Marywood University’s Alumni Engagement Office will hold an Alumni of Color Virtual Reunion on Saturday, August 22, 2020, from 2–5 p.m. This event is free and open to all alumni who want to join in the conversation, reminisce about their days at Marywood, and see what fellow alumni have been up to since graduation.
A trio of organizers and co-chairs of the event will be guiding the conversation for the reunion, including Anna Kay Ledgister '07, Kezzia Quintyne-Hilaire '06, and Etmara Smith '05, as well as Lia Palmiter, Ph.D., director of diversity efforts; Yerodin Lucas, Ph.D., director of equity and inclusion and Title IX coordinator; and Kevin Farrell, director of alumni engagement.
About the co-chairs:
Kezzia Quintyne-Hilaire is a graduate of the Class of 2007. While a student at Marywood, Ms. Quintyne-Hilaire was a founder of the Black Student Union, a space that was created for a community of people who have shared common values, traditions and culture. She was also a basketball cheerleader, sorority member, step team co-founder and mentor for incoming students. A true leader, she served as an ambassador to guide tours when students of color and their families visited campus. Since leaving Marywood University, Mrs. Quintyne-Hilaire started a private practice in mental health counseling, where she continues “helping black people feel secure and safe in a world that constantly wants to stifle their freedom.”
Etmara (Offe) Smith is a graduate of the Class of 2005. She currently serves as the manager of supplier diversity in the small business program of Peraton Incorporated. Peraton Incorporated supports the federal government by providing innovative and reliable solutions to the nation’s most sensitive and mission-critical programs and systems. Mrs. Smith is responsible for establishing the initiative that enhances Peraton’s partnership with small and minority owned businesses. While a student at Marywood, Mrs. Smith served as a resident assistant, was a member of the International Club leaders, and helped organize the first International Night. She also was one of the founding members of the Black Student Union. Mrs. Smith earned her bachelor of arts degree in international business from Marywood University and earned her master’s degree in international commerce and policy from the George Mason University School of Public Policy. She and her husband, Dan, reside outside of Washington D.C., along with their 4-year-old daughter, Akoma, and 2-year-old son, Asante.
Anna Kay Ledgister-Thomas is a graduate of the Class of 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration. During her time at Marywood, she participated in various activities and clubs, including the International Club and the Business Leaders Cub. She was a member of the Black Student Union, where she served as president during her senior year. Mrs. Ledgister-Thomas also was one of the co-founders of Marywood University’s Hip Hop Step Team. During her time at Marywood, Ms. Ledgister-Thomas said, “I met some people that left an everlasting impression on me and created family-like bonds and precious memories.” After leaving Marywood, she worked as an accounts payable supervisor, and, later, as a manager for ten years. Currently, she is a senior biller for Montefiore Medical Center, where she is in charge of patient accounts for the surgical department. Mrs. Ledgister-Thomas resides in New York City with her husband and son.
For additional information about Marywood University’s Alumni of Color Reunion, please visit alumni2.marywood.edu/events/fy21-alumni-of-color-virtual-reunion, or call the Office of Alumni Engagement, at (570) 348-6206.