March 2018
In This Edition
  • Reunion Updates
  • News & Announcements
  • Roll Call
  • Class Notes
  • From the Mercy Archives
  • Upcoming Events
  • Skippers Remembered
Reunion Updates
Calling All Members from the Class of 1968!

Your 50th Golden Reunion is being spearheaded by your classmate , Judy McElearney Nobriga . Please update your contact information with the Alumnae Office to receive reunion news—we are still missing 42 mailing addresses and 164 email addresses! Please be sure to reach out to your fellow classmates who we might not be reaching.  

The reunion is Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Basque Cultural Center. Check out the “Class of 1968, Mercy High, San Francisco” Facebook page for reunion information, pictures, and comments.

Contact Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer,
Start Planning Your Reunion!

The Alumnae Office has received interest from the following classes regarding a reunion:
We still need coordinators to celebrate these milestone years: '58, '73, '93, '98, '03, '13.

If you would like to join the planning committee for your class reunion, or if you have more information about these reunions, please email Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, at .
News & Announcements
Alumnae Needed for Special Project!
Join us by being a part of a special video production that will have a major impact on the lives of our students. The Advancement Team is creating a Fund-a-Need video for this year’s La Merced Gala to help raise money for financial assistance.

We can’t do this without you though! We would like to highlight our gala theme Then and Now by featuring 7-8 alumnae from each decade alongside current students. The task is simple—there are no lines to recite—just be excited to be a part of Mercy’s rich 65 year history!

Filming will take place on Saturday, March 10 from 12:30-4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Contact Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, .
Janine Nolfi is Retiring!
Honor Ms. Nolfi's 32-year career at Mercy by helping us create a book of memories, photos, and messages from her beloved students. If you were a dancer, ASB member, student of hers—or even friend or colleague—we want to collect your well wishes, memories, and photos. Please email them to .

If you would like to show support of Ms. Nolfi's years of service and the love she has given to each of her students, please consider donating in honor of her retirement. We will have a reception in the Dance Studio (date TBD) to send Ms. Nolfi into retirement and celebrate those who made donations in honor of her milestone.

Contact Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, .
Dancers Dazzle in Ms. Nolfi's Final Show
More than 800 people enjoyed four performances full of authentic and emotional dancing by 28 amazing Mercy women as they presented this year's Winter Dance Concert: Quantum Leap .

The dancers performed the shows over two weekends in January and the theatre was nearly at capacity on the final night with 330 people cheering on the dancers.

More than 60 alumnae, faculty, and staff came out to celebrate Ms. Nolfi's last Winter Dance Concert at Mercy in January. The Mercy spirit was alive and well as alumnae shared memories, stories, and experiences with Ms. Nolfi over the years. She will be dearly missed! Watch the video below to hear what our current students have to say about our beloved dance teacher.
Alumnae, several of whom were taught by Ms. Nolfi, came out to celebrate her final performance and joined her on stage on the final night.
Crab Feed Most Successful in Recent Years
Thanks to our friends and partners in the Mercy community, we recently wrapped up one of the most successful crab feeds in recent years.

More than 220 attendees - including parents, employees, and alumnae - attended the Feb. 3 Crab Feed and enjoyed delicious food and great company. Attendees were served by more than 50 Mercy students and 20 parent volunteers. The event grossed more than $14,000 with proceeds supporting educational opportunities for our students.

One table was full of alumnae from the class of 1959 and one of them hadn’t been back on campus since her graduation!

Help Identify Valedictorian of Your Graduating Class

Were you valedictorian of your class or do you remember who was? Mercy would like to compile a complete list of our valedictorians for our alumnae records.

Contact Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer,
Roll Call: Grads who recently "checked in"
Jessica Lepe Alfaro '94
Current City: San Francisco, CA
Job Title: Head Counselor/LMFT at Thomas Edison Charter Academy

Constance Gravitt Hord '78
Current City: San Diego, CA
Job Title: Family Service Counselor at Dignity
Joan Battaglia Maxwell '79
Current City: Santa Rosa, CA
Job Title: Chief Financial Officer at Heitz Wine Cellars
Elaine Imwinkelried Stevick '69
Current City: Petaluma, CA
Job Title: Retired Speech/Language Pathologist from Speech, Language, and Learning Services of Marin-Sonoma
Exciting News: “I have retired, having survived Central Nervous System Lymphoma. Was able to attend (and dance) at our daughter, Andrea's wedding 2 years ago just after finishing Chemo. Our son, Justin, is now a Lab Tech at College of San Mateo, operating the Planetarium there. Our daughter, Laura, has graduated from Mills College and is into Graphic Design. Chris, my husband, was recently honored for his work in Historical Restoration in Petaluma.”
Class Notes: News About You
Virginia Kennedy Ryan '67 thoroughly enjoyed attending her 50th reunion in Rist Hall. “The class of '67 is definitely thriving!”

Mary Braunreiter Sherman '70 is continuing to practice Geriatric Medicine in Seal Beach, CA. “I am very proud of my daughter, Sarah. She is now a board certified Psychiatrist. She is married to a wonderful guy who is a Pharmacist named Mohamed. They have two boys who we are lucky to be able to spoil!”

Marianne Kearney Wright '78 lived in SoCal for the past 39 years including 4 years at UCLA. She is looking forward to the 40 year class reunion in 2018! “My life gift is to be able to do volunteer work in the community including Holy Family Service, an Adoption & Foster Care Agency, helping to make families for almost 70 years in the SoCal area.”

Kaylynn Gory '12 graduated from Coppin University in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and is currently a nurse at San Francisco General Hospital.
From the Mercy Archives
Class of '65 graduation. Includes Mary Jane Mahony and Barbara Dixon.
From the
1997 Yearbook
Share Your Mercy Memories With Us!

We have a special request from all who have attended Mercy High School - WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS and YOUR MEMORIES OF MERCY!

Please email your pictures with a caption to Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, at .
Upcoming Events
We Need Your Thoughts for the Mercy Master Plan
TEF Design, the design team facilitating the new Master Plan for Mercy High School, would love your individual feedback as alumnae. Online surveys and two workshops have been conducted so far, but they are looking for the opportunity to hear the concerns and dreams of current and past users of the space. These information-gathering sessions are informal. If you can't attend, you will have future opportunities to give us your thoughts as we develop the design.

Date:  Tuesday, March 6
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Location: Mercy High School

Space is limited. Thank you in advance for your help as we all work toward making the building and grounds reflect the mission and goals of Mercy High School!

RSVP to Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer,
Spring Musical: Seussical
Dates:  April 20, 21, 27, 28
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Mercy High School Theatre
Cost:  $12

This lively musical weaves together Dr. Seuss’ most famous tales and characters.  Seussical incorporates elements from at least 15 of his books, as well as many of his best-loved and most familiar characters. Many of these characters never met one another before. But they meet in this musical!

Spring Musical: Alumnae Wine & Cheese Reception

Date: Saturday, Apr. 28
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Mercy High School
Cost: Free

Join fellow alumnae from all classes for wine and small bites before the closing performance of this year’s spring musical, Seussical . You will also receive a Mercy-branded stemless wine glass to show your Mercy pride!

RSVP to Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, by Friday, Apr. 20.
Save the Date: La Merced Gala
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
Cost: Tickets on sale soon!

Do you or someone you know want to become a sponsor of this year's La Merced Gala? Complete the fillable form below and email it to Bekah Paige, Director of Development,

Skippers Remembered
Sr. Krista Aitken '57, PCC
(Barbara Jean Aitken)
December 3, 1939 - January 16, 2018
Graduating from Mercy High School in 1957, Barbara excelled in music and art as well as her other studies. She came from a prominent San Francisco family who first settled there in the 1850s.

Kathleen Thornton Crockett '57
August 20, 1939 - February 4, 2018
She was raised Catholic and attended Catholic school all through her years. She had fond memories of being truly nurtured by the church, where she developed a very strong faith in God that lasted throughout her lifetime.

Mary Louise Flynn '61
October 11, 1943 - January 15, 2018
A San Francisco native, Mary Louise Flynn attended Mercy High, Lone Mountain (University of San Francisco) and University of California, Berkeley. She dedicated her life to helping others as a social worker for more than 4 decades.

Sr. Rosemary Sullivan, RSM
November 7, 1927 - January 20, 2018
In 1993, Sister Rosemary became assistant to the principal at Mercy High School, SF where she served until 2015. She responded generously to every ministry where she was called to serve, and will be remembered as a devoted, quiet leader, and a gentle presence in the community. 

Stay Connected with Mercy
Update your contact information with Mercy so you can receive news and announcements about alumnae events and reunions!

We love to know how our alumnae are making a difference in our world!

Alumnae Questions? Contact Georgia Wasley '09, Alumnae Development Officer, at 415-872-0968 or
Our Mission
Mercy High School, San Francisco, educates women to pursue lives of spiritual and intellectual depth, determination, and daring action to improve our world as an inclusive, Catholic, college preparatory community enlivened by the Gospel of Jesus and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy.
Our Vision
We are the Social Advocacy Based Learning Catholic school of the San Francisco Bay Area where women graduate with fierce determination to improve their world.