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NEWS ARCHIVE 2010-PRESENT

#KnowYourPelicans: Dona Laughlin
Posted 04/20/2018 09:32AM

Know Your Pelicans - Dona Laughlin


#KnowYourPelicans: Dona Laughlin

Director of Alumni


As the Director of Alumni, what do you do for Packer?

My primary role is to keep our alumni connected to Packer and to each other. Together with the Alumni Board, we host events for alumni here at Packer and around the country. I work with our class correspondents who put together class notes for The Packer Magazine. I also serve as the keeper of Packer's archival materials and work with the Brooklyn Historical Society where they are housed. And, of course, along with our class agents, I help to raise money to support the mission of the School.

Tell us about a specific time you found your job especially rewarding.

The times when I have been able to make connections between alumni. 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.

What is something that most Packer people wouldn't know about you?

For 10 years I was a court appointed special advocate in the abuse and neglect section of Manhattan Family Court, where I worked to move children out of foster care and into permanent living situations.

What is your favorite space in the building?

Well, I guess I would have to say the Chapel. I have spent more time in the Chapel than any other space in the building except my office. The Tiffany windows are so very beautiful. For our alumni, the Chapel is the heart of the school. Seniors have always been dismissed from Chapel first and I love that we carry on that tradition. It is a special place that is part of every alum's experience at Packer.



Previous Pelicans:

Kindergarten Teacher Anne Montero

Upper School Science Teacher Alice Lurain

World Languages Teacher Su-Ling Huang

Upper School Art Teacher Eric Baylin

Preschool Teacher Lynnette Arthur

Middle School English Teacher Todd Johnson

Physical Education Teacher and Coach Rich Domanico

Food Services Member Ann Martinez

Lower School Librarian Chris Rush

Upper School Computer Science Teacher Louis Minsky '09

Upper School History Teacher Monika Johnston

First Grade Teacher Irene Turner

Interim Chair of the Arts Department Ali Boag

Middle School Dean of Student Life and Health Teacher Bessie Oster

Fourth Grade Teacher Tim Jensen

Middle School Math Teacher Ashley Greene

Upper School Choral Director Esther Liu Harris

Upper School English Teacher Eric Weisberg

Facilities Staff Member Luciean Seaforth

Director of Global Outreach, Service, and Sustainability Tené Adero Howard '91

Administrative Assistant for Student Services, College Counseling Lydia Monzio

Lower School Associate Teacher Annabelle Baylin

Middle School Administrative Assistant César Ayala

Instrumental Music Coordinator Paul Riggio

Second Grade Teacher Sara Baumrin

The Development Office

Pre and Lower School Music Teacher Fran Onne-Fong

Physical Education and Health Teacher Dorothy Gurreri

Latin Teacher Tim Flannery

Hallmaster Louis Rios

Security Team Member Nick Griffith

Third Grade Head Teacher Joanna Stern

Middle School Math Teacher Colin Levitt

Upper School Science Teacher Lutz Holzinger

Pre and Lower School Admissions Coordinator Yvonne Menard

Upper School History Teacher George Snook

Dance Teacher Alicia White

Middle School Science Teacher Stephanie Rapciak

Library Department Chair Andrew Parson

Pre and Lower School Assistant Head Joe McCauley

Spanish Teacher Dallas Rico

Permanent Substitute Teacher Rita Pavia

Instrumental Music Teacher Jeremy Udden

Food Services Team Member Shanique Hollis

Middle School History Teacher Vidya Misra

Head of School Dr. Bruce L. Dennis

Dance Teacher Mandy Stallings

Physical Education Department Head Pippa Mayell

Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions & Financial Aid Sheila Bogan

Directory of Diversity and Equity Semeka Smith-Williams

Upper School History Teacher Sandra Fahy


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