2015 Anne Love Brunette '72
The mark of a successful school is the presence of teachers who embody the vision and mission that defines it. Anne Love Brunette ’72 combines the faithfulness of a devoted alumna with the dedication of an educator who has served with enthusiasm in both teaching and leadership roles. For these reasons, she was chosen as the 2015 Rose Gala Honoree.
From 1979 until 2002, she served SCA in a variety of capacities: teaching art (1979 to 1996), as director of student activities (1995-96) and assistant principal (1996 to 2002.) During that time she inspired creativity in her students, helped to develop student policies, engaged in event planning, curriculum development, strategic planning and the on-going accreditation process. She was also on the design/build team for the science wing, administration addition, dining hall and kitchen additions. Anne directed the interim program, planned fundraisers and was the school’s liaison with the Alumnae Association and Parents’ Association.
When Anne graduated in 1972, Anne was assigned the superlative, Most School Spirit. St. Cecilia Academy is grateful for all that she has shared of that spirit through the years, in ways big and small. Anne Brunette truly exemplifies what it means to be a St. Cecilia Girl.
2016 Mr. Francis Horn
To say that Mr. Horn has become a fixture in the St. Cecilia Academy community in the last 30 years would be a severe understatement. One would be hard-pressed to find any SCA alumna within the past three decades that would not count Mr. Francis Horn as one of the most influential people in her high school career. With a tremendous amount of spirit and diligence, Mr. Horn has embedded himself into every fabric of the school — from the classroom to the athletics fields to the theatre stage and beyond. St. Cecilia Academy is fortunate to count Mr. Horn as an esteemed member of our school community and we are proud to recognize him as the 2016 Rose Gala honoree.
2017 Mrs. Cathie Correia Stamps
Over her career, Mrs. Stamps has directed at least 110 plays, one acts, and interpretation theatres and has raised up many Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League (THSSDL) district and state champions in that time. Cathie’s accolades are many, from winning awards all over the state, being twice named Educator of the Year by the THSSDL, and recognized as the SCA Teacher of the Year in 2000. In 2006, she was recognized for her creativity and success in the classroom as a Disney Teacher Award Nominee, and under her direction, SCA’s production of Beauty and the Beast was named best high school musical in the state by USAWeekend. She has been inducted into the THSSDL Hall of Fame as well as the Pull- Tight Theater’s Hall of Fame in Franklin, TN. At the Pull-Tight Theater, Cathie has directed many award winning productions, as well as winning “Best Supporting Actress” for her roles in Damn Yankees and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Cathie Correia Stamps is synonymous with fine arts at St. Cecilia Academy. Not only because her tenure at SCA spans nearly three decades, but especially because her hard work, vision, and tenacity have inspired generations of St. Cecilia girls to find their voice through the arts.
Kim Coakley was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1959 to Gerry and Jacqueline Wolken. After moving from St. Louis to Lexington, KY to Atlanta, GA, the Wolken family finally set roots in Nashville. Kim began her sophomore year at St. Bernard Academy and went to college at the University of Tennessee where she earned a degree in Fashion Merchandising, something that has served her well in her current venture as founder of Above Par Ladies Golf Apparel (the official outfitter of the SCA golf team!).
While at UT, Kim met her future husband through his sister, Jeanette, one of her college roommates. After Bill and Kim married, they were able to get back to Nashville after their second child was born. Kim and Bill had four daughters-Leslie Coakley Thallemer '03, Emily Coakley Tucker '04, Maggie '07, and Abby '12-all of whom attended Overbrook School and St. Cecilia Academy-and one son, Joseph, who attended Overbrook School and graduated from MBA in 2015.
Overall, the Coakley family spent 24 years on the Dominican Campus, and through the experience became strong advocates of Catholic and Dominican education. Kim says that St. Cecilia provided her daughters with a home to learn and grow in their faith, a foundation for friendships that have lasted long past graduation, and prayers and support of the Dominican Sisters, particularly when her beloved husband Bill passed away in 2004.
As Kim says, "The whole community is an extended family of ours. The whole community was there for us at Bill's death. I could not have made it through without the support, prayers and love they showed me and our children." After the death of Kim's husband, the family and many friends supported the construction of the campus bridge in Bill's honor. Additionally, she and The William T. Coakley Foundation established a scholarship fund awarded to a rising senior at SCA who demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit.
Kim and Bill were always strong supporters of the American Heart Association, and after Bill's passing Kim started the annual golf tournament, The Heart of the Game, with all proceeds going directly to the American Heart Association.
Today Kim confesses that her favorite activity is spending time with her children and grandchildren, who are her rock, her strength, and her entertainment.