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 2022 Moore Award

Sisters in Arms Winner Terri

Terri Andreoni-Armstrong

United States Army

College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services

Terri Andreoni-Armstrong hails from St. Marys, OH and after retiring from the Army after 25 years of active service as a chemical officer and force manager, Terri enrolled in UC in the fall of 2020.

Her military career includes tours with the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Infantry Division, and NATO. She has also deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq. She is a five-time Armed Forces gold and seven-time silver medalist for the All-Army Women's Softball program as a player and then head coach. Some of her decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (6th award) and the parachutist badge. She is also a member of the Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity, Society of Sport Leaders organization, Club Golf and the founder and current president of UC's Chapter (UCincyVets) of the Students Veterans of America national organization. Terri will be graduating in December 2022 with a bachelor's degree in Sport Administration with a minor in Public Health Education and a Certificate in Coaching.


Sisters in Arms Winner April

April Culbreath

United States Army

University of Cincinnati Blue Ash

April was born in Upstate New York. She along with her parents and three brothers moved here to Cincinnati when she was about 5 years old where she grew up. During High School she joined the Army Reserves. Once she graduated, she went to Basic training at Ft Dix, New Jersey and then became a Combat Medic after training at Ft Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. After a brief period at home, April decided to go into the Regular Army and serve in Germany. She was stationed at Ayers Kaserne in Kirch-Göns, Germany, "The ROCK" with the 3rd Armored Div. She was in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down. She served during Operation Desert Shield and Storm.

As a current business owner and executor of her own non-profit, April is attending U.C. Blue Ash as a Psychology major and is currently on the Dean’s List.

April's many awards include: the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbons, and Good Conduct Medal.

Sisters in Arms Winner Emily

Emily Lacy

United States Army

College of Arts & Sciences

Sergeant Emily Lacy is currently an Active Duty Cadet at the University of Cincinnati.

She has been in the Army for 7 years and has served two tours overseas. SGT Lacy is a 68G, Patient Administration Specialist.

Her first duty station was at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Afterwards she was stationed at Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, GA. She then returned to Germany, assigned to 30th Medical Brigade.

Coming from an immigrant family, SGT Lacy knew absolutely nothing about education and spent a lot of time advocating for herself. This has given her a passion for the law. She plans to apply to Law School while I finishing her undergraduate degree at UC. SGT Lacy is currently majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Legal Studies. Her goal is to become part of the JAG Corps and work in public interest law.

She is currently married to a service member and a mother of two.


Sisters in Arms Winner Lauren

Lauren Ritter

Ohio Air National Guard

College of Arts & Sciences

Lauren Ritter is an A1C, Surveillance Technician who is with the 123rd Air Control Squadron, Ohio Air Force National Guard based out of Blue Ash, OH. Lauren is in her third year studying neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati with hopes of pursuing medical device sales.

Lauren's father was a Marine and her older brother is also a member of the 123rd Air Control Squadron which is what inspired Lauren to join the military out of high school. Outside of the military Lauren enjoys participating in her sorority events, hanging out with family and friends, and taking her dogs to the dog park

Sisters in Arms Winner Kristen

Kristen Shannon

Ohio Air National Guard

College of Allied Health Sciences

Kristen Shannon is a Senior Airman, Surveillance Technician of the 123rd Air Control Squadron, Ohio Air Force National Guard based out of Blue Ash, OH. She recently returned from a six-month deployment to Al Dhafra Air Base, UAE where she provided positive identification of more than two thousand aircraft and supported three hundred restricted operating zones enabling the delivery of lifesaving air effects in two Battle Management Areas spanning 493,000 square miles of airspace.

She comes from a very proud military family of ten, including a father who served in the Air Force, two brothers currently serving in the Ohio Army National Guard and brother who serves as a US Marine. Senior Airman Shannon is in her first year of studying Sports Nutrition at the University of Cincinnati. Outside of the military and school she enjoys working out, spending time with family, friends and anywhere that there’s a beach


2021- Julie Florentin, Chelsea Lovelace, Julianne Murphy, Kayla Sammons, Bailey Trusty

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