Alumnae Updates

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As of February 1, 2015:

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.


Desirae Ball '10

On January 21st, 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!


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.


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.)


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.


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!


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.”


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.


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.


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.  


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! 


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 and is currently hosting her Spring Art Show through June 7. 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!


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.


Grace Hermanns ‘12

When I first arrived at school in fall semester, almost immediately I received an email about a journalism study abroad in Ghana. Two months later, I was calling my mom to tell her I had been accepted into the program. For almost a month over Christmas break, 18 students plus myself spent time going to school and interning in Accra, Ghana. Accra is located in west Africa, on the coast of the Atlantic ocean. 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. While in Ohio, people were battling against negative degree temperatures, we were thriving in 89 degree heat. 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.


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.


Katie Coleman ‘11

Katie Coleman, on the right, attends Miami University where she is president of her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. Katie is a Kinesiology major and marketing minor at Miami.



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!


Emily Dineen Rempe ‘91

My mom, Susan Long Dineen ’64, and I are the co-founders of, 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!


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.


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.


Tracy Ellspermann ‘99

From Tracy: 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 to catch up or if you're ever in the area!


Breanne Boyd ‘09

Breanne graduated in June from Northwestern University, 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. In just four months, she has been tapped in as a project manager, created her own global initiative, and has helped design a development program.

“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.  


Beth Budde Pitner ‘82

Beth Pitner is Vice President, Human Resources for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.  She is responsible for leading the Bank's human resources department including benefit programs (compensation, retirement plans, health insurance), recruiting, training, succession planning, employee relations and corporate activities.  With more than 20 years of experience as a Human Resources professional, primarily within the financial services industry (Fidelity Investments, KPMG), Beth has successfully served in various leadership positions throughout her career.  Beth holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Miami University and is a 1982 graduate of Ursuline Academy.


Kelly LaFrankie ‘04

Kelly obtained her B.S. in Business Administration from Saint Louis University in 2008 and then spent a year in Chicago working for a business consulting firm before returning to school; she recently graduated from Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was just announced that Kelly is among the 2014 class of Child Hunger Corps members. Child Hunger Corps members are selected through a competitive national application process, with approximately 200 qualified applicants. Kelly will serve as a full-time Corps member at The Bread of the Mighty Food Bank in Gainesville, Florida for a two-year assignment during which she will assess and develop the food bank’s capacity to execute programs targeted toward the alleviation of child hunger.


Susan Bellman Schreiber ‘77

In 1981 Susan was hired as a teacher for Country Hills Montessori  by its owner, and Ursuline graduate, Jean Johannigman ‘47. In 1985, Jean expanded operations and opened a second location where Susan accepted the position of Director/Lead Teacher. In 1998, Susan purchased the Eastgate location from Jean upon her retirement.  Since that time, Country Hills Montessori and Carespring Healthcare have partnered together to offer intergenerational activities, and create a community in which all ages interact with respect and value. Other locations have opened across the city.


Mary Bohmer Herrington ‘86

Currently, Mary is an investment adviser primarily serving women, who helps clients create a financial plan that fits with their life and their intentions and put together investment portfolios to match. Mary has the good fortune of working in her family firm, HBK Wealth Management. Previously, Mary worked at Procter & Gamble for 10 years in Finance. Mary graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1990 with a BA in Economics. She met her husband, Martin, while at P&G, and they have been lucky enough to live in Singapore and Belgium and travelled extensively in Asia and Europe. They have 3 children – Claire (12), Sarah (10) and John (10).


Kristen Cardenzana Hausfeld ‘92

Kristen Cardenzana Hausfeld is a 1992 graduate of Ursuline and a 1996 graduate of Miami University with a degree in Geology. Upon college graduation, she moved to Boston to work for Environmental Futures and decided to return to Cincinnati 2 years later where her career in Information Technology began. Holding several IT positions such as Project Manager, Systems Implementation Engineer, Business Development, Technical Trainer and Business Analyst at small start ups and large companies, Kristen is now the Platform Automation Program Lead for GE Aviation.


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