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Outstanding Alumnae Awards 2022
Stone Ridge

Golden Outstanding Alumna


Kathryn Kavanagh Baran '72 obtained a BA in Political Science from Brown University in 1976 and, after a 20 year child-rearing career, earned her JD from Georgetown University Law Center. She practiced law at Skadden Arps as an Energy Lawyer for another 20 years. She is the author of Promise and Performance: Carter Builds a new Administration and numerous articles including those published in Glamour, Parents, and Parenting magazines.

Kathryn is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Jesuit Academy and serves on the Middleburg Library Advisory Committee. She has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Children’s Law Center. Kathryn currently volunteers as a researcher with the Afro-American Historical Society of Fauquier County and is a hospice visitor at the Missionaries of Charity. With her husband, Jan, she is the parent of a Dominican Friar and three daughters, and is the grandparent of six (and counting).

Outstanding Alumna


Julie Veratti '97 went on to receive her BA from Brandeis University, and her JD from George Washington University Law School. Julie is the Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Denizens Brewing Co., which opened in July 2014 in Silver Spring, MD. Denizens is the largest production brewery in Montgomery County, MD, and the only majority women-owned and operated brewery in the state.  

Julie recently served as a presidential appointee at the U.S. Small Business Administration to help implement small business COVID recovery programs across the country. Julie has spent her career volunteering on national, state, and local trade associations and chamber boards of directors, and has testified before local, state, and congressional and senate committees. She is a fierce advocate for small business and supporting women in leadership roles. Julie is also an alumna of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and ran for lieutenant governor in Maryland in 2018. She is a lifelong advocate for women’s rights, human rights, and LGBTQ rights. You can find her on a golf course or playing soccer most weekends.


Dylan Williams '12 went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Elon University. Currently, she is a Manager with Protiviti, Inc., a global consulting firm specializing in internal audit, risk and compliance, and financial services, based in the Metro DC office. As a consultant, Dylan has recently found her work at the intersection of finance and the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Dylan has helped large financial institutions develop robust business resiliency plans to minimize adverse business impacts in crisis or pandemic scenarios. Additionally, she managed a stimulus program developed under the Coronavirus Relief Fund as part of the CARES Act, which provided housing relief for individuals who were financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dylan has always had a passion for serving her local community and the communities with which she identifies, a virtue she gained as a “lifer” at Stone Ridge. Professionally, Dylan has held leadership roles within her firms, focused on recruiting and retaining minority talent, and educating staff on experiences impacting racial and gender minorities. In her personal time, Dylan is an active member of the Junior League, where she enjoys volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club of America and her local area food bank, as well as networking with women with shared interests and passions.