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Sheridan Road Alumni Association

The Sheridan Road Alumni Association (SRAA) Board is pleased to announce its new board leadership as of July 1, 2021.

Joan Merlo ASH'72, President 

Joan Merlo attended Sacred Heart for 12 years, graduating in 1972. She then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, obtaining a bachelor's degree in Italian. She served as a congressional aide to U.S. Representative Sidney R. Yates for a number of years. Later, she worked in the motion picture business as a production coordinator. Taking time off to stay home with her two sons, Matthew and Jack Donoghue, Joan was involved in fundraising and volunteer work and was a founder of the parent teacher organization at the boys' elementary school.

For the past 21 years, Joan has worked in finance and occasionally as an actor. She continues to study theater and has enjoyed singing in numerous church choirs over the years. She say about SRAA, "The like-mindedness across the generations of Sheridan Road alumni continues to delight and inspire."

Brad Gutzler H'94, Vice President


Brad graduated from Hardey Preparatory in 1994, followed by St. Ignatius College Prep. Brad went to Loyola University Chicago and earned his degree in Psychology, then went on to receive his MBA in Financial Analysis from DePaul University – Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. He is currently a Senior Associate in Corporate Finance at Cerity Partners.



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Joan Merlo ASH'72

Brad Gutzler H'94
Vice President

SRAA Board Members

Christine Ahern A’02
Prep Daskalakis, H'86

Mary DelGrande A’02
Elizabeth Grady A’06
Mary Grady A’06
Max Lisy H’02
Cathy Long ASH’74
Katie Malloy ASH’87
Alexandra Megan ‘04
Margo Oelerich A’05
Michael Pallasch H’05
Allison Pawlicki A’95
Pete Wall H’85
Joey Yao H’86

Ex Officio SRAA Board Members

Meg Steele
Head of Schools

Anne Marie Tirpak
Executive Director of

Institutional Advancement

Alexandra Voigt
Development Director