Emily Kohler Marbot ’04, President
Emily is humbled and honored to serve as the current Alumnae Board President. She previously served as the Chair for the inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for the past two years on the Board. As the oldest of four sisters to attend The Mount, this community has been a special place for the Kohler family for more than 20 years. For the past 13 years Emily has held strategic Human Resources positions in Higher Education, Healthcare and Hospitality. She currently serves as the Director of Talent Management for University Advancement at Villanova University where she is responsible for a 5-year staffing plan to grow the current team of 110 by an additional 80-90 people to support the school's next Capital Campaign which will run parallel with the newly released 10-year Strategic Plan. Emily is a 2008 graduate of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY where she double majored in International Business and Spanish. She was very involved in various choirs on campus and a member of the Division I Crew program, both activities which she also participated in during her time at The Mount. She also participates in the Faculty and Staff Choir at Villanova University. Emily also holds a certification on “Fostering Inclusion and Diversity” from Yale University as well as her SHRM-CP. Emily resides in North Wales with her wife, Jessica, their two sons, Chase (18) and Nolan (14 mos.), and a whole bunch of tiny dogs.
Emily DePaul ’01, Vice President
Emily lives in the Philadelphia area. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Villanova University, a Master’s degree in Public Health from Drexel University and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Arcadia University. Emily currently practices as a behavioral therapist specializing in social skills therapy with children on the autism spectrum. She is also a researcher at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is part of a team that is testing behavioral interventions in primary care. Emily is incredibly grateful to the Mount for some of her greatest gifts: a wonderful education, connections with faculty and administration that have deepened and lasted, friends who have become like sisters and a mission that has guided her. Emily’s connection to the SSJ mission began at the Mount and has led her to become an SSJ Associate, a lay partner in mission to the SSJ’s. Emily is very excited to be serving her second term on the Alumnae Board as the Vice President.
Tara Hank '12, Secretary
Tara serves as the Secretary of the MSJA Alumnae Board. Prior to this term, she served as the Manager of Social Media, Communications and Marketing for the Alumnae Board. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Penn State Smeal College of Business with a concentration in Marketing and Healthcare and expects to graduate in May 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross in Spanish and Sociology. In her free time, Tara enjoys running; her favorite distance is the half marathon and she recently started trail running. She can often be found running with the many running groups in Philadelphia. When she was at the Mount, Tara was Co-Captain of the Cross Country Team her senior year and participated on the FIRST Robotics Team 433, the Firebirds.
Allyson McCreery Burton ’03
Allyson is the Graduate Program Coordinator of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program at Arcadia University. She is pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a specific focus around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Programming at private educational institutions (including higher education). Allyson also holds an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (2013) from Arcadia University, an MA in Art History and Archaeology from Temple University (2010), and a BA in European History and Art History from Temple University (2007). Allyson has also held various fellowships: Peace Fellow with International Peace and Security Institute affiliated with Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (based in Italy), Peace Fellow with International Peace and Security Institute affiliated with The Grotius Center for International Legal Studies (based in the Netherlands), and is currently a Fellow in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring (CTLM) at Arcadia University. Allyson has taught at the college level since 2013, including her course on civil resistance for which she received a Curriculum Fellowship from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). She has taught various seminars at both Arcadia University and Chestnut Hill College and has taught numerous travel courses, taking students to Cyprus, Germany, France, and Oman for various programming and fieldwork initiatives. Allyson has also conducted fieldwork abroad (for both archaeology and conflict resolution) in Ukraine, Serbia, Kosovo, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, France, and Greece. Allyson is married with two daughters (future Mounties), and resides in Elkins Park, PA.
Ellen Waller Bocklet ’83
Ellen and her husband Boyd have raised four daughters. Meredith is a Fairfield University graduate who works as a philanthropic consultant with Artemis. Olivia (MSJA '17) graduated from Villanova and is working as a labor and delivery nurse at the Cleveland Clinic. Blair (MSJA '20) is a sophomore at University of Michigan, and Kendall will be graduating from the Mount in 2022. Over the years, she has worked as an elementary school teacher, a nursery school teacher, home health aid, and a personal assistant. Her volunteer experiences have almost always centered around my children and the Mount. She has always been involved in Parent-Teacher organizations; was a Girl Scout leader for many years; volunteered at The Wissahickon Valley Library, and worked on many Mount functions including Celebrauction, Open House, and Aid for Friends. Her hobbies include gardening, photography, helping friends, and spending time with my family at the beach.
Sharon Branca ‘85
Sharon lives in Jeffersonville, PA and is a 7th Grade Mathematics Teacher in the Methacton School District, and has been for the past 23 years! She earned Bachelor of Science in Education from Saint Joseph’s University, and a Master’s in Education from West Chester University. She is currently a member of NCTM Arcola National Junior Honor Society Advisor, the 7th & 8th Grade Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis Coach, the Science Fair Team Sponsor, and the 8th Grade Maine Exchange Cultural Program Coordinator. In her free time, she loves to travel, read, and watch Philadelphia Sports. While at the Mount, she was a writer/editor for the Campanile and a member of the French Club. Her favorite Mount memory is Math Class with Sister Bill.
Christina Gallagher ’10
Christina Gallagher is an education attorney at Wisler Pearlstine, LLP. She advises school administrators on legal issues regarding student services, personnel matters, and special education. She also litigates matters involving alleged IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Title IX issues on behalf of public educational entities and charter schools. At the Mount, Christina served as editor-in-chief of the Campanile. She went on to major in journalism at Penn State and reported for various news publications, including the Associated Press. Christina also attended Penn State Law and served as the foreign decisional editor for the Arbitration Law Review.
Maureen Gribb Donahue '09
Maureen lives in Doylestown, PA and is a wealth advisor at a local RIA in New Hope, Rockwood Wealth Management. She earned Bachelor of Science in Education from Drexel University and is currently pursuing her master’s in Economics and Data Analytics at Northeastern University. In her free time, she loves to travel, knit and work in her garden. She is also a competitive cyclist and has been racing for about 10 years. While at the Mount, she was active in the arts program and played volleyball and basketball. Her favorite Mount memory is celebrating Founder’s Day.
Carly Irwin Keeny ’98
Carly is a senior director of internal communications for the Technology, Product, Xperience organization at Comcast, supporting the Product and Technology organization. As an award-winning communications professional, she uses her knowledge of audience, voice and purpose to execute strategic communications that inspire, educate and engage teammates at all levels of the organization. Through transparent C-suite counsel, she executes leadership communications leveraging various channels, including written, live broadcast and creative solutions such as video storytelling and podcasting. With nearly 20 years of internal and external communications experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, Carly specializes in leadership messaging, marketing communications, print publications, media relations, social and digital media, and issues and reputation management. Prior to joining Comcast, Carly served as Managing Director, Strategic Communications, Brand Fidelity & Digital Communications at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, where she oversaw the communications practice for the nine-county organization. She previously served as Communications Manager for Villanova’s College of Engineering, and as an Account Supervisor for Tierney, where she led integrated communications efforts for clients in the telecommunications, environmental science and legal industries. Carly earned a Master of Arts degree in Communications from Villanova University in 2014 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from American University in 2001. Over the years, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Musicopia/Dancing Classrooms Philly and on the Community Advisory Board of WHYY, among other nonprofit commitments.
Michelle Nawrocki Malloy ’88
Michelle earned an undergraduate degree from Villanova University and Juris Doctorate and Masters of Legal Letters (Taxation) degrees from Villanova University School of Law. She serves as General Counsel and Director of Family Office Services for AUA Capital Management, LLC. Michelle is a member of the Philadelphia chapter of FemCity®, an international networking group for women. She also serves on the Alumnae Advisory Committee for her sorority’s local chapter at Saint Joseph’s University. She enjoys running and has participated in numerous races for charity. She has had the pleasure of serving as the Chairperson for the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run on behalf of Alpha Omicron Pi’s Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter. As a former cast member of the Walt Disney Company, she loves traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort® in Florida as often as she can. At the end of a busy day, you can find her walking her two dogs, knitting ,or playing her guitar. Michelle lives in King of Prussia with her son, Daniel, a 2018 graduate of St. Joe’s Prep.
Deanna DeZorzi Marrone ’85
Deanna attended Temple University and graduated with a degree in Business with emphasis in International Business. After graduating from Temple, she worked for a helicopter company whose parent company was in Italy. For the past 26 years, she has worked the best and most challenging job as a stay at home mom to my 3 children, Alicia ‘14, Anthony and Francesca ‘21. She is proud that both of her daughters are graduates of the Mount!
Erin McCloskey Jewell Gerst ’98
Erin is the Associate Director of Leadership Development and Training at CSL Behring. Her background includes roles as an Executive Mindset and Growth Coach, International professional speaker, facilitator and professor of leadership and mindset at Villanova University. Erin has over 20 years of experience as a startup founder (E=MC2, no limits LLC) healthcare sector leader (Pfizer, Boston Scientific, Medtronic) and commercial sales professional in the Life Sciences sector. Erin holds both an Executive MBA in Systems Thinking and a BS in Marketing from Villanova University. She has professional certifications and affiliations in Coaching with the reputable International Coaching Federation, Qigong, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Therapy, Transformational Vinyasa Flow, Meditation and Pranayama (Breathwork). Erin is bilingual in English and Spanish language and culture. She is an ultra-marathoner and avid reader who resides with her husband, stepchildren, and puppy in Broomall, Pennsylvania.
Carolann Larkin McKay ’05
Carolann lives outside of New York City with daughter Greta and son Sean. They were part of the “mass exodus” from the city during the pandemic and settled Montclair, NJ. After graduating from the Mount in 2005, Carolann attended Mount Saint Mary’s University where she embraced the liberal arts education and travel study programs to places like Peru, Ireland, and Russia. After college, Carolann worked her way up the East Coast, living in Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York City. Her career in eCommerce started at digital marketing agencies, then brands (Urban Outfitters and American Eagle Outfitters), and now, a start-up. Her career has taken her around the world, with work travel to places like China, Japan, South Korea, the Middle East, Mexico, Europe and more. She is currently the Vice President of Customer Success at MikMak, an e-commerce software company.
Lauren Peak ’04
Lauren attended Saint Joseph's University (Class of 2008) in Philadelphia and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business. While attending SJU, she was very involved in Student Government and was a member of the Peer Review Board all four years. After graduation, she enrolled in a full-time Master's program for International Marketing which allowed her to travel to Argentina and Chile for classes. Lauren moved to New York City in 2011 and started her career in market research. Over the past 10 years, she has worked at a number of the top research firms in the world and currently holds a Product Director position at Stagwell Global that focuses on developing new data technology products. Giving back to her community has always been important to her and she has been involved in a 1-on-1 mentorship program with New York City high school students through the iMentor organization since 2014. She has miniature long-haired dachshund named Cooper.
Nicole M. Pedicino ’94
Nicole majored in Biology at St. Joseph’s University, graduating in 1998. After graduating SJU, she taught Science and Math at Marion Mercy Academy for seven years. While teaching she went back to SJU and earned her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. She then decided it was time for a complete career change. Nicole graduated Temple’s Beasley School of Law in 2008 and began a career as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Currently, she is Assistant Chief Counsel with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Karoline T. Shawaryn Prosperi ’91
Karoline lives in Erdenheim with her husband Nick, and three children: Nick, Kari ’24, and Sophia. She is the Procurement Manager for Facilities & Real Estate Services at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Saint Joseph's University (1995) and her MBA in Finance from Saint Joseph's University (2001). She is also a member of Respect Life Committee and Good Samaritan Society. Her favorite things to do include: spending time with family, cooking, and yoga. Her favorite Mount memory is all of the wonderful friends she made.
Laura Dolan Remaker ’00, Immediate Past President
Laura lives in Fort Washington with her husband Michael and daughters Annie (6) and Josie (4). She is the Global Head of People Operations at gettacar. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Pennsylvania (2004), and an MC in HR Management from Villanova University (2009). She is serves on the Board of the following groups; Nullafi, AchieveNEXT, Local Childcare Consultant Volunteer, and Au Pair Community. While at the Mount, she played on the Golf Team. Laura’s favorite Mount memories include: building the Golf team, hanging college rejection letters on Mr. Queen’s wall, pretzel breaks in the morning, and having the blue uniform sweater.
Maura Ricci ’11
Maura is the Associate Director of Development at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, managing the theatre’s individual giving, institutional giving, and stewardship efforts. Maura has also served as an Adjunct Professor for Villanova University's Communication Department and Honor's Program, teaching a course on the subject of Performance Ethnography and Documentary Theatre. She holds a BA in Communication, specializing in Performance Studies and Public Relations, from Villanova University (Class of 2015) and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (Class of 2016). She is incredibly passionate about theatre and the arts, a love that she fostered at the Mount through her involvement in the Fall Musical, Glee Club, and Sweet Madelines. Maura still enjoys taking advantage of opportunities to sing and perform, and, in her spare time, she does some voiceover work for local radio ads (so you may have heard her voice during your morning commute!).
Megan Ryan ‘93
Megan currently lives in Philadelphia and is the Director of Communications at Gesu School, a Catholic school in North Philadelphia. She devises strategic communications for marketing and development purposes, including publications, website content and management, email marketing, and social media. She has worked in education for 23 years - from teaching writing at the college level and managing writing centers, to educational publishing. She also previously worked at Chestnut Hill College as Director of the Writing Center and a professor in the English department. Megan has earned the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in American Studies & Spanish, University of Notre Dame (1997) Master of Arts in English, Boston College (2004) She is currently a Board Member for the University of Notre Dame Alumni Club of Philadelphia and Notre Dame Women Connect (Philadelphia Chapter). She is grateful for her Catholic education and the opportunity to serve the Mount, especially the Class Agent program. In her free time, she enjoys dancing ballet, traveling (especially in Maine), volunteer work, and spending time with family and friends. She is an avid reader and sports fan. While at the Mount, she was involved with Student Council (Class Rep for 3 years, Treasurer for 1 year), Community Service Corps, Field Hockey, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society Favorite Mount Memory: Charity Day and door decorating to celebrate Christmas and birthdays.
Marcella Kuttler Bossow Schankweiler ‘86
Marci is the Founder and CEO of For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (FPS), a non-profit that provides respite experiences and related emotional, psycho-social and spiritual support to adult cancer patients and their loved ones. FPS was founded after Marci lost her husband, Pete, to testicular cancer at the tender age of 30. FPS has helped thousands since inception. Marci has been recognized and honored for her work and advocacy from health care institutions, sports teams, Chambers, national/local media outlets and schools. She received the most prestigious alumnae award, the Signum Fidei Medal, from LaSalle University, and is proud to be a member of the Mount Hall of Fame. Prior to launching a non-profit, Marci was a litigator and tax attorney and an adjunct professor at LaSalle and TCNJ. She holds a degree in mathematics/education from LaSalle and is proud to have been a long-term sub for Sister William Teresa upon graduation. She attended Temple University School of Law and completed her law degree and post law degree in Taxation. In her free time, Marci enjoys coaching and volunteering in her community. Her favorite pastime is to gather on the beach in Sea Isle City with her family, celebrating the beauty and journey of life! You may even catch her behind the counter waiting on customers at her family’s bakery, Maryann Pastry Shoppe, in Sea Isle, or perhaps even decorating a cake! She enjoys life and cherishes each new day with her husband Mark and their two daughters! Maura graduated from the Mount in 2021 and Rose is currently a junior.
Eileen McGinley Tannenbaum ’85
Eileen is a proud member of the class of 1985 and the parent of a current student (Kate ’24). While at the Mount, Eileen was involved in National Honor Society, and she was on the editorial board of The Campanile. After the Mount, Eileen graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Accountancy and then from The Dickinson School of Law with a juris doctorate. Eileen is licensed in PA, NJ, and VA, and she currently practices in a trusts and estates/business law firm she and her husband founded. In addition to her daughter Kate, Eileen has a son in the Class of 2022 at St. Joseph’s Prep. Eileen is actively involved in the Parents’ Association at the Mount, and she is a member of the Villiger Executive Council and the Mothers’ Club Board at the Prep. Eileen is also a co-founder of a charitable foundation dedicated to raising money for awareness, research, and treatment of autism. Eileen truly values the education she was provided by the Mount, and she is happy to continue to be involved with the Mount all these years later. Eileen’s favorite Mount events are the Fashion Show and Quizzo. She attends both as regularly as possible.
Christy Dunn Wahl ’05
Christy graduated magna cum laude with her BBA at Loyola University Maryland in 2010. She has worked in Leveraged Finance since graduating Loyola & is currently a Vice President in Portfolio Originations at Antares Capital where she’s worked in NYC since 2014. Christy resides in Hoboken, NJ with her husband, Andy, & their one-year old son, Liam. Christy loves spending time in the city with her sisters, Catherine ’08 and Caroline ’13, & makes frequent trips home to Glenside to see her parents. At the Mount, Christy was on the soccer team, Student Council and SC President her senior year, was on the Mock Trial team and worked on the Campanile. Her favorite Mount memories are soccer season, Founder’s Day, Charity Day, various all-girl dance parties, & eating hot, half baked cookies before class.
Honorary Board MEMBERS
Mary Merz Berko ’48, Erin McClafferty Erfle ’96, Madge Mansell Keehn ’50, Jody Scott Kyle ’59