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- Irnande Altema '07
- Christina "Chrissy" Bolmarcich '97
- Annie Caporellie '12
- Naomi Cross '15 M'17
- Sr. Paula Dukehart ’74
- Nichole C. Gatewood '01
- Jussara Santos Kramer '13, M'16
- Charmeda "Char" McCready M'12
- Sallie Mullen '68
- Amy Rosenkrans, '93, '16 Ph.D.
- Amanda Rumsey-Ballard '08, Pharm.D. '15
- Monique Turner '03, Pharm.D.'15
- Joe Weatherstein '08
- Brian Zubek M'16
Victoria Meadows '15
Victoria is a laboratory animal research assistant for the Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health and Brain Development at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine. She studies how parental stress affects the risk of neuropsychiatric disorders in offspring. In addition to her volunteer role at NDMU, she is a volunteer at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Victoria cites NDMU as giving her the foundation and tools in which to thrive in her profession. In her role as president, she says, "It's my honor to share my love of Notre Dame with the alumnae and alumni community!" Victoria's term ends June 30, 2020.
Jessica Sexton '08
The Rev. Jessica Sexton is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Maryland where she serves as an Assisting Priest for Outreach, Membership and Adult Formation at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis. She was a Biology major with a concentration in Pre-medicine and minored in Religious Studies. She is grateful to Notre Dame of Maryland University for being a place of professional and spiritual discovery as her dreams of being a doctor transitioned into a calling to the Priesthood. The professors and staff at Notre Dame cultivated an environment of support and encouragement that allowed her to do so. Jessica currently serves as an at-large representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Naomi Cross '15 M'17
Naomi is full time faculty at the Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Nursing. Prior to her faculty role, her early career gave her experience in labor and delivery and pediatrics. Naomi received her BSN and MSN from NDMU and is passionate about Caring Science and how it can be applied to all aspects of nursing and nursing education. Fun fact: Naomi can be seen in the documentary film, The American Nurse. She lives in Towson with her son, Nathan, and her husband, Jason Cross. Naomi currently serves as a School of Nursing representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Nichole C. Gatewood '01
Nichole C. Gatewood, Esq. is an Assistant Attorney General for the the Office of the Attorney General for Maryland. She graduated from Notre Dame with an interdisciplinary degree in psychology and communications. Nichole says, "Notre Dame is important to me because it is the cornerstone of my education foundation where I learned thinking outside the box is required and inclusiveness is a not a goal but a reality. My Notre Dame is the place where I found my voice and was challenged to speak louder and rise higher. My Notre Dame is a village of support with high expectations, creating a legacy of excellence with a feeling of home each time you enter our grounds. At my Notre Dame, there are no strangers only waiting cheerleaders!" Nichole currently serves as an at-large representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Sallie Mullen '68
Sallie is the Senior Executive, U.S. Department of State, with a specialty in intelligence related to arms control and counter-proliferation. She earned her bachelor's in modern languages from NDMU in 1968. About NDMU, Sallie says, "NDMU nurtured my love of languages and foreign travel, which has given me enormous pleasure over the years; offered me opportunities to develop leadership skills, which enabled me to prosper as a government executive; and encouraged friendships that have lasted a lifetime." Sallie currently serves as a Women's College representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Monique Turner '03, Pharm.D.'15
Monique is a clinical pharmacist at Northwest Hospital Center in Baltimore. She earned her Bachelors degree in biology in 2003 and Doctoral degree in pharmacy in 2015, both from NDMU. She says, "Notre Dame has provided me with the tools of education and experiences to help individuals make better health decisions regarding their medications. NDMU has developed a culture to enhance and empower women to achieve success and to make a difference within our community." Monique currently serves as a School of Pharmacy representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Joe Weatherstein '08
Joe serves as Vice President, Area Manager for First National Bank. He earned his bachelor's degree in business from NDMU where his focus was marketing and management. His experience was, "amazing due in large part to the positive impact made by the faculty and staff in shaping [my] life and career," he says.
In his spare time, Joe is a volunteer firefighter (and serves as Treasurer on the fire department’s board of directors), certified emergency medical responder, and a rescue diver for the City of Havre de Grace. Joe is excited and eager to help carry on the University’s tradition of service through his role on the Council. Joe currently serves as an at-large representative; his term ends June 30, 2020.
Brian Zubek M'16
Brian is a West Baltimore resident and holds a MA in Nonprofit Management. Brian focuses his work on furthering city-wide equity opportunities through a collective approach and actively consults and coaches within a wide variety of nonprofit and entrepreneurial business ventures. He drives to impact the Baltimore nonprofit sector through the melding of mission-driven passions with competent and strategic business direction. Reflecting back on his time at NDM, Brian says, “In the classroom, I was able engage with an amazing and diverse cohort of students that challenged and redefined my own views about the world and who I was in my profession. I came for the education but left with lifelong friendships. It’s the students that make NDM what it is and that’s why the Alumnae & Alumni Community is so important to me.” Brian and his wife Rachel, a therapist and LCSW-C, are active leaders in their church, Gallery Sowebo, and love their residence in historic Union Square. Brian currently serves as an at-large representative; his term ends June 30, 2020.
Sr. Paula Dukehart ’74
Amy Rosenkrans, ’93, ’16 Ph.D.
Amy was a Morrissey Scholar at Notre Dame where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law. Immediately after graduation, she obtained her social studies teaching certification in Notre Dame’s Accelerated Certification for Teaching program. After a brief stop at Goucher College for her Master’s Degree in Education, she returned to Notre Dame of Maryland University for her Ph.D. Amy is currently sharing her passion for history with middle school students in Baltimore City. She credits Notre Dame with fostering her love for history and providing her with the skills to develop that love in others.
Amy is the Ph.D. representative on the council. Her term ends June 30, 2023.
Christina “Chrissy” Bolmarcich ’97
Christina "Chrissy" Bolmarcich is a Principal Attorney and the Chair of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes’ Business Litigation and Maritime Department. Ms. Bolmarcich practices Labor and Employment law. Ms. Bolmarcich was selected by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s 2016 Top 100 Women, as a “Rising Star” by Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine for 2013 and 2014, and as a “Super Lawyer” by Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine for 2018 and 2019. In Semmes' 132 year history, Ms. Bolmarcich is the first female attorney to serve as the Chair of a Semmes' Department. She is the second female attorney to serve as a member of the Firm's Management Committee. She also serves as the Chair of the Firm's Library Committee and is an active member of the Firm's Diversity Committee.
Ms. Bolmarcich is an active member of the Board of Directors of Sail Baltimore and is active at NDMU, serving on committees including the Networking Committee. Ms. Bolmarcich was the 2017 receipt of the Elizabeth P. Hoisington ’40 Distinguished Alumna Award, which is presented to an NDMU graduate who, through achievements in career and community service embodies the principles of NDMU.
In May 2019, NDMU's Board of Trustees voted unanimously for Ms. Bolmarcich to serve as a Trustee Associate. Why Ms. Bolmarcich loves NDMU is because it gives women the opportunity to realize that their hard work determines their success and/or happiness, that they hold the power to achieve whatever goals they choose, that they never need to settle for anything less than what they want, and that honest and direct communication is the key to everything.
Chrissy is an At-Large member. Her term ends June 30, 2023.
Jussara Santos Kramer ’13, M’16
Jussara Kramer has received BA and MA from NDMU. She is a volunteer for the Child Abuse Awareness Program in Anne Arundel County. She serves the victims of child abuse and youth in foster care. Prior to this role, she worked for Montgomery Housing Partnership coordinating services for immigrant and nonimmigrant communities. In the past, she was an education consultant for Teachers College Columbia University located in New York. In addition, she worked as a Portuguese professor at Howard Community College, located in Columbia DC. Previously, Jussara worked at the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) located in Baltimore and developed a leadership program initiative targeting 4th and 5th graders. She loves Notre Dame and embraces its mission to engage in service to others in her heart. In 2016, she traveled to Sweden, Norway, Finland, Amsterdam and Germany to research education curriculum and school design, she visited 9 schools overseas. In 2017 and 2018 Jussara volunteer as AmeriCorps because she feels the need to be involved in helping others, learn from diversity, and support the community.
Jussara represents the School of Education. Her term ends June 30, 2023.
Charmeda “Char” McCready M’12
Char is a Resident Services Coordinator with Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation. Char is a Servant-Leader who has worked in the nonprofit sector for over twenty years, mainly assisting Seniors, individuals with disabilities, and protected class individuals in housing. Char received her BA from Towson University and her Masters in Nonprofit Management from NDMU. Her experience at NDMU was hugely impactful. NDMU’s coursework strengthened her both personally and professionally. She looks forward to working with current students and alumni through mentorship and community services. Fun Fact: Char’s son is a train enthusiast. During the Spring and Summer, Char and her son can be found taking train trips to historic railways along the East Coast. She lives in Parkville with her husband and son.
Charmeda is the Master’s Program representative; her term ends June 30, 2023.
Annie Caporellie ‘12
Annie Caporellie earned her BA in Business Administration with a minor in Philosophy from Notre Dame of Maryland University in 2012. Since graduating, she has delved into a variety of roles within the development world including two years in medical administration, a stint in Philadelphia working for an international law firm, four years and the Sales and Marketing Associate for an events and conference center in Harford County, MD, and finally ending up as the Educational Program Manager for a small non-profit. In her free time, Annie taps into her passion for community building at NDMU. She also serves on the Alumni Board for the Baltimore Collegetown LeaderShape Program, is a Steering Committee member for the Arc of Baltimore Luminaries group, and a Board Member for SparkVision's Life Lens Brain Trust. She also enjoys photography and wedding coordination.
Annie is an At-Large member whose term ends June 30, 2023.
Amanda Rumsey-Ballard ’08, Pharm.D. ‘15
Amanda has lived her entire life in Maryland; born and raised in Harford County, MD, currently residing in Baltimore County. In her professional life, Amanda is the Director of Pharmacy at Remedi SeniorCare in Rosedale where she oversees over 19,000 residents and 40 staff pharmacists in the Delmarva area. In her free time, she perfects her baking, enjoys traveling, and exploring new opportunities, including Mary Kay Cosmetics. In the future, she hopes to continue to serve the community as a pharmacist for medication assistance and management throughout all aspects and phases of life. Her ultimate goal is to service our community in any way she can while living life to its fullest!
Amanda is a School of Pharmacy representative. Her term ends June 30, 2023.
Irnande Altema ‘07
Irnande Altema, Esq. is the Policy Director of Special Populations at the Mental Health Association of Maryland. Prior to, she served as the Chief of Staff for Maryland State Senator Kathy Klausmeier. At NDMU, she studied Biology and minored in Chemistry. NDMU taught her how important it is to trust your voice and magnify it to transform the world. She founded FirstGenRise to create a platform for first-generation students, graduates, and attorneys navigating the academia and the profession world. Also, Irnande is the author of “The Rise of a First Gen” which journeys the struggles and successes of a first-generation American determined to rise. www.firstgenrise.com.
Irnande represents the School of Arts, Sciences, and Business. Her term ends June 30, 2023.
The Alumnae and Alumni Council serves as a liaising body between the Alumnae and Alumni Community and the University. These bylaws help frame their work.
The most recent changes to the bylaws surround accurate Council representation, changes to the committee structure, and defined leadership roles.
Questions about the bylaws can be directed to the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.