Alumnae Stories


Alumnae Impact Story
Ashley Kyalwazi '14


“I kind of always had that picture in my head.”

For Ashley Kyalwazi ’14, that picture has only gotten clearer with time. Have one conversation with her, and you’ll also see that she looks at the bigger picture in just about every aspect of life.

“I’ve been interested in medicine since I was a young kid,” Ashley said. The now 27 year old is one of four siblings, the daughter of Michael and Winnie Kyalwazi- both Ugandan immigrants, and the granddaughter of one of the first East African surgeons.


Alumnae Impact Story
Dr. Mary Newman '87


“I was really scared to talk to people, but now I’ll talk to anybody.”

It’s hard to imagine a time when Mary Newman ’87 was scared to talk to people. After all, Mary is a psychiatrist who not only spends her days talking to people but also helping them.


Alumnae Impact Story
Michelle Grau '09


“I had a life plan.”

Michelle Grau ‘09 was one of those teenagers who thought she had it all figured out.

She had once dreamed of becoming an astronaut. When she was a senior at St. Francis High School and the team captain of the school’s robotics team, that life plan seemed obvious: she would attend Stanford, major in mechanical engineering, and become an engineer.

“I was one of those people who had a major, and it turns out that the things I wanted to do with my life were not that,” Michelle said.


Simply Elise!
Founder Of, Elise Bauer ’78 Shares Her Recipe For Life

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The eldest of six children, Elise Bauer was taking the world by storm when she walked across the Memorial Auditorium stage to receive her high school diploma and embark on an undergraduate degree from Stanford. The only one of her siblings to attend a private school, Elise’s parents sacrificed plenty to provide her with a St. Francis education. Her father’s German background and her mother’s Hispanic background, coupled with their ingenuity and creativity, made the family dinner table a place of warmth and nourishment.


50 Years of Vocation
A Lifetime Of Faith, Excellence, Leadership, And Service

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May 28, 2018 wasn’t an ordinary Sunday at St. Robert’s Catholic Church in San Bruno, CA where they were celebrating the golden jubilee of Sr. Sheral Marshall ’65. Entering the packed church, Sr. Sheral radiated the warmth and joy she has become known for in her life of service to others. She was honored with words that spoke of her dedication to the message of Jesus, the smile and encouragement she spread, and her boundless energy, comparing her to the Energizer Bunny. With Sr. Sheral on staff, it is no wonder that St.


Congrats to Delaney Feener ’14

Congratulations to Delaney Feener’14 who is appearing as Cinderella in INTO THE WOODS at DePaul University. 

In 2013 Delaney won an Elly for her portrayal of The Witch in The SF Theatre production of Sondheim’s musical. 


Kim Johnson-Marble ‘08 Inspired to Join Military After 9/11

Kim Johnson-Marble ‘08 was interviewed by ABC 10’s France Wang ’10 on why she was inspired to join military after 9/11. 

“I wanted to be a part of giving back, showing how strong we are as a country,” Johnson-Marble said. “I told my parents ‘I’m going to be in the army.’

Johnson-Marble said when she was giving her oath, she had that same gut feeling again in her stomach that she had during 9/11.