Carondelet High School


Kristina Campbell '93 has dedicated her professional life to advancing and protecting the rights of immigrants. She became interested in immigrants' rights after working with farmworkers on a spring break trip. After graduating from St. Mary's College, Kristina attended Notre Dame Law School, earning her J.D. in 2002.

She currently works as a tenured Professor of Law at the Jack & Lovell Olender Director, Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), David A. Clarke School of Law. Kristina teaches immigration law and supervises the casework of students enrolled in the Immigration Clinic, which provides much needed legal representation to immigrants. In her free time, Kristina leads her students on study trips to Arizona, Mexico, and Texas to provide legal services to immigrants. She credits the superior education she received at Carondelet for laying the groundwork for her to become a leader in her field.

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Brittany Stitch '06 was recently honored for her work as co-founder of Guild Education in Forbes 30 under 30. Guild Education offers online classes, programs and degrees for working adults in partnership with top universities. Guild partners directly with large employers to offer "education as a benefit" to their employees. This gives employers an advantage in recruitment and retention, while giving their employees the opportunity to pursue a meaningful degree.

Brittany is a Teach for America alumna, and has a BA, MBA, and M.Ed from Stanford University.

Congratulations on your stellar accomplishments, Brittany!

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In this issue: Our annual Sr. Clare Dunn Forum focuses on Women in Politics; Ven a Ver takes Washington, D.C. to advocate for social justice, the Carondelet Athletics Complex gains city approval to move forward, and much more!

We are excited to share the Winter 2017 issue with you. The magazine can easily be viewed online on your computer, tablet or phone. If you prefer to download a copy, follow this link
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As seen in the latest issue of the Carondeletter, Kaitlin Burnash '14 shares her reflection on the power of the human spirit.

"Fairy tales are more than true—not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten" (Neil Gaiman, Coraline).

This summer I lived a fairytale. Not in the traditional "prince saves princess" way, or in a way in which I finished my summer by riding off into the sunset with my prince and my entire life figured out. Instead, it was in a way that was real: a way that was impactful, purposeful and intentional; a way that took everything I believed in and transformed it into something more; a way that radically changed the lens through which I view the world and everyone in it...

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As seen in the latest issues of the Carondeletter, Jalina Porter '04 shares her journey through faith and politics.

"In early October, I had the honor of returning to Carondelet for the first time in 13 years to participate in the Sister Clare Dunn "Women in Politics" Forum. My homecoming was nothing short of amazing. The love, support and camaraderie shared with my younger Carondelet sisters and the staff were indeed palpable. It was through this panel and the rest of the day spent at the school that I shared my passion for public service and how Carondelet equipped me with the tools to be a leader in the field."

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Each year our students enjoy a friendly visit from some furry friends, courtesy of Molly's Miracle Mutts, to help them destress during finals. These visits are so special because this organization was started by one of our very own alumna.

It began as a 12-year-old girl's dream when Molly Norris '15 got her puppy Noodles in 2009. Since then, she has been working to share her love of animals by getting involved with H.A.L.O (Homeless Animals' Lifeline Organization) and taking her therapy dogs on group visits to convalescent hospitals, retirement homes, and other places where people needed canine companionship. Some of the dogs are also in the R.E.A.D program, which inspires children to read with the dogs in libraries throughout Contra Costa County.

If you would like to find out more about Molly's Miracle Mutts, check out their website or send an email to

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Congratulations to Girlynda (Asuncion) Gonzales '86, who has been selected as one of 15 dynamic and innovative women from across the U.S. to be a part of the inaugural class of the Carol Emmott Fellowship (CEF), a cutting-edge program based at the Public Health Institute, which accelerates the leadership capacity and impact of women leaders in health.

Girlynda began her 22-year career at John Muir Health in Walnut Creek as a Unit Secretary/Cardiac Monitor Technician. Throughout her career she has held a variety of leadership positions, and in the past year she became the Executive Director of Adult Inpatient Services. She is excited to use this fellowship to continue her pursuit of continuity of care to create an exceptional patient experience.

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Sarah Padilla '16 is a freshman at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in biology. Just before she left for college, she was fortunate enough to connect with Maureen Cannon '81, who was able to give her a tour of the amazing Genentech facility in South San Francisco.

Recounting her experience, Sarah said, "Maureen was so passionate about her job and how much the company is changing the face of medicine, especially with cancer drugs. Her enthusiasm has sparked my interest, and I am very excited to begin school and attend my science classes. Everyone I talk to asks me what I'm going to do with my biology degree, and I have always responded with 'I don't know.' Maureen has reassured me that there are wonderful job opportunities where I can use my degree to make a difference in the world.

Thanks to our strong alumnae connections at Carondelet and our desire to help each other, I was able to meet Maureen and have this experience. She was so kind and generous with her time and energy. I feel like I have had a fire lit inside me, and I am excited for my future.

Someday I hope to be able to share my experience with new Carondelet graduates as well. I am so proud to be a part of the Carondelet community."
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Oona (Jackson) Moore '83 went from junior class president to the president of her historic neighborhood association in downtown Jersey City. She was featured in The New York Times for her work with the association, which facilitates constructive discussions and finds solutions on community issues.

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On the last day of the school's 50th anniversary year, Carondelet High School unveiled a brand new school logo and redesigned website that reflects both the forward-looking spirit and proud legacy of the school. The new logo incorporates in its design a variety of symbolic elements derived from the school's 50-year legacy, including a "C" for Carondelet drawn from the school's crest, as well as an embedded "CSJ," which is the acronym for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the religious order that founded the school.

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This year, the Alumnae Board chose Debrenia Madison-Smith '73 as the Alumna of the Year. She has become very accomplished since her time as Carondelet's ASB president. After high school, she completed her undergraduate degree at UCLA and received her law degree from Georgetown University. Then she went on to become a lawyer and fight for social justice.

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We are launching a new initiative to connect current students to you - our accomplished alumnae! Introducing The Carondelet Connection - a private database that houses information about where you went to college, what you studied, what jobs you've had, hobbies, your professional expertise and in what ways you would be available to connect with current students who are interested in your industry. Our Center for Student Success (formerly the College and Career Center) will oversee this database and tap into it when students want to connect with an alum who is doing (or has done) the very thing that our students dream of pursuing - whatever that may be! We know that our alumnae would be amazing mentors and we encourage you to sign up and share your stories and advice. To get involved, please complete this online form. We appreciate your support!
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Carondelet's 50th Anniversary is here and we need your help. Do you have photos or memorabilia from your days at Carondelet? We are looking for all types of items including pictures, programs, clothing (uniforms, sports uniforms, jackets), and any logo merchandise. Please email photos to or mail them to Alumnae, 1133 Winton Dr, Concord, CA 94518.
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