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.

Teresa Davis Mulligan '90 is 2019 Woman of the Year


Ursuline Academy is pleased to announce Teresa Davis Mulligan '90 as the 2019 Woman of the Year! Teresa has experienced Ursuline as a student, Development Committee member, Board of Trustee member, alumna, and now parent! Teresa's love of and dedication to Ursuline, and living out what she learned here, have earned her the distinction of being the 2019 Woman of the Year Award recipient.

Through every turn of her life, Teresa has lived out our motto of learning not just for school, but for life. Her love for math was awakened as an underclasswoman by Ms. Krueger when she discovered for the first time that she truly loved math. While a student at the College of the Holy Cross, an advisor noticed Teresa's passion and skill in her mathematics classes and encouraged her to pursue it as her profession. Teresa went on to get her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Holy Cross. Not content to sit in academia however, and wanting to apply her skills out in the real world, Teresa pursued a business degree with a concentration in finance and accounting from Boston University. This was the perfect practical application of mathematics that allowed her to use her knowledge to think critically.

Teresa went on to use her skills in a variety of public accounting and finance roles. Currently Teresa is the Vice President of Portfolio Analytics and Governance for Fidelity Investments. In this role, Teresa gets to practice what she considers Ursuline's greatest strength—asking women to think about what they're learning, apply critical thinking skills, and find answers to problems.

Since she donned her laurel wreath in 1990, Teresa has been a faithful supporter of Ursuline by sharing of her time, talent, and treasure. The examples are too numerous to name, but highlights include being a speaker at the very first Ursuline Symposium in 2000, six years of service as a Board of Trustee member, and, perhaps most importantly, sharing her own daughter Mae with us. Mae is a member of the Class of 2022. Ursuline is grateful for the generosity that Teresa has shown, helping to ensure that not only Mae but any young woman who wants an Ursuline education has the opportunity available to her.

We are so grateful to count Teresa as a member of our community, and as one of our outstanding alumnae.

Award Criteria

Each year, Ursuline Academy presents the Woman of the Year Award to a deserving graduate. This award, the highest honor bestowed on an alumna, is presented each October at the President’s dinner.

To be considered for this honor, a candidate must be an alumna of Ursuline Academy who:

  • has made significant contributions to the advancement of Ursuline Academy, to her life’s work and to the community.
  • has built on the foundation of her Ursuline Academy education to make her presence felt in the world.
  • serves as a source of pride among Ursuline alumnae and an inspiration for current and future generations of Ursuline students.
  • has brought honor to herself and her alma mater.

Previous Women of the Year

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.

2018

Christy Schragal '88, writer, generous volunteer, loyal supporter, great friend of Ursuline

2017

Jenny Heyl '79, medical ethics director, generous volunteer, loyal supporter, great friend of Ursuline

2016

Kelly Dehan '79, successful businesswoman, generous volunteer, loyal supporter, great friend of Ursuline

2015

Stephanie Sudbrack-Busam '76, leader in the real estate industry, active community volunteer, loyal alumna, proud parent, generous supporter of Ursuline

2014

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

2013

Tamara Kearney Lanier '95, business leader, marketing professional, served Ursuline as a Board Member and Committee Chair

2012

Sue McDonald Clarke '63, volunteer, generous supporter, loyal alumna

2011

Dorothy "Puck" Donovan Schoettmer Stockle '46, business woman, homemaker, ambassador for Ursuline

2010

Becky Buehler Catino '79, entrepreneur, philanthropist, homemaker

2009

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

2008

Mary Lou Dulle Boylan '45, musician, volunteer

2007

Susie Keating Lame '76, volunteer

2006

Janine Melink-Hueber '73, business woman, volunteer and founder of "Turning Points"

2005

Mary Jane Schimanski A'Hearn '45, business woman, homemaker, volunteer.

2004

Susan Long Dineen '64, homemaker, volunteer and founder of Child Care Professionals, Inc.

2003

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

2002

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.

2001

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.

2000

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.

1999

Mary Ann Vogele ’49, accountant and caregiver, Angie Hoetker Buechner ’71, homemaker, mother and volunteer, and Gigi Greiwe Robison ’78, expert in oncology nursing.

1998

Kay Stagaman Napier '73, general manager, North American Pharmaceuticals, P&G; and Jane Naberhaus Gardner '53, homemaker, artist and volunteer.

1997

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.

1996

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.

1995

Jane Gusweiler Cooper '73, president and chief executive officer of Paramount Parks; and Susan Rains Garry '53, homemaker and volunteer.

1994

Carol Muething Meirose '66, teacher and cued speech specialist.

1993

Madge Smith Scheidler '44, homemaker and volunteer.

1992

Margaret Long '31, public library coordinator of children's services; and Julie Isphording '80, marathon runner and marketing director.

1991

Linda Vester '83, international news correspondent.

1990

Mary Joe Osberger '65, researcher, advanced bionics; and Sister Mary Carren Herring, R.S.M. '69, educator and revitalize of inner-city schools.

1989

R. Elaine Dreidame '60, University of Dayton athletic director; and Sister Joan Leonard, OSU '47, founder of Arts and Humanities Resource Center.

1988

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

1987

Peggy Farrell Stier '50, Ed.D., learning consultant and owner of Learning Plus.

1986

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.