Villa Maria Elementary School



Alumni Announcements

We are thankful for the support we receive from our families, friends and our over 1,800 alumni. We continually are looking for ways to stay in touch and hope that our website becomes a valuable information tool to keep you connected to VME.


We’d love to keep track of where you are, so please provide us with your current address and update family and career changes. You can mail this information to Jessica Nelson at 



Click here to see pictures of our past graduates!


Geoffrey Lim, '02

Geoffrey Lim, '06, a fourth-year student at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, has co-authored a chapter of a textbook with Carrie Ann R. Cusak and Joseph M. Kist titled, "Perioral Lesions and Dermatoses" which was recently accepted for publication in Dental Clinics of North America.


Lim was also the lead author in a publication recently accepted by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology entitled, "Pink scaling papules and plaques on the palms, soles, chest, abdomen, and extremeties."


He co-authored a paper with his father, local dermatologist Scott Lim, titled, "Enlarging hyperpigmented nodule on the right calf" which was published in the International Journal of Dermatology.


During his fourth year of medical school, he will also be working as a research assistant at the Drexel Dermatology Clinic looking at the specific risk factors for non-melanoma skin cancer in patients with darker skin.

Brian Stam, '05

Brian Stamm, VME '05 graduate and the 2009 Valedictorian of Cathedral Preparatory School, has been awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to work in Munich, Germany, this summer. Stamm graduated from Boston College this past May with high honors. He has been involved for the past two years with the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University, where research is conducted on the effects of head trauma to NFL players.


Stamm will conduct the same type of research in Germany on soccer players. The research involves a specialized diffusion technique called Diffusion Tensor Imaging to show the effects of head butting the ball  and concussion versus those who have never had head trauma.


Sara Livingston, '05

Denison University graduating senior Sara Livingston of Erie was awarded a President's Medal by university President Dale Knobel.


The President's Medal was established in 1985 to recognize stellar achievement by the top students in each graduating class. It is the highest honor the college bestows on a student, given for academic success as well as for creating a legacy at Dension. Livingston was one of seven to receive the honor.


Livingston is a double major in sociology/anthropology and Spanish. She is a member of the National Hispanic Honorary, women's soccer team co-captain, and America Reads tutor, among other accomplishments.


She is a 2005 graduate of Villa Maria Elementary and a 2009 graduate of Mercyhurst Preparatory School.



Nate Estes, '09

Congratulations to VME graduate Nate Estes, '09, (left) on winning a District 10 title in tennis with Cathedral Preparatory School. See the full article here.










Jeanne Roslanowick, '62

Jeanne Roslanowick, '62, just happily retired after almost 30 years of working for the US House of Representatives. Congratulations, Jeanne!



Kailey (MacIsaac) Tarbell, '04

Kailey (MacIsaac) Tarbell was married to Gregory Tarbell on November 10th, 2012.



Kevin Robert Akans, '00

Kevin Robert Akans, VME class of 2000, graduated from Cathedral Prep in Erie and the University of Pittsburgh. Kevin is currently living in Greensburg, PA, and will be married to Maggie Brandle in April 2013. Congratulations, Kevin!


Susan Pelkowski, VME Faculty, 1995 - 2004

Retired to Ft. Myers, Florida. Susan has two children, and her son, Noah Pelkowski, '97, has provided Susan with two beautiful grandchildren, with a third on the way!


Colleen Devine, '09 and Caleb Payne, '09

Colleen Devine and Caleb Payne, VME class of 2009 and current MPS Seniors, have been named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. They placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. "The young people recognized as Commended Students represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country as demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program," stated an NMCS spokesperson.


Nick Carver, '12

Nick Carver, VME class of 2012, will be donating his hair to Locks of Love for the second year in a row, in honor of his late great-grandmother Anna Osmer who passed away from breast cancer.


Erin Kelly, '12


Erin Kelly, VME class of 2012, made honors at Central Career Tech with a straight "A" report card. We are very proud of her! - Dave & Patty (Erin's proud parents)



Jesse Edwards-Borowicz, '12

Jesse Edwards-Borowicz was the 2012 recipient of the $500 "Pat Locco Spirit Award" at his 8th grade graduation in May 2012. When Jesse received the award, which he did not require for his tuition at Mercyhurst Preparatory School, he chose to donate $400 to VME and $100 to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania. The $400 was specifically given to the VME Science Department, directed by Mary Wright, and was used to purchase an incubator.  The incubator is currently being used by VME students for microbiology projects and for PJAS projects.


“I am thrilled that Jesse chose to be so generous,” noted Mary Wright. “His gift will enable future students to conduct experiments in a safe and appropriately scientific manner. But, even more importantly, he sets a beautiful example to other young people by his willingness to give back to his community. I’m sure his parents are proud of their fine son, too.”  


The award was established in memory of Pat Locco, a VME graduate who passed away in his mid-twenties. The award recipient is chosen by the Principal and 8th grade teachers, and goes to the student who exemplifies some of Locco’s most endearing qualities: hard work, good nature, kindness, and school spirit.




In the photo: VME teacher Mary Wright stands next to the incubator purchased with a donation from Jesse Edwards-Borowicz (left to right.)

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