Alumni Board

Dear Alumni,

I am honored to be serving as your President for the 2018-2019 school year. Throughout the year, the Alumni Board will work diligently to maintain and improve the ways we reconnect fellow alumni with each other and the school. Our goal is to make our alumni outreach meaningful to each individual, by offering more variety of alumni gatherings. In reading this, you have already made at least one choice to stay connected to the school. Whether this is your only engagement or a small part of much more, we thank you.

This past year, we increased our number of Houston-based events and continued to visit major cities to connect with alumni. The Fine Arts reception was a new, particularly successful event and we are all looking forward to it again in 2019! We also launched a networking portal designed to help alumni create professional connections with each other. We hope you feel you have ample opportunities to stay connected to the School, from attending events throughout the year, to connecting with us when we host events in your city, to participating in the Internship program, to flying in for Reunion Weekend to catch up with former classmates. If you believe you have an idea which may help fulfill our mission, please feel free to get in touch and share your thoughts with us. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to view us as your voice within the Alumni Association.

To review, alumni highlights from the 2017-2018 school year include the following:
Local and Regional Events:
  • St. John’s hosted several regional events this year, including an east coast trip to New York and Washington, DC with Director of Community Inclusion Gene Batiste and Girls Lacrosse Coach Angie Kensinger. Marty Thompson ’91 represented the faculty at the San Francisco luncheon and happy hour, while Dwight Raulston ’71 represented the faculty at the Austin reception.
  • Locally, our year was filled with events including alumni football watch parties, St. John’s-Kinkaid Game tailgate, a young alumni happy hour with Kinkaid and Episcopal, college age tea on the Great Lawn, a competitive style Phonathon, Fine Arts reception, Red and Black Society wine tasting, and of course Reunion Weekend.
Reunion Weekend:
  • Over 300 alumni kicked off Reunion Weekend of Friday, with the Alumni Awards presentation followed by live music and dinner.
  • On Saturday morning, the Great Lawn was filled with alumni families enjoying Saturday at St. John’s, which included 9 bounce houses, carnival snacks, face painting and balloon art. The Alumni Association also honored the Class of 1968, on their 50th class reunion at the Mid-Century Rebels Luncheon.
  • To end the weekend the ’8 and ’3 classes celebrated their milestone reunions with individual class parties on Saturday night.
Alumni Annual Fund:
  • Twenty-nine percent of Alumni generously donated to the 2017-2018 Annual Fund representing over 1,400 gifts.
  • The Red & Black Society, the young alumni leadership giving society, has grown every year since the inaugural year, with 130 members generating over $246,980 for the 2017-2018 Annual Fund.The Red & Black Society members were invited to a special wine tasting event on March 20, 2018.
  • This past Phonathon has been the most successful yet generating over $96,000 and 288 gifts with 36 of those gifts from first time donors.
Networking Programs:
  • The Internship Program has continued to grow due to the amazing support of our alumni. Over 100 students applied, and 60 students were successfully placed in internships. The Internship Program continues to be a great way to connect students with alumni for meaningful experiences in a career field of interest. If you would like to get involved with the Internship Program please email
  • This past year we launched The St. John’s Network. The network is a website which allows St. John’s alumni to create an account and connect professionally with fellow SJS alumni through messaging, a jobs board, and similar interest groups. The St. John’s Network currently has over 350 users and it is rapidly growing. If you would like to join please visit
St John’s and the city of Houston are growing rapidly, and as growth brings many opportunities and challenges, our core values of honesty, respect, service to others, care and excellence stay the same. The Alumni Board exists to serve you, and will continue to work towards this goal. I look forward to seeing you this year at alumni events and school activities. No matter how far you are from us physically, or how long it has been since we last connected, you are welcome at St John’s.

Best Regards,

Frank Donnelly ’00,  Alumni Board President

Mission Statement

The mission of the St. John's School Alumni Association is to enhance relationships among St. John's Alumni and between the Alumni and the School, to perpetuate the School's ideals and goals, and to sustain its strong foundations.

The 2017-2018 school year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Alumni Association. Thank you to all of our alumni that have made, and continue to make, St. John’s such an outstanding community.

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Frank Donnelly ’00, President
Allison Young Chavez ’03, President-Elect
Henry Gissel ’54, Non-Executive Chairman


Austin Allday ’14,  Young Alumni Ex-Officio
Jean-Pierre Baizan ’86
Vidya Bala ’94
Dana Ballantyne ’67
Roger Beebe ’59
Jim Bell ’97
Kate Criner Bellin ’98
George Britton ’88
Allison Young Chavez ’03
Mary S. Dilg Dawson ’00
Frank Donnelly ’00
Campbell Eifler ’01
Garvin Gaston ’99, Faculty Ex-Officio
Henry Gissel ’54
Lenny Golub ’84
Lacey Fluor Goossen ’02
David Gow ’81
Brooke Bentley Gunst ’97
Clayton Crum Harkness ’08
Frank Hogan ’93
Erica Lancaster ’01
Todd Leffler ’95
Jamie Liang ’98
Le Melcher ’78
Mae Nasser ’10
Jennifer Grossman Oakley ’83
Elizabeth Rasmussen ’08, Faculty Ex-Officio
Alicia Blackburn Summers ’02
Alexandra Tennant ’06
Andrew Vogeley ’13

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