Connect with the Mercersburg community from the comfort of your own home.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a temporary halt to in-person events, but we’re pleased to bring alumni, parents, and friends of Mercersburg a number of virtual gatherings. This page is regularly updated as information becomes available.
If you have questions about a particular event, please contact Special Events Manager Jacquelyn Ross Grace ’07 at email@example.com or 717-328-6363.
Heinz History Center: Women’s Suffrage | 3 p.m. ET
In celebration of Women’s History Month, join history faculty member Allison Stephens P ’11, ’13 and alumni, parents, and friends of Mercersburg for a live virtual presentation by the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA, on the exhibit "Suffrage: The Road to the Vote for American Women." Learn about the history of women’s suffrage in the United States and the women who organized and promoted the suffrage movement in Pittsburgh. The program includes an opportunity for a Q&A.
“long/run”: Stories of America | 7:30 p.m. ET
In his 10,000-mile solo run around the perimeter of the continental U.S.—starting and finishing in Mercersburg—alum and former faculty member Charlie Bell ’71 ran through hurricanes and blizzards, slept in jail cells and on mountain tops, and faced peril from careless drivers, drunken cowboys, and his own foolish miscalculations. More importantly, Charlie discovered a country full of friendly strangers and thousands of generous folks who reached out to help him along the way. Hear stories and ask questions about the details of Charlie’s extraordinary journey. For a sneak preview, visit his website.
With hosts faculty member Jim Malone P ’01, ’03 and faculty emerita Sue Malone P ’01, ’03
Celebration of Women in STEM | 7:30 p.m. ET
Hear from Tara Brendle Owens ’91, Lexa Treml ’16, Stephanie Turner McGraw ’06, and faculty member Julia Stojak Maurer ’90, P ’18, ’20, ’22, ’23—women who are at different points in their lives about networking and career paths in the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) industries. This will be a story-sharing networking session for people who work in this field or who are interested in making a career move, as well as an opportunity for all alumni to celebrate four talented women who are making Mercersburg proud.
Business, Finance, and Investment Networking Lunch | 12 p.m. ET
Hosted by Nicole Adler-Frigoletto ’95 and Pablo Coballasi ’91
Nicole Adler-Frigoletto has more than 20 years of experience in the wealth management industry working with families with more than $1 million in investable assets in all areas of financial planning, including tax, estate, trust, retirement, business succession, education, insurance, and cash flow. Her focus is on multi-generational wealth and the rising generation, particularly women, the LGBTQIA+ community, modern families, and families with special needs.
Pablo Coballasi is the managing director and founding partner of PC Capital. Over the last 20 years, he has worked as a private equity investor, investment banker, and consultant in the United States and Latin America and has helped build PC Capital into Mexico’s leading middle-market private equity and investment banking firm. In addition, Pablo serves on multiple corporate boards and is a member of Mexico’s Private Equity Association Investor Relations Committee.
Resilience Savings: Investing in Safe Housing Equity | 7:30 p.m. ET
Throughout her career, Peg Hacskaylo ’85 has advocated tirelessly on behalf of women and survivors of domestic and sexual violence to help them avoid homelessness and recover from their abuse. In the course of her work, Peg has developed new and novel programs, alliances, and approaches that demonstrate the healing power of housing, the potential for survivors to build community, and the exponential value gained from the simple act of investing in resilience. Hear from Peg about the founding of the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) and the National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH), as well as how she’s taken her work abroad to help communities realize the savings in helping rebuild survivors’ lives.
With moderator Marca Armstrong Ewy ’85
Meeting New Challenges: National Security in the 21st Century | 7:30 p.m. ET
Mark Montgomery serves as the executive director of the congressionally mandated Cyberspace Solarium Commission, which is charged with developing strategic approaches and legislative solutions to protect our national critical infrastructure from cyber threats. He previously served as policy director for the Senate Armed Services Committee under the leadership of Sen. John McCain and completed 32 years as a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a rear admiral in 2017. His final military assignment was a three-year stint directing all U.S. military operations in the Indo-Pacific region.
With faculty moderator Dan Walker P ’19, ’23
Real Estate Networking Lunch | 12 p.m. ET
Join members of the Mercersburg Academy community who are working in all sectors of real estate for an engaging panel conversation and networking opportunity with Fred Klein ’72, Lacy Rice ’79, Sam Goldsmith ’07, and moderator Kim Kohlhepp ’06. Participate in a conversation about the many paths to careers in real estate, industry trends including retail’s resilience, the power of place, and COVID-inspired migration to less populated suburbs and semi-rural areas. There will also be plenty of time to connect in small groups.