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Alumni Profiles

St. Mary's students go on to do amazing things.

Here is what some of them are up to!

Monica Goracke ‘93
Williams College ‘97 B.A. in English
Stanford University Law School ‘01 J.D.
Current location: Portland, Oregon

Monica is currently the managing attorney of the Oregon Law Center’s Portland Regional Office. As managing attorney, she supervises the office’s legal work, conducts outreach and community presentations, litigates in state and federal court, and works with local and state policymakers on issues affecting low-income Oregonians.

Joe Welsh ‘92
Linfield College ‘96, B.S. Finance
Current location: Taipei, Taiwan

While at Linfield College, Joe played basketball for two years before joining the coaching staff, eventually serving as the Head Junior Varsity coach leading the team to one of their best seasons, including wins over several Oregon Community College programs. He was also active in student government as well as the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Joe worked as a consultant for his Fraternity immediately out of college, traveling to campuses on the East coast and Midwest, and then returned to Portland to join Merrill Lynch as a retail stockbroker. In 1999 he joined Intel Corporation where he has worked for the last 15 years. In those 15 years he’s had a varied career including roles in procurement, engineering, product development and marketing. This has also included two separate international assignments, one in Shanghai, PRC and his current assignment in Taipei, Taiwan.

He is currently in Intel’s Sales and Marketing Group as Global Account Manager for Asia Pacific. He manages the sales team that calls on the Asia design and procurement centers for Dell Computer, one of Intel’s largest customers.

Outside of work he enjoys traveling with his wife of 15 years and 3 young daughters, ages 12, 10 and 6. He plays just enough golf to retain a single digit handicap, and continues to play basketball a couple times a week.

Leslie Ordal ‘99
Wellesley College, BA, Biological Sciences, 2004
University of Toronto, MSc., Molecular Genetics (Genetic Counseling), 2014
Current location: Toronto, Ontario

At Wellesley (even at St. Mary's) I found I had a strong interest and ability in both writing and the sciences. This eventually led to my starting up my own medical writing and editing business, which I have had for six years and has encompassed everything from copyediting medical journals, to writing manuscripts for scientific research and even reporting on conference proceedings or pharmaceutical development meetings with subject matter experts.

After working for two years in a full-time role developing continuing medical education for paramedics, I returned to school for my MSc. in Genetic Counseling at the University of Toronto. I've chosen a research-oriented career, having first worked in clinical research ethics at the largest pediatric hospital in Canada. I'm now on a year-long contract to develop and run several studies to benefit children with severe communication impairments, working with a clinical engineering lab that makes novel communication devices that can be controlled by eye movement, vocalizations, or even changes in brain wave patterns.

Dr. Jeremy Brady ‘97, PT, DPT
Trinity University, B.S. Computer Science, B.S. Geoscience, 2002
Texas State, Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2013
Licensed Physical Therapist
AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR & AED)
Professional Affiliations
American Physical Therapy Association and Texas Physical Therapy Association Member
Current location: Medford, Oregon

Awards and Achievements
Innovation & Excellence in Digital Educational Design (Harcourt, 2006)
Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America (1997)
2-time Ironman Triathlon Finisher (2005, 2007)

Jeremy is currently a Physical Therapist for an outpatient spine-specialty clinic. He is one of a three team lead working in conjunction with Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physicians, spinal surgeons chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists to create a multidisciplinary approach emphasizing conservative care in rehabilitation of each individual patient. He is also part of a multidisciplinary team exploring the research behind physical therapy status/post lumbar spine fusion that has three papers up for publication.

Alexi Shean ‘12
Lewis and Clark College ’15, B.S. Chemistry
Current location: Portland, Oregon

Alexi Graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 3 years and was the youngest in her graduating class. While in school, Alexi was a Northwest Conference Scholar-Athlete; placed 2nd and 3rd at the Northwest Conference track meet in the high jump in 2015 and 2014; was the 5th all-time in Lewis and Clark history for the high jump and 4x100m relay; was the women's varsity track and field team captain for 2014-2015; was Miss Willamette Valley 2014 placing in the top 10 at Miss Oregon; was the recipient of the Tiffany Phillips Scholar-Athlete Award and was the 2014-2015 Co-President of the Pre-Health Professionals Club.

While she is applying to medical school, Alexi is also working part-time as a medical scribe and working in the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab at Oregon Health and Science University. Having worked with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals for 11 years and Special Olympics as a volleyball coach for 2 years, she hopes to one day become a developmental pediatrician.

Bay Gross ‘09
Yale University ‘13, bachelor's in computer science cum laude
Current location: Zurich, Switzerland

Since 2013 Bay has been working as a product manager for Google. One year was spent in New York City managing engineering teams in Sydney and Bangalore India, and another year in Europe managing engineering teams for YouTube's brand advertising business.

Bay’s role involves working at the intersection of engineering, design, and business development for projects within Google. Bay plans to matriculate at Harvard Business School in the fall of 2016.

Qifang (Snow) Guo ‘12
University of Rochester ’15, B.S. Financial Economics with a minor in German
Current location: Los Angeles, California

Qifang is an international student from Shanghai, China. She came to St. Mary’s for her Sophomore, Junior and Senior years. She went on to graduate from University of Rochester in three years with a major in Financial Economics and minor in German. During her Sophomore year, she began working as an accountant at Odysseylife. While working as an accountant, she was also a Chinese and Math teaching assistant. After graduating from the University of Rochester, she moved to Los Angeles to start her accounting career at LA Grand Clothing INC. Qifang plans to pursue a masters degree in Finance/Accounting in 2016.

Dr. Lisa Bebell ‘97
Trinity University '01 B.S. in Biology, B.A in Philosophy. Graduated Magna Cum Laude and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
University of Queensland B.S Honours Zoology and Entomology '02
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons M.D. '08
Current location: Mbarara, Uganda and Boston, Massachusetts

Lisa is currently a research fellow in infectious diseases and critical care in the Harvard combined programs. Her first year of training from July 2012 through June 2013 was spent working on the adult inpatient infectious diseases consult service at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her second year of training from July 2013 through June 2014, was spent as a full-time critical care fellow, working in the intensive care units at MGH and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, while continuing working in the infectious diseases outpatient clinic one half-day weekly. Her outpatient infectious diseases clinic consisted of HIV primary care, treating patients on outpatient antibiotic therapy, and advanced management of mycobacterial disease.

In July 2014, Lisa entered the research phase of her fellowship training, beginning with the Program in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health. After this course, she moved to Mbarara, Uganda to engage in full-time research activities. Over 10 months on-site, her research will focus on puerperal (peripartum) infections, addressing key priorities of the World Health Organization to better understand the causes of maternal morbidity and mortality, and developing interventions to improve maternal health outcomes, especially amongst HIV-infected women. Her training in infectious diseases and critical care, and over 2 years’ prior research experience in sub-Saharan Africa, make her particularly well-suited to be the primary investigator in this project. Using skills acquired from this course, Lisa is confident that she will develop the skills necessary to write a successful K-23 career development award supporting her ultimate goal of becoming an independent academic clinical scientist with expertise in the epidemiology of puerperal sepsis among HIV-infected women in resource-limited settings.

Dr. Matt Purkeypile
American Sentinel University '04, Denver, B.S., Computer Science
American Sentinel University '05, Denver, M.S., Computer Science, Magna Cum Laude
Colorado Technical University '09, Doctorate, Computer Science, research area: quantum computer programming
Cerro Coso '13, Associate of Science, Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
University of Nebraska-Lincoln '15, M.B.A. Finance
Current location: San Mateo, California


User interface for automated provision of build images, issued March 26, 2013
Modular imaging download system, issued January 26, 2010
Method and system for automated provision of build images, issued February 20, 2007

Matt works for Xignite, a startup company based out of San Mateo, CA as the Engineering Director and is also completing his MBA from the University of Nebraska on the 9/11 GI Bill. He is a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran.

Franny El Attrash-Ukaejiofo ‘09
Peking University, Beijing Sept. – Dec. 2011
China Studies Institute, Fall 2011
4 Courses- Mandarin, Chinese Political Reformation, Sino-American Relations, and Women’s Studies
Chapman University ‘13; B.A. Double Major in Political Science and Peace Studies,
Minor in Women’s Studies
American University, Expected Graduation 2016, Candidate for Master’s in Public Policy
Current location: Virginia

Francesca El Attrash-Ukaejiofo is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Public Policy, with a concentration in International Development, from the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington DC. She is expecting to graduate in 2016. Her academic and professional interests are foreign policy, international development, and government administration. Her causes of interest are human rights, particularly gender equality.

Francesca is currently an Editorial Fellow at Govloop, which works to connect public sector professionals to improve government. During her time in DC, she also interned with Senator Ron Wyden’s Office (D-OR) on Capitol Hill and the Department of State in the Foreign Service Institute. Recently, Francesca worked as a Research Assistant at the Congressional Management Foundation, which is dedicated to improving Congress’s effectiveness.

During her undergraduate career, Francesca gained experience in grassroots organization through her involvement in various social justice groups including Chapman Feminists, the Queer Straight Alliance, and the University Program Board. Her social activism inspired her to focus on women’s leadership on the international platform.

After completing her Master’s program, she hopes to work either in Department of State or an international organization focusing on women’s issues. She currently lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Dr. Rex Ukaejiofo.

(The Martin sisters, from left to right, Maria ’08, Nicole ’11 and Lillian ’14)

Nicole Martin ‘11
Yale University ’15 B.A. in History of Art, with distinction
Current location: New Haven, Connecticut

Nicole earned several university and residential college awards for her contributions to student life while at Yale. She also completed the full pre-medical coursework, in addition to doing two years of biomedical research. Nicole currently works in the Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences Department at the Yale School of Medicine as a postgraduate associate, where she will be working in both clinical and research settings to construct a new biorepository for the entire department.