Career Day

Overview

Virtual Career Days 2021
April 14, 21 and 28 from 1:00-2:15pm

SAVE THE DATE: March 11, 2022 for Career Day 2022! We’ll be hosting alumnae speakers in person and virtually. 

Contact Kristie (Figone) Ishoo ‘05 at kishoo@stfrancishs.org if you have any questions.

Without a doubt, St. Francis cultivates successful, impactful and capable alumnae – women who are changing their world.  

Who better to inspire Troubies than their Troubie sisters who are already working in myriad careers?! We are so excited to host this event in a virtual space this year. Students are sure to gain some insights, have some questions answered and begin building their Troubie network for college and career success!

Alumnae from any location are encouraged to participate. Current students will join each week and select a breakout room of their choice based on career interest/exploration. Ideally, each breakout session will have at least two-four alums who work in a similar career field. The sessions will last 40-60 minutes with each alum taking 10-15 minutes to summarize their career and leaving 15-20 minutes for student questions at the end.

Architecture

Architecture

Architects design structures such as office buildings, businesses, stadiums, schools, malls, and homes. They might also design outdoor spaces. An architect will collect all information for a project to include site selection, environmental impact, zoning laws, building codes, and access to buildings for the disabled.

Architecture Architecture

Diva (Winje) Latzke ‘07
Project Architect, Gensler

Even before my time at Saint Francis, I knew I wanted to be an architect. I knew I enjoyed math and art. What I didn’t know, was everything else it takes to be a great architect. In fact, I believe I’m still on that journey of discovery. In my twenties, my career was drafted by a series of tech office workplace projects, small and large. Now in my early thirties, workplace is being redefined as a result of this recent pandemic. I’m taking this time also as an opportunity to design the rest of my career, purposefully and get back to my passion for craft.

Art & Design

Claire Blocker ‘00
Principal Designer/Owner, Parc Studio

Claire Blocker is the principal and co-founder of Parc Studio, a full-service, boutique interior design team serving California. She is committed to developing customized designs for her clients, and works closely with them to create timeless spaces that will inspire. Claire takes great pleasure in being involved with every studio project and developing personal relationships with each client.

Art & Design

Jeannie Ichimura ‘85
Artist & Educator, Clay Wrangler Studio

Jeannie was introduced to what would become a lifelong interest in ceramics while teaching English in Japan more than twenty-five years ago, but her career path has not always included clay. Over the years she’s taught English in Japan, quit nursing school, lived and traveled abroad with her husband, and raised two girls while juggling a twelve-year career in the pharmaceutical industry. During this time her clay hobby gradually morphed into a side hustle, and in 2013 she left the corporate world and never looked back

Art & Design

Jana Platina-Phipps ‘85
Owner, Home Couture Collective NY Inc.

I look back at my time at SFHS as one of discovery and empowerment. My teachers nurtured my intellectual and cultural curiosity which eventually lead me to UC Berkeley, Venice Italy, then NYC to pursue a career in textiles. Over many years honing my design and business skills, I became an entrepreneur, teacher, and influencer. Known as the Trim Queen, I chronicle and share how the design community uses trimmings as a powerful tool in fashion, decor and DIY.

Art & Design

Rebecca Ward ‘98
CEO/Principal Designer, Rebecca Ward Design

After graduating from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, Rebecca gained experience working under several successful designers and architects, before founding Rebecca Ward Design in 2007. Rebecca is a Certified Interior Designer (CID), and has passed both the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam and the California Codes and Regulations (CRE) exam.

Biotechnology

Biotechnology

This Troubie works as a Global Studies Manager for Genentech where she does clinical research in the areas of immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and neuroscience. She works closely with creating the clinical trial protocols and ensuring they run smoothly at the hospitals.

Biotechnology Biotechnology

Jasmine Bernal ‘07
Global Studies Manager, Genentech/Roche

I received my B.S and M.P.H from the University of San Francisco.
After graduation, I was given the opportunity to work in clinical research at UCSF within the department of Gynecological Oncology as a Clinical Research Coordinator. I learned and saw so much! I even attended surgeries! It was awesome.
After 3 years, I moved over to Genentech/Roche to continue working on clinical research within the infectious disease/Immunology/ophthalmology/neurology space. My current study is for an eye implant!

Business

Hannah Gonzales ‘12
Project Manager, McMaster-Carr

Hannah Gonzales is currently a Project Manager at McMaster-Carr, an ecommerce and industrial supplies company based near Chicago, IL. Her work is focused on business operations and people management, aimed at helping shape the hundred-year-old company’s continued growth and evolution. Previously, she spent three years in Washington, DC, working in the research & consulting and tech startup spaces at Quadrant Strategies and most recently, Morning Consult.

Dental

Colleen Steinberg ‘06
Dentist, Kids Care Dental and Orthodontics

I was inspired by SFHS Alum Dr. Pam DiTomasso to pursue a career in dentistry after hearing her speak at Career Day years ago! After graduating SFHS, I got my bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Southern California. I went on to dental school at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. After graduating in 2013, I moved home to Sacramento and started out at a private dental practice before discovering my passion for pediatric dentistry in 2014.

Dental

Tooka Zokaie ‘12
Manager of Disease Prevention, American Dental Association

Tooka Zokaie is a Certified Public Health Professional and the Manager for Fluoridation and Preventive Health Activities at the American Dental Association. Her work includes educating and collaborating with community leaders on public health topics including community water fluoridation, tobacco cessation, school-based oral health, interprofessional collaboration, and nutrition. Her work integrates the importance of oral health when addressing total health questions.

Education

Elizabeth Jones ‘06
Academic Internship Coordinator, University of Portland

Elizabeth is a higher education professional specializing in career and internship advising, program and curriculum development, and event planning. Throughout college at the University of Oregon, Elizabeth worked in the University Housing Office and was involved with the St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center through the student leadership team. After majoring in English and minoring in French and Business, she moved to France for a year to teach English through the Teaching Assistant Program in France. In Normandy, she lived in a house with six French roommates.

Education

Susie Naughton ‘85
College Instructor of English as a Second Language, Santa Barbara City College & UCSB

After graduating from Berkeley I left for the Peace Corps and lived in Kiribati in a thatch-roofed house without running water or electricity for 3 years. For the first two years when I taught elementary school on the island of Nikunau I was the first foreign woman to ever live there. I came home from Kiribati and did my Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics/TESL at the University of Hawaii. I have been teaching ESL for the last 25 years in Santa Barbara, New York the Middle East and most recently I spent the summer of 2019 in Tokyo.

Education

Krista Newberry ‘05
PreClerkship Curriculum Manager, UC Davis School of Medicine

Krista is proud to work for Sacramento’s own UC Davis School of Medicine, located just blocks from St. Francis HS. Krista started her career journey in film & media, working as a production assistant and film editor, then pivoted to working as a preschool teacher for several years and now helps to create excellent physicians to serve the Greater Sacramento region and beyond.

Education

Amy Stenberg ‘99
Student Services Coach, San Jose Unified School District

After graduating from Cal State Fullerton in 2005 with a BS in Child & Adolescent Development, I continued my education earning a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential & Masters in Education from Azusa Pacific University. As a lifelong learner and passion for education, I also earned an Administrative Credential. Just this past year, after 14 years as an elementary school teacher in a variety of grades, I have taken on a new position as a Student Services Coach for San Jose Unified.

Education

Reanna Ursin ‘95
High School Teacher, Diversity Practitioner, Westminster Schools

I graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a B.A. in English and went on to take my Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. I loved the 7 years I spent teaching in the English Department at McDaniel College, and am currently an English teacher and DE&I practitioner at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA. Most recently I presented at the National Association for Independent Schools conference on confronting colleagues who avoid teaching and talking about race.

Entertainment

Jillian (Terwedo) Malsbury ‘07
Script Supervisor, Apple, Disney, Fox

My name is Jillian and for the past 8 1/2 years I’ve been a script supervisor in the film and television industry. I work both and television and feature film. My career path isn’t widely known to those outside the entertainment industry, but it’s a really important role on set. I track continuity and act as a liaison between post production and production with detailed logs of all footage shot during production.

Entertainment

Selena Shannon ‘14
Inclusion and Human Resources, United Talent Agency

Selena Shannon has been a part of the UTA Inclusion & Human Resources team since September 2019. She helps to manage the company’s employee inclusion groups, inclusion trainings and speakers, and helps to facilitate HBCU and HACU engagements.

She previously worked at Circle of Confusion, a Management & Production company in Culver City. There she managed the internship program and social media accounts while establishing HR processes for the smaller-sized company.

Environmental

Curie Canuela ‘95
Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist, CalRecycle

After graduating from SFHS, I spent two years at Sacramento City College and received my AS in Science, Math & Engineering. I then transferred to UCDavis. While attending classes at UCDavis I worked as a technician at AT&T. I graduated with a BS Degree in Environmental Biology & Management. I stayed with AT&T for several years but the world of environmental issues was calling to me.

Environmental

Ugo Eke-Simmons ‘06
Air Resources Engineer, California Air Resources Board

I am an Air Resources Engineer at the California Air Resources Board and I have 11 years of experience in state government in the environmental and public health field. My current work deals with regulating sources of air pollution in California and assessing health risk from facilities. I graduated with a B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Davis in 2011, and went on to get my M.S. in Civil Engineering from Sacramento State University in 2013. While in school, I was an avid track and field athlete.

Environmental

Hannah Page ‘15
Assistant Resource Ecologist, Triangle Properties, Inc.

After working seasonal positions in the non-profit sector for a couple of years, I decided it was time to settle in to something more long term and start working for a private environmental firm. I absolutely love my job as an ecologist—I get paid to hike through the wilderness collecting seeds, wander through nature preserves with my binoculars and see what birds are present on-site, and best of all, plant trees. I think this field presents a great opportunity to combine a variety of interests and skill sets.

Environmental

Kathleen Strickley ‘84
Environmental Scientist, CalRecycle (Resources Recycling and Recovery)

I was born and raised in Sacramento along the American River Parkway – it was there that I developed my love and affinity for the outside world. During my college years at CSUS I was drawn to the work of NGO’s that focused on environmental and EJ issues abroad – it was these interests that ignited my passion to help those with little to no voice (indigenous peoples, threatened ecosystems, endangered animals, the planet). These concerns ultimately guided my choice of major: BA in Environmental Studies w/a minor in Communications.

Environmental

Jen Yang ‘10
General Manager, Republic Services

At St. Francis, Jen was involved with student council as her class VP and later SBO VP and a part of the tennis and track teams. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Economy, and studied abroad for a semester in Berlin, Germany. After college, Jen pursued a career at Altria Group having various leadership roles in sales, project management, management, and client services/data analytics for six years living in San Francisco, Portland, and Dallas.

Finance & Investment

Rosie Lucchesini-Jack ‘90
Fixed Income Portfolio Manager, California State Teacher's Retirement System

Rosie Lucchesini-Jack is a Portfolio Manager in the Fixed Income Unit of CalSTRS. She manages $20 billion in assets of US Treasury securities. Rosie began my career at CalSTRS in 2001 as a trading desk analyst/investment office and rose through the ranks, becoming a portfolio manager in 2001. She directly oversees a staff of three, is lead to dozens of others and has mentored many young professionals in the organization.

Finance & Investment

Christiane Pelz ‘86
Vice President, Investor Relations, Five Below, Inc.

Christiane has over 25 years of experience in finance. She is a specialist in investor relations, currently leading the department at Five Below (Nasdaq: FIVE), a high growth retailer focused on teens and tweens with over 1,050 stores, including several in the Sacramento area. She previously held similar roles at Safeway and Shutterfly. She also worked in banking and finance at Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, an e-commerce startup and a venture capital/mezzanine debt investor.

Gaming

Gaming

Many individuals love playing video games and may want to make a living by finding a career that involves gaming in some way. This Troubie is the Senior Manager of Creative Services at PlayQ – a mobile gaming company located in Santa Monica, CA.

Gaming

Katie Lucas ‘10
Senior Manager of Creative Services, PlayQ

Katie Lucas is a visual artist and animator working in the video gaming industry. She graduated from SFHS in 2010, and received her bachelors in animation from Loyala Marymount University in 2014.

Katie has worked on all sides of the game development pipeline - including testing, design, marketing and production. As a game designer at Nix Hydra she developed interfaces and mechanics for multiple mobile titles.

Government, Politics & Public Affairs

Jill Miller ‘92
Director, Center for Applied Learning and Impact, IREX

Jill Miller is an impact driven leader with over 20 years of experience in global development. She developed her passion for innovation, learning and strategic talent development while leading and advising democracy and governance, education, gender and youth development programs around the world and seeing how strong strategies and learning approaches lead to innovation, talent development and ultimately greater impact.

Government, Politics & Public Affairs

Sandra Sanders ‘82
Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee Assistant, California State Senate

Prior to starting a career in State government, Sandra Sanders has a professional history of 26 years as a political consultant for former Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi and former Senator Cathleen Galgiani. Most recently in the State Senate, Sandra has worked as a Legislative Aide managing Senator Galgiani’s bill priorities for over two years. Currently, Sandra is a Committee Assistant for the Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee.

Government, Politics & Public Affairs

Sabrina Young ‘05
Research Economist, US Department of Agriculture

Dr. Sabrina Young is a Research Economist for the USDA’s Economic Research Service, focusing her research on safety net policy (especially SNAP, or “food stamps”), food insecurity, diet quality, and health across the United States. She has a BA in Philosophy & Government, an MA in Philosophy, and a PhD in Public Health. Sabrina’s journey to where she is now has been anything but linear.

Healthcare

Trish Corns ‘93
Pediatric Physical Therapist, UC Davis Health

Trish went to Marquette University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. She has been a Physical Therapist for almost twenty years and specializes in Pediatrics. Trish works at UC Davis Medical Center and is the lead therapist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She is also a Clinical Instructor to Student Physical Therapists and loves to share her passion of working with children.

Healthcare

Bianca De Sousa ‘11
Occupational Therapist, Genesis Rehabilitation Services

I attended Creighton University where I received a Bachelor’s in Theology and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. I work with the geriatric population, specifically in the sub-acute setting, facilitating the necessary skills for transition back into the community. I am passionate about teaching, training, and advocating for patients with dementia and their caregivers. In my free time I enjoy yoga, running, and spending time with friends and family.

Healthcare

Elena Fricke ‘14
Dietitian, Cedars-Sinai

Elena Fricke is a Registered Dietitian (RD). Originally from Sacramento, she graduated from SFHS in 2014. She then attended the University of Alabama where she completed her dietetic internship and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition. She currently works as a Clinical Dietitian at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where she specializes in providing medical nutrition therapy to hospitalized patients. She is especially interested in nutrition support for critical illness, surgery, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Healthcare

Emma Roses ‘13
Speech Language Pathologist, Aegis Therapies

After graduating from St. Francis in 2013, I had no idea what I wanted to major in as a freshman at Long Beach State. I loved my Spanish and English classes my senior year, but in the back of my mind I knew that I always wanted to work in healthcare. When I was browsing the course catalog in my dorm one day, I found “Communication Sciences and Disorders”, went to my first Anatomy and Physiology class, and knew this was the career for me.

Healthcare

Lindsay Trottier ‘05
Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Level Acupuncture

Lindsay Trottier, DACM L.Ac. is a board-certified acupuncturist and doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine practicing in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Trottier first entered the profession of health and wellness as a certified personal trainer and then as a receptionist in an acupuncture clinic. As a competitive student-athlete, Dr Trottier has always been interested in functional movement and healthy recovery. Upon completing her undergraduate studies, she was inspired to begin her training in acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Hospitality & Tourism

Hospitality & Tourism

Hear from a Troubie with a vast career in hospitality and tourism having worked for Visit Rancho Cordova, the Sacramento Kings, Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World.

Information Technology

April Fallon ‘85
VP Engineering Operations, Rubrik, Inc.

April Fallon grew up in Sacramento and graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Civil Engineering and a few years later an MS in Civil Engineering at CSUS. She spent 7 years working in Civil Engineering before she had the opportunity to parlay her construction project management experience into a project/program management role at an internet startup. She loved the fast pace of hi-tech and after 8 years at several start-ups and weathering the internet dot com bust, she landed at Yahoo! where she ran a program management team supporting the Sales organization. After 7 years at Yahoo!

Information Technology

Malika Kirksey ‘07
Project Manager, LexisNexis

After graduating with my B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, I returned home to Sacramento to begin my career. I am currently a Project Manager for LexisNexis specializing in projects focused on building computer algorithms that support automation of tasks that previously had to be performed by a person. I am also currently a second year law student at Lincoln Law School.

Information Technology

Sarah Vinson ‘10
Project Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Sarah Vinson is a Project Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in Roseville, CA. She graduated from UC Davis in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Sociology. At HPE, she has worked on two large transformation projects including complex tool implementations and enhancements. In 2016, she obtained her Project Management Professional Certification, a key industry-recognized certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Journalism

Chelsea Shannon ‘11
Digital Writer and Researcher, ABC10 KXTV

Chelsea Shannon has five years of experience as a journalist and is a three-time Emmy award winner. She currently writes and researches news stories for ABC10 in Sacramento. This past year, Chelsea focused on informing people in Sacramento about the latest coronavirus pandemic updates.

Chelsea was raised here in Sacramento, went to the University of Portland, and graduated from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Digital Audience Strategy.

Journalism

Sonya Sorich ‘00
Digital Editor, Sacramento Business Journal

Sonya Sorich has spent more than 15 years as a professional journalist, and is currently the digital editor of the Sacramento Business Journal. In that role, she manages the publication’s website and oversees its social media accounts. She also writes articles about retail, restaurants and other small businesses. During the past year, she’s covered a variety of small-business survival stories and analyzed ongoing tensions between landlords and commercial tenants amid disruption from the pandemic.

Marketing, Advertising & PR

Meredith Ray ‘14
Digital & Social Content Specialist, Seattle Seahawks

I am currently the Digital and Social Media Content Specialist for the Seattle Seahawks! Following graduation from St. Francis, I attended my undergrad at Santa Clara University where I majored in Communication and Spanish. I have experience working with three professional sports leagues – the NHL, MLB, and NFL, and currently run the Seahawks’ social media and marketing campaigns.

Medical

MaryAnn Dakkak ‘00
Physician, Boston University

Dr. Dakkak specializes in family medicine and obstetrics providing a full spectrum of primary care services for patients of all ages, as well as a range of obstetrical services for expectant mothers. She delivers babies and performs cesarean sections and other procedures at Boston Medical Center. At Manet, she offers women’s health services, including colposcopies, office gynecological exams, ultrasound and family planning. She is certified to prescribe buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex) and to provide HIV and Hepatitis C care.

Medical

Ava Delu ‘12
Incoming Urology Resident, University of Arizona

I graduated from St. Francis in 2012 and attended UCLA, majoring in Physiology. After graduating from college in 2016, I took a gap year to apply to medical school, work as a medical scribe, and teach MCAT courses. Currently, I am in my fourth year of medical school at SUNY (State University of New York) Upstate in Syracuse, NY. I’ll be graduating with my M.D. this May. I recently matched into my chosen speciality and will be starting my five year urologic surgery residency this July at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Medical

Rebekah Fenton ‘08
Pediatrician, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Dr. Rebekah Fenton is a pediatrician currently completing a training fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology and completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of her training, she is an advocate for Black and Brown youth receiving equitable access to quality healthcare and other services.

Medical

Elicia Fernandez ‘09
Medical Doctor, UCSF Fresno

Elicia Fernandez is a resident physician (M.D.) in psychiatry. She graduated from SFHS in 2009, then attended Dominican University of California where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. She graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 2018, and is set to graduate from her adult residency in psychiatry this June. She will go on to complete her training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Loma Linda University fellowship program.

Medical

Roseanna Pauli ‘07
Physician Assistant, Private Practice

I played collegiate water polo at Marist College in NY state, where I studied Biomedical Science. After graduation I lived in Italy for 6 months while working as an Au Pair. I realized I needed an adult job so moved back home to Sacramento and started working in Clinical Research with UC Davis Medical Center, specializing in HIV and Infectious Diseases. Ultimately I attended University of the Pacific’s Physician Assistant Program, and now have been working as a Family Medicine PA here in Sacramento for the past 2 years!

Military

Alexandra Chan ‘10
Surface Warfare Officer, U.S. Navy

Graduated SFHS in 2010. Went on to attend the United States Naval Academy, commissioned and graduated in 2014 as a Surface Warfare Officer with a B.S. in History. 1st tour on USS O’KANE, 2nd tour on USS HOPPER, currently working at Pacific Fleet Command. Did two deployments to the Arabian Gulf.

Nonprofit

Amalia Griego ‘91
Development Officer, Crocker Art Museum

Amalia is a dentist turned non profit professional. After operating her own business and practicing dentistry for seventeen years, she decided to follow her passion and jumped into the Nonprofit fundraising world. In 2017, she was hired as the Director of Philanthropy for Wind Youth Services and in January 2020 moved over to the Crocker Art Museum as their Development Officer.

Nonprofit

Allison Kustic ‘17
Community Coodrinator, SHE-CAN

Allison graduated from St. Francis in 2017 (go Stitch!) and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Ecology & Environmental Sciences and Pre-Law from Dominican University of California, graduating in December 2020. She recently took a job with the Bay Area based non-profit, SHE-CAN. Allison works with mentors, volunteers, and universities to help young women from post conflict countries win scholarships to U.S. colleges and return home to be leaders. In college, Allison interned with the Marin County Board of Supervisors and then U.S.

Nursing

Ginny Bliss ‘04
Neonatal ICU Nurse, UC San Diego

I am a 2004 (Flounder was our mascot) graduate of SFHS.

I graduated from George Washington University’s school of nursing and have been a Neonatal ICU nurse the majority of my nursing career. I decided the east Coast was too cold and moved to San Diego right after graduation.

As a NICU RN, I get to be a part of high risk deliveries, work with premature babies, and educate parents and families. Currently I’m working towards becoming a nurse midwife.

Nursing

Mary Ellingson ‘67
Nursing, Clinical Nurse Educator, Sutter Health

After two years at Gonzaga University, I transferred to UCD where I completed my Psychology degree in the summer of 1970.
I then moved to NC where my husband attended Duke graduate school in PT. I worked for the university on a cancer research project. The first of my 4 children was born there. I became a full time mom and volunteer for the next 17 years. I returned to college life at CSUS where I obtain my BSN in 1999. I had a practice in pediatrics with Sutter for 15 years.

Nursing

Sarah Williams ‘00
Nurse, Lactation Consultant, OHSU

After too many years working in an industry I disliked, I took a risk and applied to nursing school, perhaps the scariest–and best–decision of my life. I am working in my dream job as a labor and postpartum nurse, and lactation consultant, and wish I had made this leap years earlier. Working with families and in women’s health brings me joy and purpose.

Psychology

Brigid Rose ‘92
Neuropsychologist, VA Northern California

I am a board certified clinical neuropsychologist in the VA system. That means I serve veteran patients with known or suspected dementia. I provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and patient- and family-oriented consultation and treatment recommendations. I serve as program manager for our specialty service within the Mental Health department, and also as the training director of our neuropsychology residency program.

Psychology

Katie Lawlor ‘01
Clinical Psychologist, Stanford University

Dr. Katie Lawlor received her doctorate from the joint program between the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. She trained at both the Stanford University Medical Center and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, focusing on human-animal interactions (HAI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), neuropsychology. Prior to her career in clinical psychology, Dr. Lawlor held positions with NBC News in Beijing and New York City, the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC, and the Governor’s Office of California.

Publishing

Stephanie Cargill-Greer ‘08
International Associate Sales Manager, Chronicle Books

Hi! I’m Stephanie, and I am a Bay Area based international associate sales manager at Chronicle Books, a book and gift publishing company. I have a BA in English Lit from Humboldt State and a Masters in Publishing Studies for University of Stirling in Scotland. While studying in Scotland, I interned for a small publishing company called Canongate Books. Once I graduated, I took a position at Chronicle Books in international sales. I have always loved books and travel, and this job gives me the best of both worlds.

Real Estate

Kelly Fontes-Hyde ‘87
VP/Regional Sales Manager, Chicago Title

Graduated St. Mary’s College in 1991. I worked as a Recruiter for 5 years then was recruited by a teacher at SFHS husband to work for him. I started as a receptionist and moved all the way up the ladder to VP/Regional Sales Manager. We have 9 branches in the Tri-County area.

Small Business Owner & Entrepreneurship

Sarina Paulson ‘96
Owner/CEO, Willo Salons

Over the years, my varying experience has led me to some wonderful experiences, with amazing people. I have a passion for turning around underperforming businesses, streamlining operations, hiring and developing talent, and creating customer-centric environments. I have a keen understanding of how new technology and a changing economy keep businesses in constant evolution and that to survive, an organization must focus on making the customer experience as easy and timely as possible.

Small Business Owner & Entrepreneurship

Rena Zellars ‘95
Managing Director, The Alyst Group, LLC

If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it! A numbers nerd at heart; I started my career as an auditor with KPMG helping companies prepare, plan and validate financial processes. I learned early on that capturing and analyzing data is the key to managing measurable successes- the start of a career that would take me far beyond numbers and would allow me the opportunity to work alongside a talented group of people that have founded companies like PayPal, Clairum Capital, Linkedin, The Founder’s Fund, Yelp, Kiva.org, Youtube, and Palantir Technologies.

Marketing, Advertising & PR

Enid Brenize ‘09
Writer/Communications Support, lululemon

I’m a former arts journalist and newspaper editor who now works as a writer for lululemon. In 2017 I also founded a small marketing and design firm called Verb. When not working, I’m focusing on my masters degree in therapy and seeing clients at a local couple’s center, playing with my dog Lady, and travelling as much as I can. In the past I’ve been lucky enough to take my work with me to London, Seattle, Berlin, central Hungary, and Charleston—before returning home to Sacramento.

Veterinarian

Catherine Loughner ‘95
Veterinarian/Medical Director, VCA Greenback Animal Hospital

I’m a 1995 St. Francis grad who attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for undergrad (Animal Science) and University of Illinois for my DVM degree. I’m a life-long Girl Scout which helped prepare me for a career in leadership while St. Francis helped prep me for the rigorous education I would need to become a veterinarian. I’ve been in my current position as Medical Director in a small animal only hospital for 4 years and a veterinarian for 17 years. I’ve worked all over the state but settled in Sacramento to be near my parents and my sister and her family.

Veterinarian

Rosea Pagliaroli ‘99
Regional Technician Director, VCA

I graduated from Carrington College, in 2001 and received my RVT licensing very shortly after that. I started working at a veterinary hospital in Sacramento and held multiple positions including Assistant Director of PetNursing until 2010. I then moved to Cordova Veterinary Hospital where I expanded my knowledge with continuing education and became especially interested in nutrition and formed strong relationships with Hills, Royal Canin and Purina. I was promoted to Technician Supervisor in 2014.