Where Are They Now

September 2019

As a member of the Chardon province, Sr. M. Lois Best made a significant impact during her years of ministry to the sick and homebound.

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August 2019

Fr. Raymond Marquez has always had a call to serve Catholic youth. Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley.

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July 2019

Kimberly Shivley Tharpe

Kimberly Tharpe LRHS class of ’00 remembers her early years with the Sisters of Notre Dame…

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June 2019

Melodie Camp Santana

Melodie Camp Santana’s relationship with the Sisters of Notre Dame began in 1956…

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May 2019

Lizette Martinez

One of the first impressions that Lizette Martinez Strom had of the SNDs was that they were “energetic…full of life…

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March 2019

Fr. Paul Janowiak, S.J.

“As I have told many of my colleagues, the Sisters of Notre Dame were the best teachers I ever had.  I stand by that.  I can only hope to cling to the folds of their faith to sustain my own.” 

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January 2019

Gabriella Brignardello

At the age of 15, Gabriella Brignardello founded Mi Casa de Angeles with the intent of building schools and supporting a higher quality of education within the impoverished area of Pachacutec, Peru…

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December 2018

Sr. Cristina Marie Buczkowski S.N.D.

Since September, Sr. Cristina Marie Buczkowski has been serving at Dolores Mission Elementary School in Boyle Heights…

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November 2018

Ruben Hernandez

Ruben Hernandez was first introduced to the Sisters of Notre Dame during the summer of 1979…

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October 2018

Sr. Jan Marie Villalobos S.N.D.

Sr. Jan Marie Villalobos SND is an alumna of Notre Dame Academy from the Class of 1976…

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September 2018

Cristina Markiwicz, DDS

Cristina Markiewicz, DDS brings smiles— figuratively and literally–to individuals on a daily basis…

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August 2018

Olivia Reinoso

Although Olivia Reinoso is a local of Ventura County, coming from Camarillo, she has spent much of her 18 years as an avid traveler with her parents…

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July 2018

Dr. Elaine Walsh PhD, RN

Dr. Elaine Walsh PhD, RN, who serves her students in the Doctorate of Nurse Practice (DNP) program at the University of Washington…

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June 2018

Courtney Pelant Herda

Looking back on her time spent at La Reina High School, Courtney (Pelant) Herda, Class of 2002, recalls her participation in campus activities…

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March 2018

Kristen Castellanos

Reflecting on her life as a young girl living in downtown Los Angeles, Kristen Castellanos recalls how her grandparents and her father raised her from humble beginnings…

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February 2018

Arnold Lara

Arnold Lara has been an Associate of the Sisters of Notre Dame for three years…

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January 2018

Joan Harper

Three Catholics, one Jew, and an atheist sat around Joan Harper’s dining room in 2005 and created what is now Fair Trade LA…

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December 2017

Patty Tudman

Patty Tudman has had a long-standing connection with the Sisters of Notre Dame…

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November 2017

Deacon Brian Conroy

In his current assignment at St. Mel’s Parish in Woodland Hills, Deacon Brian Conroy spends his time tending to parishioners’ pastoral needs…

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October 2017

Jennifer Caldwell

Jennifer Caldwell, a 2005 graduate of La Reina High School, was recently awarded the Pacific Coast Business Times “40 under 40” Award…

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September 2017

Meredith Vogler

Meredeth Vogler joined the faculty at Notre Dame Academy in the fall of 1970…

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August 2017

Meghan Merros

When passion and calling coincide, one can only be so fortunate. Experiencing this first hand was the way for La Reina High School alumna Meghan Meros, ’04…

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July 2017

Brittany Irwin- Sorrentino

Brittany Irwin-Sorrentino is a young woman with a solid passion for helping others. With an impressive resume within the public relations…

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June 2017

Fr. Tom Elewaut

Currently serving as pastor of San Buenaventura Mission in Ventura, Fr. Tom Elewaut can easily reminisce about his SND teachers, remembering them as…

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May 2017

Lilliam Paetzold

I always tell people that with the Sisters of Notre Dame, every detail counts in educating the whole child. Their schools are clearly Catholic…

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April 2017

George Meade

Every Sister of Notre Dame has combined the SND charism with her own personality and her love of Christ to make a real difference in the community and in the world…

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March 2017

Maria Avila- Gengenbacher

Maria Avila-Gengenbacher developed a passion for helping children and so at an early age, she began working with her family, teaching religious education at St. Matthias Parish…

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November 2016

Nancy Coonis

It all started in 1975 when Sr. M. Louise Wanamaker hired Nancy Coonis as a faculty member at St. Matthias High School in Huntington Park…

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