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Alumnae Highlights

Mercy students develop the skills to achieve success in college and beyond! If you know of alumnae doing something special, please let us know as we would love to share this with the rest of the Mercy Community. Please direct all emails to Carol Fraher, Assistant Director of Advancement, at

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Abby Matthews Huseth '04
  • Nonprofits

Outreach Director, Climate Smart Missoula

MS, Environmental Studies, University of Montana '16
BA, Religion, St. Olaf College '08

Alexandra Gomes ‘12
  • Education

Teach for America - Oakland Corps

MA, Education Policy Analysis, Loyola Marymount ‘18
Teaching Certification, Elementary Education and Teaching, Loyola Marymount ‘17
BA, Political Science, Gonzaga University ‘16

Alexandra Thrapp Mitchell ‘06
  • Art & Design

Fine Arts Conservator, Conservation of Art

Professional Certificate and BS, Art Conservation/Restoration,
Scuola Lorenzo de Medici ‘10

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  • Real Estate

Agent, Team Coordinator, Compass

BA, Business Marketing, Saint John’s University ‘17

Amanda Quintara ‘10
  • Media/Communication

Multi-media Journalist/Fill-In Anchor, KVEW

BA, Journalism, San Diego State University ‘14

Amaré Silva
  • Education
  • STEM

Educator Capacity Program Associate, Chan Zuckerburg Initiative

MS, Organizational Development, University of San Francisco '19
Bachelor's Degree,  Psychology; Gender and Women's Studies, UC Berkeley '15

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  • Business

Manager, Corporate Partnerships, Spark Program

BA, Environmental Analysis and Media Studies, 
Scripps College ‘15

Beverly Desuasido ‘97
  • Media/Communication

Award Winning Executive Producer, Director, and Writer at ABS-CBN

Emmy Nominee, 2019
BS, Management & Human Resources, Cal Poly, Pomona ‘02

Catherine Kowalski ‘03
  • Art & Design

Creative Director & Owner, Catherine Kowalski Bridal

BFA, Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design ‘07

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  • Law & Legal Services

Associate, Perkins Coie LLP, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital

J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law ‘15
BA, Political Science and Government, USC ‘12

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  • Business

Accounting Clerk, Romeo Packaging
Advanced Photographer, Christina Romeo Photography

BA, Marketing, St. Mary’s College of California

Congresswoman Jackie Speier ‘68
  • Public Service

Member of Congress, US House of Representatives

JD, University of California, Hastings School of Law ‘76
BA, Political Science and Government, UC Davis 

Emily Frye ‘99
  • Business

Localization Project Manager at Apple Inc.

Masters in Translation and Localization Management, 
Monterey Institute of International Studies  ‘11
BS, Business Administration, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ‘03

Erica de Jesus Garcia '97
  • Business
  • Education
  • STEM

Change Management and Learning Consultant
Erica de Jesus Garcia Consulting

M.A., College of Education, Instructional Technologies
San Francisco State University

B.S., Business Administration
San Francisco State University

Gina Rosaia Collins ‘99
  • Business
  • STEM

Associate Director, Access Solutions Marketing, Genentech

MBA, Marketing and International Business, USF ‘10
BA,  Economics, Political Science, UCSB ‘02

Hannah Fox ‘15
  • Healthcare

Ph.D. Candidate, PGSP Stanford Psy.D Consortium, Palo Alto University

BA, Psychology, University of Denver ‘19

Jamila Sinlao Zanette '04, Ph.D.
  • Business

Director of Marketing & Business Development, Zanette Aviation Insurance

Ph.D., Sociology, UC Santa Barbara ‘18
MA, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara '12
BA, Sociology, University of San Francisco ‘08

Jaymie Sinlao '10
  • Media/Communication

Global Communications Specialist at PayPal

BA, Communications, Loyola Marymount University ‘14

Jill Dannis '09
  • Theatre and Film Industry

Specialist, Academy Gold Mentorship
and Alumni Programs
Academy of Motion Picture Arts 
and Sciences

B.A., Sociology
Loyola Marymount University ‘13

Juliette Hackett ‘13
  • Public Service

Senior Policy Analyst, Network Science Initiative, National Journal

AB, Princeton University ‘17

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  • STEM

Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Biology, Harvard University

BA, Chemistry, Williams College ‘15

Kathleen Alvarado '84
  • Law & Legal Services

Owner, Law Offices of Kathleen B. Alvarado

Doctor of Law, International Law and Legal Studies, Pepperdine School of Law '92
BA, Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor '88

Katie Benz '12
  • Art & Design

Exhibitions Intern, Advanced-Level Program, Smithsonian American Art Museum

MA, Museum Studies, George Washington University  ‘18
BA, Anthropology, University of Notre Dame ‘16

Katie Franco ‘04
  • Education

Principal, Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Administrative Credential, Cal State University East Bay ‘16
MA, Elementary Education and Teaching, SF State ‘12
Teaching Credential, Multi-Subject ‘08
BA, Liberal Arts & Sciences, SF State, '08

Lauren Suhl Rios ‘05
  • Law & Legal Services

Principal at Law Office of Lauren Rios

J.D., Santa Clara University
School of Law ‘14

B.S.,Political Science, Pre-Law,
Public Sector Studies
Santa Clara University ‘09

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  • Art & Design

Interior Designer at IA Interior Architects, LEED Green Associate

Bachelor of Interior Architecture, University of Oregon ‘17

Melanie Paragas '14
  • Healthcare

Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate, UCSF ‘21

BS Chemistry, Creighton University ‘18

Melissa Bordi '14
  • Agricultural Science

Assistant Vineyard Manager, Trinchero Family Estates

B.S, Agriculture Science, California State University Chico

Pest Control Advisor License


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  • STEM

Ph.D. Candidate, Biochemistry, UCLA

MS, Biochemistry, UCLA ‘17
BA, Biochemistry, Colgate University ‘15

Nicole Collora '14
  • Business

Community Associate, Poshmark

BA, Business Administration, Sonoma State ‘18

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  • STEM

Technical Marketing Engineer at Mentor Graphics

BS, Engineering, Harvey Mudd ‘16


Paulina Campos '14
  • Media/Communication

Account Coordinator at Archetype

BA, Communications, Stanford University ‘18

Rachel Reid '09
  • STEM

Senior Product Manager, Skyryse

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Santa Clara University ‘13

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  • Law & Legal Services

Law Clerk, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

J.D., Stanford University Law School ‘18
BA, American Literature and Culture, UCLA ‘14


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  • STEM

Ph.D. Candidate, Organic Chemistry, UCSD

MS, Chemistry, UCSD ‘19
BS, Chemistry, Cal Poly ‘17

Samantha Benz ‘11
  • Education

2nd Grade Teacher, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School 

MA, Elementary Education and Teaching, University of Notre Dame ‘18
BA, Education, St. Mary’s College of California ‘15

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  • Law & Legal Services

Attorney, Carroll & Associates, PC

J.D., UOP, McGeorge School of Law ‘15
BA, History, Temple University ‘10

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  • Law & Legal Services

Associate, Cooley LLP

J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law ‘13
BA, Political Science, UC Berkeley ‘08

Stephanie Sierra '12
  • Journalism
  • Media/Communication

Investigative Reporter, ABC

Bachelor of Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia ‘16
Received a National Hearst award and honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow award in 2019.

Taimane Tuiasosopo ‘11
  • Education

1st Grade Teacher, St. Dunstan’s

BA, Kinesiology, Health and Human Performance, 
St. Mary’s College of California ‘15

Theresa Lund ‘06
  • Business
  • STEM

Manager, Talent Acquisitions, Glassdoor

BA, History, San Francisco State ‘11

Vashti Sinigayan, MPA '99
  • Healthcare

Staff HR Operations Manager/HRBP, UCSF

MPA, Emphasis in Human Resource Management
Notre Dame de Namur University '09

BS, Health Science - Health Care Administration/Public Administration & Public Policy
San Jose State University '04

Veronica Murillo '02
  • Business
  • STEM

Customer Success Manager, Enterprise

B.A., Business Administration and Management
Menlo College

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  • STEM

Outsourcing Associate, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

BA, Biochemistry, Colgate University ‘18