Woman of the Year

The Woman of the Year 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.


Dianne Kreuzman Hill ‘73 is 2014 Woman of the Year

Dianne Kreuzman Hill ‘73

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.”

Woman of the Year 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.


Dianne Kreuzman Hill ‘73, champion of youth, volunteer, served Ursuline as a Board Member and Committee Chair


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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