Alumni/ae Regional Captain Program

St. Paul Academy and Summit School’s Alumni/ae Regional Captain Program provides the opportunity for alumni/ae outside of the Twin Cities to connect in a particular city or region.

Captains serve in a variety of capacities that meet the needs of local alumni/ae, including welcoming new alumni to your region, aiding with events (when applicable) in your area, and collaborating with the Alumni/ae Council and Alumni/ae Office for local community engagement opportunities.

The role of St. Paul Academy and Summit School Alumni/ae Regional Captains

  • Welcome alumni/ae relocating or traveling to your area. The Alumni/ae Office will assist in sending a letter out in September of each year to other alumni/ae in your area and encouraging them to stay connected.
  • Help the Alumni/ae Office stay updated on alumni/ae in your area.

  • Assist in organizing one to two informal alumni/ae events a year. These could be an informal happy hour, gathering to watch a Vikings/Twins/Wild game, etc. The Alumni/ae Office will assist with coordinating this. 
  • Assist the Alumni/ae Office with School sponsored events held in your area (when applicable).

  • Receive updates from the Alumni/ae Office on School news and events and share with your local alumni/ae community.

  • Support social media efforts by following the Facebook, Instagram and joining the LinkedIn Groups and liking/sharing content. In addition, posting about job opportunities in your respective area and sharing content and pictures about local alumni/ae in your area.

  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/SPAalum 

  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1949775/

  • Instagram: @SPA_Spartans

Meet your regional captains:

Atlanta

Jessica Rollin '99

What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? Attend the many local festivals, eat new foods on Buford highway, hike Stone Mountain on weekends. 
What do you miss most about Minnesota? Fall weather that is actually cool!!!
What is your favorite SPA memory? Just hanging out with friends during free periods and listening to senior speeches. 

Boston

Jason Ketola '01

What is your favorite thing to do in Boston? Eat at True Bistro in Teele Square.
What do you miss most about Minnesota? I miss how bike-able Minneapolis is.
What is your favorite SPA memory? In seventh grade, I remember encountering seniors in a hot tub in the courtyard during homecoming week, on a rainy day when many of us were wearing togas. I thought that was the greatest thing ever. It even made a brief appearance on the local news.

Emily Gleason '03

What is your favorite thing to do in Boston? I grew up a Vikings fan so watching the Patriots actually go to and even sometimes win a super bowl is pretty thrilling. I also love grabbing a bite to eat at the Boston Public Market and then taking my son on the Greenway Carousel.
What do you miss most about Minnesota? Fewer people, less traffic, wide open spaces, and easy access to wild places
What is your favorite SPA memory? It's too hard to pick just one, I had so many great teachers that challenged me to think about the world in new ways, I still remember many of those ‘aha’ moments. 

Chicago

Mara Schanfield '98

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago? 
Bask in the sunshine and bike along Lakeshore Drive.
What do you miss most about Minnesota?
Cant seem to find acceptable tater tot hotdish in downtown Chicago :( 
What is your favorite SPA memory?
From Mr Roger’s math jokes, soccer victories, and the junior retreat...so many to choose from! I always loved Advisory— a time to connect, reflect, and belong.

Los Angeles

Johanna Schmitz Kichaven '01

What is your favorite thing to do in Los Angeles? My favorite thing to do in Los Angeles is to explore all the different neighborhoods...with sun nearly all the time.
What do you miss most about Minnesota? I miss the people in Minnesota. Of course family and friends, but also the general friendliness of people. 
What is your favorite SPA memory? My favorite SPA memories are all the great teachers and lifelong friends I made. And of course our 7th grade excursion to Widji when it was -60 degrees! 

Ceallach Gibbons '12

What is your favorite thing to do in Los Angeles? My favorite thing to do in Los Angeles is be outside in the winter without a coat. I also love open water swimming at Huntington and Seal beaches.
What do you miss most about Minnesota? I miss my Minnesota commute down Randolph Avenue, I miss the lakes during the fall, and I miss my family.
What is your favorite SPA memory? My favorite SPA memories are Honors U.S. History Seminar with Dr. Sachs, followed closely by cooking Hot Pockets over bunsen burners with Mr. Ertl. 

New York City

Stephanie Hill '11

What is your favorite thing to do in New York City? Going to comedy shows
What do you miss most about Minnesota? Juicy Lucy burgers and cheese curds
What is your favorite SPA memory? Playing on the volleyball team

Andrew Bradley '12

What is your favorite thing to do in New York City? A few of my favorite things to do in NYC include biking down the West side on a nice day and eating at Chelsea Market on Sunday's.
What do you miss most about Minnesota? I miss my friends and family the most, but I'd be remiss not to mention the beautiful outdoors and life on the lake.
What is your favorite SPA memory? Friday nights spent on Lang Field or in Briggs Gymnasium.


San Francisco

Seattle

Jen (Fischer) Burningham '08

What is your favorite thing to do in Seattle? I love discovering a new park, hiking trail, or campsite. Seattle makes it easy to enjoy the outdoors.
What do you miss most about Minnesota? The people!
What is your favorite SPA memory? Playing in the Soccer State Finals at the Metrodome. I'm forever grateful for the teammates and coaches that helped shape my high school experience!

South Florida

Michael Logan '07

What is your favorite thing to do in Miami/South Florida? My favorite thing to do in Miami/South Florida is explore the farms outside of towns. There are miles and miles of fruit farms and honey farms. One of the best things to do is go through them and try the amazing produce.
What do you miss most about Minnesota? The thing I miss most about Minnesota are the seasons. Miami is a great town but sometimes you just wish it was a cool fall day.
What is your favorite SPA memory? My favorite SPA memory would probably be when the fencing team, which I was a member of, won first place in the state.

Washington DC

Rhys Conlon '97

What is your favorite thing to do in Washington D.C.? I work at the National Portrait Gallery and am fortunate to love my job. I also enjoy visiting other museums and taking my son to the National Zoo.
What do you miss most about Minnesota? Aside from my family and friends, I have been missing Minnehaha Creek and Lake Harriet. There is so much beautiful nature surrounding the nation's capital--Great Falls, Rock Creek Park, Shenandoah--but nothing feels quite like home.
What is your favorite SPA memory? Right now, because I commute along Constitution Avenue, I am often reminded of our sixth-grade trip to Washington, D.C. One friend was left stranded at Jamestown for about 30 minutes, in the pouring rain, before another friend realized he wasn't on the bus! I spent a lot of time in the art studio and quite a few weekends working on the Rubicon, but I would say that my memories of the people--teachers, staff, classmates, parents--are what reconstruct the school in my mind. 

Peter Coetzee '12

What is your favorite thing to do in Washington D.C.?  The amount of free activities; the city is expensive but if you know where to look you can spend a day doing fun things without spending a dime.
What do you miss most about Minnesota? I miss the nature and how quiet it is.
What is your favorite SPA memory? During our senior “skip” day nobody skipped but we brought a root beer keg into the senior lounge. After Principal Hughes confirmed that it was indeed root beer he gave his blessing to 30 minutes of music and root beer. Some great pictures of that actually 


INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE?

If you would like to get more information or become an Alumni/ae Regional Captain, please complete the online interest form or reach out to Chris Jenkyns, Director of Alumni/ae Programs.

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