Our alumnae are our legacy. We are so proud of the women of faith and vision that they have become. Read this page to find out more about our Regina graduates and where they are today!
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Maria Teresa (Vitale) Palleschi
Regina Class of: 1975
What you were involved in at Regina: Tennis, studying, class plays
Higher education history: Diploma of Nursing at Harper Hospital School of Nursing; Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Wayne State University; Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), Wayne State University; Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Madonna University.
What you’re doing now: For 20 years I was a bedside ICU RN, raised my family and continued my education. After I completed my MSN in 1996, I became an Advanced Practice Nurse and currently cover three adult intensive care units at Harper University Hospital. I serve on many Detroit Medical Center committees and lead a system wide interprofessional critical care committee. I am a member of American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau, and Society of Critical Care Medicine as well as an adjunct professor and clinical preceptor at Michigan State University and the University of Detroit-Mercy. I am an advocate for increasing public awareness of sepsis and is one of the founding members of Michigan Stomp Out Sepsis that sponsors several annual fundraising events, specifially the 3rd Annual 5K for Sepsis Awareness which is September 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Stoney Creek Park. For more info, visit bit.ly/2oYqI0M
Awards: Finalist for the Sepsis Alliance Sepsis Heroes Award, September 2016 and the Florence Nightingale Award Winner, 2013 Excellence in Research and Education
How Regina helped you to get there: I think all of my teachers at Regina helped me succeed in life and academics. Sister Blandine especially helped me realize I was well suited for biology and a career in nursing. The high level expectations in my classes prepared me for my university course work. Many of my college professors commented on my writing style in papers and asked if I attended a Catholic high school. I truly appreciate the foundation that Regina helped me build by fostering good study habits and providing a safe and challenging environment to learn.
Regina Class of: 1989
What you were involved in at Regina: Volleyball • Powderpuff • Hospital Volunteer
Higher education history: Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Master of Business Administration • Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan – Dearborn, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering • Michigan Technological University, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
What you’re doing now: COO & Co-Founder of Couragion – an education technology company with the mission to boost the number and diversity of students that pursue STEM pathways.
How Regina helped you to get there: Teachers at Regina constantly instilled in us the importance of having integrity and doing the right thing – this has served me well in every endeavor since high school – from college to the business world to my personal life!
Regina Class of: 2002
What you were involved in at Regina: NHS, Foreign Language Club, Cross Country, Volleyball, Softball, Student Council, Eucharistic Minister, DLS play
Higher education history: BA in Business with a specialization in International Business. Eli Broad College of Business at MSU
What you’re doing now: I started my own leather accessories business in NYC where I run all operations and create original designs. Everything is made in the USA out of genuine leather. ( http://mollyshaheen.com/ - Molly Shaheen has been featured in VOGUE, Life & Style Magazine, OK! Magazine, Rolling Stone, TeenVogue, CBS, People, US Weekly, Comedy Central, USA Network, and more!)
How Regina helped you to get there: Regina helped me find my own voice. Made me empowered and gave me the confidence to pursue my ultimate dream: to own my own business.
Mary Catherine Kirouac Robinson
Regina Class of: 1965
What you were involved in at Regina: Sodality, Choir, and Bowling
Higher education history: Wayne State University (equivalent to Associate’s Degree)
What you’re doing now: Kickbox at Sidekicks Martial Arts for the past 7 years; Minister of Consolation (Loss and Grief) Facilitator and a member of the Parish Life Committee at St. Joan of Arc Church; Volunteer at the Multiple Sclerosis Society and team captain of Team Kirouac: “On the Road” Again for 29 years (my sister Diann Kirouac, class of 1967 has had MS for all that time); Volunteer at The Parade Company for 30 years and was their mascot Clownie for the first 17 years he was in the parade and now I am a member of The Big Head Corps as the French Doll; Volunteer with the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) at the Father Solanus SouperBowl Fundraiser for 22 years; Member of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) for 28 years and currently the Vice President of the Suburban Connection Charter Chapter; Secretary for Regina Alumnae Association and former Vice President; Early retired from DTE Energy after 34 years
How Regina helped you to get there: I truly liked my time at Regina because it was a girl’s school and I think it helped me to concentrate on my studies because there were no boys in the classes (they were next door at Notre Dame). Regina taught me the value of community service and the importance of being a good citizen. The skills I learned at Regina were extremely helpful in getting positions throughout DTE because of Regina’s reputation and my integrity!
Regina Class of: 2005
What you were involved in at Regina: National Honor Society, Swim Team, Regina's first Lacrosse Team, Sound & Light Crew
Higher education history: BA from University of Notre Dame (Political Science, Russian Language & Literature), MA from Georgetown University (Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies)
What you’re doing now: I live in Washington, DC and still love to travel (Bangkok last fall, Mexico City next week). Job-wise, I'm the Senior Program Manager for the Pickering Fellowship at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars -- basically, I manage a Fellowship program that identifies and develops outstanding diverse candidates to join the U.S. Foreign Service, ensuring that our future diplomats and ambassadors are of the highest caliber and reflect the American people when they represent our interests abroad. Prior to that, I worked on educational exchange programs sponsored by organizations such as Prudential, the Ford Foundation, and the Panamanian Ministry for Science, Technology, and Innovation, bringing students from Brazil, India, China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, and Panama to Washington, DC to live, work, and learn with American students.
How Regina helped you to get there: (This is something I think about a fair amount, actually) Going to Regina was more beneficial than 14-year-old me could have ever dreamed. It gave me the academic basis to succeed in college, of course, for which I am thankful. But it's the intangible lessons I learned at Regina that I find myself reflecting on more often as an adult. Regina gave me a space in which to develop a strong sense of self at an age where we are most buffeted by self-doubt and outside pressure. Coaches taught me the importance of prioritization, focus, and self-discipline (even when I'd rather they didn't). Teachers there recognized curiosity and the desire to learn more, feeding both by encouraging questions and the exploration of other viewpoints. During high school, I made incredible friendships, and learned how to seek out intelligent, motivated people who were actively engaged in bettering themselves and those around them; I still strive to surround myself with such individuals and to be one myself. Clearly this seeped in, since my job now is about supporting those who want to make the world a better place. Regina was the backdrop for the crucial project of building who I would become. Naturally, it also helped guide that development -- and I'm proud of the person I've grown into as a result.
Regina Class of: 2006
What you were involved in at Regina: National Honor Society, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse (team captain my senior year)
Higher education: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University, a small engineering school located in Flint, MI and formerly known as GMI or General Motors Institute
What you're doing now: I am working as a Senior Engineer at FANUC America Corporation in Rochester Hills, MI. FANUC is an industrial robotics supplier for factory automation. We supply robotic solutions for almost every industrial applications out there including automotive, aerospace/defense, electronics, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, and many more. I have been working at FANUC for 10 years, basically since I started as a freshman in college. Kettering University has a unique program that requires its students to rotate between school and to intern at a company every other 3 months. So, I began working at FANUC as a freshman intern and was able to work in several different engineering departments at the company. After graduation, I was hired full time as an applications engineer working with our material handling robots. Specifically, I product manage our high speed picking and packaging robots and their software. My role requires me to support pre-sales and post-sales applications for our customers, help develop the mechanical/electrical/software components of the robots, and develop live demos for trade shows.
Outside of work, my latest ambition the past few years has been running. Last year, I ran my first marathon in Nashville in April and even after, decided to run my second at the Free Press Marathon in Detroit.
How Regina helped me get there: Regina taught me the skills to succeed in college and to be a strong, independent woman which has helped me to be well respected in my field and move upward in my career.
Rebecca (DeWitt) Emiah
Regina Class of: 2008
What you were involved in at Regina: National Honor Society, Track Team, Eucharistic Minister
Higher education history: I attended Grand Valley State University and received two Bachelor's degrees, one in Cell and Molecular Biology and the other in Biomedical Science. I then attended the Michigan College of Optometry where I received my Doctorate in Optometry.
What you’re doing now: I am completing my residency in Ocular Disease and Ocular and Refractive Surgery through Southern College of Optometry at Georgia Eye Partners in Atlanta, Georgia.
How Regina helped you to get there: Regina could not have prepared me more for my future. I felt extremely prepared for college after leaving Regina which was the foundation for my future educational endeavors. I saw many other students struggle freshman year of college and I felt very lucky to have received such a stellar education. I had numerous AP credits that went towards my freshman year at Grand Valley which allowed me to focus even more on the classes I was taking while feeling ahead of the game from the start. Regina also gave me the confidence and work ethic I needed to keep pushing forward and achieve my goals. I couldn't have asked for better teachers and administration encouraging me to follow any career path that I dreamed of. I truly cannot thank my parents enough for sacrificing to send me to such a great school and all of their support throughout my career as well.
Regina Class of: 1973
What you were involved in at Regina: Softball and basketball and I was also a part of the GAA (Girls Athletic Association)
Higher education history: I received a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University in Physical Education and Health. I completed graduate work at Tyndale College, Madonna University and received my Continuing Certification from University of Michigan - Dearborn.
What you’re doing now: I have been teaching at Regina since August of 1978. Currently I teach physical education, health, first aid/cpr, fitness and nutrition, and kinesiology. About a year after we moved to Warren, I began coaching Varsity Field Hockey. In addition, I am the Head Coach for JV Softball and also a co-moderator of the Sports Club along with Diane Laffey. Over the years, I have also coached Freshman & JV Basketball and Varsity Volleyball as a Head Coach. I am an avid backpacker & love tent camping with my dogs. I have backpacked in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier National Park, Maine, the glacier in Olympic National Park and in the Canadian Rockies, and British Columbia, Canada. I have also worked as a volunteer in Yosemite. I love spending time in the outdoors and I love working with the students at Regina High School.
How Regina helped you to get there: Regina provided me with a strong faith-based education. I had wonderful parents, role models, mentors, and friends who helped me to become a strong, confident, and independent woman. My education helped me recognize my talents and skills and provided me with the tools needed to conquer challenges and achieve my goals.
Rachel (Bemke) Hagerty
Regina Class of: 2002
What you were involved in at Regina: While at Regina I had the opportunity to participate in both the athletic arena and the leadership arena. I was on the Softball team and the Swim team (where I met one of my life long friends!). I was very active in student council all 4 years; serving as Executive Board Secretary my junior year and serving a dual-role position as Senior Class Student Council Representative my senior year. I also participated in National Honor Society and Peer Ministry.
Higher education history: I graduated from Western Michigan University with my Bachelor of Science (in psychology) and University of Detroit Mercy with my Master of Arts in Child Clinical Psychology.
What you’re doing now: I have been a practicing clinician for over 8 years, currently working in Rochester Hills in the private therapy setting. I have had the opportunity to work a variety of clients, practicing individual and family therapy, young children to adults. I have a special interest in working with adolescent and young women focusing on anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and life issues. I am currently in an intensive training to become skilled in the area of Eating Disorders. Additionally, for 4 years I was an adjunct faculty member at Oakland Community College (Auburn Hills) teaching Introduction to Psychology.
When I am out of the office I am spending time with my husband Patrick, our 3-year-old daughter, Delaney, and our lovable blue-tick-coon hound, Wilson.
How Regina helped you to get there: Regina was so much more to me than just a high school, it was the place that helped me transform into the person that I am today. The teachers, mentors, and coaches taught me that with hard work, dedication, and a strong foundation you can do anything! Regina reinforced over and over how being a strong, independent, forward thinking woman is something to be admired and not something to shy away from. The academic environment provided me with the confidence to be proud of being intellectual, to speak up in the classroom, and to know that you are capable of anything you strive to accomplish. When I reflect back on my time at Regina I feel a sense of pride. I was proud to be surrounded by other women who all believed and supported one another for who they were. The four walls of the classroom where so much more than that, they were place of laugher, enduring friendships, faith, learning, growing, challenges, and experiences. Experience that have made the woman I am proud to be today!
Emily (Radatz) Berschback
Regina Class of: 2001
What you were involved in at Regina: I had a brief stint on the Forensics team. I served as a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of Student Council, serving on the Executive Board senior year.
Higher education history: In 2006, I graduated from Madonna University with a Bachelor’s of Science.
What you’re doing now: I currently am the Event Manager for the Archdiocese of Detroit and Sacred Heart Major Seminary, focusing on fundraising and alumni events for the Seminary.
How Regina helped you to get there: For four years, I proudly wore a plaid skirt and saddle shoes…I was a Saddlelite, I still am! To say that I loved my time at Regina is an understatement. The hallways and classrooms of Regina High School provided me an amazing education, enriched faith life and an all-around desire to be a strong woman! It gave me the opportunity to meet some pretty amazing ladies that I still call my very best friends and recently reconnected with so many more (thank you Facebook!). I am beyond thankful to my parents for making the sacrifice to send me and my sister (shout out to Liz ‘Radatz’ Wearn, Class of 2003) to Regina. Thank you “RHS” for instilling in me a level of confidence I never knew I had and the ability to strive for the very best. From math tests to student council meetings and those legendary chicken sandwiches, I am forever grateful.
It is my honor to currently serve as your Alumnae President! For 60 years, many amazing girls have graced the hallways of Regina and entered the world as fierce, independent women! Whether you went to Harper Woods Regina or Warren Regina…it’s still Regina, always has…always will be. As alumnae, it is our job to keep that Regina spirit alive for 60 more years!
Rachael (Sabol) Tindall
Regina Class of: 2004
What you were involved in at Regina: Basketball and Softball (State Champ 2004)
Higher education history: B.A. Communication Sciences and Disorders from Michigan State University (Go Green) and M.A. Speech Language Pathology from University of Toledo-during which I was a Graduate Assistant researching stuttering and fluency disorders.
What you’re doing now: I am a full time school based Speech Language Pathologist for New Haven Community Schools. I am also co-lead of the Assistive Technology Department, obtaining devices for nonverbal children or severely impaired special education children.
I am also a contingent Home Health Care Speech Language Pathologist for Residential Home Health and treat patients with history of stroke/Aphasia, Dementia, and swallowing impairments. I love working with both populations, so this is a good way to do just that.
I was married in 2012 to my husband, Todd. We had our first daughter, named Blake Julia, in July 2015. We also have a spoiled shihpoo named Reggie.
How Regina helped you to get there: Regina was such an important part of my academic performance during college and graduate school. The fundamental skills I learned as a student at Regina proved to be invaluable. In addition to academics, Regina instilled in me such a high level of confidence in proving myself and attaining goals I had. I never felt like I wasn't capable of doing something I wanted to accomplish. Going to Regina helped to facilitate that through the profound way they empower girls and the way they instill having faith in God throughout anything.
Dina (Zalewski) Cammarata
Regina Class Of: 2003
What you were involved in at Regina: Regretfully, I was not involved in any activities or organizations while I was at Regina.
Higher Education History: Graduated from Wayne State University in May 2008 with a B.A. Graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in May 2012 with a J.D.
What you’re doing now: I’m an Associate Attorney at The Thurswell Law Firm in Southfield, Michigan. The Thurswell Law Firm is a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm, and we handle all aspects of personal injury litigation. My practice is focused solely in the area of medical malpractice. For the past 4 years, I have been litigating and representing victims of medical negligence, as well as their families, in medical malpractice/wrongful death cases against various medical providers. I am involved in all aspects of litigation from the very beginning of a case to its conclusion. I have second chaired 3 jury trials in Saginaw County, Washtenaw County and Calhoun County. I work on a team with all women, including my supervising attorney and 2 legal secretaries.
I am also a member of the Michigan Association for Justice. The Mission of the Michigan Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system. We aim to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in Michigan’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests. In December 2016, I was asked to give a presentation during the Michigan Association for Justice seminar about what it is like being a millennial practicing in the field of medical malpractice.
On a personal note, in September 2016 I married my best friend of 10 years. We got married at St. Anne’s Church on Mackinac Island. We are currently living in St. Clair Shores, MI.
How Regina Helped Me: My time at Regina was invaluable. I did not realize how important Regina was until after I graduated. Regina provided me with a strong work ethic, excellent study skills and techniques, confidence and accountability. It also made me strive for greatness.
In additional to being an excellent school academically, Regina provided me with life-long friendships. I look back on my time at Regina with a smile and a sense of pride. Without hesitation, I can say that I would not be where I am today and I would not be the woman I am today without my 4 (short) years at Regina High School. I thank my parents for the financial sacrifice they made to ensure that I received a quality education.
Dawn (Dib) Gazzarato
Regina Class of: 1989
What you were involved in at Regina: I wasn't really involved in anything besides my academics.
Higher education history: Bachelor's of Science, Biology from Wayne State University; Masters of Science, Administration from Central Michigan University
What you’re doing now: I work for St John Providence Physician Network and just marked my 20 years with the organization. I spent the first three years in the outpatient pharmacy at St John Hospital and Medical Center and then 17 years in Human Resources. I was recently promoted to a Manager Physician Support Services in which I manage a float pool of medical assistants and receptionists for the physician network. In addition, I am the liaison to the local schools for the medical assistant externship programs.
How Regina helped you to get there: Regina taught me discipline and organizational skills. I remember taking copious notes and would come home, sometimes rewrite them and highlight to help me study. I had to not only organize my notes but also my life and learned really fast how to balance school and a part time job. Fast forward, that discipline and learning of organizational skills gave me the drive to keep focused through my college years and has carried over into my professional career.
Class of: 1994
What you were involved in at Regina: Drama Club, Forensics
Higher education history: Oakland University for both, Bachelor of Arts - Political Science; Masters in Public Administration (in progress)
What you’re doing now: City Clerk for the City of Troy since 2011. As City Clerk, I am the election administrator, FOIA coordinator, vital records administrator, records coordinator and parliamentarian for the city, among other responsibilities. Obtained certifications: Master Municipal Clerk, Certified Municipal Clerk, Certified Michigan Municipal Clerk, Michigan Accredited Election Training Coordinator; President - Oakland County Clerks Association; I'm also the Cookie Manager for my daughter's Brownies Troop. :-)
How Regina helped you to get there: My education at Regina helped me develop focus, determination, problem solving skills as well as confidence. I regularly use the public speaking skills and analytical skills that I began developing at Regina. I always remember the kindness and inspiration I received from my teachers. I especially appreciate Ms. Weinert and Ms. Gerard for their unique teaching styles and motivation.
Rosemary Wagner Michels
Regina Class of: 2004
What you were involved in at Regina: Basketball, Softball, Class Officer (4 years), National Honor Society, Notre Dame/Regina Band
Higher education history: Bachelor of Science in Biology (Central Michigan University) and a Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (Central Michigan University)
What you’re doing now: I am teaching and coaching at Regina High School! As a student, I would have never pictured myself working here but I truly love working with some of my former teachers and being able to experience Regina from a different perspective. I teach in the science department and am assistant coach to Miss Laffey for varsity basketball and softball. In 2015, our softball team won the state championship. Many of my close friends are also Regina graduates. My husband, Spencer, and I have a black cat named Ashbury.
How Regina helped you to get there: Regina provided me with the necessary skills to be successful in college and the working world. In addition to learning discipline and hard work in academics, Regina helped me to develop communication skills and the confidence to be a leader. Both of these characteristics are a necessity when it comes to my profession. Regina prepared me for real world situations and taught me to be accepting of others, despite their differences. I love that I get to play a role in instilling these characteristics in our students today.
Regina Class of: 1981
What you were involved in at Regina: volleyball, softball, DLS theater, Jr and Sr. class officer, National Honor Society
Higher education history: BA, Communication - Michigan State University
What you’re doing now: Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales for Comcast Spotlight; named one of the most Powerful Women in Cable by Cablefax magazine 2015 & 2016; wife and mother
How Regina helped you to get there: The blessing of attending Regina provided me the nurturing and encouragement to be all that I can be, and give all that I can give personally and professionally. The close sense of community fostered a positive and inclusive environment where individual interests and differences were appreciated and fortified. It was a great experience to grow in faith and have friends share in that journey - some of my closest and dearest friendships are those that blossomed at Regina. Even as a teenager, the leadership opportunities I experienced at Regina provided a foundation for future growth that has helped me achieve my career aspirations. While any high school can provide a strong college prep curriculum, high academic standards, and boast brilliant faculty, becoming a contributing adult comes from experiences far richer and more meaningful than any of those benchmarks. Regina’s Catholic based education helps young women affirm that being a good, honest and selfless person serving God and others marks the centerpiece of a fulfilling life. I’m truly grateful to Regina for creating a culture with an enthusiasm for learning, appreciation for growing, and respect for others. I am the mother of an amazing 14-year old son who will enter high school in the fall of 2017 and I pray his experience is as fulfilling and formative as mine was at Regina.
Regina Class of: 1966
What you were involved in at Regina: Involved with a variety of activities - primarily debate and newspaper, and worked on crews for the plays. Was also in Sodality. I would have liked to be in more activities, but had to get home to babysit a younger sibling as my mother started working as I started high school. Debate took place on Saturday and I was a four-year debater.
Higher education history: Attended Wayne State University, earned B.S. in Education with major in Speech and Communications, and English, minor in Science. Attended Eastern Michigan University, earned M.A. in Communications, and was also a Teaching Fellow. Attended University of Detroit (before it merged with Mercy), and earned M.Ed. in School Administration.
What you’re doing now/How Regina helped you to get there: Regina was important to me as the school provided then, as it does now, a touchstone for young women to realize their full potential. I graduated thinking I would major in Chemistry and Latin, but was woefully in over my head in Chemistry, since I placed out of the first three courses, but was into some higher Math that was tough in those pre-calculator days. I got a job in the WSU Radio Station, WDET, and worked evenings and weekends, and also worked behind the scenes at WSU TV, affiliated with WTVS - Channel 56 Public TV. I worked audio and camera and thoroughly enjoyed the aspects of production. I maintained my interest in Science, and actually taught Science in middle school in the '70s at Our Lady of LaSalette in Berkley, MI. My "drama" experience led me to assist with plays at Bishop Gallagher High School in the '70s, and I continued to direct plays at Dominican High School. A side trip into school administration at Servite High School was one of my most meaningful jobs, and a definite challenge at an economically challenged school in an increasingly depopulating area. I came to De La Salle Collegiate in 1982, when the school moved to Warren, and taught until 2004. At that time, I transitioned into the Advancement Department, handling the website, and all sorts of school communications, including advertising, emails, press releases, and writing the De La Salle alumni magazine. My job includes plenty of photography - which I did way back at Regina, and my photos have appeared in various school publications and in print media. My job title is Director of Communications, and I handle all sorts of tasks, including our Social Media accounts Facebook and Twitter. Hashtag #NeverDull!!
Due to the influence of Mr. Schram, who recently passed away, my senior year Government teacher, and boys I knew from Notre Dame High School, I became involved in political campaigns during college, walking neighborhoods for various candidates. My part-time summer work at a weekly newspaper in Macomb County led me to more political activism and I met my husband in 1974 as we both washed cars one Saturday as a fundraiser for a candidate.
I continue to be involved in political activity, and have been elected to the Grosse Pointe Woods City Council five times, beginning in 1997. I have also been active and had leadership roles in other community activities, including Friends of the Grosse Pointe Library, the Grosse Pointe Branches of League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women. I am particularly excited about the Dining for Women group, as we raise money each quarter for a project that improves education or health for women and girls in third world countries. Recently, I was asked to be the Michigan coordinator for this national non-profit. And of course, I am thrilled to be connected with the Regina Alumnae Association and will be working for ways to bring my Regina "sisters" back to our high school "home."
Our Regina class motto was "Take the world as you find it, and leave it a better place." This motto has guided my life. Thank you, Regina, and thank you to Sister Mary Leanne.
Regina Class of: 1994
What you were involved in at Regina: Varsity soccer for four years, Basketball for two years, SADD, National Honor Society, Eucharistic Minister, Drama club at Regina and De La Salle
Higher education history: Michigan State University, Class of 1998, Marygrove College, Class of 2006 – Masters
What you’re doing now: I have been in education since 1999. I started my career at Winans Academy of Performing Arts as a kindergarten teacher. I moved to Our Lady of La Salette where I taught first grade for seven years. Next, I moved to administration where I became the principal. In 2010, I became principal of St. Isaac Jogues. In 2012, I became the principal of Regina High School!
How Regina helped you to get there: As a student at Regina, I knew I wanted to go into education. I always wanted to give back to the Catholic Church by teaching in the Catholic schools. My parents blessed me with 13 years of Catholic education and I truly believe in what Catholic schools offer to the children that walk through the doors; an outstanding education embodied with faith, strong academics, and social-emotional growth. Regina empowered me to be confident in my ability to be a leader in the community. I am fortunate to return to the place where I believe gave me all the necessary tools to be successful as a woman in a career I love. Children are our future and to be able to play a part in educating them is truly an honor and blessing! In my personal life, I am a mom of four amazing boys who bring me a tremendous amount of joy and love!
Regina Class of: 2006
What you were involved in at Regina: Student Council, National Honor Society, Swimming
Higher education history: Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University (MSU), Master of Arts in School Psychology from MSU, and hopefully by this time next year a Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology from MSU.
What you’re doing now: I am a doctoral candidate in the School Psychology PhD program at Michigan State University. I finished my coursework and am completing my yearlong internship at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, which is the largest nonprofit behavioral healthcare system in the United States. I conduct outpatient and mobile therapy, research, psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments, school consultations, and I am helping out on a few programmatic projects. I especially love working with children and adolescents with disruptive behaviors and Autism Spectrum Disorders. I am also finishing up my dissertation, which investigates whether a spatial ability course can remediate spatial and mathematical gender differences in first-year undergraduate engineering students.
How Regina helped you to get there: I cannot fully explain how big of an influence that Regina has had on my life. I knew I wanted to pursue psychology while taking my courses at Regina. I literally wrote a love letter to the brain in Anatomy and Physiology as a class project. When I got to college, I was extremely surprised when my professor noted that there is a stereotype that males typically outperform females in spatial ability and STEM (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) related areas. I distinctly remember thinking, “Wait, I’m supposed to be bad at math?” Regina was so women-empowering, that I never thought twice about being successful in those areas. That is why I decided to focus my research on gender differences in spatial ability, mathematics, and engineering. Spoiler alert, gender differences are not consistently found in those areas. Girls who have more spatial experiences (e.g., play with blocks, video games, rough and tumble play) actually develop comparable spatial and math skills to boys. AND women tend to get better grades in mathematics classes, even in college! I feel so proud to be a graduate of Regina and thank God that Regina provided me with the academic prerequisites and confidence to be successful.
Leanne (West) Ross
Regina Class of: 2002
What you were involved in at Regina: Student Council (President and VP), National Honor Society, Track & Field, Drama Club, Forensics
Higher education history: Bachelors from Michigan State University (Go Spartans!)
What you’re doing now: In June, I left my job as a hiring manager for an almost Fortune 100 company. I was managing a $100M+ business segment, overseeing a team in 4 states. I loved the company and job that I had, but I decided to take a leap of faith to follow a passion of mine and start my own company IVY LADDER (http://ivyladder.com/). We are an online program that teaches high school and college students how to launch their careers, so they can successfully transition from school into the workplace. As a culture, we put so much effort into making sure students get into the best colleges possible, but then we leave them on their own to figure out the rest. I’m committed to helping to bridge that gap to give students the strategy, planning and practical skills needed to find jobs and internships while they’re in school, so they can easily find a job they love once they graduate. Think of us as the SAT prep for the real world. (www.ivyladder.com)
On a personal note, my husband Mike and I are expecting our first child in May. He/she will join our little Yorkie furbaby Harvey. We live outside of Boston, and love coming back to Detroit and Chicago to visit family and friends.
How Regina helped you to get there: Regina reinforced so many of the values that my parents instilled in me at a young age including:
- You can do absolutely anything that you put your mind to.
- Treat others the way that you want to be treated. We only rise by helping others up along the way.
- You get out what you put in – so be involved, contribute, and live all areas of your life to the fullest.
- Make decisions based on your faith, morals and ethics.
- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
More than anything, I think that the education and life experience gained while at Regina helped to display a framework and guiding principle for how to live my life in the future. I’m so grateful for the education I received, confidence I walked away with, and relationships and friendships that last until this day.
Melissa (Abuel) Lindquist
Regina Class of: 2001
What you were involved in at Regina: Student Government, Drama Club, Dance Team, National Honor Society
Higher education history: Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University
What you’re doing now: I was recently appointed Director, Program Management North America and Asia for HARMAN International’s Car Audio group. Prior to this position, I was responsible for launching Revel audio systems in the 2017 Lincoln MKZ and new Lincoln Continental with HARMAN. I also brought General Motor’s first diesel vehicle equipped with ADBlue technology to North America with another Tier 1 automotive supplier. I spent a few years out of the automotive industry being responsible for bringing new home appliances and industrial equipment into the market as a program manager. My job has taken me all over the world including a 4 year expat assignment in Germany with visits for business/pleasure in over 40 countries. Aside from my job, I’m a happily married mother to two beautiful daughters, Leonie (4) and Simona (1).
How Regina helped you to get there: My time at Regina provided a baseline for achievement and success. Regina’s culture of focusing on academics while maintaining morality encouraged rigor, discipline, and open-mindedness. The culture enables the creation of confident young women. When I was asked about my experience at a University where the ratio was 1 woman to 26 men after graduating from an all female high school, my consistent reply is that my experience at Regina is what has given me a sense of confidence that I’ve carried with me to this day.
Amy Hepper Kucab
Regina Class of: 1997
What you were involved in at Regina: student council, swimming and diving, drama club, Powderpuff, class officer, co-valedictorian
Higher education history: - Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Class of 2001
- MD, University of Michigan, Class of 2005
- Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency, University of Michigan
What you’re doing now: Right now, I am a mom of three (I have 2.5 year old twin boys, and my daughter was just born 5 weeks ago), wife and doctor along with continuing to be a daughter, sister and granddaughter! I currently am at home on maternity leave but I work at the University of Michigan as a physician where my role has three parts: First, I work as a pediatric hospitalist at CS Mott Children's Hospital where I see children who need to be hospitalized for reasons that do not require a specialist to manage their care. For example, I see children with pneumonia, healthy newborns, and preemies who have graduated from the neonatal ICU but are not ready to go home yet. The second part of my job is as an internal medicine hospitalist, and I see patients in the medical short stay unit where patients who are expected to have a less than 48 hour stay in the hospital spend the night. And third, I work as an educator in the Medical School since 2015 where I teach "doctoring skills" to medical students. I was assigned 10 students from the class of 2019 that I have been working with every Thursday afternoon on communication skills, ethics, physical exam skills, as well as many of the other psychosocial aspects of medicine. I also get to work with third year medical students when they do their pediatric rotations! I love working with the students--they are one of the best parts of my job.
How Regina helped you to get there: Regina really helped me in many ways that I can only now realize with the passage of time. First, I really gained a lot of confidence that I was smart enough to pursue my dreams and that I was capable of doing the hard work required to get there. Mrs. Robertson in AP America History was one of the most influential in this way, but all of my other AP teachers really taught me so well (English, calculus, etc). The classes and workload at Regina really taught me excellent study skills that allowed me to succeed in both college and medical school. I learned that hard work is the most important thing for success! The second way that Regina helped me is the way it gave me an extremely sound foundation in ethics, and the Catholic viewpoint continues to influence me today in both my personal life and in my approach to my patients especially when discussing difficult situations at the end of life. Ironically, there is a strong Catholic presence in my partners in pediatric hospital medicine at the University of Michigan! One of my office mates even graduated from Dominican. Third, I really credit Regina (and my mom!) with my belief that women can do anything! The "all girl" atmosphere took away the pressure of competing against boys, and the uniforms even taught me that appearance isn't everything!
Chiara C. Clayton
Regina Class of: 1994
What you were involved in at Regina: I was in the choir, cheerleading, drama club, and Showboat
Higher education history: I am a graduate of Oakland University with a B.A. in Communications and Public Relations
What you’re doing now: I am currently the Community Outreach Specialist for ConcertoHealth Primary Care Services and also a professional vocalist with my own band Elevation.
How Regina helped you to get there: Regina prepared me to feel strong and confident in my abilities and to be very well-rounded. Regina also gave me a a great foundation and excellent education to be able to have a successful adult life. Lastly, Regina provided me my first opportunities to perform and develop my love of singing. Performing in Showboat and in plays like "Annie" and "Nunsense" are my favorite memories of high school!
Christine A. Pompa (Abuel)
Regina Class of: 1997
What you were involved in at Regina: Student Council, Drama Club, Foreign Language Club
Higher education history: Wayne State University (Biological Sciences)/DePaul University College of Law (Juris Doctor)
What you’re doing now: I am an intellectual property lawyer. I was a partner at an intellectual property boutique firm in Chicago. Recently, I became the senior patent counsel for the Kraft Heinz Company where I am responsible for managing the company's global patent portfolio and technology transactions. I am also the president of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago and on the Board of the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago.
How Regina helped you to get there: Regina helped create a solid foundation of hard work and discipline. As a young woman, I was fortunate to be an environment that supported and encouraged intellect, hard work, and success. During my time at Regina, I also learned that being engaged in the community is another important part of my own personal fulfillment.
Regina Class of: 2006
What you were involved in at Regina: Track & Field, Lacrosse, Cross Country, National Honors Society, Senior Class President
Higher education history: Graduated from The George Washington University – Bachelors of Business Administration ’10 and Masters of Tourism Administration ‘11
What you’re doing now: I am the Area Director of Revenue Management for Kimpton Hotels in Phoenix and Sedona Arizona
How Regina helped you to get there: Graduating from Regina set me up to be the very best woman in business that I know how to be with integrity and compassion for others. My experiences at RHS taught me to make lasting connections with my peers.
Anna Michele Bulszewicz
Regina Class of: 2003
What you were involved in at Regina: I was involved in a number of organizations and activities - most notably served as Student Council V.P. my junior year and Student Council President my senior year at Regina. I was also a Eucharistic Minister.
Higher education history: I attended St. Bonaventure University in New York and I earned a Journalism/Mass Communication degree.
What you’re doing now: Currently I work and live in Coastal North Carolina: I am a top-rated ABC-FOX affiliated multi-media/broadcast journalist with an extensive skill set including results-driven managerial experience and senior level writing/social/communication abilities. I'm not just a "taking head." I've done nearly everything behind the scenes, including weather forecasting and present day I serve as my show's executive producer while operating as a solo LIVE anchor during a 3-hour breaking news show.
How Regina helped you to get there: To this very day, I credit Regina High School for my success. Attending an all-female, Catholic high school empowered me and reinforced my religious beliefs, morals and ethics. We were supportive of one another. We were friends and sisters. We were a family. The sisterhood that is Regina built up an unstoppable confidence within me. I have a "can-do" attitude because I was reminded, daily, that I CAN DO anything I put my heart and mind to. I can honestly say as a young woman, raised in a Catholic household, Regina reinforced what I knew to be true about my mission in this world. Kindness, gratitude and giving back, prime virtues of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, are the magical keys to life. In return, I owe my success to my core beliefs and professional confidence reinforced through the sisterhood, education and religious teachings at Regina High School.
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