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.

Abby Schuman ‘16, Max Boubin ‘16, and Walker Young ‘16 competed on the Denver East High School Constitution Law Team, which won the state championship in December of 2018. In April of 2019, the team traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national tournament, placed first and are the 2019 Champions!

On June 25, 1987, 36-year-old Ed Gillet launched from California’s Monterey Bay in a sea kayak to paddle solo across the Pacific. He spent the next 64 days alone, subsisting on dabs of toothpaste near his journey’s end. When he finally landed at Maui’s Kahului Harbor, he became the first person to complete an unsupported solo kayak crossing of the Pacific, an endeavor that hasn’t been matched since.


Although reluctant to speak of his experience, Gillet found a kindred spirit in Dave Shively ’95, a fellow kayaker, and spoke to him at length. Their continued correspondence resulted in a 6,000-word piece for Canoe & Kayak, and eventually, a book, The Pacific Alone, recently published last year.

Click HERE to read more.

In April, Brooke Smiley ’15 and fellow senior at Arapahoe High School, Ry Renshaw, organized the Out of Darkness walk with help from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a national organization. Smiley and Renshaw organized the walk after two Arapahoe students died by suicide within days of each other in 2018. Littleton Public Schools has said six Arapahoe students have died by suicide since late 2013. The crowd of nearly 1,000 walkers raised over $74,000, shattering its original goal of $12,000. The walk was one of the suicide-prevention foundation’s biggest on-campus walks in the country in 2019, in both fundraising and size.

Click HERE to read the school's winter newsletter, which includes an interview with Head of School Alan Smiley (pages 18-19).