Alumni Association Working Groups

Working Groups

Alumni Giving Council (AGC)

The Alumni Giving Council 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 Alumni Giving Council:

  • 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

Liaisons: Claiborne Booker (A84) and Merry Peckham (SF07)
Staff: Mark Piekarski, Director of Annual Giving | 505-984-6104 | mark.piekarski(at)

Alumni Leadership Forum (ALF) Working Group

The Alumni Leadership Forum Working Group:

  • Offers new and evolving opportunities for dedicated and energetic alumni volunteers to get involved and contribute to the health and growth of both the college and the alumni community
  • Provides a venue for alumni to cultivate the strong relationships that define our community

Liaisons: Katarina Wong (A88) and Josephine Escalante (A92)
Staff: Chris Aamot (SF04) | 505-984-6114 | chris.aamot(at)

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee identifies alumni who should be given 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: Adrian Trevisan (A84)
Staff: Chris Aamot (SF04) | 505-984-6114 | chris.aamot(at)

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 in Santa Fe to identify, develop, and manage programs intended to assist students and alumni in all aspects of the career and job search.

Liaisons: Sheila Virgil (A88) and Patrick Schaefer (A00)
Staff: Jaime Dunn | 410-626-2500 | jaime.dunn(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

Liaison: Sarah Schoedinger (A92)
Staff: Maia Banks | 410-295-5532 | maia.banks(at)

Events Working Group

Liaison: Jim Berrettini (AGI92)​​​​​​​
Staff: Chris Aamot (SF04) | 505-984-6114 | chris.aamot(at)

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; and
  • providing a welcoming presence for alumni at the events, assisting the college wherever possible.

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: Mark Parenti (AGI92)​​​​​​​
Staff: Chris Aamot (SF04) | 505-984-6114 | chris.aamot(at)

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: Brett Heavner (A89) and Caitlin McShea (SFGI12)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Staff: Carley Vitek | 410-972-4518 | carley.vitek(at)

Strategic Communications Working Group

The Strategic Communications Working Group works to:

  • Facilitate awareness within the Alumni Association Board of the interests and concerns of alumni at large
  • Increase awareness of the Alumni Association and its activities among the alumni at large

Liaison: Elisabeth Long (A86)
Staff: Carol Carpenter | 323-459-4661 | carol.carpenter(at)
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