Holy Names Academy Distinguished Alumnae

Help us recognize outstanding Holy Names Academy alumnae who are making a difference. We invite you to nominate an alumna in recognition of her accomplishments and her embodiment of the HNA Mission. One to three alumnae are selected annually as award recipients and honored at the HNA Alumnae Luncheon.

Distinguished Alumnae Nomination Form


Help us recognize outstanding Holy Names Academy Alumnae who are making a difference. We invite you to nominate an alumna in recognition of her accomplishments and her embodiment of the HNA Mission. One to three alumnae are selected annually as award recipients and honored at the HNA Alumnae Luncheon.

Distinguished Alumnae Nomination Form

Distinguished Alumna for 2018:
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Christie Sheehan Spielman '68

Christie Sheehan Spielman '68 served as the Director of Alumnae Relations at HNA for 23 years. Throughout those years, Christie worked diligently to grow the program. Her accomplishments include: strengthening the Alumnae Board to its largest size ever—an amazing 45-members stronger; increasing the number and variety of alumnae events and attendance at those events; creating the Class Representative program; streamlining the class-reunion planning process; and establishing the alumnae induction process for seniors. After retiring from the Director of Alumnae Relations position, Christie continued to work for HNA as Archivist, and has been instrumental in creating HNA's Heritage Center. 

Christie Sheehan Spielman '68

Christie Sheehan Spielman '68 served as the Director of Alumnae Relations at HNA for 23 years. Throughout these 23 years, Christie worked diligently to grow the program. Her accomplishments include: strengthening the Alumnae Board to its largest size ever - an amazing 45-members stronger; increasing the number and variety of alumnae events and attendance at thos events; creating the Class Representative program; streamlining the class-reunion planning process; and establishing the alumnae induction process for senior. After retiring from the Director of Alumnae Relations position, Christie continued to work for HNA as Archivist, and has been instrumental in creating HNA's Heritage Center. 

Past Distinguished Alumnae
  • 2017 - Erin Terzieff ’95
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    In 2007, Erin started working with Good Morning School, a Burmese Learning Center in Mae Sot Thailand.  What began as a one-room hut with 40 children developed into the standard of excellence in the Migrant School system. In addition to galvanizing support for Good Morning School, Erin has been actively involved in partnering with local community-based organizations to fund projects and operations at countless other Burmese Migrant Schools. In 2012, Erin founded All You Need Is Love, a nonprofit organization facilitating safe education for Burmese Migrant Children living in conflict and crisis on The Border of Thailand and Burma. As a passionate teacher for nearly 16 years, Erin’s instincts are geared toward nurturing the school campus, staff, and students to create a safe and comfortable learning environment. 

    Good Morning School was the 2014 recipient of the Thai Ministry of Education’s highest award for Migrant Learning Centers and recognized as the number one Migrant School in Tak Province. 

    Over the years, Erin has collaborated on projects with visionaries such as Amnesty International founder  Jack Healey, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Mohammed Yunus, Chairwoman of the Burmese Migrant Worker’s Education Committee Naw Paw Ray, Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Cynthia Maung, Co-Founder of U.S. Campaign for Burma Jeremy Woodrum, and film director James Cameron and his wife Suzy.

  • 2016 - Kathleen Harer ’65
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    In 1965, when Kathleen entered the University of Washington’s College of Engineering, she found herself one of only a few women students.  It took considerable effort and dedication and persistence for her to earn her engineering degree. Kathleen earned additional degrees in engineering, including Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1970 and Industrial Engineering in 1973. She held various engineering positions, including working for OSHA and the U.S. Department of Energy.  While working for the Department of Energy, she also earned an MBA in 1980 from the University of Tennessee.. Kathleen was subsequently placed in charge of ground safety for NASA and was an integral part of every space launch. She has continued to work as a consultant since her retirement. Kathleen is a mentor and role model, encouraging young girls to enter the engineering fields.

    Kathleen is truly a trailblazer, leader, and mentor, and HNA is proud to call her an alumna.

  • 2015 - Venetria Patton ‘86
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    Dr. Venetria  Patton is Director of African American Studies and Research Center and Professor of English at Purdue University.  She earned her BA in English from the University of La Verne and her MA and PhD in English from the University of California-Riverside.  Doctor Patton’s teaching and research focus on African American and Diasporic Women’s Literature. She is the author of Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women’s Fiction (SUNY, 2000) and recently published The Grasp That Reaches Beyond the Grave: the Ancestral Call in Black Women’s Texts (SUNY, 2013). Her essays have appeared in Black Studies and Women’s Studies journals.  Dr. Patton is a former Chair of the Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff and former board member of the National Council for Black Studies. 

     

  • 2014 - Kathleen Morford McGinn ‘76
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    The Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and Chair of Harvard Business School's Doctoral Programs, Kathleen Morford McGinn credits HNA for nurturing her interest in education and teaching.

    Recognition for excellence in education would have been equally appropriate for Kathleen. She attended Gonzaga University as an undergraduate and transferred to Seattle University in her senior year to take part in a pilot program in Existential Phenomenological Psychology, graduating with both a BA and MBA in 1985. At the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University, Kathleen earned her PhD in Organizational Behavior in 1992. She taught at Cornell for two years as an Assistant Professor, and began teaching at the Harvard Business School in 1994. Her students are now teaching, directing, and influencing management and negotiation practices at the highest levels of academia and government.

    In her work, Kathleen has focused on research in the areas of negotiation and decision-making, with a more recent focus on gender in negotiations. Her research is both national and international in scope and she is currently participating on research projects in Africa, India, Canada, and Mexico as well as in the U.S.A.

Past Distinguished Alumnae
  • 2017 - Erin Terzieff ’95
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    In 2007, Erin started working with Good Morning School, a Burmese Learning Center in Mae Sot Thailand.  What began as a one-room hut with 40 children, developed into the standard of excellence in the Migrant School system. In addition to galvanizing support for Good Morning School, Erin has been actively involved in partnering with local community-based organizations to fund projects and operations at countless other Burmese Migrant Schools. In 2012, Erin founded All You Need Is Love, a nonprofit organization facilitating safe education for Burmese Migrant Children living in conflict and crisis on The Border of Thailand and Burma. As a passionate teacher for nearly 16 years, Erin’s instincts are geared toward nurturing the school campus, staff, and students to create a safe and comfortable learning environment. 

      In 2014, Good Morning School was the recipient of The Thai Ministry of Education’s highest award for Migrant Learning Centers and recognized as the number one Migrant School in Tak Province. 

      Over the years, Erin has collaborated on projects with visionaries like Founder of Amnesty International Jack Healey, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Mohammed Yunus, Chairwoman of the Burmese Migrant Worker’s Education Committee Naw Paw Ray, Nobel Prize Nominee Dr. Cynthia Maung, Co-Founder of US Campaign for Burma Jeremy Woodrum, and Film Director James Cameron and his wife Suzy.

  • 2016 - Kathleen Harer ’65
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    In 1965, when Kathleen entered the University of Washington’s College of Engineering, she found herself to be one of only a few women students.  It took considerable effort and dedication and persistence for her to earn her engineering degree. Kathleen pursued further academic training, earning additional degrees in engineering including: Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1970 and Industrial Engineering in 1973. She held several different engineering positions including working for OSHA and the Department of Energy.  She also earned an MBA in 1980 from the University of Tennessee, while working for the Department of Energy. Kathleen was subsequently placed in charge of ground safety for NASA and was an integral part of every space launch. She has continued to work as a consultant since her retirement. Kathleen is a mentor and role model, encouraging young girls to enter the engineering fields.

     Kathleen is truly a trailblazer, leader, and mentor, and HNA is proud to call her an alumna.

  • 2015 - Venetria Patton ‘86
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    Dr. Venetria  Patton is Director of African American Studies and Research Center and Professor of English at Purdue University.  She earned her B.A. in English from the University of La Verne and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of California-Riverside.  Doctor Patton’s teaching and research focus on African American and Diasporic Women’s Literature. She is the author of Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women’s Fiction (SUNY, 2000) and recently published The Grasp That Reaches Beyond the Grave: the Ancestral Call in Black Women’s Texts (SUNY, 2013). Her essays have appeared in Black Studies and Women’s Studies journals.  Dr. Patton is a former Chair of the Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff and former board member of the National Council for Black Studies. 

  • 2014 - Kathleen Morford McGinn ‘76
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    The Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and Chair of Harvard Business School's Doctoral Programs, Kathleen credits HNA for nurturing her interest in education and teaching.

    Recognition for excellence in education would have been equally appropriate for Kathleen. She attended Gonzaga University as an undergraduate and transferred to Seattle University in her senior year to take part in a pilot program in Existential Phenomenological Psychology, graduating with both a BA and MBA in 1985. At the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University, Kathleen earned her PhD in Organizational Behavior in 1992. She taught at Cornell for two years as an Assistant Professor, and began teaching at the Harvard Business School in 1994. Her students are now teaching, directing, and influencing management and negotiation practices at the highest levels of academia and government.

    In her work, Kathleen has focused on research in the areas of negotiation and decision-making, with a more recent focus on gender in negotiations. Her research is both national and international in scope and she is currently participating on research projects in Africa, India, Canada, and Mexico as well as in the U.S.A.

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