Women of Influence: Susan Jalbert '79

Women of Influence: Gilda Gonzales '87

Gilda Gonzalez graduated from Saint Mary’s with a degree in industrial psychology and a passion for business. She went on to earn a master’s in public administration from Cal State University, East Bay and became devoted to public service. She says the best advice she ever received was to start contributing to her 401(K) at the age of 25. Gonzalez is now CEO of the Unity Council, a nonprofit community development corporation committed to enriching the Fruitvale District of Oakland.

Women of Influence: Amy Gonzales '97

Women of Influence: Angelica Garcia '98

Women of Influence: Janet Ferraro M '00

Women of Influence: Sherie Dodsworth '78

Sherie Swiess Dodsworth graduated from Saint Mary’s with a bachelors in accounting and has since become a self-made businesswoman with a vibrant career and family life. Dodsworth was the first female president of the SMC Alumni Association and the first woman to be elected Alumni of the Year, in 1999.

Women of Influence: Jeanne (Toomey) DeMatteo '83

Jeanne DeMatteo lives the Lasallian tradition every day through the many roles she plays. She is a mother, daughter, sister, friend, wife and a key member of the Saint Mary’s community. DeMatteo graduated from SMC with a bachelor’s in accounting and went on to use her understanding of economic resources to further the educational field. She returned to SMC as director of finance and controller, playing a vital role in the College’s financial management.

Women of Influence: Michelle Batista '02

In San Francisco's Tenderloin, Michelle Batista, who graduated in 2002, works at De Marillac Academy, a tuition-free school founded in 2001 by the Christian Brothers and the Daughters of Charity next to St. Anthony's dining room. More than 70 percent of the students are Latino, and many come from worlds of hardship, stress and turmoil.

New Alumni Director Appointed

On March 1, Chris Carter '97, MA '02 was appointed director of the newly renamed Office of Alumni and Volunteer Engagement (forerly Alumni Relations). Carter will lead the College's efforts in alumni and development event programming and coordinate major volunteer initiatives.

Celebrating Football's Legacy

By Caitlin Graveson '11

The 1991 football program.

A reception and dinner on February 27 honored the legacy of football at Saint Mary's, the first event of its kind since the College dropped the football program in 2004.