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Meet the new Associate Director

As students, many of us chose the Mount because it offered such great opportunities and ways to get involved. As alumni, this is still very true! I am excited to be able to build and promote these programs as the new associate director of alumni relations.

In a bit of irony, I actually started my career as the co-op student in Institutional Advancement, just a few feet from where my office is now. Since then, I have continued to work in development, but when the chance came to return to the College, of course I jumped at it.

If you haven’t been on campus lately, I encourage you to come back for a visit. Check out the beautiful Harrington Center with its gymnasium, women’s center and food court. Buy a sweatshirt in the Bookstore. Take a stroll through the Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery and view the talented work of our students. Make an appointment and take advantage of the services offered to alumni in the Career Center.

The Mount has such a rich heritage and, as we look toward the future and continue to celebrate Milestones, I am reminded of how much of this heritage is the work and service that we, its alumni, have taken into the community.

Save the date for Mount Homecoming in the fall, October 18 - 20. While this is a reunion event for some classes, all are welcome to this fun weekend and I look forward to cheering on our Lions with many of you! In the meantime, enjoy the approaching warmer weather, check out the alumni page at, and subscribe to the free e-newsletter Alumni Connections for the latest news on what alumni are doing.

Jenny Rapien Kaeppner ’94
Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Lead Annual Giving

A Letter from Alissa Beck

Greetings and happy spring from the alumni office! I hope you were able to attend one of the many events this past winter, such as the Saints, Spirits, and Salsa Celebration, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) concert or the Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo. Share your pictures with us! You can e-mail them to or post them on Facebook.

A hearty thanks to all who participated in this year’s phonathon, which was a tremendous success. We connected with more than 12,000 alumni and raised over $25,000. So many of you shared updates, including new addresses and e-mails, changes in marital status, and careers. If we didn’t reach you and you would like to update your alumni profile, e-mail us or call (513) 244-4425.

I’m excited to introduce G.O.L.D. (Graduates of the Last Decade) as our newest program. The goal of this program is for every alum of the last decade to donate $5.00 for every year since graduation, in support of the Mount’s annual fund. Donations are accepted online during the annual phonathon or through direct mailings that are sent three times a year.

As the 2012-13 school year ends, please join me in welcoming our 2013 graduates to the Alumni Association!

Alissa Beck ’11
Coordinator of Annual Giving & Young Alumni

Alumni Association Partners with Flying Pig Marathon

This year, the Mount’s Alumni Association is partnering with the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon as a charity partner. The 2013 Flying Pig Marathon takes place May 5 in downtown Cincinnati, and begins at the intersection of Central Avenue and Mehring Way. The Flying Pig offers the Mount community a chance to come together and show some Mount pride! There are many ways to get involved: run, walk, volunteer, cheer! The Mount will also have a special post-race gathering area at Yeatman’s Cove, and a reserved cheering area for participants’ families and friends. Visit the Flying Pig page for more details.

Reunion Calls Alums Back to the Mount

Calling all alumni who graduated in 1963, 1973, 1978, and 1983.It’s time to make your way back to the Mount to join your friends for Reunion Weekend 2013. Activities are scheduled for June 7, 8 and 9. For those who graduated in 1963, this is your 50th year reunion and we have special plans for your Golden Anniversary celebration. Look for details in the mail.Reunion Weekend is also when the College honors alumni who have devoted many hours of service to the College or the community with the awards listed below.

Alumni Career Achievement Award
For outstanding achievement in
career/vocational fields.

Sister Mary Lea Human Service Award
For devoting her/his life to service
for others.

Alumni Volunteer Leadership Award
For outstanding service to
the College.

Loretta Richards Distinguished
Alumni Award
Recognizes career and/or vocational
achievements and service to
the College.

Homecoming 2013

Graduates from 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, and 1968 will be celebrated during 2013 Homecoming Weekend October 18 - 20. The weekend kicks off with the Induction Ceremony and Dinner of new alumni into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 18. The alumni tailgate luncheon will be held at the Sports Complex on Saturday before the Mount football game, leaving plenty of time for you and your friends to gather and enjoy each other’s company. Contact the Alumni Relations Office at (513) 244-4298 if you wish to get involved. Mark your calendars now and watch for announcements to come your way!

Alumni Travel

Plans are in the works for an alumni winter travel excursion. Be sure to check our website at for further details.

Past alumni destinations have included London, Paris, Ireland, and Italy. The winter trip will be hosted by Terry Aretz, first lady of the College, and will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow Mount alumni while enjoying a fun, well-planned vacation.

To receive information on our Alumni Travel Program, please call 244-4298 or email the alumni inbox.

New! MountConnect Job Board

By Jen Franchak, Director, Career and Experiential Education Center

The Mount’s Career and Experiential Education Center has launched an exclusive online job board for current students and alumni. The job board, MountConnect, allows approved employers to post co-op jobs as well as fulltime, part-time, and degree-required positions for students and alumni.

MountConnect enables job seekers to search and apply for positions, maintain an online personal calendar, manage multiple résumés, cover letters and other employment related documents, view and R.S.V.P. for career events, review career-related resources in the virtual career library, and more.

“Students and alumni will not be the only people who benefit from MountConnect,” says Jen Franchak, the director of the Career and Experiential Education Center. According to Franchak, “Employers will also benefit by being able to find qualified workers.” The site allows employers to search for student/alumni profiles marked to “allow employer viewing” and résumés making it easy for them to recruit candidates through the system.

MountConnect offers an effective way to “connect” employers with the student and alumni talent. “We are pleased to be able to offer career coaching and services to alumni, and MountConnect is one way we can show our lifetime support to our graduates,” says Franchak.

Class Notes


  • Jeanette Berning ’62, ’82 of Cincinnati is enjoying retirement traveling the world.
  • Charlotte Strange Scarcelli ’65 of West Lafayette, Ind., retired in 2009 from Purdue University. Since then she’s been volunteering at University Place, a retirement community co-sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters and Purdue. She also volunteers at Franciscan Sisters Hospice program. In 2011, she published a children’s book titled, “The Secret of the Old House,” which features her five children, their spouses and her seven grandchildren in a story about the Underground Railroad.
  • Mary Anne McIlvoy Zaya ’68 of West Chester, Ohio, traveled to Normandy, France, last June for the 69th anniversary of D-Day to visit the author of the book written about her father and his medics titled, “Doc McIlvoy and His Parachuting Medics.


  • Carol Korte Ferguson ’70 of Cincinnati was hired at Coldwell Banker West Shell as a sales associate.
  • Jean Ann Doerger Tucker ’71 of Cincinnati was inducted into the Mount’s 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame. She was a member of the volleyball team that won the firstever Ohio Intercollegiate State Tournament in 1969, and played in the first volleyball national championship in Long Beach, Calif. She also helped lead the basketball team to the first Ohio Intercollegiate Tournament in 1971. Today Jean Ann teaches at Annunciation School in Clifton.
  • Kathy Beaumont Moore ’73 of Portsmouth, Ohio, remains busy after retiring from teaching after 29 years. Last summer she traveled to Barcelona, Spain, as well as Paris and Lourdes, France, with her sister, Karen ’81, and her daughter, Laura. She teaches Catholic religion classes at her church and also serves as a substitute teacher.
  • Carol King ’73 of Cincinnati has been named health management leader of Cincinnati-based HORAN, a leading consultant in employee benefits and financial services. Carol works directly with clients to create customized wellness plans
  • built around their specific organizational and employee needs.
  • Joan Shadley Mazzaro-Epping ’76 of Lake Wylie, S.C., was inducted into the Mount’s 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame for her role as a star volleyball and basketball player. She played on the state volleyballchampionship team in 1975 and on two regional championship teams. She led the basketball teams to titles in 1973 and 1976, and received the MVP award twice in basketball. She taught and coached in the Northern Kentucky area for many years.
  • Carol Slomksi ’76 of Pittsburg, Pa., is now a doctor at Weirton Medical Center. She has not only performed countless breast surgeries during the past 30 years, she has spent much of her time as an instructor and associate dean of medical education at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. She is currently an adjunct associate professor at Temple University School of Medicine, is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Peg Bradley-Doppes ’79 of Denver, Colo., was inducted into the Mount’s 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame. Peg was a volleyball standout who received many honors, including Honorable Mention AllAmerican 1977-1978. She participated in the OAISW All-Tournament Team and was Tournament MVP and state runner-up in the Midwest AIAW Regional 1978-1979. A 31-year veteran of collegiate sports, Peg now serves as the vice chancellor for athletics and recreation and Ritchie Center Operations at the University of Denver.


  • Ceila Benken Gilligan Ouwerkerk ’81 of Staunton, Va., has a new career at the University of Virginia as ambulatory manager of a number of outpatient clinics after 20 years in critical care nursing at University Hospital in Cincinnati and 10 years of hospital pharmaceutical sales. She is enjoying life in Virginia with her husband, Nick.
  • Lorie Kreimer Schaefer ’89 of Cincinnati was promoted to vice president at U.S. Bank last year. She also received the 4th quarter Outstanding Leadership Award for her division.


  • Deborah M. Slaughter, AACP, ’90 was appointed to serve a further threeyear term as chair of the Certification Commission by the Board of American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc. She is a founding member of the American Alliance, and one of the first paralegals to receive the American Alliance Certified Paralegal (AACP) designation.
  • Susan Hines-Brigger ’94 of Cincinnati has been named editor of Liberty+Vine, the digital-only monthly magazine published by Franciscan Media.
  • Craig Hockenberry ’95 of Cincinnati is principal at Oyler School in Lower Price Hill, and has developed Oyler into a school that provides high-quality services to people growing up in poverty. The school has become a community learning center. He has enlisted several Mount tutors and volunteers to support Oyler academics and works closely with the MSJ Athletic Department to support students and athletes in Lower Price Hill. Craig, his wife Erin Benendetti ’96 and their three children Vivian, Gino and Rocco live in Price Hill near the Mount.
  • Christopher Wilke ’95 of Rochester, N.Y., is now Dr. Christopher Wilke, an oral surgeon, and is married with 3-year-old twins, Dominic and Victoria.
  • Shelley Rothenbusch Werner ’97 of Cincinnati co-founded Faces without Places, the only Cincinnati-area nonprofit exclusively serving the educational needs of students experiencing homelessness. Now, 14 years later, the organization has provided more than $1.5 million and countless in-kind donations to serve more than 30,000 students experiencing homelessness.


  • Robert Roetting III ’00 of Cincinnati and his wife welcomed their third child, Robert Paul IV, in September.
  • Dustin Gehring ’01 of Cincinnati and his wife, Jo, had their third child, a boy, in September 2009, and most recently their fourth child, a girl, in November 2011. Dustin was named head principal of White Oak Middle School and began this position in August 2012. This will be his 12th year in the Northwest Local School District.
  • Tricia Borgmann Higgins ’01 of Cincinnati returned to P&G in 2002 in the external relations/communications area. She works for Baby Care Communications where she leads the social and traditional media strategies for Pampers and Luvs. She is married with two children, Will and Claire.
  • Katherine Hagedorn Kiefer ’02 of Cincinnati has worked at Duke Energy for 10 years and is married with a daughter.
  • Meredith Smith ’04 of Cincinnati is a stained glass artist working at Wooden Nickel Antiques. She designs, builds and restores stained glass.
  • Stefanie Schultz Hiltz ’05 of West Harrison, Ind., and her husband, Jacob, welcomed their second child, a girl, in March 2012.
  • Marlo Dawn Ball Devoto ’06 of Springboro, Ohio, and her husband, Travis, welcomed their first child, a girl, in July 2012.
  • Catie Geraci ’07 of Cincinnati is an admission counselor at the Mount and involved with the Lions for Life Club. She traveled with the group in January for the 2013 March for Life in Washington, D.C.
  • Jeremy Adam ’09 of Loveland, Ohio, is the website application support and strategist at Clubessential. Owned by Mary Cashman Ivers ’68 and her husband, Will, Clubessential provides web-based software to enable interactive communications within the private club industry. They are the market leader in this industry with client’s including Trump Golf, TPC, WCI, and hundreds of the world’s most prestigious golf, yacht and country clubs.
  • Ian Spence ’09 of Cincinnati was promoted to an affidavit analyst at Fifth Third Bank. He joined the bank in 2011.
  • William Beach Jr. ’10 of Springfield, Ohio, is currently completing his MBA and master’s degree in sports administration at Ohio University.
  • Kaitlyn Bode ’10 is an asthma technology implementer at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the Division of General & Community Pediatrics and manages an electronic system that notifies her when a patient is seen in the emergency department or admitted to the hospital. The system was recently reviewed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, and Children’s Hospital was highlighted as a leader in the use of its technology.
  • Justin Fuller ’11, Corrie Guilfoyle ’11 and Tracy Bishop ’12 have all found fulfilling work at the Boys and Girls Club at Sayler Park, serving around 85 students who are mostly living at or below federal poverty levels. Justin is an activity leader and will soon be a tutor working with 5th and 6th graders. He is also a mentor for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Corrie and Tracy started working at the Boys and Girls Club as co-ops while working toward their psychology degrees. As site coordinator, Corrie strives to provide stability to the children the club serves. Tracy is the assistant site coordinator.
  • (Jacquelyn) Michelle Wernke ’12 is the director of the St. William Elementary after-school program as well as a teacher in Seton’s Summer Learning Camp—where she first worked through the Mount’s Summer Employment Program. Michelle now receives her own Mount student workers through the same program. She currently works at St. William Elementary with Mount alums Rachael Didusch ’12, Leah Kabachka ’10, Chris Kilgore ’12, and Laura Rudemiller ’10.



  • Mary Serey Sweeney ’45
  • Patricia Guthrie Horn ’46
  • Lorraine Turner Melcher ’46
  • Margaret McGrath ’51
  • Connie Dickinson Greiwe ’52
  • Mary Ann Costello ’53
  • Helen Verdin Glutz ’53
  • Mary Carol Wintzinger, SC, ’53
  • Nancy Donnelly Riley ’54
  • Rosemary Hoeffler VanKirk ’54
  • E. Patricia Davidson Goggans ’55
  • Marianne Schroeder, SC, ’58
  • Eleanora Kiely ’59
  • Elaine Luckey Leisgang ’59
  • Rose Marie Hewitt, SC, ’62
  • Mary Lynn Byrne Weigand ’63
  • Mary Paul Medland, SC, ’64
  • Kathleen Parker Stary ’67
  • Mary Ann Krauz Keith ’69
  • Joan Doerger Schlachter ’69
  • Barbara A. Kathman ’71
  • Frances Cotterill ’74
  • Catherine Genkinger Ultsch ’79
  • Regina Scott Embry ’85
  • Jeanette W. Wade ’85
  • Ines Swartz Alexinas ’86
  • Mary-Frances Penquite Gerdes ’86
  • Joan R. Baumer ’89
  • Pamela K. McLaughlin ’89
  • Rosemary Schulte Flynn ’99
  • Barbara A. Staudigel ’00

Wife of:

  • Randy Bates ’87

Husband of:

  • Delphine Skonieczny Zoski ’55
  • Arlene Mary McGlone Bockelman ’57
  • Mary Nieman-Curless ’60
  • Kathleen Parker Stary ’67
  • Sharon Kesterson Bollen ’68
  • Nancy Jo Young Muench ’89
  • Kristene Langley Wilson ’89

Father of:

  • Therese Strome ’74
  • Susan Lyons Fischesser ’76
  • Susan Hammoor Deye ’78
  • Karen Gangloff Graser ’78
  • Maryann Schlimm Gamel ’84
  • Bernadette May ’86
  • Catherine Zureick Kreimer ’88
  • Helen M. Yalch ’89
  • Sharon Baldwin Sittner ’90
  • Connie Ann Griffiths Weiskittel ’90
  • Nancy C. Kreyling ’91
  • Shelaugh Shumrick O’Bryan ’91
  • Gary Raabe ’92 and
  • Richard Raabe ’92
  • Charlotte Moeller Begley ’93
  • and Christian Moeller ’93
  • Heather Bollen ’95
  • Nancy Poling Fahringer ’96
  • Laura M. Hrnyak ’97
  • Lisa Klenk Mainous ’97
  • Raymond C. Weber, Jr. ’03
  • Shannon Clott Clifton ’03
  • and Bradley Clott ’05
  • Jeffery L Browning ’10
  • Cindy Schlanser Tabler ’10
  • Gloria Talbert ’10

Mother of:

  • Ann Groesbeck Wood ’60
  • Mary Jo Hughey Timmerman ’61
  •  April Hughey Walters ’63
  • Elaine Meiners Westrich ’68
  • Valentina Prechenenko Remig ’69
  • Joyce Rich ’69
  • Anna Marie Wanniger McCarthy ’77
  • Theresa Schuler Waltner ’77
  • and Laura Schuler Ellis ’80
  • Janet M. Albers ’81
  • Mary Lee Luebbe Oakley ’85
  • Joan Sommer Mohan ’87
  • Pamela Marsh Venneman ’88
  • Larry Bacon ’89 (deceased),
  • Pam Bacon Tarvin ’92,
  • Joe Bacon ’94, and
  • Mary Bacon ’95
  • Kathy Laub Ayers ’95
  • William Lambers ’95
  • Patricia Schuster Creaser ’97
  • Michael W. Leininger ’00
  • and Mark E. Leininger ’03
  • Kim Kathman Railey ’00
  • Christine Smith Grote ’07
  • Ellen Leisgang Riechmann ’08
  • Kristen D. Taylor ’09
  • Jeffrey L. Browning ’10
  • Christopher Dorr ’11
  • Elizabeth Reinbolt ’11

Brother of:

  • Alice Griffiths Henkel ’52
  • Janette McDonald Huerkamp ’53
  • Colleen Clear Aug ’68
  • Mary Claire Mahaney ’76
  • Molly E. McDade ’81

Sister of:

  • Timothy Ann Schroeder ’66
  • Linda Osterhues Clark ’68
  • Martha A. Cotterill ’69
  • Judith Ann Brinkmann Hagedorn ’76
  • and Barbara Brinkmann Greiner ’78
  • Mary Carol Nieman ’81
  • Theresa Williams Decker ’97

Son of:

  • Louise Flynn Haas ’65