TMLA Trailblazers

Click here for the article in the Queens Chronicle about our TMLA Trailblazers!

Ann Pfohl Kirby, Esq. ’45     First Woman Admitted to Harvard Law School

Jean Gallacher Van Riper, Esq. ’56   One of the First Women Admitted to St. John’s Law School

Helena Kane Finn, Ph.D. ’63   One of the first women diplomats in the U.S. and Assistant Secretary of State under President Clinton, in this role she oversaw all aspects of the Fulbright Program.    Helena is currently a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Human Rights.

Christine Kull Walsh, M.D. ’65   Pediatric Cardiologist who with her daughter, Kathleen Walsh, M.D. ’97, are the first and only Mother/Daughter pediatric cardiologists in the United States. Christine was also one of the first women admitted to Fordham University-Rose Hill. 

Susan James Kropf ’66   Retired President & Chief Operating Officer of Avon. In this position Susan was the First Woman President and COO of any FORTUNE 500 corporation in the fashion/beauty industry. Additionally Susan and Avon CEO Andrea Jung, were the first women to run Avon…the “Company for Women”. Susan currently sits on the corporate boards of Coach, Sherwin Williams, Mead-Westvaco, Kroger Foods and Avon.

Monica Klementowicz Tillot ’75   First Woman Manager of Riverside Memorial Chapels, the largest funeral service corporation in the United States. She is the first woman appointed Manager in the firm’s entire 120 year existence.

Stacy Genovese Williams ’92   First Woman Director of Engineering for the Good Housekeeping Institute, the world’s premier product safety institute.

Lana Schupbach ’00   Producer of the TODAY Show. She was mentored in this position by a TMLA alumna.

Ann O’Hagan-Cordes ’84 First alumna to become TMLA Principal.