Distinguished Alumna Award

Each year, Castilleja presents the Distinguished Alumna Award to an alumna who has consistently demonstrated the values of the 5Cs in her personal, professional, and community life. 

Congratulations to our 2015 Castilleja School Distinguished Alumna, Ursula Kinney Ringham '90!

Ursula has stayed connected to Castilleja in so many ways, and five years ago joined the Alumnae Executive Committee following her 20th reunion. After managing regional events, she was asked to be President and also serves as the alumnae liaison to the Board of Trustees. 

After graduating from Castilleja, Ursula was recruited to play soccer for several colleges and attended UC Davis. She got her start in high tech by a simple phone call with a Casti alumna who was looking for summer help at a then start-up called Adobe Systems. Later, Ursula joined Apple because of a phone call from fellow classmate Ingrid Kelly ’90. Currently at SAP, she was recently recognized as one of the top women in social media marketing in high tech companies.

On the side, our recipient has been pursuing her passion for writing. She published her first book, Privileged Corruption, and is currently working on a second.

Ursula’s family is a priorityto her, including sister Sonja Kinney ’86, sister-in-law Nancy Ringham Ashton ’82, and daughter Madison ’22. Ursula and her husband, Jim, have a son and daughter, and she enjoys coaching her kids’ soccer teams. 

As alumnae, we have all benefitted from Ursula's devotion to Castilleja and innovative thinking with keeping classmates connected to the school. 

 

Nominate a Classmate

We welcome Castilleja alumnae to nominate a classmate for the 2016 Distinguished Alumna Award. Submissions are due by Monday, August 15.

Each year, Castilleja presents the Distinguished Alumna Award to an alumna who has consistently demonstrated the values of the 5Cs in her personal, professional, and community life. 

The Alumnae Awards Committee will review all submissions and make a final decision on this year's recipient.

Click here to submit your nomination today!

 



Past Recipients

1981 – Margarita Espinosa ’22

1982 – Pauline Chamberlain Chickering ’20

1983 – Cynthia Kaiser Roberts ’51

1983 – Joan Terbell Roberts ’52

1984 – Carol Ann Smith Tinsley ’55

1984 – Perry Bradford McGilvray ’35  

1985 – Blair Walker Stratford ’56

1986 – Onyet Geer ’34

1987 – Gail Wilson Zetter ’64

1987 – Nancy Ditz ’72

1988 – Patricia Hunter Gregory ’64

1989 – Diane Pickering Gibbs ’31

1990 – Louise Merritt Welsh ’31 

1991 – Evelyn Carey Niebel ’17

1991 – Loraine Marks Newman ’17

1992 – Catherine Clift Peck ’31

1992 – Alison Beach Cooper ’61

1993 – Margaret Ely Pringle ’71

1994 – Joanne De Phillips ’62

1995 – Anne Flatland Macdonald ’80

1996 – Anita Seipp ’71

1997 – Nancy Hoffman ’76

1998 – Sarah Wallace ’73

1999 – Adrienne Hiscox Mitchell ’44

2000 – Honor Berger Spitz ’62

2001 – Sally Stewart Harris ’76

2002 – Penny Pritzker ’77 

2003 – Heather Allen Pang ’84

2004 – Joanna Busza ’90

2005 – Elizabeth Bonn ’25

2006 – Linda Sue Little Strand ’76

2007 – Joyce Adams Hanna–Smith ’52

2008 – Jhumki Basu ’94

2009 – Christina Hansen McClure ’71

2010: Laura Arrillaga–Andreessen ’88

2011 – Kirsten Tobey Saenz ’96

2012 – Pamela Hawley ’87

2013 – Lindsay Austin Louie ’98

2014 – Cindy Swanson Miller ’64

2015 – Ursula Kinney Ringham ’90 

  

 

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