Ms. Ramona Payne '76, President

Ms. Payne Joined UA in February 2020 after serving in a variety of roles at her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, the most recent being Development Director-Arts Advancement. She also served as Director of Community Relations for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park during her time in Cincinnati as well as having volunteered for Ursuline Academy - Board member and committee member for Spirit of '76 class scholarship.

Ms. Payne spoke of her new role at Ursuline Academy, "My experience at Ursuline was much more than preparation for college; it was transformative. I was taught by educators who saw teaching as a calling, encouraged young women to discern their unique talents and interests, and set the expectation that through our faith in God and commitment to service we could find our own path to making the world a better place. I have attended excellent universities, but the intellectual curiosity nurtured at Ursuline was the impetus for a life full of career success and challenges." She stated, "I'm excited and honored to be able to help guide this institution that means so much to me into the next decade of academic excellence."

(513) 791-5791 ext. 1212

Ms. Jill Hallahan, Principal

Ms. Hallahan began her career at Ursuline in 2006. She has a B.A. from Thomas More College, an M.A.T. from University of Cincinnati, and has completed post-graduate work at Xavier University.

Ms. Hallahan serves as the Principal, overseeing all aspects of education at Ursuline, including curriculum, faculty professional development, facilitating the new employee orientation program, and overseeing teacher licensure for Ursuline faculty. Ms. Hallahan serves as a Board of Trustees member.

(513) 791-5791 ext. 1110

Ms. Mary Bender, Assistant Principal

Ms. Bender began her career at Ursuline in 2001. She has a B.S. and an M.Ed. from Xavier University and has completed post-graduate work at University of Dayton and Xavier University.

Ms. Bender supports students as they acclimate to the environment of Ursuline Academy. Her responsibilities include informing students about and enforcing policies related to attendance and discipline. She also works with students and families regarding health needs. She serves on SAC, the school intervention team, to provide accommodations as needed for students with academic and health needs. She also works closely with department coordinators to revise curriculum as needed and to maintain curricular standards.

(513) 791-5791 ext. 1103

Ms. Kerrie Katsetos, Assistant Principal

Ms. Katsetos is new to Ursuline this year and was most recently Assistant Principal at DePaul Cristo Rey High Schoool. She has a B.S. from University of Cincinnati in Spanish and secondary education and an M.Ed. from Xavier University.

She will be serving as part-time Spanish I teacher and part-time Assistant Principal.

Her responsibilities include serving as director of student activities and working closely with Student Council and the Community Ministries Department.

(513) 791-5791