St. Mary's 2021 Women's Council Event

An evening with author and alumna
for a special Women's Council Book Club event
featuring her latest book, The Miracle Collectors.



Joan is a member of a legacy St. Mary’s family with her father, Ralph, class of 1934, as well as her aunt, sister and brothers who are all alumni of the school.

Upon graduation from St. Mary's, Joan went on to Boston College on a Presidential Scholarship to the School of Arts and Sciences where she majored in Biology.

Joan met her husband Gene while working in the medical field, and although their lives have taken them to many different places across the country, Joan and Gene are counted among the greatest supporters of St. Mary's. Our students are now able to spend time in the Luise Hill Family Learning Commons in our new STEM Building, thanks to Gene and Joan.

Joan was among the first Board of Trustees and the first Vice Chair of the Board for St. Mary’s in 2006, she served on the Ours is to Build Campaign that built the Connell Center, chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee, a member of the committee who started the Women’s Council in 2016 and on the Building Future’s Capital Campaign's steering committee.

Joan’s family established the Ralph J. and Olympia Luise Scholarship Fund in 2003, which enables numerous students to obtain a St. Mary's education. 

The time and talent Joan has dedicated to St. Mary’s is a true gift.

Joan is the co-author of The Miracle Chase and her newest book The Miracle Collectors, was released this year.  Joan was one of our featured speakers at this year’s Senior Retreat and the Class of 2021 Commencement Speaker. 

St. Mary's Women's Council Mission

The mission of St. Mary's Women's Council is to increase the involvement and influence of women in all aspects of life at St Mary’s. To accomplish this, the Women’s Council is working to:

  • Increase the participation of women at all levels
  • Introduce meaningful programs aimed at generating lasting relationships with St. Mary's among students and alumnae.
  • Provide women of the St. Mary's Community with enhanced opportunities to interact with, and act as role models for students.
  • Recognize the vital contributions of St. Mary's women, past and present to the School and to their communities.
  • Increase the base of financial support for St. Mary's among alumnae and friends.
We are looking for members to join the Women's Council, participate in events and help drive the mission. For more information please contact Kim Dorgan at or call 781-586-2067.