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Alumnae Stories

Every student who passes through Carondelet leaves an impression on our school. And when they leave Carondelet, they’re ready to leave their mark on the world. Here are some of the journeys our alumnae have taken.

  • Erica Payne ’11

    Stanford basketball star to DEI strategist

    Erica Payne ’11

    Stanford basketball star to DEI strategist

    Erica Payne '11
  • Sarah Gullixson ’17

    High school to high fashion

    Sarah Gullixson ’17

    High school to high fashion

    Sarah Gullixson - Cover of Diablo Magazine, March 2021
  • Robin Schoenthaler ’72

    Road to medicine through service

    Robin Schoenthaler ’72

    Road to medicine through service

    Robin Schoenthaler '72
  • Dina Frisella Zumwalt ’96

    From Carondelet to the world, and back

    Dina Frisella Zumwalt ’96

    From Carondelet to the world, and back

    Dina Frisella Zumwalt '96 Family
  • Ashley (Chavez) Czyz ’08

    “I didn’t expect anything to happen from going to my reunion.”

    Ashley (Chavez) Czyz ’08

    “I didn’t expect anything to happen from going to my reunion.”

  • Julia Cunniffe ’15

    Biofuels and Bioeconomy

    Julia Cunniffe ’15

    Biofuels and Bioeconomy

    Julia Cunniffe '15
  • Jalina Porter ’04

    “I have always known who I was before stepping into leadership. And I think it was because of a combination of the experiences I had at Carondelet that led me on that path.”

    Jalina Porter ’04

    “I have always known who I was before stepping into leadership. And I think it was because of a combination of the experiences I had at Carondelet that led me on that path.”

  • Paige Winter ’15

    From the hills of Lafayette to the mountains of Montana

    Paige Winter ’15

    From the hills of Lafayette to the mountains of Montana

    Paige Winter '15 - Cal Poly Graduation Day
  • Kara Hatheway Lemke ’01 PhD

    Peer counselor to professional therapist

    Kara Hatheway Lemke ’01 PhD

    Peer counselor to professional therapist

    Kara Lemke '01 PhD

 

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Carondelet Goes Green

After working toward Green Business Certification for two years at Carondelet, this alumna finally helped the school reach its environmentally friendly goals.

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Danielle Manifold '11
Chase Your Dreams

Danielle Manifold ’11

I’m a First Generation college student in my family. I didn’t think much about school until my mom encouraged me to pursue higher education at the end of my sophomore year at Carondelet. She told me that I could do anything that I wanted as a woman - that my future was my decision, an opportunity to establish a career, that I deserved a chance to sketch out my dreams and then chase them.

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Allison and Lauren Barry celebrate after Pennsylvania and the election were called in favor of Joe Biden.
Barrys for Biden

Allison Barry ’15 & Lauren Barry ’17
Placed in battleground, two sisters find Biden campaign success and rediscover their familial bond.

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Destinee Cordeiro '09
Career inspiration from CHS teacher

Destinee Cordeiro ’09


Carondelet means so much to me and is still ever present in my life 12 years after graduating in 2009. I was inspired to go after a career in journalism by my favorite English teacher, Ms. Ditzel, who would always say that I wrote my assignments as if they would be in a magazine.

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Briana Sapp Tivey'99 & Dennis Tivey
From Paris with Love

Briana Sapp Tivey ’99 left Cal Poly for Paris, France enjoying working & traveling abroad.  She is now settled in Santa Barbara sharing her passion for the natural world

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Denise Hazlick '83
Seattle State of Mind

Denise Hazlick ’83 has been living in Seattle for 25 years. She is an avid triathlete, an accomplished journalist, and works for Microsoft as an enablement strategist in the commercial partner organization.

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Jennifer Sitko Skarakis '87
Entrepreneur, Mother & Musician

Jennifer Sitko Skarakis ’87 is an accomplished graphic designer, mother of 3 girls, musician and entrepreneur. What started as a favor in college to design creative invitations and wedding announcements for her friends, led her to starting her third company, Sendo Invitations - an online event planning and management site.

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Nena Allegra Manuel '14
DNA of a teacher

Nena Allegra Manuel ’14 is an elementary school teacher following in the footsteps of her mother. She comes from a long line of educators…so it must be in her DNA!

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