Welcome, all alumnae, to our new and permanent home! Oakcrest is truly our alma mater, the mother of our souls. Just like our parents’ homes, our photographs and artwork adorn her walls. In 2013 the president of the Oakcrest Alumnae Association went to visit Father Ron Gillis, Oakcrest chaplain for over 30 years. He was weak from his struggle with cancer. When she assured him of the prayers of the alumnae, he said to her “Do not lose a single one!” This is our goal for the alumnae office and Fr. Ron is our intercessor in heaven. Read below to find out what just some of our alumnae are doing post-graduation. And please do keep in touch, come by for a visit or participate in our events.
—Michele Casey Bueno ’99, Oakcrest Alumnae Association President
Michele is a senior software engineer at Radiant Solutions where she builds data analysis and visualization tools for the US Government. She has over 10 years of experience supporting various customers throughout the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. After completing dual Bachelor degrees in physics and engineering science at Smith College and Dartmouth College respectively, she attended Stanford University to pursue graduate studies in electrical engineering. While at Stanford she conducted research in remote sensing and geophysics. After graduating from Stanford with a Master's degree in electrical engineering, Michele returned to the Washington, DC, area to pursue a career in the public sector. She lives in Arlington with her husband Rick and is a cantor and choir member at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More. She is also pursuing a Master’s degree in theological studies at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and serves the Oakcrest community as a member of the Board of Directors and as President of the Alumnae Association.
Laura will graduate from Christendom College in May 2019 with a BA in Political Science & Economics. She will then spend several weeks in Europe with the Beacon Fellowship for Business and will begin working for Saffron Ventures in August 2019. At Saffron, Laura will help build businesses and nonprofits to prepare tomorrow’s leaders, with a focus on designing international internships and training programs. Laura loves singing, cooking, and adventure. She is grateful to The Heritage Foundation, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, American Enterprise Institute, and Alliance Defending Freedom for their training and for fostering many lasting friendships. She is glad to join the OAA Board and to stay connected with Oakcrest alumnae.
Julie is a partner with the law firm Stein Michell Cipolline Beato & Missner, LLP. where she specializes in representing seriously injured persons in civil cases. She has been practicing this type of law for over 10 years. She currently enjoys working with her father Gerry, brother Denis, and cousin Chris, who are also lawyers at the Stein Mitchell firm. She and her husband Brandon live in Chevy Chase, D.C. with their dog Pete. They are avid Nationals fans. Julie is glad for the opportunity to help alums connect back with the school and with each other, through working with the Oakcrest Alumni Association.
Laura earned a Bachelor's in Nursing from Villanova University. She was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the United States Army after having had an ROTC Scholarship at Villanova. Laura worked in the Medical and Pediatric ICU at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for 5 years and then various other hospitals in Northern Virginia. In 2009, Laura was the first nurse hired at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School and has worked in other Diocesan school nurse offices. Laura is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at Divine Mercy University in Arlington, Virginia. Alongside that coursework, she is becoming a Certified (Clinical) Traumatologist in order to be a Mental Health First Responder. She currently works part-time for Oakcrest as the school nurse. She lives in Sterling, VA with her husband Mark, where they are happy parishioners of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church.
Lia serves on the Oakcrest Alumnae Association. She is a lung cancer advocate, committed to advancing awareness and funding for research, especially for ALK+ lung cancer that affects younger non-smokers. Her daughter Gianna ’14 is also an Oakcrest alumna.
Maria is the Digital Director at The Heritage Foundation where she has worked for the past 14 years. Maria's team handles all digital communications for The Heritage Foundation including, web, social media, video, and audio content. After completing her BA in Media Studies from The Catholic University of America. She and her husband have four children, ages 10, 7, 5 and 3 and they reside in Washington, DC. Maria serves on the parent association board of her children's school and is involved in her parish and her community. Maria has judged the Veritas awards and serves as an Oakcrest Alumnae Association Board member.
Meg is a financial planning associate at Morgan Stanley. Working with clients and their financial advisors, she helps each client define and achieve their financial goals. Besides being an active member on the Oakcrest Alumnae Association Board, Meg spends the rest of her spare time in lacrosse. She coaches middle school lacrosse, plays for a post collegiate team, and referees high school games. She also is an assistant coach of the Oakcrest Varsity team.