Graduate Notes

Find out what fellow classmates are doing, and share your own news. Notes received online will be posted in the appropriate class years. Alumnae/i photos also are welcome (for theSimmons magazine); be sure to include the names of all alumnae/i in the photo and class years. 

Graduate Programs

Business & Management

Professional News

Susan Grealy

Susan Grealy is COO of Pinck & Co. Pinck & Co. was recognized this month as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. on the business publication’s annual Inc. 5000 list. The September issue characterizes those on the 2016 list as “the superheroes of the U.S. economy.” Says Jennifer Pinck, founder and owner of Pinck & Co. “We are thrilled that Inc. has chosen to acknowledge what our team has accomplished, as well as our dedication to providing our clients with top services, through this recognition as one of America’s fastest growing private companies.” Recognized nationally as a Top 100 Inner City company by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, and as one of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe last year, Pinck and Company was ranked 3,672 on the annual Inc. 5000 list.

Note Submitted: October 31, 2016

Yvonne Macrae

Just graduated (5/21/16) with a PhD in Educational Studies/Adult Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. My dissertation title is: "Navigating the New American Classroom: How Adjunct Faculty Empower Themselves to Reach Out to the New Diverse Population of Students".  I am especially interested in this topic because I teach management courses as an adjunct faculty member.

Note Submitted: May 29, 2016

Catching Up

Barbara Dummermuth

I graduated from Simmons School of Management in 2001. Last year, July 30, 2015, I opened up the first Swiss Healing Center, called Laughing Buddha Boston in Boston at the waterfront offering holistic healthcare services such as Japanese & Chinese Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, non-factorystyle like yoga classes, Reiki, workshops and specialized courses to empower, inspire and educate. Please visit us to find out more at We are very happy to welcome you in our space.

Note Submitted: October 09, 2016


Professional News

Amy Poeppel

After working as a high school English teacher and raising three boys, I have turned to fiction writing! My first novel, SMALL ADMISSIONS, will be out this December thanks to Emily Bestler Books/Simon&Schuster. The book takes a humorous look at the occasionally absurd culture of private school admissions in New York City. For more information:

Note Submitted: August 11, 2016

Children's Literature

Professional News

Anna Staniszewski

Anna Staniszewski’s ’06GS novel for young readers, Once Upon a Cruise, was published by Scholastic on September 27, 2016.

Note Submitted: October 04, 2016

Jackie C Horne

While I earned my degree from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature, and continue to research and publish academic papers on the history of children's literature, I've recently turned my hand to writing historical romance novels. The third book in my THE PENNINGTONS series, A LADY WITHOUT A LORD, was published this Valentine's Day!

Note Submitted: February 14, 2017

Social Work

Professional News

Karen R. Koenig

Karen R. Koenig, M.Ed., LCSW, is having her seventh book published, "Helping Patients Outsmart Overeating: Psychological Strategies for Doctors and Health Care Providers" (Rowman & Littlefield 1/19/17), co-written with an MD. This book offers a new paradigm for doctors and health care providers treating patients with eating and weight concerns that replaces an outdated, moralistic focus on calorie restriction, weight and weight loss with one of fostering health, well-being, self-efficacy, and effective self-care. For more information, go to

Note Submitted: January 11, 2017

Margaret Marie

The Boston Home chose TBH resident, Margaret Marie ’86SW , for the 2015 Compassionate Care Award for her vision and initiative creating the InstaAid application with MIT students Beth Hadley, Laura D’Aquila, and Tanya Talkar. The team received the Best Practices Caregivers Award for their InstaAid iPad application at the 2015 AT&T and N.Y.U. Connect Ability Challenge. The application went live on the Apple App Store in April. 

“My education at Simmons College prepared me to take leadership roles. I have always tried to work for the A resident of The Boston Home for nine years, Margaret Marie grew up in Brookline, MA attending Brookline High School, received her bachelors degree from Stonehill College and Masters in Social Work from Simmons College. Read the full Press Release.

Note Submitted: November 18, 2015

Catching Up

Deborah Whitehair

Thelma Lyon, MSW Class of '69/'73 and Deborah Whitehair, MSW, LCSW, Class of '95, graduates of the School of Social Work, met at the Center for Advancement of Palliative Care (CAPC) annual conference in Orlando in October. They were delighted to discover that they were Simmons grads. Both are enthusiastic about palliative medicine in different ways. Deborah works for LeeHealth's Palliative Care Program in Ft Myers, FL. Thelma is a philanthropist for palliative care at the national level and in southwest Florida.

Note Submitted: November 28, 2016


Professional News

Hot Hungry Planet
Lisa Palmer
Lisa Palmer recently published a powerful narrative reconciling the threat of climate change with the need to feed a growing world. In Hot, Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change, Palmer humanizes the nexus of food production, climate change, and environmental resilience by focusing on the ingenuity and innovation that will create a climate-smart food future. She offers a new perspective on the environmental issues the planet is facing and what creative individuals are doing in order to combat them. The books takes a pragmatic and clear-eyed view of both the problems and their potential solutions.
Note Submitted: May 10, 2017