Alumni Association Working Groups

Working Groups

Project Management Leader: Sarah Schoedinger (A92)

Strategic Planning Leader: Katarina Wong (A88)

Affinity Program Working Group

The Affinity Program Working Group works to cultivate alumni engagement with the college through alumni’s personal and professional interests

Liaisons:

  • Sarah Schoedinger (A92), Process Leader
  • Michael Busch (A00), Affinity Group Leader – Extracurricular Interests

Staff: Maia Banks | 410-295-5532 | maia.banks(at)sjc.edu

Alumni Giving Council

The Alumni Giving Council (AGC) is a group of volunteers who cultivate a culture of philanthropy among alumni by encouraging financial support for the Fund for St. John’s College. The AGC:

  • Provides ideas, advice, and feedback to the college’s annual giving staff on new and continuing fundraising efforts
  • Recruits new volunteers to participate in Alumni Giving Council programs
  • Makes direct solicitations for the Fund

AGC Chair and Liaison: Hardison Wood (A98) and Sheila Virgil (A88)
Staff: Elise Berrocal, Interim Director of Annual Giving | 505-984-6104 | alumni(at)sjc.edu

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee identifies alumni who should receive certain awards and honors from the association. In addition, the Awards Committee determines whether other awards or honors are appropriate for St. John’s, and may recommend any additions or changes to these awards or honors to the board for its consideration. The Awards Committee also ensures that any awards given in the name of the association to students (such as athletic blazers or essay prizes) are meaningful and fairly balanced between the campuses.

Liaison: Tia Pausic (A86)
Staff: Chris Aamot (SF04) | 505-984-6114 | alumni(at)sjc.edu

Career Services Advisory Group

The Career Services Advisory Group works with the Career Services Office in Annapolis and the Office of Personal and Professional Development (OPPD) in Santa Fe to identify, develop, and manage programs intended to assist students and alumni in all aspects of the career and job search.

Liaison: Brett Heavner (A89) and Richa Bhattari (A18)
Staff: Jaime Dunn, Career Services Annapolis | 410-626-2500 | jamie.dunn(at)sjc.edu
Charles Bergman, OPPD Santa Fe | 505-984-6067 | charles.bergman(at)sjc.edu

Chapters Working Group

The Chapters Working Group works to facilitate:

  • The flow of information between the Alumni Association Board and other alumni groups
  • The sharing of ideas, best practices, and success stories within groups

Liaison: Maca Olsen (A13) and Michael Busch (A00)
Staff: Maia Banks | 410-295-5532 | maia.banks(at)sjc.edu

Diversity, equity, and inclusion Working Group

The Alumni Association Board’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee was formed to address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), as identified by alumni and students in their communications with the college in 2020, and as a committee to keep DEI issues central to any discussions, policies, strategic work regarding student life and alumni experiences. 

Liaison: Dino Anderson (A99)
Staff: Maia Banks | 410-295-5532 | maia.banks(at)sjc.edu

Events Working Group

The Events Working Group is a team of volunteers who work to increase alumni engagement and enjoyment at events hosted at the college. This includes Homecoming at both campuses as well as the annual Annapolis Cup Croquet Match. We partner with college staff in:

  • planning events
  • communicating and promoting events
  • surveying alumni opinion around events
  • providing a welcoming presence for alumni at events and supporting the college wherever possible

Liaison: Jim Berrettini (AGI92)
Staff: Maia Banks | 410-295-5532 | maia.banks(at)sjc.edu

Johnniecorps Working Group

Liaison: Elisabeth Long (A86)

Staff: Kelsey Miller | 505-984-6121 | kelsey.miller(at)sjc.edu

Nominating Committee

Every year, the Nominating Committee recommends alumni candidates to the board for nomination for:

  • The Board of Directors (at-large directors and officers of the association, i.e., president-elect, treasurer, secretary)
  • Alumni-elected members of the BVG
  • Honorary membership in the Alumni Association
  • The Awards Committee

Liaison: Josephine Escalante (A92)
Staff: Chris Aamot (SF04) | 505-984-6114 | alumni(at)sjc.edu

Student and Recent Alumni Working Group

The Student and Recent Alumni Working Group works to:

  • Increase awareness of the Alumni Association and its activities among students
  • Foster relationships between alumni and students for their mutual benefit

Liaison: Amrit Singh (A15)
Staff: Kelsey Miller | 505-984-6121 | kelsey.miller(at)sjc.edu