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Seven Alumnae Speak on IHA Career Panel

Thank you to the following alumnae for sharing their knowledge and expertise with our students!

Erin Conaton’88 – President, Conaton Strategies LLC
Erin is the former Staff Director at the Committee on Armed Services at the U.S. House of Representatives; former Under Secretary of the Air Force; former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. For the past few years, Erin has been helping companies understand how to the Pentagon and Congress work, teaching at the Army War College, Seton Hall University, and, her alma mater, Georgetown University.

Jacqueline Genovese Bova’08 – Intellectual Property Associate at Goodwin Procter LLP
Jackie works specifically on patent matters, representing clients where litigation involves patents and patented technology. Her practice ranges from cases involving pharmaceutical drugs to consumer products and involves litigation mainly in Federal Court.

Kayla Kaspar’08 – Research & Development (R&D) Engineer at Becton Dickinson
After graduating from Fairfield University in 2012, Kayla worked at a mechanical engineering company for a year and then decided to pursue a master’s degree in biomedical engineering with a concentration in project management at Stevens Institute of Technology. She graduated from Stevens in 2015 and was hired as an R&D engineer at Becton Dickinson in the Medical Segment, specifically Pharmaceutical Systems - Self Administered Injection Systems. Becton Dickinson is a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostic, and the delivery of care. Her role in R&D combines my problem-solving skills from my mechanical engineering background with a focus on biology and medicine to improve human health and health care at all levels.  

Kaitlin Thompson’09 – Senior Analyst at Ernst & Young
Katie spent the first four years of her career in international tax in the financial services industry and transitioned to forensic accounting at Ernst & Young in late 2017. Katie directly liaises with clients to understand their situation and create an appropriate response plan for performing technical review and analysis of incidents. She assists with global scale investigations of financial institutions; provides analysis of governance policies, including conflict of interest policies to prevent the risks of misappropriation of assets, financial statements, or corruption; and assists with projects around anti-bribery matters.

Annalyce D'Agostino’13 – Freelance Artist and Content Creator
Annie is a photo editor, mini-set builder, traditional and digital painter and illustrator, storyteller, actress, singer, voiceover artist, and academic. Far from the standard 9 to 5 career, as a freelance artist, Annie juggles clients, gigs, and side jobs on the daily. She is most recently produced a self-created video series for children which hit the Internet this February.

Emily Horne’13 – Category Specialist,
A 2017 graduate of Georgetown University, Emily now acts as a “mini-CEO” of a very specific category of products on and She manages the plant-based nutrition category (plant protein powders, superfoods, etc.), deciding everything including which brands to sell, which items to promote and merchandise, and supply chain management to ensure the items are never out of stock. The company is young; out of Emily’s team of twenty-three people, twenty are under the age of 25. 

Jessica Lamb’13 – Registered Nurse, Post Surgical Unit, Holy Name Hospital
Jessie graduated from DeSales University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. All patients that receive surgery at Holy Name come to the Post Surgical Unit afterward to be taken care of for their recovery period. Jessie alternates acting as a clinical floor nurse and charge nurse. Nursing also led her to volunteer for the New Milford Ambulance Corp and attend a medical mission in Peru in November of 2018.

Click here for the full photo album from the Alumnae Career Panel presented to the St. Brigid Society sophomores.