Alumnae/i Regional Networks & Clubs
John Simmons’ pioneering vision of women being able to earn independent livelihoods and lead meaningful lives is being fulfilled by the more than 50,000 alumnae/i who are leaders in their fields, communities, and the world.
To support Simmons founding vision and build on our shared legacy, the Office of Alumnae/i Engagement is working with local volunteers to strengthen the Alumnae/i Network. We invite you to connect with your regional contacts, networks, and clubs.
Questions? Interested in volunteering? Contact Lindsay Villone, Assistant Director of Regional and Volunteer Programs via email or at 617-521-2625.
Simmons Alumnae/i Regional Network & Clubs
Since 1930, The Simmons Club of Boston has been promoting a spirit of fellowship among Boston area alumnae/i by providing social and educational events which help fund our annual scholarship.
The Club is open to all 25,000 alumnae/i, both undergraduate and graduate, living in the Greater Boston area. Programs that the Simmons Club of Boston sponsors vary according to members’ interests but are focused on highlighting the successes of local alumnae/i, connecting alumnae/i back to Simmons, and supporting the personal and professional growth of our community.
Join the Boston Facebook Group!
The Simmons Club of Cape Cod and the Islands encourages members to network with each other and to support Simmons University. For over 50 years, the Club has promoted a spirit of fellowship among alumnae/i. The Club also provides a scholarship to an incoming Simmons student from the Cape or Islands.
Programs that the Cape Cod Club sponsors vary according to members' interests. Some examples include:
- Hosting Simmons faculty and thought-leadership to speak at Club meetings
- Attending an event at one of the many historical or cultural venues on Cape Cod, with a guest speaker
- Annual outing to the Cape Cod Symphony Holiday Concert
Join the Simmons Club of Cape Cod Facebook Group!
President: Margaret Kane '75
Vice President: Christine Daly '72SW, '90SM
Secretary: Sandra Bolton '77
Treasurer: Nancy Betz '93SM
Over 3400 Simmons alumnae/i call Western MA home. Many alumnae/i are already connected as friends and co-workers and there is a lot of interest in building a network in the region. If you are one of them or will be moving here, we want to connect with you!
Join the Northampton Facebook Group!
Jessica Deres ’12
Rhode Island & SE Massachusetts Club
The Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts Club reorganized in 1989 and now has over 70 members who are connected to each other by their shared experience and love for Simmons. Programs that the group sponsors vary according to members' interests and the needs of Simmons.
Some examples include:
- Visiting arts and historic institutions
- Attending polo events, wine tastings, and local cruises
- Hosting authors for talks and book signings
Events are open to all alumnae/i in the area. The Club collects $15 dues on an annual basis for alumnae/i who choose to join as members. Graduates of Simmons (undergraduate, graduate, and online) within the last year receive one year of free Club membership.
Co-Presidents: Siobhan Wahlberg '87 and Alice Considine '79
Vice President of Communication: Dorothea Doar '52
Vice President of Programs: Gail Storms '58
Treasurer: Heather Demelia '87
Secretary: Maxine Williams '68, '74GS
Member at large: Pat O'Hara '57
New York City
There are almost 1,400 Simmons University alumnae/i in the 5 boroughs of New York City alone and over 3,500 in the surrounding area; making New York one of the largest networks in the country. Many are already in connection—as colleagues, friends, and advisors and there is a long history of alumnae/i volunteers planning and hosting events that support the professional and personal growth of the alumnae/i community.
We are rebuilding the local leadership team and the Office of Alumnae/i Engagement is happy to support the efforts to reinvigorate the connections between alumnae/i in the region.
Join the NYC Facebook Group!
Northern New Jersey Simmons Club
The Northern New Jersey Simmons Club is an active group that engages in community building and social events for alumnae/i living in the region. With a long history of connecting with alumnae/i in the region, this club organizes a number of annual social events and supports a generous scholarship fund for Simmons students from the region. If you would like to receive invites, learn more, or volunteer, please connect with Club Leadership.
Leslie Deiss ’88, Co-Director
Peggy Adelson Saslow ’44, Co-Director, Alumnae/i Admissions Coordinator for Northern NJ
Diane Dougherty ’69, Financial Officer
Deepa Kumarjiguda ’15, Communications Officer
Fairfield & Westchester
As one of the regions with the most Simmons University alumnae/i outside of Boston, the alumnae/i community has held many events and gatherings over the years to keep the connections strong.
Lynne Marino ’81
Over 1,400 Simmons alumnae/i call metro Hartford home. The Simmons Club of Hartford has a long and active history and there is interest in rebuilding the presence of the network here.
Join the Hartford Facebook Group!
Adria Giordano ’92
There are over 1,600 Simmons University alumnae/i living and/or working in Metro DC. The Simmons Club of DC has a long and active history and there is interest in rebuilding the presence of the network here. Local alumnae/i have helped organize a number of recent events and our plan is to continue to organize social and professional development/skills-sharing gatherings. Would you like to join this effort?
Join the Metro DC Facebook Group!
Minna Williams ’04SM
There are over 500 Simmons alumnae/i living in the Metro Chicago region there is a long history of engagement between alumnae/i and back to our alma mater through the Chicago Simmons Club. Recently, a number of alumnae/i have stepped up to reinvigorate these connections and strengthen the network in the region.
Join the Chicago Facebook Group!
Florida Gold Coast
There are over 350 alumnae/i that call this region home whether seasonally or all year round. This club has a long history of connecting alumnae/i with each other and back to our alma mater. The Office of Alumnae/i Engagement is working with local volunteers to reinvigorate activity in this region.
Club contact: Marianne Kollmer ’82
The Simmons Club of Southwest Florida is one of longest running and active clubs in the Simmons alumnae/i community. Holding a number of annual events including cultural and educational programming and a book discussion group that meets regularly, this Club seeks to engage the over 500 Simmons alumnae/i living in the region. If you would like to learn more about or participate in the activities they offer, please contact the Club leaders.
Over 150 Simmons alumnae/i call the Houston area home. Many are already connected as friends and co-workers, and there is interest in building a network in the region. If you are interested in helping plan and/or host a gathering, we want to connect with you!
Julia Eva King ’10
Over 300 Simmons alumnae/i call Los Angeles home. Many alumnae/i are already connected as friends and co-workers, and there is a lot of interest in building a network in the region. If you are one of them or will be moving here, we want to connect with you!
Katherine Swanson ‘09
There are over 1200 Simmons University alumnae/i living and/or working in the Bay Area. We are currently focused on building connections between alumnae/i and back to Simmons and have held a number of events so far. Our plan is to continue to organize social and professional development/skills-sharing gatherings and we are looking for volunteers to help.
Join the Bay Area Facebook Group!
The Palo Alto area has active group that engages in community building and social events for alumnae/i living in that region. With a long history, this network organizes a number of annual social events and supports a generous scholarship fund for Simmons students from the region. If you would like to receive invites, learn more, or volunteer, please connect with one of the alumnae/i listed below.
There are over 325 alumnae/i in the San Diego region, which has a long history of alumnae/i gathering and staying connected. Local alumnae/i have organized a number of events and are continuing these efforts.
Julissa Jansen ’11
Join the Seattle Facebook Group!
Over 300 Simmons alumnae/i call Seattle home. Manyare already connected as friends and co-workers, and there is a lot of interest in building a network in the region. Recent gatherings have begun to bring the local community together. If you are interested in helping to plan and/or host the next gathering, we want to connect with you!
The Simmons University Arizona Alumnae/i Group engages in events that enhance alumnae connection with Simmons and raises public awareness of the University's excellence. Programs that the group sponsors vary according to members' interests such as visiting arts and cultural institutions and sharing a meal together.
Leslie Dykeman ’70
Helen Goldfarb Goldman ’67
Joan Pattillo Miller ’74
Maryanne Duhig Siek ’86LS