Ursuline held its first Symposium in 2000 to celebrate the achievements of our alumnae. Symposium Day is now held every other fall, giving Ursuline alums the opportunity to return to the school and share their career stories and advice with current students. Students also see it as an opportunity to learn about possible career paths and network with their Ursuline sisters.

Our next Symposium will take place Friday, September 27, 2019. If you are interested in speaking or would like to nominate a fellow alumna, please contact Ellen Valentine ‘08, Director of Alumnae Relations, at or 791-5791 ext 1202.

2017 Symposium Speakers:

Keynote Speaker

Sarah Broome '04, Founder and Executive Director of THRIVE Academy

Ms. Sarah Broome moved to Baton Rouge in 2008 after joining Teach for America. Ms. Broome graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2004, and then went on to George Washington University where she earned a degree in Political Science and Non-profit management. After teaching middle school math for three years at Prescott Middle School, she founded Thrive – Louisiana’s first charter boarding school serving at-risk students.

Beginning with just 6th grade in 2011, THRIVE quickly become one of the most successful schools in the state – growing student test scores for a record breaking 57.3 points. The next year, after adding an additional grade, THRIVE grew further and become the 3rd highest performing middle school in Baton Rouge – being outpaced only by the magnet schools. The school continued to grow year to year and currently has 140 students in grades 6-10.

THRIVE students are some of the most at-risk students in the state. They are homeless, have parents with drug and alcohol addictions, severe mental illness, or are incarcerated. Some have been trafficked or participated in drug or gun trafficking – others have been abused or are in kinship care. There is no one reason why students attend THRIVE – but every student has a reason why THRIVE is the best place for them.

Since 2011, Ms. Broome has raised more than $5 million dollars to support the school and completed the first phase of construction on a complete campus. In 2016, the Louisiana Legislature passed a bill approving the school as a state authorized school – making it a permanent addition to the state of Louisiana.


Lorelei Wordeman Buescher '98

Ms. Lorelei Wordeman Buescher graduated from Ursuline in 1998. Her career journey has been anything but direct but, at heart, she is an optimist and a problem solver. She whipped small bakeries into shape and co-owned a mortgage planning firm in the middle of the 2008 financial crisis before deciding to formally pursue design and taking a position as an intern at a startup advertising agency named Curiosity.

Ms. Buescher quickly rose through the ranks, creating campaigns for clients like Dean Foods, Nehemiah Industries, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies, and Procter & Gamble. As Creative Director she led teams of Art Directors and Copywriters and drove growth of a flourishing agency culture that helped attract and retain clients and top talent. An entrepreneur at heart, Ms. Buescher was named Director of Creative Strategy after creating tools, processes, and systems that produced consistently smarter creative work, advancing the agency’s reputation through a period of tremendous growth.

Ms. Buescher now runs her own consultancy, which helps companies and brands authentically uncover, articulate, and express their best selves using design thinking, creative strategy, visual communication, and culture coaching. Her future is focused on helping young companies develop corporate cultures that can be maintained authentically as they grow.


Sarah Stehlin Durio '00

Ms. Sarah Stehlin Durio graduated from UA in 2000 and then attended architecture school at Tulane University in New Orleans, where she earned a 5 year Master of Architecture. Having graduated shortly before Hurricane Katrina, she decided to remain in New Orleans for the next year and a half working on hurricane restoration projects for a mid-size architecture firm. She then relocated to Chicago with her husband, where she worked for worldwide architecture firm Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK) for nine years. After having her second child last year, Ms. Durio and her family moved back to Cincinnati. She is currently a Project Architect at Al. Neyer, a design-build contractor and developer.

Ms. Durio’s professional project experience includes hospitality, office buildings, mixed-use high rise towers, healthcare, justice, banks, telecommunications buildings, and sustainable design. She worked on the downtown Hilton hotel and High Street bridge in Columbus, as well as the Convention Center in Louisville. She also worked as an owner’s representative for the Tulane University Office of the University Architect and spend a summer during college building houses through Habitat for Humanity.


Katie Barbiere '03

Ms. Katie Barbiere, Ursuline Class of 2003, is a litigation attorney practicing for the law firm Schroeder, Maundrell, Barbiere & Powers. Her practice focuses on litigation primarily in civil rights, municipal law, insurance defense, personal injury and wrongful death claims, medical malpractice, premises liability and intentional torts. For the entirety of her practice, Ms. Barbiere has defended municipalities and municipal employees with respect to actions including, but not limited to, claims involving excessive force, false arrest, first amendment issues, and employment discrimination. In addition, she also has experience representing and defending corporations throughout Ohio in premises liability, civil rights, employment litigation and personal injury matters. The remainder of her practice is devoted to medical malpractice, wrongful death and personal injury claims.

In 2017, Ms. Barbiere was named one of Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars and she was recently offered and accepted partnership with her firm. She is a graduate of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe College of Law.


Lesley Meade Hamming '01

Dr. Lesley Meade Hamming '01 is an attorney at Latham & Watkins, LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation and counseling. Dr. Hamming has represented companies in litigation for a broad array of technologies, including mechanical devices, LEDs, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Hamming is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2005 and her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in 2010, both from Northwestern University, before receiving her law degree from Duke University, magna cum laude. As a PhD student at Northwestern, she received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Northwestern University’s Presidential Fellowship. As a law student at Duke, she was named a Mordecai Scholar, University Scholar, and received an award for legal research and writing. She was a member of the US National Triathlon (U23) Team, and she competed in professional races around the world, including the World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Kara Lyons '07

Ms. Kara Lyons graduated from Ursuline in 2007. She is an Attorney at Lyons & Lyons Law, where her main areas of practice are wills, trusts, probate, estate planning, and financial & retirement planning.

Ms. Lyons comes in as the third generation of Lyons family attorneys, following in the footsteps of her late grandfather, Robert D. Lyons, and her Father, Robert H. Lyons.

Ms. Lyons graduated summa cum laude from NKU’s Chase College of Law in 2015. While in law school, Ms. Lyons clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Susan J. Dlott of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and worked as a law clerk in Luxottica Retail’s corporate legal department. Ms. Lyons was also elected to, and served on, the national board of the National Latina/o Law Student Association.

As a life-long resident of West Chester, Ms. Lyons enjoys serving the Greater Cincinnati area. She is admitted to practice in Ohio.

Chemical Engineer

Maureen Cooney VanWert '98

Ms. Maureen Cooney VanWert graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1998, and then from Purdue University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She worked as an engineer for the Department of Defense at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia for 3 years, procuring material for the maintenance and overhaul of nuclear-powered submarines and carriers. After moving back to Cincinnati, Ms. VanWert spent two years at BASES, forecasting sales for new consumer packaged goods and helping clients optimize their product ideas. For the past nine years, Ms. VanWert has had various responsibilities at GE Aviation, including predicting engine maintenance timing and cost, managing a global Supply Chain team responsible for forecasting spare part sales, and supporting new sales campaigns for the GE90 engine.

Ms. VanWert has a MBA from Xavier University and lives in Cincinnati with her husband Kevin and her two children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and traveling.

Chef / Restaurateurs / Foodies

Caitlin MacEachen Steininger '05 & Kelly MacEachen Trush '95

Chef Caitlin MacEachen Steininger graduated from Ursuline in 2005, and is the creative muscle that powers and all its offshoot happenings. Ms. Kelly MacEachen Trush, her sister, and 1995 Ursuline graduate, is the spirit-spattered voice of all those happenings. Ms. Steininger tweaked her culinary prowess with classic French training at Le Cordon Bleu, while Ms. Trush spent many years writing about food and serving it all over the country. In Cooking with Caitlin they come together to hone their own personal foodspeak on the radio, in the paper, through live-streaming video, at in-person events, and all over social media. Ms. Steininger and Ms. Trush are mercenaries for food experiences, lovers of the community that has so embraced them, and devotees of Cincinnati eats. And now, they are owners of CWC, a restaurant by Cooking with Caitlin, the natural progression of their food-focused collective.

Client Success/Sales

Molly Sandquist Ross '95

Ms. Molly Sandquist Ross graduated from Ursuline in 1995. She is now a Senior Principal Success Manager at Salesforce. Ms. Ross’ primary responsibility at Salesforce is to ensure that her customers realize value in the investment they made in Salesforce technology. What this means: she spends time working with her customers to define top level goals and objectives, success metrics, and a list of actions they will take together. She works with the primary customer contacts on a regular basis, and quarterly they meet with senior executives to ensure that they remain aligned and are moving forward. While at Salesforce, Ms. Ross has worked with top name brands such as Under Armour, Papa John's, AT&T, H&R Block, Enterprise, and Kimberly Clark.

The work she does on a daily basis for these top brands can be easily translated to your daily life. For example, if you know you want to go to a certain school, follow a specific career path, or even work to determine what you want to do in life, these same principles apply. Define the top level goal, set three objectives, determine how you will measure success, and list out the actions you will take to achieve them. When doing this, you will learn how to remain focused, and cancel out the noise and distractions.

About Salesforce: Salesforce is the world’s #1 Customer RelationshipManagement (CRM) platform. Their cloud-based applications for sales, service, marketing, and more don’t require IT experts to set up or manage — simply log in and start connecting to customers in a whole new way. In Hawaiian culture, “Ohana” means family; it's the tie that binds people together. Their Ohana is built on four core values that inspire them to work together every day toward improving the world: Trust, Equality, Growth and Innovation.

Dance & Medical Research

Mimi Lamantia '11

Ms. Mimi Lamantia is originally from Mason, OH and graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2011. She studied dance and pre-medicine at The Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with Honors Research Distinction in the Arts in 2016. She has extensively studied contemporary and ballet technique, as well as performed pieces created by influential choreographers. She studied dance and performed abroad in London at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in and in Costa Rica with Jimmy Ortiz and Company. Ms. Lamantia’s dual interest in the arts and medicine is united with her passion for utilizing dance as an innovative and patient-centered treatment within the medical field. In 2015 Ms. Lamantia was awarded the Pelotonia Undergraduate Fellowship where she partnered with OSU Medical Center faculty and investigated the feasibility and effect of Argentine Tango as a balance intervention for cancer survivors. She was selected to represent Ohio State at the 2016 Universitas 21 (U21) Research Conference in Mexico as well as at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference.

As a dance educator and researcher, Ms. Lamantia strives to share the power of dance in order to help individuals find healing physically, mentally, and emotionally. At present, Ms. Lamantia continues to collaborate with Lise Worthen-Chaudhari of OSU’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She also is a medical scribe and a quality assurance specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the departments of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery. In addition to serving as a dance educator in the Cincinnati community, she is also a Pure Barre instructor as she values the importance of holistic wellness. Ms. Lamantia’s next step in her journey to bringing the arts to medicine is attending medical school. She is eager and motivated to continue to investigate the art and science of medicine and develop innovative treatments as a dancer and future doctor.

Design Researcher

Charlotte Lux '99

Ms. Charlotte Lux, Ursuline Class of 1999, is the Principal Design Researcher at Insight Product Development in Chicago. She has 14 years of experience in user-centered design and research with a focus on consumer, industrial, and medical products and experiences. She has used multi-dimensional, immersive research to uncover unmet user needs and develop design solutions for clients ranging from medical and pharmaceutical companies to home appliance manufacturers and global retailers. She has conducted contextual research in homes and healthcare facilities across the US as well as in Canada, South America, Europe, and India. Ms. Lux graduated with Highest Distinction from Purdue University with a BA in Industrial Design and holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame in Design. She has received research and design strategy awards from the Industrial Designers Society of America and Core77 for her work in patient-centered healthcare experience design.

Development & Communications (Literacy Non Profit)

Reba Hennessey '03

Nestled in an old storefront of the historic and culturally rich Cincinnati neighborhood of Northside, you'll find claw-footed bathtubs filled with pillows and surrounded by canopies and marvelous wooden animals, inviting young readers and writers into a world of imagination and storytelling. Nearby in small groups, high school students reflect together on current events, social D-R-A-M-A, and their favorite books; practicing spoken word & slam poetry pieces for performance across the city. This is WordPlay Cincy, a fast-growing literacy nonprofit for K-12th grade students from across the Greater Cincinnati region.

WordPlay’s mission is to help Cincinnati’s young people fulfill their potential by making connections through reading, writing and storytelling. Ms. Hennessey is Development & Communications Director for the organization--passionately dedicated to enhancing social equity not only through WordPlay's programs, but through how


Erika Sterusky Svirnovskiy '08

Ms. Erika Sterusky Svirnovskiy graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2008 and then from the University of Virginia in 2012 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Following graduation, she spent a couple of years working as a Materials & Process Engineer for GE Aviation in Baltimore, Maryland where she worked on developing and manufacturing aircraft components with composite materials. From there, Ms. Svirnovskiy moved to Chicago, Illinois and spent several years working as a Coatings & Corrosion Engineer with GE Capital Rail Services. Not even one year into her time there, GE announced its intention to sell much of GE Capital, including the rail leasing company. Faced with a difficult decision, Ms. Svirnovskiy chose to continue her work with the primary buyer, Wells Fargo Rail. Recently, realizing her passion for aviation and advanced technology, Ms. Svirnovskiy has returned to Cincinnati with her husband Simon and rejoined GE Aviation as a lead engineer working on state-of-the-art coatings for ceramic matrix composites. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, running, and exploring the world.

Executive Leadership/Business Management

Megan Smith Duy '98

Ms. Megan Smith Duy, Ursuline Class of 1998, has 15 years of experience in the multi-family industry serving in various capacities within Operations. She began her career with Hills Properties as a Leasing Consultant and moved forward as Assistant Manager, Property Manager and finally District Manager. Prior to her most recent role as Vice President of Operations with PLK Communities, Ms. Duy served as Regional Supervisor in companies including Lifestyle Communities, Associated Estates Real Estate Corporation and Fairfield Residential. She is a graduate of Bethel College with a major in Business Management and a minor in Psychology. Ms. Duy has been involved in various markets including Houston, TX, Louisville and Lexington, KY, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati, OH. She has been responsible for stabilized and lease-up product throughout her career with unit count ranging from 1700 to her current portfolio of 3100+. She is responsible for developing, executing and meeting the operating budgets across seventeen sites within her portfolio totaling approximately 32million. Ms. Duy has directed staff trainings, established policies and procedures for operational sites, performed audits, help develop and execute training needs for on-site team members as well as design market strategies and perform comprehensive analysis. Ms. Duy was recently named a 2016 Rising Star of the YWCA of Cincinnati Academy of Career Women of Achievement. She has proven herself as an accomplished and influential leader who is passionate about the development and promotion of others.


Aliya Riddle '02

Ms. Aliya Riddle graduated from Ursuline in 2002. She grew up right here in Cincinnati and is thrilled about all of the positive changes that have happened in our city the past few years. During college at the University of Notre Dame, Ms. Riddle discovered an interest in helping people with their money when she heard about some of the challenges her fellow classmates would discuss. She decided to pursue a related degree - Bachelors of Business Administration, majoring in Finance.

After college, Ms. Riddle thought banking was the right path for her interests, so she worked through different development programs at National City and Chase. However, the longer she worked at the bank, the more she realized it was about pushing products to people instead of giving actual advice or planning for their customers. So, she made the switch to Wealth Management and took a position at Johnson Investment Counsel.

Forensic Chemist

Jessi Ziepfel '05

Ms. Jessi Ziepfel graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2005, and then earned a BS degree in Forensic Chemistry from Ohio University in 2009. She began her career with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation as a forensic chemist in the crime lab where she worked for five years. She is now employed as a forensic chemist with the Beaufort County (SC) Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Lab. Her duties include analyzing various types of evidence submitted from law enforcement agencies such as suspected controlled substances and suspected arson evidence and testifying in court as an expert witness. Ms. Ziepfel is a sworn law enforcement officer, certified by the American Board of Criminalistics in Drug Analysis and active in several forensic science professional organizations.


Alexandra Veitch '98

Ms. Alexandra N. Veitch, Ursuline Academy class of 1998, has extensive experience at the highest levels of the government, including as senior staff in the White House and to the Speaker of the House. In her career, she has served as a Special Assistant to President Barack Obama, as a senior political appointee in the Department of Homeland Security, as Director of Speechwriting to Speaker of the House and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and as staff to Senator Barbara Mikulski. She currently serves as Vice President of Government Relations at CSRA, a Fortune 600 government technology contractor.

Ms. Veitch uniquely understands how government really works and how to build a meaningful career in public service. Her career highlights include traveling with President Obama on his historic presidential delegation to Cuba, devising the strategy that helped achieve the last major legislative accomplishment of the previous Administration, staffing the Secretary of Homeland Security at more than a dozen appearances before congressional committees, and writing the remarks as Nancy Pelosi accepted the gavel to become the first woman Speaker of the House.

Ms. Veitch has broad policy expertise and deep relationships with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Labor & Delivery Nurse

Claire Hayes '13

Ms. Claire Hayes, Ursuline Class of 2013, is a labor and delivery nurse at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing in 2017. As a labor and delivery nurse, Ms. Hayes' main priorities are caring for mothers in the antepartum period, providing support for the mother during labor, assisting with the delivery, and monitoring the mother and infant in the following postpartum period. She serves as an integral part of the care team in supporting families through the labor process. In addition, she is trained in assisting with various fetal procedures and cesarean sections.

Marketing & Fundraising

Traci Osborne '03

Ms. Traci Osborne is a member of Ursuline’s class of 2003, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a marketing degree in 2007. While at Ursuline, Ms. Osborne discovered a passion for community service, and during her undergraduate studies, she decided to combine that passion with her major. Post college graduation, her entire career has been spent working in marketing and fundraising for various local non-profit organizations. She spent 3 years in volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and public relations at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Warren & Clinton Counties, followed by 9 months in community outreach at the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, before landing at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Southwest Ohio Chapter in 2012. Since then, she has been in charge of various fundraising campaigns, including planning local walks and recruiting participants for an endurance training program to benefit the Foundation. Her current role of Assistant National Manager includes aspects of fundraising, as well as national marketing efforts.

Ms. Osborne currently resides in downtown Cincinnati, and is also pursuing her Masters of Business Administration degree while working full time. She is active in the local fitness community, and has completed 7 half marathons (5 of them have also involved fundraising through Team Challenge, one of the programs she manages at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation). She is excited to return to Ursuline and speak to students about her experience in turning a passion for community service into a career.

Physician Assistant

Sarah O'Connor Kaufman '09

After graduation from Ursuline in 2009, Ms. Sarah O’Connor Kaufman went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in biology at The Ohio State University in 2013. During her last two years at Ohio State, she worked as a medical scribe in the emergency department at Dublin Methodist Hospital. With that experience, her interest in a career in medicine was solidified. She was also introduced to the physician assistant profession, and her prior goal of becoming a physician gradually transformed into becoming a physician assistant. That goal was achieved in 2015 when she graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Marietta College. Today, she is working in a primary care clinic in Miamisburg, Ohio. She works autonomously and as part of a team with two physicians to treat a variety of illnesses ranging from the common cold and minor wounds and injuries to blood clots, diabetes, and heart disease. It is a very fulfilling career that allows for a more than satisfactory work-life balance.

Professor / Medical Research (College of Pharmacy)

Joan Steele Garrett '98

Joan Steele Garrett, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. Her position involves performing research, teaching and service duties. The overarching aim of her research program is to better understand signal transduction pathways involved in cancer. Dr. Garrett is personally committed to a career in mechanism-based translational research so that she can impact the lives of cancer patients. Her role in teaching is to generate a keen desire to learn in students, equip the students with the necessary tools to educate themselves and give the students the means and opportunity to take charge of their own learning. As a faculty member of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Garrett contributes to the curriculum for pharmacy students, particularly in the aspects of medicinal chemistry. Dr. Garrett's role in service involves departmental administration and curriculum, personnel and policy committees or activities.

Research (Cincinnati Zoo)

Elizabeth Donelan Williams '02

Ms. Elizabeth Donelan Williams graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2002. She is a research associate at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). She works primarily on our polar bear signature project. This project involves researching the sexual maturity of polar bears and assisted reproductive techniques for polar bears. She also works with several smaller projects including a study on kea, a project on aye-aye, and monitoring the pregnancy of one of their pottos.

Research (Gastrointestinal diagnostics)

Elizabeth Wurtzler '06

Dr. Elizabeth Wurtzler graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2006 and is now the Principal Investigator for Geneoscopy, LLC, a gastrointestinal diagnostics startup in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Wurtzler graduated from Saint Louis University in 2010 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Engineering Mathematics. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2016. Her graduate work focused on the creation of the fusion protein StrepMiniSOG and its application to solar based disinfection methods. Dr. Wurtzler’s other work includes a viral RNA detection system using Duplex Specific Nuclease and a microbial source tracking method based on field work on Lord Howe Island, Australia. She has been with Geneoscopy since December 2016.

Second Grade Teacher

Heather Dirr Bickford '92

Ms. Heather Dirr Bickford is an Ursuline alum from the Class of 1992. She has a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Cincinnati, a Bachelors of Science in Education from Wright State University, and Masters in Education from Marygrove College. Ms. Bickford has been a teacher for 19 years and 18 of them have been with Lebanon City Schools. She has taught 3rd, 2nd and 1st grades, and currently teaches 2nd grade. During her time at Lebanon City Schools she has been Writing Curriculum Chair and currently is the Language Arts Co-chair and Technology Chair. She has also served on our Building Leadership Team. In 2016, Ms. Bickford was awarded the Warren County Project Excellence in Teaching award.

Social Worker

Caroline Hils '07

Ms. Caroline Hils, Ursuline Class of 2007, works for The Children’s Home of Cincinnati as a Behavioral Health Counseling Therapist. She joined the team in 2012 after earning my Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University and my Masters Degree in Social Work from University of Cincinnati. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Ohio. In her role at the Children's Home, she provides mental health treatment to middle school and high school students in a nearby school district. This work includes completing assessments and treatment plans as well as meeting with the students for weekly therapy sessions. Many of the clients they serve are struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, etc. Ms. Hils provides both individual and family therapy to her clients and works in close partnership with the school district to ensure the needs of her clients are being met. Ms. Hils believes that her time at Ursuline prepared her with the skills and compassion she would need to be successful working alongside a variety of individuals.

Speech Language Pathologist

Sarah Hackett Dial '08

Ms. Sarah Hackett Dial, Ursuline Class of 2008, is a speech-language pathologist entering her 3rd year in the field. She works for Hamilton County Educational Service Center where she is currently placed in Loveland School District. Within Loveland, she works with preschool, 1st grade, and high-schoolers. It sounds like a mess, but she loves the different age groups - it keeps her on her toes! Ms. Dial works with many disabilities in the schools, such as Hunter’s Syndrome, William’s Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Emotional Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Specific Language Impairment, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Hearing Impairment. Her main goal with these students is to increase their ability to function within the academic environment and increase their quality of life.

Ms. Dial also works PRN at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in the Daniel Drake Center, where she is on the Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke team. Here, she provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of patients with various neurological conditions, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and neurodegenerative diseases:

  • Conducts swallowing evaluations using Modified Barium Swallows, bedside swallow exams, interpret findings, and recommend appropriate dietary levels
  • Screenings and evaluations in the areas of cognition, speech, language, oral motor abilities, and swallowing
  • Collaborating and communicating regularly with physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, dieticians, radiologists, nurses, and physicians

Think a speech therapist just works with kids who stutter? Think again!

Technology & Publishing

Kristen Cardenzana Hausfeld '92

Ms. Kristen Cardenzana Hausfeld graduated from Ursuline in 1992. She is a Digital Technology Manager at General Electric Aviation who started For Good Media, LLC on the side in order to publish VISIONS OF LIGHT: A CHRISTMAS STORY, her 9 year old daughter Piper’s first book. After attending a writer’s workshop in March of 2014, Ms. Hausfeld was inspired to build a platform to support Piper’s big dreams and in the process, discovered her own passion and purpose. For Good Media focuses solely on media that uplifts and inspires! Their mission is to bring forth works, especially ideas and story lines by children, that bring love, light and kindness to the world! Piper’s second book, THE PUPPY TOOTH FAIRY released in February of 2017.


Christina Beer '11

Ms. Christina Beer is a Senior Technical Product Owner for GE Digital supporting the Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) organization of GE Aviation. In this role, Ms. Beer is responsible for developing and delivering on a product roadmap that enables business outcomes. She partners with the Aviation MRO business, application development teams, and other stakeholders, to define, develop, and deploy best-in-class software products, and ensure their adoption and business value realization.

Ms. Beer joined GE in 2015 as a member of the Digital Technology Leadership Program. Her roles focused on Brilliant Factory, Salesforce, data lake ingestion & analytics, and IT risk & compliance. As a member of this two-year program, Ms. Beer worked in Cincinnati, Michigan, Budapest, and Dubai.

Ms. Beer graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2011. She went on to pursue her BBA in Information Systems and Finance from the University of Cincinnati, graduating in 2015. She is currently pursuing her MS Business Analytics from Indiana University. Outside of work and school, she enjoys traveling, playing volleyball, hiking and skiing. She can be found cheering at any Bearcats, Bengals or FC Cincinnati game.


Erika Helgeson '09

Dr. Erika Helgeson, Ursuline Class of 2009, is currently working as a mixed animal veterinarian in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2009. She received her Bachelor of Animal Science from the University of Kentucky in 2013 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.

As a mixed animal practitioner, Dr. Helgeson sees species ranging from cats and dogs to cattle, sheep and horses. A typical day consists of seeing in-clinic small animal appointments, performing surgeries and traveling to farms to treat sick patients. Veterinary medicine is not limited to general practice, but offers many different career opportunities such as working for the government, performing research and working for pharmaceutical companies.

Youth Ministry

Mary Ellen Helms '03

Ms. Mary Ellen Helms graduated from Ursuline in 2003 and from Xavier with a BA in Theology in 2007. She is the Director of Youth and Family Mission at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. What is the main thing she does with her time? Builds relationships. As a connector, she works to strengthen students' relationships with God, one another, and the Church. Drawing upon the Ursuline values of service and spirituality, Ms. Helms works with students starting at age 3 in their preschool through college-aged students to develop, maintain, and form faith. She believes we are called to three-dimensional lives of discipleship - connecting with God through prayer, worship, and spirituality; connecting with others through building life-giving relaitonships and play; and connecting with the world through loving service and witness to God's work in the world.

Ministry includes a lot of day to day work like listening, administrating, planning, and leading, but there is also a lot of opportunity for adventure. Though her role, Ms. Helms has traveled across the globe to Tanzania and Haiti on accompaniment trips - partnering with locals to learn and grow together. Joining Lutherans from across the US, Ms. Helms has led groups of 30-70 teens to Detroit, New Orleans, and San Antonio (next summer, Houston!) to have transformative faith experiences. Annually, Ms. Helms leads Discipleship Tours and service trips to different locations like Baltimore, Milwaukee, Asheville, and West Virginia to meet people where they are, learn from their way of life, and serve with them. In our own community, members of Prince of Peace connect with local partners like Matthew 25 Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, NEST Community Learning Center, Artis Senior Living and more. All of these opportunities allow us to join the work that God is doing to build a world restored with grace and peace.

Symposium Day 2015