Questions with Katie Waunch
Q & A With Kathleen (Katie) Sullivan Waunch of Girls Catholic 1966
MC. What role did Malden Catholic play in helping you get to where you are today?
A. Many years ago attending Malden Catholic/ Girls Catholic High School was a special privilege in my life. High school meant MC football games, basketball games, hockey games, record hops, etc. and was also a time to buckle down and study. It was during the early ‘60s -- Vietnam, Vatican II -- the Catholic value set instilled in us was not just our ‘neighborhood’ anymore. It was global…social justice, poverty, equal rights, fairness, human kindness and the ability to recognize that we, as individuals, would be able to contribute to the world to help make it a better place.
The education, training and ethical conduct I acquired during these years opened numerous doors for me and were an entrée into government sector positions in Massachusetts; high level staff positions with two Governors; Cabinet Secretaries; an international consulting firm and the opportunity to work in Washington, D. C. for, then, Congressman Ed Markey. MC/GCHS educational backgrounds instilled in us the possibilities of improving the lives of citizens at the highest level of government.
MC. Your life has taken you far beyond Malden, yet you have been very generous to our school and choose to remain connected to Malden Catholic. Why?
A. Education is key in today’s world. Expanding facilities and keeping up with technology is vital. Malden Catholic is nurturing tomorrow’s leaders. Anything I have achieved in my life is a direct result of my high school education. So, my philosophy is, play a part, however small, donate and keep a great school going.
Professionally and in volunteer positions I have met hundreds of people involved in hundreds of professions. I’ve worked with our school district board in developing educational programs; became a certified religious education instructor; participated in capital campaigns to build a new Catholic Church, two hospitals and a YMCA; I’ve sat on Boards of Directors for Historical Preservation, Healthcare Foundations and the Ventura County Star newspaper editorial board. I serve as a member of an all-women civic fundraising organization and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. Gratitude in volunteering is achieved in the satisfaction of witnessing the success of a great endeavor and knowing that you played a part.
MC. Why do you think the Essential Malden Catholic Campaign is important?
A. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to attend Malden Catholic/GCHS and carry away with me a rich tradition that has allowed me to put into practice what I was taught for the benefit of others. I want Malden Catholic to succeed and expand its educational excellence for those who have a desire to learn.
MC. Do you have any advice for today’s Lancers about their high school years?
A. What you’re learning right now is vitally important…. It is imperative to recognize and appreciate the teachers and staff who take the time and make the effort to guide and develop your background and put you on the right road to adulthood.
MC. Is there anything else you would like to share with the MC Community?
A. I’m proud to be a graduate of Malden Catholic/Girls Catholic High School which provided me with an unequaled quality education, memories and friendships. I am thankful for the opportunity to remain connected and support the important traditions that are being carried on to benefit today’s students at Malden Catholic.
It is difficult to speak about high school in the past because it is so much a part of my life in the present.