Kathryn 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.
Molly 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.
Maria-Stella Gatzoulis ‘86
Maria-Stella Gatzoulis attended Stone Ridge since the first grade and graduated in 1986 with High Honors and was named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar Semi-Finalist. She completed her undergraduate studies in Switzerland in International Political Studies, followed by a Masters’ Degree in International Affairs from The American University in Washington, DC. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Event Management from George Washington University. She is fluent in Greek, French and Spanish.
Maria-Stella is the Special Events Coordinator/Protocol Officer at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has over fifteen years of event planning and international protocol experience for a major foreign policy research institute. On a typical day, she interacts with and facilitates events for Heads of State, Members of Congress and other high level VIPs. She also coordinates logistical and event support for over 1,200 meetings a year related to International Affairs.
Maureen Daly Kelly ’87
Maureen graduated from Stone Ridge after 8 years as a Gator in 1987. She went on to earn a BS in Finance from Providence College in 1991 and now, 23 years later, she has returned to graduate school. She is currently enrolled in the Master's in Emerging Media program at Loyola University Maryland with an expected graduation in 2016.
Currently, Maureen works at Loyola University in the Sellinger School of Business and Management as an administrative assistant to some of the academic departments. Prior to working at Loyola, Maureen feels fortunate to have been a stay at home mom with her twins Courtney and Brennan. Maureen and her husband Bart reside in Phoenix, MD outside of Baltimore and spend their free weekends at their home in Swan Point, MD.
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!
Meg MacWhirter ‘01
During her eight years at Stone Ridge, Meg MacWhirter was involved with Campus Ministry, SOME, People for Peace, and Core Group. At Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, she stayed involved with organizations addressing hunger and homelessness in DC and helped lead campus volunteering programs through the Center for Social Justice. After graduating, she spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Caribbean working on gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS programs. Meg then worked for Georgetown University President Jack DeGioia on international partnerships including the Georgetown AIDS initiative. She graduated from Georgetown’s MBA program in 2012. She currently works as a Manager at Deloitte Consulting, supporting public and non-profit leaders to maximize the impact of their organizations. Her projects have focused on global health, health systems strengthening, capacity building, and leadership development.
Meg is also co-owner of an artisan distillery opening in Mount Airy, Maryland in 2016. MISCellaneous Distillery will create spirits using locally sourced ingredients and serve as an active contributor to the Mount Airy community.
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 '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 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.
Mara Gomes McCarthy ’06
Mara was a Stone Ridge Gator for 6 years and an enthusiastic Gold Team member! She began her Sacred Heart education at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, MI before joining Stone Ridge. Mara graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Health and Societies. She subsequently earned a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Cambridge. After completing her studies, she worked as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs and then went on to combine her interests in healthcare and business by working in the healthcare startup space. She currently works at Oxeon Partners, a firm that fuels the growth of early stage healthcare technology companies through investing in them and helping to build out their management teams. Mara lives in New York City.
Patricia Wimsatt Myler ‘64
Patricia Wimsatt Myler (Patty) graduated from Stone Ridge in 1964, loving every minute of her 4 years as a student, an athlete and a student leader. She attended Marymount College in Arlington, VA where she received an AA degree in early childhood education before moving north to Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY. Following Marymount, Patty taught elementary school in both New York City and Fredericksburg, VA. She then spent 7 years working for the DC Department of Recreation & Parks as Director of Lafayette Recreation Center in Northwest. Patty was then asked to join the Charles E. Smith Companies and start a new career in property management. Patty spent 10 years with the company. With a quickly growing family at the time, Patty decided to take an “early retirement.” She started a catering company called “Simply Elegant” which she successfully ran for 10 years, often catering Stone Ridge events. In 1993, Sr. Dyer called Patty and asked if she would be interested in coming to work at Stone Ridge. She spent the first 2 years doing events and overseeing the Housekeeping Department operations before being asked to take on a newly established position, Director of Facilities, a position she loved and served in for 18 years. Patty retired from SR in 2013. Her two daughters, Caitlin Myler Taylor ’98 and Brigid Myler ’03 are both proud Stone Ridge graduates.
Patty has been an active member of the Christ Child Society of Washington for over 35 years. She served on the National Board of the National Christ Child Society for 10 years and served as the National President from 2010-2012. Patty is an active member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Washington where she currently serves on the Parish Council, on the Buildings & Grounds Committee and as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. She also volunteers as a gardener at Hillwood Museum & Gardens. She is a Master Gardener and gardening is her passion.
Mary Ellen Ruff ‘90
Mary Ellen Ruff graduated from Stone Ridge in 1990 and went on to Saint Louis University where she was a varsity swimmer and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Studio Art. From there, Mary Ellen pursued her M.S. in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Mary Ellen returned to the DC area in 1996 and began her career as an Art Therapist. She currently has a private practice, teaches in the Graduate Art Therapy program at George Washington University, and runs an adolescent substance abuse program for Court-involved youth in Alexandria. She is thrilled to serve on the Alumnae Board.
Robyn Schwartzman ‘08
After 8 years at Stone Ridge, Robyn Schwartzman graduated in 2008 and went on to study at Duke University, where she majored in Biomedical Engineering and minored in Spanish. She returned to the DC area to take advantage of the I-270 corridor and began working in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. She currently works at Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC., a biotechnology company with a proprietary technology used by pharmaceutical companies, the government, universities, and clinical laboratories for research into disease and as a tool for drug development. Robyn’s role is as a change manager, ensuring the company’s products adhere to national and international regulatory standards and are produced with a high level of quality. In 2015, Robyn earned her Master’s degree in Biotechnology with a focus in Regulatory Affairs from Johns Hopkins University. Outside of work, Robyn is a huge Nationals baseball fan and enjoys being as involved at Stone Ridge.
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 '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.
Yvette Escudero ’84
Yvette graduated in 1984 as a second-generation Stone Ridge graduate, one of four Escudero sisters that would make this step. She then went on to Mount Vernon College, finishing with a degree in marketing. In 1994, after working in retail for many years, Yvette started her own Personal/Executive Assistant company. She enjoys working with her various clients and the exciting and ever changing responsibilities of overseeing taxes and charitable foundations, organizing events/engagements, managing appointments, second homes, travel arrangements and reservations, both locally and around the world.
Yvette’s other volunteer activities, past and present include, the Junior League of Washington, Catholic Charities, and the Knights of Malta.