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Karen Dwyer (BC Class of 1985)

Advancement Officer
ReVitalize – ReEngage – ReConnect Burke welcomed Karen to her new
role in July of 2019. We are excited to
Welcome to the first edition of the BC Alumni have a dedicated Advancement and
Newsletter!
Alumni Office at Burke. Karen has
We are working towards making our BCHS been an active part of the Burke com-
Alumni Network a strong and vibrant communi- munity for many years. She has served
ty and our Alumni Newsletter is one of the ways as the President of the Parent Club
we are building that connection.
for 8 years and as a Foundation Board
Each month it will provide an opportunity to member for the last 7. Karen and her
read about fellow Alumni, see some of the great husband Brendan ( also class of 1985)
things happening at Burke and discover ways to
are the proud parents of two fellow
connect with old friends while finding opportu-
nities to make new ones. Burke alumni, Jack ‘14 and Annie ‘20.
Karen brings with her a deep commit-
Whether it is coming together at on of the many ment to Burke and its mission.
Burke events hosted throughout the year, gath-
ering with your class at a reunion, helping BCHS
students and alumni navigate and learn about
career choices, or making a gift to ensure that
BCHS continues to support the most cutting
edge and state of the art learning environment
for our students, we know that the power of the
network is in the people, and in their love for
BCHS.

Enjoy this first edition!

Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle

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Karen Dwyer, Advancement Officer | kdywer@burkecatholic.org

B C A LU M N I N E W S L E T T E R
ReVitalize - ReEngage - ReConnect
Office of Admissions, Alumni
and Advancement July 2020
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT UPCOMING EVENTS
Chris Fisher (‘02) BC PARENT CLUB FACEBOOK TRIVIA NIGHT
FRIDAY JULY 31st 8:00pm
Chris Fisher is a Digital Artist. He Join Mrs. Karen Dwyer on the John S. Burke Catholic Parent
has done work in many major TV Club Facebook Page for a night of interactive trivia. Test your
studios including Nickelodeon, knowledge of a variety of subjects for a chance to earn points
Netflix and currently Cartoon and win prizes.
Network. As a graduate from
Burke Catholic in 2002, Chris BURKE CATHOLIC GOLF OUTING
went to the School of Visual Arts FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18th
in Manhattan where he graduat- 11:00am Registration, 12:00pm Start @ Mansion Ridge, Monroe, NY
ed in 2006. Mansion Ridge will once again host the annual Golf Outing this
What was your experience like September. Spend the day out on this amazing golf course and
at BC? I was part of a small con- then attend the Cocktail and Dinner reception after. Prizes and
tingent of kids carpooling from
all types of fun throughout the entire day in support of BCHS.
West Point. Burke was my 7th
school in 9 years. I guess it is a common story but it was not until
More information and tickets sales to be available soon on the
the second half of my senior year that I got comfortable in those Burke Catholic website. burkecatholic.com.
halls. It might have been that the uniform was endlessly itchy. I did BURKE CATHOLIC HS FAMILY, FRIENDS AND ALUMNI GALA -
find some solace in the art room. During my time in there we saw SATURDAY OCTOBER 9th
the retirement of Ms. Nagle, two years of Mrs. Lagocki (Gortz), and
6:00pm - 10:00pm @ Villa Venezia, Middletown, NY
the first year of Mrs. Bucala Morgan. The best thing those teachers
did for me was give me time in the classroom. I had a free period
Join the BC family for our favorite night of the year. The Burke
my Junior and Senior year during which I was allowed to use in the Catholic High School Family, Friends and Alumni Gala will once
art room. I was fortunate that among my graduating class I had again take place at the beautiful Villa Venezia. With a cocktail
three classmates that were seriously talented designers and artists; hour, dinner, live music and auctions the annual Gala is always
Megan Galante, Michael Toste, and Joseph Critelli Jr. All three went the best place to catch up with Eagle Alumni and support BC.
into careers in design. What do you have to say to our inspiring art- This year Burke Catholic will induct 4 new members to the Hall
ists? If there are any young aspirant artists in the school know that of Fame :
there is a real potential to have a career in the arts. There are more
avenues to learn and apply your trade than at any other time. If you Mr. Rory Brady (Class of 1996)
are any good you won’t starve. How has the coronavirus affected Ms. Katherine Juliano (Class of 2009)
your work? The Corona Virus has had very little direct effect on Mrs. Cynthia Phillips (Class of 1970)
my work. In some ways it has been a boon. I was lucky that I made Mr. Andrew Rivas
the transition from ‘in house’ work to ‘working from home’ in 2017. w/ Special Recognition to the Class of 1970
Most of the animated shows I was working on were coming out of
Los Angeles and there was no longer a need for me to report to an To buy tickets please visit burkecatholic.com.
office in NYC. I was set up for work in isolation and had developed a
routine that was pretty well suited for life in a pandemic. Due to the
lack of ‘live action’ television production over the last few months
the animation world has been busier than ever. The company that
I work for, Titmouse Inc, is expanding significantly during this time
after receiving so many requests for work. Where can people find
your work, keep up with your career, and support your art? For
anyone curious to see my work as a background painter you can
watch a number of shows out now. “Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure-
heart” Season 1 on Cartoon Network, “Tigtone” Season 2 on Adult
Swim, and “Our Cartoon President” season 3 on Showtime. For any
of my past credits you can look at my website or instagram page.

www.coroflot.com/theartofchrisfisher
IG: theartofchrisfisher

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WHAT’S NEW @ BC VOICE OF EAGLES PAST
BC wraps up the 2019-2020 academic year and My name is Nancy (Kissel) Burlew, class of 1990! I en-
it’s live, remote E-Learning program. When NY joyed a tremendous four years at Burke Catholic and was
shut down schools in the middle of March, the BC so fortunate to attend a school where the faculty and
teachers and staff got to work quickly on a new, staff were so supportive of all of my goals and dreams!
I was very involved in extracurricular activities; I was
innovative program to continue educating its stu-
President of my Senior class, and a soccer and basketball
dents. While other schools waited and scrambled,
cheerleader (that was before the time of football at BC)!
BC rolled out its E-Learning program with ambitious I was, and still am, extremely proud to be a BC alumnus,
features in just three days time. Live instruction, even serving on the Board of Directors at one time. I at-
regular bell scheduling, and the use of existing tended Siena College as a History /Secondary Education
top-of-the-line electronic and online infrastructure major and graduated in May of 1994.
(including college level software, individual iPads,
and the Google Suite Platform) are highlights of this
successful online curriculum.

BC announces new Summer Enrichment Program


expanding on it’s successful live, remote E-Learning
Program. The school will offer a complete range
of courses to prepare students for the fall of 2020.
Please visit the Burke Catholic website (burkecatho-
lic.com) for registration. Special discounted rate for Fortunately for me, there was a Social Studies position at
Burke Catholic that September and my former principal,
Burke Catholic Students!
St.Josephine Ortner, hired me as a Global Studies teach-
er for Freshmen and Sophomores. I taught at Burke from
The BC Parent Club would like to thank the entire 1994 -1998 teaching Global and Social Studies electives. I
BC Community who donated to the BC Gives Back was also the Cheerleading Coach! It was a wonderful, yet
Food Drive. In 3 days, we were able to deliver six car strange, feeling to be back in the school in which I grew
fulls of non-perishable items to the Goshen Food up! Experiencing it from a teacher point of view was eye
Pantry. The BC Parent Club looks forward to working opening to the tremendous amount of time and dedi-
with the Goshen Food Pantry in the future! Stay cation every staff member gives to the BC family. I loved
tuned for more drop off announcements. every minute of teaching at Burke, the family community
that is unlike any other.
Follow BC on Social Media for frequent, up-to- I met my husband, Kevin, while teaching at BC and we
date content! have two daughters, Meredith and Noelle. Meredith
attends the Center for Discovery, and Noelle Hope is a
facebook.com/burkecatholichighschool member of the BC class of 2020. After having my chil-
twitter.com/burkecatholichs dren, I became a Special Education Teacher at Orchard
instagram.com/burkecatholichs View Alternative High School in the Wappingers Central
School District. My daughter, Noelle Hope, graduated
from Sacred Heart Newburgh, and she followed in my
footsteps of becoming an Eagle. She graduates on July
18 from BC, and she too had an amazing high school
experience. She played soccer and basketball her entire
four years and took great pride representing the Burke
Catholic Eagles. To see BC through her eyes only rein-
forced the feelings of pride and respect I have for my
alma mater. Her graduation marks what feels like the
end of an era, but we know it is really the beginning of
our alumni journey together! Burke Catholic will always
have a special place in our family’s heart and I thank God
every day for the opportunity to be an Eagle.

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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT The Windmill
Mrs. Christina Morgan Visiting NYC During a Pandemic
Fine Arts Department May 31st, 2020 | Alexandria Redd (Class of 2021)
A week ago my
The first Friday of every
month is Faculty Fri- family and I, bored
day where we put the out of our minds,
spotlight on one of Burke decided to go to New
Catholic’s fantastic faculty York City. Friends
or staff members! and family scorned
our decision--NYC is
Our Faculty Friday for
a COVID-19 hotspot-
the month of July goes to
Mrs. Christina Morgan. -but we promised
them we would not
Mrs. Morgan is the BC leave our vehicle, us-
Fine Arts Department ing our seven-seater
Chair and has been an art car as a mini “tour bus” to see the sights of the city.
teacher at Burke Catholic for 18 years. Along with mod-
erating the Art Club, she is also the Senior Class advisor The hour-and-a-half drive was traffic-free, even
in charge of organizing all the fun senior class activities. during the afternoon’s “rush hour”, which was
Her cheerful and encouraging personality makes her a pleasant. Though not an over-abundance of cars
BC favorite amongst students and faculty alike. This year, were on the road, there were still a lot. I expected
Mrs. Morgan showed her competitiveness as the winning empty, apocalyptic-esque streets, like the drone
Faculty Coach of the Spring Spirit Week Virtual Challenge,
leading the Class of 2020 to a landslide victory.
footage has shown. I expected New York City to
look like The Walking Dead. That simply was not the
“When I think of Mrs. Morgan, these are some words case.
that come to mind: positive, kind, caring, talented, funny,
Entering the city I saw people living as normal--bik-
likable. Ceramics was one of my favorite classes with Mrs.
Morgan because she encouraged me to be creative and ing, fishing down by the river, and selling street
believe in myself. She always praised my projects which food. Not many wore masks, to my surprise. Despite
made me feel good. Mrs. Morgan put in extra hours for this shocking realization, new cases have been dra-
all our senior activities which made our senior year a lot matically going down over the past couple of weeks.
better. With all the questions and concerns that I would For the most part, social distancing is working, and
come to her with, she always took the time with me and it will allow NYC to enter phase one of reopening
answered any questions I had with a happy attitude and a
within the next week or so.
smile on her face. I would like to thank Mrs. Morgan for all
the fun memories in or out of class, I will miss you so much If you ever visit New York City during the COVID-19
next year! Hope you have a great summer, stay safe and be quarantine, remember to wear a mask as well as
well!” practice social distancing and adequate hygiene to
keep yourself and others safe.
Maggie Feng (BC Class of 2020)
It’s going to take a lot more than a pandemic to
“The last two years of high school I was lucky to be in Mrs. shut down the city that never sleeps.
Morgan’s class. Her class felt like a break from doing work
since I enjoyed art. She always does so much for the stu-
dents of Burke Catholic (especially the seniors) and we all
The Windmill is the Burke Catholic Student run
really appreciate her efforts!” Newspaper. For more of our students work please
visit :
Halle Joergle (BC Class of 2020) burkecatholicwindmill.com

Thank you Mrs. Morgan, for your continued service at


Burke Catholic!

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MILESTONES MILESTONES
• BC congratulates the Class of 2020 on their Matthew Sossi ‘85 - CEO Alamo Dispute Resolution Center,
graduation! received his Certificate of Conflict Resolution from Cornell
University in June 2020.
Welcome to our newest alumni! Jeanine Branham Hall ‘00 – Biomedical Sciences teacher at
HenHud High School in Montrose, NY. Jeanine earned her Doc-
Nicholas Albano Teresa Lenzi torate in Education with a focus on Organizational Leadership
Christopher Anastasis Thomas Leo in STEM from City University of Seattle in Seattle, Washington
Makaila Benzinger Jessica Lombardi in June of 2020 . Jeanine was named Outstanding Teacher
Carolina Berlingieri Jeremy Maas in 2018 and was honored with PLTW Biomedical Sciences
Emma Boyd Jena MacNeil National Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019. In March of 2020
Jacqueline Boyle Elizabeth Magnussen Jeanine opened Seas Your Moment Travel Agency
Marlon Brands Brian Mccabe
Noelle Burlew Caitlin McCartney Jean Brown ‘01 - Published her first book, This Sweet Life:
Christopher Carrington Jillian McSpirit How we lived after Kirby Died (June of 2020). Jean received
Nicolas Castro Brendan Menkes her Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Writing from
Matthew Chapman John Paul Michura Loyola University in Maryland and her Master’s in Public
Francesca Chillino Patrick Monroe Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University in
Jessica Compito AmberRose Nodhturft Montreal. She and her family founded SEEK Safely Inc where
Matthew Connolly Adrianna Nothnagle Jean is the social media, branch outreach and legislative effort
Brenna Costello Larissa Nothnagle coordinator. Her book can be found on Amazon.
Caileigh Costello Brendan O’Brien
Jacqueline Costello Jamaica Octaviano Cecelia Lahiff ‘14 – Cecelia graduated from Boston College
Shane Cronin Youbeen Oh with her Master’s Degree in Latin this May. She will be teach-
Elena Crown Chance Ortiz-Sorrenti ing high school Latin in Philadelphia this fall.
Abigail DeBenedictus Richard Paltridge
Kieran DeHaan Yoselyn Perez Deirdre Lahiff ‘16 � Deirdre graduated from Providence Col-
Tiffanie Descadres Montana Prais lege with her Bachelor’s Degree in Music in Classical Voice this
Grace DiPaul Christian Pskowski May. She will be attending NYU Steinhardt this fall to pursue
Catherine Donohue Julius Radakovits her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance, Classical Voice.
Brendan Douthit Angelica Rakwal
Ryan Driscoll Tiffany Ramos
Katiana Dubuisson Logan Raposo
Norman Dupree Miranda Renelt We welcome Tracy (Sey-
Anna Dwyer Melandy Resignac ferth) Sullivan ’87 to her
Emily Egan Lily Ross new role as Admissions
Dylan Emilian Lorelai Ross
Director. Tracy, Mom of
Yuyang Feng Christopher Shust
Ethan Gapay Torin Smith Brittney ’20 and Gabby
Jabari Garcia Edwin Sotelo ’22, has a love and re-
Gabriella Gooden Madelyn St Amand spect for the Catholic
Kayla Gould Brittany Sullivan School education which
Paul Grasso Bryan Taveras
traces back to her time
Batuhan Isik Brendan Tierney
Halle Joergle Matthew Vavrinec as a student at Sacred
Morgan Kania Carsyn Waldman Heart and Burke, and it is
Daniel Katz Zhixuan Wang something she has passed down to her daughters.
Eunbin Kim Kerri Weeks Tracy has been actively involved in Catholic Educa-
Juwon Kim Daniel Weslowski
tion in Orange County while putting her daughters
Brendan Lahiff Ashleigh Whyte
Dimitri Lamancusa-Lemus Joshua Wolff through Sacred Heart in Monroe before attending
Brian Lambert Grace Yurchuk Burke, and her belief in the tenants of the Cath-
Holden Lee Laura Zapata olic education is her motivation for promoting
BCHS to prospective students. We are excited to
have Tracy as part of the Burke Catholic Team.

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A lifelong fondness for jewelry,
MENTOR/INTERNSHIP a Reiki practitioner, lover of

& JOB OPPORTUNITIES


gemstones and believer in
their healing energies, com-
bined with copper wire and a
• Gurda, Brady and Associates is seeking law school creative soul, yields beautiful,
students for paid internship. Position would work wearable art created with
remotely and focus on legal research and drafting healing intent. That is Diana
legal memorandums. Applicants should send re- Avery (BC Class of 1985) and
sumes to rory@gurdabradylaw.com. (Rory Brady, Peace of My Heart Studio - Rei-
‘96) ki Infused Artisan Jewelry.

Each one of a kind piece is


• SAT/ACT Group Tutoring with Juliana Gesztesi (BC thoughtfully created in a
‘19, Northeastern University). Juliana will be offer- peaceful and loving environ-
ing SAT/ACT Tutoring for 7 weeks this Summer on ment, cleansed with a crystal singing bowl, then infused with
Tuesdays and Thursdays starting July 14th. Dead- healing reiki energy for peace and general wellbeing. I use natu-
line to enroll is Friday, July 10th. For questions and ral gemstones in my jewelry, for optimal healing energy.
registration you can reach Juliana by email (juli-
I not only sell through my Etsy shop, but I also often post items
ana.gesztesi@gmail.com) or phone ((845) 467-
for sale on my Facebook page that are not available in the Etsy
0471). First come, first serve. shop. A calendar of live events can be found on my Facebook
page.
• Ferguson Productions is seeking part-time admin-
istrative support for their busy events office to http://www.peaceofmyheartstudio.etsy.com
start immediately. Strong Computer experience Facebook: @PeaceOfMyHeartStudio
and customer service skills required. Instagram: @peace_of_my_heart_studio
Responsibilities will include answering phones and Pintrest: Peace of My Heart Studio
responding to voicemails, filing, processing mail,
computer data entry, greeting clients and guests
and other related administrative tasks.
Ideal candidate is dependable, adaptable, peo- FORMULA FOR SUCCESS
ple-oriented, highly organized and thrives in a
fast-paced environment. SCIENCE LAB CAMPAIGN
Hours will be 2 days per week, 4-5 hours per day.
Additional hours may be available. Compensation Burke Catholic is pleased to announce the new
is hourly, based on experience. This position has Science Lab renovation process has begun!
the potential to grow into a full-time job.
Please send your resume to: This was achievable by the incredible
faith@faithferguson.com generosity of the BC Community.
(Faith Ferguson, ‘81)
We cannot wait to reveal the finished project
• The Stagecoach Inn, located in Goshen New York, in the fall of 2020.
one of America’s oldest and finest Inn’s, is seeking
a creative, high-energy Station Chef to add to their Thank you!
culinary team. If you’re interested in joining one of
the Hudson Valley’s best hospitality teams, con- Stay tuned for an exciting new campaign
tact us at GreatJobs@stagecoachny.com. announcement as we continue to improve the
(Faith Ferguson, ‘81) BC Campus for our students and families.

Share your mentorship opportunities with your Non Vox Sed Votum
fellow BC alumni by reaching out to us. Email
kdwyer@burkecatholic.org.

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Once an Eagle
Always an Eagle

Non Vox Sed Votum


John S. Burke Catholic High School
Office of Admissions, Alumni and Advancement
80 Fletcher St, Goshen, NY 10924
(845) 294-5481

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