Our next Alumni Spotlight features Jessica Gibson Covella ’99. As a student at St. Anne’s, Jessica found an interest in Spanish early on. When she got to middle school, Spanish teacher (now Director of Admissions) Lori Frank helped her cultivate that passion and her love for children, impacting the rest of her life. Jessica went on to major in Spanish Literature in college and for the past ten years, Jessica has been working in Denver Public Schools. She is currently at Sabin World Elementary as a bilingual administrator as well as a teacher, coach, and mentor. After partnering with Sabin teachers who carve out time every morning to teach students social and emotional development skills, Jessica was inspired to write a children’s book about emotional intelligence, which she published this past fall. Shine, published in both Spanish and English, is a story for any age that teaches an important lesson about being true to yourself and surrounding yourself with people who lift you up rather than bring you down. Writing this book was “one of the best things I’ve ever done,” she says. Visit www.jessicacovella.com to learn more.
This month's Alumni Spotlight features Will Grant '93. In December 2016, Outside magazine contracted Will to ride 350 miles of the Pony Express Trail across Wyoming. After completing that journey with the help of a 16-year old cowboy prodigy and nine horses, Will felt as though he'd only just warmed up to life on the trail. And so began a new adventure to ride the entire 2,000-mile route of the Pony Express all the way from Missouri to California. Even 157 years later, much of the trail is still rideable, though few attempt it. Will used the narratives of Horace Greeley, the African explorer Sir Richard Burton, and Mark Twain to provide background information and context on westward travel during the Pony's tenure, which, when launched in 1860, was the most impressive mail service in the world. Will cataloged his adventure through his blog, The Last Ride of the Pony Express. To read his story, visit, https://www.willgrantofthewest.com/about.
This month's Alumni Spotlight features Chase Robinson '99 for his involvement with the nonprofit, Young Guns, an organization that endeavors to educate through Western Art and fund scholarships for students committed to agriculture, ranch management, or rural human/veterinary medicine. From Chase: "while everyone in their own way is a pioneer, I think we in the American West embody the traits of trailblazers best. Through an awareness of St. Anne’s past, I feel pride in being part of something bigger than me and comforted knowing this something will always persist without me. When we know the history of a place and our small but not insignificant role in it, our relationship with that place gains depth and perspective. As the Chair of Young Guns of the Coors Western Art Show, I’m committed to preserving the history and traditions of the American West. I think by remembering our past, both as Colorado natives and transplants, we achieve more through a shared sense of community and continue to attract other pioneers from near and far." To learn more about Young Guns, click HERE

Our Alumni Spotlight this month features Dr. Jeffrey Lackner ‘74, Professor and Chief of the Behavioral Medicine Division at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine. In December 2018, he was selected as the winner of the Buffalo Translational Consortium (BTC) 2018 Clinical Research Achievement Award. The work for which he received the award was based on the recently published findings of a landmark NIH-funded clinical trial showing that behavioral self-management treatment developed by his research team was highly effective in reducing gastrointestinal symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. For more information, click HERE.

If you or a classmate wants to be featured in our next Alumni Spotlight, reach out to Julia Brown.

Welcome to the Alumni Spotlight! Each month, the St. Anne’s Alumni Association will be highlighting a SAES alum doing amazing work – whether that be starting their own company, building a brand, giving back to their community in a unique way, or just doing something really cool. If you fit that criteria, we want to hear about it! Send us a pic and tell us more.

Our first spotlight features 1998 alum Catherine Yrisarri, founder of See Why Projects & LUCA Media Collective. As a journalist and storyteller, Catherine has worked with some of the top visionaries, organizations, and companies around the world. Passionate about environmental issues around water scarcity, deforestation, and climate change, Catherine won a 2018 Emmy for best documentary film and the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for her documentary on the declining coral reefs around the world. Most recently, she worked with Participant Media and Al Gore to develop and produce the first immersive Virtual Reality series that chronicles climate change; it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Please join us in celebrating Catherine for her commitment to the environment and advocating courageously for others. Visit https://catherine-yrisarri.squarespace.com to learn more.

Alumni News - Summer 2019

September 4, 2019

Check out the latest edition of our Alumni News publication, outlining how St. Anne's students and alumni are "Reaching Beyond," in and out of the classroom.