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Our Stories

Though the history of Ursuline dates back to 1535, when St. Angela Merici established the Ursuline order, our story is still being told and our mission is now more relevant than ever. 

We know that a community is only as strong as the individuals who embody it. At Ursuline, our collective identity is dependent on the remarkable individuals who brighten our community everyday. Their lives reflect our mission, and here we endeavor to share their stories as they are each a living example of our commitment to faith, courage, and joy. 

With a commitment to intellectual pursuit, exploration of the world through travel, and the discovery of new passions, there are no limits to what our community can achieve. 

Enjoy Our Stories, through which we highlight some of our spectacular students, faculty/staff, and alumnae. Know someone who should be featured on Our Stories? Let us know at


Grace Jean '26

Grace Jean '26 discusses the importance of trying new things, taking risks, and self-exploration. Grace is trail-blazing, bold, and compassionate, as demonstrated by her self-directed experiment which she calls her "Year of Risk Taking."


Nicole Daaboul '25

Nicole Daaboul '25 has a deep commitment to Serviam. Her Greek Orthodox faith, connections to Lebanon, and talents in the performing and visual arts are avenues in which Nicole gives back to others. 

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Mairead Gero '26

Mairead Gero '26 shares details about her favorite Ursuline tradition, Friendsgiving. She discusses her passion for service opportunities and her involvement with sports like field hockey.


Cailin Kelly '24

Cailin Kelly '24 reflects on her journey at Ursuline, and shares how participating in sports like golf and soccer as well as extracurriculars and leadership programs introduced her to lifelong friendships.  

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Paul Bimmler

In addition to teaching at Ursuline, Mr. Bimmler serves as the Head Coach of UA's Swim and Dive team and assists with UA's Track team. Read to learn about his favorite aspects of teaching and coaching at Ursuline. 


Kathleen Meade

Mrs. Meade has dedicated her life to learning and teaching languages. Read on to learn how her belief in immersion as the key to language learning, experience with travel, and commitment to her students shapes her teaching style. 


Caroline Rufo

Ms. Rufo has been teaching art classes at Ursuline since 2011. Read on to learn about her favorite UA traditions, interests and specialities, and background in art. 


Elizabeth Mahoney

Ms. Mahoney has over three decades of teaching experience. Read on to learn about her practices in the classroom, as well as her annual travels to Spain to continue accumulating knowledge about the language and culture!



Kristina Ferrara '16

Kristina Ferrara '16 is a PhD candidate studying Microbiology at Yale University. Kristina's dedication to research and passion for science is driven by her commitment to Serviam


Julia Mullert '17

Julia Mullert '17 is a Fulbright scholar studying in The Netherlands' government center, The Hague. Read on to learn how an Ursuline education prepared her for her success. 

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Hope Alto '19

Hope Alto '19 is all about making waves. Read on to learn about her journey refurbishing an old sailboat and discovering her passion for teaching adaptive sailing. 

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Beth S. Collins '02

Beth S. Collins '02 volunteered at My Brother's Keeper during her senior year at Ursuline. This experience was so foundational she has returned to My Brother's Keeper in a professional setting and currently serves as Manager of In-House Programs. 

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Seta Nersessian '76

Seta Nersessian's devotion to Serviam inspired her to co-found the nonprofit organization Three Squares New England to help those struggling with food insecurity.


Ursuline Sisters

Sr. Erin Zubal

Sr. Erin Zubal is the youngest member of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland. She is an exemplary model of living in St. Angela Merici's footsteps. Read on to learn her story. 

Sr. Diane Fulgenzi

Sr. Diane Fulgenzi's compassion for others, demonstrated by her involvement in vocation ministry and outreach efforts for Ursuline USA Roman Union provinces, is modeled after St. Angela Merici. Read on to learn her story. 


Sr. Elisa Ryan

Sr. Elisa Ryan is devoted to the Ursuline Order and to Serviam. Read on to learn about her experiences in prison ministry, traveling the world to serve the poor, and working in leadership for the Roman Union Ursulines.