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James Sass

Class of 1993
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Dr. Sass recently completed 15 years as an Adjunct Professor at Northern Virginia Community College.

James Sass

Class of 1993
Pride in Service to Country
Pride in Service to Country
Retired from US navy after serving 26 years, 1975-2001.

Melissa Jackson

Class of 2007
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Melissa Jackson, MA coun. Sarasota, FL, left webster and found herself in extra roles in Magic City. (Starz Network), Frank v God (Stewart Schill) out now, commercials, and a featured role as Bathsheba Sherman in The Conjuring movie"s companion DvD House of Darkness House of Light, (Mysterious World TV)

She welcomes any opportunities from Webster Alums in the Entertainment field or projects.

You can reach her at

Amanda Ray

Class of 2005
Mandy Ray BA '05
Mandy Ray BA '05
St. Louis, MO – Nov. 8 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Mandy Ray as its new Chief Development Officer, effective Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.

Ray’s 12 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and development includes her previous role as the Senior Associate Director of Development at Washington University’s School of Engineering & Applied Science in St. Louis. Ray has dedicated her efforts to empowering women by establishing and organizing the Women & Engineering program which was created to inspire and mentor Washington University’s female students.

“The mission of Girl Scouting is what excites me about this position,” she said. “It is a passion of mine to empower young women, to help them become more confident and to do amazing things. This is something I’ve always been passionate about and I’m excited to put that in practice every day.”

Ray will oversee strategic planning, implementation, management and oversight of all fundraising and donor relation activities for the organization as it continues to develop today’s girls into tomorrow’s leaders.

A St. Louis native, Ray received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Webster University and resides with her husband and three young children in the metro area.

Jeanine Pelikan

Class of 1974
Jeanine Rita Bubash and Douglas Rupert Pelikan were married July 22, 1967, in an evening candlelight ceremony at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in south St. Louis. Ms. Pelikan, a graduate of Fontbonne University and Webster University, taught foreign language in the Bayless School District and at Lutheran South High School before retiring, when she became a community volunteer, with particular service to OASIS and the Fabulous Fox Theatre. She has served on the board for the St. Louis-Lyon Sister Cities Inc. and is a caregiver. Mr. Pelikan,a graduate of Saint Louis University and Washington University, enjoys his retirement from McDonnell Douglas/Boeing. The Pelikans live in south St. Louis County.

Kristy Rooney

Class of 1999
Kristy "Indi" Rooney (Jones) has been name to her region's 40 Under 40 list in the South Sound of Seattle.

Carol Drury

Class of 1992
I will be representing Webster University at the inauguration of David Finegold as president of Chatham University (my undergrad alma mater), in Pittsburgh PA on October 13, 2017.

Robin Blanc

Class of 1985
I'm working in China this school year at Liuzhou high school.

My blog is

Robin Blanc
BA '85, MA '98

Cecily Jones

Class of 1945
- Deceased
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Sister M. Cecily Jones, SL (aka Peggy)
February 28, 1924–July29, 2017

A.B.,Webster College, July, 1945: major in English
M.A., English, University of Saint Louis, 1953
M.A., theology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Notes from obituary for Sister M. Cecily Jones, SL.
Her own account of meeting the Sisters of Loretto, written in 2007 in a letter to a young friend:

“Having been educated by the SSNDs, first grade through junior college, I then finished college at Webster in St. Louis, where I met the SLs. After graduation [in 1945], I was offered a teaching fellowship, [meaning] in exchange for teaching three sections of freshman English at Webster, I worked on my MA in English at St. Louis University. During that year, I gradually decided that I really liked being with and working with these sisters; I liked their friendliness; I liked the way I sometimes observed them interacting with and teasing one another; I liked their senses of humor and their ‘humanness.’ Finally I figured I’d like to join this group (no earthshaking ‘call’ from God, not even a feeling of anything especially ‘holy’ about it). I just felt that I might find a fulfilling life with these women with whom I felt so much at home.”

Peggy arrived at Loretto Motherhouse in Kentucky in June 1946, and received the habit and the name Sister Mary Cecily on December 8, 1946; two years later she made her first profession. Cecily’s account of her Loretto life after the novitiate continues in her own words:

[After]” a semester of teaching in Mobile, I was back at Webster, where I would remain for the next 12 years, teaching English and, for the last six of the years, being dean of students. Besides teaching, I, with several others, went to St. Louis U. for late afternoon and Saturday classes, completing my MA [in 1953]. In the community, I roomed, on the fourth floor of the Ad Building, with two other sisters, both around my age in the order; later, I would move over to living in the girls’ dorm, with its attendant duties. We were extremely busy. In addition to the professional part of our lives, we each had several chores—‘offices’ in Loretto lingo—cleaning the chapel or other areas; serving table several times a week; pitching in on Saturday afternoons with kitchen duties, such as preparing grapefruit for Sunday breakfast; staffing the guest dining room; taking a weekend shift at the switchboard, etc. Each large Loretto house, , among them, included several older, infirm sisters in the community. We younger ones helped care for them, carrying their trays, assisting them with getting ready for the day, wheeling their chairs to the choir loft for Mass, etc. It was all just a part of life for us.”

●English teacher, Webster College, Webster Groves, 1949-61

●Dean of students, Webster College, Webster Groves, 1955-61

●English teacher in high schools in Alabama and Illinois

●Theology teacher at Loretto Junior College in Nerinx, Ky.

●Director of postulants and director of the junior sisters, Loretto Center in Littleton, Colo..

●Campaign Staff for U.S. Congresswoman Pat Schroeder (Colorado District 1), June-November

1984, 1986, during which time Sister Cecily served as the congresswoman’s campaign manager ,


●Communications Director for the Sisters of Loretto, She initiated and for 16 years edited the

Loretto then-bimonthly newsletter, “ Interchange”. She also did a great deal of the writing.

●Secretary and registrar for the Thomas Merton Center for Creative Exchange and secretary at

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, both in Denver

●Longtime peace/justice activist and volunteer: in her words ” I became involved with the United

Farm Workers, with protesting the Vietnam War, and then on to nuclear issues, the nuclear freeze,

justice for janitors and other workers, gay rights, protesting the Gulf War, working for Middle East

peace, and on and on .“

Salvatore Giove

Class of 2009
Looking for fellow Alumni engaged in the financial and investment industry to invest in United Amvets, Inc. 9% cumulative preferred stock to purchase FEDEX Line Haul routes. Most line haul routes sell for 200K with vehicles and equipment and have approximately 40K+ net profits. Please write to with interest. Thanks.

Sal Giove
United Amvets, Inc.

Denis Bondar

Class of 2005
Hi Guys,

Is anyone connected with blockchain topic in Switzerland? Please let me know

Tony Hu

Class of 1998
CFA charter holder ceremony
CFA charter holder ceremony
I won the CFA and CIA qualifications during 2015-2016. With the MBA I got from Webster, I finally realized the dream of becoming a "Triple A" person.

Tony Hu

Class of 1998
Alumni Directors' Gathering in mid of 2017
Alumni Directors' Gathering in mid of 2017
With the greatest honor to be selected as the sole director for the MBA (Shanghai Campus) Alumni on behalf of Class 1996 (enrolled in 96, graduated in 98)

Cory Sielfleisch

Class of 2008
Cory Sielfleisch, BA ’08, Saint Louis, Mo. is the Community Manager for Nestlé Purina in St. Louis.

Lara Turek

Class of 2004
Lara Turek, BFA '04, MFA '11 (Saint Louis, Mo.) is the Director of Alumni Programs at Webster University.

Michael Walker

Class of 2008
DBA (November, 2013)
Dissertation in Economics (Quantitative)

Christopher Brammer

Class of 2006
General Manager photo
General Manager photo
Adam Brammer was made General Manager for GKN Aerospace Aircraft Transparency Systems (ATS) in December 2016. GKN ATS is the world’s leading provider of military transparency systems and second in the commercial aircraft transparency market. GKN ATS offers a full range of capability for design, analysis, testing and certification of military canopies, cockpit windows and passenger windows. The company supports the most advanced aircraft entering service today.

James Sass

Class of 1993
Happy Graduate
Happy Graduate
Awarded D.B.A. Applied Management, 14 May 2016.

Alexandre Amper

Class of 2000
Susanne and I are happy to announce the birth of our son, Matheo Alexandre born on June 19, 2016. He joins our family living in Zurich, Switzerland and is under the watchful eye of family dog Liberty 24 hours per day.

Douglas Kelsey

Class of 1984
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Douglas Kelsey, '84 - MA - Management/Public Administration joined the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations as Program Manager with Domain Awareness Standards and Analysis.
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