Alumni Class Representatives
Amy (Beck) Gallo
(Amy Gallo's alumni bio was written by Haley Evic '21 as part of her senior internship to interview and write about our alumni.)
Amy Gallo made Gregory School history as one of the first graduates who attended all four years of the high school here. She was a freshman when St. Gregory first opened and there were only about 48 students! Some of her fondest memories were eating lunch outside with friends. After graduation, she went to Denison University in Ohio to study Spanish. She then moved back to Arizona and got a master's degree in social work from ASU. Twenty-six years ago, she met the love of her life, Adam Gallo, and they now have three children together. Amy currently lives in Scottdale working as a social emotional learning specialist, similarly to school counselor, at Anasazi Elementary School and RedField Elementary School. Our School is lucky to have been a part of her journey.
Lisa Ilka Abrams
Molly (Hodges) Mueller
Claudine (Gootter) Messing
(Claudine Messing's alumni bio was written by Haley Evic '21 as part of her senior internship to interview and write about our alumni.)
Claudine Messing’s relationship with The Gregory School has really come full circle. Claudine reminisced about her times at St. Gregory with great fervor. She participated in almost every school production and was a member of the tennis team. One of her most fond memories was going to chapel (what we now call all school meetings) and hanging out with friends. At the time, the school was still quite small (only consisting of a high school) so everyone knew each other very well. She had friends of all different ages and grade levels, which gave her a glimpse of what things would be like in college and later in life. The teachers also played a large role in enhancing her experience. Claudine is thankful for the bonds she has made with her instructors and is still in touch with several of them. After graduation, she attended NYU and double majored in French and Spanish literature and civilization. Her time at St. Gregory instilled good study techniques and habits, making her transition to college much smoother. In New York, she pursued acting and theater for several years before going to LA to work in film and television. After meeting her husband, the two moved back to Tucson for a job opportunity. Currently, Claudine serves as the vice president of the Steven M. Gootter Foundation, a non-profit organization started in memory of her brother, working to defeat sudden cardiac death. Both of her children, Drew '21 and Lily Messing, are Gregory School students. She is thrilled that they get to share similar experiences from the school that helped shape who she is today. Another important role in her life is serving as president of The Gregory School board of trustees, which she considers to be a great honor. “I love giving back to a school and community that has given me so much.”
Kit (Colwell) Standridge
Laura (Ingersoll) Dunnigan
(Laura Dunnigan's alumni bio was written by Haley Evic '21 as part of her senior internship to interview and write about our alumni.)
Laura Dunnigan and her family played an integral role in the school’s beginnings. Her father was the first head of school of St. Gregory. He pulled inspiration from similar schools that he had visited in the Northeast, and modeled it out to be a liberal arts school in the desert. Looking back today, she can see how truly unique her education experience was. Her favorite memory involved a schoolwide water fight on a warm Friday afternoon in the spring of ‘87. It began with one person throwing a water balloon and the rest took off from there. Her dad and a couple other administrators caught her dumping a bucket of water on another student and did not seem to be pleased. She can even recall someone’s Gucci watch getting wet. After graduation, Mrs. Dunnigan attended the University of Arizona. Her time at Gregory made college seem like a breeze. She then decided to take a year off between undergraduate and graduate school, and accompanied her father to North Carolina, where he got a position at an all boys boarding school. She only intended to stay a couple of months, but she met the newly hired Spanish teacher, which completely derailed her plans. They ended up falling in love and getting engaged. With the turn of events, she went on to receive a master’s in social work at the University of South Carolina. Laura and her husband lived and worked at a boarding school in North Carolina for about ten years, during which she worked for Child Protective Services. They then moved up to Virginia for a job. Shortly thereafter, their daughter, who was five at the time, had a spinal cord injury. Her condition required a lot of assistance, so Laura took some time off of social work to be available for her. She is now working with adolescents and young adults, helping them develop the skills necessary to achieve whatever goal they set for themselves. She calls herself an “academic life coach.” Dunnigan is a true Gregorian in her legacy of education and service!
Jenny (Ray) McCloskey
Rachna (Trivedi) Shroff
(Logan McKenzie's alumni bio was written by Haley Evic '21 as part of her senior internship to interview and write about our alumni.)
Logan Mckenzie looks back fondly at his time at St. Gregory. He has a number of fun stories, but one that especially stood out was painting the senior lockers in a bovine style. The seniors left the school with a parting gift of an abstract cow. Following graduation, Logan attended the University of Arizona and majored in finance. He graduated college in only three years, much of the credit for which he attributes to St. Gregory. Mckenzie got his start in the workforce at Morgan Stanley in Green Valley. He went on to obtain his MBA at Arizona State University and secured a position at Piper Jaffray, a leading investment bank. Arizona has remained his home throughout his life, and his career has stayed in public finance, specifically the production and sale of municipal bonds in Arizona. We are happy our school was a part of his journey to success.
Erin (Landsburg) Patrick
Matt attended and played men’s college golf both at Scottsdale Community College and Tennessee State University, and graduated with a BS in Political Science and Economics in 2007. After a five year playing career as an international professional golfer, Matt was hired as the first Associate Financial Advisor by Burk, Hall & Co. in Tucson. Within three years Matt’s progress allowed him to become a junior partner in the company, and in the fall of 2017 became the Managing Director and Registered Principal of the practice. In his role, Matt manages over $200,000,000 of client assets for selected families, and overseas daily compliance related to securities and financial services. In total the practice manages over $800,000,000 for clients. Matt married his wife Taya in March 2013, and in 2016 welcomed their son Thayer into the world.
(Reuben Asia's alumni bio was written by Haley Evic '21 as part of her senior internship to interview and write about our alumni.)
Reuben Asia can still remember the excitement of St. Gregory Day in his freshman year. The day was filled with rides and carnival activities. Part of all the fun was the anticipation of when it would arrive and what the surprises were going to be. Following graduation, Asia went off to college at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Afterwards, he spent two years in Washington, D.C. working for the Navy. He then went back to Philadelphia and attended law school at Temple University. Reuben is currently a real estate attorney for a law firm in Philadelphia. His main focus is buying and selling real estate, leasing real estate, and financing real estate transactions. He resides in downtown Philadelphia with his wife and daughter. With everything on his plate, he still manages to keep in touch with several of his classmates from St. Gregory and considers them to be some of his best friends. With such an eclectic and impressive background, The Gregory School is honored to have a representative like Mr. Asia out there in the world!
Tim attended the University of Arizona where he completed Bachelor's degrees in English and Music and a Master's in Education. He started his teaching career at Flowing Wells High School before returning to The Gregory School, relishing the opportunity to teach alongside his former teachers. He currently teaches senior English, AP English Literature, and Journalism and coaches middle and upper school soccer. Outside of work, Tim is an avid musician who plays frequently around town and has many recordings to his name.
Ivan Escobosa de Saracho
Eron is attending Fordham University, where he plans to major in finance with a concentration in management and fintech.
Sean is attending and playing Div. 1 soccer for St. Bonaventure University, where he is majoring in psychology.