Alumnae

Welcome, Alumnae! Our goal is to stay connected with all of our fellow Oakies. Although we may have graduated in different years and attended different campuses, we are a family; once an Oakie, always an Oakie! As an alumna, you are a lifetime member of the Oakcrest Alumnae Association (OAA). We look forward to seeing you at our many OAA events throughout the year, as well as at all Oakcrest School events. Take a look at our upcoming events, come join us for as many as you can, send us your news—update your contact information, follow us on Facebook and Instagram...in other words, don't be a stranger; we are family!

Alumna Spotlight: Theresa (Currano) Talavera '93 on Oakcrest Athletics

Homecoming 2020

Upcoming Events

List of 7 events.

  • Nov
    28

    Christmas Book Exchange

  • Dec
    1

    Giving Tuesday

    Giving back is an important part of life. Every individual is at a different stage in life with differing abilities to give, but, no matter the dollar amount, alumnae donations truly matter. They show to potential donors that the graduates of the school value and appreciate the education they have received and care enough to support their alma mater as it grows. No gift is too small! 
  • Dec
    17

    Young Alumnae Tea

    This event is held in the Advent season normally at a time when most college students are home for winter break. The Tea is geared toward alumnae from the past ten years as a way for them to reconnect with their classmates and teachers while enjoying tea and treats.
  • Feb
    13

    Alumnae Cocktail Party

    Bring along a date, or come alone, but join us for a casual evening of wine and cheese and social gathering with fellow alumnae. 
  • Mar
    27

    Alumnae Day of Service

    Join other fellow alumnae as we give back to the community near Oakcrest. Each year we will pick a different place to volunteer during the Lenten season. 
  • May
    22

    Alumnae Mass and Brunch

    All alumnae and their mothers are invited to join us as we celebrate during the month of May to honor Mother's Day. 
  • Jun
    12

    Alumnae BBQ

    All alumnae and their families are invited to an afternoon of family, food and friends on the Oakcrest grounds to kick off the summer. 
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Portrait of a Graduate

Oakcrest Alumnae Association Board Members

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  • Celina (Heeter) Schneider ('95)

    Celina graduated from Marquette University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Marketing. She has worked in marketing and communications for a variety of organizations, most recently as an Account Executive at CKPR. Celina has five children and has been married 17 years. Her oldest daughter is in the Oakcrest class of 2027.  Reflecting on Oakcrest, she says, "It is a unique place, that truly nurtures a girl, helping her to develop into a well-rounded, thoughtful person. Someone who strives to reach her potential in the vocation she has chosen, whether that be doctor, scientist, CEO or mother, while being compassionate and generous in her pursuit of excellence. The longest and truest friendships I have made have been at Oakcrest. There I was able to grow as a whole person alongside people who had similar values and goals; together we grew in character and skill as we pursued new and different interests and talents."
  • Eileen (Schnabel) Byler (’88)

    Eileen graduated from Messiah College in 1992 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Secondary School Education. She was a 4-year letterman for their DIII soccer team, and served as their captain in her senior year. Upon graduation, Eileen returned to Oakcrest and taught 8th and 9th grade history for one year. After teaching for a few years, she became interested in the role of technology in the classroom and worked for School Technology Programs as a consultant. Currently, she has a small business called Computer Adventures that developed a technology curriculum for PreK/Kindergarten that is being taught in several schools. Eileen and her husband, Chad, have two children, ages 24 and 20, and live in Virginia Beach. As a new empty nester, she enjoys golf, reading, traveling, walks on the beach, and not cooking as much.
  • Laura Cermak ('15)

    Laura graduated last May from Christendom College, majoring in Political Science & Economics and double minoring in Philosophy and Classics. For the past year she's been loving life in Rosslyn and working in marketing for education abroad. Her free hours are devoted to philosophy and theology reading groups, choir, and hanging out with her younger 3 siblings. Last fall, she met fashion designer and entrepreneur MollyKate Cline, and the two of them founded True Style, a nonprofit model academy and fashion show for teenage girls. This summer, they are building the resources to train girls in the DC and Columbus metro areas, as well as provide virtual content for girls all over the country.
  • Theresa (Currano) Talavera ('93)

    Theresa was the second of five Currano girls to graduate from Oakcrest. She graduated from University of Maryland at College Park in 1997 with a B.A. in Romance Languages and taught both Spanish and French for two years at Oakcrest before her first child was born in the summer of 1999. She and her husband, Alex, live in Alexandria with their ten children ranging in age from 1 to 21. Their oldest daughter, Eliana, graduated from Oakcrest in 2017, and her sister Maite will graduate in 2021. Theresa has been running a Mothers' Group at her home parish of St. Louis for the past twenty years and just recently began homeschooling four of her younger children. She has enjoyed staying connected to Oakcrest over the years, between teaching, stints as a substitute and a mentor, and volunteering on the Oakcrest Gala Committee since 2012. She loves having had the chance to watch Oakcrest grow over the years from the Yuma campus with its pink walls and the famous "Deck," to Balls Hill Road with its onsite theater, to our beautiful permanent campus that was built just for our girls. 
  • Maritere (Gramatges) Crum ('91)

    Maritere graduated from George Mason University in 1994 with a B.A. in English Writing.  She and her husband, Richard, have 8 children ranging in ages from 24 to 6. She currently homeschools her two youngest girls and her younger boys attend The Heights. Over the last 25 years, they have lived in Virginia, Connecticut and Florida, and returned home 2 years ago, moving around the corner from Oakcrest. Maritere has always been very active in all of her children’s schools, serving as Room Mom, Fundraising Committee Chair, and member of the Parent Advisory Board. She most recently worked as Admissions Coordinator for their children’s school in Florida. She is very passionate about the pro-life movement and has served on the Board of the Paul Stefan Home in Orange, VA and most recently has been training to be a volunteer at A Woman’s Choice in Herndon, VA. Maritere loves being creative, baking, reading, writing and planning events.

  • Cara (Tarone) Fleury ('00)

    Some of Cara’s favorite Oakcrest memories include tap dancing in math class (this actually happened!) and performing in the Oakcrest Variety Shows. Cara attended Georgetown University where she majored in American Studies. Following graduation from college, Cara spent several years studying dance and musical theatre in New York City, a lifelong dream that was helped along by her days at Oakcrest.  Later, she moved back to the DC area, where she taught middle school history at Oakcrest and choreographed/directed the Upper and Middle School shows.  From there, she taught AP U.S. History at Georgetown Visitation and choreographed for a variety of area high schools including Gonzaga and Sidwell Friends. Cara also owned a small cupcake business and these days can be found dancing in her kitchen with her kids!  Cara is currently working on a baking blog and runs a Beauty Counter business. Cara and her husband live in Sterling, VA with their four children: Jack, Will, Lily and Noelle.
  • Meg Gargulinksi ('11)

    Meg graduated from Oakcrest and went on to Franciscan University of Steubenville. While at Oakcrest, Meg was heavily involved in the Spirit Committee, serving as Green Team Spirit Captain and Charlie the Charger. Upon arriving at Franciscan, Meg walked on to their DIII lacrosse team, was a 4-year letterman, and served 3 years as the team captain. After graduation in 2015 with a degree in Economics and a minor in Accounting & Spanish, Meg started working at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management as a Financial Planning Associate, and now is a Financial Advisor. Meg still plays and coaches lacrosse. She also enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Some of her new favorite activities include fishing and snowboarding.
  • Katie McNeish ('16)

    Katie graduated from UCLA in June of 2020 with a bachelor’s in Design Media Arts and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Currently, Katie is preparing to enter law school in the fall of 2021. Katie is passionate about the Oakcrest community and was involved in almost every piece of Oakie life during her four years there. She was the White Team spirit captain, (re)started the newspaper, was in every Upper School show, and was a member of the swim team and the sailing team. Although she graduated just before Oakcrest moved to its permanent home, she thinks of the new building as her own, and looks forward to making new memories there as an alumna. 
  • Kathleen Ouyang ('09)

    Kathleen teaches History and Government at Oakcrest. She attended Roanoke College, where she earned a B.A. in History with a concentration in East Asian Studies. She is particularly interested in Chinese history, studying abroad in China with grants from the ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation and the U.S. Fulbright Program. She is an avid volleyball player, artist, reader, and perpetual student of Mandarin. She enjoys connecting with her students in the classroom. 
  • Maria (Kilner) Sousa ('99)

    Maria served as Oakcrest Student Council President '98-99. Maria is the second oldest of nine children, including Brigid Kilner, Madie Kilner, and Antoinette (Kilner) Greengard, all Oakcrest alumna. Maria graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies. She has worked on the technology and communications teams for over 16 years at The Heritage Foundation. She is currently the Digital Director at Heritage. Her team is responsible for all of Heritage's web and digital properties.  Maria and her husband, Jose, have four children, ages 12, 9, 8 and 5 and they live in Washington, DC in the neighborhood of their alma mater, CUA. They enjoy raising their family in the city and take advantage of all of the parks and museums it has to offer.  

Past Alumnae Events

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