Mount President H. James Williams and his wife Carole Campbell Williams, salute Mount St. Joseph University alumni and loyal donors during The Mount Jubilee on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. The annual scholarship event will be held in the ballroom of Music Hall, 6-9 p.m. This will be the Williams’ first Mount scholarship benefit. Co-chairs for this year’s event are Linda Stalf Antus and Paul Antus, and Kathy and Rodney McMullen.
During the evening, the Mount will honor winners of the Ann Rasche Award, Trustees Award, Corporate Award and Future Five Awards. This year's Future Five Award recipients include:
Chris Eckes ’00
Chris Eckes fell in love with baseball when he attend his first game at age six. Today he is the operations manager/chief curator for the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum in Cincinnati, where he oversees management of the museum, oversight and care of artifacts and design of exhibits. He enjoys his job because it marries his love of history with his passion for baseball. He serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, which Chris took part in as a child, the first "little" to be a board member. He is also on the Finance Committee of the International Sports Heritage Association, of 130 sports museum members around the world, which helps promote the positive impact of sports. He take time to give private tours to connect with students in the Mount’s Phi Alpha Theta, the honor society of the History Department. He was honored by the Humanities Department with the Sister Peg McPeak Award in 2014. Chris lives in Covedale with wife, Sheila.
Nicholas (Nick) Messinger ’08
Young Nick Messinger was rather shy in high school and chose to attend the Mount for its small class size and personal attention. He excelled in the classroom as well as campus organizations and received many honors and awards throughout his college years. The leadership skills he developed over the years allowed him to confidentially apply to the University of Cincinnati for graduate studies. Today Nick is a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy with a clinical practice in family medicine at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and assistant professor of pharmacy practice and administrative sciences, as well as a certified diabetes educator. He remembers well the lesson to “keep your mind open,” which he often uses when working with patients and students. He actively participates in outreach programs through the College of Pharmacy, especially in the areas of diabetes awareness and education. He returns to the Mount often to speak to biology majors about using their values to help choose a career or graduate program.
Catherine (Cat) Perlson ’12
After obtaining a master’s in education, Cat Perlson found her calling as an intervention specialist, life skills coach and academic advocate at Linden Grove School, a private school that offers an alternative learning program for students primarily diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. There she helps change the lives of many students and, in turn, the lives of their families. Cat spends countless hours after school and on weekends creating specific curriculum to help students be as independent as possible. Administrators and parents alike sing her praises. One parent writes: “This amazing teacher showed up two years ago. Our daughter’s life was forever changed by Miss Perlson being her teacher.” Cat is a board member of The Young Professionals for Autism and Children Inc. and volunteers with Autism Speaks. She also volunteers her time and consults with the Children's Museum of Cincinnati on their sensory friendly program and leads a social skills group of young girls with autism to teach teach them about building friendships.
Tim Prince ’10
Tim Prince is the human resource program manager for The Kroger Company, where he has implemented and managed some exciting programs. He oversees the Kroger Technology Internship Program, with around 65 interns yearly. He developed a number of recruiting initiatives, one where the interns can recruit other interns on their college campuses and a “returnship” program that has created a path for unemployed and disadvantaged adults looking to get their start in technology. Tim holds a master’s degree from Xavier University and is certified through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP). Tim and his wife, Courtney Jaspers Prince ’10 (2014 Future Five Award winner), developed a career workshop and served as career coaches for disadvantaged women at the Bethany House Services. He is a member of the Mount’s Business Advisory Board, serves on the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees and the Business Education Connectivity Council Board for Cincinnati Public Schools. Tim and Courtney live in Reading with their daughter, Madeline.
Debbie Weber ’04
Debbie Weber has a different type of job than many of her Mount classmates. As the director of the Office of Peace, Justice and Care for Creation for the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, she does a multitude of amazing things. Debbie has trained women in Mexico and Haiti to be leaders in their communities. She collaborates with local and national organizations in educating and advocating for justice issues such as human trafficking, climate change, immigration reform and the death penalty. Last October she planned and hosted a Human Trafficking Symposium that brought together over 500 people from local nonprofits, universities, high schools, advocates and victims of human trafficking to learn, share and take action. Among her professional accomplishments she has been a research associate at U.C., field instructor for graduate and undergraduate students and a health coach for Humana. She served on the advisory board of the Mount’s Department of Social Work, and has volunteered her time and talents with numerous organizations over the years. Debbie and her husband live in the Cincinnati area and have traveled to several developing countries to serve oppressed people.
President Williams will also announce the 2016 Georgine Wolohan Masters Academy inductees. Implemented in 2014, past Masters Academy candidates include alumni Mary Ivers, Nancy Sorg and Don Doyle, and businessman Michael Schueler.
Visit www.msj.edu/jubilee to learn more about the event and to make reservations, or call (513) 244-4296.