Meet the Board

Beth Herzog Michel '94, 09G

Beth serves as the current president of the Alumni Association and is a 1994 graduate of the paralegal studies department and a 2009 Masters of Leadership Development graduate. She works as a resource consultant, patient safety & risk services at MedPro Group, Fort Wayne, IN. She serves on the Alumni Board with the hope of encouraging other alums to continue their relationship with The Woods.

Fun Fact: “My three favorite places on this earth are the SMWC campus, Maui, and our home in the woods.”

Vice President
Lynn Morales '01

Lynn currently serves as the vice president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and graduated from the WED program in 2001 with a degree in accounting. She currently serves as the finance director for VNA & Hospice of the Wabash Valley. She serves on the board so she can be part of making a difference at the college and in the community to ensure that future students can have the life changing opportunities that she had.

Fun Fact: “I love going on organized group bike rides around the state.”

Veronica ‘Roni’ O’Connor '88

Roni currently serves as the secretary of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She graduated in 1988 with a degree in Music Education. In her professional life, Roni is a HR business manager for Leidos Health. She says her love of SMWC and the Sisters of Providence brought her to the Alum Board where she hopes to strengthen the ties to all alums, celebrating the rich history and grand accomplishments together.

Fun Fact: “I love being a mother to my son, Jake O'Connor-Gosser, as well as roles as cantor/choir member at St. Roch Catholic Church, and vocal coach to several students, while residing in the Indianapolis area.”

Scot Kellett '14G
Scot is a proud graduate of the Master of Leadership Development program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. He completed the Organizational Leadership track in February 2014. He currently serves as the field services manager at Duke Energy. Scot joined the Alumni Board to support the diverse culture of SMWC and strengthen the College for future sustainability.

Fun Fact: “Growing up I had a fear of heights and large bodies of water. So, I learned to scuba dive and climb high line poles.” 

Deborah “Debbie” Lary '79, '94G
Debbie graduated from Saint Mary-of-the Woods College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics with the sequence of dietetics/nutrition. She earned a Master of Science degree in dietetics from Eastern Illinois University in 1994. She works for Danville Dialysis Services in Danville, Illinois as a renal dietitian. Debbie was honored when she was asked to serve on the Alumni Board and continue to serve to give back to her alma mater.

Fun Fact: “In my spare time, I travel extensively; work as an antique dealer selling glassware, china, and jewelry.”

Tracy Biggs Green '05, '13G
Tracy is a two time graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2005 and her Masters of Leadership Development in 2013. She is the proud owner of Penny & Izzy's Children's Boutique located in Crystal Lake, IL.

Why does she serves on the board?: “I serve on the Alumni Board because I am extremely passionate about Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and care about its past, present and future.”


Peggy Grimmer Rolf '73
Peggy graduated in 1973 from the campus program with a degree in elementary education. She is enjoying the life of retirement now, but served on the Defiance City Board of Education for 10 years as a member and eventually president. She also worked at Deluxe Draperies and Interiors. She serves on the Alum Board because she loves SMWC - the traditions, quality of education, staff, students and Alumni! She appreciates that the College is always striving to be innovative and relevant. 

Fun Fact: “I love watching FOOTBALL on the weekends:  cheering, texting my family, and knitting.”

Sirrea Hayes Whittaker '07, '10G
Sirrea graduated in 2007 with a degree in Business Administration. In 2010, she completed her Masters of Leadership Development. She currently works for Finish Line as a real time monitor. She serves on the Alumni Board because she loves the Woods community, and this is another way of making an impact on the college and its future.

Fun Fact: “I love coming back to the Woods and pretending I am a student. I am counting down the years until my daughter attends SMWC (18)!”

Ann Bumb '12G
Ann graduated in September 2012 from the Masters of Leadership Development Program. She has been a registered nurse for over 30 years, with the majority of that time serving in the areas of Quality, Risk Management and Infection Control. She serves on the Alumni Board because SMWC is a special place and she wants to share that enthusiasm with other Alums who feel the same way!

Fun Fact: “I experienced the ‘Avenue experience’ the first time I came to the campus and I didn’t know there was such a thing! SMWC was a special place to me that first time I stepped on campus and it was then my intent to complete a degree at SMWC!”

Amy Frakes '94
Amy is a proud graduate of the Class of 1994 with a degree in legal studies. She completed her master’s program at St. Ambrose University in 2001. She currently works at Caterpillar Inc. as a procurement manager, controls and analytics for procurement service operations. She chose to serve on the Alumni Board to learn from other SMWC graduates as well as have an impact on SMWC for future generations of students.

Fun Fact: “One of my favorite pastimes is to invite friends and family to our home and prepare a meal. I enjoy cooking for large groups of people and struggle when it is time to only cook for 2!” 

Luahna Winningham Carter '89
Luahna earned a psychology degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 1989. She currently works for the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is the associate director for the Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program. She serves on the Alumni Board because she wants to give back to the College, and see her thrive in the future.

Fun fact: “I became a vegetarian for health reasons, but have become more dedicated to it from an ethical standpoint because of my dog, Baskin.”

Amanda C. Trimble Lindley '09
Amanda graduated from The Woods in 2009 with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Graphic Design. She currently serves as the director of communications & marketing for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. She serves on the SMWC Alumni Board because she believes in The Woods and the incredible education she provides to her students in order to become effective members of society.

Fun Fact: “I'm a shameless promoter of The Woods and for years I have shoved my college experience down every girl's throat I've come across, now I intend to do the same with middle and high school aged boys that I meet!”

Claire Thuning-Roberson '67, '76G
Claire earned her degree in Biology in 1967 from The Woods. She continued on to complete a master’s degree in 1976 and her PhD in 1982. She currently serves as the CEO of H2Biologics Inc and is a consultant to biopharmaceutical industry. She loves being an Alumni Board member because it gives her the opportunity to give back to The Woods and stay connected to her roots.

Fun Fact: “I love to compose music and lyrics (since grade school) and play the piano and guitar. My father was a violinist in his early days.”

Jane Jones Lane '67
Jane is a 1967 graduate of the English/secondary education program. She retired after teaching for over 35 years, with the last 27 years at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School in Lower Gwynedd, PA. As a result of her life experience as an educator and one who treasures her Woods memories, she seized the opportunity to contribute to the exciting growth and academic development at the Woods through serving on the Alumni Board.

Fun Fact: “Even though we live in Philadelphia, our Hoosier roots surface every March Madness as we cheer for our favorite teams and watch our brackets fall apart! (During some games we don't even answer our phone!)”

Anne Longtine '64
Anne earned her degree in Music in 1964, followed by a master’s degree in English from Indiana State University in 1968 and associates in computer technology from Purdue University at Fort Wayne in 1982. For 40 years, she served as a public high school English teacher in East Allen County School District. She then worked as a substitute teacher during her early retirement years. During her career, she had the privilege of volunteering for 20 years as an Academic Super Bowl coach. She serves on the Alumni Board as a way of trying to give back to SMWC, in some small way, for the multiple blessings that have come to her as a result of all she has given to me.

Fun Fact: “My first ‘career’ was as a high school and college life guard and Water Safety Instructor.”

Debora (Debbie) Dillow '11G
Debbie earned her Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology in 2011. She is very involved with the Sisters of Providence and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Providence Associates. She serves on the Alumni Board because she loves Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and the education it provides to the students.

Fun Fact: “I love creating by using fiber, water, pencil and nature.”

Amy Sonderman Woods '90
Amy is a 1990 graduate with a degree in early childhood education and a minor in psychology. She is the director of religious education K-12 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Coggon, Iowa. She is so honored to serve on the Alumni Board, because The Woods gave so much to her and she wants to give back to her.

Fun Fact: “I own a 1924 Woods' ring, which I will present to my niece Shannon Sonderman in 2017.”

Margaret Ann “Peggy” Kelly Deputy '03
Peggy graduated with a bachelor degree in Art and Humanities in 2003, but is affiliated with her original class of 1964. She was in college for two years, then in the convent for 1.5 years and finished in WED in 2003. She worked several jobs but her very favorite was as a systems representative/analyst with Honeywell’s Computer Systems Division. She also worked in a couple of jobs in the Washington DC area as a customer service representative in computer related fields. She serves on the Alumni Board because it has been incredibly life affirming for her and she feels she is making a difference for SMWC.

Fun Facts: “I think I have wandering feet because I have lived in Paducah KY, Crawfordsville IN, Indianapolis IN, St Mary-of-the-Woods IN, back to Indy, Elkhart IN, Denver CO, Heidelberg FRG (Germany), Frankfurt FRG, Woodbridge VA, and back home again in Indiana.”

More fun facts: “I took Statistics 4 or 5 times in order to graduate!”