Meet the Officers
Marlo Ford LR '87
Marlo is a native Washingtonian who went to St. Thomas More in Washington D.C. prior to being accepted into La Reine High School. After graduating from La Reine in 1987, Marlo attended the University of Maryland, at College Park where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Urban Studies. From there she attended The Florida State University where she received a Masters of Science in Planning in Urban and Regional Planning. She currently works for the Department of Planning and Zoning for a local municipality.
Marlo is extremely honored to serve at the President of the Alumni Association. While she will always be a La Reinian at heart, she loves the legacy and traditions both Bishop McNamara and La Reine are fusing into the new generation of students. She looks forward to meeting and working with alumni from both schools in furthering the goals and mission of Bishop McNamara while ensuring the legacy of La Reine will always be a part of the institution.
Brian Jenkins '96
Born and raised in the Maryland area, I grew up attending catholic schools. I graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in 1996, as a part of the first coed class to complete all 4 years at McNamara. Being a part of that class meant something to us, it meant a new tradition had begun, a tradition we were helping to create and carry on. This is a large part of the reason I am committed to bringing back the Alumni Association, tradition; both McNamara and La Reine have rich histories that deserve to be preserved and carried on, and I again wanted to be part of the “class” that did this.
While at McNamara I participated in Track and Field, Yearbook committee, Model UN as well as the government internship program. I attended Frostburg State University, I am a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and I currently reside in Alexandria VA, working for Freddie Mac as a Recoveries Management Specialist.
Denise Kazimer LR '89
Denise Kazimer is a proud 1989 graduate of La Reine High School. She continued on to Pennsylvania State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in athletic training. She later earned a Master of Science of degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Denise was a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association before retiring her certification in 2013. In 1993, Ms. Kazimer was the first certified athletic trainer employed by Bishop McNamara, holding that position for 13 years before deciding to move into the classroom on a full time basis. She was also responsible for introducing the sports medicine and forensic classes to the curriculum.
She is the Bishop McNamara High School Science Department Chair and has been teaching at BMHS for over 20 years. Teaching Honors Anatomy and Physiology, as well as Forensic Science, she explains, “I enjoy teaching at Bishop McNamara because of the feeling of family that exists between the members of the school community. Our students are amazing and I get excited sharing their 'light bulb' moments, when they finally understand or apply what they have learned.”
Denise additionally is the Moderator of the Science National Honor Society while serving as the Secretary of the Bishop McNamara and La Reine High School Alumni Association.
Darius Baxter '11
My name is Darius I. Baxter. I am currently completing the final semester of my undergraduate degree at Georgetown University in Women's and Gender Studies concentrating in Globalization & Poverty. As I complete my last semester, I am also working in the DC campaign office of Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, while also partnering with an all-natural Colombian coffee startup called Sunniva Caffe.
This summer I had the pleasure of working on Capitol Hill in the United States House of Representatives in the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). While working in her office, I was able to successfully draft and ultimately have introduced House Resolution 473, Designating June as National Gun Violence Awareness Month. During the time, I also was honored on the House floor and put into the Congressional Record on July 27th, 2015 for my selection into the Stennis Program for Congressional Interns.
On top of receiving all Patriot League Academic Honors while competing as a varsity athlete at Georgetown, I have worked in DC youth programs throughout my time at Georgetown, including the After School Kids Program, which works with teenagers who have been placed on parole for various reasons in the District, and the Sursum Corda Tutoring Program, where I taught 5-9 year old's in a DC housing project to read and write. I have also spent time fundraising for programs like Childfund International whose focus is to build schools and provide medical care for children in third world countries. I worked this summer at the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles. And I currently tutor in a bilingual elementary school, and coach high school football in a low-income community in D.C. I also am the treasurer for the alumni association of my alma mater, Bishop McNamara High School, located in Forestville, MD.
Upon my graduation in December, I plan to work full time with Bernie Sanders campaign as I make the transition to doing Teach for America in the Fall of 2016. After completing my two-year commitment with Teach for America, I plan to attend law school.
I have lived in and around the D.C. region my entire life and would not be where I am today had it not been for the values that I learned at Bishop McNamara high school. There I had teachers who pushed me to be the best I could be and would not accept anything less. I am very honored to be able to give back to the school which gave me so much working with the Alumni Association.