2015 Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award
Ms. Hobson joined Ursuline’s Board of Trustees in June of 2006 and served on the Strategic Planning, Executive, and Development committees, chairing the Development Committee from 2007 to 2011, and then serving as Vice Chair and Chair until 2013. Her leadership during Ursuline’s major renovation efforts transformed Ursuline’s campus, adding a Math and Science wing, expanded Ursuline’s Library and Music facilities, and added a new gymnasium. Additionally, in 2008, Ms. Hobson and her husband, Mr. Tony Hobson, co-chaired Ursuline’s annual Ultimate Auction.
“More than anything, we valued Emmy’s willingness to put in hours of work, and hours of consultation and phone calls, to ensure that the school was able to complete those vital renovations that have allowed us to carry out our mission of preparing young women for college and beyond,” Ursuline President, Ms. Sharon Redmond, said.
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.
Stephanie Sudbrack-Busam '76
2015 Ursuline Woman of the Year
As a member of the Class of 1976, Stephanie experienced Ursuline during a time of change. In 1976, our country was celebrating our bicentennial, Cincinnati celebrated the Big Red Machine’s second consecutive World Series win, and the Ursuline community was coming into its own as we settled into our new home on Pfeiffer Road. The world was changing, and that was visible at Ursuline, just as it was everywhere else.
Stephanie credits her time at Ursuline with teaching her how to be an independent thinker. New ideas, no matter how unusual, were encouraged rather than squashed; they were supported and nurtured. Influenced by the older siblings of a classmate, Stephanie and her friends became founding members of Ursuline’s chapter of the United Farm Workers. In the Ursuline tradition, the idea for the club originated with the students. Sr. Joan Roach served as the moderator, but the club was student-led. This was an opportunity for students to expand their minds and hearts, while advocating for those who were underrepresented and less fortunate. Stephanie credits the lessons she learned as a member of this club as the foundation of everything she’s done.
Stephanie’s career has certainly demonstrated her ability to build both relationships and successful teams. Stephanie began her career by managing several branches of the clothing store, The Limited. After ensuring the success of three different stores, Stephanie entered real estate, a business in which her family had been successful for two generations. Not wanting to rely on her family name, she didn’t initially tell her parents when she joined West Shell Realtors in 1985. She worked for West Shell, which later became Coldwell Banker West Shell, for 22 years, 18 of those years as a branch manager. For the past eight years Stephanie has been a Sales Manager and Vice President of Sibcy Cline Realtors.
Balancing her career and parenthood, Stephanie and her husband John had two daughters, Megan, Ursuline Class of 2005, and Morgan, Ursuline Class of 2008. We are grateful to have been entrusted with their education, and are proud to count them among our alumnae.
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