Graduate Name Class Year Last Name While at Hollins
Meghna DasThakur

Meghna DasThakur

Das Thakur works at Genentech as a biomarker lead for pediatric oncology, combining her first passion for medicine and her love of research. She received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and genomics at Washington University in St. Louis, conducting research in cancer genetics, specifically melanoma. From 2010 to 2014, she was a skin cancer research investigator for the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in San Francisco.…

2004

Das Thakur

Caroline Arnold Davis

Caroline Arnold Davis

In 1980, Davis founded her first direct-selling luxury fashion company, the Carlisle Collection. In 1991, she and Jay Rosenberg and Richard Kaplan founded Worth New York, a direct-selling company that contracts with women to sell Worth’s high-end line of fashion. Twenty-five years later, Worth New York works with some 1,200 women stylists all over the country.…

1960

Arnold

Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai

Desai was the youngest woman ever to receive the prestigious Man Booker Prize. She won the award in 2006 for her second novel, The Inheritance of Loss, which she began writing while still a student at Hollins. The Booker Prize is one of the world’s most esteemed and influential awards in literature. Author Salman Rushdie,…

M.A. 1994

Desai

Suzanne Hughes Detlefs

Suzanne Hughes Detlefs

Detlefs graduated from Hollins in 1975 with a degree in economics and earned an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Organization and Management in 1980. She joined the Hollins Board of Trustees in 2016. Detlefs is the former vice president and Chief People Officer of ChoicePoint Inc., currently a division of Lexis Nexis, and the former general manager of ChoicePoint Precision Marketing.…

1975

Hughes

Annie Dillard

Annie Dillard

Dillard won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for her book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, written while she lived near the Hollins campus. She also wrote two novels, The Living and The Maytrees, and several works of nonfiction, among them Holy the Firm and The Writing Life.…

1967, M.A. '68

Dillard

Jill Wright Donaldson

Jill Wright Donaldson

Donaldson earned an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a residency in neurosurgery. She is a neurosurgeon at the Community Health Network in Indianapolis. She is a member of many professional organizations including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Alpha Omega Alpha, Phi Beta Kappa, and the American Medical Association.…

1992

Wright

Stephenie “Julia” Carrier Donley

Stephenie “Julia” Carrier Donley

Donley graduated from Hollins with a B.A. in economics with a concentration in business, and received both her J.D. and I.M.B.A. from University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business in 2001. Although she started out in the investment banking field, she has spent most of her career in contracts management. She has managed contracts and supply chains for multibillion-dollar programs and moved on to running both for a division within Northrop Grumman.…

1996

Carrier

Sally B. Donnelly

Donnelly worked as a reporter for Time magazine for 20 years, serving as the magazine’s correspondent for the Iraq War, the Moscow bureau, and on the aviation and airline beat. She was the head researcher of the 1988 book Mikhail S. Gorbachev: An Intimate Biography and worked on the 1989 book Massacre in Beijing.…

1982

Donnelly

Maurine “Maurie” Dugger

Maurine “Maurie” Dugger

Dugger has worked as the director of federal relations at AFLAC, the supplemental insurance giant since 2014. Before joining AFLAC, she was the senior director of political affairs at Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a lobbying association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies. Its members serve 95 percent of the customer base in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry and represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S.…

1998

Dugger