Award Recipients 2014-2015

Paul V. Muething

2014 Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award

Paul served on Ursuline’s Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2002 and as Chair from 1997 to 1999.

 

Paul’s service goes beyond the walls of Ursuline Academy, as he’s also advised and served the Ursulines of Brown County, and Chatfield College.

 

Currently, Paul serves as the Chair of the Ursuline Foundation Board and has for more than a decade. In that vital work, he has offered counsel during critical times of transition for Ursuline, ensuring that Ursuline is, and will continue to be, strong.

 

Paul and his wife, Terri, have four children: Brian Muething, Julie Muething ’98, Lisa Muething Smith ’02, and Maggie Muething ’05.

The Outstanding Leadership Award was established in 2012 to recognize and honor alumnae, parents, or friends of Ursuline, for their loyal and exceptional volunteer leadership at Ursuline Academy.

Vicky and Rick Reynolds

2014 St. Angela Merici Leadership Award

Starting with their support of their daughters, Ann ‘99, and Lee ‘01, Rick and Vicky Reynolds have been fantastic supporters of Ursuline, and St. Angela’s vision. In 1999, Vicky and Rick established the Vicky and Rick Reynolds Endowed Scholarship, and have supported the scholarship ever since.

 

Thanks to their scholarship, dozens of students have benefitted from the Reynolds’ generosity and support of Ursuline. In addition to those students who have directly benefitted from these scholarships, thousands of students benefit from the community that is built because each student who should be at Ursuline is able to come. 

 

Vicky and Rick have three children: Anne Reynolds ’99, Lee Reynolds ’01, and David Reynolds.

The St. Angela Merici Leadership Award was established in 2004 to recognize those benefactors whse extraordinary generosity to Ursuline spans many years. It honors their continued commitment to St. Angela’s vision of educating young women.



Dianne Kreuzman Hill ‘73

2014 Ursuline Woman of the Year

Dianne was in the last class of women who attended Ursuline for 13 years. She began at Oak Street, and then came to Blue Ash. It is a wonderful metaphor for the wisdom that Dianne brings to everything she does for Ursuline: she understands and values the traditions fostered in the beginning years of Ursuline on Oak Street, and she knows the valuable importance of growth and development that Ursuline has experienced in Blue Ash.

In her service to Ursuline, it is fair to say that Dianne has done everything. No job was too small or beneath her. If it was in service of the school, she did it. She has worked as a substitute teacher, she has volunteered for the Auction and the Raffle, she has participated in Make a Difference Day, and she served on the Boosters. Most recently, Dianne served on Ursuline’s Board of Trustees for six years, and during that time, she chaired the Strategic Plan committee for three years, and she served on the Marketing Committee as the group developed the “Voice. Values. Vision.” positioning work.

Both the marketing work and the work on the Strategic Plan, have been vital to Ursuline’s success in the past years, and will be the foundation upon which future successes are built. We are indebted to her leadership and insight in this work.

Emmy Hobson, who served as the Chair of Ursuline’s Board of Trustees during much of Dianne’s time on the Board, said of Dianne, “I can only describe Dianne as generous. As a board member she was thoughtful, mission-driven, and committed. She consistently said “yes” when called upon to chair committees or serve in any capacity where needed. As a friend, Dianne has a gentle, kind, spirit, and her actions are always faith-driven.”

In the midst of all of her volunteer leadership at Ursuline, Dianne has worked tirelessly in her career to improve her community and be a light for many children in the Greater Cincinnati area. For ten years, she served as a Juvenile Corrections Officer, working with youth in Hamilton County.

After raising her family, she now works for the Council on Child Abuse as a Prevention Specialist, visiting schools to talk to children about bullying and safety in their homes. The first thing Dianne must do when she enters a classroom is earn the trust of every student in the room. Once she has done that, she is able to talk to them about protecting themselves, and advocating for their safety. 

Finally, Ursuline is grateful to Dianne and her husband, Mark, who entrusted us with the education of their two daughters, Alex, Class of 2008, and Nicole, Class of 2011. Like their mother, they have gone on to demonstrate a deep sense of civic engagement and community volunteerism.

When asked why they believe Dianne was recognized with this award, her daughters said, “There is no question why our mom has been named Ursuline’s 2014 Woman of the Year. She has made Ursuline an integral part of her life from grade school to high school, Oak Street to Blue Ash, student to parent, alumna to supporter, dedicated volunteer to substitute teacher, committee chair to Board of Trustees member, and every role in between. Even with everything our mom takes on, she still makes time for her own parents, husband, and kids. She is undoubtedly the best role model a daughter could ask for.”

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