Congratulations to the Class of 2023 Frazier Fellows

The Jean Frazier Leadership Institute at Sacred Heart Schools recognized forty-three Frazier Fellows from the Sacred Heart Academy Class of 2023 on Sunday, April 30, 2023. Sacred Heart Schools President, Dr. Karen McNay, and Sacred Heart Academy Principal, Dr. Tim Adams, bestowed each student with a medal that she will wear on graduation day. Students will also graduate with a certificate of distinction in leadership on their high school transcript..

Congratulations to the Jean Frazier Leadership Institute (JFLI) Frazier Fellows listed below, along with the college they will attend and their authentic leadership experience:

Gabby Alvarez- Northeastern University, Diversity Leadership Team

Mary Kate Baron- University of Mississippi, Internship with Joey Wagner Group

Caroline Beauerle- Miami University (Ohio), Internship with Give a Goat

Lilia Biagi- St. Louis University, Internship with Kaplan Barron Pediatrics

Sydney Borders- University of Kentucky, Norton Teen Board Member

Julia Ceresa- University of Louisville, Girl Scout Gold Award

Lauren Ceresa- University of Louisville, Entrepreneurship - Small Business Etsy shop

Camille Coughlan- College of William and Mary, National Student Leadership Conference

Allie Cruse- Indiana University, Internship with Sacred Heart School for the Arts

Liza Cummins- University of Georgia, Internship with Aiken Family Dentistry

Morgan Garrett- University of Mississippi, Leukemia and Lymphoma society

Grace Davis- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Internship with Dr. Senn, Dentist

Emmy Ehrhard- University of Mississippi, Teen Court

Emma Rose Farber- University of Louisville, Governor's School for Entrepreneurship

Grace Guernsey- Georgetown University, Internship with District Court Judge Jessica Moore

Allana Haddow- Louisiana State University, Drive for Metro Animal Services

Emerson Harned- St. Louis University, Kentucky Youth YMCA Advisory Council

Caroline Heazlitt- University of Colorado Boulder, Internship with Humane Society of Oldham County

Schuler Hildenbrand- Washington and Lee University, Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council

Audrey Kane- University of Alabama, Extended Internship with Goodwill Industries of KY

Coco Kiaras Attari- University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Internship with Vertava Health

Hannah Lange- Centre College, Internship with UofL Health Urogynecology

Ophelia Lorenz- University of Louisville, Norton Teen Board Member

Madelyn Luber- University of Tampa, Internship at Trio Commercial Property Group

Caroline McKnight- Auburn University, Internship with Linking Arms for Louisville

Erin McLarney- University of Kentucky, Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council

Charlotte Moore- University of Georgia, LLS Students of the Year Campaign, Internship with SissyCakes

Grace Moore- University of Georgia, LLS Students of the Year Campaign, Internship at ProRehab

Isabela Moreno- University of Dayton, Internship at Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services

Valentina Moreno- Yale University, Internship at Baba Stockholm Stadsmission

Britney Nguyen- University of Louisville, Internship with Louisville Compounding Pharmacy

Katie Nunnelley- Clemson University, WaterStep and Lou City Football Club Shoe Drive

Pilar Pagni- Colorado College, Internship with Wonderful Animals Giving Support

Lily Patton- University of Kentucky, WaterStep Teen Board

Julia Plymale- Extended Internship with Conrad-Caldwell House Museum

Avery Ramsey- University of Georgia, Internship with Frazier Rehab

Lucia Reynoso Donis- University of Notre Dame, Service Initiative through WaterStep

Vittoria Riedling- Vanderbilt University, Extended Internship with RockIT Women

Kathryn Ruley- University of Kentucky, Service Initiative with Catholic Charities Food Pantry

Abby Rutledge- University of Louisville with admission to UofL School of Medicine, Internship with Veterans Affair Medical Center

Aiyana Sharp- University of Southern California, Kentucky Teen Court

Hadley Thomas- Auburn University, WaterStep Teen Board

Ava Tidwell- Xavier University, Internship in Sports Administration


The Frazier Fellows program encompasses three years of students’ comprehensive study and practice in servant leadership. Frazier Fellows participate in authentic leadership workshops and networking events, a personal finance course, a quarterly online leadership course, and a 40-hour internship or authentic leadership experience designed by the student. Fellows share their leadership growth and experiences when they present a final capstone project to a panel of faculty and community members. 

Frazier Fellows is the culmination of the Jean Frazier Leadership Institute experience. These students have participated in every opportunity that the Institute has to offer in order to gain a deeper understanding of the positive impact their leadership can have on the world. Twenty seniors participated in the Charles Kane Family Internship program and gave more than 1,000 hours to businesses and service agencies. Twelve students took part in community leadership groups giving at least 500 hours. Four seniors created their own service initiatives totaling 260 hours to the community, two participated in entrepreneurship programs, and three students were part of national leadership programs. As a result, these students earn a Leadership Certificate and a medal to wear at all graduation events.

The Jean Frazier Leadership Institute is the first and only high school leadership program of its kind in Kentucky. It promotes a leadership culture at Sacred Heart Schools by providing authentic learning experiences that create empowered leaders who seek to serve others. All students at Sacred Heart Academy participate in leadership programming through the Institute each year. They grow as servant leaders exhibiting perseverance, resilience, authenticity, empathy, and determination while building a community of young women supporting other women.

All Sacred Heart Academy students can choose to participate in the Frazier Fellows leadership certificate program, taking advantage of every leadership opportunity available to them through the Jean Frazier Leadership Institute. When completed, Frazier Fellows graduate with a certificate of distinction in leadership on their high school transcript.

Leadership Results that Add Up:

  • Fifty students completed 40- or 80-hour internships in the summers of 2021 and 2022, and more than 30 will grow through internship experiences in the summer of 2023 thanks to the Charles Kane Family Internship Program at Sacred Heart. 
  • Forty-seven members of the Class of 2022 graduated with the Frazier Fellow leadership certificate of distinction on their transcript; 43 members of the Class of 2023 will earn this honor, and 61 members of the Class of 2024 are Fellows.
  • From 2021 to 2022, the number of SHA graduates who earned college scholarships specifically for leadership more than doubled. From the Class of 2022:
    • Forty-one students received leadership scholarships for college.
    • Twenty-eight students were accepted into a college leadership program.
  • Over 100 alumnae returned to SHA last year to mentor and network with students through small group sessions catering to specific fields and larger seminars, fireside chats, and speaker sessions.

An accomplished and dedicated Leadership Cabinet supports Director Lauren Hitron and the Institute. Members include:

  • Laura Barnum, SHA `83, SHMS `79, Media and Communications Strategist
  • Susan Hanley Duncan, SHA `84, Dean of School of Law, University of Mississippi
  • Alice Fisher, SHA `85, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Layla George, SHA `92, President and CEO, Olmsted Parks Conservancy
  • Lucy Lee Helm, SHA `75, Executive Vice President and Chief Partner Officer (retired) Starbucks
  • Nina Leigh Krueger, SHA`79, CEO and President, Nestle Purina North America
  • Akure Paradis, Deputy General Counsel, CareSource
  • Laura Schwab, SHA `91, Chief Development Officer, Davinci E&P

“The Jean Frazier Leadership Institute provides opportunities to each and every Valkyrie, teaching leadership skills and helping to facilitate internships and project-based learning. Along with the Ursuline Core Values, graduates will be prepared for both college and the workplace in an extraordinary way.”

Lucy Lee Helm SHA `75, Executive Vice President and Chief Partner Officer (retired), StarbucksMember of JFLI Leadership Cabinet