“I decided to take advantage of my 50th Reunion last May to make a planned gift for Lasell,” says Katie McDonough Ryan, Class of 1967. “Between the wonderful faculty and the great friends I made there, Lasell gave me the strength to make decisions and not just stay in a safe place. Today, Lasell continues to help students move out of their comfort zone. I wanted to give something lasting to the College for what Lasell did for me.”
After graduating from Lasell, Katie earned a BA degree in Sociology from Bradley University before earning an MED in Counselling from Suffolk University. During her career, Katie worked for four child psychiatrists and volunteered in Natick’s public schools, serving as President in several parent/teacher associations. In addition, she was on the Board of Directors for the Natick Visiting Nurse Association and coached recreational softball for middle school girls, as well as being active with her church. Katie was employed at Lasell College in several different areas for over 14 years and now works at Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University in Worcester.
At Lasell, Katie is an active volunteer serving as a past and current Reunion Coordinator, class secretary, past member of the Board of Management and current member of the Alumni Association. Her son, Michael, graduated from Lasell in 2003.
Katie reflects on her favorite Lasell memories and hopes that her planned gift helps future students experience the many opportunities that Lasell offers.