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Notable Alumnae

Highlighting the amazing alumnae making a difference in their communities.

As an alumna of Mount Mary, you know what it means to create, wherever life has taken you. Whether you are creating works of art or making waves in science, whether you are in Wisconsin or overseas, we know your Mount Mary education prepared you for a rapidly changing world. We want to share your story with other alumnae, with current and prospective students, and with other members of the Mount Mary community. We are seeking stories about our alumnae overcoming personal challenges, serving those in need, having success within their careers, and more!

Know an amazing alumna? We want to share her story! Contact us at mmu-alumnae@mtmary.edu for more information or to nominate an alumna.

Meet these amazing alumnae...

image: Denise DollarDenise Dollar '03

Mount Mary alumna Denise Dollar '03 (Bachelor of Arts in Cultural and Artistic Expressions of Humanity) knows firsthand of the struggles that can come from raising a child with special medical needs. While focusing on her son's health and needs, Denise suddenly found that she had forgotten about her own. Little did she know how far a pair of running shoes, which she won in an essay contest, could take her.

Denise shared that, during the beginning of her journey as the mother of a child with medical needs, "the Mount Mary community was never out of reach." She stayed connected with faculty, colleagues, and alumnae, who have all offered invaluable support, resources, and guidance as she learned to "navigate these new waters of special needs and medical environments." Denise cultivated a personal strength while at Mount Mary, which has served her well through the ebbs and flows of her life.

Denise has launched a project called Heart Strides. Through her efforts with Heart Strides, Denise hopes to provide new running shoes for the mothers of children with special needs or critical illness. Keeping mothers connected to their own health needs is important to Denise; she wants to give these mothers the opportunity to reflect on their lives, while still caring for themselves.

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image: Sarah MuellerSarah Mueller '09

Mount Mary alumna Sarah Mueller '09 (Bachelor of Arts in Justice, Certificate in Peacebuilding) was born with spina bifida myelomeningocele, which significantly impacts her everyday life. Sarah has found that spina bifida infuses a great meaning into her existence that she would not have found any other way.

The past few years have been busy for Sarah—since graduating from Mount Mary, she has become a certified thanatologist, completing her Master of Science degree in Thanatology from Marian University, and has finished Psychological First Aid, Life Coach, and Peer and Family Support Mentor trainings to further develop her ability to address the needs of her community. In October 2013, Sarah published her debut book, "Elf-Help Ability Therapy," published by Abbey Press Publications, which is written "primarily for adults living with physical limitations ... and is about striving each day to live a life of meaning, fulfillment and purpose."

As Sarah shared with us, "Mount Mary instilled in me a great sense of pride for my passions, and the communities that help bring those passions to life." It is clear that a Mount Mary education made an impact on Sarah's life, and that she, in turn, is doing amazing things within her community!

Interested in learning more about the great work of our Mount Mary alumnae? Visit our Mount Mary University Alumnae Facebook page for all of our Amazing Alumnae stories and photos!