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10 Under 10

This year, we will be honoring alums who graduated between 2011 and 2020 and are emerging leaders in their fields, making significant contributions to their communities by living out their calling. Our awardees serve as outstanding young role models for our current and future students by showcasing the attributes of an NDA graduate. The event will take place virtually on Sunday, November 14th. 

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Congratulations to our 2021 10 under 10 honorees

Christina Bailey-Hytholt '11
Sarah Bourisk '13
Leah Ellis '11
Molly Farber '11
Rachel Garabedian '11
Paisley Haddad '17
Aneeka Kalia '12
Sumer Shaikh '11
Fatima Vakil '13
Katie Wickstrom '15

Christina Bailey-Hytholt '11- After graduating from NDA in 2011, Christina went on to study Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and graduated in 2015 with her Bachelor of Science degree with high distinction. While at WPI, she was the recipient of two outstanding women student awards, and she was involved in organizations including Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Alpha Gamma Delta Women’s Fraternity. Christina conducted undergraduate research at WPI, where she found her passion for research that led to her pursuing graduate school. She earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at Brown University. Her research focused on using placental trophoblast cells to develop biotechnological approaches that advance prenatal and women’s health. Christina mentored several undergraduate students during her thesis research and was a teaching assistant for four courses at Brown. Christina is the recipient of a Biomedical Engineering Society Career Development award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers Women in Chemical Engineering award, the 2020 Outstanding Thesis Award from the School of Engineering at Brown, and the 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching at Brown. She has several peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters, and she has traveled to national and international meetings in her field to present her work. Since defending her Ph.D. in December 2019, Christina has been a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biologics Drug Product Development group at Sanofi where she works on formulating lipid nanoparticles for gene delivery. Christina will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at WPI in January 2022. Her research lab aims to help fulfill an unmet need of using chemical engineering and bioengineering approaches towards advancing prenatal and women’s health. Christina is grateful for the many tremendous mentors she has had throughout her education, and she is honored to now be able to serve as a mentor and educator for the next generation of chemical engineers.

 

 

Sarah Bourisk '13- During Sarah’s time as a student at Notre Dame Academy, she always had an interest in science. Upon attending classes throughout her high school career, her interest grew, which eventually led to acceptance into the Women in Science and Technology program at Boston College, a program that was offered through Notre Dame. This program not only solidified Sarah’s love for science, but also encouraged it. After graduating Notre Dame Academy in 2013, Sarah attended the University of New Haven where she received a dual Bachelor’s of Science degree in Forensic Science with a concentration in Biology, Biology Pre-Medical, and a minor in chemistry. During her undergraduate career, Sarah was very active in her sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon, and also served as a member of the University’s All Greek Council. Sarah graduated in 2017, and immediately began her Graduate career. In 2019, she received a Master’s of Science degree in Forensic Technology, also from the University of New Haven. Upon graduation, Sarah began her career with the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory, working her way up into a Forensic Scientist in the Criminalistics Unit as well as a Crime Scene Responder for the Crime Scene Response Unit.

Leah Ellis '11- Leah Ellis is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy Class of 2011. She attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT where she completed her Bachelors of Science in Health Science Studies as a member of the Alpha Eta Health Science Honors Society. Leah then went on to complete her Master of Public Health concentrating in Global Health from Imperial College London, a top 10 Global University. Her Masters research dissertation concentrated on women’s health innovation implementation in the England National Health Service (NHS). Her passion for women’s health led her to founding the USA registered non-profit organization, Oyana International. Oyana provides environmentally sustainable menstrual health solutions and a women’s health and empowerment curriculum to schools, orphanages, and tribal villages in Tanzania. Her organization has delivered this service to over 700 women. The accomplishments of Oyana International led to her invitation by the former Head of the British Development Division in Eastern Africa to a reception at the United Kingdom House of Parliament on behalf of Plan International UK and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK. 

Leah now works in London, UK as a Clinical Trial Central Data Manager concentrating on global treatments for COVID-19. Her research, which has been presented to organizations such as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the World Health Organization, focuses on global partnerships with 22 countries for repurposed drugs to treat COVID-19.

Molly Farber '11- Molly Farber graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 2011. She went on to attend Assumption College for two years then transferred to UMass Amherst where she majored in Sociology and played on the women’s rugby team. Molly interned with the Northampton District Court Probation Department and Northampton Police Department while in college. She graduated from UMass in 2015 and went on to attend the Western Massachusetts Police Academy in August. Molly graduated from the academy in February and was hired with the Amherst Police Department in September of 2016 where she has worked for 5 years.

Rachel Garabedian '11- Rachel Garabedian graduated from The Catholic University of America in 2015 with her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. After graduation, she travelled to Tanzania to volunteer with an organization called Engineering World Health. There she spent the summer repairing medical equipment in local hospitals. Rachel currently works as a Senior Supplier Quality Engineer with Boston Scientific supporting medical devices in the Urology & Pelvic health space. In total she has now worked in the medical device space for 6 years in various engineering roles.  Rachel currently lives in Austin, TX and in her free time enjoys hiking, traveling, yoga, and leading community service events with the Society of Women Engineers. She is also actively pursuing her Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Penn state.

Paisley Haddad '17- After proudly serving as Class President and graduating from Notre Dame Academy in 2017,  Paisley went on to graduate from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with concentrations in Public Relations and Journalism. During her time on campus, she was involved with a number of organizations, including North Road Communications (NRC), the Marist Circle Newspaper, the Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honor Society, PRSSA, the Marist Dance Ensemble, and worked in the college’s Marketing and Communications office. Her work with NRC, the student-run Integrated Marketing Communications firm, as Firm Director was especially rewarding, not only getting to gain real-life client experience but also for the chance to work with 11 deserving non-profit organizations residing in the Hudson Valley, NY area. The organization’s missions ranged from recovery programs for women battling addiction, Meals on Wheels branches, sports mentoring programs, and others, each carrying a special message to deliver for each client. During the fall 2019 semester, Paisley also had the privilege to take part in the Marist in Manhattan program, living in NYC and earning a spot in the highly competitive Fox Entertainment Internship Program as a Publicity Intern. In December of 2020, Paisley also began The Queen of Comm Podcast, a show dedicated to sharing the stories of remarkable women in communications. Heavily inspired by NDA’s spirit of women’s empowerment, Paisley has been able to interview over 30+ women on the show and isn’t stopping yet. Paisley’s work with the show also caught the attention of PRWeek, an industry-leading publication in PR, and was invited not only to speak at a Clubhouse chat with their lead Gen Z reporter but also to take part in their PR Decoded conference and a feature story on their website, where she spoke on the future of Gen Z in PR. Currently, she works as an Account Coordinator at Uproar PR and is an Associate Member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Aneeka Kalia '12-  After graduating from Notre Dame Academy in 2012, Aneeka received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and South Asian Studies from Connecticut College in May of 2016. Presently, she is an Editorial Assistant at Viking Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, with previous experiences as an Editorial Intern at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. As an Editorial Assistant she is responsible for performing administrative duties and evaluating manuscripts. As a senior at Connecticut College, Aneeka worked as a Fellow in the Office of Career Enhancing Life Skills at Connecticut College. As a Fellow, she met individually with first year students and facilitated workshops on various aspects of career preparation, including writing resumes and cover letters, networking and job/internship searching, and interviewing. She internationalized her education by spending a semester in New Delhi, India studying Hindi, and Indian literature and history. Aneeka was a co-captain of the Connecticut College Women's Tennis team for two years. While playing singles and doubles for the varsity team, Aneeka was also responsible for communicating with prospective students and setting up recruiting visits and creating community amongst the team through workouts and bonding events in the off season. She received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athlete Award for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years. Aneeka is also a recipient of the 2015 Arthur Ashe Junior Sports Scholar Award.

Sumer Shaikh '11-  After graduating from Notre Dame, Sumer completed her undergraduate degree from Clark University where she studied International Development and Social Change. It was in college that she developed an interest in protecting our land, resources, and the environment. Since graduating, Sumer has become a communications professional first with the Sierra Club where she served as a press secretary in the Beyond Coal campaign, working to justly transition states in the Southeast and Southwest off of coal and gas, to clean energy. During her time at the Sierra Club, Sumer worked on numerous campaigns that successfully shut down coal plants, including those in West Virginia, New Mexico and Colorado. Since the global pandemic hit, Sumer's work has been focused less on stopping the bad and more on creating a vision for a country that is more equitable, healthy and sustainable for everyone, particularly black and brown communities that are disproportionately impacted by environmental, climate, and economic injustices. That interest brought her to her current role as the Press Secretary at the Green New Deal Network, a coalition of 15 national organizations and 25 state tables that are fighting to get a robust and bold Build Back Better Act passed through Congress, at this very moment. Throughout her career, Sumer has spent much of her time creating pathways for voices and communities that often left out of the media, working on news stories on injustices that impact non-white individuals to outlets such as the New York Times, Politico, Denver Post, and more. 

Fatima Vakil '13- After graduating from Notre Dame Academy in 2013, Fatima matriculated at The Ohio State University (OSU) where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2017. After working as Program Assistant in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at OSU, she started as a research assistant in the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) where she became a research coordinator/lab manager. She has co-authored several research papers in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to her role at NCH, Fatima enjoyed working as a behavioral health aide for clients with developmental disabilities. Her variety of work experiences helped inform her decision to pursue a position in research compliance and operations. Fatima is currently the Senior Operations Associate on the research team at the Abdul-Latif Poverty Action Lab’s North America office (J-PAL NA), based at MIT. J-PAL is a research center focused on poverty alleviation by utilizing randomized impact evaluations to inform policy.

 

Katie Wickstrom '15- After leading the NDA Golf Team to a State Championship and graduating from NDA in 2015, Katie continued her education at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, where she studied Accounting.  During her undergraduate years, Katie became involved in residence life and joined the Division I Women's Rowing Team. She achieved WCC All-Academic Honorable Mention for two seasons and was nominated team captain her senior year. Katie additionally was recognized for her achievements in the classroom, specifically receiving two Accounting merit scholarships. She completed the Leavey Scholar's Program, a program suited for top business students. In June 2019, Katie graduated Magna Cum Laude and immediately began studying for the exams to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Katie began her professional career in San Francisco as an Assurance Staff at Ernst & Young (EY), one of the Big 4 public accounting firms. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, she moved back to Massachusetts and worked remotely at EY for a year. After passing all four exams and fulfilling the professional experience requirement, she became a CPA in February 2021. Katie migrated to the private sector, where she now works as the Senior Accountant for Downeast Cider House, located in East Boston, MA