Meet Your Hall Staff
Welcome Class of 2021!
Welcome to Flaherty Hall, the newest women’s hall on campus and your Home Under the Dome! You are about to begin a great journey - college is a time filled with new experiences, challenges, graces, gifts, and new learnings. You are part of the inaugural community of Flaherty Hall, which means you will shape our identity in a unique way. We all have the opportunity to create our identity, which will include many things: our mascot, our signature events, what charities we want to support, and so much more! Your voice is very important as we work to create a community, a community of caring and involved young women. Read more about our hall staff here!
- Sr. Mary
Sr. Mary Donnelly, OP
I was born in New York, moved to Michigan when I was nine; leaving me without a New York accent! I am the product of 10 years of Catholic school education, having attended a public school for 7th and 8th grade. I attended Aquinas College graduating in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a history major, an English minor, and a secondary teaching certificate. Unfortunately in 1977 one could not beg, borrow, or steal a teaching position, so I worked in retail for the next 9 years. In 1986 I entered the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, completing a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis in 1990. I then spent the next 9 years at St. Paul Campus Parish in Big Rapids, Michigan as pastoral associate and campus minister. While at St. Paul I completed a Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan.
For 10 years, I served as the formation director for my congregation, guiding the women who entered the community on their journey to final profession. My years as formation director were both challenging and a wonderful gift; what a privilege to be invited into the process of discerning God’s desire for another. Sensing the movement of the Holy Spirit, I arrived at Notre Dame in July of 2008 to serve as Rector of Pangborn Hall. And what a wonderful “freshmen” year it was for me! Each of my ministry experiences were challenging, grace-filled, and life-giving providing me with many graces and gifts.
As the Rector of Flaherty Hall I wear many different hats: making sure the building is in working order, holding people accountable for their actions and inviting them to growth, to sharing life with an amazing group of dedicated and talented women. My advice to you is simple, be open to your surroundings, your classmates, your dorm mates, and your new roommate. College is one of the best times of your life! Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you in a few short weeks!
Mary Donnelly, OP
Rector, Flaherty Hall
Fr. John Santone, CSC - Priest-in-Residence
As you ease into summer, and construction continues in earnest on Flaherty Hall in anticipation of your late summer arrival, a priest-in-residence has been assigned to the dorm as part of the community. So as to not catch you off guard when you walk through the new doors, and take everything in for the first time, please allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Fr. John M. Santone, C.S.C. (“Fr. John” is enough) and I’m moving over from Corby Hall which has been my home for the past four years. I was born and raised in Waterbury, CT and educated in the Catholic school system there. I was ordained a Holy Cross priest 16 years ago after earning degrees in philosophy and theology. I’ve been stationed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Indiana as well as Rome, Italy where I earned a degree in canon law.
By day I’m a judge on the Marriage Tribunal of the Diocese of Ft. Wayne - South Bend. By night I’m looking forward to helping Sr. Mary animate the spiritual life of the dorm, being present to the women of the house, and doing whatever I can to foster a positive environment in Flaherty Hall.
As far as hobbies and interests, I’d put travel at the top of my list as I do so quite a bit and have been blessed to see a fair bit of the world. I workout at least 5x a week and enjoy staying in shape. My greatest vice is Starbucks!
I look forward to meeting everyone and I encourage you to see my presence in the dorm as being of service to you. Please don’t ever hesitate to seek me out for a conversation, to simply say hello, or to grab that Starbucks. I hope to hear your stories and learn about each of you.
Have a relaxing and enjoyable summer, and Sr. Mary and I look forward to welcoming you to our new home in August.
Fr. John Santone, CSC
The Assistant Rectors:
Kendra Key - Assisant Rector
Hello Ladies of Flaherty!
It is an absolute pleasure to meet all of you! I have heard so much about the incredible vibrancy and character of the ladies of Flaherty Hall, and I cannot wait to become a part of your community!!
I am Kendra Nicole Key, and I’m an Air Force brat from Shreveport, Louisiana, where in 2012 I graduated from LSU Shreveport with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. While at LSUS I held leadership positions on the SOAR Freshman Orientation leadership team, Student Government, and Student Activities Board and was a member of the Debate Team, and the Spanish Club! From Shreveport I moved to Terre Haute, Indiana with my sister (I’m sure you’ll all meet her!), and in 2014 I received another Bachelor of Arts, this time in Language Studies from Indiana State University. In my last semester at Indiana State I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and was blessed with the opportunity to travel through much of southern Spain.
Presently, I am a 2019 J.D. Candidate at the Law School at our beloved University of Notre Dame and have loved every trying moment of it! I currently hold the position of Vice President of the Black Law Students Association, NDLS Admissions Ambassador, and GALILEE Recruitment Co-Coordinator at the school. In the community I am a regular member at New Horizons Outreach Ministries in South Bend. I love God and people and, all of you will learn quickly that I am a huge proponent of positivity and being yourself.
I cannot wait to see all of you and am excited for what this semester and the coming year has to bring. With everyone’s input and creativity I believe that we can make our time here the best that Flaherty has ever seen!
Veronicca Solis - Assistant Rector
Hello to the great women of Flaherty hall!
My name is Veronicca and I am absolutely thrilled to be one of your Assistant Rectors this year. I am a third year graduate student in the Master of Divinity program, earning a theology and ministry degree. I hope to be a pastoral presence in our hall and get to know the amazing women of Flaherty as we share life together.
I am from Aurora, Colorado and graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in Theology and a minor in Spanish. After college graduation, I did a post-grad program in Santiago, Chile for two years where I worked in Campus Ministry and taught English at a catholic school. In my free time I enjoy reading, baking, and bingeing on Friends episodes.
Please stop by my room any time for any reason. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to see or hear from you!
Mary Prebys - First Floor RA
Welcome Flaher-Bears, to your new home under the Dome!
I hope you all had wonderful and relaxing summer! I am so excited to welcome you to the new and beautiful, Flaherty Hall. We are the newest dorm on campus, opening our doors just last year, and, now, we have the best group of girls because you are here!
I have loved my first year here in Flaherty Hall and I am SO excited to serve as an RA here for you this year. I am a Theology major and Education, Schooling, and Society minor. I feel so blessed to be studying Theology at, in my opinion, the greatest Catholic University in the world. I am currently a CCD and religious education teacher at a parish in South Bend and I hope to continue teaching religion after graduation.
A little bit more about me, I am the oldest of four and my sibilings are my best friends (you will probably hear me talking/bragging about them throughout the year, my apologies in advance). Both of my parents as well as, all of my aunts and uncles, and most of my cousins have gone here so if you ever have any questions about anything Notre Dame related, let me know (bonus points if you ask me about the Sherk’s relationship to Notre Dame)!
I have had a very unconventional few years at Notre Dame so I have been in your shoes (at least once) and I can promise that these four year will give you so many wonderful memories as well as challenge you in ways you can even imagine now. Though you may be full of uncertainties and questions now, please know we, the members of hall staff, will do everything in our power to make sure you are able to make this beautiful dorm your home for the next four years. Notre Dame is full of so many wonderful activities and opportunities so please keep an eye out for “This Week at ND” emails and visit the activities fair.
Overall, just enjoy your time here, Domers! You have all earned your spots here and we are so excited to welcome you to your new home under the dome!
Aline Irihamye - Section 2A RA
My name is Aline (pronounced: uh-LEE-nay) and I am so excited to be the 2A RA! I hope you all have had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to moving into your new home!
A little bit about myself: I’m a biochemistry major from Lexington, KY and I will be in the process of applying to medical school this year. My favorite things include reading novels, traveling to new places, discussing current events, Netflix, food (and lots of it!), memes, and listening to my Discover Weekly on Spotify.
At Notre Dame, I have been very involved with the Student Union Board (SUB), so definitely stop by my room if you’re interested in planning student activities like Concerts, Movies, the Collegiate Jazz Festival, the Literary Festival etc. I’ve spent two years working at the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures so feel free to ask me any questions you may have about learning a language at Notre Dame, whether that’s Spanish, French, Korean, Arabic, or Portuguese.
I have several favorite things that I love to do at ND. Events like Dogs and Donuts or whenever there are food trucks on campus. I also really love Easter Mass at the Basilica which is open to everyone! In my opinion Fall is the most beautiful season to be on campus. It’s pretty spectacular when the leaves change color and the sunlight hits the trees just right. You’ll see plenty of people out having photo shoots then
I moved around a lot (Notre Dame is the 9th or 10th school that I’ve been to), my advice is to really put yourself out there the first couple of weeks that you’re here. That’s the best time to meet new people, to ask about different clubs and organizations, and don’t be afraid to try something that scares you. I almost didn’t join SUB because I was terrified of trying something new, but I did it anyways and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in college.
There’s a place here for everyone and me, my fellow RAs, and your new Flaherty family are so excited to watch you find it! If you have any questions over the summer or throughout the year, feel free to text, email, or stop by my room! My door is always open
Jacklyn Cooney - Section 2B RA
Welcome to your new home under the dome! I am Jacklyn Cooney and I am going to be your 2B RA this year! I am very excited to help you along as you undergo your first year here at Notre Dame, and in particular as a Bear in Flaherty Hall!
So to give you a little background on myself… like I said I’m Jacklyn, but everyone calls me Jack here, so feel free to do so as well! I was born and raised just outside Minneapolis, Minnesotan, and girl, will you know it. You’ll find out soon that we Minnesotans have a strong love and pride for our home state! I am an Environmental Sciences major with minors in Anthropology and the Hesburgh Minor in Public Service, so if any of those areas interest you, feel free to reach out to me and find out more about these amazing programs.
Around campus, you will find me in Galvin conducting undergraduate research about trees responding to drought conditions, on the quad and fields playing flag football, soccer and wiffle ball or at Legends listening to the bands that come through South Bend. It is difficult to choose my favorite activities on campus since there is so much offered, but I really love anything that builds community – whether it be hall sports or a university club! Further, I have been involved with off-campus activities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and volunteering in a pre-school! I highly recommend you guys get out and explore South Bend as well, since it has so much more to offer than just being home to Notre Dame!
The best advice I can gift you all is to embrace all the good times and opportunities that you will have here at ND, especially as you will be welcomed here with open arms by both the Flaherty and campus communities. ND has so much to offer, and I hope you are ready to take advantage of that as you try new things!
If you have any questions about your incoming year, feel free to reach out to me at anytime! I would love to get to know you and be able to help you prepare for your first year at ND. I could not be more excited to meet you all this fall, and I have a feeling it is going to be a fantastic year! Enjoy your last few weeks of summer, and I will see you in August!!
Side note: when in doubt this fall, just look for the RA with colored hair and red glasses, that will be me!
Emily Han - Section 3A RA
Welcome to Notre Dame and Flaherty Hall, your new home! I hope you are ready to begin the best four years of your life! I am incredibly excited to meet everyone and can't wait for the amazing year ahead of us.
My name is Emily Han and I am from Niles, MI- only a short twenty-minute drive from campus, so I grew up around Notre Dame and South Bend. I am a Accounting and ACMS (Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics) major and could not have chosen anything better for my love of working with numbers and solving problems. I plan to work in public accounting and get my CPA after I graduate.
I am involved in a variety of activities around campus, including co-leading my own Girl Scout troop, volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, and working in the Notre Dame Football Recruiting Office. My time at Notre Dame has also given me the opportunity to spend a summer in South Dakota through the Summer Service Learning Program and study abroad last fall in Fremantle, Australia, where I met not only kangaroos and koalas, but also monkeys, camels, manta rays, and sharks! Despite all of these wonderful experiences, some of my favorite things to do on campus are within the dorm: play interhall sports (especially flag football!), go to dorm Mass, and section socials. My favorite thing about living in the residence hall is the people and the strong community. Many of my closest friends and best memories have come from the residence hall and I am so excited to share this special place with all of you!
If you have any questions from now until you move in, my contact information is below.
Please feel free to text or email me about what to pack or what to expect or anything whatsoever. I am looking forward to meeting all of you soon!
Mae Raab - Section 3B RA
Hi and welcome to Flaherty, your new home and the BEST dorm on campus!
I hope you all had a fun and relaxing summer! I am so excited to meet all of you soon, and can’t wait to show you around your home under the dome. This fall will be my second semester in Flaherty, and I can definitely attest to the warm, welcoming, and celebratory community we have (not to mention studious – gotta love our proximity to Club Hes).
Originally, I am from Dayton, OH and grew up near Atlanta, Georgia. At Notre Dame, I lived in Lyons Hall for freshman and sophomore year before moving across campus for Flaherty’s inaugural semester. I have been studying in Dublin, Ireland for the spring semester of junior year, and am staying here for an internship this summer as well, so please let me know if you want to chat about study abroad or anything related! I also enjoy exploring the South Bend/Mishawaka area, so let me know if you have any recommendations - some of my favorites include anything the Birdsell Project does and paddling on the East Race Waterway when it’s open.
I am a Program of Liberal Studies major, and will be working on my thesis over the year. Around campus, I conduct undergraduate research and am active in the sailing club. I have also been involved with Student Government since freshman year. There is always so much going on at ND, academic or not – I enjoy seeing movies at DPAC, attending guest lectures, walking by the lakes and going to the Grotto, visiting the rock wall in Rockne...there is still so much I’d love to do here, and I love company, so let me know if you see something that looks interesting to you!
Notre Dame offers so many amazing opportunities and experiences, and there are tons of people (friends, hall staff, professors, coaches, to name a few) who are eager to help you navigate your time here. My door will always be open should you have any questions over the year! On a similar note, I recommend leaving your door open when you’re around – it is an awesome way to meet people in your section.
My contact information is below – feel free to reach out if you have any questions over the summer about move-in, what to pack, etc., or if you just want to introduce yourself! I am excited to see what each of you brings to the communities within Flaherty and Notre Dame; we are lucky to have you. Have a great last few weeks of summer, and see you soon!
Gretta Steigraf - Fourth Floor RA
My name is Gretta, I am originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, and love everything about my home state. I am a Science Pre-Professional major with a Poverty Studies minor, and am currently in the process of applying to medical school.
Hello and welcome to your new home under the Dome! I hope you had a wonderful summer, and I am so excited to meet you all and start an incredible school year.
I enjoy almost anything and everything outdoors, so I love to be outside on campus as much as possible! I love to play sand volleyball, spike ball, corn hole, you name it. I also really enjoy attending dorm Mass, visiting the Grotto, walking around the lakes, and more. There are just too many great things to do at our school! Some of my most memorable experiences, however, have come from doing service trips through the Center for Social Concerns on campus. I have gone to West Virginia, Minneapolis, and New Orleans for these trips and highly recommend that you consider going on one, it is truly an amazing experience!
I do a variety of different things around campus. I am the president/captain of the Women’s Club Ice Hockey team, and have been playing and loving the game almost my entire life. I work at a local Nursing Home as an activities coordinator, so I get to do all sorts of games and projects with the residents. I also am involved in a biomedical engineering lab that works on creating contrast agents used in the MRI imaging of tumors.
Enjoy every second you have here at Notre Dame, for it is truly a unique and incredible experience. If you have any sort of questions, concerns, or even just want to chat please do not hesitate to contact me over the summer! I really look forward to meeting and getting to know all of you!