Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2017: Networking Happy Hour

Please join us for the Networking Happy Hour and Panel on Friday, August 11, at 4:30 pm – a NEW event during Alumnae Reunion Weekend.

This free event is open to alumnae and their guests (21+), so please invite spouses, friends, and colleagues who might be interested. Turn it into an OLP night of fun by staying for our annual Endless Summer event! Register Here

The panel discussion topic will focus on Women in Leadership: The Importance of Serving on a Board. It will be facilitated by Dana (Burdeau) Rager ’01, Vice President, Relationship Manager at Torrey Pines Bank and features three dynamic OLP alumnae.


Sandra (Qualiato) Brue ’62 currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the San Diego Zoo Global. She served on the University of San Diego Board of Directors for 15 years where she chaired the Facilities and the Student Affairs Committees, the San Diego Girl Scouts Board of Directors, Catholic Charities Board, the Scripps Hospitals Foundation Board, Nativity Prep Academy Board, and that of her local alma mater, the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. She served on the Board of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and chaired its Small Business Development and International Committees and was on her Home Owners Association Board.

Sandy was inducted in the San Diego Business Hall of Fame in 2004, received the 2003 Cool Woman Award from the Girl Scouts, was awarded the San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award in Manufacturing in 1995, and was chosen 1994 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by the San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.


Paola (Avila) Gorostiza ’93 was appointed by the Mayor and Council to the Board of Directors of Civic San Diego last year. This is a city-owned nonprofit corporation that is the entrepreneurial development partner for targeted San Diego communities charged with stimulating public-private partnerships, encouraging economic development, enhancing the quality of life. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Border Trade Alliance and on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Children of the Californias, a tri-national collaboration with Canada, the United States, and Mexico, supporting the Hospital Infantil de las Californias.

Her past Board service includes Executive Boardmember of the Mexican American Business and Professional Association, the Borderview YMCA Board of Directors. Aside from her own experience serving on boards, she served as the Director of Appointments to Boards and Commissions for the Mayor of San Diego.


Patsy (Sandmeyer) Tomlin ’81 got her BA in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. After a career working in product management for an international consumer products company and in fundraising and management for nonprofit human service organizations, Patsy took time out to raise her family and volunteer in the community. Four years ago, Patsy joined the board of the Elementary Institute of Science because she feels so strongly about the connection between social justice and education. The experience has been challenging and rewarding, and provided the opportunity to serve as an Acting Executive Director and Board President.

Patsy recommends serving on a board as wonderful way to give back to the community and as a means learn and grow personally.