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Director of Alumni Dona Laughlin Retires

Dona Laughlin served as Director of Alumni for 12 years. She joined the Packer community 29 years ago when her son Colin ’04 entered the Pre-K Threes. She served in almost countless roles over the past 29 years, including as president of the Parent Association, class parent, annual giving volunteer, and, from 1998 to 2006, as a Packer Trustee.

What do you look forward to the most? 
For the last 29 years I have taken vacation during school breaks. I will enjoy vacations in October!

What will you miss most? 
I will miss the daily contact with the Packer community; my colleagues here at Packer; and especially our truly wonderful alumni. Our alums are such a varied and interesting group of people. and I have had the privilege of knowing some of them since they were 3 years old!

Describe a favorite or memorable moment during your time at Packer. 
The times when I have been able to make connections between alumni [are my favorite]. I am often asked to help an alum find a fellow alum in a particular field, and when I can make a connection and the two of them really click, both are better for knowing each other. I love to facilitate those relationships.

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