Sacred Heart Academy Celebrates 2023 Alumnae Awards

Congratulations to our 2023 SHA Alumnae Award Honorees!

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate the sacred bonds of sisterhood at the 32nd Annual SHA Alumnae Awards on February 9, 2023. Our powerful 145-year tradition of Ursuline education, excellence in academics, arts and athletics and the unparalleled spirit of the Sacred Heart community were on full display at this year’s event. In a bustling room at the Mellwood Art Center, alumnae, family, friends, classmates, co-workers, mentors, current students, Ursuline Sisters, and trustees gathered to celebrate our nine distinguished honorees and share gratitude for our Sacred Heart education rooted in our Ursuline Core Values of Community, Reverence, Service and Leadership.


Karen Cassidy ’74 - Alumna of the Year

Stacy Hennessy ’75 - Ursuline Teaching Legacy Award

Fr. Jim Flynn - Honorary SHA Diploma recipient)

Mo McKnight Howe ’04 - Heart Award

Samantha Stallings ’11 - Heart Award

Bob Wheatley - Hall of Fame

Lindsay Boling ’06 - Hall of Fame

Lindsay Gahm ’10 - Hall of Fame

1976 Women’s Kentucky State Basketball Championship Team - Hall of Fame

Laura Purdy Morrissey ’78, Laura Lombard Lyvers ‘76, Missy Brown Eckman ‘78, Tina Keller Poulsen ’76, Kim Brown Knopf ‘77, Judy McDonald-Burkman ‘77, Jessie Bollinger ‘76, the late Carla Amlung ’78, Joan Esterle ’76, Lynne Johnson Steinel ‘78, Leslie Johnson Fowler ‘78, Donna Bender Moir ‘79, Beth Stegner Peabody ’79, and managers Colleen Walker ‘77, Debby Dawson-Crain ’77, Dawn Aldridge ‘77 and Bridget Harris Sheehan ’77

Special thanks to the SHA alumnae board and event co-chairs Judy Watson Gordon ’76 and Caroline South ’10 for their hard work on this spectacular event.

Please consider an alumna of SHA or someone you believe has impacted our SHA community in positive ways, by nominating them for a 2024 Alumnae Award! Contact Megan Theisen ([email protected]) to learn more.

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