When my mom first told me that I would be able to join Oakcrest on a service trip to Jamaica, I didn’t know what to think. Should I be excited or nervous? I had been on several service trips around DC, Boston, and even Tennessee, so I thought this would be easy for me. Boy, was I wrong.
Maritere and her sister-in-law Anne (Crum) Kelley, served as interviewers for the Oakcrest Veritas Award in February 2018. Maritere attended Oakcrest for only two years at the original campus at Yuma Street. She attended George Mason University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing. While focusing her energy and time primarily on raising her children and serving her family, Maritere has also found time to work for several home-based businesses in a sales role. Ten years ago, she founded The Preppy Cottage, an online business specializing in personalized gifts. Maritere has also been an active volunteer and board member of the Paul Stefan Home which assists women in crisis pregnancy situations. Maritere has been active in her children’s education both as a volunteer in the school as well as the Admissions Coordinator for Donahue Academy in Ave Maria, FL. Maritere and her husband Richard have eight children, ranging in age from 4 to 22 years old and one in heaven.
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.
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.