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 Kathryn Kavanagh BaranKathryn Kavanagh Baran ’72

Kathryn Kavanagh Baran is an attorney with the DC Office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP where she counsels public utilities on mergers and acquisitions, rulemakings, declaratory orders, and interlocking directorate restrictions and reporting requirements.  She practices before courts and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars as well as the bars of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.  

After graduating from Brown University in 1976, Kathryn worked as a legal assistant at the Federal Election Commission, then as a writer and researcher for the public interest group Common Cause.  She subsequently devoted her time to free-lance writing and raising her four now-grown children.  In 1996 Kathryn enrolled as an evening student at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree in 2000.  As part of her work at Skadden, Kathryn frequently serves as a pro bono guardian ad litem, representing the best interests of minor children in proceedings before the DC Superior Court.  She is a Coordinator for Skadden’s Pro Bono Impact Project and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Children’s Law Center.  Kathryn treasures her Stone Ridge memories, friends and “all the truths that have been taught us here” and is honored to be a member of the Alumnae Board.

Elizabeth Brooks Elizabeth Brooks '02

Elizabeth Brooks '02 spent nine years as a Stone Ridge student. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan in 2006 with Bachelors Degrees in Political Science and Spanish. After completing her undergraduate work in Ann Arbor, Elizabeth returned to the Washington area. She has worked in the health care policy arena for the last six years, first for a trade association, and currently for a health insurance company. She completed her Juris Doctor degree at George Washington University Law School in May 2012. Elizabeth currently resides in Bethesda.
 Molly BrysonMolly Bryson '89

Molly Bryson graduated from Stone Ridge in 1989 and attended The Catholic University of America where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Philosophy and English.  Following graduation, Molly worked in development before attending law school at The Catholic University of America where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic University Law Review.  Since graduating law school in 1998, Molly has worked at Nixon Peabody LLP first as an associate and currently as a partner.  She practices in the social investment and community development arena, representing companies and banks in their investment in affordable rental housing and in renewable energy with a particular focus on solar energy.  Molly also is an avid hiker, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011, and currently is scoping out her next big hiking adventure.
 Corinne Cannon

Corinne Cannon '96

Corinne Cannon graduated from Stone Ridge in 1996 and attended Trinity College in Washington, DC where she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English. Following graduation Corinne worked in the communications, health and education fields. She earned an MAT in English from Trinity University and an MSc in Cognitive Anthropology from the London School of Economics and worked as a curriculum developer in formal and informal classrooms. After ten years working in the museum education with the Smithsonian, National Building Museum and Newseum, Corinne returned to health communications and became increasingly interested in working with families. In 2010, after giving birth to her son Jack, Corinne founded a nonprofit to help mothers and families - DC Diaper Bank. In the first two years of distribution, the DC Diaper Bank had donated more than 350,000 diapers in the DC metro area.

 Daphne Kiplinger

Daphne Kiplinger '03

Daphne Kiplinger was a gator for eight years, member of the Blue Team, music director of Heartfelt, and on the lacrosse team. After graduating from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Design & Environmental Analysis, she moved to DC and for five years worked at architecture and design firm HOK doing interior design and consulting work. Wanting to make a career change, she went back to school to learn graphic & web design, and now works at Landon School in the Communications Office as the Graphic Designer and Publications Manager. Daphne lives in DC with her husband Dave Steadman, who she met singing in The Washington Chorus, and with which they both still sing. She keeps in touch with many of her SR friends and is very excited to join the Alumnae Board!

 Kellyn Mahan

Kellyn Mahan ’06

Kellyn Mahan spent 14 years as a Stone Ridge student and is an enthusiastic Blue Team member. In 2010, Kellyn graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology and a concentration in business. She returned to the Washington DC area working in the retail marketing and events department at Federal Realty Investment Trust, completing over 125 local community events annually. Recently, she has taken on a new role at Bozzuto in the retail asset management department. Kellyn is an active wish granter at the Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic chapter and has granted over 20 special wishes in 4 years.

 Dominique Martinet

Dominique Martinet '62

Dominique Martinet, better known as Donnie when she graduated from Stone Ridge in 1962, was born in Paris, France. She is a multilingual international business development marketing catalyst in financial services and management consulting with extensive experience in the Corporate and NGO worlds.  A graduate of Georgetown University, she attended the Universite de Laval in Quebec before completing Business Administration graduate studies at McGill University in Montreal. She lived and worked in Canada in senior positions with Deloitte/Touche Ross, Air Canada, and Canada Post, before moving to Manhattan in 1988.  Always active in community affairs, she has served on Boards of Directors in Montreal, Toronto, and New York City. She is currently a Life Member of the Metropolitan Club of NY, a Board Member of her Madison Avenue Co-Op, and a member of Georgetown University’s New York Alumnae Admissions Committee. As Chair and/and long standing member of the Financial Women’s Association of New York International Affairs Committee, she has shared responsibilities for planning, coordinating, and implementing financial/business missions to emerging markets for FWA delegates and guests - organizing senior level meetings with government and business leaders in Poland, the European Union, Turkey, India, South Africa, China, Canada and Mexico while ensuring continuous FWA relations with foreign consulates in New York. She is a former President of this prestigious group (www.fwa.org). She is married to Andre Simonpietri. They live in Woodbury, CT and Manhattan, NY.

 Eileen MayerEileen Mayer '70

Eileen Mayer was a “lifer” at Stone Ridge, graduating in 1970.  After college in southern Virginia, she returned to Washington DC and graduated from Georgetown University Law Center while working in the US Senate.  In 1986, she began a long career with the US Justice Department, first as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and later as Associate Deputy Attorney General.  She finished her career at the Internal Revenue Service where she served at the Chief of the Criminal Investigation Division.  Since retiring in 2010, Eileen has been involved in consulting and charity work.

Eileen was a member of the Stone Ridge Alumnae Board from 2000 to 2005.  In 2004, she also became a member of the Stone Ridge Board of Trustees.  She served a term as Chair of the Board from 2010 to 2013.  She has been one of the Upper School Mock Trial Team coaches since 2002, working with the students as they participate in the competition sponsored by the Maryland Bar.  Eileen is currently working with the Development Office on the Gators Go Turf capital campaign.
  
Sophia Peters 

 Sophia Peters '03

Sophia Peters currently works at Deloitte & Touche, as consultant on the Emerging Markets team. Her background is clean energy, climate change policy, and international development. Regionally, she has focused her work in Latin America, working previously for U.S. Agency for International Development in Mexico City and at the Inter-American Development Bank. She recently returned to the Washington D.C. area after completing a Masters in Public Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School in 2011. She completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University, where she graduated magna cum laude and with Highest Distinction in Public Policy. Her honors thesis focused on the role of the media in ending the Pinochet regime in Chile. She is an active member of the DC community, participating in area road races and volunteering at several local non-profits. Sophia graduated from Stone Ridge in 2003; while at Stone Ridge, she was a proud member of the Blue Team, captain of the varsity field hockey and basketball teams, a regular Book Fair donor, and a serious gouter promoter.

 Amy Richardson

Amy Richardson '72

Amy Richardson obtained her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Virginia. Trained in Pediatrics, she has worked in public health, academic medicine, clinical practice including primary care, child protection and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and managed care. In 2006, she received her MBA from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. In 2010, she returned to the DC area after nearly two decades in Cleveland, OH where she was an active member of the Sacred Heart Alumnae group, and continues on the Board of Trustees at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio.

Mary Williams Schaller 

 Mary Williams Schaller '61

Mary Williams Schaller is a native of Washington, DC, born into a military family. Thanks to the “Army way of life," she attended six schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. Her four high school years at Stone Ridge were the longest time she had spent in any school. Mary boarded at Stone Ridge during her senior year and graduated in 1961. Mary received her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the San Diego College for Women (now the University of San Diego) in 1965. Mary has many professional accomplishments throughout her life including working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, directing three main stage productions for Fairfax County’s Recreation Department’s Followspot Children’s Theater and teaching creative dramatics, stage combat and stage make up.  

In 1990, Mary followed her life-long dream and began her writing career. Since then, she has had four plays, nine novels, one novella, and three non-fiction books published. Mary lives with Marty, her husband of forty-six years in Burke, VA where she is currently working on a memoir of post-War II Germany, and playing with their three grandchildren. Mary is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and is a thirty-four year docent at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.  From July of 2010 to March of 2011, Mary researched and wrote the history of Stone Ridge, The House on the Hill.

Neda Semnani 

Neda Semnani '97

After graduating from Stone Ridge in 1997, Neda Semnani skipped off to her first adventure working with Raleigh International in Uganda. After finishing a year of service with City Year in Boston, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her graduate degree in Gender and Social Politics from the London School of Economics in 2006.
 
She spent her twenties jumping between Boston, New York, Tehran and London, but settled in the Washington DC area, because it is a secret, saucy, salty, diverse, wonderful city. Neda worked in non-profits and international development organizations, before falling madly in love with journalism. She has been covering politics for CQ-Roll Call since 2008. In 2011, Neda became a part of D.C.’s oldest political gossip column, Heard on the Hill. She also does arts and theater coverage for the paper. 

More about Neda at famousdc.com.

 Julie Verratti

Julie Verratti '97

Julie Verratti graduated from Stone Ridge in 1997 and went on to play Varsity Soccer at Brandeis University, where she earned her degree in Politics, Philosophy, and History with a minor in Economics.  Following undergrad she worked on numerous political campaigns across the country, but mostly in Massachusetts. Julie later earned her law degree from the George Washington University Law School with a focus on business and tax law, and joined the U.S. Small Business Administration as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2010. She is licensed in California and works on issues across the SBA including entrepreneurship education, economic development, White House initiatives, veterans’ programs, and women’s business ownership.  Julie also spent some time as a staffer for the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.  Her latest adventure is as the co-founder and owner of Denizens Brewing Company in Silver Spring, MD. In opening this venture, Julie joins a small group of women in the Craft Beer industry. She credits her time at Stone Ridge for giving her the confidence and tenacity to be a female leader in a male dominated industry. Also, Blue Team > Gold Team.

 Colleen Zorc

Colleen Zorc '11

Collen Zorc graduated from Stone Ridge in 2011 after 13 years as a student.  Her two younger sisters are both still enrolled in the Upper School.  In her final years at Stone Ridge, she co-led the Campus Ministry Board, Heartfelt, and the Model United Nations team.  She also played on the lacrosse and squash teams. Colleen now attends Georgetown University, where she will graduate in 2016.  She is pursuing a major in Finance and a minor in Studio Art.  Outside of the classroom, Colleen plays on the Georgetown Women’s Club Squash Team, works for The Hilltop MicroFinance Inititiative Inc., and volunteers with a DC charter school and with the Teens Run DC program.

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