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Tell us how life has changed since you left SPX.
Life is drastically different- I work full-time, have been married for 17 years and am mom to two boys, Miles, 8, and Grant, 3. I decided to attend college out of state and have a totally new life experience from living outside of Boston.
Where did you go to college? What was your major?
Wheaton College, in Massachusetts. I was an English literature major.
Tell us about your job at the Regis School?
As the director of advancement, I am an administrator which means I work with our various constituencies to bring to life the mission of our school. In addition to fundraising, I plan school events and work to enhance the life of the school for our boys and the parent population.
What is the best/most rewarding part of your job?
Getting to do the unexpected! Some days it is a lot of administrative tasks, other days I could be making cotton candy!
What has been the most difficult part of working to make sure what you do every day makes an impact?
Honestly, the most difficult part is trying to accomplish what sometimes seems like a never-ending list. There are so many things to do and sometimes not enough hours to do them all. I sometimes forget to take a minute and reflect on all that has been accomplished.
What advice would you give an SPX student who is interested in going into the non-profit/advancement industry?
Take this time in high school and eventually college to secure internships. Build a resume for yourself and learn different aspects of non-profit life. While a highly-coveted paid internship is ideal, don't allow a great opportunity to pass you up and pursue only the paycheck.
What is one of your favorite memories of SPX?
Definitely our weekly pep rallies!
What is one of the most important lessons you took away from SPX?
Give of yourself-your time, treasure, talent... the reward is SO worth it.
What were you involved in as a student at SPX?
Artists' Society, I did some speech tournaments and a little drama too.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy going to the beach with my sons and husband, relaxing with family and friends, and reading literature. Occasionally I binge watch shows on Hulu.
How did your SPX education prepare you for college and your eventual career?
The service hours requirement really allowed me to think about a career in non-profit. I experienced a variety of types of placements that illuminated this industry for me.
What advice would you share with new SPX graduates?
Learn how to network in person! Don't look to just email introductions and LinkedIn to make connections. Visit with people in person or by phone. Always, ALWAYS follow up with a nice and legible handwritten note. These details matter to those who hire.
What does it mean to you to be an SPX Alumni?
I have a lot of pride in our school's history and the impact it is making on our community today. Our school has produced so many amazing alumni who are doing great things in this world. I am Panther proud and most definitely a Panther Forever!
Which SPX teacher made the most lasting impact on you?
Without a doubt, Sr. Katie Gaspard, O.P. She was the first nun I could see as a REAL person. She was very entertaining in our theology class and kept it lively.