Alumnae Updates

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Catherine Strietmann '14

This summer I've had the incredible opportunity to intern for U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup. I received the Congressional Art Award from Rep. Wenstrup my senior year at Ursuline for a piece I drew in Jeanine Boutiere's AP studio class, and as a result I was flown to D.C. to see my piece hanging in the Capitol. Through meeting Brad this way and with my connection from Ursuline I was offered an internship position at his Anderson office for the summer, being a program where I could potentially work in his D.C. office next summer. I have been working with constituents in our congressional district regarding casework, assisting with graphic design for info graphics and newsletters, and attended events within the district to network with the congressman. 

I am a student at Marquette University, majoring in accounting and minoring in graphic design. On campus I am the Vice Chair of College Republicans, and during the year I volunteered for Scott Walker's campaign for reelection as Wisconsin's governor. I am also a member and the merchandizing chair of Marquette's sailing team, and during our season I sailed in regattas at several Big Ten schools, being in charge of outfitting our team. Finally, I am a teaching assistant in the College of Business Administration for a freshmen seminar business course. With Ursuline's modular schedule and numerous leadership opportunities, it certainly prepared me well for juggling my busy schedule and involving myself on campus. 

Allison Hogan '14

Over spring break, I traveled to Esteli, Nicaragua with the Global Brigades Public Health chapter at Notre Dame. During our week-long trip we were able to partner with local families and masons to create latrines, septic tanks, concrete floors and even a new house for two deserving families. These sustainable projects will have lasting benefits on the overall health of the families and others in the community. On the last day of our trip we had the opportunity to visit a beautiful waterfall and go into the city to shop and sight-see. Overall, it was a wonderful experience of fellowship, hard work and fun.

Paige Kebe '14

Congratulations to Paige who was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on October of 2014. Paige is a member of the Harvard Volleyball Team and was also a member of the 2012 Lions State Championship Volleyball Team. Read more about Paige’s first year at Harvard here.

Ana Aguilar '14

Ana received second place in the capstone competition of the UC COM poster presentations as part of her summer internship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. The students participating in this were mostly college sophomores or juniors. Ana competed as an entering freshman.

Ana is currently a double major in pre-med and anthropology at Transylvania University.

Maria Czerwonka '13

I was blessed to spend the summer participating in the University of Dayton Summer Appalachia Program (UDSAP). UDSAP is the university’s longest running service program and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. I spent the summer living simply in community with thirteen other students and a Marianist brother in Magoffin County Kentucky. Magoffin is in the heart of Appalachian Coal Country and is one of the poorest parts of Appalachia. We ran programs for the kids, teens, elderly and families of the area. The program’s mission is to build relationships with the people we work with, something that very much reflects the Marianist spirit. After the summer, we continue to keep in contact with the families we work with and make regular trips back to visit. 

We aren’t fixing houses or anything like that, we simply go to be present to the people. Brother Tom Pieper, S.M. always reminded us, "We don't go down to save people. We go down to learn and reflect and live together in community.” It was an extremely humbling and reflective experience for me to build friendships with individuals who are filled with such love and hope despite the fact they have dealt with some of life’s worst struggles, most of which are things the majority of us will never in our wildest dreams have to face. This experience was truly transformative and if nothing else taught me the power of giving and receiving genuine love and the importance of being present. 

Maria is currently studying chemical engineering at the University of Dayton. 

Maddie Jordan '13

I am currently studying in Luxembourg at a Miami University campus with over 100 of my fellow classmates, along with a handful of students from other schools. We take classes during the week and leave on Thursday or Friday to travel to a different destination every weekend. I have been to 11 different cities and have had the chance to experience many different languages and cultures, along with enjoying some delicious European food!

Grace Hermanns '12

For almost a month over Christmas break, 18 students plus myself spent time going to school and interning in Accra, Ghana on a journalism study abroad program. We traveled to Cape Coast, one of the big tourist spots in Ghana, and toured the Elmina and Cape Coast castles, which both became hubs for slave trade in the 1700s. We attended lectures given by a shaman, a farmer, and the dean of the university. I learned everything from how to haggle for a taxi to how to write a press release. I interned at The Daily Graphic, Ghana's largest news conglomerate that circulates around 10 different newspapers. We were taught the kpanlogo, a traditional Ghanaian dance, and how to play a djembe, a traditional African drum. Together, my colleagues and I grew closer than we thought possible during this one month experience. As we boarded the plane to head back to the United States, "Akwaaba" was written on the outside of the airport, meaning "welcome." It reminded me I would always be welcome in Accra, where I have made so many connections and met so many accommodating people.

Pam Showman '11

A four-time state qualifier in track during her time at Ursuline Academy, Pam Showman ’11 has become the first athlete in University of Findlay history to earn NCAA Division II All-American honors in both the pentathlon and the heptathlon. She broke her own university records for both events, making the podium during the outdoor 2013-2014 season in the heptathlon, and placing again on March 14, 2015 at the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships in the pentathlon.

Pam is also the 2014-2015 Mancuso Award Recipient. The Mancuso Trophy is an annual award given each spring to an outstanding student-athlete at The University of Findlay. She will receive her award during a ceremony at the university on April 17, 2015.

Pam is now beginning her last outdoor track season. After graduating from UF in May, she plans to compete at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships. She will then begin her graduate studies in physical therapy at The Ohio State University.

Christina Beer '11

A big congratulations to Christina Beer ‘11, who was recently elected University of Cincinnati’s Student Body President for the 2014-2015 school year, along with Vice President Shivam Shah (Lakota West High School, Class of 2012). Christina will be the first female president of Uc’s Student Government in 21 years. She is an Information Systems and Finance double major in the Lindner College of Business where she is in the Lindner Honors-PLUS Program and Cincinnatus Scholar.

Cara Nicolas '10

On Father’s Day Sunday, June 21st 2015, Cara was invited by the Cincinnati Reds to sing the National Anthem before the start of the Cincinnati Reds versus Miami Marlins game at Great American Ball Park. Her best friend, Morgan Moon '10, flew in from Atlanta to experience the event. The Cincinnati Reds production manager commented that Cara’s performance was one of the best at Great American Ball Park in the last year. Another “Lions Proud” moment!

Watch a recording of Cara's performance.  

Alex Abbate '10

Alex graduated from Saint Louis University in 2014 with a double major in Biology and Spanish. She is currently serving as an English Teaching Assistant in Querétaro, Mexico on a Fulbright Grant. In addition to her work at two rural and underprivileged middle schools, she volunteers weekly at the Hospital del Niño y la Mujer (Women and Children's Hospital) where she helps teach English to pediatric patients. 

From Alex: "Living in Mexico has been an incredibly enriching experience; I am learning so much about Mexican culture, and I am continuously amazed by the genuine kindness of Mexico's people.  I'm even taking a Mexican folkloric dance class!  I am always reminded of how thankful I am for my UA education - it has provided me with the tools I've needed to truly embrace my experience in Mexico."

Desirae Ball '10

On January 21, 2015, Desirae Ball '10 scored her 1,000th career point for St. Louis University. She is only the 17th player in Billiken women’s basketball history to score 1,000 career points!

Emily Foster '09

During my senior year at Marquette University, I collaborated on two short documentaries for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. For one, I was chosen to travel to Geel, Belgium and shoot. I recently found out that the entire series, Chronic Chrisis, and lead reporter Meg Kissinger, won the prestigious George Polk Award. The two short films focused on different, but similar, issues concerning people and families living with developmental disabilities. More importantly, the issues brought up throughout the entire series has led to major reform in mental health and disorder treatment and policy in not only Milwaukee County, but the state of Wisconsin.

To bring this all back to Ursuline... Thanks to my time at both Ursuline and Marquette, I really learned the importance of living a life in service to others. I have found a passion in film and documentary, but specifically in social justice documentary work. I'm currently working toward a masters in film, with a specific focus in documentary, at Syracuse University.

The full documentary series can be seen here.

Breanne Boyd '09

Breanne graduated Northwestern University in 2013, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Business Institutions and Integrated Marketing. Following graduation, she began as an Emerging Leader Associate in Human Resources at The Nielsen Company, where she is one of just three selected for the program in the United States. The HR Emerging Leaders Program is a rotational program that places participants in roles in differing business functions across Nielsen both domestically and internationally. She completed her first year in the Chicago office, then moved to Los Angeles to work on the Nielsen Disney team, and is now finishing the program in Mumbai, India through July. If you would like to follow her adventures in India, you can read all about them on her blog: www.whatsgoingnaan.com . One of her initiatives is growing women engagement at Nielsen in India, for which she is channeling the female empowerment that she developed at Ursuline! Post-program she hopes to end up back in Los Angeles, where she spends her free time running, exploring new restaurants, and spending too much money at the movies.

“I cannot emphasize enough how large a role my experience at Ursuline has played in my achievements,” she said. “The confidence instilled in me during my time at UA has encouraged me to take on bigger challenges, express myself, and work to continuously better both myself and my surroundings.”

Lindsay Runyan '09

Lindsay Runyan '09 just began dental school at The Ohio State University to pursue a DDS degree.  She is a member of student government, serving as her class secretary.  Lindsay graduated in May from Kent State University with a degree in Biochemistry and with Honors.  While at Kent State University she was on scholarship for gymnastics and was a 2-time team captain.  In 2011, Lindsay was a member of the first MAC Conference and Kent State University gymnastics team to qualify to NCAA Nationals.  This led the team to their highest national ranking, 12th, in all of school history.  In addition, that year she ended up 7th in the nation on the uneven bars and tied the school record for the highest score on the uneven bars with a 9.95.  Also in 2011, Lindsay was the MAC Conference specialist of the year for her contributions on the uneven bars and balance beam. 

Veronique Allaer '08 and Kerstin Bladh '08

Veronique Allaer '08 and I formed a band after graduating from our respective colleges. Called 'Leggy,' we were recently picked by City Beat Magazine as a Critic's Choice for our upcoming performance at the 2014 Midpoint Music Festival in Over-the-Rhine/Downtown. In addition to playing many local shows, we recently finished a three-week tour of the Midwest and East Coast. Our first album has received positive reviews and press from various national publications and music blogs. More importantly, we love and appreciate the fact that many of our Ursuline classmates have shown their support through social media and by attending our local shows! Some Ursuline girls may remember what was technically our first performance--the 2008 AYF Ursuline Talent Show.

This is a recent press piece from the respected New York magazine, Impose.

Tiz Shadley '07

UA takes on South America: Caitlin Lynch '07, Paige Henderson '07, Katie Gorsuch '07, and Tiz Shadley '07 tackle a four day trek through Chilean patagonia during a visit to Tiz, who was living in Chile at the time. 

Abigail Turner '07

Abigail recently moved to Washington DC to study at George Washington University. She will be in the Museum Studies Program, and is primarily interested in Collections Management.

Meera Ramamoorthy ‘04

Meera recently published a book: Stars in the Sky, Bring the Summer Right Back to Me: A Collection of Stories Celebrating Camps for Seriously-ill Children. Click here to read more about her book on Amazon.

Meera works for the SeriousFun Children’s Network, a worldwide affiliation of over 30 camps for seriously ill children.

Erika Buehler '04

Erika Buehler recently finished the Glass Slipper Challenge, a 10K and half marathon at Disney World, and ran into (!) Ursuline Phys. Ed. Teacher, Ms. Amy Rieman, who ran the half marathon in celebration of her 50th birthday along with two friends. Of the weekend, Erika said “My mom reminded me that 15 years ago I would have come home from school complaining about having to run the mile in gym - I would have never guessed back then I would be running 19.3 miles in one weekend for fun!”

Ms. Rieman responded by saying that there is a sign toward the end of the half marathon that says “Your high school gym teacher would be so proud!” and that she is absolutely proud of Erika. Congratulations to both!

Mollie Horan '04

I moved to New York after graduating from Ursuline and attended Fordham University in the Bronx. I spent all but one summer in New York working odd jobs and internships. After graduating, I moved into Manhattan and started working for a digital media agency - I focused in Marketing and Economics at Fordham, so was excited to explore online marketing right out of school. In June of 2012 I made the switch to advertising sales and got a job with an online publisher, Gawker Media, as a Sales Associate. I was promoted to Account Executive in 2013 and transferred to Chicago at the end of the year to open our Midwest office. I am enjoying being back in the Midwest and so much closer to Cincinnati!

Mary McCarty '02

After years of schooling and training, Mary completed her combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center early summer 2014. She has joined a primary care practice affiliated with UC Health in West Chester where she is caring for both children and adults. Congratulations to Mary!

Candace Smith Dennig '01

Congratulations to Candace, who, as of June 2015, has begun a new position as Dean of Student Affairs at The Art Institute of Washington in Washington, D.C.!

After graduating from Ursuline, Candace earned her B.A. in Music Performance and Education from Xavier University. She then went on to earn her M.Ed. in Higher Education from Ohio University. 

Caroline Zancan '01

Congratulations to Caroline, whose novel Local Girls was published this summer by Riverhead Books! It has been reviewed by several news outlets, including People, Glamour, The Huffington Post, and Publisher’s Weekly. Read about Local Girls in the New York Times Sunday Book Review here.

After graduating from Ursuline, Caroline received her B.A. from Kenyon College and her M.F.A. from Bennington College in Vermont. She is currently an editor at Henry Holt in New York City and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Ben. 

Laura Hils '01

Laura was recently named Attorney-Advisor at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Laura also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, teaching a human rights seminar for upper-level students.

Kyle Verrett Kern '00

Congratulations to Kyle Verrett Kern ‘00 who was selected by her peers as the Office of Ohio Consumers’ Counsel 2013 Employee of the Year! From her recognition: “Kyle began her career as an OCC attorney in 2010 after having been a legal intern for the agency. In 2013, she served Ohio’s residential consumers with distinction on a variety of issues affecting their electric bills. Working with her OCC colleagues and other stakeholders, she advocated in regulatory cases and in the legislative process to advance OCC’s vision of affordable utility services for Ohioans.”

Tracy Ellspermann '99

 I moved back to Philadelphia earlier this year following one and a half years in Ireland helping to start a new vaccine manufacturing facility, just in time to marry Riley Smith on September 1st.  Fellow alums Jennifer Ellspermann '96, Carrie Ellspermann Falta '01, Charlotte Lux '99, and Laura Murphy Ranochak '99 were all there to celebrate.  Riley and I just recently moved to Seattle and are busy exploring our new hometown!  E-mail me at tracy.ellspermann@gmail.com to catch up or if you're ever in the area!

Katie Sylvester '99

Katie Sylvester graduated with a B.A. in Political science from Loyola University of Chicago in 2003. After graduation, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia from 2004-2006. As a Community Health Extensionist, she partnered with Zambian health workers and community members to form, organize, and train community based organizations that taught about preventative health. Additionally, she facilitated project design and management and assisted community groups with the design and implementation of income generating activities. After Peace Corps, she worked as a recruiter in the private sector before deciding to return to school to obtain her Masters in Community Planning (MCP), with dual specializations in International and Economic Development, in the Peace Corps Fellows Program at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Planning. Through this program, Katie lived in Istanbul, Turkey, where she attended courses in Regional Planning at Istanbul Technical University and wrote her thesis on public participation and urban planning in Turkey. Currently, Katie resides in Cincinnati, OH, recruiting qualified applicants in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Northern Kentucky for Peace Corps service.

Emily Balskus '98

Emily is an assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University. Her research focuses on discovering new chemistry from microorganisms. 

In September 2014, Emily was featured on the MIT Technology Review as part of the "Meet the Innovators Under 35" series. Click here to watch her talk about the chemistry of the microorganisims in the gut. 

Lea Ann Chambers Fracasso '98

My family recently re-located to Franklin, TN just outside of Nashville. I am now a Liability Claims Manager for Community Health Systems, one of the nation’s leading operators of general acute care hospitals. The organization’s affiliates own, operate or lease 200 hospitals in 29 states with approximately 31,100 licensed beds. We're enjoying the warmer weather after a particularly cold and snowy winter in Chicago.

Carrie Zimmer '95

Carrie has been living in Milan, Italy since 2011. She is currently working as a technology integration specialist and coach for the American School of Milan. This location allows her to travel frequently and experience a variety of new and different cultures. You can follow Carrie's travels at www.51500.blogspot.com.

Carrie Schmitt '94

Carrie began painting in 2009 after developing a life-threatening allergy to heat. No longer able to spend time in her beloved garden, she began painting flowers instead of planting htem. In 2010, she moved to the Seattle area to enjoy its temperate climate and now paints daily in her mountain studio. 

Carrie recently published an art book, Painted Blossoms: Creating Expressive Flower Art with Mixed Media.

Check out Carrie's work on her website www.carrieschmittdesign.com

Heather Dirr Bickford ‘92, Cheri Pullman Lemmerman ’91, and Sara Uehlin Lyman ’97

Bowman Primary in Lebanon, Ohio, is a unique primary school because three staff members are Ursuline alums! Bowman has 900 first and second graders, covering the entire Lebanon district.

Heather Dirr Bickford ‘92 received a bachelor’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Wright State University, and a master’s from Marygrove College. She is a first and second grade looping teacher.

Cheri Pullman Lemmerman ‘91 did undergraduate work at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Cincinnati and received her master’s from Miami University. She works as the speech pathologist at Bowman Primary.

Sara Uehlin Lyman ‘97 went to Miami University after Ursuline and is also a first and second grade looping teacher.

Jennifer Scarborough Kuhel '93

On March 8, 2015, the New York Times Motherlodge published a piece of Jennifer's writing: "Short Hair: A First for a Daughter, and a Leap for a Mother." Click here to read the piece. 

Jennifer lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio and balances her days between freelance writing and raising her three daughters, aged 10, 8, and 6. 

Melissa McNaughton '92

From Stroke Smart: Not even a boulder could stand in the way of Melissa McNaughton’s recovery.

McNaughton had a stroke three years ago. Like most survivors, she was determined to participate in every activity she did prior to her stroke. That included an arduous annual hiking and humanitarian trip with her church to a Navajo Indian reservation in Utah. (Continue reading here.)

Emily Dineen Rempe ‘91

My mom, Susan Long Dineen ’64, and I are the co-founders of ProductiveParenting.com, a website that provides activity suggestions for parents of infants through five-year-olds. We have successfully been running the website which delivers over 600,000 activity emails a month and are now launching an App!

Monica Niemann Zumstein '91

I have been living in Switzerland for the past 18 years. After finishing my undergrad degree at Miami, I moved to Switzerland to play professional basketball. My professional career lasted about 10 years. During that time I met my Swiss husband and we now have 3 beautiful children: Zackary, Brayden, and Mackenzie. I am currently a professor of marketing at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland.  I love living here, but miss the US. We try to get back "home" at least once a year and thanks to technology and my nieces, Tatiana '12 and Temarie '14, I am able to stay up to date on what's going on in the Ursuline community. After living abroad for many years, I appreciate even more my UA experience and the opportunities it has afforded me!

Marisa Domizio '89

In June 2013, my husband, my son, Jory, and I moved to Bristol, UK to be closer to my husband's family. It's been an adventure and a learning experience for sure! We came back to visit Cincinnati in December and it was quite a reunion after 18 months away from family & friends. I'm currently working in Bath, UK as an ecommerce project manager. My dream is still to own an American style bakery here. If anyone makes it to southwest England, please reach out to me at devilette98@yahoo.com.

Karen Alf Rolfes ‘79

Karen Rolfes is a renowned impressionistic oil painter who lives and works in Cincinnati. She was a national finalist for the 2013 Art Comes Alive. Her gallery is located in Madeira at 6914 Miami Road.

Of her work, Karen says “My passion is to recreate what I see in nature. The canvas becomes an interpretation without forgetting value, hue, and perspective.”

Ursuline alums are encouraged to visit her spring show and website!

Janet Neidhard '77

As of April 2015, Janet Neidhard is the new Chief Finance Officer and Vice President of Administration of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, whose treatment services and education programs transform the lives of thousands of vulnerable children each year.

Janet also stays connected to Ursuline by serving as a valuable member of UA’s Alumnae Council.

Celeste Simon '73

Celeste Simon ’73 was recently inducted into The American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1780 by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson “to cultivate every art and science to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness” of the American people. The first person inducted was George Washington, and since that time, it has celebrated the humanities, medicine, science, technology, and business leadership. Previous members include: Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Margaret Mead, Georgia O’Keeffe, Nelson Mandela, and Winston Churchill.  Celeste was one of four people inducted from the University of Pennsylvania, where she is the Scientific Director and Investigator of the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute and a professor of Cell and Developmental Biology.  Celeste has also been an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for twenty years.

Kathy Broderick Selker ‘73

Congratulations to Ursuline alum and Board member, Kathy Broderick Selker ‘73, who will be awarded the Carl H. Lindner Award for Outstanding Business Achievement from the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati on March 5, 2014. Kathy is the president and CEO of northlich, an advertising and marketing agency in Cincinnati.

Nancy Stander Kes '61

It's been so long since I’ve seen many of my classmates from 1961. I retired from teaching in 2002. We spent many years travelling with my military husband and three children. Now I have 5 granddaughters!


My friend and I started the Food Pantry at Church of Our Saviour in Mt. Auburn. Now we are involved with the Interfaith Hospitality Network at St. Timothy’s. Next fall, we will take the training for the Stephen Ministry.

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