Distinguished Alumnae 2015

The Following alumnae were recognized at an all school assembly on March 11th, 2016, allowing the entire school to hear about these impressive alumnae.

Alumna Service Award

Dr. Victoria Saracco Brander ‘80 was born and raised in Oak Park, with her sister Mary (Trinity Class of 1981) and brother, Bill. Her parents, Vic and Hilde, were born of immigrant Italian parents and were the first in their families to attend college. Vicky graduated from Trinity in 1980 as Valedictorian. She was admitted to and graduated from the Six Year Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University.

Dr. Brander serves as Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Adjunct Faculty in Northwestern’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine, Global Health Initiative. A board-certified PM&R Specialist, Dr. Brander is an attending physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and NorthShore University Health System.

Dr. Brander has held leadership roles in a variety of national organizations including serving as President of the Illinois State Society of PM&R and as an advisor to various academic organizations, including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. She was awarded the prestigious Knee Society for research in joint replacement outcomes.

Dr. Brander co-founded and directs Operation Walk Chicago, a medical not-for-profit organization that performs free hip and knee replacement surgeries for underserved patients throughout the world. In recognition of her humanitarian service, Dr. Brander was presented with the “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” award by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Dr Brander and her husband Bill (who is a family physician) have three children Caroline: Class of 2008, who graduated from the University of Chicago and is now in her second year of medical school at Rush Medical College, Billy is in his senior year at Purdue and Andrew is a senior at Fenwick.


Alumna Leadership Award

Elizabeth Moore Cummings ‘75 was born in Oak Park, as one of eight children of John and Jean Moore. Bess (along with her 3 sisters) attended Trinity High School. Bess graduated in 1975 and went on to receive a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from Elmhurst College and an MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Bess currently holds the position of Chief Information Officer and Managing Director for The PrivateBank, a leading Commercial bank located in Chicago. She has worked for The PrivateBank for eight years and is a member of the Executive Committee. She previously served at JPMorgan Chase as Senior Vice President, Global Client Service and Implementation for 24 years. Her illustrious banking career began at First National Bank of Chicago serving in a variety of technology and service positions.
Throughout her career, Bess has been involved in countless charitable organizations. She currently serves as a member of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Board of Managers, Playworks Illinois, Board of Directors (a unique organization that works with schools in Chicago to bring in recess coaches that help students gain leadership skills and create a fun, energetic and inclusive recess environment), volunteers monthly at the Ronald McDonald House and serves on the Trinity High School, President’s Advisory Council.

Bess loves to spend time with her grown children, Jeanne and Mark, as well as her extended family.


Young Alumna Award

Jessica R. Harris graduated from Trinity High School in 2005 and went on to receive a Bachelor Degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish at Spelman College in Atlanta. In 2011 she earned a Master of Social Work Degree with a specialization in Management from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jessica is the Manager of Institutional Relations at The Cara Program, a Chicago-based workforce development agency whose mission is to assist the homeless and at-risk population in their efforts to return to a life of self-sufficiency and achievement, by providing job readiness training and permanent job placement to participants who successfully complete the program. She manages a two million dollar portfolio of local and national foundation and corporate partners for this very worthy not-for-profit. As The Cara Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, Jessica has led a fundraising campaign to help commemorate the milestone, and to date has raised over $200,000 in additional sponsorships.

Before joining The Cara Program, Jessica interned with the former Executive Director of the Prevail Program (formerly the Oak Park River Forest Area Walk-In Ministry). Jessica has also worked in the development capacity in both Chicago and St. Louis-area organizations. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals through which she completed the Chicago Fellows Program in 2014.

In her spare time she serves as the Recording Secretary for the Chicago Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman.


Distinguished Alumnae 2014

The Following alumnae will be recognized at an all school assembly on March 7th, 2014, allowing the entire school to hear about these impressive alumnae. If you would like to attend this event, please contact Marigayle Watts Harrington at 708.453.8328.

Alumna Service Award

Felice Mooney Madda ‘54 graduated from Trinity and Rosary before going on to teach first grade in the Chicago Public Schools, earned her Masters at DePaul University, and was selected to be the teacher-hostess by CBS for their early childhood television series called Head Start.

Felice, her husband and family moved to Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1978. While her two daughters were at school, Felice volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister and volunteer music teacher for the Catholic school to which the girls went. She was also a member of the Newcomer’s Club and then the Postcomer’s, where she was elected President. She joined the House and Garden Club of Wellesley and found great satisfaction as a member in the Service League serving Meals on Wheels and visiting nursing homes.

Upon returning to Chicago in 1998, Felice joined the City Associates of the Art Institute and was elected Chairman. She also supported Big Sisters, helped raise tuition scholarship money for girls to attend Catholic high schools and joined the Fortnightly of Chicago, the oldest women’s club in Chicago where she has held many titles. In 1999, Felice and a friend decided to host a luncheon at Misericordia for their friends who lived in downtown Chicago. Now in its fifteenth year, that group has grown from 30 attendees to 469 and has raised thousands of dollars for Misericordia. Felice joined the Misericordia Women’s Board in 2000 and continues to serve its residents and represent its mission. Being a member of such a meaningful association is one of the highlights of Felice’s life and consistent with her belief that volunteering is more a treasure than a task.

Alumna Leadership Award

Laurie Van Wieren ‘69 is a dance maker, curator and teacher, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has been creating dance and performance since 1980. Laurie found her way to Trinity her sophomore year, where she continued her development in the visual arts and was encouraged to go outside her comfort zone by performing in plays.

After Trinity, Laurie attended the Art Institute of Chicago and then moved to Minneapolis to study modern dance and work at the Walker Art Center. Laurie’s choreography has been seen in Dancespace, DTW, Links Hall, Walker Art Center, Fabrik, Potsdam, Germany and Art of Movement Festival, Yaroslavl, Russia. Lauire has also been the recipient of fellowships from McKnight, Jerome, Bush and NEA and Rockefeller Foundations for her dance making.

Laurie has been the Performing Arts Curator at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis, the dance curator at the Southern theater where she was the director of the Twin Cities SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance, and was the host and curator of a monthly dance/discussion series: 9×22 Dance/Lab at The Bryant Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater, which is now in its 11th year. Laurie was also a member of the Dance USA host committee for the 2014 conference and is the chair of dancemn.org, the Twin Cities dance newsletter. Laurie received a Minnesota Sage Award for Dance Special Citation for her ongoing work in the dance community and Sage Award for Dance Outstanding Performance. This past summer she created 4×4= 100 Choreographers Dancing Outside for Walker Art Center’s Open Field and continues to create and perform contemporary dance and performance work.

Young Alumna Award

Luz Maribel Jimenez ‘94 currently holds the position of Director of Human Resources for Carnicerias Jimenez, a leading Hispanic Retail Grocer in the Chicagoland and surrounding suburbs. In this role, she guides and manages the overall provisions of Human Resources services, policies and programs for more than 400 employees. Her responsibilities include recruiting and staffing, employee orientation, development and training, regulatory employment compliance, policy development, employee relations, compensation and benefit administration, employee safety and welfare, community relations, and charitable giving.

Luz Maribel received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois in 1998. While at DePaul, she was an active member and treasurer of the Midwest Association of Hispanic Accountants. In May, 2009, she received her Masters of Business Administration from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.

Luz Maribel has served on several school board committees, including Maternity BVM School, Trinity High School, and St. Gall. She has served as auction co-chair for the St. Luke Annual Dinner Dance and is an active member in Itzcali, a Youth Ministry Organization. Outside of her professional life, Luz Maribel dedicates her time to her ten year old son. She also enjoys reading, home decorating and traveling.