Frances Wang ‘10 has dreamed of being a journalist since she was kid after being interviewed by Walt Gray.
She’s always been the most talkative of her peers, so her former teachers and classmates aren’t surprised she became a reporter.
After graduating from St. Francis High School, she went on to become a Trojan at the University of Southern California. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors. During her time there, she also earned a second Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Olivia Stevenson ‘11 received her Master Degree in Theatre from the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland! Olivia was involved in SF Theatre for the four years she attended SFHS. She was part of three Elly award winning productions and was nominated for multiple individual Elly awards. Mrs. Watson, our Theatre Director, reached out to Olivia for an update on her post-SFHS experience:
Annie Randle ’15 is performing in Legally Blonde at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She plays a few parts including Elle’s mom and the sales girl. She also auditioned and won the role as the Anchor of the Vanderbilt TV station, V-TV. She anchors the school TV station on their weekly broadcasts.
Delaney Feener ‘14 is performing the title role in Willam Shakespeare’s Richard III at DePaul University. DePaul is one of the premier theatre schools in the country. At St. Francis High School Delaney performed onstage in many shows including her Elly awarding winning performance as the Witch in Into the Woods and Jesus in our gold medal Lenaea production of Godspell.
Angelica graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California in May 2015 with a degree in Music: Vocal Performance. She attended Saint Mary’s on a voice scholarship, the first recipient in the school’s history. She had the incredible opportunity to sing at very prestigious events all around the Bay Area as an ambassador to the school as well as travel the world performing with the choirs. Angelica spent a summer in Germany in an intensive opera program. She sang in Carnegie Hall with the choirs as a featured soloist.
Stacey Stoddard Burkett ’04 started her circus career in 2009 at the Gravity Arts, training under renowned aerialist TT Robson. Stacey has trained locally in Santa Cruz, as well as at Kinetic Arts in Oakland. While silks has always been her first love, she has also performed some rope, and two years ago, added hand balancing and partner acrobatics to her repertoire.
Rebecca Henning ’03 returned to St. Francis Catholic High School to teach Dance for a year before moving on to continue teaching at Pure Barre. After graduating St. Francis she attended CSU Sacramento where she earned Masters degrees in English and Theater Arts. She spent eight years teaching Dance and Physical Education courses in the Los Rios Community College District and choreographed theatrical productions for Cosumnes River College and Folsom Lake College.
Stephanie Culhane Provence ’03 has been working as a video editor in Los Angeles for eight years. She started editing weddings and birthday parties. She has edited three feature films,(two narrative, one documentary,) many short films, as well as still doing a lot of food and travel videos for various websites. Stephanie worked for the women’s website, PopSugar, as their beauty editor for three years but now is the assistant editor for season three of the Emmy award winning children’s show, Tumble Leaf, produced by Amazon.
Claudia Castaneda ’02 is beginning her fifth year as an expatriate in Milan, Italy. She is currently completing her final thesis for a Masters in Visual Arts & Curatorial studies while working full time as the Study Abroad Milan Program Coordinator for students studying at Cattolica University, NABA, and Domus Academy. In between travel, work and research, she finds time to keep playing soccer on a couple of local teams including F.C. Pasturago.
Kiera Mickiewicz Anderson ’99 is thrilled to be moving back to Sacramento with her husband Bradford and future Troubies Juna (4) and Finola (1) after nine years in New York and eight years in LA. She will continue teaching yoga, acting and in her position as Assistant to the National Director with the DEA Youth Dance Program.
Maura Knowles ’86 is the C.E.O. and founder of Mac-n-Mo’s, a Morselicious healthy baking company created in honor of her dad, Mac, and an International Integrative Board Certified Health Coach (A.A.D.P.). She is actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has served on the host committee for Dr. Oz’s non- profit organization, HealthCorps.
Maura was inspired to write Insult to Injury based on her own life and death experiences, turning to her Irish American comedy roots. She believes that a balanced life is important, as it enriches the life of all artists. An avid traveler, a.k.a, The Wanderlust Queen, her singing career has taken her across the globe, inspiring her to trek throughout Europe with a recent visit to her motherland. She’s also traveled to Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Bali, Thailand, Japan, China, Africa, the Seychelles, the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, French Polynesia, Canada, and throughout most of the United States including Hawaii and Alaska. Her guiding philosophy “It’s not what happens to you in life. It’s how you deal with it. Well, at least most of the time.”
Jana Platina Phipps ’85 attributes her passion for trimmings and accessories to wearing a school uniform. “Accessories were my tool for creative expression!” says Jana. After graduating UC Berkeley she moved to New York City to pursue a career in design. She fell in love with a trimmings factory and her career has grown to working with factories around the world. Jana develops trim collections of cords, fringes, ribbons and tapes for both home decor and fashion.
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