Welcome, SMA Alumnae!!
Whether you attended St. Mary’s Academy for one year or you’re a “lifer,” you’re part of our legacy and you’ll always be part of our family. We welcome you to come back to campus and visit anytime. We also hope you’ll stay connected to your classmates, teachers, advisors, coaches, and the school.
St. Mary’s Academy alumnae represent an active, generous and global group. We engage in many aspects of SMA life — through financial support, volunteering, event participation, social networks and, of course, with much joy at annual reunion weekends.
We warmly encourage you to contact us with questions or suggestions. Thank you for all you do for the SMA community. We hope to see or hear from you soon!
Itsy Jones '06
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St. Mary’s Academy is excited to announce that we have concluded our national search for our next Middle School Principal. With the support of Educational Directions, a nationally recognized leader in the field of executive searches for independent schools, our Search Committee met numerous candidates from around the country. Ultimately, we invited four finalists to campus for a full day of conversation with constituents representing the entire school community. As a result of that process, we are thrilled to welcome Tiffany Drees to the SMA family.
Tiffany earned her B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her M.A. in Global Humanities and Languages from the University of Denver. She has worked in education for nineteen years in a variety of teaching, leadership, and administrative roles in public, charter, and independent schools. Since 2009 Tiffany has worked at St. Anne’s Episcopal School, where she served as an English, Spanish and Learning Enrichment teacher, the Middle School English Department Chair, World Language Department Chair, advisor, and soccer & track coach - among other duties. In addition to the experience outlined above, Tiffany is well respected for her work in developing innovative, student-centered, and research-based curriculum in all content areas. She has a depth of experience and love for work in diversity, equity, and inclusivity; conflict resolution and social justice programs, and is a tireless advocate for students and faculty.
In our conversations with Tiffany, it was clear that she is a talented, passionate educator and leader who is mission focused and child centered. Her connection to our Loretto School Values was clearly evident during the many hours we spent with her, and her engaging personality, warmth, and sense of humor resonated with all those she interacted with. We are confident that Tiffany is the right leader to help us continue to build on our
outstanding Middle School program, and we are thrilled to have her join us on July 1st. Please join us in welcoming Tiffany, her son, Bear, who will be joining our PK program in the fall, and Tiffany's husband, David, as they join our SMA community.
President Bill Barrett would also like to thank the members of the Search Committee, who devoted their time, experience, and passion for SMA throughout the selection process. Many thanks to:
Karen Smith – Lower School Principal
Iswari Natarajan – High School Principal
Seely Greenberg – Director of Admissions
Art Keown – Chief Financial Officer
Peter Estacio – Director of Technology
Charlie Arbogast – Director of Advancement
Laura Waldron – Middle School Program Liaison
Joe Riehl – Middle School Social Studies
Christina Garcia – Middle School Spanish/Dean of Community Engagement
Terrye Easton – Middle School Social Studies
St. Mary's Academy is thrilled to announce that we have concluded our national search for a Director of Advancement to succeed Charlie Arbogast, who will retire on July 31 after 23 years of exemplary service. On behalf of the School, we’d like to welcome Natalie Mesko to the SMA family.
Natalie earned her B.A. in Public Relations from Loyola University New Orleans. Upon graduating, she began her career working for her alma mater in the Office of Admissions, eventually serving as Director of Admissions and earning a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.
Natalie ultimately made her way to fundraising work, where she served for fifteen years as Vice President of CCS Fundraising, a comprehensive and widely recommended fundraising consulting and management firm. Natalie also served for three years as Executive Director of Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust.
During her tenure with CCS, Natalie provided nonprofit institutions, including many schools, with comprehensive strategy and leadership in all facets of fundraising. Natalie is recognized for her ability to thoughtfully lead teams, build relationships, and apply a donor-centered approach to advancing a school’s mission and fundraising goals. In the many conversations she had during her visits to campus, Natalie’s energy, expertise, and connection to our mission, vision, and values was evident, and we are excited to have Natalie help our school achieve even greater success.
Natalie will begin working with us on March 1, mostly remotely, until Charlie’s departure at the end of July. We feel strongly that the overlap between her and Charlie will allow Natalie to have time to meet just about everyone in our community and gain a clearer understanding of our advancement office process and strategic initiatives so that she can hit the ground running this summer.
Please join us in welcoming Natalie in the coming weeks and months.
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