STU Alumni Association

As a graduate of St. Thomas University, you become a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. Your Alumni Association relies on engaged volunteers for many of its activities.

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Meet the STUAA Board of Directors

Margaret (Margie) Tracy, BA '75 - Acting Chair (Fredericton, NB)
Margie spent 40 years working in the electricity industry. After graduating from STU, she spent the bulk of her career working for New Brunswick Power, serving in many different areas. She also worked with the New Brunswick Systems Operator (NBSO). Since graduating in 1975, she has remained connected to the university community. She writes, “St. Thomas University has a ‘Past for Marking Futures’ and I am as proud of STU today as I was as a student.”


Emily Cochrane, BA’11 - Secretary (Fredericton, NB)
Emily was admitted to the New Brunswick Bar in 2015 and practices law with the Burke Law Group in Fredericton. She is currently developing a legal practice focusing on criminal defence, family law, and employment law. She holds a BA with Honours from STU and a JD from UNB. During her studies at STU, Emily was a member of STU Jazz and continues to be an active member of the Thomists. She has previously volunteered with French for the Future/le français pour l'avenir.

Jane Abernethy, BT'73,  BA'75 - At-Large Member (Fredericton, NB)
During her 32-year career in the education field, Jane held a variety of positions including FSL, elementary, high school methods and resource teacher, district supervisor and literacy coordinator. After retiring in 2001, Jane continued to be involved with provincial, district and university initiatives that included conducting school reviews that led to improvement planning, supervising UNB student interns, mentoring 1st year teachers and participating in a STU literacy project which involved measuring elementary students' reading achievement. 


Steven Butler, BA ’14 – At Large Member (Halifax, NS)
Steven has worked for many health charities including Bridgaoon Village, Heart & Stroke and now is the Wish Granting Manager for Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces. Steven is in charge of leading the wish program throughout the 4 provinces to create life-changing wish experiences for children living with critical illnesses. 


Don Bossé, BA’82, BEd’83 - At-Large Member (Fredericton, NB)
Don is the director of music and Fine Arts Department Head at Fredericton High School. He is a lecturer at St. Thomas University and the founder and director of STU Jazz. In 2015 he was awarded the Lieutenant-Governor's New Brunswick Youth Orchestra Award for his leadership for the musical development of the youth of New Brunswick. In 2016 he was named MusiCounts Teacher of the Year, sponsored by the iconic rock group RUSH, and honoured at the 2016 Juno Awards.


Dr. Dawne Clarke, BA'95 - At Large Member (Fredericton)
Dr. Dawne Clarke is a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University and a Master’s of Arts and PhD in Sociology from University of New Brunswick. She has authored numerous reviews and book chapters, as well as a book, A Sociological Study of Scholarly Writing and Publishing: How Academics Produce and Share Their Research. Clarke has served on numerous university committees.


Robert Fisher, BA'80 - At Large Member (Burlington, ON)
After graduation, Rob started his career as an airline pilot in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., where he flew the Twin Otter for Emirates Air Service. Returning to Canada in 1985, he was hired by Air Canada Jazz where he was a CRJ Regional Jet Captain based at Toronto Pearson. In 2016 he retired from Jazz. Originally from Fredericton, Rob lives in Burlington, Ontario and enjoys the Burlington Curling Club, Wine Club, and Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.


Mary Beth Gorey, BA’75 - At Large Member - (Fredericton, NB)
During her 32 years in education, Mary Beth worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist (Univ. of Maine, B.Sc., ’80, MA, ’87) and then as a resource teacher in several districts in New Brunswick. She retired in 2012 though continues to help in the Student Accessibility office at STU. She enjoys volunteering, travel and participating in sporting activities.


Dennis Livingstone, BA’ 73 - At-Large Member (Riverview, NB)
Dennis Livingstone began his career as the Drama Resource Person to the provincial Department of Youth. While there, he worked with youth theatre groups in Moncton and Riverview. After completing a BEd and studying Music at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, he taught Music in the west end schools of Moncton. In his thirty years as an educator, Dennis has conducted music and drama workshops throughout our country. 


Nora Valentino, BA '87 - At Large Member (Fredericton, NB)
Nora Valentino graduated from STU in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and returned the following year to take a year of French Immersion. She has held various positions since graduating, but currently works in customer service. When she was a student at STU, she was very involved in campus life. Now as an alumna, she attends many lectures, including the Dalton Camp Lecture, and is a diehard Tommies fan. She joined the Alumni Association as a way to give back to her alma mater

Melissa Wah, BA'10 - At Large Member (Fredericton, NB) 
Melissa is a communications professional who continues to build a career supporting non-profit organizations and government programs. During her time at STU she held several positions on the Students’ Union, sat on the St. Thomas University Board of Governors, and was a member of the grad class committee. She always says the most valuable lesson she took away from STU was the power of community. 


Dolores Whalen, BT '70 - At-Large Member (Fredericton, NB)
Dolores was a teacher in Fredericton schools for 32 years and retired in 2001. She has been working at LuminUltra Technologies since 2003 and is presently Senior Advisor. She served on the Board of Directors at the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce for 2 years. She does a lot of volunteering in the community and by serving on committees such as the SPCA, the Chalmers Foundation and the Fredericton Golf Club.  

Jodi Misheal - Vice-President Advancement and Alumni Relations - Ex-Officio

Wanda Bearresto, BA'87 - Alumni Affairs Officer - Ex-Officio