Alumni Committees - How to Get Involved - McDonogh School

Alumni Committees

McDonogh relies on a strong network of alumni who give their time and talent to keep the school’s mission and community thriving. Please review the volunteer opportunities, and if you are interested in getting involved, contact Director of Alumni Engagement Carol Croxton.


Co-Chairs: Kellee Parrott Gonzalez ’96 and David Holland ’90

The McDonogh Black Alumni Committee exists to encourage and sustain black alumni participation in McDonogh School life, including: student support, philanthropy, and alumni initiatives and to assist the school in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the greater community. This committee works to build and maintain black alumni interest in supporting the McDonogh community through active engagement in alumni events and philanthropy, and to provide a network of black alumni to support the McDonogh Sankofa Club and all McDonogh students. The McDonogh Black Alumni Committee serves as a resource network for information, connection, and support to current students, young alumni and parents of current black McDonogh students. This committee also offers insight, recommendations, and strategies to the McDonogh Alumni Association and McDonogh School to foster an inclusive environment that advances racial equity and promotes a sense of respect, fairness and belonging for all students and alumni. The Chairperson(s) serves on the Alumni Board and reports activity at Alumni Board meetings.


Chair: Niela A. Magwood-Phoenix ’96

The DEI Committee works with the Alumni Board and the Association to advance the understanding and commitment to DEI with the vision that McDonogh School’s alumni have a deep appreciation, understanding, and commitment to DEI both in their work with McDonogh and their personal and professional lives.


Chair: Robin B. Edlow Heller ’00

The Golf Committee leads the planning and execution of the annual McDonogh Classic Golf Tournament and Happy Hour.


 Co-Chairs: Lauren Ades ’99 and Kathy Reider ’96

The mission of the McDonogh Fund Committee is to generate financial support for the school from McDonogh's alumni community, both in dollars and in class participation. Our goal is to encourage each alumnus or alumna to give back through the McDonogh Fund, which comprises an important part of the school's budget each year and directly supports McDonogh's students and teachers. Members of the McDonogh Fund Committee are expected to attend at least one phonathon each year. Interested volunteers should contact Bridget Schultz, Alumni Annual Giving Coordinator, at or 443-544-7055.


Co-Chairs: Lori Sheitel Baylin '92 and Abby Caso Holmes '06

The Outreach Committee comprises two sub-committees: the Community Service Committee and the Social Committee.  Both sub-committees are geared towards engaging alumni and encouraging them to participate in alumni and community service events both on and off of campus. There is a real focus on marketing and advertising alumni events through emails, social media, and other strategies. The Chairperson(s) of the sub-committees serve on the Alumni Board and report activity at Alumni Board meetings.

The Community Service Sub-Committee strengthens McDonogh's tradition of doing "the greatest possible amount of good." The Committee engages in meaningful endeavors, taking part in existing community service projects or creating new ones to make positive changes at McDonogh, in the local community, and throughout the world.  McDonogh alumni participate at various levels of involvement: from actively participating, to making a financial contribution, to envisioning and organizing entire events. 

The Social Sub-Committee supports alumni events throughout the year, including Eaglefest, the McDonogh Classic, the McDonogh/Gilman football game, Reunion Weekend, and Orange & Black luncheons. The goal of the Social Committee is to increase alumni participation at events, evaluate existing programs, and continue to improve social connections among alumni.  There is a focus on getting the word out about alumni events.


Each class needs a committee of leaders to rally classmates in honor of their milestone reunion! Volunteers inspire members of their class to both come back and give back to McDonogh by reconnecting with classmates, encouraging attendance at Reunion Weekend, and requesting financial support for a special class gift to the school. Interested volunteers should contact Bridget Schultz, Alumni Annual Giving Coordinator, at or 443-544-7055. Thank you for helping to plan a great reunion!


Chair: Brooke Petty ’12

The mission of the Young Alumni Committee is to ensure that the needs and interests of young alumni (graduates from the past 15 years) are met. The Committee develops events to increase participation among young alumni and develops the next generation of alumni leaders.