Class of 2004
Eileen graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Xavier, where she was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honors Fraternity. Upon graduation, Eileen served as a prestigious Coca-Cola Apprentice and later a Public Relations Manager at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati. While at the Freedom Center, Eileen shared the stories of freedom's heroes both past and present, challenging and inspiring individuals to take courageous steps for freedom today. In addition, Eileen chaired the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition of Greater Cincinnati's Publicity Committee in 2006 and 2007.
Most recently, Eileen has served as a Public Information Officer for the Ohio Department of Development, and is now an Account Executive for the Department's Workforce and Talent Division. In those capacities, Eileen promotes the Department's programs and services to heighten awareness of Ohio's economic strength and quality of life.
Eileen, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is currently pursuing a master's degree in public administration with a concentration in international public management from the DePaul University School of Public Service.
During the summer of 2009, Eileen had the opportunity to travel to South Africa and get a firsthand glimpse into the lives of ordinary South Africans living in Soweto and other parts of the country, where much of the struggle against Apartheid played out. It was this experience that inspired Eileen to begin conceptualizing development plans for a foundation that will have both a local and global impact, which she hopes to establish in the near future.
Eileen's favorite quote to live by is "If not now, then when? If not you, then who?"