The Alumnae and Alumni Council serves as a liaising body between the Alumnae and Alumni Community and the University. To get in touch with any Council representative, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
President: Kristi Halford '01
Kristi is the Chief Development Officer for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. She has spent the majority of her career supporting non-profits in Baltimore and has more than 15 years of experience in communications, marketing and fundraising. She graduated from NDMU in 2001 with a BA in Communications and a Minor in Business, and is currently working towards her Masters in Leadership and Management.
"NDMU has had a profound impact on me, providing a safe, nurturing environment that helped me develop the confidence needed to pursue my dreams and to speak out on issues that matter to me. The professors and alumnae supported my professional growth and continue to be a source of mentorship and guidance." Kristi's term ends June 30, 2020.
Vice President: Victoria Meadows '15
My current position is a research assistant for the Shock, Trauma, and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Organized Research Center (ORC) at University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). I was a women's college student and earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Biology in 2015. NDMU is extremely important to me because it was the foundation that let me thrive as a young woman and gave me the tools to succeed in my profession. While I am member of the council I hope to share my love of Notre Dame with current and future students! Victoria's term ends June 30, 2019.
Secretary: Elizabeth Brescia M'12
Elizabeth is a Resource Specialist in human services and social services. She earned her Masters of Nonprofit Management at NDMU in 2012 which, "gave me the education I needed to analyze services at a programmatic level," she says. "Notre Dame is important to me because I want to give back to the students, alumnae/alumni, and university that has brought so many opportunities into my life." Elizabeth's term ends June 30, 2019.
Past President: Lisa McMurtrie '93
Lisa is a 1993 graduate of the Weekend College, majoring in human services. She holds an MA in Liberal Arts and MA in Teaching from the Johns Hopkins University. Currently she is completing a Hopkins Post Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership for Private Schools after having studied professional development at Harvard. In her professional life, Lisa is the Head of School for Trinity Episcopal Preschool, as well their Lacrosse Coach and Science Teacher. About Notre Dame, Lisa says, "I love [the school] because it laid a strong foundation, both educationally and spiritually, for everything that came after I graduated. I am so blessed to be part of such a wonderful Catholic community and am honored to serve the Council as Past President." Lisa's term ends June 30, 2020.
Naomi Cross '15 M'17
Naomi is a nurse in the Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Research Clinic. Her early career gave her experience in labor and delivery and pediatrics. Naomi received her BSN and MSN from NDMU and is passionate about Caring Science and how it can be applied to all aspects of nursing and nursing education. Fun fact: Naomi can be seen in the documentary film, The American Nurse. She lives in Towson with her son, Nathan, and her husband, Jason Cross. Naomi currently serves as a School of Nursing representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Nichole C. Gatewood '01
Nichole C. Gatewood, Esq. is an Assistant Attorney General for the the Office of the Attorney General for Maryland. She graduated from Notre Dame with an interdisciplinary degree in psychology and communications. Nichole says, "Notre Dame is important to me because it is the cornerstone of my education foundation where I learned thinking outside the box is required and inclusiveness is a not a goal but a reality. My Notre Dame is the place where I found my voice and was challenged to speak louder and rise higher. My Notre Dame is a village of support with high expectations, creating a legacy of excellence with a feeling of home each time you enter our grounds. At my Notre Dame, there are no strangers only waiting cheerleaders!" Nichole currently serves as an at-large representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Constance Hays Matsumoto '94
As the Owner of Pabrique Interior Design, Connie combines her education, experience and passion for interior design to create homes that reflect the lives and uniqueness of the people living there. Connie earned her B.A., Business Management from Notre Dame in 1994 and M.S., Business from The Johns Hopkins University in 1998. While attending Notre Dame’s then-named Weekend College, Connie enjoyed a full-time career while raising two young sons. Connie’s deep affection for NDMU is attributed to the University’s nurturing and academically challenging environment, giving her the confidence to transform her life. Connie currently serves as a CAUS representative; her term ends June 30, 2019.
Sallie Mullen '68
Sallie is the Senior Executive, U.S. Department of State, with a specialty in intelligence related to arms control and counter-proliferation. She earned her bachelor's in modern languages from NDMU in 1968. About NDMU, Sallie says, "NDMU nurtured my love of languages and foreign travel, which has given me enormous pleasure over the years; offered me opportunities to develop leadership skills, which enabled me to prosper as a government executive; and encouraged friendships that have lasted a lifetime." Sallie currently serves as a Women's College representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Roxine Phillips '96
Roxine is an adjunct instructor in the Online MBA program at the University of West Alabama. She graduated from the Business Weekend College and says, "my overall experience as a student was instrumental in successfully achieving my academic and professional goals. I value the opportunity to give back to the University by sharing my NDMU experiences with the students and working to promote the advancement of all students into leaders who positively change the world." Roxine currently serves as a CAUS representative; her term ends June 30, 2019.
Katie Salim '18
Katie is President of the Student Government Association (SGA) and a senior following the Pre-Med track with a major in chemistry and minor in biology. Notre Dame is important to her because, "I have had amazing opportunities both inside and outside the classroom that wouldn't have been possible without such a supportive community. These experiences have shaped me into the fearless Notre Dame woman I am today." Katie serves as a current student representative; her term ends June 30, 2018.
Hendrik Schulte M'16
Hendrik works as a volunteer coordinator at a homeless shelter in Baltimore. In his free time, he volunteers with Project Pneuma, an after school program that teaches middle school children mindfulness and self-control through instructing them in Yoga, Meditation, and Martial Arts. Originally coming to America as an exchange student, Hendrik quickly fell in love with the culture and a woman from Baltimore. After working for a non-profit organization in Berlin for a year, he returned to the States to pursue his Masters in Leadership and Management. When asked about his time at Notre Dame, Hendrik says: “Notre Dame helped me grow as a person. The teachers were not only trying to relay knowledge to us, but they encouraged us to reflect on our strengths and weakness. Notre Dame helped me become the leader that I am today. I am grateful for what Notre Dame has done for me and I am looking forward to being able to give back through my work on the Alumnae and Alumni Council.” Hendrik currently serves as a Grad representative; his term ends June 30, 2020.
Jessica Sexton '08
The Rev. Jessica Sexton is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Maryland where she serves as Associate Rector and Youth Minister at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton. She was a Biology major with a concentration in Pre-medicine and minored in Religious Studies. She is grateful to Notre Dame of Maryland University for being a place of professional and spiritual discovery as her dreams of being a doctor transitioned into a calling to the Priesthood. The professors and staff at Notre Dame cultivated an environment of support and encouragement that allowed her to do so. Jessica currently serves as an at-large representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Monique Turner '03, Pharm.D.'15
Monique is a clinical pharmacist at Northwest Hospital Center in Baltimore. She earned her Bachelors degree in biology in 2003 and Doctoral degree in pharmacy in 2015, both from NDMU. She says, "Notre Dame has provided me with the tools of education and experiences to help individuals make better health decisions regarding their medications. NDMU has developed a culture to enhance and empower women to achieve success and to make a difference within our community." Monique currently serves as a School of Pharmacy representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Kathy Volk, Ph.D.'08
Kathy O'Donnell Volk is an Adjunct Professor at Towson University. Her career has lead her to positions at the Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore City Schools, and Baltimore County Public Schools where spent time as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Kathy earned her Ph.D. in Leadership for Changing Populations under the NDMU School of Education. About NDMU, she says, "[It] is important to me because it is an institution that truly cares about its students and graduates!" Kathy currently serves as a School of Eduation representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Joe Weatherstein '08
Joe serves as Vice President, Area Manager for First National Bank. He earned his bachelor's degree in business from NDMU where his focus was marketing and management. His experience was, "amazing due in large part to the positive impact made by the faculty and staff in shaping [my] life and career," he says.
In his spare time, Joe is a volunteer firefighter (and serves as Treasurer on the fire department’s board of directors), certified emergency medical responder, and a rescue diver for the City of Havre de Grace. Joe is excited and eager to help carry on the University’s tradition of service through his role on the Council. Joe currently serves as an at-large representative; his term ends June 30, 2020.
Brian Zubek M'16
Brian is a West Baltimore resident and holds a MA in Nonprofit Management. Brian focuses his work on furthering city-wide equity opportunities through a collective approach and actively consults and coaches within a wide variety of nonprofit and entrepreneurial business ventures. He drives to impact the Baltimore nonprofit sector through the melding of mission-driven passions with competent and strategic business direction. Reflecting back on his time at NDM, Brian says, “In the classroom, I was able engage with an amazing and diverse cohort of students that challenged and redefined my own views about the world and who I was in my profession. I came for the education but left with lifelong friendships. It’s the students that make NDM what it is and that’s why the Alumnae & Alumni Community is so important to me.” Brian and his wife Rachel, a therapist and LCSW-C, are active leaders in their church, Gallery Sowebo, and love their residence in historic Union Square. Brian currently serves as an at-large representative; his term ends June 30, 2020.
Diane Webbert '04, at-large representative
The Alumnae and Alumni Council serves as a liaising body between the Alumnae and Alumni Community and the University. These bylaws help frame their work.
The most recent changes to the bylaws surround accurate Council representation, changes to the committee structure, and defined leadership roles.
Questions about the bylaws can be directed to the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations at email@example.com.