Oak Knoll alumna Jennifer Spottz ’15 will perform “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana,” the 2016 animated Disney film, as part of the “Broadway Princess Party” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center this Saturday, September 15, at 7 p.m.
Just days before Christmas, members of the Oak Knoll School basketball and swim teams joined together for a special charity spin class that raised $600 to benefit the Maureen Ellinwood Pluvinage ’99 Scholarship Fund.
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child alumna Amalia Duarte ’80 was elected to the Mendham Township Committee on Tuesday, the latest instance of Duarte embracing the leadership roles once experienced at her alma mater.
Colleen McFadden Dudek ‘81 passed away on January 11, 2019. After graduating from Oak Knoll, where she was a standout field hockey player, Colleen earned a finance degree from the University of Richmond. She enjoyed a successful career before becoming a full-time mother to four children.
Ellen Carlin Long ’52, who died on December 31, 2018, was the mother of Ryan Martin Ungrady ’80, mother-in-law of Elizabeth Mortenson Martin ’80 and grandmother of Casey Martin ’20. The longtime Union resident was also a graduate of Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York.
Julia Harrison ’61 died on December 25, 2018. In addition to being an Oak Knoll alumna, she was also a graduate of Rosemont College. She served as a project manager in computer science for Convergys Corp. in Union, and is survived by nieces and nephews, as well as grandnieces and grandnephews.
Tricia Bender Trego ’73, who died on November 22, 2018, was the sister of Alice Bender Gibbons ’76 and Peggy Bender Gillen ’78. She was also the aunt of Tara Leone ’96, Andi Gibbons Hubschmann ’02, Lara Gibbons Herr ’06, Tommy Gibbons ’03 (LS) and Matthew Gibbons ’06 (LS).
Alyssa Small Blatt, who died on Dec. 11, 2017, was the sister-in-law of Melissa Blatt ’97 and cousin of Ali Sumas Good ’95, Olga Anagnostis ’07, Christina Sumas ’98, John Anagnostis ’98 (LS) and Laura Sumas Barry ’03.
Charles Topping, the father of Upper School theology teacher and Campus Ministry member Brian Topping, passed away on October 16, 2018. Charles Topping was also the grandfather of Lizzie Topping ’10, Jack Topping ’11 (LS) and Anna Topping ’25.
Bernard Speckhart, who died on September 9, 2018, was the father of Mary Speckhart ’77, Donna Speckhart Smith ’78 and Patricia Speckhart Woods ’82 and grandfather of Madeline Smith ’12 and Madeline Smith ’12.
Ann Porter ’08 married Josh Loigman on July 7, 2018, at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York. The couple met at George Washington University as first-year law school students, according to a New York Times article about the nuptials.
Claire Ducey Kenney, who died on June 16, 2018, was the mother of John Kenney, trustee emeritus, and grandmother of Mary Margaret Kenney ’14, Grace Kenney ’14, Evelyn Kenney ’14, John Kenney, Jr. ’08 (LS) and Angela Kenney ’18.
Dr. Robert O’Driscoll, who passed away on May 14, 2018, was the father of O’Driscoll Adelhelm ’84 and Lori O’Driscoll Marchesi ’90. He was also the grandfather of Elizabeth Adelhelm ’19 and Claire Adelhelm ’21.
Katie Cummings ’03 married Kyle Siegfried on Sept 30, 2017, in Nantucket, Massachusetts, at the Nantucket Yacht Club. Joining Cummings on her special day were Laura Sumas Barry ’03, Laura Hefferan ’03, Kaitlin Hespos ’03, Taylor DiGiacomo Plastiras ’03, Mary Cummings ‘07, Jackie Bertolini Chase ’03, Kate Burgess Sondossi ’03, Katherine Giaccio Mooney ’03, Katherine Schaumburg Gargiulo ’03 (married to Peter Gargiulo, LS ’00) and Genny La Paglia ’03.
Brielle Hunt ’07 married Alex Maffett on October 14, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. Fellow alumna and sister Aubrey Hunt ’11 was in the wedding, while classmates Jacqueline Gabela ’07 and Lauren Masini ’07 were also in attendance. Hunt and Maffett both attended the University of Richmond and reside in Virginia’s capital city with their golden retriever, Paisley. Hunt is a medical malpractice attorney while Maffett is a financial advisor.
We're saddened to share the passing of Augustine “Gus” Pushparaj, trustee emeritus, who died on October 16, 2017.
In addition to serving on our Board of Trustees, which included serving as the first chair of the Catholic Mission Committee, he was also father of Vanitha Pushparaj ’87 and Kumar Pushparaj ’85 (Lower School.)
Dr. Allison Adams ’81 chosen as top dentist by New Jersey Monthly
Dr. Allison Adams ’81 has been chosen as the top dentist of 2017 by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. Adams also recently opened an Integrative Dental Center at her office to address more comprehensive health and illness prevention that are tied to dental care, such as airway and breathing issues in adult children.
Lauren Dolecki ’07 married Michael Kober on June 10, 2017, at Church of Christ the King in New Vernon. The couple met as students at Georgetown. Dolecki is a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York.
Colonel Harry F. Mumma, father of Bill Mumma, former chair of board of trustees, and grandfather of Sarah Mumma May ’04, Paul Mumma ’99 (LS), Katherine Mumma Geary ’07, James Mumma ’03 (LS), Michael Mumma ’08 (LS) and Margaret Mumma ’16
Claire Cagnassola ’13 is named NESCAC Player of the Week!
Claire Cagnassola ’13 was recently named New England Small College Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week. She earned the honor after scoring six goals and four assists between two Amherst victories.
Christine Butchko ’13 is named Fulbright Scholar semifinalist
Christine Butchko ’13 has been named a Fulbright Scholar semifinalist at Villanova University, where she is a senior political science major. She is also pursuing minors in business administration, marketing and French!
Bernice Briscoe Mullin in class notes, who died on January 22, 2017 was the mother of Susan Mullin with the Class of 1976, Cathy A. Mullin with the Class of 1968, Carol Mullin with the Class of 1971 and Barbara Mullin with the Class of 1969.
Ellen Commesso, who died on October 21, 2016, was the mother-in-law of Christine Castelo Commesso ’89, and grandmother of Natalie Commesso ’17, Dominick Commesso ’14 (Lower School) and Gabriella Commesso ’24.
Andrew Hurley, who died on October 10, 2016, was the brother of Jeanne Hurley Horsey ’90 and brother-in-law of Bonnie Flinn Hurley ’81. Andrew was also the uncle of Jeanne McCormick Horsey ’20 and Sarah McCrea Horsey ’21.
Michelle Cesan '09, married Brian Duffy on September 10, 2016 in Santa Barbara, California. Michelle and Brian were joined by family and friends, as well as many of her fellow classmates including bridesmaids Lindsay Boyajian ’09 and Ryan Hand ‘09.
Eric Brodbeck, who died on September 17, 2016, was the brother of Meredith Brodbeck Kennedy ’96 and the cousin of Sheila Brodbeck Pasic ’90, Lower School math teacher Elizabeth Brodbeck Mercogliano ’94 and Meghan Brodbeck Kim ’99.
Meaghan Brown Del Campo '05 Joined by Classmates on Wedding Day
Meaghan Brown Del Campo ’05 enjoyed her wedding day September 10, 2016 with several of her fellow Oak Knoll alumnae. Pictured, from left, are Christine Burke Howe ’05, Melissa Santucci Beatrice ’05, Meaghan Brown Del Campo ’05, Caitlyn Brown Boniakowski ’05 and Kelly Rummell ’05.
Alexandra Rizk ’10 married Lt. Michael Keane, an United States Naval Academy graduate, at St. Peter’s Parish in New York on Aug. 6, 2016. Rizk, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, currently operates an independent film production company after working as a production assistant for the official VH1 website.
Rita Kentz Maher, who died on July 18, 2016, was the mother of Marita Maher Sanchez ’65 and Joan Anne Maher ’68. She was also grandmother of Bridget Maher ’04 and cousin of the late Rita Kentz, former Upper School teacher.
Maria Isabella Pontoriero '12 graduates from Tulane
Maria Isabella Pontoriero '12 graduated from Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a Bachelor of Science degree in public health and a minor in economics on May 14, 2016.
Allison Hess earns bachelor's degree from Boston College
Allison Hess, a member of the Class of 2012, graduated May 23 from Boston College, earning a bachelor’s degree in English with minors in management and leadership, Italian and philosophy. Hess was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Order of the Cross and Crown honor society and the Golden Key International Honor Society.
Teresa Drew ’12 competes at World Irish Dancing Championships
We all wish Teresa Drew ’12 the best of luck as she will compete in the World Irish Dancing Championships next month in Glasgow, Scotland! Teresa will look to improve on her impressive 20th place finish at the championships last spring in Montreal, Canada!
Gertrude C. Emmerich, who died on August 27, 2015, was the mother of Barbara Romano, former lower school teacher and educational consultant. Mrs. Emmerich was also grandmother of Gina Romano ‘8l, Mia Romano-Brown ’85, Cristina Romano Amatucci ’86 and Richard Romano of the Lower School.
Marie Magnier, who died on August 14, 2015, was the mother of Regina Matthews ’73, Bernadette Briand ’76, Teri Forand ’78, Grace Mallaney ’83, Michele Sweeney ’85 and grandmother of Joanna Briand ’15 and Ellen Magnier ’16.
Oak Knoll students, alumna have mini-reunion in North Carolina
Teagan Monaco ’15 and Mary Porter ’14 , both undergraduates at Davidson College in North Carolina, recently had lunch with Oak Knoll Alumna Dana Gusmer Gruber ’83. Dana’s husband, Chris, is vice president of enrollment at the college. The Oak Knoll alumnae had a wonderful lunch together with the Davidson students appreciating Dana’s warm welcome!
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all girls in grades 7 to 12. Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States.
OAK KNOLL SCHOOL OF THE HOLY CHILD
44 Blackburn Road
Summit, NJ 07901
Phone: (908) 522-8100 Email the Lower School (coed, K-6) Email the Upper School (all-girls, 7-12)