Executive Board - Mercy High School

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Executive Board

Founded in 1965, the Alumnae Association of Mercy High School offers a variety of ways to be involved after graduation. The Alumnae Executive Board is comprised of women spanning many decades of Women of Mercy who share a love for the school. We are grateful for the leadership provided by the Executive Board and encourage others to join this dynamic team. If you are interested in joining, contact Karen Lippy Maimone ’92, P’19.

Mission Statement

The Alumnae Executive Board is committed to promoting the involvement of Mercy High School Alumnae with the school and with each other in order to establish and meet goals that support the mission of Mercy High School.

Officers 2020-2021

  • President, Shanna Williams Edmond ’95, P’20  
  • Past President, Merrie Goodlander '08
  • Vice-President, TBD
  • Secretary, Lauren Calva ’10 
  • Treasurer, Ruthie Stalter LeCompte ’87

Members

Staff Liason:

Karen Lippy Maimone ’92, P’19, director of alumnae engagement

Committee Chairs:  

“Have Mercy on Our Soles” 5K: Cassie Hall Hays ’98

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny:  Merrie Goodlander ’08




Kristi Pilarski Barrows ’95

Post Mercy Education: 

  • Community College of Baltimore County, Essex; Associates Degree, General Studies 

Personal Life: I currently work for the Baltimore County Police Department as an Office Coordinator for the Internal Affairs Division. I am a proud wife of a Calvert Hall graduate who is currently an EMT for Baltimore County Fire Department. Together, we have two wonderful future Mercy girls, Bailey, 6, and Mary Elizabeth, who will be 3 in October. I volunteer at Bailey’s school, St. Joseph’s Fullerton, when time allows and I love to craft on the side for fun! 

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board?  I have always been chosen as the most school-spirited person during my years at Mercy and prior to that at St. Michael’s the Archangel. I feel like it’s time for me to show that school spirit and join the board to help Mercy and Mercy Girls. Mercy is a wonderful school and I love being part of it! 

Favorite Mercy Alumnae Event: Currently, my favorite event with Mercy is the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny; however, I have enjoyed the Magic Mile Family Fun Walk at the annual 5K as well as attending Field Day. 

Favorite Mercy Memory:  Winning the flame award freshman year for helping lead our freshman class as the costume captain for Field Day was a highlight for me. Sophomore year, I was proud of making the JV Cheerleading squad as assistant captain. Junior year, I enjoyed making the newspaper while dancing with my prom date at the junior prom. Senior year, I enjoyed being on the Senior Prom committee.  

Brooke Burghardt ’13

Post Mercy Education

  • Washington College 2017; Bachelor of Science, Business Administration with concentration in Global Business, Minors in Economics and Dance. 
  • Currently pursuing my MBA at Loyola University 

Personal Life: Brooke currently resides in Linthicum, Maryland. She works for the Department of Defense and teaches Dance in Mount Airy multiple nights a week. She is also studying to get her certification with the Royal Academy of Dance. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family in Bethany Beach! 

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board? I chose to be on the Alumnae Board because Mercy is one of my passions. While I was a student at Mercy I served in multiple leadership roles. I enjoyed listening to my fellow classmates and shaping the Mercy community. I hope that being part of the Alumnae Board will allow me to make a impact on current Mercy alumnae and future alumnae of Mercy High School.  

Favorite Alum Event: I am fairly new to alumnae events but I am looking forward to our networking happy hours and the annual 5K.  

Favorite Mercy Memory: Winning Field Day Dance 3 years in a row as captain!

Lauren Calva ’10 

Post Mercy Education: 

  • Towson University; Bachelor of Science, Mass Communications with a Minor in Electronic Media and Film

Personal Life: I currently work at St. Ursula School (which I also attended) as the Advancement Director. I love being able to see our 8th graders graduate and move on to Mercy! My mom, my two aunts, and my cousin all went to Mercy and I am so happy we were able to experience the magic of Mercy! 

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board?  I loved my time at Mercy and I truly didn’t want it to end. Joining the Board has allowed me to keep my connection with the Mercy community. Being able to reach out to other alums and keep them in contact with Mercy is an awesome feeling.  

Favorite Mercy Alumnae Event: I was able to volunteer at the Easter Bunny Breakfast this year and had a blast! I had so much fun flipping pancakes and watching the kids meet the Easter Bunny. 

Favorite Mercy Memory: My favorite Mercy memory would have to be Field Day...of course! Unfortunately, my class never won, but I remember always having a great time staying after school to work on costumes, songs, and exercise and dance routines. I also had the opportunity to be a judge and it was just so fun being a spectator and seeing the event from a different point of view. 

Maura Commodari '12

Post Mercy Education:

  • Towson University;Bachelor of Science, Family and Human Services

Personal Life: I am currently a full-time nursing student in the Associates to Bachelor program at Community College of Baltimore Country and Towson University. I also work part-time at Medstar Health Physical Therapy as a Clinic Assistant. Nursing has always been something that I was interested in but also intimidated me until I decided to give it a go. It’s not an easy road by any means, but I cannot wait for it to be a rewarding one!

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board? Mercy has been a part of me ever since I was a child. My mom, my two aunts, and my cousin all went to Mercy and I will always remember driving down Northern Parkway on my way to middle school basketball games with my mom singing the Alma Mater as we passed by Mercy. I was so involved at Mercy during my time as a student that I couldn’t imagine leaving and never coming back. I know so many girls feel the same and may not know how to do so, so being on the Executive Board gives me a chance to give them a way back to a place we love.

Favorite Mercy Alumnae Event: I was able to volunteer at the Easter Bunny Breakfast as a "pancake flipper" and it was so much fun! My cousin, who is also a Mercy graduate, and I were making pancakes to order, drawing Easter bunnies with pancake batter, and even put our own spin on “pigs in a blanket.”

Favorite Mercy Memory: My favorite Mercy memory is Field Day! I was the presentation captain for my class during all four years and I still remember all my field day memories so vividly! My class had so many unique groups but when Field Day rolled around, they all came together so well to pull off the impossible! Winning senior year was one of the biggest accomplishments and I still cherish my Field Day memories.

Lindsey Dixon '18

Post Mercy Education: 

  • Howard University; Bachelor of Science anticipated spring 2022, Political Science major with a minor in Economics 

Personal Life: Currently I reside in Baltimore County, Maryland with my immediate family and our loving dog, Bosco. During the school year I am a full- time student at Howard University. I have interned on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, and continuously work with Black Girls Vote Incorporated. In addition, I volunteer at DC Central Kitchen in Washington D.C. and Greater Hope Cares food bank in Baltimore. Upon graduation from Howard University I want to pursue both a law degree and a Ph.D. Lastly, I enjoy drawing, painting, and crocheting in my free time. 

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board? I always tried to remain active within the Mercy community while I was a student, and I still try to maintain my Mercy connections. I definitely think my time at Mercy played a large part in the woman I am today. Being able to participate in the Alumnae Executive Board not only allows me to stay in contact with students I went to school with but also, the Mercy community at large. 

Favorite Mercy Alumnae Event: I attended The Mercy-IND basketball game at SECU Arena as an alumna for the first time in 2019. At “The Big Game” I saw my fellow Mercy sisters and past teammates play their hearts out for our Alma Mater with the support of the entire Mercy community. In addition, I look forward to attending my first Garnet Gala in the future! 

Favorite Mercy memory: My favorite Mercy memory is Field Day 2017, it truly brought my class together in the best way possible. The entire build up to Field Day with practices, painting, and planning gave me time to really bond with all of my classmates. Field Day 2017 culminated with my class gaining our first Field Day win making it all the more enjoyable for the class of 2018. 

Shanna Edmond ’95, P’20

Post Mercy Education: 

  • Lincoln University; Bachelor of Science, Biology 
  • Loyola UniversityMaster of Science, Curriculum and Instruction  

Personal Life: I currently serve as an Education Program Supervisor in the Title I- Program Improvement and Family Support Office at the State Department of Education (MSDE).  I oversee the implementation of various federally funded education grants that touch underserved students in Maryland’s local school systems. I work passionately in this field in an effort to leverage the academic playing field for all students in Maryland.

In addition, my daughter, Sanaa, is a new member of our Alumnae Association as a member of the Class of 2020, and my daughter Sydney is a Senior at Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore County.  Outside of work and family life, I find meaning in mentoring, traveling and participating in community service activities through Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board? 

I originally joined the Board to model for my daughters that women lead and make an impact at all stages in life. I continue to strive to promote diversity on the Alumnae Executive Board. Connecting with other Board members who support Mercy through their time and talents is always rewarding . We are a dynamic group of ladies that bring so many different perspectives to our mission.

Favorite Mercy Alumnae Event: Mercy’s Garnet Gala was an exceptional event that allowed for the Mercy community to celebrate in a grand way while raising funds for tuition assistance for the current students of Mercy.

Favorite Mercy memory: My favorite Mercy memory was tearfully watching my first born daughter walk across Mercy High School’s graduation stage in spite of a global pandemic.

Merrie Goodlander ’08

Post Mercy Education: 

  • Saint Joseph’s University, Haub School of Business, Bachelor of Science, Marketing, Art History

Personal Life: My husband and I live in Wilmington, Delaware where I work as a marketer. I am a private consultant focusing on small, woman-owned businesses, and I also work as a corporate event planner in the insurance industry. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling both locally and abroad, gardening, and volunteering in a variety of service projects. 

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board?  Mercy is a second home to me and I enjoy every opportunity to remain active in this special community. I view the Alumnae Executive Board as a way to not just stay involved but retain future generations of alumnae in our Circle of Mercy.  

Favorite Mercy Alumnae Event: The Garnet Gala! It’s fun to plan and fun to attend.

Favorite Mercy Memory: I cherish many memories from my years at Mercy, but one that is particularly meaningful to me is free periods spent in the Religion Center. My friends and I would sink into the oversized chairs while some of our favorite teachers dispensed wisdom and chatted with us. We weren’t always catching up on our studies there, but we were getting an education! 

Taylor Hall ’08

Post Mercy Education: 

  • Salisbury University; Bachelor of Science, Biology
  • Stevenson University; Master of Science, Forensic Science, Biology concentration

Personal Life: I currently work for the Baltimore City Police Department in the role of Forensic Scientist I in Forensic Biology Unit. I volunteer as a Sisters Circle Mentor, and I also enjoy sharing information about a forensics career with local students. 

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board? I chose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board so that I can give back to the Mercy Community in a way that supports the alumnae as well as current students. 

Favorite Mercy memory: As a member of the Pep Squad, my favorite Mercy memories will always be performing at the Mercy/IND Game with my team. 

Sally Gordon Hechter ’85 

Post Mercy Education: 

  • Towson University; Bachelor of Science, Mass Communications 

Personal Life: am a Realtor with Cummings & Co. Realtors and have been a licensed realtor for 14 years. I have been married for 26 years and my husband and I have two sons. My community service has included being a core founding couple of Spark Family Ministry, a member of the core team for the Annual Fish Fry, a committee member for Faith Fest, and a Parish Corporator at St. Mark Catholic Church in Fallston, Maryland. I have also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity as well as whatever our sons have been involved in including Scouts, school, and athletic teams. 

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board? I appreciate the education my parents afforded me and the influence Mercy High School has had in my life. I hope that I can help the Mercy community provide positive and impactful impressions on our Mercy sisters.   

Favorite Mercy Alumnae event: The Alumnae Induction Breakfast is a unique opportunity for Alumnae to share with “about to become Alumnae” just how much Mercy High School means to us throughout our lives!   

Favorite Mercy memory: Field Day was such an exciting time. I actually think I enjoyed the preparations for Field Day more than the event itself because the event meant the excitement and craziness was over! Rehearsals that lasted late into the night both at Mercy and at classmates’ homes were so uniting. The smiles, the laughs, the tears, the aches, and the pains were all part of a terrific educational opportunity!   

Shelby Ruby Jones ’09 

Post Mercy Education:

  • Towson University; Bachelor of Science, Gerontology
  • Towson University; Master of Science, Health Science with a concentration in Health Administration 

Personal Life: After walking the halls of Mercy High, I set sights on working within the healthcare industry with a specific focus on working with older adults as I completed my degree in Gerontology. Currently, I’m lucky enough to work at my alma mater, Towson University, at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – an organization for those ages 50 and older who are looking for ways to enrich their lives in retirement. I reside in Towson with my husband, Jack, and our three fur babies – Captain, Dakota, and Fitz. I volunteer regularly with The Red Devils, a local non-profit breast cancer organization and sing with the Towson University Choral Society.  

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board? This year, I set a goal to get more involved. Initially, I wasn’t entirely sure what that meant. Mercy has always held a spot in my heart and I thought that joining the Alumnae Executive Board would be a great way to give back to a place that gave me so much.

Favorite Mercy Alumnae Event: don’t think I can pick a favorite, but the Alumnae Happy Hour Tours are a great, casual way to meet other alums and to reconnect with people you may not have kept in touch with from your own class.  

Favorite Mercy Memory: Field Day!  

Morgan Kalb ’11 

Post Mercy Education: 

  • Stevenson University; Bachelor of Science, Nursing. 

Personal Life: I have been working as a Registered Nurse at Mercy Medical Center for 3 1/2 years. I started in Orthopedics caring for patients post-operatively after joint replacements. As of February, I now work in Labor and Delivery, an area which has always been a passion of mine.  

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board? I choose to be part of the Alumnae Board to work with fellow alumnae in providing care and hospitality for past, current, and future Mercy Girls. I had an incredible experience attending Mercy and want each and every girl to have the same. My mom and I are also the first ever mother daughter duo on the board!

Favorite Mercy  Alumnae Event: My favorite event is the annual 5K. I love being active and this gives everyone in our community an opportunity to support the school and be active with their friends and family. 

Favorite Mercy MemoryMy favorite Mercy memory was winning field day Junior and Senior year!  

Patty Fisher Kalb '77, P'11: Bio coming soon!

Liz Smith Khoury, Ph.D ’06

Post Mercy Education:

  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland; Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
  • The University of Texas at Austin; PhD, Neuroscience

Personal Life: I work as a research scientist studying pediatric brain injury at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Outside of work, I enjoy reading, rowing, and volunteering with science outreach organizations.

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board? I choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board to help foster the community of alumnae so that existing and future alumnae can continue to find a home at Mercy.

Favorite Mercy Alumnae Event: My favorite alumnae event is the Garnet Gala. It is such a fun event and it is so wonderful to see all of our hard work pay off! 

Favorite Mercy Memory: My favorite memories at Mercy surround the big sister/little sister traditions. I remember feeling so welcomed by my big sister and how she immediately made sure that I felt a part of the Mercy community. And when it was my turn, I loved being able to do the same for my two little sisters.

Ruthie Stalter LeCompte ’87

Post Mercy Education: 

  • Mount St Mary’s University; Bachelor of Science, Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice  

Personal Life: I have been employed at T. Rowe Price since 1993 and am currently an IT Manager. My husband and I have been married for 15 years.

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board? Sr. Mary Anne Smith approached me several years ago about joining the board and I saw being involved as a chance to contribute to the school community and continue to show my Mercy pride.

Favorite Mercy Alumnae Event: The school and board put so much work into the Gala and to be able to enjoy the fruits of that labor is a wonderful experience! I’ve also been part of the annual 5K since the inaugural race and it gets better every year. 

Favorite Mercy Memory: I have many fond memories of my years at Mercy. Field Day really stands out because it was an event that everyone in the class participated in and we had a lot of fun participating in it.

Kristapher Lee '07

Post Mercy Education:

  • University of Delaware; Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice
  • Wilmington University; Master of Science, Administration of Justice, White Collar Crime

Personal Life: Since graduating from Mercy, I pursued further education in the Criminal Justice field and began a career in investigating white collar crime. I currently work for Morgan Stanley as a Director of Fraud Operations. In addition to my professional career, I serve as a mentor for the Baltimore based non-profit organization Sisters Circle and I am the Head Coach for Mercy’s Outdoor Track & Field team.

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board? Mercy was an integral part in forming the woman that I am today. I chose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board to help foster further conversation around diversity and inclusion. I believe the Board is an avenue to help connect alumnae with each other and to give back to current students. It very important to me.

Favorite Mercy Alumnae Event: The Garnet Gala and participating in Career Day are my favorites. 

Favorite Mercy Memory: I have many memories from my time at Mercy, but one of the most memorable was the 2007 Father/Daughter Dance. It was great spending time with my friends and our dads, all of whom tried to prove they were the best dancer. A dance with my dad was captured by the yearbook staff and we love to recall that moment during family holidays.

Kayleigh Maimone ’19

Post Mercy Education: 

  • Washington College; Bachelor of Science anticipated, Spring 2023, Biology major, Pre-Med track; minors in Spanish and Psychology

Personal Life: I am a sophomore at Washington College where, in addition to attending classes, I work in the Admissions Office as a campus tour guide and as director of the Student Events Board. In my role on the Student Events Board, I plan regularly occurring events for the Washington College community. I also hold a leadership role in my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, which focuses on their philanthropy, breast cancer education and awareness.

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board? I choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board because I want to give back to Mercy since it gave so much to me. I want to help bring alumnae from a broad spectrum of classes together and encourage them to get involved in the Mercy community.

Favorite Mercy Alumnae Event: My favorite Mercy Alumnae event is the 5K!

Favorite Mercy Memory: My favorite Mercy memory is Field Day of my sophomore year. Being Presentation Captain and watching our class pull off the iconic Dirty Dancing lift during our entrance was one of the best moments!

Bria Mays '11: Bio coming soon!

Tammy Whitfield Mays '85, P'11

Post Mercy Education: 

  • Towson University; Bachelor of Science, English
  • Towson University; Master of Science, English
  • Aspiring Leaders’ Institute; Maryland State Department of Education
  • Johns Hopkins University; Master of Science, Educational Studies
  • Johns Hopkins University; Administrator I Credential
  • Johns Hopkins University; Graduate Certificate, Administration and Supervision
  • Johns Hopkins University;Administrator II Credential
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education; Graduate Certificate, School Management and Leadership 

Personal Life: As a strong proponent of transformation and reform, I facilitated in the opening of two effective Alternative Options Programs/Schools, assisted with the restructuring of a failing traditional middle school and led a school in District Turnaround. Overseeing instruction, I supported the development and implementation of the learning community by facilitating and monitoring the gathering and synthesis of data to determine program effectiveness. I modeled and mentored colleagues in the use of instructional strategies, methodologies, partnership practices, and assessments. Additionally, I ensured compliance with laws, regulations, statutes, rules, and policies that affect students with particular focus on requirements associated with graduation, special education, and related services.

Most recently, I served as Principal of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Baltimore City and co-designed/facilitated the implementation of P-Tech at Dunbar. This partnership with government, college, and private industry allows students the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and a no cost, two-year associate degree. Through my experience as a teacher, educational associate, assistant principal and principal, I have built a strong reputation for providing decisive leadership and effective team building. Building collaborative relationships with internal and external partners, to include students, parents, school supports, and community leaders has vastly contributed to my career and success as a leader.

Notably, I am the proud mom of two awesome and amazing young people. My daughter, Bria Mays graduated from Mercy in 2011 and my son, Cameron Mays is currently a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, I am an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board? It is my desire to help manage and develop effective strategic plans that focus on 

diversity and inclusion.

Favorite Mercy Alumnae Event: My favorite Mercy Alumnae event was the Mercy vs IND annual basketball game.

Favorite Mercy Memory: My favorite Mercy memory occurred during Mercy Day/Ring Day 2011 when my daughter and I could proudly wear our Mercy rings!

Kelechi Nina Mezu ’07 

Post Mercy Education: 

  • Towson University; Bachelor of Science, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics
  • University of Maryland University College; Master of Science, Biotechnology: Bioinformatics Concentration

Personal Life: I have lived in Rockville, Maryland for the past three years. Currently, I work as a Project Lead/Bioinformatics Analyst for Axle Informatics, LLC., a software company that develops web applications and pipelines for various labs at the NIH. In my free time, I participate in Women Who Code and other tech meetups in the DC Metro area geared towards women and People of Color in the tech space.

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board?  I am excited to be a part of the Alumnae Executive Board to contribute to our amazing community and help plan many more events that our Alumnae could attend!

Favorite Mercy Alumnae Event: When I was a student, Field Day was by far my favorite event. Today as an Alum, my favorite is the Garnet Gala.

Favorite Mercy Memory: My all-time favorite Mercy memory is from freshman year when I participated in Mme. Adler’s annual International Assembly. It was so exciting to see students display their heritage proudly and also teach the school about different cultures. The best performance (I’m biased!) was from my friend Jordaane Lee ’07 and her family with their African Dance Troupe. 

Aprile Purvis '85: Bio coming soon!

Hanna Ramsburg ’10 

Post Mercy Education: 

  • York College of Pennsylvania; Bachelors of Science, Nursing  
  • University of Pennsylvania; Masters of Science in Nursing, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner  
  • pursuing a PhD in Nursing at Villanova University

Personal Life: I am currently working as  a Nurse Practitioner for Drexel University and Tower Health Academic Medical Group.  I am also working toward my PhD in Nursing at Villanova University while enjoying life in Philadelphia.   

Favorite Mercy Alumnae Event: Garnet Gala 

Favorite Mercy Memory: My favorite Mercy memory is laughing everyday with the girls at my lunch table, who have become lifelong friends.  

Ja’Nai Keith Streat ’97 

Post Mercy Education: 

  • Trinity Washington University; Bachelor of International Studies

  • University of Baltimore; Master of Public Administration

Personal Life: I have built a career in public service, for the past 11 years I have worked for Maryland State government.  For 10 years, I have worked at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development in various roles; currently serving as the Senior Housing Policy Analyst, in the Office of the Secretary, managing the Departments $300 million dollars in Community Planning and Development Formula grant programs received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and directing and coordinating policy research for the Department.  

I own a consulting business Keith Streat Solutions, LLC providing event planning and fundraising services to clientele in the public and private sector.  

I am also a licensed life insurance agent.  

I am married to my wonderful husband Jonathan whom I met through a dear friend and fellow Mercy alum, and I have two bonus children Caleb and Riley.  

Why do you choose to be a member of the Alumnae Executive Board?  I choose to be a member of the Alumnae executive board because I believe that diversity and inclusion play an important role in the strength of an institution.   

Favorite Mercy Alumnae event: My favorite Mercy Alumnae event is class reunion.   

Favorite Mercy memory: My favorite Mercy memory is receiving my school ring.