Please join us for St. Mary's 2019 Women's Council Event

Monday, December 2, 2019
6:30 p.m.
St. Mary's Connell Memorial Library
Featuring Guest Speaker: Paula Plum '71 (Learn more about Paula below.)


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Elaine Gustafson

Elaine Gustafson, a pediatric nurse practitioner, formerly served as an Associate Professor at Yale School of Nursing (YSN) where she directed the School-based Health Care Concentration. Currently she serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at YSN. In that role, she has continued as a periodic lecturer and yearly preceptor for students involved in a clinical experience in Nicaragua. 

Previously she worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Fair Haven Community Health Center and Fair Haven Middle School-based Health Center in New Haven, CT.

Elaine recently completed two years as the first woman President of the Yale Club of the Suncoast in Sarasota. Prior to her presidency, she served many years on the Board as Newsletter editor, Program Committee Chair, Alumni Schools Committee interviewer, Vice President and YAA delegate. During her tenure she worked with the Board to provide outstanding programs and to develop a new, highly regarded website as well as to expand Yale Day of Service options. 

Elaine continues to honor the memory of her late husband, Paul Gustafson ’59, by supporting St. Mary’s students through the Gustafson Family Scholarship. 

Elaine continues work with children through volunteering with special needs children at Easter Seals of Southwest Florida and participating on their Advisory Board. She has also supported Yale Alumni Service Corps during two clinical programs in remote villages in Nicaragua and at a College Summit Teen Training program in West Virginia. 

In April, 2019, she was elected to the Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors where she will serve a three-year term of office.

She currently divides her time between Woodstock, Vermont and Sarasota, Florida. She was recently married to Bill Chorske of Woodstock, VT. Together they have 10 children and 22 grandchildren.

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.