Alumnae Success Stories



Upper School Career Day: Medical Panel

September 28, 2023

The 2023-2024 Upper School Career Day series kicked off with a medical panel featuring five Duchesne graduates with different areas of medical practice: Dr. Lynette CROUSE ’90 D.D.S., Dr. Claire SCOTT Ziemba ’08 M.D., Mary LOHMANN Cavanaugh ’00 APRN, MSN, NP-C, ANP, Dr. Natalie CHAVARRIA Walton ‘05 M.D., and Dr. Susan LAND Dugat ’03 D.V.M. Read more here. 





Elizabeth TRUJILLO '88

National Honor Society Induction Speaker 2023

Elizabeth TRUJILLO ‘88 is the Mary Ann & Lawrence E. Faust Professor of Law and the Founding Director of the Initiative on Global Law and Policy for the Americas (GLPA). She teaches contracts, international economic law, and international business upper-level classes at the University of Houston Law Center. Her research specializes in international economic law, sustainable development, energy, contracts, and international law. Read more here.




Andreina PARDEY ‘18

A Duchesne Alum on a Mission! 

Meet Andreina PARDEY '18, a devoted young missionary with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). She aims to lead others to encounter the Lord and find freedom in faith. Andreina will be stationed at the University of Southern Mississippi for two years, beginning this fall. A member of Alpha Delta Pi at the University of Texas - Austin, her ministry at Southern Miss will center on women in Greek life. Read more here




Emily BUERGLER '16

Robotics & A Firewall Block Launch NASA Engineer's Stellar Career

NASA Flight Software Engineer Emily BUERGLER '16 works in the Moon to Mars program at Johnson Space Center. Her concentration is Gateway, the future space station that will orbit the moon.

Long before her software was in space, Emily was a Duchesne freshman, teaching herself to program as a hobby. She never expected it would turn into a career.

In May, Emily returned to campus to share her story with upper school students, in the hopes that it “encourages more girls to consider careers in engineering… to think bigger."

Read about Emily's journey from Memorial Drive to Johnson Space Center and the wisdom she shares on recognizing opportunities and staying open to possibilities.




Jaimie MILLER '13

Upper School Athletics Banquet Keynote Speaker 2023

After swimming for both Duchesne and the Dad’s Club, Jaimie swam for the College of William and Mary, qualifying for the Olympic Trials in 2016.

She is a three-time collegiate MVP and a 10-time conference champion. While swimming as a Duchesne Charger, she held almost every school swim record, and still holds two today.

But she emphasizes that physical activity is just one part of the sport, and that the experience is about people holding each other up. Read more here.




Caitlyn MCCONNELL '22

Caitlyn MCCONNELL ‘22 is a freshman at New York University Tisch School of the Arts in New York City studying Dramatic Writing—screenwriting, playwriting, and TV writing. She is directing and independently producing the full-length play she wrote. 

Read More about Caitlyn MCCONNELL '22

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