Alumna of the Year

The Alumna of the Year Award is presented annually to an outstanding alumna of Maryvale.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone who knows the nominee — alumna, family or friend. A committee comprised of the Assistant Head of School for Advancement, Director of Alumnae and Parent Relations, Director of Gift Planning and the executive committee of the Alumnae Association will determine the recipient of the award. All nominees must demonstrate the following characteristics:

  1. Service to Maryvale is the top criterion.
  2. No alumna may be considered for selection until 10 years after graduation.
  3. The nominee must have been or still be involved with the school as an advocate, benefactor, including but not limited to, the Alumnae Association, the Board of Trustees, annual giving, endowments, capital campaigns or as a faculty or staff member or coach.
  4. The recipient must be a well respected member of her community as a professional or volunteer.
  5. The committee must give consideration for the recipient’s future involvement and/or development in the school’s long-range plans.

Please send your Alumna of the Year nominations to:

Cathy Vitrano Kellermann '73
Director of Alumnae and Parent Relations
Maryvale Preparatory School
11300 Falls Road
Lutherville, MD 21093

2019 Alumna of the Year: Elizabeth Macsherry Moag '79

Maryvale Alumna of the Year - Liz Moag

Alumna of the Year Elizabeth "Liz" Macsherry Moag '79 (second from right)

Read Liz's Story

Liz Moag

Elizabeth Macsherry Moag came to Maryvale as a ninth grader. She jumped right into student life by becoming involved in many activities. Liz’s Maryvale co-curriculars included stints on the Student Council, Yearbook and Grey Towers staff, Glee Club, Athletic Association (Red Captain) and Varsity Cheerleading. Yes, Maryvale had a cheerleading squad for our teams well into the ‘80s!

After receiving her Maryvale diploma in 1979, Liz attended McDaniel College where she graduated in 1983 with a degree in Social Work. She went straight to work at Aetna Insurance until 1987. Liz and her husband, former board chair Tony Moag, raised their four children in Connecticut, Vermont and Cleveland, Ohio. In 2008, the Moags returned to Baltimore, close to both of their extended families, and enrolled their two youngest daughters, Paige and Hannah, at Maryvale.

Liz and her family share a unique Maryvale heritage. The Macsherrys hold the distinction as the first family to graduate three generations of women from Maryvale. The tradition started with Liz’s mother, Francie Shehan Macsherry, Class of 1951. Francie’s two daughters, Patty Macsherry Pontier 1975 and Liz 1979, came next, followed by Paige 2012 and Hannah Moag 2013 as well as Aimee Pontier 2011. Liz also has three sisters-in-law who are Maryvale graduates.

Just as in high school, Liz jumped right into life at Maryvale when her family returned to Baltimore 11 years ago. After her girls graduated, she doubled-down on her time and commitment - re-engaging with the school as a key member of the Maryvale Alumnae Association Board.

Her calm and thoughtful demeanor, keen insight and perspective as a trusted alumna made Liz an ideal choice for the Maryvale Board of Trustees. In her current role as a Trustee, Liz served on the Campaign Steering Committee and continues to serve on the Facilities Committee.

In the broader community, Liz has worked as a family advocate and member of the Board of Trustees for the Arc Baltimore, where she will be named Emeritus Trustee next week. The ARC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing advocacy and life-changing support for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In her role, Liz strives to increase rights and services by securing extended funding for needed programs, promoting laws and regulations centered on equal rights, opportunity and treatment, and preserving integrated education programs.

We are proud of this special graduate, of her community and volunteer activities. But today, our honoree is celebrated for the many contributions she has made to the Maryvale family. Kind, humble and supportive, Liz has indeed given generously of her time, talent and treasure to our school. She is a great advocate and a wonderful friend to all of us.

~ Presented during the Class of 2019 Alumnae Association Induction Ceremony on Friday, May 3, 2019 by Mary Ellen Gallagher Barthelme '72, Chair of Maryvale's Board of Trustees

Contact the Alumnae Director

Director of Alumnae and Parent Relations Cathy Vitrano Kellermann '73

Cathy Vitrano Kellerman '73

Director of Alumnae and Parent Relations


Alumna of the Year
Award Recipients

1991 Catherine Vitrano Kellermann ’73 and Kathalee Malon O’Conor ’68

1992 Jane Bracken Mace ’65

1993 Patricia J. Mitchell ’65

1994 Tracy Bagli Hooper ’73

1995 Marion Connolly ’68 and Patricia M. C. Brown ’78

2000 Maureen Keelty Suelau ’72 and Julia McNeal Smith ’78

2001 Bronwyn Byron ’73

2002 Marci Prosser Reihart ’73

2003 Cindy Davis ’82

2004 Hon. Patricia Shimanek Pytash ’58

2005 Jean Bell Hessenauer ’66

2006 Mary Ellen Rector Fise ’74

2007 Mary Lochboehler Kilbourne ’57

2008 Kim Goldsmith McCain ’71

2009 Dolly Wells Mersinger ’67

2010 Elizabeth Lerch Visconage ’74

2011 Mary Teresa Smith Cook ’69

2012 Mary Catherine Bunting ’55

2013 Karen Geckle Moritz ’81

2014 Erin Stewart Howland ’89

2015 Heather Klink ’84

2016 Abigail Adams Brigstocke ’86

2017 Catherine Cochran Peddy ’62

2018 Sr. Catherine Phelps, SNDdeN '49