Meet Mothers' Club President Kristina Hanley
Four of Mothers' Club president Kristina Hanley's five kids were born in three different places — Priory senior Joe in Maryland, sophomore Will in Boston, and two girls born in St. Louis. That geographic variation isn't unusual for her, though. Her story started out in New York, took her to Wisconsin, and eventually through those other places we just mentioned to St. Louis.
Born in Syracuse, Kristina's dad worked for GE and her parents refurbished and flipped houses together. Her dad's job kept them moving around, but they settled in Milwaukee when she was in 7th grade, and she stayed through high school. She went to nursing school at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and started her career as a nurse atColumbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee in the ICU. She met her husband Steve in Milwaukee as well. He's an alum of Marquette University.
She kept working as a nurse until they lived in Maryland, when her night shifts and Steve's traveling made things a little too crazy. Now, she says, she does "a little bit of everything," especially when it comes to her kids. "Whatever sports season it is, they're in it," she laughs, adding that her girls also perform in plays. She keeps in touch with her oldest son, Steven, '12, who's a student at Notre Dame, plays tennis, runs, and is a member of book clubs and bible study groups. She also belongs to a group of moms who say the rosary every morning after they drop their kids off at her daughters' school. It started as a way to pray for a mom who'd been diagnosed with breast cancer, but has continued even after she lost her battle with the disease. "It's a really nice way to start the day," she says.
Kristina says she's excited to "put her own twist" on the role of Mothers' Club president. "A boy's years at Priory are a journey for him, but they're a journey for mom and dad too," she says. "One of my goals is to really help foster friendships that go beyond our sons' Priory years. I've really enjoyed meeting new people and working with women I might not have it if weren't for the Mothers' Club. We've got a really neat group of moms, and the more we're involved, the more it reflects to the boys and sets and example for them."