Notable Douglass Alumnae

Douglass alumnae demonstrate a special affinity in their lives through a wide array of both professional and personal achievements. Named here, in alphabetical order, are just a few of the more than 39,000 alumnae from classes through the years. If you know a distinguished alumna, please contact the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College and tell us about her.
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Cheri Beasley ’88
Former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice
Launched 2022 her U.S. Senate campaign in April 2021

Leonie Milhomme Brinkema ’66
U.S. District Court Judge, presided over
trial of 9/11 suspect Zacarias Moussaoui

Rochelle I. Brown ’93
Television Producer & Author

Patricia Smith Campbell ’63
Inventor of the Transdermal Patch

Carol Castellano ’73
Author and Advocate for the Blind

Cathy Cavender ’79
Print Communications and Media

Carol Tecla Christ ’66
President Emerita of Smith College

Joanne Cocchiola ’80
Served as Mayor of Nutley, NJ

Sandra Clark Consentino ’59
Documentary Film Director and Editor

Dr. Elizabeth Mathis James Duke ’58
Government and Health Administration

Inez Phillips Durham ’57
Community Advocate

Janet Evanovich ’65
NY Times bestseller author of the Stephanie Plum series.

Jeanne Fox, Esq. ’75
Government Executive; Former Commissioner, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

Carolyn Grosse Gawarecki ’53
Artist and Educator

Irene Etkin Goldman ’65
Advocate for Human Rights, Coalition for Peace Action
in Princeton, NJ

Sandra Harding ’56
Feminist Philosopher of Science

Joyce Wilson Harley ’72
Essex County College Administrator

Suchitra Hiranprueck ’70
Global Ambassador

Golden Johnson ’65
Attorney and former Essex County Prosecutor (deceased)

Danielle Josephs ’07
Netflix Studios Attorney; Created the Mid-East
Coexistence House living-learning community at
Douglass as an undergraduate

Honorable Jaynee LaVecchia ’76
Justice, New Jersey State Supreme Court

Marsha I. Lester ’76
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Shireen K. Lewis ’86
Executive Director and founder of EduSeed, Washington, D.C.

Adelaide Wishnow Luber ’49 (deceased)
Human Services Advocate

Diana Levine Madaras ’76
Artist and Gallery Owner

Phuti Mahanyele ’93
Global Investment Leader and CEO

Patricia McCorkle ’69
Entertainment Casting

Dr. Sharon Bernstein Megdal ’74
Economist & Water Resources Researcher

Maggie Moran ’96
Served as Deputy Chief of Staff and
Campaign Manager, NJ Gov. Jon Corzine

Irene Figorotta Pearse ’59
Middlesex County Community College professor
and longtime advocate for Mary I. Bunting Program
for non-traditional age women at Douglass

Debra Joy Perez ’84
Researcher/Evaluator for Philanthropy

Josephine R. Potuto, Esq ’67
Law Professor and Athletics Administrator

Marilyn Raitano Praisner ’63
Public Service through elected office (deceased)

Dr. Taylor Sohn Riall ’92
Pancreatic Surgeon and Professor

Gloria E. Soto ’71
Government Relations Executive and Attorney

Linda Lautenschlaeger Stamato ’62
Retired Director of the Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; Served as Acting Dean at Douglass, July 2001-Aug. 2002;

Elizabeth Kujawski Szancer ’72
Worldwide Art Curator

Candy M. Torres ’76
Former NASA Engineer and Astronaut

Dr. Rosemarie Truglio ’83
Developmental Psychologist and Vice President of
Education and Research at Sesame Workshop

Lois S. Weisman, Ph.D. ’74
Scientist, Professor and Researcher

Renee Kronberg Weisman ’69
Distinguished Engineer, IBM Career

Dr. Terrie Williams ’76
Professor of Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz,
Antarctic explorer, one of Discover Magazine’s top 50 women in
Science and Engineering, conservationist

Freda Wolfson ’76
Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; and youngest woman named to bench