Four Remarkable Volunteers

Photos show Pamela Meiselman Boulet ’87, Denny Rainie Donovan ’79, Anne Davis Kennedy ’66, and Michelle Tinsley Leonard ’77.

Clockwise from top left: Pamela Meiselman Boulet ’87, Denny Rainie Donovan ’79, Anne Davis Kennedy ’66, Michelle Tinsley Leonard ’77.

The WCAA celebrated significant service with its annual Sed Ministrare Volunteer Awards. We congratulate the 2021 recipients:

Pamela Meiselman Boulet ’87 has been the president of the Wellesley Club of France for the past six years. She was previously both the vice president and membership chair. Pamela has consistently gone above and beyond her role to make alums feel welcome in the France club, whether they are new to the area or are just visiting. In the words of one such alum, “Pamela is gifted in making any Wellesley woman feel at home in Paris.” During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, she led her board in innovative programming, including a virtual party for the newest 2020 alums in France. Throughout the pandemic, she connected with alums virtually across Europe and beyond to include them in Wellesley Club of France’s programs.

Denny Rainie Donovan ’79 is described as an “avid supporter of all things Wellesley College,” which she truly demonstrated as the co-president and then president of the Baltimore Wellesley Club for five years. Denny also worked for several years as an alumnae admission representative and hosted the Summer Send-Off for admitted local students at her home. Alums report that she is the first person many turn to when they need help with an event because they have “never heard Denny say no to a challenge.” She is known for reaching out to alums who have lost a family member, offering rides to those unable to drive, and simply offering advice and support to her fellow Baltimore club members. Denny is also vice president for the class of ’79.

Anne Davis Kennedy ’66 has been an involved volunteer across admission, Wellesley Fund, class, and club roles for more than 40 years. She has been the president, programming chair, treasurer, alumnae admission representative, and book club chair for the Wellesley Club of Pasadena, Calif., while also volunteering for her class in both fund-raising and officer roles. Many alums say she was the first person to welcome them to the Pasadena area. Anne can always be depended on to be the first to step up when the club has a need. She has also served on the WCAA Board of Directors and recently finished her term as the class of 1966 treasurer. As one Pasadena board member eloquently said, “If we are a tapestry, Anne is the thread that holds us all together.”

Michele Tinsley Leonard ’77 has a strong commitment to her fellow alums, which has manifested in many ways through the years. She has served twice as president of the class of ’77, previously on her own and currently as co-president, and volunteered on the 40th reunion committee. From 2014–18, Michele was the president of the Wellesley Club of Pittsburgh where, according to her fellow alums, she “worked tirelessly for years to grow the club.” She co-founded the Wellesley Racial Justice Initiative in 2017, and currently serves as the program’s executive coordinator. WRJI’s reach has grown significantly during the pandemic, as more alums and alum volunteer leaders have taken part in the group’s virtual programming on race and privilege. Michele was also part of the WCAA’s Inclusion and Diversity Engaging Alumnae (IDEA) work group in 2018 that reported to the WCAA Board of Directors. Michele is lauded by others as having “an enormous generosity of spirit in her years serving the alumnae community.”

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