UC Alumni Association Volunteer Leadership
Outstanding volunteer leadership is necessary to help guide the UC Alumni Association in its work to serve and represent our family of lifelong Bearcats. The members of the Alumni Association Committee of the UC Foundation’s Board of Trustees provide that leadership and guidance, bringing a range of experiences and expertise to their shared role.
Ruthie Keefe, CECH '81, Chair
Leveraging her experience and expertise in the marketing and software development field, Ruthie Keefe has been a consistent presence at the forefront of UC Alumni Association volunteer leadership, helping to shape the organization’s alumni engagement and development programs.
Known as both an innovator and advocate, Ruthie enjoys working to develop the strategies that drive successful interaction with alumni, as well as championing the opportunities available to her fellow Bearcats. Her primary motivation is what she considers UC’s most special quality — the excellence the UC education and the people in the UC family.
Learn more about Ruthie's journey from student to volunteer.
Jerry Fritz, BUS ’73, Vice Chair
Like many alumni, Jerry Fritz became a bit disconnected from his UC experience as his work life took him far away from Cincinnati after graduation. When he rekindled his relationship years later, he realized how much he owed to his UC education and that his passion for supporting new generations of Bearcats had grown enormously. After a long career in the food industry, Jerry turned initial outreach from his college into a second “career” as a devoted volunteer leader for his alma mater.
His driving motivation is the UC students of today and tomorrow, and doing all he can to help them grow personally, academically and professionally. A huge proponent of the co-op program, Jerry feels that UC’s sweet spot is the intersection of education and career preparation. “I’ve been an advocate for the students – that’s the most contagious part,” he says. “It’s about them and their education, and then how they use that education to change their lives as alumni.”
Learn more about Jerry's journey from student to vounteer.
Cara Baah-Binney is the current student member of the Alumni Engagement Committee, with her experience as a scholarship recipient largely providing her personal motivation to help the UC Foundation and UC Alumni Association fulfill their missions. She is pursuing her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering while minoring in mathematics, and anticipates earning a master’s in electrical engineering.
Cara aspires to leverage her UC education toward improving the lives of people in Ghana, where she spent the first five years of her life before her family moved to the Cincinnati area. Given the country’s significant limitations in providing reliable power to its citizens, she envisions applying her expertise, perhaps in the area of innovative medical devices that can work with minimal power, to help Ghanaians better cope with their circumstances.
Cara is also a dedicated student volunteer, sharing her time through the Bearcat Buddies tutoring organization, the Engineering Learning Community, and as a CEAS Ambassador. “I’m really passionate about being there for others and making sure they know I’m in their corner,” she says.
Learn more about Cara's journey as a student volunteer.
Tom Carleton is a dedicated volunteer with UC largely because he feels a great desire to give back to the university that afforded he and his wife Christine, whom he met on campus, the educational excellence that propelled them to success. He embodies UC’s deep community connections through his work as the regional executive director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Cincinnati. He marvels at the quality of education and the national rankings that serve as testimony. Yet he feels the greatest proof is in the steady stream of accomplished graduates who become productive alumni.
Tom appreciates UC’s cooperative education and experiential learning opportunities, as well as the beautiful urban campus. But his penchant for service, currently expressed through his work with the UC Foundation board’s Alumni Association Committee, mostly can be traced to a personal commitment to help others. “UC is a huge part of our lives,” he says, and we are very passionate about giving back to the students.”
Learn more about Tom's journey from student to volunteer.
Darrell Miller adds a unique perspective to the Alumni Association through his decades of professional experience as a prominent entertainment attorney based in Los Angeles. He is partner and founding chair of the Entertainment & Sports Law Department with Fox Rothschild, LLP, Attorneys at Law.
Beyond his work with the UC Foundation’s board, Darrell has served as a Kautz Alumni Master for his alma mater and supported programs across the university landscape. He has also provided volunteer leadership with numerous organizations related to the entertainment field.
With more than three decades in the financial services industry, Arun Murthy brings an analytical perspective to UC’s advancement and alumni engagement efforts. While studying accounting and finance as a student, he was also active outside of the classroom with conducting campus tours, alumni activities and student government.
Arun appreciates that UC maintains close ties to the community, and that strong relationships exist throughout the campus even as a large urban university with an outsized influence. “UC was very good to me and helped me become who I am today,” he says. “I want to give back to help the university continue to enable students and alumni to succeed.”
Learn more about Arun's journey from student to volunteer.
For Rusty Myers, support and advocacy of UC is a proud, lifelong, family tradition; his parents and grandparents established service to alma mater as essentially part of the Myers DNA. Rusty has been a volunteer leader for the UC Alumni Association and UC Foundation for decades. Through relationships developed from his career in Cincinnati’s commercial real estate industry as well as his active alumni life, he appreciates the symbiotic nature of the city and region with its namesake university, and works to continuously strengthen that bond.
These deep-seated passions fuel Rusty’s ongoing service to the UC alumni family. He feels UC’s greatest strength is its ability to successfully train students for fulfilling careers, and he ascribes special value to arguably UC’s greatest “invention” — cooperative education and the opportunities it provides students as they evolve into productive and engaged alumni.
Learn more about Rusty's journey from student to vounteer.
Upon graduating from UC, Ryan Rybolt embarked on a lifelong, all-in relationship with his alma mater as an engaged alumnus who wants to enhance the alumni journey for his fellow Bearcats. He started as a volunteer with the UC Alumni Association’s Young Alumni program and the more he became involved, the more his passion for that work grew. Meanwhile, his career flourished within the rapidly evolving financial technology industry, where he has pioneered behind-the-scenes infrastructures that enable businesses to seamlessly receive and send payments (“Think Venmo for businesses,” he says). He is co-founder and CEO of Payload.
Eventually Ryan became a UC Foundation trustee, leveraging that broader platform to positively affect others who love their university as he does. Among his work in that role, he is proud to serve the Alumni Association Committee and especially to bring his technical expertise to the group’s ongoing work toward facilitating more rewarding relationships for UC alumni worldwide.
Learn more about Ryan's journey from student to volunteer.
Andi Wiot’s interest in serving her alma mater comes very naturally. Her parents were outstanding musicians and CCM faculty members. Her late husband chaired UC’s Department of Radiology and served on the UC Foundation board. And Andi leveraged her nursing degree to work in the Emergency Department at University Hospital (now the UC Medical Center), retiring as Nursing Supervisor. She later became a founding member of the UC College of Nursing’s Board of Advisors and helped organize the annual recognition dinner and awards that showcase regional nurses for their tremendous caregiving.
As a member of the UC Foundation board’s Alumni Association, Andi cherishes the opportunity to champion the university and the UC family. “UC is an incredible collection of many outstanding colleges, attracting high-achieving students, and graduating talented students in multiple fields,” she says.
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Kelly Grant, A&S '08
Associate Director of Annual Giving and Member Services