Sisters In Arms

Sisters in Arms winners and guests

Sisters in Arms is a recognition ceremony for all UC female student veterans. The ceremony takes place each year in March as part of Womens' History month. At the ceremony five women are honored for their accomplishments in and out of the classroom. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to nominate female veterans to be recognized at the ceremony. 





Here are the recipients of the 2021 Moore Award

Julie Florentin


Julie is in the College of Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Julie was in the USAF for 20 years where she served as a military nurse. She served on three deployments.

During her most recent deployment, Jan-July 2020, she managed the US Combat Command’s largest clinic. The clinic consisted of 51 personnel that included providers, technicians and nurses. Julie led a team that developed CENTCOM’s first and largest quarantine and isolation services for over 2,000 service members. She assured the best care for all COVID-19 positive patients placed in isolation, and implemented measures effectively decreasing the spread of COVID-19 in a deployed area of operation. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with the third oak leaf cluster. Julie is a volunteer for the Red Cross disaster team and is a Ohio Responds Volunteer for the Warren County Medical Reserve Corps to help administer COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio communities. She also mentors junior military members and leads community self-care workshops. 

Chelsea Lovelace


Chelsea, who is currently deployed, joined the Ohio Army National Guard in 2012 during her sophomore year at UC. After basic training and technical school, she returned to Cincinnati and finished her undergraduate degree at UC in 2014. A year later she deployed with the 324th Military police company for 9 months to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Upon returning home, she began to work with the National Guard full time in the Ohio Counter Drug Program. After finishing her 6 year enlistment, Chelsea transferred to the Ohio Air National Guard in 2018. After finishing her training with the Air Force, she returned home were she was selected as a Reds hometown hero in May 2019. In November 2020, Chelsea deployed with the 123rd Air Control Squadron to Al Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She is currently supporting multiple operations including Operation Inherent Resolve, Combined Defense of the Arabian Gulf and NATO's Resolute Support Mission.Working for the National Guard Counter Drug Program, Chelsea is able to serve as an intelligence analyst helping law enforcement remove narcotics from the community. In her free time, Chelsea has also spent time raising money to support the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown.



Julianne Murphy served 4 years as a musician in the Marine band where the mission was to uphold the traditions of the Corps by performing in military ceremonies, in addition to supporting military recruiting efforts and building community partnerships. She simultaneously maintained the rigorous standards for physical fitness and combat readiness required of all Marines. She was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal. 

Julianne has spent the last 5 years as an intervention specialist working with students in grades 6-8 who have mild to moderate disabilities. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Literacy and Second Language Studies PreK-12 to better meet the needs of her students who are English learners. She spends considerable time outside the classroom (10-15 hours/ week average) preparing engaging lessons for students that meet their individual needs.




Kayla served in Minot, North Dakota as a Security Forces officer. Her primary mission throughout her time in service was to safe guard nuclear weapons in a top secret site. Her decorations include the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, and the Air Force Longevity Service Award. Because of the secretive nature of her military assignment and duties, we may never able to appropriately thank her for her service; but know this, her job contributed heavily to the security of our nations sovereignty. Kayla is majoring in Accounting with a minor in Psychology. She is currently the VP of membership for the Accounting Club and a member of Lindner Women in Business.



Bailey Trusty is in the Ohio Air National Guard as a Communication Signals airman. She has been in the Guard for almost 3 years. She was an element leader in basic training and on the Airman’s Council in Technical school. After returning from Tech school, she worked full time for almost a year before she was able to attend school again. While working, she was put on the squadron morale team and was assigned to be a PT monitor at her base.

Bailey has completed over 200 hours of community service for many clubs and organizations such as Boog Ministries, Feed the Hungry, Mom’s Market, and Centerville United Soccer Association.


2020- Susan Brown, Kassidy Buschor, Mei-Ling Liber, Brynne Whitacre, Elizabeth White

2019- Elena Gettys, Sadie Hackler, Maria Hopkins, Kelsey Laizure, Samantha Orme

2018- Abigail Day, Kelsey Jacobson, Christina Podskalan, Jessica Mayerovitch, Kayla Wolf

2017- Neva Finke, Brianna Harper, Austyn Phelps, Dionna Sims, Tyler Thomas

2016- Christine Henry, Maureen Holliday, Christina Peterek, Catie Wambaugh, Sheena Wheeler

2015- Stephanie Cunningham, Keisha Kemper, Marci Metcalfe, Trisha Nicholas, Myeeah Scott, Marjorie Schroeder