(Pictured above, left to right: Karen S. Days, MBA '09, Theresa A. Holleran, Ph.D. '75, and Thomas R. Winters, JD '72)
Ohio Dominican University will recognize three alumni who are leaders in their community with its Distinguished Alumni Award during Homecoming Weekend 2019, which will take place Sept. 20-21.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards were established in 1980 in recognition of an alumna or alumnus who, in accordance of the University Mission Statement, demonstrates a commitment to serving others in a global society as an ethical and effective leader; and is grounded in the pursuit of truth, justice and peace. Click here for more information about the award and to view a list of past honorees.
The following alumni will be presented with the award at a banquet held in their honor at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Colonial Room, located in Sansbury Hall on ODU’s campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.
Theresa A. Holleran, Ph.D. ’75 is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and attended Holy Name Elementary School and Bishop Watterson High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Ohio Dominican College, a master’s degree in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University, and a doctorate in Education: Studies in Technologies of Instruction and Media from The Ohio State University. Holleran has served in numerous roles since returning to Ohio Dominican in 1986, including as director of Academic Computing; chair of the Division of Mathematics, Computer and Natural Sciences; vice president for Academic Affairs; and, currently, professor of Computer Science. She has made contributions to numerous campuswide committees, including IT Governance; Rank, Tenure, and Promotion; Academic Assessment; and Learning and Information Services. Most of her academic research and interest is related to the use of current technologies to improve learning.
Thomas R. Winters, JD ’72 is a practicing attorney and has represented individuals, businesses and trade associations on legislative and governmental matters at the national, state and local levels. He currently serves as a member and immediate past chair of the Board of Directors of Catholic Social Services for the Diocese of Columbus. Winters has served on the ODU Board of Trustees since 2003. Following 20 years as a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, he spent two years as first assistant attorney general of Ohio. In 1999, he was appointed to the Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore by the governor, and was appointed in 2013 to the State Racing Commission. Winters is a member of the Thomas More Society and a former member and chair of the Board of Shawnee State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Ohio Dominican College and a Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School. He received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Ohio Dominican in 2017.
Karen S. Days, MBA ’09 serves as vice president for Corporate and Community Health Relations at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she is responsible for developing and supporting the delivery of corporate and community wellness, prevention, and education efforts. Days has spoken locally and internationally on family violence prevention and treatment, and provides consulting and support to other cities and institutions seeking to develop family violence intervention and prevention infrastructure across the United States. She previously served as president of Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence and The Center for Family Safety and Healing. She also worked for 10 years in the criminal justice field, with roles at the Columbus City Prosecutor’s Office; Alliance for Cooperative Justice; the Office of Criminal Justice Services of Ohio; and the United Way of Central Ohio. Days earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Ohio Dominican in 2009.