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Portrait of an Upper School Graduate

Amazing Alumnae

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Our alumnae are a true testament to the value of a Visitation education and the lifelong impact of the Viz experience. We hear countless stories from our alumnae about how they have taken the knowledge, skills, and virtues gained during their years at Viz out into the world to achieve success in a diverse array of careers.
Each month, we spotlight one alumna who is being who they are and being that well to showcase the variety of opportunities available to Viz graduates and the wide range of accomplishments that our alumnae achieve. Our alumna of the month shares a reflection on their experience at Viz. She also takes over our social media channels for "throwback Thursday," where we get to see memories from her time on campus, and "takeover Tuesday," a peak into her current day-to-day life.

  • Marianne Muellerleile ’67 is a highly sought-after character actor in Hollywood, well regarded for her vast range of comedic and dramatic work in film, television, and stage.
  • Mary Engelbreit ’70 is a well-known artist and owner of Mary Engelbreit Studios and has earned a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
  • Wendy Wiese ’79 is a well-known St. Louis radio and TV host.
  • Alicia Fronckiewicz Elsner ’91 is the President and General Manager of KSDK NewsChannel 5.
  • Christina LoNigro ’91 is the Press Secretary and Communications Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • Tracy Roberts-Pounds ’93 is a United States Foreign Service Officer who has served at U.S. Embassies in the Middle East for the past decade. She currently works as the Director for International Media in the Bureau of  Public Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, DC.
  • Sister Madonna Buder '48 graduated from Visitation Academy in 1948. She is also fondly referred to as the Iron Nun. Sister has competed in 45 Iron Man triathlons. Sister Madonna is well known in the triathlon community for her many age-group wins. In 2005, at the age of 75, she became the oldest woman to ever complete the race.
Click on the photos below to read a sampling of personal stories from accomplished Viz alumnae.
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