April: Sheilagh Carey Year and grade you graduated from SCS: 2004, Eighth grade Work Life: After graduating from Georgetown University, I worked in development and then spent a summer working on a ship before becoming certified to teach English. I spent six months teaching English in Colombia before returning to Boston, where I currently work at a nonprofit that promotes accuracy in the media. Accomplishments: Becoming fluent in Spanish Fondest Memory of SCS: Class trip to Gettysburg in seventh grade How SCS contributed to who you are today: My teachers at SCS, especially in middle school, encouraged my love of reading and writing, which is still a huge part of my life. February: Deborah (Cornelio) Dinardi Year and grade you graduated from SCS: I attended St. Charles from grades Kindergarten-grade 8, and I graduated in 1990 as Valedictorian. Work Life: I have been teaching eighth grade English at Lynnfield Middle School in Lynnfield, MA for sixteen years. I serve as a Google Coach in my building, leading workshops for colleagues in Google applications for education. During the summer months, I tutor high school students for SAT testing and for reading and writing skills. Accomplishments: After graduating from St. Charles, I attended Arlington Catholic High School. I also obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts and a Master’s of Arts in English and Secondary Education from Boston College graduating with honors for both. Family Life: Jim and I have been married for 16 years and live in Woburn with our two beautiful daughters. Arianna is a freshman at Matignon High School in Cambridge, and Alessia is a seventh grader at St. Charles School. My older brother and younger sister also both attended and graduated from St. Charles School, so SCS has been a large part of our family for years. Since we are Italian, our family spends a lot of time together at the table eating, laughing, and sharing memories. I also have six nieces and nephews whom I love babysitting! Fondest Memories of SCS: Nine years produce a lot of great memories. Honestly, one of my most vivid earliest memories is sitting on the rug and having Mrs. Ferlisi read Amelia Bedelia books to the class. I was hooked on reading at that moment! From my later years at SCS, I remember my friends and our families spending a lot of time together as we cheered each other on for cheerleading competitions and basketball games reconvening at Brigham’s in Woburn Center after every home game! How SCS contributed to who you are today: First and foremost, I strive to be an honest, caring person who lives out my faith on a daily basis since that was engrained in me during my nine years at SCS. Being a good person is the most important goal we have set for each of our daughters as they follow in the SCS tradition. I was also inspired to become a teacher because I was excited about going to school every day, and I loved learning in such an inviting atmosphere. People always comment on my neat cursive writing for which I also have to thank my SCS teachers! January: Sean Brennan Family Life: I live with my parents, Paul and Donna Brennan. My dad is a building inspector, and my mom is a teacher at Saint Charles. I have one sister, Kate (19), who graduated from Saint Charles. She is in college at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. My two younger brothers, Aidan (13) and Liam (11), are in seventh and sixth grades at Saint Charles. I have a very big extended family with many aunts, uncles, and cousins. We get together often, especially for sporting events. Fondest Memories of SCS: There are a few wonderful memories of my time at Saint Charles. One of those is playing on the Saint Charles School senior boys basketball team with Coach Sullivan. I had such a great time with my friends. Coach Sullivan taught us how to be a good sport no matter what side of the score you were on. Another memory would be the teachers I had. Having Mrs. Cunningham for a teacher, for FIVE years, was great. Most people would cringe at having a teacher that many times, but I loved it. Mrs. Maher was always keeping us on track like a second mother. How SCS contributed to who you are today: I have not been gone from SCS that long, but the values that they teach help me every day. Those values help me to make good choices in my life. Helping others is one value that has stuck with me since leaving SCS, and it has brought me back to SCS as an Assistant coach. The educational advantages have been crucial in my studies in high school. Organization and study skills that were learned at SCS make life easier as a student. The best part is that all of these skills have helped me outside of school as well. They are important to my after school job and my interaction with people in general. October: Ernie Doherty Year and grade you graduated from SCS: I attended St. Charles K-8, graduating in 2007. I received the Robert Dumas Scholarship from Bob and Anne Dumas, in loving memory of their son. What things were you involved in at SCS?: At St. Charles, I played basketball in grades 7-8. My schoolmates and I also played together on Boys and Girls club basketball and Woburn Youth Soccer teams. The games were always fun, especially when one of our dads was the coach. Work Life: After St. Charles, I attended Malden Catholic High School, where the Xaverian Brothers molded me further as a Catholic adult. Recently, I graduated with a BA from Harvard, studying Regenerative Biology and working in a breast cancer research lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Currently, I work at a company called Illumina, which builds DNA sequencing machines. At Illumina, I serve as a product manager, overseeing the development of cancer DNA tests. I hope to attend medical school and business school in the future. Accomplishments: I am extremely blessed to have such a supportive and caring family. My mother and father offered me every opportunity growing up, like sending me packing to Germany to pick up German and inspiring my research at the Harvard Stem Cell institute. Any credit here should really go to them. One of my biggest accomplishments has been writing a thesis with my lab at Dana-Farber. We were able to advance a potential new drug for breast cancer, and the thesis allowed me to graduate Cum Laude in Field. Family Life: I live in San Diego, CA (currently), but will likely move around a lot in the coming years. I have a huge and loving family, mostly located in the Doherty Compound in West Woburn. My sister Mckenzie is also a proud SCS alumna, now attending Bentley University, and my father is a Detective Lieutenant with the MA State Police. Family is very important to all of us, and we have big gatherings for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and even Birthdays! Fondest Memories of SCS: I have countless memories of the St. Charles basketball B team, Science fairs and choirs, and the 8th grade field trip to Washington D.C. My favorite memories revolve around Mrs. Burke’s Science class. Even after almost ten years of separate paths, my friends from St. Charles remain my best friends and we still share laughs about our memories. How SCS contributed to who you are today: What separates St. Charles from other schools is the community. St. Charles provided me the most caring teachers, my closest friends, and the perfect parish background to instill a moral compass. Yes, the school gave me a great academic foundation, but it is the Catholic values and support from those who fill the halls that really makes St. Charles stick out. I had been out of St. Charles for eight years when my mom passed away. Even still, the teachers, priests, principal, and staff went above and beyond in their love, not just because they were educators to Mckenzie and me, but because they are our family friends and advocates. That is what makes St. Charles different. September: Laurie (Flahive) Smith Year and grade you graduated from SCS: I attended St. Charles from Kindergarten through 8th grade. I graduated in 1987. Work Life: After college, I started working as a Media Development Engineer for an ink-jet printer manufacturer. I later transitioned into Manufacturing at a bio-tech company where I gained experience in manufacturing and project management. In 2007, my employer moved operations from Massachusetts to California and I was responsible for coordinating the instrument operations transfer. Following the transition, I started a product design and consulting business with a couple of former colleagues which we operated until 2014. Currently, I am working for a telecommunications company reviewing and managing contracts. Accomplishments: I received my BS in Chemical Engineering from The University of Massachusetts Lowell and I received my MBA in Management of Operations & Technology from Bentley University. While in the biotech industry, I led our manufacturing operations to achieve ISO 13485 /QSR compliance and supported the introduction of the first FDA regulated instrument platform for DNA microarray based diagnostics. As co-owner of Blackstone Automation, I contributed to the design, development and launch of a unique rowing machine suspension accessory, the Shox-Box. I prepared, filed, and argued the utility patent myself. And in 2012, Blackstone Automation was granted US Patent 8192332 for the Shox-Box technology. Family Life: I live in Billerica with my husband Jay. We have a 10-year old daughter, Samantha, and a 7-year old son, Matthew. I am a second generation St. Charles graduate and both my children now attend St. Charles. Fondest Memories of SCS: I have so many fond memories of St. Charles. I remember the pumpkin decorating contests at Halloween time and the annual Christmas show. I remember the science fairs and the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. There were so many great teachers who helped me become a better student. But most of all, I remember all of the friendships I made. With the small size of the school and being together for nine years, friends become like family. How SCS contributed to who you are today: St. Charles helped me to gain a love of learning, to develop a strong work ethic and to build greater personal integrity. The teachers at St. Charles instilled in me the belief that if you work hard you can achieve anything you put your mind to. The daily teaching of values and ethics at SCS, reinforced by my family upbringing, contributed to building my character. May: Peter Jamieson Year and grade you graduated from SCS: I attended St. Charles from K – 8th grade and graduated in 1984. Work Life: After college, I worked for Brown Partners, a Boston real estate management and sales company, before joining Jamieson Properties full time in 1995. Soon after, we established Jamieson Management Company Inc. This management company specializes in fully furnished corporate apartment rentals but we are also involved in condominium association management, unfurnished apartment management and commercial real estate management. During my time with Jamieson Management Company, we have expanded by building a corporate apartment building and acquiring additional multi-unit residential properties. Recently, we have also created Jamieson Development LLC. This division of our business focuses on building and remodeling homes for resale. Currently we are working on sub division projects in Woburn and Reading as well as some individual house lots. Accomplishments: After attending Arlington Catholic High School, I went on to graduate with honors from Bentley University in 1992. I have been a Massachusetts licensed real estate salesperson since 1994 and I am a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I am a member of the Kiwanis Club of Woburn, a club in which my grandfather served as a founding member. The club is dedicated to serving the children of the world. Family Life: I live in Woburn, MA with my wife Carla. We have three daughters; Julia (9 years old), Sophia (8 years old) and Alyssa (5 years old). All three of my daughters attend Saint Charles School. Fondest Memory of SCS: There are many fond memories I have of Saint Charles ranging from the altar boy field trips to the old Paragon Park in Hull to the annual art fairs and the 8th grade trip to Washington DC. But, the fondest memory was traveling to New Hampshire to play for the Saint Charles basketball team in the New England State Championship. How SCS contributed to who you are today: One of the primary tools taught to me while attending Saint Charles was discipline. This attribute benefited many aspects of my life ranging from study habits to personal life choices. As I continued along through high school and college, I certainly noticed that I had an advantage over many peers due to my preparation, hard work and decision making. March: Anne Foley Year and grade you graduated from SCS: I attended St. Charles from Kindergarten through 9th grade, graduating as Valedictorian in 1980. Work Life: I am currently employed as the Chief of the Victim Witness Services Bureau at the Office of Middlesex District Attorney, Marian Ryan. I have been employed by the Middlesex DA Office since the Fall of 1987, beginning my career as a Victim Witness Advocate in the Ayer District Court. Since then, I have assumed a variety of positions throughout the county, including four years in the Family Protection Unit (focusing on child abuse cases), as well as a supervisory position at the superior court level. In 2008, I was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations and Training where I became involved in the creation and implementation of new policies and best practices within the office. In October of 2012, I was promoted to my current position, while also maintaining a caseload of felony cases. Accomplishments: After graduating from Woburn High School, I attended Stonehill College. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1987 with a BA in Sociology and Criminal Justice and a minor in Spanish. While attending Stonehill, I was selected to participate in a semester long internship at a law firm in London, England. In addition to intramural sports, I participated in a variety of activities including the Spanish Club and the Justice and Peace Committee, which focused on using weekly collection donations to help support local food pantries in neighboring cities. Fondest Memory of SCS: There are so many fond memories of St. Charles it really is difficult to narrow it down to just one. The annual shows that we would put on always come to mind. To this day, when I hear certain songs it immediately brings me back to standing on the stage in the auditorium, and I can recall who was standing next to me and how nervous I was to be onstage. In addition to the wonderful staff and great study habits that were developed, the main thing that stands out is the friendships that were formed. Most noticeable is that the passage of time doesn’t really interfere. There are some classmates who I have always maintained close friendships with, but when I see others it seems like we always pick up right where we left off. For the most part, we had a relatively small group who went from Kindergarten to 8th or 9th grade together, so the bond is pretty strong. It is always nice to reconnect with one another and amazing how much everyone remembers from their days at St. Charles. How SCS contributed to who you are today: There are many ways in which my years at St. Charles contributed to the person I am today. The things we didn’t appreciate at the time, such as strong vocabulary, spelling and writing skills as well as study habits not only helped me during high school and college but even more so in my professional career. A life skill such as a hard work ethic and treating others fairly was also part of our day to day life during our years at St. Charles. These are qualities that are respected, valued and needed in the workforce. I have been fortunate enough to have a career where the underlying theme of service to others is what drives my daily work. I have very fond memories of the nuns and lay teachers and feel very fortunate to have been given such solid support and direction. February: Vinnie Ferlisi Year and grade you graduated from SCS: I started attending St. Charles in September 1997 as a kindergartener and graduated from the eighth grade in 2006. Work Life: I currently work at Wellington Management in Boston as a member of the investor services team. I am able to apply the knowledge I gained in the classroom while becoming more experienced with the asset management industry as a whole. As a recent graduate, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be working and doing something I truly enjoy. When I am not working I am preparing to take the CFA Level 1 Exam in June. Accomplishments: My time at St. Charles developed my maturity level immensely and irrevocably aided in my transformation into a responsible adult. After graduating, I attended Matignon High School in Cambridge. There I pursued a wide range of sports and other extracurricular activities that included president of the student council, drama, and science club. I recently graduated from Brandeis University in May where I majored in Business with a focus on finance. I was a proud member of Zeta Beta Tau and the Investment Club. Due to the hard work ethic I developed at St. Charles, I was invited to take graduate level finance courses as a senior. This was an experience that I will never forget. Family Life: I am currently still living in Woburn, while commuting into Boston every day. Residing in Woburn has allowed me to remain near my tightknit family. I live next door to my grandparents which lets me continue to be a support system for them. Being the teacher’s son at St. Charles was a blessing and a curse but, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I cannot express sufficiently how much pride I had when I found out that my mother was becoming interim principal at the school I love so much. It would be hard fought to find someone as devoted and loyal to Saint Charles as my mother. My father remains one of my best friends and I work harder every day to live up to his excellence. My older sister, Kate, has continued to remain a role model to me since our St. Charles days. Her work ethic was part of the reason I strived for excellence at St. Charles and continue to do so to this day. Fondest Memory of SCS: My fondest memory of St. Charles was when my dad coached the junior boys team when I was in sixth grade. When I learned that the Junior Boys team needed a coach this year I jumped at the opportunity to have events come full circle and give back to a school that had given me so much more than just an exemplary education. How SCS contributed to who you are today: St. Charles has made me proud of who I am and not afraid to show it. Being a third generation at St. Charles had really ingrained their values both at home and at school. St. Charles is a place where people never stop giving back in true Catholic spirit. Just as St Charles Borromeo, gave up his inheritance to help the poor, that same level of compassion can still be seen today through the acts of the teachers, priests and parish as a whole. For example, I will never forget how Mrs. Maher saw potential in me that I could never have discovered on my own. Her loving, if not firm, hand without a doubt helped shape me into who I am today. It’s hard to define what truly makes me who I am. I do know that out of all the uncertainty in the world, my education at St. Charles is a never failing beacon that continues to light my way. December: Eric Evangelista Year and grade you graduated from SCS: I started at St. Charles in 1979 and attended there from the 3rd grade until Jr High and graduation in 1985. Work Life: I’ve been working in media, mostly in television, since 1990. Currently, I own Hot Snakes Media, a television production company specializing in the creation, development and execution of reality television shows such as Breaking Amish on TLC, The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns on Lifetime, Amish Mafia on Discovery Chanel and The Pioneers on National Geographic. Accomplishments: I worked as a sports writer at the Boston Herald from 1990 to 1993 before transitioning to television at NECN in 1992. At NECN I became the youngest producer in New England ever to win an Emmy award and headed up the sports department there until 1999. I moved to New York City and became a writer/producer at ABC News in Manhattan before embarking on a career producing and creating reality TV shows. Two of my shows became the highest rated first year series in the 40-year history of Discovery Channel and TLC respectively. My latest show The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns was influenced by my wonderful experiences in the 80s being taught by the Sisters of Notre Dame at St. Charles. St. Charles is a wonderful school where not only scholastics were stressed but also creativity and individuality, which gave me the courage to pursue a very fun career. Family Life: I live in Westport, CT with my wife Shannon, my newborn twins Friedrich and Katherina and our two rescue cats Winston and Penelope. Fondest Memories of SCS: My fondest memory was acting in the 6th grade school play. I remember the big stage in the auditorium and the teachers helping us memorize our lines and take the job seriously. It really was a great creative opportunity that gave me a lot of confidence to be who I want to be. I don’t think a lot of schools have a big, old-fashioned stage like that and that’s something that makes St. Charles unique. I also remember playing street hockey with an aluminum can during recess and also participating on the 8th grade basketball team. To this day those are my fondest childhood memories. How SCS contributed to who you are today: The best teachers I ever had and the best friends I ever made are from the six years I attended St. Charles. I still remain best friends with Charlie Ryan and Dave Jamieson and all of our classmates still stay in touch with each other on Facebook. St. Charles also gave me a lot of confidence in myself socially and prepared me well academically for high school. When we all moved on to high school all of us kids from St. Charles were a lot more prepared than our counterparts from other schools. Thanks to Sr. Gertrude I can still diagram a sentence, thanks to Sr. Nora I know my times tables and thanks to Sr. Claire I still (sort of) remember how to read music. I also was taught good morals, a hard work ethic and loyalty to friends. I love St. Charles school and I hope many more kids from Woburn and the surrounding towns continue to get the same life changing and positive experience I had. November: Jim Duran When did you attend SCS? I attended SCS from kindergarten to 8th grade, when I graduated in 1984. What were some of your accomplishments after you graduated SCS? I attended Plattsburgh State University of New York where I earned both my bachelor and master degrees. I was a 4 year hockey player and captain my junior and senior years. The highlight of my hockey career was winning the national championship with Plattsburgh in 1992. I was inducted into the Plattsburgh State University Hall of Fame in 2007. What are some of your professional accomplishments? I am currently the Athletic Director at Woburn Memorial High School. I have also been the head hockey coach since 2007. Prior to coming to Woburn High, I was the head hockey coach at North Adams State College. Tell us about your family life. I live in Woburn, Ma with my wife Lori and two children, Kayla who is 14 and Riley who is 12. What are some of your fondest memories of SCS? One memory that will never escape me was the 8th grade field trip to Washington DC. The trip was a great experience to learn about our countryís history but the social experience is what I remember the most- being away from your family with your friends, at that age, created a sense of independence I will never forget. The strongest memory of SCS I have is the friendships I developed. To this day, some of my very best friends were guys I went to SCS with- friendships that started in kindergarten, in 1976. How did SCS contribute to who you are today? I believe that SCS breeds leaders. I look at my friends that I went to SCS with and every one of them has done very well with their careers but more importantly, they are good people with a strong sense of family values. I truly believe that a lot of these common attributes came from our SCS education. I have been fortunate to build a career around sports. I have coached at the high school and collegiate level and enjoy the opportunity to teach kids how to be respectful, work hard, compete, lose with dignity and learn to work within a team. One of my greatest sport memories was the championship year we had playing basketball for SCS in 1984. Mr. Palmer was our coach and it was through him, and that team, that I learned how to be respectful, work hard, compete to win and lose with dignity. We had a great run, winning the league playoffs, the Archdiocese Championship and finally getting knocked out in the New England tournament. October: Kaleigh Hamilton What year did you graduate from SCS? I graduated SCS in 2008, as Valedictorian. What activities were you involved in at SCS? I was a member of Girl Scouts throughout elementary school, and I wrote articles for the Reporters Club in middle school. How is college life? I am a Junior at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, pursuing a bachelor’s in Accounting and Marketing. I’m treasurer of the Quality of Student Life Committee on campus, and I enjoy playing intramural volleyball with my friends. This past summer I interned at Abbott & Company, a public accounting firm that specializes in small businesses. I also do some bookkeeping for my father’s shop, George’s Auto Body. Currently, I am a teacher’s assistant for financial accounting in the Carroll School of Management at BC. Next semester I look forward to studying abroad at University of Queensland in Australia. What have been some of your accomplishments since graduating SCS? I graduated as valedictorian from Austin Preparatory School in 2012. In high school I was named Catholic Central League All Star for volleyball. This year I was recommended (and accepted) to be a teacher’s assistant for BC’s introduction to financial accounting course. What things do you enjoy doing as a family? I am the only child of George Hamilton and Ellen Hamilton of Woburn, MA. We enjoy traveling to Lake Winnipesaukee in the summer and visiting family in Waterville Valley in the winter. And we all are Big Bruins and Patriots fans! What was your fondest memory of SCS? Definitely our eighth grade field trip to New York City. The first night we arrived, we saw the play The Lion King, which still stands out in my mind as my favorite play. We also visited Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and the giant Toys R Us store. How has SCS contributed to who you are today? Boston College, as a Jesuit institution, has a strong emphasis on volunteering and serving others, with the motto “Men and women for others.” Through my Catholic education at Saint Charles, I learned the value of contributing to the greater community and serving others that has complemented my experience at BC. September: Joseph Daniel McCool When did you attend SCS? I entered mid-year as a second-grader just after the Christmas break in 1976, enrolled until I graduated with full 8th grade in 1982, but continued on with about 13 other students for 9th grade at St. Charles. What were some of your accomplishments after you graduated SCS? I became an Eagle Scout. In college I was the Student Body President and later Alumni Association President of Plymouth State College of the University System of New Hampshire in Plymouth, N.H., now Plymouth State University. I was awarded the Van A. Hartman Memorial Award recognizing “Outstanding Senior Man” in my PSC graduating class. I was later awarded Alumni Achievement and Distinguished Alumni Service Awards from Plymouth State. I am also a former Board Member of Saint Patrick School in Jaffrey, NH – the Granite State’s smallest Catholic school. What are some of your professional accomplishments? I am currently a Management Succession Consultant with my own firm, The McCool Group. I authored my own book, “Deciding Who Leads” which was recognized as one of the best new business books of the year by Business review. I’m a former BusinessWeek columnist and freelance New Hampshire correspondent for The New York Times and other media. Tell us about your family life I live in Jaffrey, NH with my wife Kristin and we have been married for 19 years. We have four children, Lindsay, Erin, Matthew and Sean. What are some of your fondest memories of SCS? I have lots of great and enduring memories of my time as a student at Saint Charles School. From all the fun I used to have chasing other students around the schoolyard in games of tag, playing kickball, and otherwise wearing out my buckled shoes, to basketball practices led by Coach Palmer, to serving as an altar boy, and having fun at the Greek Festival in the armory beside the school, and on a number of field trips! How did SCS contributed to who you are today? I’m grateful, in particular, to the Sisters of Notre Dame who were our writing and penmanship teachers who gave me some very good writing skills that I still use today. I think each and every one of my classmates had a decided advantage over other students in high school and even college because of our advanced writing skills. These writing skills are really critical in today’s business word, so I’m convinced that the foundation of my work today has its roots in those lessons from Saint Charles School. I’m thankful that the teachers’ collective care and concern for me as a student has enabled me to create a successful professional career.