The Power of One

Christine Giambone Kmiec ’02

Photo by Dan Vaillancourt

Hometown: Carle Place, N.Y. 

Family: Husband, Kevin Kmiec; parents, Michael and Jeanette; sister, Alyse ’06

What she did at Holy Cross: “I was involved with SPUD as a volunteer, program manager and member of the executive board. I was a resident assistant in Mulledy, played some rugby, worked in Kimball for four years and spent way too much time battling the pulper (machine).”

The impression it left: “My experience at Holy Cross truly shaped the person I am today. The spirit of volunteerism led me to apply to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps where I spent a year working for a nonprofit agency managing a transitional housing program in San Diego.  That volunteer year and the subsequent two years I spent working with homeless families were instrumental to my growth as a person and guided me toward pursuing a law degree—and my current career.”

Current job: Attorney

The working life: “I work at a small litigation firm outside of Boston. It has been an excellent learning experience. From my first day, I was given considerable responsibilities. I credit my Holy Cross education with teaching me how to balance various tasks, think through challenges and manage my time in a productive manner.”    

Memorable Holy Cross moments:  “I met some of my best friends on Wheeler 4 during my freshman year.  I have many fond memories of the amazing adventures we have shared, both during college, and in the years since graduation. The history classes I took with Professor Stephanie Yuhl [associate professor of history] were among my favorites. The coursework was demanding; I did not get the highest grades, but her classes were by far my most memorable.”

Why she believes in Holy Cross: “I believe in the Holy Cross shared experience. During the summer after my first year in law school, I was fortunate enough to intern for a fellow Holy Cross alumnus. And, although we graduated 53 years apart, and his Holy Cross would be nearly unrecognizable to me, we were forever bonded by a shared educational and community experience.”

Why she stays connected to Holy Cross: “I stay connected to Holy Cross because it is an extension of my family.  The people I met during those four years will always have a very special place in my heart. One of them even introduced me to my husband.”

Why she gives to Holy Cross: “I give every year because I was lucky enough to receive financial support in order to attend. I want Holy Cross to continue to be able to provide that support to a new generation of students. It is important to me to do my part and give back.”