Career Day

Overview

Career Day 2020
Career Day has been postponed

Postponement information is TBD. Please contact Becky Iverson at biverson@stfrancishs.org with 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 welcome more than 65 alumnae back to campus for the first annual St. Francis Career Day on Friday, March 13, 2020! Students are sure to gain some insights, have some questions answered and begin building their Troubie network for college and career success!

Students will have an opportunity to sign up for two career sessions hosted by alumnae that morning. The event time will be 9:00 am – 12:00 pm with lunch provided after.

Participating alumnae are profiled below:

Aerospace & Defense

Aerospace & Defense

Aerospace is the human effort in science, engineering, and business to fly in the atmosphere of Earth (aeronautics) and surrounding space (astronautics). Learn how aerospace organizations research, design, manufacture, operate, or maintain aircraft or spacecraft.

Aerospace & Defense Aerospace & Defense

Arianna Raymundo ‘03
Project Management - Chief, Army/Air Force Section, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Arianna is the Chief of the Army/Air Force Section within the Programs and Project Management Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Sacramento District. Arianna has been working with USACE for 12 years. Her experience includes positions in engineering and construction, emergency deployments supporting hurricane and fire response, and a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan. Recently, Arianna was recognized as the 2019 USACE Project Manager of the Year.

Aerospace & Defense Aerospace & Defense

Beth Anderson ‘80
VP Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Operations, Boeing

Beth Anderson was recently named vice president of Business Integration & Analytics, where she will accelerate work to modernize our supply chain and manufacturing processes and tools. Beth started out as an engineer and used her technical foundation and passion for employee engagement to lead various teams in engineering, manufacturing and supply chain.

Beth still hold dear the values instilled during her years at St. Francis – integrity, truth, trust & transparency.

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 Latzke ‘07
Project Architect, Gensler

With over 8 years of experience in providing corporate campus and workplace design in Silicon Valley, Diva is capable of bringing value to a project team from RFP interview through concept to completion. A pivotal project in her career was a cafeteria/espresso bar at the new Apple campus in Cupertino, completed in 2017. Where the design experience meets the highly technical details- this is where Diva truly excels.

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

I work at Genentech in South San Francisco as a Global studies manager. I work in clinical research for the immunology/infectious disease/ophthalmology/neuroscience group. I do not work in lab but rather I work closely with creating the clinical trial protocols and make sure that our trials run smoothly at the hospitals.

Business

Business

Our business professionals work in areas like strategy and business development for Visa in San Francisco and business management for McMaster-Carr based near Chicago, Il. There is a diversity of careers in the area of business.

Business Business

Hannah Gonzales ‘12
Management Development, McMaster-Carr

Hannah Gonzales is currently in the Management Development program at McMaster-Carr, an 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.

Business Business

Madeline Dyer ‘13
Strategy & Business Development Manager, Visa

I oversee strategy and operations at Visa for one of our payments products and focus on the government vertical. I worked in politics when I lived in Sacramento before moving to San Francisco two years ago for this job. The payments industry is incredibly exciting, and there are endless opportunities to make an impact at companies like mine on how people around the world pay and get paid.

Dental

Dentistry

From dental assistant to Dentist, this Troubie can talk about many of the career options in the world of dentistry and private practice.

Dental Dentistry

Hana Rashid ‘01
Dentist, Beautiful Smiles Dentistry

Dr. Hana Rashid started out as a dental assistant for Beautiful Smiles Dentistry prior to attending dental school. She graduated from St. Francis in 2001 then completed her undergraduate studies at UC Davis , with a major in Genetics and a minor in Psychology. A graduate of the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2009, she went on to complete a 1 year General Practice Residency in Fresno, CA. She joined her mother, Dr. Ibtisam Rashid in August 2010 as Associate Dentist.

Dental Dentistry

Pamela DiTomasso ‘72
Dentist, DiTomasso Dental

Dr. DiTomasso is the lead dentist, and practice owner, at DiTomasso Dental. She graduated from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston.

Dr. DiTomasso has always been a leader in advancing the clinical skills, knowledge and leadership abilities of other dentists. She has been a faculty member and trainer with many national academies and a personal mentor to many young and established doctors. Staying current is a priority. Dr. DiTomasso is constantly training and learning the latest technologies.

Dental Dentistry

Tooka Zokaie ‘12
Manager, Fluoridation and Preventive Health Activities, American Dental Association

Tooka Zokaie is the Manager for Fluoridation and Preventive Health Activities at the American Dental Association (ADA). She leads the National Fluoridation Advisory Committee and the Prevention Sub Committee for the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention in the Government and Public Affairs Division. Her work includes educating community leaders on the efficacy and public health benefits of community water fluoridation, tobacco/vaping cessation, school-based oral health, and nutrition.

Design

Design

If your passion is design, there are various career options. Here from a local interior designer who has built a thriving business, as well as someone who has used her skills as a Milliner, Maker and Makeup artist working in the music industry.

Design Design

Claire Blocker ‘00
Owner/Principal Designer, Parc Studio

Claire implements a proven track record of providing personal service through an integrated team approach – creating a Design Studio that offers a hands-on, full scope approach, fostering long standing client relationships and an excellent reputation for achieving perfection in her jobs.

Design Design

Erika Kjelstrom ‘94
Milliner/Maker, Morticia Stewart Designs

Milliner, Maker, & Makeup Artist with a demonstrated history of working in the music industry. Skilled in Choral, Theatre, Event Management, Radio, and Songwriting. Strong arts and design professional with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused in Music, Voice Concentration from CSU Sacramento.

Education

Education

From hands-on teaching to school administration, you’ll hear from a current teacher on special assignment for Buckeye Union School District as an English Language Coordinator and an elementary school principal in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Education Education

Amy Stenberg ‘99
5th Grade Teacher, Booksin Elementary (San Jose Unified)

After graduating SF, I attended community college for 2 years before transferring to Cal State Fullerton. There, I earned my BS in Child & Adolescent Development. Because I wanted to be a teacher, I began my credential program at Azusa Pacific University. After a year of the program & student teaching, I received an offer to teach 1st grade. Now, 14 years later, I have taught 1st, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade. I continued my higher education, earning both a Masters in Education and an Administrative Credential.

Education Education

Judy Farina ‘74
Elementary School Principal, Sacramento City Unified School District

Education was never one of the career choices I dreamed of as a child. However, life has a funny way of guiding us to our happy place, if we only stop and listen to our heart. At the age of 40 I took a dare and stepped in to a 7th grade teaching position. Eight years later, after securing my teaching and administrative credentials as well as a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, I was an elementary principal! Fifteen years later I still wake up on Monday mornings happy that I get to go to work!

EMT

Emergency Medical Technician

From a hands-on Emergency Medical Technician to a Troubie family that runs the largest quality advanced life support ambulance services in the North San Francisco Bay area, you’ll learn about the many career areas in this exciting field. 

EMT Emergency Medical Technician

Cindy McBride ‘00
VP Quality, Medic Ambulance Service

Graduated Saint Francis in 2000 went to Fresno State where I earned my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Moved back to Sacramento worked at UC Davis Medical center on the unit then ER continuing to work at Medic became Critical Care transport RN. More recently in 2017 complete my Masters of Science in Nursing with my Family Nurse Practitioner degree. Now I manage our Quality department as well as all of our Nursing staff. Work collaboratively with our Medical Director and Solano and Sacramento county staff.

EMT Emergency Medical Technician

Helen Pierson ‘74
CEO/Co-Owner, Medic Ambulance Service

After graduating in 1974 I was hired at Bank of America. I also attended Sacramento State. I became one of the youngest officers at the bank at the age of 20. My last position at Bank of America was Operations Officer.In 1984 our family moved to Portland, Oregon, I worked for US Bank and was trained to become a Bank Manager.In 1988 we moved back to California and I began working in our family business my brother and parents started in 1979.

EMT Emergency Medical Technician

Sandra Whaley ‘00
Co-Owner & VP- Communications, Medic Ambulance Service

Graduated from SFHS in 2000, went to Sac City for 2 years then transferred to Sac State and Graduated in 2004 with BS in Kinesiology. Worked for Medic since 16 in Billing office and in 2006 was transferred to the Dispatch Center. I am an EMD certified dispatcher and reviewer. I moved up from line dispatcher to lead dispatcher, then to Supervisor, Manager and now VP of Communications. I have also helped the Center become internationally certified as an Accredited Center of Excellence.

Entertainment

Entertainment

Hear about the work involved in being a Script Supervisor for film and TV where you are the liaison between post production and what is shot on the set. We also have a professional actor/singer/writer and member of the LA Writers Center who has written two musicals and also has her own YouTube Channel.

Entertainment

Jillian Terwedo ‘07
Script Supervisor

I’ve been working as a Script Supervisor for film and TV for 8 years with 5 years in the IATSE Union. As a Script Supervisor I am the liaison between post production and what we shoot on set. I take detailed notes of each shot, watch continuity both on set with actors and story continuity, and work directly with the director and cinematographer on all shots needed to tell the story.

Entertainment

Maura Megan Knowles ‘86
Actor-Singer-Writer-Producer

Maura Megan Knowles is a versatile actor-singer-writer-producer whose projects include the development of her original musical comedy t.v. series ”Insult to Injury,” inspired by her own life and death experiences, turning to her Irish-American comedy roots.

Environmental

Kathleen Strickley ‘84
Environment Scientist, CalRecycle (Dept of 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

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.

Finance & Investment

Finance

Learn what it is like to rise through the finance ranks with the California State Retirement Service. Currently a Portfolio Manager in the Fixed Income Unit, this Troubie leads a team that is responsible for billions of dollars.

Finance & Investment Finance

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 leads a team that is responsible for managing and investing the interest rate sensitive portfolios within Fixed Income and for other asset classes in the Total Fund. A $10 billion US Treasury/Agency portfolio, $9 billion risk mitigating strategy long duration US Treasury portfolio and $950 million inflation sensitive US TIPS portfolio.

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 graduated from Saint Francis High School in 2010 and went on to attend Loyala Marymount University, where she majored in animation with an unofficial minor in game design. After graduating in 2014, she freelanced for a variety of clients doing motion design, editing and artwork – until landing a job at POV Design – an entertainment advertising firm in Los Angeles, CA.

Government, Politics & Public Affairs

Government Relations / Public Affairs

There are many career opportunities in the areas of government relations and public affairs. Hear from a partner and lobbyist in a prestigious downtown firm representing issues such as worker’s compensation, cable and internet legislations, pharmaceuticals and more. She’s joined by a Legislative Aide in the California State Senate.

Government, Politics & Public Affairs Government Relations / Public Affairs

Erin Norwood ‘97
Partner/Governmental Advocate, Norwood Associates LLC

As a Partner of Norwood Associates, Ms. Norwood provides clients with more than a decade of experience and a strong understanding of insurance, technology, health, and consumer issues. Ms. Norwood has successfully lobbied the California Legislature, Governor’s office, and State Administrative Agencies on significant issues such as workers’ compensation, cable and internet legislation, pharmaceuticals, personal, property and life insurance, taxation, gambling and internet poker legislation.

Government, Politics & Public Affairs Government Relations / Public Affairs

Margaret McCarthy ‘68
Executive Officer, United States Agency for International Development

Served in the developing world (Africa, Middle East and Central & East Asia)as a Foreign Service for 25+ years. As a foreign service officer(FSO) specializing in management oversaw support services which included human resources, IT, contracting, procurement, leasing, adviser to mission director on management policies & regulation. Mentored and trained American FSOs and Foreign Service Nationals worldwide. Represented my agency, USAID, on Inter-Agency committees related to management.

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.

Hospitality & Tourism Hospitality & Tourism

Leena Riggs ‘08
Marketing Manager, Visit Rancho Cordova

Leena is a hospitality and tourism professional. She has worked for the Sacramento Kings, Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. She works to enhance the economic vitality of her community and volunteers her skills to organizations that support the community. She holds a BA from CSUS in History and a MS from UCF in Hospitality & Tourism Management. She is currently working on her PDM through Destinations International.

Human Resources

Human Resources

One of our Troubies is the west Region Recruiting Manager for entry level and campus recruiting for a global professional services company; she’s joined by a Troubie who works as a benefits consultant helping employers of all sizes and industries to design benefits programs to attract top talent.

Human Resources Human Resources

Kaitlyn Wolf ‘11
Actuarial Consultant, Mercer

Kaitlyn Wolf is an Actuarial Consultant in Mercer’s Health and Benefits Practice. As a benefits consultant, Kaitlyn works with employers of all sizes and industries to strategically design benefit offerings to help attract and retain talent. After obtaining a degree in Mathematics, Kaitlyn is actively pursuing credentials through the Society of Actuaries. This actuarial focus allows Kaitlyn to set financial budget rates and negotiate down the constantly increasing healthcare costs for her clients.

Human Resources Human Resources

Lori Lien ‘08
Recruiting Manager, Accenture

Lori is the West Region Recruiting Manager for entry level and campus recruiting at Accenture, a global professional services company. She is passionate about people development - for others as well as herself. Outside of work, Lori loves to golf, travel and hang out with her niece and nephews.

Information Technology

Information Technology

Learn about research and technology positions with the State of California from a Troubie who is a Research Data Supervisor in the field of data analytics, specifically managed health care. Joining her is a project manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise who has worked on two large transformation projects.

Information Technology Information Technology

Amy Peterson ‘89
Research Data Supervisor, State of California

Amy has always worked in non profits and government services. She has a degree in psychology from UCSB and a Master’s from USC. She worked as a social worker, a communications director, and as a director of a visa sponsorship program before joining the State of California. At the state, she has worked in research and management since 2008. She is currently a Research Data Supervisor in the field of data analytics, specifically with managed health care. Her prior research with mental health/substance use disorders and vital records has been fascinating

Information Technology 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

Journalism / Media

Journalism crosses many platforms from print to web to TV and more. Many will have seen this Troubie on campus; she is an anchor and reporter for Good Day Sacramento. She is joined by the Digital Editor for the Sacramento Business Journal responsible for the publication’s website and social media accounts.

Journalism Journalism / Media

Julissa Ortiz ‘95
News Anchor/Reporter, CBS

Born and raised in Sacramento, Julissa is thrilled to be in her hometown doing what she loves.
She joined Good Day Sacramento as an anchor and reporter 14 years ago. You can watch her broadcasting everything from breaking news to breakfast recipes

Fun fact: she interned with Good Day in college during her summer breaks!
Julissa graduated from the University of Southern California and landed her first tv job at KYMA-TV in El Centro, California. She also worked in Santa Maria at KCOY-TV covering California’s central coast.

Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement

This robust panel will include Troubies working for the City, County and State including a detective for the city, a parole deputy for the Governor’s office, a human trafficking detective for the county and a K9 trainer and handler.

Law Enforcement Law Enforcement

Kacy Nicholas ‘14
Probation Assistant, Sacramento County Probation Department

Hey fellow troubles,
My name is Kacy Nicholas (class of 2014) and I currently work for the Sacramento County Probation Department as an officer in Juvenile Hall. I started my career in law enforcement back in 2018, fresh out of college. I graduated from Sacramento State with a bachelors degree in criminal justice in 2018! Go hornets! I currently work with our at risk youth in the intensive skill building unit, where our goal is to assist with rehabilitation.

Law Enforcement Law Enforcement

Monika Lopez ‘93
Deputy Probation Officer, Sacramento County Probation Department

Monika started her career in Law Enforcement in 2006. Trained in management of assaultive behavior and motivational interviewing, she was assigned to the Institution Services Division in Sacramento County Juvenile Hall (Youth Detention Facility). Her next assignment was with the Professional Standards Division in Administrative Services focusing on Communications and Social Media. Currently, she is assigned to the Juvenile Court Division as a Court Investigator.

Law Enforcement Law Enforcement

Sara Curtis ‘05
Legal Affairs Parole Deputy, Governor's Office

My name is Sara Curtis and I was born and raised in Sacramento and am 2005 graduate of St. Francis High School (Go Pink Panther!). While at St. Francis I enjoyed many extracurricular activities, including water polo and swimming. I jetted off to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, earning a degree in Political Science and Sociology, with a minor in beach time and surfing in 2009.

Legal; Private, Public

Legal/Private Practice

One of our Troubies works for the only law firm in the nation’s history with offices in all 50 states; she works I the areas of Estate Planning, Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law. The other is Associate General Counsel at The Golden 1 Credit Union where she focuses on consumer financial service, corporate compliance and employment law.

Legal; Private, Public Legal/Private Practice

Brigget Barrios ‘08
Attorney, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani

While at St. Francis, I was a member of the cross county and golf teams, and served as SBO Secretary. I went on to University of the Pacific for my freshman year of college and joined Alpha Phi Sorority. I transferred to the University of Arizona where I obtained my B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. During college, I interned for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and a U.S. Senator. I was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal honor’s fraternity and studied abroad in Spain. After college, I returned home to the Sacramento area and attended McGeorge Law School.

Legal; Private, Public Legal/Private Practice

Kristen Benadom ‘04
Associate General Counsel, The Golden 1 Credit Union

Kristen Benadom currently serves as Associate General Counsel at The Golden 1 Credit Union where she focuses on consumer financial services, corporate compliance, and employment law. Prior to joining Golden 1, Kristen was Vice President and Senior Counsel at Rabobank, N.A., most recently advising on merger and litigation activity. A 2004 St. Francis graduate, Kristen went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Gonzaga University, she then went on to earn her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Legal; Private, Public

Legal/Public Service

There are many legal professions in the public sector; this Deputy District Attorney for Sacramento County has covered areas including domestic violence, human trafficking, and reducing sexual exploitation and trafficking. She is joined by the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice.

Legal; Private, Public Legal/Public Service

Danielle Abildgaard ‘87
Deputy District Attorney, Sacramento County District Attorney's Office

After I graduated from St. Francis High School I attended University of Southern California where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science. I then attended University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. After law school I began my career at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. At the District Attorney’s Office I handle cases from arraignment to jury trial and through sentencing. When I began in the office I prosecuted cases including driving under the influence cases, thefts, assaults and robberies.

Marketing, Advertising & PR

Marketing, Advertising & PR

Hear what it takes to be a Social Media Associate for Ghiradelli Chocolate Company, or an Associate Media Director for a nationally recognized consumer marketing agency, or a Strategy Director for a multinational communications, advertising, public relations, technology, and commerce holding company headquartered in London, England.

Marketing, Advertising & PR Marketing, Advertising & PR

Caitlin Scott ‘06
Communications Director, Full Court Press Communications

Caitlin Scott joined Full Court Press in 2015, bringing with her an extensive background in public relations and public affairs. Throughout her tenure at FCP, Caitlin has worked on clients with focuses ranging from economic justice and affordable housing, to community-building and ecosystem restoration. Caitlin is adept at media strategy and media relations. She has placed stories for clients in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Mercury News, and the Sacramento Bee, among others.

Marketing, Advertising & PR Marketing, Advertising & PR

Kat Haro ‘03
Associate Media Director, Mering

Kat Haro is a digital marketing professional with a background that ranges from public relations, to website development to digital production.

She is currently, the fearless leader of the Performance Marketing team at Mering – which handles all Google and Social platform advertising. Kat is a master of media process, champion of cross-department collaboration and keeps the agency up to date on the latest trends in the programmatic and social spaces.

Marketing, Advertising & PR Marketing, Advertising & PR

Reagan McAfee ‘12
Account Manager, Offleash

Reagan is a Senior Account Executive at Offleash, a high-touch, boutique B2B technology public relations (PR) agency based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Reagan leads editorial programs, developing and executing media strategy across multiple enterprise tech accounts, with a focus on cybersecurity.

Marketing, Advertising & PR Marketing, Advertising & PR

Victoria Alonso ‘09
Social Media Associate, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

Hi, my name is Victoria and I’m passionate about Digital Marketing! I currently work for Ghirardelli Chocolate Company where I manage Social Media and Digital campaigns. After I graduated from St. Francis I went to USC to study International Relations and Business. When I graduated I tried out many career paths but landed in a Marketing role and loved it. I worked for a Real Estate company, a PR agency, and another candy company and grew my skills. I ended up at Disney Interactive as a Social Content Strategist, which was a dream come true!

Medical

Medical

Doctor :: Enjoy learning about the education path that took this alum into a career as an ObGyn physician in San Francisco, as well as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UC Davis.

Physician Assistant :: This Troubie started working in Clincial Research with UC Davis Medical center specializing in HIV and Infectious Diseases before attending Physical Assistant School at UOF. She is now a Family Medicine PA in Sacramento.

Medical Medical

Dr. Klea Bertakis ‘70
Physician/Professor of Medicine, University of California, Davis

Dr. Bertakis received her BS degree from UC Davis, and MPH from UC Berkeley. She attended medical school and completed her family practice residency at the University of Utah. She joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine in 1980, and founded the UC Davis Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care in 1994. Dr. Bertakis was Chair of the Department from 1995 to 2017, and was elected Chair of the Council of Chairs (2000), as well as Chair of the UCDMC Practice Management Board (2009 and 2012).

Medical Medical

Sarah Simmons ‘05
OB GYN Physician, Kaiser Permanente

I am excited to be at my first SFHS Career Day! I graduated from St. Francis in 2005 and had a love of science early on. I attended UC Berkeley for undergraduate and majored in Biology and then UC Davis for medical school and later Kaiser San Francisco for residency to be an OB GYN. Choosing what kind of doctor to be was easy for me because I knew wanted to be an advocate for women. I hope to inspire more women to go into the field of medicine and the sciences.

Medical 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 went to Physician Assistant School at UOP, and am now working as a Family Medicine PA here in Sacramento!

Nonprofit

Nonprofit

After a 17-year career in Dentistry, this Troubie began a second career in the world of development and fundraising. She has worked at Wind Youth Services and currently is the Development Officer for the Crocker Art Museum.

Nonprofit

Amalia Griego ‘91
Development Officer, Crocker Art Museum

Development is my second career. In 2000, I graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. I practiced for 17 years at which time I had a series of events in my life that gave me time to pause and consider whether or not I was happy. It was at that time I decided to make a career change. Through Catholic school events I became passionate about fundraising. I was blessed to work at Wind Youth Services for my first development job and have now transitioned to a new role at the Crocker Art Musuem.

Nursing

Nursing

Returning to nursing school 30-years after graduating from SFHS and raising a family of four, this Troubie had a career in pediatric oncology and management as a clinical nurse educator. A board certified Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Pracitioner, this Troubie specialized in medication management for children, adolescents, and young adults. They are joined by a Registered Nurse working for Kaiser in the areas of Med-Surg, Orthopedics, Acute/Emergency Psych and Home Health.

Nursing Nursing

Lindsey Ward ‘09
Registered Nurse, Kaiser Permanente Hospitals

I am a University of San Francisco BSN graduate and have been an RN since 2014. I have worked in various health care settings including Med-Surg, Orthopedics, Acute/Emergency Psych, and Home Health. I am dedicated to providing compassionate, individualized care to every patient and any support unit they may have. I am very passionate about my career and enjoy teaching others about both the clinical and personal aspects of nursing.

Nursing Nursing

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

After graduation from St. Francis I attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. where I met my husband to be. I returned to Sacramento and completed my first BA degree at UCD. I got married and accompanied my husband to Duke University in NC where he was completing graduate work. After raising my four children, I returned to school completing my BSN at CSUS in 1999. I enjoyed my pediatric practice for 15 before retiring. My professional career was divided evenly between a bedside practice in pediatric oncology and management as the clinical nurse educator.

Psychology

Mental Health/Psychology

A Clinical Psychologist at Stanford University, this Troubie works with women facing fertility challenges, pregnancy loss, postpartum depression, anxiety and relationship issues. She’s joined by a licensed Marriage Family Therapist who has worked in juvenile probation, forensic mental health and private practice before joining Behavioral Health Provider Network as a Clinical Case Manager.

Psychology Mental Health/Psychology

Grace Harbin ‘09
Clinical Case Manager, BHPN

Grace Harbin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a BA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Sociology and a MA from Santa Clara in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Correctional Psychology. She currently is a Clinical Case Manager with the Behavioral Health Provider Network. Prior to that she worked in juvenile probation, forensic mental health and private practice.

Psychology Mental Health/Psychology

Katie Lawlor ‘01
Clinical Psychologist, Stanford University

Dr. Lawlor’s clinical interests are in working with women facing fertility challenges, pregnancy loss, peripartum/postpartum depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. She received her doctorate from the joint program between the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. Lawlor trained at both the Stanford University Medical Center and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, focusing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and neuropsychology.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

This Troubie has 20 years of experience as a Physical Therapist working at Mercy General Hospital with clientele from a multitude of cultures, age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Physical Therapy Physical Therapy

Gabi Stallings ‘85
Physical Therapist, Mercy General Hospital

St. Francis alumna, Gabi Stallings, has been a physical therapist for over twenty years and works at Mercy General Hospital. Her desire to serve others and improve their quality of life has sculpted her into the compassionate professional she is. Her clientele includes people from a multitude of cultures, age groups, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Gabi balances her work life and family life raising her two teenagers, volunteering in the community and striving to play more tennis. She looks forward to new volunteer opportunities and travelling.

Real Estate

Real Estate

Real estate encompasses everything from buying and selling property to financing those transactions. One Troubie is a Real Estate Broker whose core work Is marked by integrity, advocacy for her clients and unparalleled customer service. She’s joined by a fellow realtor who is currently working as mortgage loan officer helping people secure the financing for their purchases.

Real Estate Real Estate

Jessa Teel ‘04
Real Estate Broker, CENTURY 21

From a young age, Jessa has been drawn to real estate. Growing up in California, her father was an architect and her mother enjoyed spending Saturdays checking out open houses. Their family spent weekends volunteering through Habitat for Humanity. Her parents helped with building; she and her sister hosted a lemonade stand on the construction site and donated the profits. A graduate from Loyola University New Orleans, Jessa’s degree is in journalism.

Regional Planning

Regional Planning

Regional planning deals with the efficient placement of land-use activities, infrastructure, and settlement growth across a larger area of land than an individual city or town. This Troubie is an experienced Planning Consultant in both the public and private sector.

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Amanda Laufer ‘11
Engineer, Turner Construction

Currently working as a Project Controls Manager on a $520MM design-build 21-story commercial office building for the Department of General Services in Sacramento. The role can be best described as an on-site risk auditor, performing functions ranging from reviewing RFI and submittal processes to negotiating change orders with the client.

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Amanda Ross ‘06
Associate Planner, Rincon Consultants

Mrs. Ross is an experienced Planning Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in both the public and private sector. She is currently specializing in Municipal Service Review (MSR) development for LAFCo agencies, Environmental planning work, special district assessments, and community engagement.

Small Business Owner & Entrepreneurship

Small Business Owner

These Troubies own a variety of successful businesses from Willo Salons, A Collection of Aveda Salons to a Pure Barre studio in Davis to a sports massage clinic. Find out how you can turn your passion and career interest into a successful business.

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Jenna Smith ‘05
Fitness Studio Owner, Pure Barre Davis

Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, I grew up with two older brothers who immediately influenced my love for sports. I played whichever sport was in season, from soccer to basketball, tennis and golf. I’ve always had a passion for living an active lifestyle. I discovered Pure Barre when my fiancé and I lived in The Woodlands, TX. After we decided to move back to the west coast, I wanted to bring my new passion with me! Being a UC Davis alumna, I was eager to begin this new adventure and grow the Pure Barre community in Davis.

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Katie Vona ‘99
Business owner/ somatic practitioner, ELITE Massage Therapy

I have owned a sports massage clinic for the past 13 yrs. Prior to becoming a somatic practitioner ( a fancy word for massage therapist) I did physical therapy. After realizing I did not like insurance companies dictating treatments, I decided to open up my massage practice in a week and 13 years later, here I am. My practice is osteopathic which allows me to look at the body as a whole not just by joints. I now work many races around town, give seminars and two years ago I was selected to be apart of TEAM USA Track and Field Medical Team for the US Nationals.

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Sarina Paulson ‘96
Owner/CEO, Willo, Collection of Aveda Salons

It seems like long ago that I was walking the halls of SF. It looked so different then. My life experiences over the past 24 years are greatly attributed to my time as a Troubie. The confidence, resilency, & servant leadership skills I learned served me greatly as I advanced throughout my career.

I have always had a passion for a challenge. So it was no surprise that my career has been spent turning around underperforming businesses, streamlining operations, hiring and developing talent, and creating customer-centric environments.

Speech & Language Pathology

Speech & Language Pathologist

A licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist, this Troubie has worked in neonatal intensive care, acute inpatient care, outpatient rehabilitation, cleft palate panel, skilled nursing facilities and a school setting.

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Melita Huitt ‘85
Speech and Language Pathologist, SCUSD/ALTA California

Melita graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Masters of Science in Speech Pathology.

She is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist who holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language -Hearing Association.

She has 29 years experience in this field which includes working in the neonatal intensive care unit, acute inpatient care, outpatient rehabilitation, cleft palate panel, skilled nursing facilities, school setting and early intervention.

Veterinarian

Veterinary Medicine

This Troubie works as a Regional Technician Director for VCA Animal Hospitals. She held various positions at a veterinary hospital chain in Sacramento including Assistant Director of Pet Nursing. She is joined by a current St. Francis grandfather who has had an extensive career as a Veterinarian working with both small and large animals.

Veterinarian Veterinary Medicine

Al Aldrete (Grandparent ‘21)
Veterinarian

Dr. Al Aldrete graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and following five years in private practice, he completed a three-year equine surgery residency at UCD and taught equine surgery to 4th year veterinary students.  Dr. Aldrete has owned both large and small animal practices in San Diego and Sacramento and served on the California Veterinary Medical Board for more than nine years, including one year as the president of the board.  During his years of active practice, Dr. Aldrete specialized in equine and small animal surgery and sports medicine.

Veterinarian Veterinary Medicine

Rosea Pagliaroli ‘99
Regional Technician Director, VCA

Rosea graduated from St. Francis in 1999. She did some undergraduate studies at CSU Long Beach and CSU Sacramento. Then transferred to Western Career College, now Carrington College, graduating in 2001 and received her RVT licensing very shortly after that. She started working at a veterinary hospital chain in Sacramento and held multiple positions including Assistant Director of PetNursing until 2010. She them moved to Cordova Veterinary Hospital.

Vocation

Vocation

Career or calling?  Explore what a call to religious life might entail and the various opportunities to use one’s strengths and gifts to make the world a better place through service, creativity, and leadership. Your vocation is the way God invites you to love and give yourself to others. It is not simply the giving of your skills, services and expertise, but the giving of your whole self as a path to holiness.

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Sister John Mary Corbett, O.P.
Religious Sister, Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

I have been a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist since 1997. I professed my perpetual vows in 2005. My community is based in Ann Arbor, MI, and is a teaching community. I have degrees from Eastern Michigan University and Providence College, and spent a year doing further graduate studies in Rome, Italy. I currently teach Senior Theology at St. Francis.

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Sr. Mariana McGlynn ‘02
Math Teacher, St. Francis High School

I am a Dominican Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist… but I wasn’t born a Sister! In fact I always wanted to be a mom. In high school and college, I enjoyed playing volleyball, basketball, and running track and my studies in math and philosophy, and I was just waiting to meet Mr. Right. However, I could not ignoring the growing desire for a deeper relationship with Jesus, and along with that the call to give Him my whole heart and my whole life. I could never have imagined the joy of being a Bride of Christ and a spiritual mother.