Alumni Association Working Groups

Working Groups

The Alumni Association Board's efforts are led by its Working Groups. Please see below for a description of each. If you would like to volunteer for any, please let us know at sjcaa(at)

Project Management Leader

Beth Martin (A94)

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 for St. John’s College

Liaisons: Hayden Pendergrass (A14) and Sam Collins (A15)

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee identifies alumni who should receive certain awards and honors from the Alumni 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 Alumni Association to students (such as athletic blazers or essay prizes) are meaningful and fairly balanced between the campuses.

Liaison: Josephine (Gigi) Escalante (A92)

Career Services Working Group

The Career Services Working Group works with the Career Development 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 their career and job search.

Liaisons: Richa Bhattarai (A18) and Matthew Pryatel (SF97)
Staff: Jaime Dunn, Career Development Annapolis | 410-626-2500 | jamie.dunn(at)
Piér Quintana, OPPD Santa Fe | 505-984-6132​ | pier.quintana(at)

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

Liaisons: Jacob Greenstine (A10) and My Nguyen (A09)

Communications Working Group

The Communications Working Group supports the Alumni Association in developing and implementing more efficient and effective communications to and from alumni. The Communications Working Group’s efforts reinvigorate the Association’s brand identity and connection to alumni, thereby supporting increased alumni engagement.

Liaisons: Joy LeCuyer (SFGI12) and Juniper Lovato (SFGI13)

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. Subsequently, the committee was formalized into a Working Group of the Alumni Association to keep DEI issues central to Alumni Association discussions, policies, and strategic work regarding student life and alumni experiences.

Liaison: Pari Sitaula (SF16)

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, as well as events sponsored by the Alumni Association. College events include Alumni Week, reunions on 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: Hardison Wood (A98)

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: Brett Heavner (A89)

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

Liaisons: Amrit Singh (A15), Madelyn Minor (A24), Max Wright (A21), and Paul Harland-White (AGI24)