Council

The Women of Excellence Council

Mary Beth Clary, Esq., XU '80

Mary Beth Clary, Esq., XU '80 is a partner at Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, LLP in Naples, Florida. She graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University with a B.S.B.A. in 1980 and cum laude from St. Louis University School of Law with a J.D. in 1983. Ms. Clary concentrates her practice in the areas of federal securities law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and small business issues.


Rosellen Creighton, EC '71

Rosellen Creighton, EC '71 is a wife, mother and civic volunteer. She currently serves as a member of the National Alumni Executive Board at Xavier and chairperson of the Archive Committee for Edgecliff College. She is chairperson of the awards committee of the National Alumni Board of Directors and a member of Xavier's Committee on Public Honors. Rosellen received the 2001 Sister Mary Virginia Sullivan Award from Xavier for her outstanding service in volunteerism.


Carolyn Mullin Hauger, XU '98


Norma Holt Davis, Esq.

Norma Holt Davis, Esq., is an attorney in private practice and the former president of the NAACP. When Ms. Davis was elected president at the end of 2000, she became only the second woman in 94 years to lead the civil rights group. She received her B. S. degree from Tuskegee University and received a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association Board of Trustees, the Board of Families Forward, and the 4C Advisory Committee.


Dianne Fisk, XU '78


Jane Giaquinto, XU '87

Jane Giaquinto, XU '87 is the former vice president of the Lending Division at The Private Bank of The Bank of New York. She began her career with Western Southern Life in the '80s. Her career progressed as she moved from Western Southern Life to MBIA Insurance Corporation to vice president at Merrill Lynch. Jane has been a member of the Wall Street Utility Group and the Financial Women's Association.


Ann Finefrock Hoffman, XU '75

Ann Finefrock Hoffman, XU '75 is the president and co-owner of Hoffman & Albers Interiors in Cincinnati, which she co-founded in 1993. Hoffman has been nominated as one of the top 10 women in interior design by Woman's Business Cincinnati 2006. She has been honored by Homerama in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and has been chosen to be the head designer for Cincinnati Magazine's 2008 Design Home. She has served as a member of the National Alumni Association since 1985 and has held the offices of vice president and president of the Cincinnati chapter. She has been on the executive board of the National Alumni Association since 2000 and is the president of the National Alumni Association.


Donna Iames, XU '83


Mary Margaret Kindel, D.Ed., EC'67, XU'69

Mary Margaret Kindel is a retired school administrator from the Kenton County, Kentucky school system. Retiring after 27 years as a high school math teacher, high school counselor and lastly, director of assessment all in the Kenton County District. She received her Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Kentucky in 1994. She volunteers for many civic, cultural and religious activities and is a member of the Edgecliff committee.


Margaret Gavin Lafley

Margaret Gavin Lafley graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She is a mother and grandmother who has been taking graduate courses in theology at Xavier, and is a board member of The Karama Connection, a non-profit which raises money for the support of HIV positive orphans in Africa.


Melissa Lueke, XU '85

Melissa Lueke, XU '85 serves as vice president, chief financial officer and secretary of Meridian Bioscience, Inc., a position she has held since January 2001. Melissa joined Meridian Bioscience, Inc. as US Controller in January of 1999. Prior to that Melissa was a member of the audit practice at Arthur Andersen. Melissa remains involved at Xavier University where she is a member of the Accounting Advisory Board and a Class Agent, assisting in annual fund raising.


Michelle Mancini, XU '04

Michelle Mancini, XU '04, is the Director of Estate and Gift Planning for the American Cancer Society.  She oversees all planned giving efforts for the Society in north, northwest, and southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky.  In her role, she helps support the American Cancer Society's efforts in research, patient services, prevention, early detection and advocacy.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council and is a member of the National Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.  In addition, Michelle sits on the Board of Directors for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.  Along with serving on the Xavier University Women of Excellence Council, she is also Chair of the Xavier University Young Alumni Committee.  Michelle graduated cum laude from Xavier University in 2004 with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Business Administration.


Nan Matteson, XU '01

Nan Matteson, XU '01, is employed with Fifth Third Securities. She specializes in personal finances, having previously held various brokerage operations positions. Prior to joining Fifth Third, Nan worked in logistics/inventory control for Senco Products, a manufacturer of power tools. A volunteer for the IRS VITA program--a tax assistance program for underrepresented taxpayers--Nan is committed to empowering women to better understand money.


Susan McCormick, XU '91

Susan McCormick, XU '91 is the founder and president of Blarney Communications in Cincinnati, Ohio. Susan has volunteered in many capacities for Xavier University both past and present including Xavier's Dayton Alumni Chapter Executive Committee (1994-1996, 2001-2004), Xavier's Athletic Marketing Department (summer 2005), 1991 Class Agent (2004-present), Xavier Women of Excellence (2006-present).


Leslie Bennett McNeill, XU '82 '91

Leslie is a retired Registered Nurse and a committed community volunteer. She is a founder of the Women's Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. She has served on the Boards of Talbert House, the YWCA and the Seven Hills School. Currently Leslie serves on the Talbert House Foundation Board. She has just completed her term as Senior Warden for the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and is committed to the outreach programs of the Interfaith Hospitality Network and Madisonville Education and Assistance ( MEAC ) agency. Leslie received a BA in English in 1982 from Xavier University and is now a member of the Women of Excellence committee and a mentor to a current Xavier student. Leslie is a life-long resident of Cincinnati. She and her husband have children and grandchildren all over the world, Australia, Scotland, Alaska and Cincinnati. She is an avid reader and gets "the itch" to go back to school every time she walks on the Xavier campus. .


Julie J. Murphy, XU '85

Julie J. Murphy is a seasoned business leader with decades-long experience in accounting, finance, business operations and technology management. She served for 23 years as an executive with Cincinnati-based American Financial Group and more recently, as an investor in and a strategic management consultant to small-to-medium sized businesses.  Julie also has the privilege of team teaching a senior-level Finance class each spring in the Williams College of Business.  Julie is a Xavier University alum, Class of 1985, and holds degrees in Accounting and Information Systems.  She is married to Dan ( XU Class of 1985) and is mom to Kelsey (current Xavier Freshman) and Matthew, a high school freshman.


Amy Ruberg, XU '83 and '97

Amy received her BSBA in Accounting from Xavier in '83 and began her career in the Cincinnati offices of Deloitte & Touche. She completed her Masters in Theology in '97 and spent a decade in the college and high school classrooms educating young adults. Today, she combines her business knowledge, education experience and certification in the MBTI® and Strong® to help students discover their interests, strengths and communication style for success in college and career via Ruberg Advisory Services, LLC. An active mentor with Women of Excellence, she was named the 2010 "Mentor of the Year." She is a member of both the Midwest Association of Colleges & Employers and the Southern Association of Colleges & Employers.


Debe Terhar, XU '01

Debe Terhar, XU '01 is vice president of administration for Strategic Planning Advisors, LLC, a consulting firm founded by her husband, Lou. Debe is a former Montessori Early Childhood Teacher.  She was elected to the State Board of Education of Ohio in 2010 and has served as President of the State Board since March 2011.  Her term expires December 2014.  She has served as a faculty/staff campaigner for Summit Country Day's Dreambuilding Campaign 2003-06. Debe and Lou were members of Xavier's Parent Development Council 2003-04.


Carol Walker, XU '94

Carol Walker is vice president of human resources for the Southwest Ohio division of Time Warner Cable. In her role, Carol oversees all facets of the HR department for Cincinnati, Dayton and the Miami Valley area. A native Cincinnatian and graduate of Roger Bacon High School, she earned her BSBA in human resources at Xavier University and went on to achieve a master's degree of arts from the University of Cincinnati in labor and employee relations.


Karen S. Wells, XU '89

Karen Wells is vice president of strategy and menu for McDonalds USA, LLC. In this role, she is responsible for developing and communicating fully integrated, cross-functional plans to drive long-term growth against the core McDonald's U.S. business. In leading the Menu Strategy Team, Wells oversees a talented and innovative team to develop and help shape the McDonald's menu for the more than 26 million U.S. customers we serve every day. As a member of the McDonald's U.S. Leadership Team, she also focuses on expanding strategic partnerships and alliances across all facets of the McDonald's U.S. business both internally, with franchisees, and with suppliers. Wells holds a BSA in marketing from Xavier University and a MBA from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Pamela Zipperer-Davis, XU '87, '89

Pamela E. Zipperer-Davis is Chief Ambulatory Officer for the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) and University Physicians, a 750 physician, multi-specialty medical group in Jackson, Mississippi.  Ms. Zipperer-Davis oversees all outpatient clinics and operations.  UMC is the only level 1 Trauma Center in the state of Mississippi and provides care to the states neediest patients.

Pamela is also the President of ZD Management, Inc., a healthcare consulting and management company serving clients throughout the nation.  ZD Management provides human resources, temporary staffing and financial, accounting, payroll, billing, negotiation, interim management, advisory, and consulting services to medical groups, health systems, law firms, diagnostic centers, and other healthcare clients.

Pamela also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Radiology, Inc. (MRI), a comprehensive diagnostic and interventional radiology company serving the Greater Cincinnati area.  Pamela is responsible for the strategic direction and financial performance of the company as well as overseeing all day-to-day operations.  MRI provides professional radiology services to one hospital, an urgent care center, a freestanding Emergency Department and numerous medical groups.

In addition to executive leadership roles, Pamela has consulted with many health care organizations over the years.  Hospital and Medical Group Joint Ventures (JVs) are an area of specialization for Pamela.  Over the last twenty-five (25) years, Pamela has formed more than three (3) dozen JVs involving Hospitals and Medical Groups.  These JVs included Ambulatory Surgery Centers, MSOs, ACOs and Diagnostic Centers to name a few. 

She received a B.S.B.A. and M.H.A. degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati.  Pamela has preceptored thirteen (13) residents from Xavier University and the University of Florida Graduate Healthcare Programs.  She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and The American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE).  Pamela serves on the President’s Advisory Council at Xavier University in Cincinnati and Chairs the Xavier University Women of Excellence (WOX).