Barsotti ’15

WLAN Co-Representative:  Briana Calleros ’12

WLAN Co-Representative:  Mariaesther Moncada ‘12

WAAD Representative: Jackie Olivier ’82

WAPA Representative:  Malique Carr ’05

WCLA Book Club Representative: Ottavia Montingelli ’06

Wellesley Friends of Art Representative:  Melissa King ’92

Wellesley Entrepreneurs Representative:  Stephanie Sunwoo ’97 *

Past President: Erika Spitzer ’06 *

Board Observer:  Melissa Cheng ’05 *

Board Observer:  Natalie Catalan ’18 *

Board Observer and Event Program Designer: Lian Jue ’98

Board Observer:  Jean Futami ’83

Board Observer:  Lisa Valera ’12

 

Wellesley in Entertainment (WIE) Co-Representative:  Kate Erickson ’05

Wellesley in Entertainment (WIE) Co-Representative:  Katie Barsotti ’15

WLAN Co-Representative:  Briana Calleros ’12

WLAN Co-Representative:  Mariaesther Moncada ‘12

WAAD Representative: Jackie Olivier ’82

WAPA Representative:  Malique Carr ’05

WCLA Book Club Representative: Ottavia Montingelli ’06

Wellesley Friends of Art Representative:  Melissa King ’92

Wellesley Entrepreneurs Representative:  Stephanie Sunwoo ’97 *

Past President: Erika Spitzer ’06 *

Board Observer:  Melissa Cheng ’05 *

Board Observer:  Natalie Catalan ’18 *

Board Observer and Event Program Designer: Lian Jue ’98

Board Observer:  Jean Futami ’83

Board Observer:  Lisa Valera ’12

 

Additional Wellesley volunteers/contributors in attendance

Dolores Arredondo ’95, Board Director 2018-2020, Wellesley College Alumnae Association

Stephanie Hsieh ’89, Board Director 2019-2021, Wellesley College Alumnae Association

Lawry Meister ’83, Trustee, Wellesley College

Judy Jones ’60, Trustee Emerita, Wellesley College

Anne Byerly ’82, President, Wellesley Club of Santa Barbara

Juanita Gutierrez ’92, Co-President, Wellesley-in-Pasadena

Catherine Wood ’86, Alumnae Admission Representative (AAR), Wellesley-in-Pasadena

Laurie Steiner Halperin ’86, photographer
 

 

Wellesley Club of Los Angeles Notes

 

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STAY CONNECTED

Wellesley Club of Los Angeles: 

https://losangeles.alum.wellesley.edu/      

     

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WCLosAngeles@alum.wellesley.edu

 

Wellesley Hive:

https://hive.wellesley.edu/hub/the-hive/home

 

WCLA on Facebook: This Facebook page is for all Wellesley Alumnae of Los Angeles/Orange County 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/102080626551375/&t=60722-304008  

 

WCLA Membership

If you live in the Los Angeles area, please consider becoming a member of WCLA or renewing your membership. Membership provides discounted event tickets, and of course, the chance to support your local Wellesley Club including valuable programs such as lectures with visiting Wellesley professors and faculty, alumnae career panels, recruitment in local high schools and college fairs, and the annual Book Awards.

 

Lifetime Membership: One-time cost of $500

Annual Membership Dues:

  • Recent Graduate (Class of ‘19): $0
  • Young Alumna (Classes of ‘15-’18): $25
  • Regular Membership: $50

Dues can be paid online. Please be sure to log in to the WCLA site first.

If you'd prefer to pay by check, please contact WCLA Co-Treasurers for instructions.

 

WCLA Board Volunteers and Event Hosts

If you are interested in serving on the WCLA board or in offering your home as a location for WCLA events, please contact WCLosAngeles@alum.wellesley.edu

 

 

WCLA Upcoming Events (partial list)

Young Alum Happy Hour/Dinner

Friday, March 13, 2020

 

WCLA Book Club

Sunday, March 15 at 1-3pm

 

Career Conversation with Jane Wolf Frances 68

Managing Changes in Career, Life Stages and Aging Parents

Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 3-5pm

 

Seven Sisters in Entertainment Speed Networking

Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 1-4pm

 

Welcome Tea for Admitted Students, Wellesley Class of 24

Sunday, April 19, 2020

 

Seven Sisters in Entertainment Speed Networking

Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 1-4pm

 

Day to Make a Difference at the Ronald McDonald House of Southern California

Saturday, April 25, 2020

 

Annual Meeting featuring speaker Susan Windham-Bannister 72

Sunday, June 14, 2020

 

 

Questions

Please contact WCLosAngeles@alum.wellesley.edu.