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Sister M. Gervaise Valpey O.P.

Employee Information

President Emerita, Alumni Relations and Fundraising

Contact Information

School Email
School Phone
(415) 258-1936
Room / Office
Library Office

Education & Achievements

BA in English with California Life Credential
Graduate courses in Counseling and Administration


At SD Since

Sister Gervaise was born and grew up in Stockton, Calif., graduating from St. Agnes Elementary School and St. Mary's High School. Friends from those early years remain some of her closest friends today. From Dominican College (University today), Sister entered the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael and began her first teaching experiences at the elementary school level, later moving to the Upper School, teaching Old Testament and beginning its service program. Sister Gervaise delighted in being part of the move to Sleepy Hollow where her 11 years included supervising a dorm of Upper School students while teaching and then while serving as Principal of the Lower School. Following two years of ministry at St. Joseph's Hospital in Stockton, Sister returned to San Rafael, serving on the Dominican Sisters Administrative Team and launching the Sisters Development Program. Sister Gervaise soon returned to San Domenico, serving in administrative positions, promoting the Dominican Mission, and furthering development and fundraising.

“My favorite part of being a member of the San Domenico community is experiencing a sense of unity within the diverse members.”


  • 1993 Archbishop Alemany Award, presented by the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley
  • In 2000, the St. Catherine of Siena Award for carrying forth the Dominican Mission
  • 2006 Unsung Hero Award from Dalai Lama for commitment to Sustainability
  • 2014 Distinguished Alumna Award from Dominican University of California