Women of the Years

The Women of the Years program at Ursuline Academy began in 1986 as part of the school’s 90th anniversary celebration to recognize and honor outstanding alumnae.

Numerous Ursuline graduates have distinguished themselves in careers as varied as health care, the arts and sciences, education, business, and countless other fields. Just as important to the Ursuline tradition are those alumnae who have lived lives of service to their families, church, and community. All of these achievements are deserving of recognition and are cause for great pride on the part of everyone associated with Ursuline Academy.


Tamara Kearney Lanier '95 is 2013 Woman of the Year

Tamara Kearney Lanier '95

Going back to her time as a student at Ursuline, Tamara was already serving as a tremendous source of pride for Ursuline Academy. At that time, Tamara served as a school representative and visited grade schools to speak to students about coming to Ursuline. Her confidence, her ability to speak well, and her intelligence, all as a high school student, told everyone that she was going to be successful. 

And she was successful. After graduating from Ursuline, Tamara attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she received her Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Upon graduation, she joined the Procter and Gamble Company in Research & Development where she worked in New Business Development, Pringles New Flavors, and Hand Dish Care.

In 2002, Tamara left P&G to attend the Harvard Business School and is a member of the class of 2004. Upon graduation, she joined Ethicon, a Johnson and Johnson medical device company, located in Blue Ash, Ohio. Throughout her tenure with Johnson & Johnson, Tamara has held a variety of positions within the US and Global Marketing organizations and is currently a portfolio leader within the Strategic Market Access team.

She has had an incredibly successful career, and while developing that career, she also gave back to her alma mater, Ursuline.

Tamara served on the Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2012. In 2007, Tamara was tasked with leading the rebranding of our school. This was no easy undertaking. She began the project with a well-thought-out plan, she led the two-year project with wisdom and compassion, and she then presented the fantastic new brand to the community in a way that ensured everyone of the care that had gone into the process.

During that time, Tamara and her husband Calvin, welcomed their son, Sidney, who is now five and just started kindergarten. In 2011 they welcomed their daughter Tatiana. Both Sidney and Tatiana are regular favorites at Ursuline family events. 

Dianne Kreuzman Hill, Ursuline class of 1973, who served on the Board with Tamara, and worked with her on the Marketing Committee during the rebranding of the school, said of Tamara, “She is such a fine example of an Ursuline alum. She showed me how to negotiate conflict and move on. She helped us determine our tagline of Voice, Values, Vision, and she is such a wonderful example of each. Her voice and her vision she shows through her creativity and humor, and her values come from her solid sense of integrity and the way she carries herself. You know that she has a very strong internal compass.”

That internal compass has always brought her back to Ursuline – even as a student here, she knew that she could make a difference and have an impact on the school for the better.

Women of the Years Honorees

Below are but a few of the thousands of remarkable women whose Ursuline education laid a foundation for lives of service, scholarship, accomplishment and imagination.


Tamara Kearney Lanier '95, business leader, marketing professional, served Ursuline as a Board Member and Committee Chair


Sue McDonald Clarke '63, volunteer, generous supporter, loyal alumna


 Dorothy "Puck" Donovan Schoettmer Stockle '46, business woman, homemaker, ambassador for Ursuline


Becky Buehler Catino '79, entrepreneur, philanthropist, homemaker


Sr. Phyllis Kemper '67, BSN, MSN, parish nurse in Over the Rhine and Fairmount. Beth Chapman Chance '98, teacher who was responsible for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" for the Aker family in Cincinnati


Mary Lou Dulle Boylan '45, musician, volunteer


Susie Keating Lame '76, volunteer


Janine Melink-Hueber '73, business woman, volunteer and founder of "Turning Points"


Mary Jane Schimanski A'Hearn '45, business woman, homemaker, volunteer.


Susan Long Dineen '64, homemaker, volunteer and founder of Child Care Professionals, Inc.


Jean Weiner Johannigman '47, entrepreneur and educator; Anne Scheidler McGraw '68, school program director, Hematology/Oncology unit, Children's Hospital; Theresa Rebeck '76, playwright; Celeste Simon '73, research scientist


Suzanne Adrian DeYoung ’76 chef, food ministry volunteer; Chris Inkrot Schroder ’69 volunteer and caretaker for handicapped child; Linda Haller ’75 lawyer and public servant.


Lisa Maechling Debbeler ’73 attorney, homemaker and volunteer; Ann Ouelette Wehr ’75 vice president of health care division and chief medical office of Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico; Marianne Utz Sahms ’78 Class A member of the PGA of America, golf pro and coach and volunteer; and Jean M. Geoppinger ’83 attorney specializing in Holocaust restitution.


Elaine Brinker Marchetti ’54  social worker and volunteer for developmentally disabled; Sister Nancy Vollman, OSU ’55 educator and counselor; Sylvia Sieve Hendon ’61, judge; Diane Castelli ’71 President of Ursuline Academy.


Mary Ann Vogele ’49, accountant and caregiver, Angie Hoetker Buechner ’71, homemaker, mother and volunteer, and Gigi Greiwe Robison ’78, expert in oncology nursing.


Kay Stagaman Napier '73, general manager, North American Pharmaceuticals, P&G; and Jane Naberhaus Gardner '53, homemaker, artist and volunteer.


Margaret Drain '63, executive producer of The American Experience, PBS series on American History; Amy Wenstrup '86, McNerney & Associates, cancer survivor, caregiver and inspiration to those fighting the disease.


Laura Massa '72, Associate Athletics Director and Senior Women's Athletic Administrator at the University of South Carolina; and Diane Seiwert '73, president and CEO of Geriatric Nursing Care, Inc.


Jane Gusweiler Cooper '73, president and chief executive officer of Paramount Parks; and Susan Rains Garry '53, homemaker and volunteer.


Carol Muething Meirose '66, teacher and cued speech specialist.


Madge Smith Scheidler '44, homemaker and volunteer.


Margaret Long '31, public library coordinator of children's services; and Julie Isphording '80, marathon runner and marketing director.


Linda Vester '83, international news correspondent.


Mary Joe Osberger '65, researcher, advanced bionics; and Sister Mary Carren Herring, R.S.M. '69, educator and revitalize of inner-city schools.


R. Elaine Dreidame '60, University of Dayton athletic director; and Sister Joan Leonard, OSU '47, founder of Arts and Humanities Resource Center.


Sally Bunker Fellerhoff '49, City Council member/Vice-Mayor; Sister Ruth Podesta, OSU '50, Haitian Task Force coordinator; and Ruth Hittner Steinert '62, Greater Cincinnati Women-Church co-founder


Peggy Farrell Stier '50, Ed.D., learning consultant and owner of Learning Plus.


Judith Ball '60, first woman editor of the Catholic Telegraph; Elizabeth Beckman '75, liturgical choreographer/dancer; Nancy Brockman '44, recognized Montessori authority, Anne Dammarrell '56, State Department AID program director; Rosemary Beatty Furlong '46, church and community volunteer, Sister Rosemarie Kleinhaus '56, mathematics professor at Xavier University in New Orleans; Mary Ann Kokenge '76, Appalachian service project director; Mary-Therese Dellekamp Mennino '68, Chatauqua Arts Institute program director; and Sheila McPhelin Mutchler '60, special education chief at Smithsonian Institute.

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