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Members of the Class of 1986 - Joe Braceland, Bill Olmsted, Shannon Carlisi McKenna, and Jenny Chung - get together regularly for lunch. Interested in joining us? Contact Shannon Carlisi McKenna (



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It has been an eventful two years for Catherine (Robertson) Herman (2004)! After graduating with her MBA from Harvard Business School, and marrying Alex Herman in the summer of 2017, the two recently welcomed Elle Susan Herman on May 7, 2019.  Catherine now lives outside Philadelphia and is still best friends with Woods classmate Katherine Farrell.

Katherine Farrell (2004) was the Maid of Honor in classmate Catherine (Robertson) Herman’s 2017 wedding. This fall, Catherine will return the favor as a Bridesmaid in Katherine’s wedding.



Justin Cassidy (2010) graduated from The Catholic University of America Summa Cum Laude in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and was the recipient of the Dr. George McDuffie Award for Excellence in Electrical Engineering. He completed an Accelerated Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 2019. From, 2015 to 2019, Justin worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and currently works at CRB Consulting Engineers in Maryland.

Myles Smith (2010) is the cofounder of a knctrr, a web platform and mobile app designed to connect people with side hustles and those seeking services. The company publically launched in August 2019.

David Pitts (2011) just graduated from Washington College and is working full time at Baltimore Washington Medical Center as a Scribe while he prepares to take the MCATs and apply to medical school.

On July 17, Katie Jeffress (2012) graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is staying on for next year to earn her Masters and is planning to be a veterinarian.

Sarah Bash (2013), a rising junior at Colby College majoring in Physics and Philosophy, recently hiked 70 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail with her mom, Margaret. (Margaret went on to complete the first 200 miles of the trail.) Sarah is enjoying life in Maine as a member of the Colby Woodsmen Team, a Community Advisor, and a member of Multi-faith Council.

Isabelle Cassidy (2013) is completing her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at The Catholic University of America. As a sophomore, she was awarded the highest honor for her work on Architectural Studio Design.

Ify and Ugo Eze (2015) returned to campus just before the end of the school year to greet former teachers and share their college plans. In May, both boys graduated from Christchurch School in VA where they played Varsity Lacrosse. They will continue their studies at LaSalle University.

Briana Lantuh (2015), a now graduate of Bishop Ireton, was named to The Washington Post 2019 Spring All-Met 1st Team for Girls Lacrosse. Briana, an Under Armour all-American and North Carolina signee posted 66 goals, eight assists, 100 draw controls and 16 groundballs to lead the Cardinals to their fourth straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title.

On Sunday, May 5, the Class of 2015 (now high school graduates) and their families gathered at The Woods for an intimate Mass celebrated by Father Raymond Kemp from Georgetown University. Everyone was thrilled to meet and greet old friends and former teachers while enjoying a casual pizza dinner. Class of 2016, save the date for your Prayers & Pizza event – Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 4:30 PM with Fr. Kemp at The Woods.

Victor Aldridge (2016) received the La Salle University Book Award at St. John’s College High School 2019 Academic Convocation in September. Victor is a senior at SJC.

Maeve Dolan (2016), a rising senior at Stone Ridge, was named to The Washington Post 2019 Spring All-Met 2nd Team for Girls Lacrosse.

Patrick Gaul (2016), a rising senior at Georgetown Prep, has committed to play lacrosse at Williams College.

Elisa Terman (2016), a rising senior at Holy Cross, was recognized as a 2019 Students of the Year Candidate for her depth of support and dedication to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Her team raised over $35,000 for LLS.

Dylan Danaie (2017) was named to the 2018-19 USA Swimming Scholastic All America Team. To earn the title of Scholastic All American, athletes must be in the 9th-12th grade and maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average during the application year, while meeting the 2018 Winter Junior time standards in the pool. Dylan is a junior at Georgetown Prep and swims on swims on the Nation’s Capital Swim Team.

We were delighted to see so many members of the Class of 2018 at the Arts Celebration this year. Remember Alumni, your tickets to attend this annual event are always free.

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Former Faculty Notes

Former Montessori Teacher Anu Iyer (1987-2015) and former Art Teacher Carol Dyer (1977-1997) ran into each other at Home Depot in June. They were so excited to see each other and share a photo with The Woods community.

Former Montessori Teacher Anu Iyer (left) with former Art Teacher Carol Dyer (right)


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